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Harry Nilsson - Son of Schmilsson (1972/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Harry Nilsson - Son of Schmilsson (1972/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 39:08 minutes | 772 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Emboldened by a huge hit and hanging with Lennon and Ringo, Harry Nilsson was ready to let it all go when it came time to record a follow-up to Nilsson Schmilsson. The very title of Son of Schmilsson implies that it's a de facto sequel to its smash predecessor but, as always with Nilsson, don't take everything at face value. Yes, he's back with producer Richard Perry and he's working from the same gleefully melodic, polished pop/rock territory as before, but this is an incredibly schizoid record, an album by an enormously gifted musician deciding that, since he's already going unhinged, he might as well indulge himself while he's at it. And, wow, are the results ever worth it.
Lightnin' Hopkins - The Complete Prestige / Bluesville Recordings (7CD Box Set) (1991) (Repost)

Lightnin' Hopkins - The Complete Prestige / Bluesville Recordings (7CD Box Set) (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 2,30 Gb | 08:16:20 | Scans included
Texas Blues | Country: USA | Label: Prestige Bluesville ‎– 7PCD-4406-2

This is a seven-CD box set that repackages all 11 LPs that Lightnin' Hopkins recorded for Bluesville and Prestige during the first half of the 1960s: Last Night Blues, Lightnin', Blues in My Bottle, Walkin' This Road By Myself, Lightnin' and Co., Smokes Like Lightning, Hootin' the Blues, Goin' Away, Down Home Blues, Soul Blues and My Life in the Blues. The very prolific Hopkins (who was never loyal to any one label) also recorded for Candid, Arhoolie, Fire and Vee Jay during the period! The bulk of My Life in the Blues is actually a lengthy and rather historic interview that Samuel Charters conducted with Hopkins. A special bonus of the set is 13 often exciting tracks from a previously unissued concert at the Swarthmore College Folk Festival. The music throughout the box covers quite a variety of moods and subject matter (with Hopkins being unaccompanied on 34 of the tracks) and definitively sums up the veteran bluesman's later period.

Leigh Stephens - Red Weather (1969) [Reissue 2005]  Music

Posted by Andi_Deris at Sept. 18, 2014
Leigh Stephens - Red Weather (1969) [Reissue 2005]

Leigh Stephens - Red Weather (1969) [Reissue 2005]
EAC Rip | FLAC: Image+Cue+Log | 252 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 91 Mb | Scans | 38:24
Akarma | AK 059
Psychedelic Rock, Heavy Psych

Red Weather was the first solo project from the lead guitarist of Blue Cheer. Originally released on the Phillips/Mercury label in 1969, the album immediately became a favorite on the underground music scene and established Stevens as a solo act. The music on Red Weather was dramatically different than that of Blue Cheer, with a well structured psychedelic sound like Quicksilver or the Grateful Dead rather than the sledgehammer hard rock sound of his former band. Recorded in England at the Trident Studios with the help of Nicky Hopkins on keyboards, drummer Mick Waller from the Jeff Beck Group, and Kevin Westlake from Blossom Toes, the album was hailed as a masterpiece by many British rock fans but was equally dismissed by Blue Cheer fans.

Julius Katchen - Brahms: Works for Solo Piano (1997) (6CD Box Set)  Music

Posted by shamanicus at Dec. 9, 2017
Julius Katchen - Brahms: Works for Solo Piano (1997) (6CD Box Set)

Julius Katchen - Brahms: Works for Solo Piano (1997) (6CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork, d.booklet | 1.56 Gb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 887 mb
Classical, Romantic | Label: London Classics / 455 247-2 / CD

Julius Katchen performs the composer's work whom he most favored; again, highly-esteemed recordings among classical cognoscenti.
Emmanuel Chabrier - España, Pièces pour Piano, La Sulamite (Indispensable de Diapason) (2017)

Emmanuel Chabrier - España, Pièces pour Piano, La Sulamite (Indispensable de Diapason) (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers | 313 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 182 mb
Classical, Piano | Label: Les indispensables de Diapason / DIAP093

Quelle mouche teutonne a donc piqué Emmanuel Chabrier ? En novembre 1880, à son retour d’un Tristan et Isolde à Munich, cet enragé du wagnérisme (comme ses amis Vincent d’Indy, Charles Lamoureux, Stéphane Mallarmé, etc.) démissionne de son emploi au Ministère de l’Intérieur et ne veut plus être que compositeur.

Nelson Freire - Brahms: Piano Pieces & Sonata No. 3 (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Dec. 8, 2017
Nelson Freire - Brahms: Piano Pieces & Sonata No. 3 (2017)

Nelson Freire - Brahms: Piano Pieces & Sonata No. 3 (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 211 MB
Label: Decca – 4832154 | Tracks: 17 | Time: 73:05 min
Classical, Piano, Romantic Era

Nelson Freire made his recording debut with the Brahms F minor sonata in 1967. Now, half a century later, he returns to this monumental work.
Andreas Brantelid & Bengt Forsberg - Gabriel Faure: The Music for Cello & Piano (2017)

Andreas Brantelid & Bengt Forsberg - Gabriel Fauré: The Music for Cello & Piano (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2220 | Time: 01:10:13

The young cellist Andreas Brantelid, often accompanied and perhaps guided by the much older Bengt Forsberg, has gained notice for sheer virtuoso chops. But in this recital covering all of Gabriel Fauré's music for cello and piano, it's his way with a sheer melody that impresses the most: the two Berceuses (cradle song), the flawless unfolding of the two sonata slow movements from simple opening material (sample that of the elegiac Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 117), the remarkable, 54-second Morceau de Lecture (originally for two cellos, and the only arranged work here). Brantelid certainly delivers a smooth performance of the popular Papillon, Op. 77, and all the music here – some of it well known, but most of it not so much – is a pleasure. Fauré was one of the few composers who had a real knack for writing for the cello and did so without complaining about it. The best is saved for last: the Andante for cello and harmonium is the original version of the opening Romance, Op. 69, and it's really an entirely different work, spooky and inward, with the harmonium contributing a unique wash of sound. The harmonium was an extremely common instrument in the second half of the 19th century, and it's good to hear a work played on the instrument for which it was intended. BIS contributes fine Swedish radio sound to this recommended cello recital.
Joseph Moog - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Strauss: Burleske (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Joseph Moog, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie & Nicholas Milton - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Strauss: Burleske (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 66:36 minutes | 599 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Brahms was 48 years old and at the height of his powers when he completed his Piano Concerto No. 2. The Olympian B flat Concerto is, famously, not only one of the most technically challenging of all piano concertos to play but also one of the longest and a supreme test of the soloist’s technique and stamina. Not far behind it in terms of the challenges it presents the soloist with, is the early Burleske for piano and orchestra by Richard Strauss.

VA - re-works Piano (2017) [Official Digital Download]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Dec. 7, 2017
VA - re-works Piano (2017) [Official Digital Download]

VA - re-works Piano (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 68:08 minutes | 692 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Decca Classics is opening up its rich catalogue of legendary piano recordings to some of the world’s foremost electronic producers for a new album entitled ‘Re:works Piano’. The 12-track release, which features remixes by Cagedbaby, Soul Mekanik and Dusty Kid, is due out on 18 August on Decca Records.
Beatrice Rana - Silver Medalist: Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2013) [Official Digital Download]

Beatrice Rana - Silver Medalist: Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 62:01 minutes | 543 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Silver Medal winner Beatrice Rana was praised for her 'intensely personalized music-making' (Dallas Morning News) that 'had an electrical current running through virtually every measure' (The Plain Dealer). Already a rising star, Rana was named 'One to Watch' by International Piano magazine just before her Cliburn appearance. In addition to a tour of the United States arranged by the Cliburn, highlights of Rana's 2013–14 season include invitations to perform with Yannick Nézet-Seguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain, Miguel Harth-Bedoya with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Fayçal Karoui with the Orchestre Lamoureux in Paris' Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.