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Chet Baker - Baker's Holiday (1965/2012) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Chet Baker - Baker's Holiday (1965/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 32:20 minutes | 1,28 GB
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Baker's Holiday finds Chet Baker effectively paying tribute to Billie Holiday with mellow trumpet solos and occasional vocals. Baker is backed by a full sax section and a four-piece rhythm section that includes pianist Hank Jones; Jimmy Mundy contributed the colorful arrangements. His performance of ten songs associated with Lady Day (most of which he had not recorded previously) is often exquisite.
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig & Andris Nelsons - Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 / Wagner: Lohengrin Prelude (Live) (2018) [24/192]

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig & Andris Nelsons - Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 / Wagner: Lohengrin Prelude (Live) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 68:39 minutes | 2.45 GB
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2018 will be branded as “Gewandhausjahr”: Gewandhausorchester celebrates its 275th birthday and the inauguration of Andris Nelsons as new Gewandhauskapellmeister.
National Symphony Orchestra, Howard Mitchell - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1959/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

National Symphony Orchestra, Howard Mitchell - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1959/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 44:05 minutes | 1.54 GB
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1959 Record with 'New Orthophonic' recording. Howard Mitchell, Conductor National Symphony Orchestra So many composers seem to hit their stride with a 5th symphony that is considered outstanding. This is true of Shostakovich. The art work on the front has a very interesting painting by Joseph Hirsch, a well known painter from the 30s and 40s. A close up version of Shostakovich's face composed of jewel-like facets echoing the artistic complexity of the music.
The New Appalachians - From The Mountaintop (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

The New Appalachians - From The Mountaintop (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 57:39 minutes | 2.08 GB
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Featuring a full seventeen songs whose history can be traced back decades or even centuries through the Appalachian region, From The Mountaintop, and renowned Cellist, Dave Eggar, assemble an all-star cast of musicians set to treat your ears and transport you to the Appalachian region of years long passed.
Lou Donaldson - Swing And Soul (1957/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/192] RE-UP

Lou Donaldson - Swing And Soul (1957/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 37:31 minutes | 1,69 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Lou Donaldson has long been an excellent bop altoist influenced by Charlie Parker, but with a more blues-based style of his own. His distinctive tone has been heard in a variety of small group settings, and he has recorded dozens of worthy and spirited sets throughout the years. His bluesy style was easily transferable to soul-jazz, and he sounded most original in that context. Swing And Soul is a Donaldson album from 1957 that features his most famous quintet consisting of Herman Foster on piano, Peck Morrison on bass, Dave Bailey on drums and Ray Barretto on congas.
Rod Stewart - Never A Dull Moment (1972/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Rod Stewart - Never A Dull Moment (1972/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 33:26 minutes | 1,37 GB
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„Never A Dull Moment“ picks up where „Every Picture Tells A Story“ left off. Here we have more raucous rock & roll with healthy dollops of soul and twang thrown in for good measure. Always looking for a good songwriter to cover, Stewart's honorees here include Jimi Hendrix ('Angel'), Dylan ('Mama You Been On My Mind'), and Rod's personal hero, Sam Cooke ('Twistin' The Night Away').
Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Beethoven: Music for Winds (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Beethoven: Music for Winds (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 55:06 minutes | 2.11 GB
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All around the world, critics cheered the SCO Wind Soloists’ previous album of Mozart Divertimenti: ‘superb in every way’ (Fanfare), ‘a joy from start to finish’ (Europadisc), ‘sparkles with joy and chuckles with good humour’ (BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’).
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Neither One Of Us (1973/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Gladys Knight & The Pips - Neither One Of Us (1973/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 34:36 minutes | 1.28 GB
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Although they left Motown (actually Soul) shortly after they cut this album, Gladys Knight & the Pips were at their performing peak during the early '70s. This magnificent title track featured stunning vocals by Knight and equally effective backing vocals from the Pips, and had several other outstanding songs on it. Why Motown never pushed them as much as they could have mystified many at the time, and while Knight and the Pips didn't surpass their Motown material at other labels, they created enough outstanding songs to justify their decision to leave. ~ AllMusic Review by Ron Wynn
Sir Simon Rattle & London Symphony Orchestra - Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Sir Simon Rattle & London Symphony Orchestra - Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 51:11 minutes | 1.42 GB
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Sir Simon Rattle pays homage to a composer he holds close to his heart with An Imaginary Orchestral Journey through the music of Joseph Haydn. Rattle trawls through the great composer's impressive catalogue, piecing together excerpts from symphonies, oratorios and operas spanning a 40-year period in what the director describes as 'a kind of greatest hits' format.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 113:58 minutes | 3.66 GB
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The transcendent glory of Handel's beloved classic Messiah is taken to new heights on Sir Andrew Davis’s majestic, must-hear rendition, recorded live in December 2015. Davis and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra make use of all the colours available from the modern orchestra to underline the mood and meaning of the individual movements, sung here by an acclaimed cast of soloists. Without detracting from the innate power of the original, the conductor’s score calls for moments of drama, pathos and even, sometimes, whimsy.