Anton Bruckner: Symphony No 9 – Claudio Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra (2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24/48]

Claudio Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra – Bruckner: Symphony No 9 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Digital Booklet | 614 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz |
© Deutsche Grammophon

In January 2014, music lovers worldwide were saddened to learn that Claudio Abbado had passed away. Deutsche Grammophon feels immensely blessed and proud to be releasing together with Accentus Music Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, which was recorded as part of Abbado’s final concert.

The concert received very positive reviews from the press:

“Mr. Abbado led an otherworldly account of Bruckner’s 9th Symphony. Never have I heard as magisterial and moving performance of the work as that given by the 80-year-old maestro and his fabulous Lucerne Festival Orchestra.” (Wall Street Journal)

The most recent Abbado / Mozart release featuring Martha Argerich has not only received critical acclaim worldwide, but did really well commercially: the album entered the pop charts in Italy at 16 and is still in the German classical charts at number 4.

With 40,000 units sold today, it is one of DG’ s bestselling core classical albums of 2014 & is still going strong.

This new and unique Bruckner album has a real potential amongst the core classical audiences worldwide.

To support the release, DG has filmed an interview with Sid McLauchlan who has been Claudio Abbado’s DG producer for many years.

The concert was recorded by Accentus Music during the 75th Lucerne Festival in 2013 with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

This release is a fitting tribute to an irreplaceable artist, who was one of the greatest conductors and most inspiring musical figures of our time.

With this record, Deutsche Grammophon and Accentus Music wish to pay tribute to the maestro and honour what would have been his 81st birthday at the end of June

Composer: Anton Bruckner
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lucerne Festival Orchestra

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Various Artists – High Altitude Drums (2009) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

V.A. – High Altitude Drums (2009) [2.0 & 4.0]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:55 minutes | PDF included | 1,99 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | PDF included | 690 MB
Genre: Classical

High Altitude Drums (a.k.a. High Attitude Drums) is another project from Kimber Kable & IsoMike. This time the guys were recorded the two ensembles of junior drummers. You can use this SACD as the test disc. For more information – read the booklet.

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Mike Zito & The Wheel – Gone To Texas (2013) [HighResAudio FLAC 24/48]

Mike Zito & The Wheel – Gone To Texas (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 61:45 minutes | 807 MB | Genre: Blues
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Digital booklet | © Ruf Records

Singer/songwriter and co-founder of Royal Southern Brotherhood, Mike Zito, formed the Wheel in 2012. The Band is comprised of Jimmy Carpenter on guitars and saxophone, Rob Lee on drums, and Scot Sutherland on bass. The result effectively announces one of the most exciting and highly-anticipated new releases of the year.

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Joseph Arthur – The Ballad Of Boogie Christ (2013) [B&W FLAC 24/48]

Joseph Arthur – The Ballad Of Boogie Christ (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 52:41 minutes | 731 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: bowers-wilkins.com

Joseph Arthur was born in Ohio-native and in his life has recorded and released a number of albums in rock, folk, pop. In the summer of Joseph presented his new album – The Ballad Of Boogie Christ. In this record, a variety of songs – vocal and instrumental, of nakrotikah and autobiographical, and many other stories. Arthur describes his new record as “some of the richest music I’ve made in 17 years of putting music together. Boogie Christ is a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens after you find and lose it”.

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Joseph Arthur – Redemption City (2012) [B&W FLAC 24/48]

Joseph Arthur – Redemption City (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 112:25 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre:Rock/Pop
Official Digital Download – Source: bowers-wilkins.com

If there’s such a thing as the opposite of writer’s block, Joseph Arthur has it. The Akron, Ohio-bred/Brooklyn, NY-resiciing singer/songwriter, who once released four EPs in the span of as many months, has demonstrated his unwavering proclivity yet again with the release of Redemption City, a 24-song double album.

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Jim Hall – Live! Volume 2-4 (1975/2012) [FLAC 24/48]

Jim Hall – Live! Vol. 2-4 (1975/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 187:37 minutes | 2,14 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: ArtistShare 24-48 files | Full Scans

Jim Hall: Live! Vol. 2-4 is an unprecedented live album release from an utter legend of jazz guitar. This box set features previously unreleased recordings from Jim Hall’s trio performances at Bourbon Street in Toronto, Canada circa 1975. The recordings provide an incredible additional 3 hours of music from the original Jim Hall: Live! (Horizon/1975) release. Featuring Don Thompson on bass and Terry Clarke on drums, the album was released as part of Jim’s latest Fan- Funded ArtistShare Project. These previously unreleased recordings are an absolutely essential addition to this guitar giant’s already extensive catalog of classic live recordings. Jim Hall’s fans will be absolutely delighted by this previously unheard music.

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Portico Quartet – Knee-Deep In The North Sea (2007) [B&W FLAC 24/48]

Portico Quartet – Knee-Deep In The North Sea (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 36:00 minutes | 495 MB | Genre: Modern Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: RealWorld / B&W (Bowers & Wilkins Music Club) [DigiBuy] | Digital Booklet

2008 Mercury Prize Nominee! Portico Quartet are four young musicians from South London who sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Living and playing together they describe their ethos as like an Indy band that plays post-Jazz, and their unique sound has won them fans from Gilles Peterson and Notion to BBC Music Magazine, and made them Time Out’s Jazz, Folk and World music album of the year. Bable.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D Minor, K.626 – Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna, The New Siberian Singers (2011) [Qobuz FLAC 24/48]

Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna – Mozart. Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 46:45 minutes | 484 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Alpha

This release stands out from among both the dozens or hundreds of available recordings of Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K. 626, and from among the recordings in the catalog of France’s Alpha label. On the latter count, while most of Alpha’s recordings have been historically oriented, this one falls into glorious Russian tradition of luxurious expression, and the usual art-historical essay included with Alpha’s discs is missing here (although the packaging does bear some gorgeous Byzantine iconography). The recording pairs four western European soloists, who traveled all the way to Novosibirsk for the lengthy recording sessions, with the New Siberian Singers and the chamber orchestra MusicAeterna under its conductor, Teodor Currentzis. This is not a large choir (33 singers), but it has the rich sound associated with Russian opera choruses, which is what this group does as a general rule. If you’re thinking this sounds a bit like Mozart as conducted by Rachmaninov, you’re about right, especially in the sections where the dying Mozart seems to gaze into the fires of hell. The considerably more delicate soloists, especially alto Stéphanie Houtzeel, make a vivid contrast with the choir in this deeply colored, almost raw performance, which is nevertheless very carefully done in its details and sonically matched to the Novosibirsk opera house where it was recorded. By any measure this choir is a striking new talent.

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Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day (2012) [HDTracks FLAC 24/48]

Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day (2012) – Live: O2 Arena, London – December 10, 2007
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 1:55:26 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download | Source: HDTracks.com | November 19, 2012 | © Rhino Atlantic

On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena for a historic performance, headlining a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Celebration Day is an exhilarating tour de force of the band’s signature blues-infused rock n’ roll, a sound that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Bonham’s son to perform sixteen landmark tracks including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock And Roll,” “Kashmir” and “Stairway To Heaven”.

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Beck – The Information (2006/2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24/48]

Beck – The Information (2006)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 1:01:33 minutes | 763 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Interscope

Hailed as “a deeply natural songwriter” (The New Yorker) who “defies expectations in his own way” (Time) and “Gen X’s most famous absurdist” (Blender), Beck is the single most inventive and eclectic figure to emerge from the ’90s altertnative revolution. In an era obsessed with junk culture, Beck seamlessly blends pop, folk, hop-hop, indie/underground and electronica with the end result being an authentically uncategorizable musical style that nevertheless has sold millions of records and scored multiple Grammy awards.

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