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Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops - Pops Christmas Party (1959/1994/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Arthur Fiedler, The Boston Pops Orchestra
Title: Pops Christmas Party
Genre: Classical, Orchestral, Easy Listening, Holiday, Christmas
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1959/1994/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:12:40
Recorded: #1,3-6,13,15,19,21 recorded 15 & 16.05.59; #2,7-9,11,12,14,16-18,20 recorded May 25th & 26th 1956; #10 recorded June 9th 1964

This Boston Pops Orchestra holiday compilation, first released in 1959 then reissued in 1994, features some recordings that have become hallmarks of the holiday season, like Leroy Anderson's arrangement of "Sleigh Ride". Arthur Fiedler was the first conductor of Boston Pops and was famous for popularizing orchestral music.
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Antonio Carlos Jobim - The Composer Of Desafinado, Plays (1963/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Antônio Carlos Jobim
Title: The Composer Of Desafinado, Plays
Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Latin Jazz, World Fusion
Label: © Verve Records (V/V6 8547)
Release Date: 1963/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 35:17
Recorded: A&R Studios, New York, NY, on May 9 and 10, 1963

The Composer of Desafinado, Plays is Antonio Carlos Jobim's debut album originally released in 1963. The Brazilian musician and composer was known as one of the primary influences behind the creation of the bossa nova musical style. The record features all original compositions, including "The Girl from Ipanema" one of the most widely recorded songs of all time.
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Andrea Zani - Divertimenti for Violin & Cello - Lena Neudauer, Martin Rummel (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Andrea Zani (1696-1757)
Artist: Lena Neudauer, Martin Rummel
Title: Zani - Divertimenti for Violin & Cello
Genre: Classical
Label: © Capriccio
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 01:26:30
Recorded: 9-11 December 2014, 4tune Studio, Vienna, Austria

With great likelihood – at least as far as it can be said almost 300 years later – these twelve duos for violin and cello without accompanying continuo of 1734 are the earliest works with this instrumentation in which the violin and cello parts enjoy equal rights. The fact that Zani is largely forgotten today is probably due to the circumstance that his music has mainly been preserved in handwritten form and has hardly been accessible through recordings. Recently, the cello concertos (Capriccio CD C5145) and a few violin concertos have been re-discovered, but a large number of other treasures are still slumbering in different monastery and palace libraries throughout Europe. In these duos, we can experience the minimal form of chamber music with the maximal entertainment value. Andrea Zani is a composer whose name is worth noting and from whom it is to be hoped that many more treasures can be recovered.
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Johan Joachim Agrell - Orchestral Works - Aapo Hakkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Johan Joachim Agrell (1701-1765)
Artist: Aapo Häkkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Title: Agrell - Orchestral Works
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aeolus
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:16:39
Recorded: IX/2008, Sellosali, Espoo

Johan Agrell was in many ways a traveler between the worlds: in Uppsala, the Swede’s great talent was recognized by the Hessian envoy, which resulted in Agrell being summoned to a court near Kassel in Germany. He later went as municipal chapel-master to Nuremberg.
Musically, Agrell was a brilliant Baroque composer in whose works many of the new early Classical trends were anticipated. This CD thus continues the series of AEOLUS releases that feature the orchestral music of this exciting period, a series that has already very successfully presented works by Fasch, Hertel, and Molter.
The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra is a shining star of Finland’s musical life. The young musicians around the harpsichordist Aapo Häkkinen appear year after year throughout Europe. Further releases on AEOLUS are in preparation.
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Ace Frehley  - Ace Frehley (1978/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Ace Frehley (Kiss)
Title: Ace Frehley
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Casablanca Records
Release Date: 1978/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 36:22
Recorded: February–July 1978, Plaza Sound Studios, New York, N.Y., the Mansion, Sharon, Connecticut

Ace Frehley is a 1978 solo album from Ace Frehley, the lead guitarist of American hard rock band Kiss. It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978.
The album featured Anton Fig on drums. He later performed session work on the Kiss albums Dynasty and Unmasked, and became a member of Ace Frehley's band Frehley's Comet. Fig and Will Lee, who played bass on three of the album's tracks, later gained international prominence as members of the World's Most Dangerous Band and the CBS Orchestra along with Paul Shaffer on Late Night with David Letterman and Late Show with David Letterman.
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A Wondrous Mystery: Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas - Stile Antico (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Stile Antico
Title: A Wondrous Mystery: Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:51
Recorded: February, 2015 at All Hallows’ Church, Gospel Oak, London.

With its centuries-old traditions of singing angels, piping shepherds, and the natural necessity for the Christ-child to be sung a lullaby (all, of course, embellishments to the comparatively stark and gritty biblical narratives in which even the angels speak rather than sing!), the celebration of the nativity of Christ has over the centuries come to provide a fertile source of inspiration for composers and musicians. The Christmas music in this present programme is gathered from some of the most highly regarded European composers of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, working in both the Roman Catholic and Lutheran church traditions. The latter yielded predominantly German-texted carols, often with a popular flavour and in simpler settings, while the former produced Latin polyphony. Running as a thread through the programme is Clemens’s Christmas mass based on the motet Pastores quidnam vidistis, while Praetorius’s Magnificat draws strongly on both traditions.
Though there are significant gaps in our knowledge about his life, Jacobus Clemens (whose designation ‘non Papa’ seems to have been a joke which stuck rather than a necessary disambiguator) was one of the most prolific composers of the early to mid-16th century, especially considering his comparatively short life. Though we know little about the circumstances surrounding the composition of the mass setting included here, it is without doubt a work of distinction. Clemens’s practice was almost invariably to base his masses on an existing motet or chanson using parody technique; this work is no exception, taking the composer’s own Christmas five-part motet of the same name as its model. In spite of a fair degree of motivic development, there is the sense of a tightly-knit relationship between the mass and its source, strengthened by the distinctive modal writing and the clarity of Clemens’s five-part counterpoint, augmented by one voice only in the Agnus, and decreased to three parts for the Benedictus – both common features of masses from this period. Certain distinctive musical features in the motet receive prominent treatment during the mass – perhaps most notably the descending bass figure towards the end and its accompanying harmonic sequence. This receives particularly striking treatment in the Osanna sections where, presented at double speed in the approach to the final cadence, the effect seems to evoke the sound of pealing bells.
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Antonio Vivaldi - Recorder Concertos - Dan Laurin, 1B1, Jan Bjoranger (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Artist: Dan Laurin, 1B1, Jan Bjøranger
Title: Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 01:10:03
Recorded: June/July 2014 at the Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway

The Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin has demonstrated his remarkable versatility on some thirty recordings on BIS, ranging from a nine-disc set with 17th-century composer Jacob van Eyck's complete Der Fluyten Lust-hof to the recent Rock that Flute, with music for recorder and strings written in 2013 by the Dutch composer Chiel Meijering. During a recording career that stretches over almost 30 years, Laurin keeps returning to one particular set of works, however: the concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Three of the works (the Concertos RV 441, 443 and 444) included on his latest release he has recorded more than once before, with ensembles such as the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Bach Collegium Japan and Arte dei Suonatori. For his latest 'take' on these favourites Laurin has joined forces with the young and vibrant Norwegian string ensemble 1B1 (shorthand for Ensemble Bjergsted 1). As he explains in his own liner notes for the present disc, he was inspired by his work on transcribing and performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: ‘A close reading of RV441 and RV443–445 reveals great similarities between these works and The Four Seasons: sudden changes of moods, turbulent emotions, burlesque whims mixed with sublime beauty and elegance… My aim here is to explore the recorder concertos with the same freedom and spontaneity that characterize the modern-day approach to the Seasons.’ Laurin’s recording of the Seasons has been called ‘undoubtedly the best transcription to date’ (Diapason) and ‘never hackneyed, but instead invigoratingly fresh and vibrant’ (Clarino), verdicts which can only fuel the expectations concerning this his latest version of the recorder concertos.
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Vincent Peirani - Living Being (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Vincent Peirani
Title: Living Being
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © ACT Music + Vision GmbH & Co. KG
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 50:46
Recorded by Jean Paul Gonnod, June 15 - 18, 2014 at Studio de Meudon, France

Accordionist Vincent Peirani is THE new voice of his instrument. In rapid succession he has won the Prix Django d’Or and the Victoires du Jazz in France and was elected “Artist of the Year” by the French “Jazz Magazine”. In Germany he just won the ECHO Jazz award. After purely acoustic projects to date, “Living Being” is a creation of what one might call Peirani’s “Electric Band”. In addition to his sheer inexhaustible versatility and unbounded musicality, the album also reflects most of all the varying influences of his band members: Emile Parisien, again shines as a virtuoso of modern jazz; Julien Herne comes from the R’n’B and hip-hop scene; Yoann Serra is just as at home in the jazz tradition as he is in electronic music; and Tony Paeleman has his roots in the French pop scene. And so it is that the new album adds yet another vibrant facet to an already peerlessly varied artist’s profile.
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The Three Suns - A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas (1959/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Three Suns
Title: A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas
Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening, Exotica, Lounge, Traditional Pop, Christmas, Holiday
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1959/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 35:34
Recorded: 1959; Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in NYC

The instrumental trio The Three Suns had been around for about two decades, capturing fans as far-ranging as First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and the Platters (who took their “Twilight Time” to the top of the charts), when they cut this record for RCA’s famed Living Stereo series in 1959. And, no doubt inspired by the new-fangled recording technology in RCA’s Studio A, they turned in one of the most wacky and entertaining Christmas albums of the era, adding rock and roll guitar and instrumentation as varied as chimes, bells, oboes and two (!) tubas to create a Space Age stereophonic spectacular suitable for the Jetsons’ next holiday party. This record’s long been cherished by Christmas music devotees, and our Real Gone worldwide CD debut reissue features a sparkling remastering job by Maria Triana at Sony’s Battery Studios and liner notes by Joe Marchese. Every bit as fizzy as the champagne you’re going to open to toast the season!
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The Piano Guys - Wonders (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: The Piano Guys
Title: Wonders
Genre: Classical, Avant-Garde, Easy Listening, Classical Crossover, Classical Pop, Conceptual Art, Experimental
Label: © Portrait Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:47:46

The Piano Guys' new album, Wonders, features successful single releases from the past year such as "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen, "Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends," "Don't You Worry Child," and "Story of my Life" available for the first time on CD. The album also includes new songs in their signature style from such artists as Dave Matthews, Phillip Phillips and One Direction, a fun take on various Batman themes throughout the years, "Batman Evolution," plus original compositions from the band.
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