Pascal Devoyon, Philippe Graffin, Chilingirian Quartet - Ernest Chausson: Concert in D major, Op.21; Piano Quartet (1997)

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Pascal Devoyon, Philippe Graffin, Chilingirian Quartet - Ernest Chausson: Concert in D major, Op.21; Piano Quartet (1997)

Ernest Chausson - Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet; Piano Quartet, Op.30 (1997)
Pascal Devoyon, Philippe Graffin, Toby Hoffman, Gary Hoffman, Chilingirian Quartet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 357 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66907 | Time: 01:14:21

It is easy to understand why Chausson’s Concert is not as regular a feature of concert programmes as, say, Franck’s Violin Sonata. After all, a work for piano, violin and string quartet must surely have an instrumental imbalance. How can Chausson occupy all three violin parts for nearly forty minutes? In short, he does not. Nor does he try. Much of the Concert is essentially a sonata for violin and piano with an accompanying, though essential, string quartet. Chausson’s refusal to involve the quartet at every juncture merely to justify the players’ fees results in a signally well-balanced late Romantic work. When the quartet does feature on an equal footing, the effect is all the more telling. The fingerprints of Franck can be detected readily throughout the Concert, but in this and the Piano Quartet, Chausson’s individuality overcomes his teacher’s influence. Indeed, there are premonitions of Debussy, Ravel and even Shostakovich. Tangibly the product of live performances, these accounts traverse the gamut of emotions, bristling with energy, lyricism and conviction, and ensuring that this disc will never gather much dust.

Mike Bloomfield - Rx for the Blues (1996)

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Mike Bloomfield - Rx for the Blues (1996)

Mike Bloomfield - Rx for the Blues (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 316 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Blues Rock, Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Success | # 22540CD | Time: 00:57:48

The celebrated blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield performs a variety of blues, R&B, and ragtime classics, including "Cherry Red," "Don't You Lie to Me," and "Walking the Floor Over You," on this accomplished and wide-ranging set. He's accompanied by the pianist Mark Naftalin and a skilful rhythm section, and though singing was never his strong point, his consummate guitar playing carries him through.

Yevgeny Mravinsky, LPO - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4; Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (2016)

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Yevgeny Mravinsky, LPO - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4; Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (2016)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4; Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (2016)
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra; conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 411 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 210 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # 350 115 | Time: 01:19:26

Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony is 50 minutes of tragedy, despair, terror, and violence and three minutes of triumph. Premiered in 1953, the best performance is still that conducted by Mravinsky. Yevgeny Mravinsky's June 3, 1955, performance with the Leningrad Philharmonic of Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 is just as great. Mravinsky was the best Soviet conductor and his passionate precision and intense interpretations were as valid for Beethoven as they were for Shostakovich. His interpretations can be hard-driven and sharp-edged, but no one could object to the lucid strength and linear lyricism he brings to the work.

Joan Baez - Vol. 2 (1961) Reissue 2001 [Re-Up]

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Joan Baez - Vol. 2 (1961) Reissue 2001 [Re-Up]

Joan Baez - Vol. 2 (1961) Reissue 2001
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 254 Mb
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Folk Rock | Label: Vanguard | # VMD 79595 | Time: 00:51:35

Joan Baez's second album, recorded when she was 20 years old, is a hearty helping of folk masterpieces that give ample evidence to exactly how she was established as a leader of the contemporary folk scene of the day. In August of 2001, Joan Baez, Vol. 2 was reissued in an audiophile remastered edition, with new annotation and containing three additional songs from the same sessions – all are a match for anything on the original album, and "I Once Loved a Boy" and "The Longest Train I Ever Saw" count among the saddest, most emotionally enveloping songs of Baez's early career.

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Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)

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Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)
George Crumb, Thomas Tallis, István Mártha, Charles Ives, Dmitri Shostakovich

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde | Label: Nonesuch/Elektra | # 7559-79242-2 | Time: 01:01:39

This disc is supposed to hurt. Just look at the program: it starts with Crumb's Black Angels for electric string quartet, a work that is the aural equivalent of Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and ends with Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, a work that is either the aural equivalent of a monument to the victims of war and fascism written in the ruins of Dresden or the musical equivalent of a suicide note written before the composer joined the Communist Party. With the spooky and evocative performances of Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium, Istvan Marta's Doom. A Sigh, and Charles Ives' There They Are!, this disc is so painful it could be the soundtrack for an unmade Kubrick movie. The question is, is this disc supposed to hurt so much? The Kronos Quartet is a harsh and aggressive ensemble with an angular approach to rhythm and structure and an overwhelming need to assert its individual and collective identity.

Simon & Garfunkel - The Definitive Simon And Garfunkel (1991)

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Simon & Garfunkel - The Definitive Simon And Garfunkel (1991)

Simon & Garfunkel - The Definitive Simon And Garfunkel (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Folk, AM Pop, Folk-Rock | Label: Columbia | # MOOD CD21 | Time: 00:56:45

Simon and Garfunkel are undoubtedly one of the most successful songwriting duos of the 60s, reaching a similar level of popularity to the Beatles during the latter part of the decade. This Definite Collection shows what a diverse duo they really were and how many memorable tunes they performed together. Though many were put off by the pair's more sterile folk-rock arrangements and clean choirboy harmonies, this collection shows that there was much more to their artistic palette. Songs such as "Homeward Bound", "I Am a Rock", "Cecilia" and "Mrs Robinson" all show that the duo could rock with the best of them and "The Sound of Silence" and "Bridge over Troubled Water" are just some of the beautifully timeless records the pair gave us. It may not be as definitive as it claims but this is a great collection featuring some of their best and most well known works.

Dana Gillespie - Live with the London Blues Band (2007)

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Dana Gillespie - Live with the London Blues Band (2007)

Dana Gillespie - Live with the London Blues Band (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 551 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock | Label: Ace | # CDCHM 1146 | Time: 01:07:29

For the first time in her career, Blues diva Dana Gillespie releases a live album. After four studio sets for Ace, dating back to 1982's Blue Job, this CD is released in response to the demand by her audiences around the world. Recorded with the London Blues Band in Poole in 2006, the set features the dynamic guitar skills of Dino Baptiste. No fancy studio tweaks are used here. Dana and the Band cut the mustard, with the very highest level of musicianship, spiced up with a lot of fun, to create this straight-ahead record of a fabulous gig from a great singer with a great band.

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

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Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)
Schumann, Britten, Purcell, Fauré, Gounod, R.Strauss, Schubert, Poulenc, Debussy, Boulanger

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2102 | Time: 01:08:50

Those of us who rejoice in the crystalline beauty of Carolyn Sampson’s interpretations of Bach, Handel and Purcell will welcome this bouquet of songs on a floral theme, her debut recital disc. It’s been a long wait, but our patience is repaid handsomely. With pianist Joseph Middleton she savours some choice blooms from, among others, Britten, Chabrier, Schubert, Schumann, Gounod and Strauss, her glorious soprano particularly affecting in Fauré’s Le papillon et la fleur and the wonderfully perfumed Les roses d’Ispahan. Middleton plays with dextrous delicacy throughout and brings real virtuosity to Strauss’s Mädchenblumen. Highly recommended.

Vassilis Tsabropoulos - Images (1992) Reissue 2008

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Vassilis Tsabropoulos - Images (1992) Reissue 2008

Vassilis Tsabropoulos - Images (1992) Reissue 2008
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Contemporary Jazz, Fusion, Post-Bop | Label: El Capitan | # 3401576272 | Time: 00:42:34

Vassilis Tsabropoulos (born 1967 in Athens) is an internationally acclaimed Greek concert pianist conductor and composer. Tsabropoulos studied at Juilliard with Rudolf Serkin and Tatjana Nikolayeva. Simultaneously and with the encouragement of Chick Corea, he began to improvise in jazz contexts and he's followed parallel paths ever since. Tsabropoulis has an extraordinarily beautiful and expressive touch. Perhaps a little surprisingly, he sounds like a relaxed, fluent, unselfconscious improviser, entirely comfortable with what many classical musicians find a fundamentally different musical philosophy.

Yevgeny Mravinsky, LPO - Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.3 & No.7, 'The Swan of Tuonela'; Claude Debussy: Nocturnes (2016)

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Yevgeny Mravinsky, LPO - Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.3 & No.7, 'The Swan of Tuonela'; Claude Debussy: Nocturnes (2016)

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.3 & No.7, 'The Swan of Tuonela'; Claude Debussy: Nocturnes (2016)
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra; conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 372 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 189 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # 350 106 | Time: 01:10:53

Sibelius's Symphony No.3 was composed in 1907. It is the link between the romantic intensity of his first two symphonies and the more cold complexity of his later symphonies. Symphony No.7 was completed in 1924 and is notable for having only one movement. The Swan of Tuonela is a tone poem based on the Kalevala epic of Finnish mythology. The Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra and Yevgeny Mravinsky pair these with Debussy's Nocturnes Nos.1 & 2.

Phil Guy - Tina Nu (1988)

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Phil Guy - Tina Nu (1988)

Phil Guy - Tina Nu (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 314 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues | Label: JSP | # JSPCD 226 | Time: 00:44:15

Phil Guy didn't eclipse his older brother Buddy's status as a blues superstar, and in reality, Phil's funky brand of blues was not captured correctly for posterity. But he remained an active attraction on the Chicago circuit, following in his sibling's footsteps and patiently waiting for his own star to rise up until his death. Like his sibling, Phil Guy played with harpist Raful Neal (for a decade) before leaving the Baton Rouge scene for Chicago in 1969. There he played with his brother's high-energy organization as well as behind harpist Junior Wells (Phil handled guitar duties with Sammy Lawhorn on Wells' underrated mid-'70s Delmark album On Tap).]

Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman - Steve Reich: Double Sextet & Radio Rewrite (2016)

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Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman - Steve Reich: Double Sextet & Radio Rewrite (2016)

Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman - Steve Reich: Double Sextet & Radio Rewrite (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 221 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 124 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Minimalism | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907671 | Time: 00:39:45

Following their internationally acclaimed recording of Steve Reich's masterpiece Music For 18 Musicians, Ensemble Signal and Brad Lubman present two recent pieces by the composer: Double Sextet from 2007 and Radio Rewrite from 2012. Double Sextet is scored for two sextets of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, vibraphone and piano. It won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Music - the first for the composer. Radio Rewrite is a work for instrumental ensemble inspired by two songs by the British rock band Radiohead - ''Jigsaw Falling into Place'' and ''Everything in Its Right Place.'' The piece represents the first time that Reich has reworked material from western pop/rock music. These strong, tuneful, energetic, tightly made works receive impassioned performances from Ensemble Signal, who The New York Times has called 'one of the most vital groups of its kind.'

Suede - Singles (2003)

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Suede - Singles (2003)

Suede - Singles (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 615 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 198 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Alternative Rock, BritPop, Neo-Glam | Label: Sony | # SIN 513604 2, 5136042000 | Time: 01:18:38

Few bands in the '90s Brit-pop scene carried as much melodramatic weight as Suede. Singles, despite its generic moniker, does an excellent job illuminating the fact that Bernard Butler and Brett Anderson were far more David Bowie and Mick Ronson than the oft-cited Morrissey/Johnny Marr press quips would have you believe. The group's penchant for neo-glam excess and apocalyptic grandstanding inundated their entire time line, from 1992's "Animal Nitrate" and "Metal Mickey" all the way through to 2002's New Morning, despite the switching out of Butler for the flashier Richard Oakes. While the group's 1993 debut and 1994 follow-up Dog Man Star remain required listening for anyone with even a passing interest in the scene, this collection, paired with 1997's Sci-Fi Lullabies, presents a near perfect picture of one of the late-'90s most underrated acts.

Roy Hargrove - Public Eye (1991)

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Roy Hargrove - Public Eye (1991)

Roy Hargrove - Public Eye (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 422 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Straight-Ahead Jazz, Post-Bop, Trumpet | Label: Novus/RSA/BMG | # 3113-2-N | Time: 01:07:32

Roy Hargrove's second recording as a leader features the 21-year-old trumpeter in late 1990 essentially playing bebop. Joined by altoist Antonio Hart, pianist Stephen Scott, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Billy Higgins, Hargrove shows why he was so highly rated from the start of his career. On such numbers as "September in the Rain," "End of a Love Affair," "Crazeology," and four of his straight-ahead originals, Hargrove plays in a style not that different from Lee Morgan but with his own soulful sound, revitalizing the jazz tradition with his enthusiastic ideas. A fun set.

Joan Baez - Imagine (1987) [Re-Up]

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Joan Baez - Imagine (1987) [Re-Up]

Joan Baez - Imagine (1987)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 368 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Folk Rock, Folk, Singer/Songwriter | Label: A&M | # 396957-2 | Time: 01:05:57

This 1987 best-of compiles the work from A&M efforts that marked a stylistic change from her Vanguard years, yet a pretty consistent level of success. Relying on the work of other artists seemed to be more hit and miss during the A&M era. In Baez's interpretations of songs like Bob Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate" and "Forever Young" and John Lennon's "Imagine," her pitch-perfect tone might strike some as unemotional, but her singing is engrossing nonetheless. Not surprisingly, Baez sounds the best here with the tracks that deviate from weighty issues. "Gracias a la Vida" (sung in Spanish) and the haunting "Di Da" (with Joni Mitchell) have her giving off more charm and emotion than usual. "Children and All That Jazz," from her best-selling 1975 album Diamonds & Rust, has a gorgeous, heavily produced '70s L.A. pop/rock style that suited her voice.