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Yundi Li - Liszt (2003) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Artist: Yundi Li
Title: Liszt
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2003
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Duration: 58:42
Recorded: October 2002, Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany

Yundi Li's first recording for Deutsche Grammophon was a profoundly superficial Chopin recital, turning the poet of the piano into the poetaster of piano players. His second recording for DG is this deeply insensitive Liszt recital. As with Li's Chopin recital, no one could doubt that Li is a superb virtuoso with amazing power, astounding dexterity, and astonishing velocity. He tears through the sonata without breaking a sweat and flies through the Rigoletto paraphrase without a slipped note. But how much does it matter when Li's interpretations are null and void, bathos and bombast that is tremendously thrilling but utterly lacking in emotional, intellectual, or spiritual qualities? Time and time again, you'll be blown away by Li's incredible technique, and time and time again, you'll wonder what difference it makes when Li's interpretations are nothing but a spectacular sequence of special effects. Imagine a Jurassic Park starring only dinosaurs or a Star Wars starring only Yoda, and you'll get the idea. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is superbly realistic and lifelike. It's too bad that Li's playing is neither. --AllMusic Review by James Leonard
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Xuefei Yang - Romance de Amor (2006) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Xuefei Yang
Title: Romance de Amor
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music, Classical Guitar
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 2006
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:00:32

debut with this EMI disc Romance de Amor. The program consists of the usual classical guitar bonbons mixed in with popular numbers mixed in -- the tango "La Cumparsita" and the Beatles' "Michelle" and Paul Simon's version of "El Condor Pasa" for example, and a couple of traditional Chinese songs, as well. The program, in and of itself, is not that interesting, but it doesn't matter. Xue Fei Yang is an incredible guitarist -- technically top drawer, warmly expressive in sound, and mind-bogglingly facile in her digital dexterity. Just listen to the attack on Rodrigo's Zapateado; she is able to vary her touch on the strings with lightning speed and pinpoint accuracy.
Yang is a known quantity to guitarists; John Williams was once so impressed by her playing that he made her a gift of one his own guitars. She has previously recorded for the small, San Francisco-based label GSP, but perhaps this EMI CD will help her gain a wider audience. Romance de Amor also has terrific sound quality, and one might be surprised to learn that EMI in Hong Kong, rather than the usual crew in the Capitol Building in Los Angeles who have engineered Christopher Parkening's recordings, made this one. Romance de Amor is a quality release; one could hope for literature that is more serious, but Xue Fei Yang is so amazing that she would probably sound good playing "Tubthumping." --AllMusic Review by Uncle Dave Lewis
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Wild Bill Davis - Live At Count Basie's (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Wild Bill Davis
Title: Live At Count Basie's
Genre: Jazz, Cool Jazz
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:45:07
Recorded live Februray 3,1966, at Count Basie's Lounge,132 Street and 7th Avenue, New York City by Ed Begley

With the dynamic, swirling sounds of his Hammond B-3 organ, Wild Bill Davis provided a bridge from the big band swing of the 1930s and '40s to the organ-driven R&B of the 1950s and early '60s. Together with guitarist Floyd Smith and drummer Chris Columbus, Davis set the framework for the jazz organ combo sound. Initially a guitarist, Davis made his debut with Milt Larkin's band in 1939. The group is remembered for the double-saxophone attack of Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Arnett Cobb. Davis, who was inspired by the guitar playing of Freddie Green, remained with the band until 1942. Moving to the piano, Davis joined Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 in 1945. By then, he had already attracted attention as a skilled writer and arranger. He later furnished original material and arrangements for both Duke Ellington and Count Basie. He was scheduled to record his arrangement of "April in Paris" with the Count Basie Orchestra in 1955, but was unable to make it to the recording sessions. Recorded without his participation, the tune went on to be a Top 30 pop hit. Intrigued by the organ playing of Fats Waller and Count Basie, Davis began to experiment with the Hammond B-3. He soon developed his unique approach. "I thought of (the organ) as a replacement in clubs for a big band," he said during a late-'80s interview. Although he left Jordan's band after five years to form his own trio, Davis periodically returned to play special engagements. Although eclipsed by succeeding jazz organists, including Jimmy Smith and Bill Doggett in the late '50s, and Booker T. Jones in the '60s, Davis remained active until his death from a heart attack in August 1995. His summer appearances in Atlantic City, New Jersey were an annual treat for almost three decades. A native of Moorestown, New Jersey, Davis studied music at Tuskegee University and Wiley College in Texas. --Artist Biography by Craig Harris

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Waylon Jennings - Leavin' Town (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Waylon Jennings
Title: Leavin' Town
Genre: Country, Outlaw Country, Progressive Country, Traditional Country
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 28:32
Recorded: RCA Victor Studios, Nashville

Leavin' Town is Waylon Jennings' second album for RCA Victor, released in 1966. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard country albums chart. Much like his debut album (also released in 1966), Leavin' Town features a more tempered vocal approach from Jennings and the countrypolitan production that was typical at RCA at the time. In his 2013 book Outlaws: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville, author Michael Striessguth notes, "One of the early hit singles, 'Anita, You're Dreaming,' co-written by Waylon and [Don] Bowman, found Waylon in a serious and cautious vocal mode that remembered Jim Reeves, only this time with a trace of Marty Robbins, whose famous Latin sound rose up on Waylon's albums more than a few times in the 1960s." In the authorized Jennings video biography Renegade Outlaw Legend, producer Chet Atkins recalled, "I was just trying to make a record that would sell that the disc jockeys would play. I never thought, 'Let's make a pop record' or "Let's make a folk record.' I didn't think too much in that direction." The LP contains three songs composed by Jennings as well as contributions from Bobby Bare, Mel Tillis, Harlan Howard, and Gordon Lightfoot. The LP's most successful single would be the Lightfoot composition "(That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me," which rose to #9.
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Wanderer: Songs by Schumann, Killmayer & Mahler - Christoph Pregardien, Ensemble Kontraste (2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Wilhelm Killmayer (b.1927), Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Artist: Christoph Prégardien, Ensemble Kontraste
Title: Wanderer: Songs by Schumann, Killmayer & Mahler
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 2011
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:06:53
Recorded: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium, 14-18 September 2010

Not even our contemporary inclination towards ‘authenticity’ and ‘loyalty to the composer’s intentions’ has been able to stop the trend of adapting scores for a different instrumentation than what the composer originally had in mind. The rapidly growing number of smallish ensembles with combinations of instruments for which very little music is available has even proved to be an added incentive in this direction, leading towards a new development within classical music. Not infrequently, a particular interest is shown in lieder which were originally written for solo voice with piano accompaniment. Sometimes the composers themselves put a small instrumental ensemble or even a complete symphony orchestra in the place of the original piano part, but it is not unusual for others to undertake this task.
One of the composers who adapted a piano score for a complete orchestra was Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), and the orchestration for his Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer, written in 1883-1885) followed the piano version so quickly that the very first performance in 1886 immediately featured the orchestra. In 1920, Arnold Schoenberg created a new version for flute, clarinet, harmonium, piano, string quintet and percussion, and this instrumentation was taken by the ensemble KONTRASTE as the starting point for a project called Wanderer, in collaboration with the tenor Christoph Prégardien. It revolves around Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen as well as sixteen lieder by Robert Schumann, which were arranged for this project by Marcus Reiβenberger. The idea was to retain the liveliness heard in the piano accompaniment while at the same time creating an instrumental colour palette that far surpassed it. A sort of intermezzo is formed by four lieder by contemporary composer Wilhelm Killmayer, who wrote his own instrumentation to fit in with the idiom used in the lieder of Mahler and Schumann. (from the linernotes written by Paul Korenhof)
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Richard Wagner - Opera Excerpts - Petra Lang, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Wagner: Götterdämmerung; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Siegfried Idyll
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:04:22
Recorded: January 2012, Palace of Arts, Budapest

Wagner is the giant among composers because he created his own world. Whereas others interpreted ancient and familiar mythology, Wagner created his own myth. Whereas others composed to librettos by poets, Wagner wrote his own texts. He evenbuilt his own opera house, which had to be different and innovative. Wagner was the greatest creative genius of music history.And yet this superhuman giant also had a sense of humor, clearly audible in thewonderfully constructed Meistersinger Overture. And he had intimate, sensitive lyricism, which moves us deeply in his Siegfried-Idyll. This lyricism is the most important aspect of Wagner’s music; Brünnhilde’s beautiful, longing melody which shines through the huge flame that absorbs her and the collapsing world. --Iván Fischer
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Ralph Vaughan Williams - Job; Symphony No.9 - Alexander Kagan, Bergen Philharmonic, Andrew Davis (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)
Artist: Alexander Kagan, Bergen Philharmonic, Andrew Davis
Title: Williams: Job; Symphony No.9
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICAL|shop
Duration: 01:17:29
Recorded: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway: 2 – 4 and 6 May 2016; Domkirken, Bergen, Norway: 5 May 2016

The projected complete cycle of Vaughan Williams’s symphonies started by the late Richard Hickox has left a precious heritage in the discography of the composer. Now, conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, that other expert in British repertoire, Sir Andrew Davis, takes on the challenge of completing the series with idiomatic interpretations of two masterpieces: the final Symphony (No. 9) and the ballet Job.

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VA - Jazz Loves Disney (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Various
Title: Jazz Loves Disney
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Jazz Pop
Label: © Decca Records France, under exclusive license to Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:47:39

We all have a Walt Disney cartoon tune or melody in mind, reminding us of magic afternoons spent with our parents when we were kids or with our own children now that we are grown-ups. It is a bit of this special feeling and pleasure that artists such as Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Stacey Kent, Jamie Cullum and other leading music stars share with us on the new project produced by Jay Newland and arranged and directed by Rob Mounsey, as they perform big band jazz covers of songs that are part of every kids heritage. Whether they come from Scandinavia, Andalusia, North Americas big cities or the Balkan plains, 21st century kids have the Disney magic in common, an imaginary world where both soft and wild tunes are closely linked to cult scenes from Uncle Walts animation classics. Walt Disney loved jazz and paid great attention to the writing of the music accompanying his heroes adventures. Teams wrote and played the songs that at some point acted as catalysts of the emotions and personalities of unique characters such as Jiminy Cricket, Baloo, Tinker Bell or Toy Storys cowboy Woody. Several of these tunes have either been nominated for or won Academy Awards, a true acknowledgment of the quality of such beloved and enchanting future standards, which many jazz and pop stars - Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, Bette Middler, Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Robbie Williams …- have covered at some point in their career. Jazz Loves Disney was recorded between Paris, London and Los Angeles by a dream cast. It is incredibly coherent, as if all participants had agreed to pay a rightful tribute to the most beautiful and symbolic tunes of Walt Disneys magic world, as if nothing was too good for the stars when they revisited the classics and the sweet childhood memories connected to them. This is the ultimate proof of the impact Disney has had on generations of jazz musicians, including the ones taking part in Jazz Loves Disney.
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Trio Los Panchos - Hey, Amigo! (1967/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Trío Los Panchos
Title: Hey, Amigo!
Genre: Pop, Country Pop, Latin Pop, Bolero, Tejano, Easy Listening
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1967/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:26:24
Recorded: 1967

Los Panchos (also known as the Trío Los Panchos) was an internationally famous Latin trío romántico known for its romantic ballads and boleros. Los Panchos first met in 1944 in New York City. The three original members were Alfredo Gil and Chucho Navarro, both from Mexico, and Hernando Avilés from Puerto Rico. All three played guitar and contributed vocally. Los Panchos reached fame with their romantic songs, especially in Latin America where they are still regarded as one of the top trios of all time. They sold millions of records within a few years of being founded. They also appeared in around fifty movies mostly during the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema.
Los Panchos began touring internationally in 1946 and would relocate later that same year to Mexico City. They were welcomed with open arms and XEW-AM, the most popular radio station in Mexico City, reserved a time slot for their music. In 1951, Los Panchos launched another international tour across Latin America.
Julito Rodríguez joined the group in 1952; he was replaced by Johnny Albino in 1958. Johnny Albino & Chucho Navarro, (Miguel Poventud and Yomo Toro were studio musicians for CBS) famously worked with singer Eydie Gorme on a series of bestselling albums in the 1960s. The Albino era was one of the most prosperous ones for Los Panchos whose classic albums are very popular among Los Panchos fans still. His departure in 1968 was a tumultuous one, as he did not leave on good terms with the group's management.
In 1971, Ovidio Hernández joined the band as lead vocalist, a part he would fulfill until his untimely passing of complications of meningitis in 1976. Following him, Rafael Basurto Lara joined as lead singer. Alfredo Gil played with Los Panchos until his retirement in 1981 (he died in 1999) and Chucho Navarro played with the group until his death in 1993. A characteristic instrument of Los Panchos and many more bolero trios after them is the Requinto guitar, which is smaller and tuned higher than a standard guitar, and was invented[citation needed] by Alfredo Gil, founding member of Los Panchos. Requinto solos are typically part of a bolero song. Today, there are several trios claiming to be the rightful successors to the original trio. Another Trio Los Panchos also known as "Trio Los Panchos con Gabi Vargas" (Trio Los Panchos with Gabi Vargas) is currently under the musical direction of Gabriel Vargas Aguilar. , still continues to perform concerts across Mexico, Latin America, and the United States, with a newer cast of singers. Another trio using the Los Panchos name is the Trio Los Panchos de Chucho Navarro Fundador (Trio Los Panchos of Founder Chucho Navarro) under the direction of Chucho Navarro Jr. the son of original Los Panchos member Chucho Navarro, makes presentations worldwide. --wikipedia
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Tony Bennett - Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Tony Bennett
Title: Tony Bennett Celebrates 90
Genre: Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:10:06
Recorded: September 15, 2016, Radio City Music Hall

Released in conjunction with an NBC-TV special, 2016's effusively delivered concert album Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 finds vocalist Tony Bennett marking his 90th birthday with an all-star concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. A lavish event, the concert showcased Bennett performing a handful of his most famous songs, with the legendary singer joined by a bevy of musical guests including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Lady Gaga, k.d. lang, Kevin Spacey, Stevie Wonder, and many others. Generally speaking, the album is front-loaded with the guest performances and largely consists of each artist doing a rendition of a popular standard Bennett performed and/or recorded at one point or another. Oddly, despite all the guest artists on hand and in light of Bennett's own tradition of doing duet albums, the concert is noticeably bereft of such pairings save for a particularly poignant duet between Bennett and Billy Joel on Joel's "New York State of Mind." Instead, we get Bocelli doing "Ave Maria," lang doing "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," Bublé doing "The Good Life," and more. We also get Elton John delivering a thematically fitting version of his own classic "Can You Feel the Love Tonight." Particularly engaging are Lady Gaga's exuberant renditions of "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "La Vie en Rose." Given her history as a duet partner with Bennett (much like lang), Gaga displays her growing talent as a traditional pop vocalist and proves to be one of the highlights of the evening. Despite the high caliber of the guest performances, the real focus of the concert is saved for the latter half when Bennett himself takes the stage. Although well past the age that most of his contemporaries retired, Bennett remains a magnetic stage performer with a voice that's as robust and nuanced as in his prime -- and perhaps even more full of character. Every time Bennett sings, he delivers a veritable master class on how to sing a jazz standard, and this performance is no exception. Here, we get a handful of some of his best-known numbers, including "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "The Best Is Yet to Come," and more. Ultimately, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 is a joyful birthday fete to Bennett and a heartfelt tribute to his illustrious career. --AllMusic Review by Matt Collar
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