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Lewis, Paul – Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15; Ballades Op. 10 (2016) [24bit FLAC]

Lewis, Paul - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15; Ballades Op. 10 (2016) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Lewis, Paul
Album: Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15; Ballades Op. 10
Genre: Classical
Year: 2016
Tracks: 07
Duration: 01:12:07
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Size: 653.5 MB
Label: harmonia mundi

A renewal of forms, Too innovative for its time, Brahms’s Piano Concerto no.1, premiered in Hanover in 1859, needed a few years to become established in the repertory. It is a work that redefines the norms of the genre. The traditional confrontation between virtuoso soloist and orchestra is bypassed in favour of a balanced treatment and a more ‘symphonic’ approach. The Ballades op.10 too derive from the impetus towards a renewal of forms characteristic of the young Brahms’s output.

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Ben Harper – Fight For Your Mind (1995) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Ben Harper
Album: Fight For Your Mind
Genre: Rock
Year: 1995
Tracks: 14
Duration: 01:08:52
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Size: 2.7 GB
Label: Virgin

After Harper’s well-received debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, he expanded on his fanbase by touring relentlessly with jam bands like Dave Matthews Band. On this, his second album, Harper added a more refined sense of his own intense spirituality, such as on the gospel-influenced album closers, “Power of the Gospel”, “God Fearing Man” and “One Road to Freedom”.

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Itzhak Perlman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini – Brahms: Violin Concerto (2015) [24bit FLAC]

Itzhak Perlman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini - Brahms: Violin Concerto (2015) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Itzhak Perlman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini
Album: Brahms: Violin Concerto
Genre: Classical
Year: 2015
Tracks: 03
Duration: 00:43:10
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 801.71 MB
Label: Warner Classics

As with the Beethoven concerto, many virtuoso players wrote their own cadenza for the Brahms. Joachim, of course, supplied the first one (a remarkably sympathetic piece of writing), and his example was followed by two of his pupils, Hugo Heermann and Leopold Auer. They were soon joined by Ysae, Ondrcek, Kneisel, Marteau, Kreisler, Kubelk, Busch, Heifetz, Milstein, Enescu and Ricci, while certain non-violinist composers also tried their hand, including Donald Tovey (1875–1940) and Ferruccio Busoni (1866–1924), the latter even marking his cadenza “with orchestral accompaniment”! The tradition has continued, with such current stars as Nigel Kennedy, Maxim Vengerov and Joshua Bell performing self-penned cadenzas on their recordings. Here, however, Itzhak Perlman goes back to the original, and plays Joachim’s — the ideal choice in many ways, not least because of its historical connections to the work. –Jean-Michel Molkhou

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Blue Mitchell – The Thing To Do (1964) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Blue Mitchell
Album: The Thing To Do
Genre: Jazz
Year: 1964
Tracks: 05
Duration: 00:40:07
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Size: 1.68 GB
Label: Blue Note Records

Hard bop trumpeter Blue Mitchell recorded The Thing To Do in 1964 for Blue Note, his first for the label as leader, accompanied by a young Chick Corea on piano at the very beginning of his professional career. Corea even contributes the album’s closing number, Chick’s Tune. Tenor saxophonist Junior Cook joins Mitchell on the front line, backed by bassist Gene Taylor and drummer Al Foster.

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Breakbot – Still Waters (2016) [24bit FLAC]

Breakbot - Still Waters (2016) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Breakbot
Album: Still Waters
Genre: Electronic
Year: 2016
Tracks: 13
Duration: 00:51:57
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 585.78 MB
Label: Because Music

Still Waters is the second album by French DJ/Producer Breakbot (Thibaut Berland), including the singles “Back For More”, “Get Lost” and “2Good4Me”. It was released on Ed Banger Records on February 5, 2016.

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Itzhak Perlman, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos – Bruch: Scottish Fantasy; Violin Concerto No. 2 (2015) [24bit FLAC]

Itzhak Perlman, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos - Bruch: Scottish Fantasy; Violin Concerto No. 2 (2015) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Itzhak Perlman, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Album: Bruch: Scottish Fantasy; Violin Concerto No. 2
Genre: Classical
Year: 2015
Tracks: 08
Duration: 00:58:29
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 1.03 GB
Label: Warner Classics

These two works for violin by Max Bruch owe a great deal to Jascha Heifetz, who was really the first to champion them and, most importantly, the first to record them: the Scottish Fantasy in 1947 and the Second Concerto in 1954. Itzhak Perlman, who has often acknowledged Heifetz’s influence on his taste in and choice of repertoire, recorded both works early in his career (1976) before returning to them a decade later (see volume 40). The Concerto in D minor, Op.44 was written for the great Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate, who gave its premiere in London in November 1878. Overshadowed, as was No.3, by Bruch’s First Violin Concerto, Op.26, it soon fell into neglect. It is, however, a work full of innovative touches, such as the choice of an Adagio to open the concerto, in place of the conventional Allegro, or the instrumental recitative that follows and both harks back to the first movement and anticipates the finale. Despite its dramatic gestures and the beauty of the solo part, however, this second work failed to match its predecessor’s success. Heifetz’s recording, as well as that made a few years later by Mischa Elman (1956), played an essential role in establishing its place in the repertoire.

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Jack Liebeck, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins – Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 & other works (2016) [24bit FLAC]

Jack Liebeck, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins - Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 & other works (2016) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Jack Liebeck, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins
Album: Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 & other works
Genre: Classical
Year: 2016
Tracks: 08
Duration: 01:12:09
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 1.28 GB
Label: Hyperion Records

The rest of the programme profiles lesser-known fodder. Lesser known for good reason, because neither the Romance in A minor nor the four-movement Serenade in A minor can compete with the First Concerto for nuance and emotional depth, let alone memorable tunes. Nonetheless, they draw urgent, vibrant playing from Liebeck, who embraces every opportunity for contrast. And it says much for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Martyn Brabbins that they sound, throughout, as though genuinely enamoured of this music. –Hannah Nepil, Gramophone

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