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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Lully: Amadis (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Lully: Amadis (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 163:34 minutes | 3.08 GB
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A masterpiece born of the collaboration of composer Lully and his librettist Quinault, the “tragédie en musique” called Alceste caused a scandal when it was created in 1674. The tragic register was reserved for the theater, while the music was content with the comic vein. But thanks to the combined talents of Lully and Quinault, the stage of the Royal Academy of Music saw the development of the new tragic and lyrical genre.
Audra McDonald - Sing Happy (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Audra McDonald - Sing Happy (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 61:29 minutes | 1.15 GB
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Decca Gold is proud to announce the forthcoming release of Sing Happy, the live performance of the New York Philharmonic’s 2018 Spring Gala starring Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, conducted by Andy Einhorn. Recorded live on May 1 at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, the recording represents McDonald’s first collaboration with Decca Gold – as well as her first solo recording with full orchestra.
Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul - Soulfire Live! (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul - Soulfire Live! (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 154:40 minutes | 3.34 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Little Steven Is Back With Soulfire! “I have very little interest in the modern world and I’m not in any way conflicted about that. I grew up in a renaissance period, a very lucky time when the greatest music ever made was also the most commercial. We’ll never see that again so for me, there’s only one criteria, which is greatness. That’s all I care about. Is what I’m doing reaching for greatness? Whether I achieve it or not, that is one hundred percent of my criteria.” – Stevie Van Zandt
Claude Debussy - Debussy Centenary Discoveries (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Claude Debussy - Debussy Centenary Discoveries (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 170:51 minutes | 2.07 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Debussy Centenary Discoveries offers new insights into a captivating, inventive and influential musical genius.
René Jacobs - J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion (Édition 5.1) (2013) [Official Digital Download MCH 24/96]

René Jacobs - J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion (Édition 5.1) (2013)
FLAC 5.1 (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 158:30 minutes | 6,61 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

It has haunted René Jacobs since childhood: first as a boy soprano in Ghent, then as a countertenor, he has constantly frequented the supreme masterpiece that is the 'St Matthew Passion'. Jacobs uses the layout of the Good Friday Vesper service from Bach's time, with choirs front and back, rather than side-by-side. He also gives us extra soloists to complete the bi-choral effect. For Bach, the two halves were 28 metres apart. At that distance, coordination difficulties begin to appear between the speed of light, and the speed of sound, and we cannot determine how Bach dealt with this problem.
Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake - Schubert 4 - Wigmore Hall Live (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake - Schubert 4 - Wigmore Hall Live (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 69:13 minutes | 1.03 GB
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Ian Bostridge, ‘one of the world’s great lieder tenors’ The Telegraph, praised for his sensitive and distinctive performances, is joined once more by Julius Drake as they continue to explore the genius of Schubert’s songs. From the strikingly dramatic ballad ‘Der Zwerg’ to the melancholic tenderness of ‘An Den Mond’, the duo examine the emotions of every word and every note in this delicately curated programme, recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 16 May 2015.
Nat King Cole - 100 Essentials of Nat King Cole (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Nat King Cole - 100 Essentials of Nat King Cole (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 280:53 minutes | 3,70 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

For a mild-mannered man whose music was always easy on the ear, Nat King Cole managed to be a figure of considerable controversy during his 30 years as a professional musician. From the late '40s to the mid-'60s, he was a massively successful pop singer who ranked with such contemporaries as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin. He shared with those peers a career that encompassed hit records, international touring, radio and television shows, and appearances in films. But unlike them, he had not emerged from a background as a band singer in the swing era. Instead, he had spent a decade as a celebrated jazz pianist, leading his own small group. Oddly, that was one source of controversy.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Pisulik at April 11, 2018
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1-96 kHz | Time - 51:36 minutes | 931 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

In 2017, the musical term 'electronic' is nearly obsolete given the ubiquity of computerized processes in producing music. Even so, the prevailing assumption is that musicians working under this broad umbrella must be inspired by concepts equally as electrified as their equipment. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has demonstrated in her still-blooming discography that this notion couldn't be further from the truth, and that more often than not, rich worlds of synthesized sound are born from deep reverence of the natural world. Smith has embodied such an appreciation on The Kid in as direct and sincere a way as possible by sonically charting the phases of life itself.
Toshio Matsuura Group - LOVEPLAYDANCE: 8 Scenes from the Floor (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Toshio Matsuura Group - LOVEPLAYDANCE: 8 Scenes from the Floor (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 57:28 minutes | 1.16 GB
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On ‘LOVEPLAYDANCE’, legendary Tokyo DJ and producer Toshio Matsuura charts a new direction. Casting musical cornerstones in a fresh light, the TOSHIO MATSUURA GROUP features Tom Skinner (drummer for Sons of Kemet and Owiny Sigoma Band amongst others) as its musical director, as well as some of the UK’s most exciting jazz-influenced musicians. Drawing on years of surveying and curating different corners of music, Matsuura deftly combines this talented pool of players into one singular, wide-ranging album.

Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Pisulik at April 3, 2018
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 46:55 minutes | 904 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"This album is instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record," Dave Grohl said in a statement, "but there's something deeper and more musical to it. I think that these cities and these people influenced us to stretch out and explore new territory, without losing our 'sound.'" In the teaser below (which shows Grohl getting a new tattoo) you can hear the frontman again screaming, “All Rise!” But this time, he’s backed by a full band. Sonic Highways was co-produced by the band with Butch Vig (Nirvana's Nevermind).