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VA - Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Deluxe Edition] (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

VA - Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Deluxe Edition] (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 120:02 minutes | 2.42 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Disney takes us back to the sea for an adventure about home, tradition and growing up. Composed by the Samoan musician Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina (who helped put a South African spin on Elton John’s songs for The Lion King), and Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda, the movie’s soundtrack is an uplifting mix of Disney storytelling and traditional Oceanian music, sung both in English and the Polynesian language of Tokelau. It also features beautiful performances by Hawaiian actress Auli’i Cravalho, who voices the film’s heroine, Moana.
Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 'Leningrad' (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 'Leningrad' (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 79:09 minutes | 1.32 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Three weeks after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Shostakovich volunteered with the Home Guard in Leningrad. As the siege of the city intensified, he worked on his Seventh Symphony, completing three movements before being forced to leave Leningrad and travel east by train. The work was completed in December that year. Initially he gave each movement a programmatic title, but later withdrew them, leaving this epic work as an emblem of heroic defiance in the face of conflict and crisis: ‘I dedicate my Seventh Symphony to our struggle against fascism, to our coming victory over the enemy, to my native city, Leningrad.’
Imogen Cooper - Schumann & Brahms: Piano Works (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Imogen Cooper - Schumann & Brahms: Piano Works (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:21 minutes | 1.14 GB
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This is Imogen Cooper’s first release on Chandos Records. Recognised worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, she has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical and romantic repertoire. She has dazzled audiences and orchestras throughout her distinguished career, bringing to the concert platform a unique musical understanding and lyrical quality.
Marc-Andre Hamelin - Schumann & Janacek (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Marc-Andre Hamelin - Schumann: Kinderszenen & Waldszenen; Janacek: On the overgrown path I (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 74:07 minutes | 1.10 GB
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Marc-André presents a fascinating juxtaposition of two composers who are not obviously musically related, but who are proved on this album to be a felicitous combination.
Stephen Rice & The Brabant Ensemble - Brumel: Missa de beata virgine & Motets (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Stephen Rice & The Brabant Ensemble - Brumel: Missa de beata virgine & Motets (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:50 minutes | 1.01 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The Brabant Ensemble continues its exploration of hidden gems of the Renaissance with an album of music by Antoine Brumel, famous for his ‘Earthquake’ Mass but otherwise barely known today. Conductor Stephen Rice has assembled an intriguing collection of works including the Missa de beata virgine, a work suffused with plainsong but in which the voices are used almost percussively, making rhythm the driving force of the piece. The Christmas motet Nato canunt omnia is one of the most remarkable musical works of the period.
Gustavo Dudamel - Adams: The Gospel According To The Other Mary (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Gustavo Dudamel - Adams: The Gospel According To The Other Mary (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 132:45 minutes | 2.37 GB
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John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary, first performed in 2012 in Los Angeles, is something of an expansion on the composer's El Niño, a Passion story adorned with a variety of contemporary themes and musical materials. Like the earlier work, it features a libretto by longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars, and it may be sung on-stage as an oratorio or presented as an opera. Mary Magdalene is indeed a central figure in the work, but actually it is more than the trick perspective the title might imply; as with El Niño Sellars incorporates such devices as set pieces featuring poetry by other writers (this time poet Louise Erdrich plays the central role).
Billy Joel - Storm Front (CBS 465658 1) (EU 1989) (Vinyl 24-96 & 16-44.1)

Billy Joel - Storm Front
(CBS 465658 1) (EU 1989) (Vinyl 24-96 & 16-44.1)

1989 | FLAC | NO LOG & CUE | Artwork | 24Bit/96kHz: 935 MB | 16Bit/44.1kHz: 300 MB

Storm Front is the 11th studio album by Billy Joel and his first to be recorded digitally. Released in 1989 (see 1989 in music), the album featured one of Joel's three #1 hits, "We Didn't Start the Fire", a fast-paced song mentioning some of the major historical events that took place in his time. "I Go to Extremes", a song describing the ups and downs of his life, placed at #6. Other songs that placed in the top 100 were "And So It Goes" (#37), "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" (#57), and "That's Not Her Style" (#77). The cover depicts a storm warning flag.

The album itself peaked at #1 on the charts
Charles Mingus - A Modern Symposium Of Music And Poetry (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Charles Mingus - A Modern Symposium Of Music And Poetry (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 34:46 minutes | 638 MB
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Don't expect any poetry here, however an extended spoken word narration by actor Mel Stewart does kicks off the album. That's where the vocals begin and end on this instrumental collection. Mingus and his brilliant musicians do the talking here: the Penguin Guide To Jazz calls Clarence Shaw's performance on New York Sketchbook - "the best trumpet heard on a Mingus album for some time before or since".
Queen - A Night At The Opera (1975/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Queen - A Night At The Opera (1975/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 43:13 minutes | 1033 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover
features 2011's Digital Remastering

Queen spent three months in the studio making the landmark A Night at the Opera, reportedly the most expensive album ever recorded in music history to that point. Bohemian Rhapsody alone took three weeks, with the band working 10 to 12 hour days on the multitrack vocal arrangements. The six-minute song contains so many overdubs that the original master tape was almost worn through, according to Brian May. Both the song and the album changed the course of Queen's career and rock music in general, rendering the cliché "classic" an understatement.
Stephen Kent - Sculthorpe: Complete String Quartets with Didjeridu (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Stephen Kent - Sculthorpe: Complete String Quartets with Didjeridu (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 82:02 minutes | 1.48 GB
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The Del Sol String Quartet teams up with didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent to bring to life the Complete String Quartets with Didjeriu by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. The result is a unique and exciting aural experience, filled with rich organic sonic colors brought to life through the use of the traditional quartet and the indigenous sounds of the didjeridu. Charlton Lee of Del Sol says it’s: “Amongst the amazing artistic collaborations that Del Sol has had in our 22-years of music making,..” Born in Launceston in 1929, Peter Sculthorpe was educated at the University of Melbourne, and Wadham College, Oxford. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney, where he began teaching in 1964.