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VA - British Punk Rock... 1977! (1998)

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VA - British Punk Rock... 1977! (1998)

VA - British Punk Rock… 1977! (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 353 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb | Time: 00:54:59
Punk Rock | Label: Anagram Records | # CDP PUNK 500

The first volume in a series projected to analyze the punk phenomenon on a year-by-year basis, British Punk Rock 1977 assembles some of the less well-known but no less influential sides to emerge from that pivotal year. Collecting 20 tracks, it jumps from established cult heroes (Alternative TV's "How Much Longer," Penetration's "Don't Dictate," the Vibrators' "Baby Baby") to forgotten favorites (the Drones' "Corgi Crap," the Sniveling Shits' "I Can't Come," the Pork Dukes' "Bend & Flush"); some of it still holds up, some of it doesn't, but all of it remains a testament to its time and place.

Festival Strings Lucerne - Mozart: Haffner-Serenade KV 250 & Marsch KV 249 (2022)

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Festival Strings Lucerne - Mozart: Haffner-Serenade KV 250 & Marsch KV 249 (2022)

Festival Strings Lucerne - Mozart: Haffner-Serenade KV 250 & Marsch KV 249 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 65:15 | 274 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Sony Classical

The Serenade for Orchestra in D major, K. 250/248b, popularly known as the "Haffner-Serenade", was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on the commission of Sigmund Haffner Junior in 1776. This Serenade is undoubtedly a jewel among Mozart's Salzburg compositions. The eight-movement work is Mozart's most extensive serenade and also the one with the largest instrumentation, with 13 instruments. Yet it is almost forgotten, or overshadowed, by it's famous Viennese counterpart, the Symphony in D major, K. 385, the "Haffner Symphony", commissioned by Leopold Mozart in the summer of 1781 for the nobilization of Johann Sigmund Haffner.

Miroslav Sekera, Marko Ivanovic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra - Kabeláč: Mystery of Time (2022)

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Miroslav Sekera, Marko Ivanovic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra - Kabeláč: Mystery of Time (2022)

Miroslav Sekera, Marko Ivanovic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra - Kabeláč: Mystery of Time (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:16:15 | 287 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

With his life and work, Miloslav Kabeláč, one of the greatest 20th-century Czech symphonists, foregrounded a highly topical theme: the necessity of not yielding to evil and commitment to humanistic ideals. He displayed both during the Nazi occupation and the time of Communist dictatorship in Czechoslovakia. Within the toughest totalitarianism Kabeláč escaped the ideological grip of the authoritarian regime by looking up to the star-studded sky.

Escher String Quartet, Carol Wincenc - P. Jalbert: Air in Motion (2022)

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Escher String Quartet, Carol Wincenc - P. Jalbert: Air in Motion (2022)

Escher String Quartet, Carol Wincenc - P. Jalbert: Air in Motion (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:05:27 | 256 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

This recording celebrates my long and fruitful relationship with the Escher Quartet, and also salutes the beloved flutist Carol Wincenc on her 50th Anniversary season. Though the string ensemble is the common thread in all of these recorded works, their inspiration and ideas are quite varied. In String Quartet No.4, dynamic shapes and configurations – spiral, waveform, labyrinth – are the catalysts for each movement, whereas String Quartet No.6 (“Canticle”) invokes the idea of ritual as its point of departure – coloured by the use of small, bell-like disks called crotales. Air in Motion brings a flute into the ensemble, adding a new dimension suggested by the flow of air through a column of metal.

György Cziffra - Portrait: Cziffra Plays Liszt (2022)

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György Cziffra - Portrait: Cziffra Plays Liszt (2022)

György Cziffra - Portrait: Cziffra Plays Liszt (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 2:10:31 | 492 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Urania Records

György Cziffra was one of the most celebrated and individual piano virtuosos of the postwar decades in Europe, especially noted for his powers of improvisation and as a Liszt pianist. He was born in a shantytown called Angels Court on the outskirts of Budapest to a family of gypsy musicians. The family was desperately poor, and ultimately both his father and a sister died of starvation. He learned piano by watching an older sister's lessons. By the age of five, he was improvising requests from the audience at a circus. At ten, he was sent to the conservatory in Budapest.

Ian Bostridge, Lars Vogt - Schubert: Schwanengesang (2022)

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Ian Bostridge, Lars Vogt - Schubert: Schwanengesang (2022)

Ian Bostridge, Lars Vogt - Schubert: Schwanengesang (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:09:24 | 241 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: PentaTone

Ian Bostridge Avec sa belle prestance et sa suprême élégance, il a tout d’un Lord anglais. Ténor atypique pas sa voix et par son parcours, Ian Bostridge est un brillant intellectuel formé aux prestigieux collèges d’Oxford et de Cambridge. Cet érudit a publié plusieurs ouvrages, dont sa thèse de doctorat en philosophie consacrée à l’importance de la sorcellerie dans la vie publique anglaise entre 1650 et 1750. Son livre consacré à la Winterreise de Schubert a été édité en une douzaine de langues et devrait bientôt paraître en français sous le titre : «Le Voyage d’hiver de Schubert : Anatomie d’une obsession ».

Esther Birringer - Esther Birringer: Debussy (2022)

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Esther Birringer - Esther Birringer: Debussy (2022)

Esther Birringer - Esther Birringer: Debussy (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:04:03 | 182 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Rubicon

For her second solo recital album for Rubicon, Esther Birringer turns to Debussy with a recital that includes both books of his Images.  Composed in 1901-5 (book 1) and 1907 (book 2), the composer was very pleased with Images, writing about the first set: “Without false pride, I feel that these three pieces hold together well, and that they will find their place in the literature of the piano… to the left of Schumann, or to the right of Chopin.”Esther Birringer began playing piano aged three and made her debut as soloist with an orchestra aged just six. A meteoric career has followed both in Europe and around the world, where Esther both performs and teaches, as well as promoting young talent.

Ton Koopman - Forqueray: Livre de clavecin de Madame Forqueray (2022)

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Ton Koopman - Forqueray: Livre de clavecin de Madame Forqueray (2022)

Ton Koopman - Forqueray: Livre de clavecin de Madame Forqueray (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 66:15 | 415 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Warner Classics

September 2022 (exact date unknown) marks the 350th birthday of composer Antoine Forqueray, a master of the viol whose works raised to fame thanks to the transcriptions his son Jean-Baptiste realized for the harpsichord. Or perhaps, as Ton Koopman seems to suggest, the real arranger was in fact his daughter-in-law, Marie-Rose, and Jean-Baptiste was only a figurehead. The debate is still debated among musicologists.

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Goodwin: Drake 400 Suite, Main Title Theme & Other Orchestral Works (2022)

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New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Goodwin: Drake 400 Suite, Main Title Theme & Other Orchestral Works (2022)

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Goodwin: Drake 400 Suite, Main Title Theme & Other Orchestral Works (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 69:55 | 311 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

Ron Goodwin is famous for several iconic film scores such as the rousing 633 Squadron. He was an instantly recognisable musical voice, combining an innate ability to write both memorable tunes and to evoke the many moods demanded by film directors, qualities that extend into the gloriously evocative Drake 400 and New Zealand Suites. Goodwin’s long and distinguished career earned him multiple Ivor Novello Awards and a Golden Globe Award among many other accolades. Conducted by the composer, this recording represents the best of a true leader in the field of popular music.

Giuliano Carmignola - Mozart: Concertos for violin and orchestra. Adagio K. 261 - Rondo K. 269 - Rondo K. 373 (2022)

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Giuliano Carmignola - Mozart: Concertos for violin and orchestra. Adagio K. 261 - Rondo K. 269 - Rondo K. 373 (2022)

Giuliano Carmignola - Mozart: Concertos for violin and orchestra. Adagio K. 261 - Rondo K. 269 - Rondo K. 373 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 2:11:22 | 535 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Amadeus Best

Giuliano Carmignola Révélé en 1992, par un nouvel enregistrement des Quatre Saisons de Vivaldi à une époque où ils devenaient pourtant pléthoriques, Giuliano Carmignola s’est vite imposé comme un des plus grands violonistes italiens de sa génération. Réalisé dans une chapelle romane en Vénétie, pour un petit label indépendant (DIVOX), c'est le premier enregistrement du bluffant violoniste italien, avec l'ensemble des Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca.

La Sfera Armoniosa - Hellendaal: Six Grand Concertos Op. 3 (2022)

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La Sfera Armoniosa - Hellendaal: Six Grand Concertos Op. 3 (2022)

La Sfera Armoniosa - Hellendaal: Six Grand Concertos Op. 3 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 79:19 | 420 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

A live recording of the complete set of Concerti Grossi in the Handelian style by the foremost Dutch composer of the late Baroque. Following on from the great examples of and Handel's works, Hellendaal develops his own proper approach to the Concertos for string orchestra. This is the fourth recording by Dutch leading Baroque group La Sfera Armoniosa and its leader Mike Fentross for Challenge Classics.

Chad & Jeremy - The Very Best of Chad & Jeremy (2000)

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Chad & Jeremy - The Very Best of Chad & Jeremy (2000)

Chad & Jeremy - The Very Best of Chad & Jeremy (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans ~ 68 Mb
Label: Varèse Sarabande | # 302 066 098 2 | Time: 00:45:38
British Invasion, Folk-Rock, Pop/Rock, Baroque Pop

Although this 18-song best-of duplicates much of what was on the best previous Chad & Jeremy CD compilation (One Way's The Best of Chad & Jeremy), this release is definitely the superior option. Its most crucial edge is the inclusion of four songs from 1965-1966 Columbia singles, as the One Way disc was limited to the material they released on World Artists. In addition, the Varese Sarabande anthology has comprehensive liner notes, songwriting credits, and original release date info, whereas the One Way disc had none of those things at all. This CD still concentrates on the World Artists sides from 1964-1965, including all of the hit singles. Some of the inessential covers of hits and standards from the One Way compilation are axed, but decent original tunes like "My How the Time Goes By" are retained. The four Columbia sides include the three Top 40 hits "Before and After" and "I Don't Wanna Lose You Baby" (both written by Van McCoy), and "Distant Shores" (by future Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears producer James Guercio).

VA - Singers & Songwriters 1972-1973 (2000) 2CDs, Reissue 2010 [Re-Up]

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VA - Singers & Songwriters 1972-1973 (2000) 2CDs, Reissue 2010 [Re-Up]

VA - Singers & Songwriters 1972-1973 (2000) 2CDs, Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 569 Mb | Scans included
Label: Time-Life Music/Rhino | # 25913-D OPCD-2779B | Time: 01:38:37
Classic Rock, Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Pop/Rock, Psychedelic, Soul, Folk

The two-year interval covered in this volume of Time-Life Music's Singers & Songwriters series was one of consolidation for the many singer/songwriters who had emerged in the early '70s. Carole King followed up Tapestry, the album that established her as a performer after years as a songwriter, with Music, which spawned the hit "Sweet Seasons." James Taylor was on his second follow-up to his commercial breakthrough Sweet Baby James with One Man Dog, which produced "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight." His new wife Carly Simon released her third album, No Secrets, which gave Simon her biggest hit yet with "You're So Vain." John Denver, too, hit new sales peaks with Rocky Mountain High and its title single. And Cat Stevens had followed the success of Tea for the Tillerman with Teaser and the Firecat and its second single "Morning Has Broken." Meanwhile, several new singer/songwriters were crowding the field, among them Don McLean with the epic allegory "American Pie," America with its Neil Young sound-alike "A Horse With No Name," and Seals & Crofts with the lilting "Summer Breeze".

Gerry & The Pacemakers - The Best Of Gerry & The Pacemakers (2005) 2CDs

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Gerry & The Pacemakers - The Best Of Gerry & The Pacemakers (2005) 2CDs

Gerry & The Pacemakers - The Best Of Gerry & The Pacemakers (2005) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 510 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 221 Mb | Scans ~ 66 Mb
British Invasion, Merseybeat, Pop/Rock | Label: EMI | # 7243 4 74839 2 9 | 01:35:29

There are already so many "best-of" collections of Gerry & the Pacemakers – including previous releases from EMI, Capitol, and Collectables – that this double-CD set from EMI's U.K. division probably won't seem very impressive or important. Actually, very little of the band's history is left out, at least in terms of the various facets of their music – the hits are all present, along with a brace of engaging B-sides and LP and EP tracks that greatly broaden the range of music at hand. The quartet's best-known songs are well-crafted pop/rock in a Merseybeat mode, but they had a harder side as well, and even traded in some R&B and country sounds, and those aspects are represented here in between the hits. Some listeners who like their more rocking sides, such as "Jambalaya," "Maybellene" or "Pretend," may not appreciate the presence of such string-laden pop as "Walk Hand in Hand" or "Girl on a Swing," but this is a valid representation of their sound. And the sound is optimal, to put it mildly, with lots of presence on all of the instruments.

Marianne Piketty, Le Concert Idéal - Sous l'étoile (2022)

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Marianne Piketty, Le Concert Idéal - Sous l'étoile (2022)

Marianne Piketty, Le Concert Idéal - Sous l'étoile (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 66:00 | 305 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Evidence

For this new recording, taking the form of an initiatory journey, Marianne Piketty and Le Concert Idéal explore the subject of night-time and the fascination it holds for composers. From the capricious and exuberant nights of Antonio Vivaldi to the melancholy of Lili Boulanger’s D’un soir triste and the greater optimism of its partner piece, D’un matin de printemps, via the poetic and sensuous dreams of Eugène Ysaÿe, the musicians of Le Concert Idéal travel to different places and different periods in time, looking at the night sky, and reaching the present day with the concerto Bajo la estrella, commissioned from the composer Alex Nante and recorded here for the first time.