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Zhu Xiao-Mei - J.S. Bach: The French Suites, BWV 812-817 (2017)

Zhu Xiao-Mei - J.S. Bach: The French Suites, BWV 812-817
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 79:08 min | 184 MB
Label: Accentus Music | Tracks: 40 | Rls.date: 2017

It is with children in mind that I recorded these French Suites, always having heartfelt simplicity and purity in their mind. Children see the world with hope, optimism, and cast in light much like Miró sees the world. I find a childlike purity in him, similar to what I hear in the French Suites. There is a quote by Miró that touches me enormously and makes me think a lot whenever I play, as it reflects something that may be the most difficult aspect of musical interpretation and of art in general: 'To gain freedom is to gain simplicity' - Zhu Xiao-Mei.

Murray Perahia - Bach: The French Suites (2016) [TR24][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Dec. 3, 2016
Murray Perahia - Bach: The French Suites (2016) [TR24][OF]

Murray Perahia - Bach: The French Suites
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 91:16 min | 1.51 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 39 | Rls.date: 2016

One of the world’s best-loved artists, and a longtime proponent of Bach on the modern piano, Murray Perahia has been hailed as one of the composer’s “most rewarding interpreters both live and on disc.” For his debut recording on Deutsche Grammophon, Perahia turns to the six French Suites – works that are at once delicate, profound, tender and joyful, and all suffused with the rhythmic vitality of the dance. Perahia produced a series of award-winning recordings of Bach's keyboard works in the late 1990s and since then Bach has become his bench mark. Bach’s French Suites are new to his recording catalogue. It is his first release in the past 5 years and first release for DG.
Andras Schiff - J.S. Bach: 6 French Suites, Italian Concerto, French Overture (1993) 2CD

András Schiff - J.S. Bach: 6 French Suites, Italian Concerto, French Overture (1993) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 558 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 386 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 433 313-2 DH2 | Time: 02:09:15

András Schiff is one of the best Bach players among Gould, Rosalyn Tureck and Wanda Landowska. On Schiff's French Suites, every part from every suite has a different color and gives you different feeling. Every harmony is taken to its end with care, and dynamic balance is always delightful to listen. Articulation of the notes is excellent, full of humour, and in some places you surely start to smile and you feel very happy when you listen to Schiff. He also plays the slow parts very deeply and warmly, which is for some artists a big problem when playing Bach. There are also Italian Concerto and French Overture on the CD's, played brilliantly, so this set is really worth buying. Recommended for everyone.

Richard Galliano - French Touch (1998)  Music

Posted by Designol at Nov. 13, 2017
Richard Galliano - French Touch (1998)

Richard Galliano - French Touch (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included | 00:47:37
Post-Bop, Tango, Modern Composition | Label: Disques Dreyfus | # FDM 36596-2

Tango accordion has a clear icon in the late Astor Piazzolla, but these days Richard Galliano is making a strong case for being the premier jazz accordionist. He's as lyrical as one needs, swings like mad, or brings tempos down to a sensual jog with passion and soul. When called upon, he can play a gut-wrenching tango or two himself. For this effort he's joined by two different crack rhythm sections, the brilliant Jean-François Jenny-Clark and Daniel Humair (seven tracks), or the slightly cut below Remi Vignolo and Andre Ceccarelli (four tracks), bass and drums respectively. It's not hard to hear a distinctly French but improvisationally Americanized sound. The lone standard, "You Must Believe in Spring", is one of many waltzes, but this one jumps from second to fifth gear, Galliano rapidly flying through the changes. The title track is also quick, with "Augusta" more a sprightly 3/4, while "L'Envers du Décor" is an easier modal three beat. Nods to Brazilian Hermeto Pascoal are heard on his composition "Bébé" and the mallets on drums and heavy conga beat-based fanfare and theme of "Passarinho".
Sunhae Im & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Orfeo(s): Italian and French Cantatas (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Sunhae Im & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Orfeo(s): Italian and French Cantatas (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 69:12 minutes | 1.21 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

For her first solo recital disc on harmonia mundi, Sunhae Im has chosen four cantatas dealing with the myth of Orpheus. The figure of the mythical singer, whose songs moved even wild beasts and inanimate rocks to tears, has fascinated composers ever since touching the listener s emotions became the programme of the musical work of art and offering a wide range of possibilities for musical depiction: the melodious charm of Arcadia; the dances during the wedding celebrations of Orpheus and Eurydice; the abrupt change of mood at Eurydice s death; Orpheus daring descent into Hades; and finally the subjugation of the underworld deities and even death itself through expressive solo singing.
Don Ellis & Brad Fiedel - The French Connection Collection (2016) {2CD La-La Land LLLCD1408 Limited Collector's Edition}

Don Ellis & Brad Fiedel - The French Connection Collection (2016) {2CD La-La Land LLLCD1408 Limited Collector's Edition rec 1971, 1975}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 766 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 354 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 186 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1971, 1975, 2016 La-La Land Records | LLLCD 1408 | Limited Collector's Edition of 2000 units
Jazz / Stage & Screen / Soundtrack / Avant-Garde Jazz

Great thriller soundtracks back to back on one CD – the soundtracks for both French Connection films, both handled by funky jazzman Don Ellis – plus the even rarer score for the later Popeye Doyle film, by Brad Fiedel – packaged here with other rare bonus tracks too! The music by Don Ellis is really incredible – a real cut above other 70s cop and action soundtracks, with a dark edge that shows that Ellis had been listening to some of the hipper European soundtrack composers of the time, but was still also cool enough to kick in with a badass kind of groove whenever he could! The instrumentation on the tunes is very odd – familiar, yet askew – as trumpet, guitar, and keyboard bits come off with some very weird effects. The sound of Popeye Doyle is a bit different – given that the film was an 80s TV addition to the French Connection narrative – with Ed O'Neil in the lead role that was previously handled by Gene Hackman. But Brad Fiedel's score is still pretty nice – definitely more 80s in its instrumentation, but handled with a mode that echoes the Ellis years, with the flavor of a decade later. This 2CD package has way more material than the previous issue – with a total of 48 tracks from the first two films – and 29 more from Popeye Doyle – a whopping 77 tracks in all, with some great notes too!
Louis Frémaux - The Complete CBSO Recordings (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Louis Frémaux - The Complete CBSO Recordings (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 14:10:40 | 15.1 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This 12-CD set assembles, for the first time, all the recordings that the French conductor Louis Frémaux made (for EMI) with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra during his tenure as its Principal Conductor (1969-1978). These recordings helped to build the CBSO’s international reputation before the arrival of Simon Rattle as its Principal Conductor in 1980.
Yulianna Avdeeva - Johann Sebastian Bach (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Yulianna Avdeeva - Johann Sebastian Bach (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 64:14 minutes | 1.00 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Pianist Yulianna Avdeeva performs three keyboard masterpieces representing three important stages in Bach's creative life. In them, dance rhythms, extravagant improvisations and lyrical beauty combine to showcase the composer's genius.
Amaury Faye Trio - Clearway (2017) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Amaury Faye Trio - Clearway (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 59:31 minutes | 1,2 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The award-winning Amaury Faye Trio present Clearway, a 9-track release of smooth, laid-back yet engagingly fresh original jazz numbers. Clearway includes original compositions and standards by Cy Coleman and Charlie Parker. This album is called Clearway, which is the name of the street where Amaury lived when he was in Boston.
Jakob Lindberg - A Lute by Sixtus Rauwolf: French & German Baroque Music (2017)

Jakob Lindberg - A Lute by Sixtus Rauwolf: French & German Baroque Music
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 81:35 min | 321 MB
Label: BIS | Tracks: 32 | Rls.date: 2017

The lute by Sixtus Rauwolf heard on this recording was probably built in the last decade of the sixteenth century. Some hundred years later, in 1715, it was converted to suit the musical tastes and demands of the baroque period. For this disc, Jakob Lindberg has chosen works that could have formed part of the repertory of the presumably German owner of the instrument at around the time of its final conversion.