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Thelonious Monk - Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Thelonious Monk - Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 83:48 minutes | 912 MB
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The only soundtrack recorded by Thelonious Monk in 1959 to be released for the first time! Contains performances of classic Monk tunes heard in Roger Vadim's 1960 French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Features Monk's 1959 all-star band of Charlie Rouse, Sam Jones & Art Taylor, plus special guest saxophonist Barney Wilen. The package contains the digital booklet with texts, discography, never before seen photographs and memorabilia from the recording session.
Sarah Laulan, Maciej Pikulski & Hermès Quartet - Les blasphèmes: Mélodies fin-de-siècle (2017) [24/96]

Sarah Laulan, Maciej Pikulski & Hermès Quartet - Les blasphèmes: Mélodies fin-de-siècle (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 59:18 minutes | 0.98 GB
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Gathered around Saint-Saëns' Danse macabre, you'll discover an unknown aspect of the French melodie of the Fin-de-siecle. Based on sometimes very intimate text by rimbaud, Baudelaire or Verhaeren, among others, these crepuscular works externalized, one century ago already, the existential malaise of the mankind facing the progress. The rare contralto tone of Sarah Laulan, laureate at prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Competition and at the Geneva International Competition, and associated artist at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, serve the ambiguity of these melodies, that deploy by turns onirism, darkness, but also humor, provocation and cynicism.
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Variations (1978) MCA Records/MCF 2824 - Original UK Pressing -  LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Variations
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz & 16bit/44kHz | 800mb & 200mb
Mastered By Porky (Prime Cut)
Label: MCA Records/MCF 2824 | Released: 1978 | Genre: Symphonic-Rock

This is a genuine oddity in the career output of Andrew Lloyd Webber, growing out of a personal/familial vignette. The piece, a set of variations on Niccolo Paganini’s “Caprice No. 24” (which had previously inspired adaptations by Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Boris Blacher, among others), came about because Andrew Lloyd Webber lost a bet with his cellist brother Julian Lloyd Webber, and was obliged to compose a work for cello and rock band for him, which was premiered in August of 1977 at a music festival, and subsequently recorded and released on an LP (later transferred to CD) by MCA. At the time, progressive rock was still hanging on to some semblance of commercial viability, and in fairness, MCA had made a fortune off of Lloyd Webber’s work on Jesus Christ Superstar, etc.
Les Passions de l'Ame - Schabernack - A Treasure Trove of Musical Jokes (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Les Passions de l'Ame - Schabernack - A Treasure Trove of Musical Jokes (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 56:29 minutes | 1.08 GB
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The group of Weimar cantatas is exciting on many levels. The purpose Bach expressed in his Mühlhausen resignation letter – which became a master beam of the musical edice he built throughout his life – is expressed with an even more seminal vigour, due to the restrictions it suffered previously. Besides the beauty of the surviving works, which renders the loss of the missing ones all the more bitter, it is moving to see the musician engage, with each new piece, in experiments with form, ideas, and the language for expressing the word of God through the most sensitive possible texts. The choice of developing themes dear to him enabled him to afirm and deepen his faith.
Andreas Staier - Beethoven: Diabelli Variations (2012) [Official Digital Download 24/44]

Andreas Staier - Beethoven: Diabelli Variations (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 67:09 minutes | 549 MB
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In 1819, music publisher and composer Anton Diabelli sent a waltz of his own creation to all the important composers of the Austrian Empire, asking each of them to write a variation on it. His plan was to publish the variations in a patriotic volume called Vaterlandischer Kunstlerverein and to use the profits to benefit orphans and widows of the Napoleonic Wars. Beethoven chose to write not just a single variation, but a set of thirty-three. His audacious submission, the Diabelli Variations, has since become one of the most revered examples of the genre.
Matthew Halls - J.S.Bach: Goldberg Variations (2010) [Official Digital Download 24/44]

Matthew Halls - J.S.Bach: Goldberg Variations (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 129:59 minutes | 1.73 GB
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Matthew Halls is one of the brightest sparks of the UK early music scene, who, as director of Retrospect Ensemble, has rapidly established himself as one of Britain's most exciting young conductors as well as a leading harpsichordist. J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations', features Bach's popular masterpiece for keyboard, plus Sarabanda con Partite and Aria Variata.
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble, Marc Minkowski - Schubert: Complete Symphonies (2012) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble, Marc Minkowski - Schubert: Complete Symphonies (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 247:04 minutes | 2.46 GB
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Initially a bassoonist, Marc Minkowski began conducting at an early age, notably under the guidance of Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux Memorial School in the United States. At the age of nineteen he founded Les Musiciens du Louvre, an ensemble that was to play an active role in the Baroque revival. After their success at the Wiener Konzerthaus in 2009 with a complete cycle of Haydn's 'London' Symphonies recorded live by Na+¯ve (their exclusive record label since 2007), Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble now release the complete Schubert symphonies.
Alexis Weissenberg, Herbert von Karajan - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Franck: Symphonic Variations (1973/2012) [24/96]

Alexis Weissenberg, Herbert von Karajan - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Franck: Symphonic Variations (1973/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 54:06 minutes | 1.03 GB
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A recording made in September 1972 which has never ranked very highly by admirers of either artist, but i found much to enjoy here. Karajan never seemed particularly engaged as an accompanist for pianists - the main prosecution witness could be his dire conducting for Christoph Eschenbach's DG recording of Beethoven's First Concerto, but he was a firm admirer of Weissenberg and their collaboration works pretty well.
Mstislav Rostropovich & Vasso Devetzi - Beethoven: Cello Variations - Richard Strauss: Cello Sonata (1975/2017) [24/96]

Mstislav Rostropovich & Vasso Devetzi - Beethoven: Cello Variations - Richard Strauss: Cello Sonata (1975/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 49:40 minutes | 957 MB
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In March 2017, Warner Classics marks the 10th anniversary of Mstislav Rostropovich’s death and 90 years since his birth with the deluxe collectors’ box set Cellist of the Century, comprising of selected remastered recordings.
Volker Kriegel with Mild Maniac Orchestra - Octember Variations (1977/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Volker Kriegel with Mild Maniac Orchestra - Octember Variations (1977/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 35:37 minutes | 690 MB
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This first album of Volker Kriegel’s Mild Maniac Orchestra, one of Europe’s most influential and successful fusion groups. Keyboardist Thomas Bettermann would go on to record 8 albums with Kiegel, and bassist Hans Peter Ströer and Dutch drummer Evert Fraterman would continue to work with Kriegel for close to a decade.