Mercedes Zavala – The Guernica Project (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Mercedes Zavala – The Guernica Project (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:45 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Centaur Records, Inc.

This album features contemporary works by Mercedes Zavala, Jeffrey Hoover, Mario Carro, and David Garner, commemorating Guernica, the masterpiece by Pablo Picasso, and the tragic event in the Spanish Civil war that inspired this great painting. Winner of The American Prize for Chamber Music Performance in 2021 contemporary chamber music group Ensemble for These Times (E4TT) consists of award-winning soprano, Artistic Executive Director and co-founder Nanette McGuinness, cellist Abigail Monroe, pianist Margaret Halbig, and composer, co-founder, and Senior Artistic Advisor David Garner, plus regular guest artists that include Ilana Blumberg, violin, Laura Reynolds, English horn, and Chelsea Hollow, coloratura soprano and other fine guest artists each season.

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Melissa Stylianou featuring Gene Bertoncini and Ike Sturm – Dream Dancing (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Melissa Stylianou featuring Gene Bertoncini and Ike Sturm – Dream Dancing (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:15 minutes | 775 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Anzic Records, LLC

VOCALIST MELISSA STYLIANOU JOINS GUITAR MASTER GENE BERTONCINI AND VIRTUOSO BASSIST IKE STURM FOR AN INTIMATE TRIO ENCOUNTER

Dream Dancing documents the trio’s effortless rapport as they explore well-loved standards and a moving Bertoncini original, “For Chet” (an homage to the guitarist’s one-time employer, Chet Baker).

It was Sturm who facilitated the first meeting of Stylianou and Bertoncini, in roughly 2008. “When I first met Gene we played ‘My One and Only Love,’ it was the very next thing after ‘hello,’” the singer recalls. “That moment changed my life. I didn’t yet know about Gene accompanying my vocal heroes like Nancy Wilson, or recording with Wayne Shorter, or playing with Benny Goodman. I just knew I was in the middle of something special. I knew that day I had found a generous master to learn from, a kindred spirit in melody, someone I now call family.”

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Medicine Singers – Medicine Singers (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Medicine Singers – Medicine Singers (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 30:07 minutes | 557 MB | Genre: World, Psychedelic, Experimental
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Joyful Noise Recordings

“This is experimental art… We’re showing people experimental art from the Eastern Algonquin side of the world.” – Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson

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Max Richter, Elena Urioste, Chineke! Orchestra – The New Four Seasons – Vivaldi Recomposed (2022) (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Max Richter, Elena Urioste, Chineke! Orchestra – The New Four Seasons – Vivaldi Recomposed (2022) (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:02 minutes | 789 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

A decade on from the release of his mesmerising Recomposed album, trailblazing composer Max Richter returns to the sound world of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Recorded with violinist Elena Urioste and the musicians of Chineke! Orchestra, The New Four Seasons sees Richter create a new version of his Recomposed score for period instruments – using gut strings and vintage synthesisers to create a “grittier, more punk rock sound”. The new album will be released on 10 June 2022, preceded by taster tracks including ‘Spring 1’ which is out today. Richter and Chineke! will also perform Recomposed together live for the first time on Thursday 16 June in an exclusive UK summer show Live at Chelsea, with tickets on sale now.

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Maurizio Zaccaria – J.S. Bach: Inventions, Duets & Sinfonias, BWVV 772-805 (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Maurizio Zaccaria – J.S. Bach: Inventions, Duets & Sinfonias, BWVV 772-805 (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:02:39 minutes | 969 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © OnClassical

The Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772–801, also known as the Two- and Three-Part Inventions, are a collection of thirty short keyboard compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): 15 inventions, which are two-part contrapuntal pieces, and 15 sinfonias, which are three-part contrapuntal pieces. They were originally written as musical exercises for his students.

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Maurizio Baglini – Nature & Life (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Maurizio Baglini – Nature & Life (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:49 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Universal Music Italia srL.

A distanza di tredici anni dalla registrazione della Sinfonia n. 9, album di debutto su Decca per Maurizio Baglini, il pianista toscano ritorna ad affrontare Beethoven trascritto da Liszt con una nuova proposta: la Sinfonia n. 6 op. 68 “Pastorale”. Un progetto che presenta all’ascoltatore alcuni legami indissolubili: la figura centrale di Beethoven nella storia universale, l’inclusione di culture esotiche – quella turca, nello specifico – nell’evoluzione sociologica europea, l’intervento fondamentale di Franz Liszt nella valorizzazione della musica di Beethoven nel secondo Ottocento. Beethoven ebbe un rapporto fortissimo con la società, con la politica e con la natura, percepita come trasfigurazione dell’esistenza terrena e ultraterrena: un rapporto spirituale, oltre che concreto e quotidianamente alimentato da un desiderio di frequentazione dell’ambiente a lui circostante. Questo sentimento che lega la natura con l’esistenza stessa, la vita, sono tutti presenti nella “Pastorale” come anche nei brani di Liszt che completano l’album: dal carattere bucolico dell’Allegro Pastorale e della Pastorale n. 3 al senso di caducità dell’esistenza della Totentanz.

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Mattias Gustafsson – Frånvarande (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Mattias Gustafsson – Frånvarande (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 38:25 minutes | 358 MB | Genre: Electronic, Ambient
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © B.A.A.D.M.

Frånvarande acts as both the prelude and epilogue to Mattias Gustafsson’s 2017 record Nattmusik, forming a temporal cradle around his B.A.A.D.M. debut. Side A was recorded back in 2012 and originally released under his Ornaments alias, manifesting as the withered, rain-eroded memory of a majestic orchestral lament, with bowed cymbals singing through layers of rust and the sound of children floating in through an open window. It was this 20-minute piece that inspired us to present Gustafsson with the conceptual framework for Nattmusik, through which he explored the cyclical symbiosis of humanity and nature. The four movements of side B were captured in winter 2018 as an elaboration on these themes, with pianos and loops tumbling into thickets of crumpled, perishing cassette. As a collection, these pieces frame Nattmusik as an absent point of origin; its reverberations are smeared across both the future and the past, yet the source sound is palpably missing. Just as the process of decay strands the object between the pre-degraded form and the eventual dissipation into the void, Frånvarande is a record that both clasps at moments passed and those yet to manifest, rendered nomadic and thirsting by the absence of its conceptual centre.

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Matthias Goerne, Daniil Trifonov – Lieder (Berg, Schumann, Wolf, Shostakovich, Brahms) (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Matthias Goerne, Daniil Trifonov – Lieder (Berg, Schumann, Wolf, Shostakovich, Brahms) (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:20:00 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Matthias Goerne not only performs at the highest level as a baritone himself, but his piano accompaniments also rank among the Champions League of classical music. For his first album, which was dedicated to Beethoven songs, he brought Jan Lisiecki on board. This was followed by the album Abendrot with melodies by Wagner and Strauss, among others, together with the young talent Seong-Jin Cho. Now we may experience the baritone in duo with the world-class Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, presenting us with a metaphysical program of Berg, Schumann, Wolf, Shostakovich and Brahms.

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Matthew Owens – Pachelbel: Organ Works, Volume 2 (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Matthew Owens – Pachelbel: Organ Works, Volume 2 (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:16:18 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Resonus Classics

A close contemporary of Buxtehude, Johann Pachelbel was, by all accounts, an outstanding keyboard player himself, and his compositions provide a fascinating stylistic bridge between early-Baroque composers such as Frescobaldi and Froberger (both of whom influenced him) and the later music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries. Organist Matthew Owens continues his major exploration of the many extant organ works of Pachelbel with this second volume, recorded on a recent instrument by the renowned French organ builder, Bernard Aubertin. The recital includes Pachelbel’s largest set of Magnificat Fugues – 23 in total – alongside free works and chorale-based works.

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Matthew Herbert – Disobedience (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Matthew Herbert – Disobedience (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 49:46 minutes | 460 MB | Genre: Soundtrack
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Music.Film

Disobedience is a 2017 romantic drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio and written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman.Matthew Herbert, also known as Herbert, Doctor Rockit, Radio Boy, Mr. Vertigo, Transformer, and Wishmountain, is a British electronic musician. He often takes sounds from everyday items to produce electronic music.

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Matt Pearce & The Mutiny – The Soul Food Store (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Matt Pearce & The Mutiny – The Soul Food Store (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 55:32 minutes | 733 MB | Genre: Blues Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Mutinear Records

Under the tasty moniker of ‘The Soul Food Store’, the 11-track album brims with funky musical goodness: the kind of sound that Matt adores and set out to create when he first set out on his musical mutiny: smokin’ hot songs delivered with talent and passion, in a way that “sounds both vintage and modern at the same time!” (As Darren Redick of Planet Rock Radio described the Matt Pearce & The Mutiny sound).

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Matangi Quartet – Outcast: Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 8 (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Matangi Quartet – Outcast: Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 8 (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 22:36 minutes | 195 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Matangi Quartet

With “Outcast”, the Dutch string quartet Matangi breaks a lance for artistic freedom and musical expression – and now also against a senseless war. The three Soviet Russian composers composed music that ran dangerously counter to the tastes of the regime under which they lived. Shostakovich kept a packed suitcase ready in case he was arrested by the KGB. Schnittke’s work was viewed with suspicion and his performances were regularly prevented. In addition to his musical work, the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov is also known for his political commitment.

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Matt Haimovitz – Primavera III: The Vessel (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Matt Haimovitz – Primavera III: The Vessel (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:41 minutes | 969 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © PentaTone

PRIMAVERA III: the vessel is the third of six albums in a momentous series encompassing 81 world premieres for solo cello. This digital album presents 9 new commissions by THE PRIMAVERA PROJECT for groundbreaking, multi-GRAMMY nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz. Composers from diverse backgrounds respond to Sandro Botticelli’s enigmatic painting, Primavera, and the prophetic large-scale triptych, Primavera 2020, by world-renowned contemporary artist Charline von Heyl.

Referencing the time of Botticelli, PRIMAVERA III the vessel begins with Josquin des Prez’s Praeter Rerum Seriem, arranged for cello choir by Haimovitz and offering 500 years of perspective on the newly commissioned works. Stripped of the Latin text, Josquin’s repeating motives and ubiquitous canons are illuminated by the six celli (all recorded by Haimovitz at von Heyl’s artist studio in Marfa, Texas) in this contrapuntal tour-de-force.

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Matei Varga – The Year That Never Was (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Matei Varga – The Year That Never Was (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 55:26 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sono Luminus

To paraphrase Tolstoy, all happy memories feel more or less the same; but the unhappy times are experienced differently by each one of us. We’ve all had some really tough weeks, which sometimes turned into months, and (with a bit of bad luck) into years… I like to think that “off” years help us grow and prepare for the beautiful things that will undoubtedly come our way (I am an optimist at heart), but living through dark times is a complicated process.

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Matangi Quartet – Outcast – Schnittke, Silvestrov & Shostakovich (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Matangi Quartet – Outcast – Schnittke, Silvestrov & Shostakovich (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:09:40 minutes | 601 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Matangi Quartet

With “Outcast”, the Dutch string quartet Matangi breaks a lance for artistic freedom and musical expression – and now also against a senseless war. The three Soviet Russian composers composed music that ran dangerously counter to the tastes of the regime under which they lived. Shostakovich kept a packed suitcase ready in case he was arrested by the KGB. Schnittke’s work was viewed with suspicion and his performances were regularly prevented. In addition to his musical work, the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov is also known for his political commitment.

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