Various Artists – Jazz At The Pawnshop (1976/2006) [30th Anniversary Edition](Arne Domnérus, Bengt Hallberg, Lars Erstrand, Georg Riedel, Egil Johansen)
3 Discs | FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 212:57 minutes | 4,06 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download   Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital booklet

This is the live document – a legendary engagement at the Pawnshop club in Stockholm, Sweden. Featured are Arne Domnerus (doubling on alto and clarinet), pianist Bengt Hallberg, vibraphonist Lars Erstrand, bassist Georg Riedel and drummer Egil Johansen. They mostly stick to swing standards, recalling the groups of Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton… (more…)

Igor Stravinsky – Works for Piano and Orchestra – Alexej Gorlatch (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:05:47 minutes | 555 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ Sony Classical

Alexej Gorlatch was born in 1988 in Kiev and has been living in Germany since 1991. He began his piano studies at the age of seven with Eduard-Georg Georgiew in Passau, before becoming a junior student of Martin Hughes at the Berlin University of Arts at the age of twelve, continuing his music studies two years later with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the University of Music and Drama Hanover and subsequently with Bernd Goetzke. On this recording Alexej Gorlatch plays Stravinsky with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Alondra de la Parra. (more…)

Album title: Himmelkvad
Composer: Lasse Thoresen (b.1949)
Performer: Nordic Voices, Berit Opheim Versto
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)
Location: Sofienberg Church, Norway
Release date: February 2012
Recording date: June and October 2010
Original source: Mastering in DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 01:12:49
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 3000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: Norwegian DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 192 kHz / 11597 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: Norwegian LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit

The Nordic Council Music Prize 2010 was awarded to the Norwegian composer Lasse Thoresen. His “Opus 42” represents a true renewal of Nordic vocal music. This strikingly beautiful piece reveals the common denominators in ancient and ultra-modern sounds, drawing our attention to the similarities between Scandinavian folk traditions and the music we might find in, say, the Middle East or India. Lasse Thoresen not only uses folk sounds to spice up art music, he also integrates its finely tuned microtonality, spectral overtones, harmonies and rhythms into the contemporary, modernist project in a truly pioneering manner. A project like this depends upon close collaboration with skilled musicians who are willing to take risks. Thoresen found them in the vocal ensemble Nordic Voices and folk singer Berit Opheim Versto.

Artistic creativity, versatility and technical precision are the main elements that make up NORDIC VOICES. The six-voice a cappella group was formed in 1996 and comprises graduates from the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Opera, who, in addition to their singing backgrounds, have a broad range of experience from choral conducting to teacher training and composition. It is perhaps this range of interests that leads them to explore a wider than usual spectrum of musical expression, from plainchant to new works commissioned from leading Norwegian composers; from the most sacred of religious texts to the definitely profane. Nordic Voices  are an unusual blend of sophisticated music-making and stylish performance, more often than not with more than a dash of humour. (more…)

Artemis Quartet Mendelssohn: String Quartets (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz | Time – 1:27:47 minutes | 882 MB | Genre; Classical, Chamber Music
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Recording: Studio P4, Berlin 22-25. V. & 25-27. IX. 2013

“The Artemis enlarge perceptions, push frontiers and perhaps question received wisdom,” wroteGramophone of the Artemis Quartet’s 2012 Schubert album. The Berlin-based ensemble now sheds new light on Mendelssohn with these three works from three distinct periods in the composer’s career: his late adolescence, the year before he turned 30, and the final months of his short life, overshadowed by the death of his beloved sister. (more…)