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Anouar Brahem - Astrakan Cafe (2000) {ECM 1718}

Posted By: tiburon
Anouar Brahem - Astrakan Cafe (2000) {ECM 1718}

Anouar Brahem - Astrakan Cafe (2000) {ECM 1718}
EAC 1.3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 345MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 238MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Ethnic Fusion

Innovative Tunisian oud virtuoso Anouar Brahem presents this highly-acclaimed album of typically Middle Eastern music, recorded in 1999 with a trio that had been his first priority for several years. The improvisational exchanges between Brahem, clarinettist Barbaros Erköse and percussionist Lassad Hosni are exceptionally fluid and the atmospheres they create here are by turns mysterious, hypnotic and dramatic.

Kirk Whalum - Hymns In The Garden (2000) {Top Drawer}

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Kirk Whalum - Hymns In The Garden (2000) {Top Drawer}

Kirk Whalum - Hymns In The Garden (2000) {Top Drawer}
EAC 1.6 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 366MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 150MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Gospel

Don't expect too many surprises from Kirk Whalum's Hymns in the Garden if you're familiar with his previous few gospel-tinged albums like Unconditional and The Gospel According to Jazz. Like those two albums, Whalum goes out of his way to invest a considerable amount of spiritual sentiment into his candy-coated crossover jazz. On this particular album, the religious overtones come via the song titles, "I Will Trust in the Lord," "Christ Is All," and "I Want Jesus to Walk With Me" being three examples.

Musica Alta Ripa - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Solo Concertos vol. 1-5 (1996-2000)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Musica Alta Ripa - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Solo Concertos vol. 1-5 (1996-2000)

Musica Alta Ripa - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Solo Concertos vol. 1-5 (1996-2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,84 Gb | Total time: 55:04+65:49+64:43+65:45+60:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 309 0681/0685 | Recorded: 1995-1999

Musica Alta Ripa was founded in 1984. The recorder player Danya Segal, two violinists Anne Röhrig and Ursula Bundies, cellist Juris Teichmanis, and harpsichordist Bernward Lohr, all outstanding, sought-after musicians in their fields, joined forces to form an ensemble that owes its special aura to the commingling of their individual personalities.

Van Der Graaf Generator - Godbluff (1975) {2000, Reissue} Re-Up

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Van Der Graaf Generator - Godbluff (1975) {2000, Reissue} Re-Up

Van Der Graaf Generator - Godbluff (1975) {2000, Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 253 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 102 Mb
Full Scans | 00:37:32 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Charisma Records #CASCD 1109 / Virgin Records #0777 7 87547 2 5

Godbluff is the fifth album released by English progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. It was the first disc after the band reformed in 1975 and was recorded after a European tour. As the first self-produced album by the band, it featured a tighter, more pared-down sound than the band's earlier recordings with producer John Anthony. Hammill said "we did not want to make 'Son of Pawn Hearts' with a big long side two and lots of studio experiments". Van der Graaf Generator would never work with an outside producer from this point forward. Hammill made extensive use of the Hohner Clavinet D6 keyboard, which he had first using on his previous solo album, Nadir's Big Chance (1975).

Rainbow - The Very Best Of Rainbow (1997) {2000, Remastered, Japan}

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Rainbow - The Very Best Of Rainbow (1997) {2000, Remastered, Japan}

Rainbow - The Very Best Of Rainbow (1997) {2000, Remastered, Japan}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 538 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 187 Mb
Full Scans ~ 60 Mb | 01:17:40 | RAR 5% Recovery
Hard Rock | Polydor / Chronicles #POCY-3021

The Best of Rainbow compiles 16 of the best tracks from Rainbow's first seven studio albums, wisely avoiding 1977's live On Stage release. The first two tracks from their debut album, 1975's Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, showcases the instant bond that was formed between Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio, especially on "Man on the Silver Mountain." Blackmore changed the band for the following year's Rainbow Rising, with Jimmy Bain replacing bass player Craig Gruber, and Cozy Powell taking percussion duties away from Gary Driscoll. Adding keyboard player Tony Carey helped tracks like "Starstruck" and the lengthy "Stargazer" to sound a little more dimensional and fluent than the group's first effort.

Giuseppe Sinopoli, Staatskapelle Dresden - Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende (2000)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Giuseppe Sinopoli, Staatskapelle Dresden - Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende (2000)

Giuseppe Sinopoli, Staatskapelle Dresden - Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 328 Mb | Total time: 63:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 463 493-2 | Recorded: 1999

Josephs Legende (1912-14), die Partitur für Ballett von Richard Strauss, ist eines der reiferen Werke von Strauss, das selbst nach so langer Zeit bisher nur wenig Beachtung fand. Es wird nicht aufgeführt (möglicherweise wegen seines mysteriösen Themas) und nur selten aufgezeichnet. Der Katalog verzeichnet eine vollständige, inzwischen bereits vergriffene Interpretation, und eine Version der kürzeren Orchestersuite (1947), von der es bei Chandos 9506 eine ausgezeichnete Version gibt.

Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Wilhelm Kempff - Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin (2000)

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Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Wilhelm Kempff - Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin (2000)

Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Wilhelm Kempff - Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin (2000)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:56:30 | 710 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 463 605-2

In the 1950s these recordings would have given a very up-to-date impression, I imagine; the playing is extremely clean there's never a hint of sentimental violin slides or over-use of the sustaining pedal. But nearly half a century later, perhaps we're more conscious of the old-world virtues Schneiderhan's beautiful legato bowing and gentle vibrato, Kempff's full, unforced tone, and a flexible approach from both artists, with finely graded ritardandos and subtle variations of tempo.

Rosemary Clooney - Greatest Hits (2000)

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Rosemary Clooney - Greatest Hits (2000)

Rosemary Clooney - Greatest Hits (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 207 MB | 00:36:57
Jazz, Vocal | Label: RCA Victor

Rosemary's greatest material included much more than her chart hits. Includes Nelson Riddle's arrangements of Shine On, Harvest Moon and I Get Along Without You Very Well , plus Mack the Knife; I Only Have Eyes for You and more!

David Daniels, Martin Katz - Serenade (2000)

Posted By: ArlegZ
David Daniels, Martin Katz - Serenade (2000)

David Daniels, Martin Katz - Serenade: Beethoven, Schubert, Caldara, Gluck, Cesti, Lotti, Gounod, Williams, Poulenc, Purcell (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 70:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 45400 2 8 | Recorded: 1999

It's a truism by now that countertenors have made a notable comeback in our time, but David Daniels isn't about to rest on his laurels. As if his recent successes weren't enough to set him apart, on this recital album Daniels forays beyond the countertenor's stereotypical domain of the baroque to interpret lieder of Beethoven and Schubert, as well as French mélodies and Vaughan Williams. A stunningly beautiful disc.

Raúl Mallavibarrena, Musica Ficta - Tomás Luis de Victoria: Missa Gaudeamus (2000)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Raúl Mallavibarrena, Musica Ficta - Tomás Luis de Victoria: Missa Gaudeamus (2000)

Raúl Mallavibarrena, Musica Ficta - Tomás Luis de Victoria: Missa Gaudeamus (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 235 Mb | Total time: 54:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Enchiriadis | # EN 2003 | Recorded: 2000

The works of Tomás Luis de Victoria are today an international paradigm of the Spanish Renaissance heritage. This master, born in Avila, rises like a standard-bearer from the huge spectrum of Spanish composers who carried the art of polyphony to its highest musical and liturgical significance.

Rossana Bertini, Anna Simboli, Ensemble "La Signoria" - Francesco Bartolomeo Conti: Cantate con istromenti (2000)

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Rossana Bertini, Anna Simboli, Ensemble "La Signoria" - Francesco Bartolomeo Conti: Cantate con istromenti (2000)

Rossana Bertini, Anna Simboli, Ensemble "La Signoria" - Francesco Bartolomeo Conti: Cantate con istromenti (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 66:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Tactus | # TC 680301 | Recorded: 1999

Esiste una testimonianza di J.J Quantz che parla dell’abilità di Conti come esecutore riferendosi ad un episodio accaduto a Praga nel 1723, quando l’orchestra di corte di Vienna eseguì l’opera Costanza e Fortezza di J.J. Fux con l’aggiunta di un gruppo di musicisti di Dresda, fra i quali lo stesso Quantz e Silvius Leopold Weiss, altro grande virtuoso di liuto e tiorba. A quest’ultimo fu assegnata una parte di ripieno, mentre il ruolo di solista fu affidato a Conti.

Ludger Rémy, Les Amis de Philippe - Francesco Manfredini: 12 Concerti Op. 3 (2000)

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Ludger Rémy, Les Amis de Philippe - Francesco Manfredini: 12 Concerti Op. 3 (2000)

Ludger Rémy, Les Amis de Philippe - Francesco Manfredini: 12 Concerti Op. 3 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 437 Mb | Total time: 78:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 638-2 | Recorded: 1998

Francesco Manfredini was born in the austerely beautiful Tuscan town of Pistoia in 1684, a year before Bach, Handel and Scarlatti; he died as maestro di capella there in 1762. In the interim, he studied at Bologna with Torelli and later worked in Ferrara. He published relatively few sets of sonatas and concertos, and six oratorios, composed between 1719 and 1728, remain in manuscript. His 12 Concertos, Op. 3, were published in Bologna, a great musical centre in those days, in 1718, and were preceded by 12 Concertini, Op. 1, and 12 Sinfonie da chiesa, Op. 2. The Op. 3 Concertos are lively works, though less brilliant than Vivaldi’s similar pieces and lacking the nobility of Corelli’s sonatas and concertos. The final concerto of Op. 3 contains a ‘Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale’ which is Manfredini’s best-known work.

John Coltrane - Coltrane Jazz (1961) {2000, Remastered} Re-Up

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John Coltrane - Coltrane Jazz (1961) {2000, Remastered} Re-Up

John Coltrane - Coltrane Jazz (1961) {2000, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 413 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 191 Mb
Full Scans | 01:03:09 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Hard Bop | Rhino Records / Atlantic Recording #R2 79891

Coltrane Jazz is the sixth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records. The song "Villa's Blues" is noted as a landmark recording, as it marks the first session date of the early John Coltrane Quartet on record. Featured alongside Coltrane are pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, and bassist Steve Davis. On June 20, 2000, Rhino Records reissued Coltrane Jazz as part of its Atlantic 50th Anniversary Jazz Gallery series. Included were four bonus tracks, two of which had appeared in 1975 on the Atlantic compilation Alternate Takes, the remaining pair earlier issued on The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings in 1995. Two bonus tracks, the alternate versions of "Like Sonny", had been recorded at the March 26, 1959 sessions that were not used for Giant Steps.

Richard Lester, Susan Tomes - Mendelssohn: Complete Music for Cello (2000)

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Richard Lester, Susan Tomes - Mendelssohn: Complete Music for Cello (2000)

Richard Lester, Susan Tomes - Mendelssohn: Complete Music for Cello (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 65:23 | 309 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: 55064

Since none of Mendelssohn's cello and piano works were currently available on CD, this disc would have been welcome enough even without the tenderly nostalgic little unpublished Assai tranguillo (written by the 26-year-old Mendelssohn for his good young friend, Julius Rietz) recorded here for the very first time. Lasting only just over two minutes it ends inconclusively on the dominant, as if intended to preface something bigger.

Anne-Sophie Mutter - Recital 2000: Prokofiev, Crumb, Webern, Respighi (2000)

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Anne-Sophie Mutter - Recital 2000: Prokofiev, Crumb, Webern, Respighi (2000)

Anne-Sophie Mutter - Recital 2000: Prokofiev, Crumb, Webern, Respighi (2000)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 62:55 | 233 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 469503

This is a live recording, made at a pair of concerts in May, and ‘live’ is undoubtedly the word for it. All the performances have an improvisatory quality, interpretative decisions seemingly made before your very ears. At the beginning of the Prokofiev it is as though Mutter and Orkis, realising that the audience in the Beethovensaal are already uncommonly silent and attentive, had decided after a quick glance at each other to begin the Sonata almost confidingly, with quiet tenderness and muted colour.