Cleese 2015

Barbra Streisand - Higher Ground (1997/2015) [Official Digital Download]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Pisulik at March 21, 2018
Barbra Streisand - Higher Ground (1997/2015) [Official Digital Download]

Barbra Streisand - Higher Ground (1997/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 56:44 minutes | 586 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

As Barbra Streisand's first studio album of mainstream pop material in nine years, Higher Ground is something of an oddity. Instead of devoting herself to Broadway standards or a set of radio-oriented pop tunes, Streisand has crafted a record that she intended as a tribute to the power of music as prayer. It's an ambitious project, but for the most part it works, achieving a surprising grace. Higher Ground comprises both traditional religious songs and new material (even "Tell Him," an overblown duet with Celine Dion, vaguely touches on that theme), with grandiose arrangements by Marvin Hamlisch.
Kei Koito - Organ Music Before Bach (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Kei Koito - Organ Music Before Bach (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 78:36 minutes | 1.43 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Kei Koito may not be a household name among the amateurs of organ music but in my view, this outstanding recital of music by composers before Bach is going to change this situation and may comfort her position as a great organist in the same league as the likes of Marie- Claire Alain, E Power Biggs or Helmut Walcha. Admittedly, her discography may not be as extensive even though she is no stranger to recording venues. She has already given us a remarkable account of Buxtehude organ works and she is currently recording the complete works of JS Bach, with the aim of making one cd per year.
John Williams - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2015)

John Williams - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2015)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 395 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Walt Disney | # 00050087323295 | 01:17:52

From the fanfare of the opening crawl to the abrupt cutaway zing of the closing credits, John Williams' soundtrack to The Force Awakens does not disappoint. Williams has always been an integral part of the Star Wars experience, as familiar as the movies themselves, comforting and nostalgic. The fan anticipation and legacy baggage that came with the seventh film in this iconic series was overwhelming, being the first new film since 2005's Revenge of the Sith and the direct sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi, yet the results are not crushed by outlandish pressure. For The Force Awakens, Williams began work in late 2014, before recording began in Los Angeles in June 2015 (the first time a Star Wars film score was not recorded at Abbey Road). He enlisted a freelance orchestra and, with the help of William Ross and Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel, produced a 23-song journey connecting the past and the future of the Star Wars universe. Here, Williams combines the old and the new with expert subtlety, creating a lush experience that rewards repeat listens. Those familiar with his work on other big-budget sagas (Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones) will instantly recognize the blaring horns that propel the action, the stirring strings that intensify the tension, and the bombast that contribute to the excitement as much as the scenes portrayed on the screen.
Cathy Krier - Berg, Schönberg, Zimmermann & Liszt (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Cathy Krier - Berg, Schönberg, Zimmermann & Liszt (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 71:18 minutes | 576 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The early 20th century is a period that fascinates me. The prevalent musical aesthetic was disrupted by a new generation of composers who maintained their roots in tradition, but felt a great desire to expand music’s horizons: they formed a multitude of currents and embarked on a number of different paths, all driven by the idea of transfiguring everything they had previously known.
Tedi Papavrami - Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Major, Sz. 112 & Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 (2015) [24/96]

Tedi Papavrami - Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Major, Sz. 112 & Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 76:10 minutes | 1.30 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

After two first recordings released by Zig-Zag Territoires and devoted to Ravel, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, Emmanuel Krivine and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra devote this CD to two emblematic works from the end of Bartók’s life: the Violin Concerto No.2, first performed in 1939, and the Concerto for Orchestra, premiered in 1944. These are absolutely major works both in Bartók’s catalogue and from this period in the history of music, and are, moreover, close to the universe of Emmanuel Krivine. For the Violin Concerto, it is Tedi Papavrami who was invited by both the Orchestra and by Zig-Zag Territoires. Let us recall the astonishing recording that Tedi Papavrami recently made of Eugène Ysaÿe’s complete violin sonatas for this label.

BBC - Rich, Russian and Living in London (2015)  Video

Posted by notbanned at March 21, 2018
BBC - Rich, Russian and Living in London (2015)

BBC - Rich, Russian and Living in London (2015)
HDTV | 1920x1080 | .MKV/AVC @ 4657 Kbps | 58 min 54 s | 2.00 GiB
Audio: English AC3 192 kbps, 2 channels | Subs: English
Genre: Documentary

Who are the super-rich Russian elite who have chosen to make London their home? Why have they favoured the capital city? And why do they obsess about the English education system, polo and the monarchy? We enter the lives of an entrepreneur chased out of Russia for his liberal views and growing bank balance, as well as one of London's biggest art collectors and philanthropists. We tap into the life of Russia's top supermodel. And as we follow two debutantes preparing for the glitz and glamour of the Russian ball, we meet Princess Olga Romanov, the granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas II's sister, who vividly recalls her coming out as a debutante.

East India Youth - Culture Of Volume (2015)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 21, 2018
East India Youth - Culture Of Volume (2015)

East India Youth - Culture Of Volume (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 384 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Electronic, Ambient, Synthpop | Label: XL Recordings | # XLCD674 | Time: 00:55:20

Released just a year after East India Youth's distinctive indie electronic debut, the Mercury Prize-nominated Total Strife Forever, Culture of Volume presents another blend of Eno-inspired synth compositions and thoughtful electropop songs. However, where the former was mostly instrumentals with a few songs, Culture of Volume offers the reverse for a poppier and more melodic, but equally hypnotic and well-crafted sophomore LP. While East India Youth had been essentially a solitary project for multi-instrumentalist William Doyle, he brought in Graham Sutton to mix this time, George Hider recorded Doyle's vocals, and Hannah Peel provided acoustic strings. Their work polishes an adventurous landscape where, without changing the record's pensive tone, tempos, complexity, and pitch range shift regularly. This variability begins right from the contrasting opening two tracks. "The Juddering" serves as an instrumental takeoff, both as the album's opener and in the sense of sound; its slow-building, mechanical, turbine effect mingles pitches and noise until a simple melody coalesces. It's followed by the sparse song "End Result" ("The end result is not what was in mind"), melodic and vocal-led with welcoming, blunt bell tones. The record never settles into a full-on catchy, Pet Shop Boys-type affair, or settles in at all, though moments are remindful of '80s British dance-pop, such as the trance-infused "Beaming White" with a far-reaching, Erasure-like melody.

Colin Linden - Rich In Love (2015) [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at March 21, 2018
Colin Linden - Rich In Love (2015) [Re-Up]

Colin Linden - Rich In Love (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 294 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans ~ 68 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Blues, Roots, Pop/Rock | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1386 | 00:51:39

Colin Linden is a genuine renaissance man of roots music. He’s a singer and songwriter of great skill; an in-demand and prolific record producer (Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, Colin James); a side-man to the stars as guitarist for the likes of Bob Dylan, Greg Allman, Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; a member of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings; plus there's his on and off-screen musical work on the TV series "Nashville." Linden’s songs have been covered by The Band, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Keb’ Mo’, and Colin James. His new release includes guests Charlie Musselwhite, Reese Wyman and Amy Helm.

Hanam Quintet - Hanam At Piggotts (2015) {Aut} **[RE-UP]**  Music

Posted by TestTickles at March 21, 2018
Hanam Quintet - Hanam At Piggotts (2015) {Aut} **[RE-UP]**

Hanam Quintet - Hanam At Piggotts (2015) {Aut}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 218 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 128 mb
Genre: free improvisation, free jazz, neo classical

Hanam At Piggotts is the 2015 CD by The Hanam Quintet. The group consists of Horst Nonnenmacher (double bass), Anna Kaluza (alto saxophone), Manuel Miethe (soprano sax), Alison Blunt (violin), and Niko Meinhold (piano/toy piano). Aut Records put this together for fans.
The Shadows - The Original Recordings 1958-1961 (2015) [Official Digital Download]

The Shadows - The Original Recordings 1958-1961 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 158:50 minutes | 1,45 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The Shadows are usually thought of as the quintessential British instrumental group and, along with the American band the Ventures and the Swedish group the Spotnicks, one of the most popular instrumental groups in the world. But that barely tells the story of their true significance in the history of British rock & roll including the fact that they were the first home-grown British rock & roll band to dominate the U.K. charts; or that they weren't originally an instrumental group, either. The band's roots go back to Chesthunt, Hertfordshire, in early 1958, when a young Indian-born singer/guitarist named Harry Webb joined with drummer Terry Smart and guitarist Norman Mitham to form a group that they ended up calling the Drifters at the time, none of the records by the American R&B group of the same name, founded by Clyde McPhatter, had been released in England, so they had no inkling of the name's already being used.