The Knights – Golijov: Azul (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: The Knights
Album: Golijov: Azul
Genre: Classical
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 326 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Azul, the evocative Spanish word for ‘blue’, is the title of the contemplative cello concerto by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov. It forms the centrepiece of this album by Brooklyn-based orchestral collective The Knights, which takes the skies as its theme. Today’s most celebrated cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, joins The Knights for the concerto and for a transcription of Dvok’s poignant ‘Song to the Moon’. The diverse and fascinating programme is completed with music by the contemporary Iranian composer Siamak Aghae, visionary avant-gardist Karlheinz Stockhausen and eclectic singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

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Khatia Buniatishvili – Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Khatia Buniatishvili - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Khatia Buniatishvili
Album: Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3
Genre: Classical
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 263 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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This album is a true highlight of Khatia’s recording career thus far, she reunites with Paavo Jrvi for her first orchestral recording in four years. Rachmaninoff 2 and 3 – rarely combined – in one album, showcase two blockbuster concertos of the late-romantic repertoire. The 2nd has been featured in many famous movies such as Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Clint Eastwood’s film Hereafter (2010). The 3rd was prominently featured in Shine (1996) with David Helfgott. Khatia and Jrvi recorded the album with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at Rudolfinum, Dvorak Hall, Prague.

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Joep Beving – Prehension (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Joep Beving
Album: Prehension
Genre: Classical
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 238 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Introducing a brand new artist to the DG label: contemporary Dutch composer/pianist Joep Beving. Described online as a friendly giant , Joep creates genuinely relaxing and contemplative neo-classical music with a broad and immediate appeal. Music which displays introspective, melancholic, filmic and uplifting characteristics presented in a simple, warm acoustic atmosphere.

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Helene Grimaud – Perspectives (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Helene Grimaud
Album: Perspectives
Genre: Classical
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 596 mb
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2 CD compilation featuring highlights from Grimaud’s DG recordings developed in close collaboration with the artist. One album is devoted to solo pieces, the other one to concerto movements.

For each successive Deutsche Grammophon release to date, Grimaud has created carefully considered (and occasionally provocative) contexts. For Hlne, this collection is a retrospective offering new perspectives through a very personal choice of repertoire which creates enlightening new echoes between works.

From Bach to Rachmaninov, Mozart to Chopin, Hlne Grimaud’s own selection of highlights from her albums reflects her artistic journey through the piano’s most famous solo and concerto repertoire in a series of interpretations that never fail to offer new perspectives on even the most familiar music.

Perspectives offers the very best of Grimaud s recordings so far with a broad mainstream appeal.

Perspectives features new pictures of Grimaud as a child and teenager, while others focus on her very special relationship with nature and animals, thus painting a complete portrait of the artist.

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Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer & Yo-Yo Ma – Bach Trios (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer & Yo-Yo Ma - Bach Trios (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer & Yo-Yo Ma
Album: Bach Trios
Genre: Classical
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 269 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Nonesuch Records releases an album of Bach works recorded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and bassist Edgar Meyer, Bach Trios, on April 7, 2017, with the two-LP vinyl edition due April 21. The album comprises works by J.S. Bach originally written for keyboard instruments, plus one sonata for viola da gamba. In 2011, Ma, Thile, and Meyer—along with Stuart Duncan—collaborated on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, which won two Grammy Awards.

Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer’s first recording together was the 1996 album Appalachia Waltz, which also featured fiddler Mark O’Connor; that album was followed by Appalachian Journey, also with O’Connor, in 2000. Meyer and Thile also began playing together nearly two decades ago, and first performed live as a duo in 2003. They have made two duo albums, 2008’s Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile and the Grammy–winning 2014 record Bass & Mandolin.

Thile then joined Meyer on Ma’s 2008 holiday album, Songs of Joy and Peace, before the trio reunited, along with Stuart Duncan, for The Goat Rodeo Sessions, an album of original tunes drawing from the musicians’ backgrounds in bluegrass, classical, and American roots music. The Goat Rodeo Sessions debuted at number twenty-three on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the classical and classical crossover charts, as well as number one on the bluegrass chart, where it stayed for eleven weeks. The album was also critically praised, with the Los Angeles Times calling it “haunting, invigorating, often breathtaking.”

As Ma told Billboard at that time: “How often do you work with people who are master virtuosos and also master improvisers and composers, who know at least two musical traditions unbelievably well?” He continued, “It’s just extraordinary when you have people who can actually show on their instruments what they’re thinking at any moment, without a delay. As soon as you think it, it gets transferred in your neuromusculature immediately into sound.”

The New York Times said of Yo-Yo Ma, who is considered one of today’s foremost interpreters of Bach, “Other cellists hear Bach’s suites the same as Mr. Ma, but few if any have the technical means to transfer their imaginings so precisely into sound.” Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes more than one hundred albums, eighteen of which have won Grammy Awards. Ma also serves as the Artistic Director of Silkroad, an organization he founded to promote cross-cultural performance and collaborations. More than eighty works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute and in 2016 was appointed Artistic Advisor to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Jonas Kaufmann – Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Jonas Kaufmann
Album: Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Genre: Classical
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 255 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
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Gustav Mahler’s masterpiece Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth) has always been subtitled as a Symphony for Tenor and Alto (or Baritone) and traditionally two voices have sung the six movements of the work. However Jonas Kaufmann felt differently about this and decided to sing both parts himself. This is the first time that one voice has sung both parts for a recording of this piece. Last June, in the tradition-steeped Great Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, where a number of outstanding Mahler performances have taken place, Kaufmann joined the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Jonathan Nott for this historic recording. According to the Kurier newspaper after the performance, “this experiment went far beyond the risky test phase and, in the end, became a complete work of art in itself. What would normally be considered pretentious is absolutely logical in the case of Kaufmann, who is able to showcase the splendor of his baritone as well as the radiant upper reaches of his range.”

Munich-born singer, Jonas Kaufmann, is without a doubt at the absolute top echelon of the operatic world. He is in extreme demand with the world’s most influential conductors, selling out opera houses and concert venues months in advance wherever he performs. In 2011, he received the Opera News Award in New York and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. He has been awarded “Singer of the Year” by many prestigious journals including ECHO Klassic and Musical America. Kaufmann is also an internationally sought-after concert and lieder singer. In October of 2011 he performed the first solo recital to be given at the Metropolitan Opera since Luciano Pavarotti in 1994.

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