Stefano Battaglia Trio - Songways (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Stefano Battaglia Trio - Songways (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 78:08 minutes | 1,03 GB
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Songways is the highly anticipated follow-up to the trio’s acclaimed 2011 release. Esteemed Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia and his renowned trio presents a new selection of chants, hymns and dances, all written by Battaglia and inspired by descriptions of visionary places from art and literature – from Alfred Kubin, Jonathan Swift or Charles Fourier to Italo Calvino. This instant classic finds a new balance between archaic modal pre-tonal chants and dances, pure tonal songs and hymns and abstract textures.
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No.6 (2005) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No.6 (2005)
FLAC tracks 24bit/192kHz | Front Cover | 2.27GB + 5% Recovery
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Fischer’s performance of the Sixth is quite similar to Abbado’s recent live recording for DG. Textures are generally light and transparent, with a swift opening march that, by the same token, never sounds unduly rushed or trivialized. The andante comes second, not the best option in my view, but Fischer has the intelligence to treat it as a true andante, and not as an adagio (which is a more legitimate possibility when it’s placed third). However, in contrast to Abbado’s boring Berliners, Fischer’s orchestra plays better, and he’s much better recorded. Just listen to the characterful brass in the coda of the first movement, with a particularly fine first trumpet, or the splendid woodwinds in the trios of the scherzo. The emphasis on fleetness never compromises expressivity, as happens in Berlin.