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Quintette Stadler - Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet Op.115; Stephan Krehl: Clarinet Quintet Op.19 (1998)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Quintette Stadler - Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet Op.115; Stephan Krehl: Clarinet Quintet Op.19 (1998)

Quintette Stadler - Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet Op.115; Stephan Krehl: Clarinet Quintet Op.19 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 66:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 Records | # K617084 | Recorded: 1998

Brahms' Clarinet Quintet is a cornerstone of late Romantic chamber music, and this is the only period interpretation of the work using period instruments curently available. Jean Claude Veilhan plays a late C19th clarinet with a fine mellow sound that is more refined than a classical instrument but still more delicate than a modern one would sound. He is well supported by the string players (members of Quatour Turner who record for Harmonia Mundi), who use gut strings and a historically correct technique, ie:- they aim for a transparent sound with limited vibrato.

VA - Norman Jay Presents - Philadelphia: Underground Anthems of Philadelphia Soul 1973-1981 (1998)

Posted By: Rtax
VA - Norman Jay Presents - Philadelphia: Underground Anthems of Philadelphia Soul 1973-1981 (1998)

VA - Norman Jay Presents - Philadelphia: Underground Anthems of Philadelphia Soul 1973-1981 (1998)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, log) - 582 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 202 MB
1:27:43 | Soul, Funk, Disco, R&B | Label: Harmless

Compilations from the Philadelphia International archives seem to pop up on a weekly basis, but given the consistent quality of the music, there hasn't been a dud yet. This collection is especially sweet since it contains some outstanding lesser-known tracks. Nice to see the O'Jays' "The Big Gangster," a dynamite track from the forgotten Lets Clean up the Ghetto LP. The group also shines on "Give the People What They Want," "Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet Tender Love)," and the ecological "The Air I Breathe." You'll also like Lou Rawls' funky "See You When I Git There," the Jacksons' "Blues Away," and the Futures' "Ain't No Time Fa Nothing." You may never have heard Anthony White's "Where Would I Be Without You," the Trammps' "Trusting Heart," Norman Harris' "In Good Faith," or "Bump de Bump," by Monk Montgomery, but they're worth a listen. Also included are some ear-pleasing selections from Archie Bell & the Drells, Billy Paul, Teddy Pendergrass, the Jones Girls, M.F.S.B., and Jean Carn.

David Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (1998)

Posted By: ArlegZ
David Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (1998)

David Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 75:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arte Nova Classics | # 74321 59214 2 | Recorded: 1998

David Zinman’s account of the Fourth Symphony is fleet and mercurial, as compelling a case as we have for honouring Beethoven’s fast metronome markings and, in the finale, bursting with unforced vitality (though without undermining the power of those crucial sforzando semiquavers at bar 66). Freshly revealed detail includes energetic semiquavers among second violins 2'28'' into the Allegro vivace (rarely as clear on rival versions) and held forte horns at 3'58'' into the Adagio, at the point where trenchant descending sforzando chords intensify the mood.

Pink Floyd - A Collection Of Great Dance Songs (1981) {1998, 4th Japanese Issue}

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Pink Floyd - A Collection Of Great Dance Songs (1981) {1998, 4th Japanese Issue}

Pink Floyd - A Collection Of Great Dance Songs (1981) {1998, 4th Japanese Issue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 260 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 104 Mb
Full Scans ~ 303 Mb | 00:42:52 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Sony Records #SRCS 8487

For those who spent the whole of the 1970s actually living on the dark side of the moon rather than listening to it, A Collection of Great Dance Songs offers an opportunity to hear some of the most timeless, thoughtful, and influential rock music ever made by rich, bitter Englishmen. The album's title certainly seems less deceptive now, considering just how much of the Floyd's instrumental ambience eventually seeped into the techno and dance scenes of the '90s. Initially released during one of those yawning epochs between studio albums (namely, The Wall and The Final Cut) this best-of collection cherry picks from Pink Floyd's 1970s material–the era when the band (and they were a band in those days) bestrode the stadiums of the world like light-show leviathans and sold records by the tons–and is only undermined by the omission of sprawling masterpieces such as "Echoes" and "Atom Heart Mother" (such were the time limitations of the old vinyl format). Never mind the dance floor, this a great portable Pink Floyd collection for long car journeys.

David Daniels, Roger Norrington, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - George Frideric Handel: Operatic Arias (1998)

Posted By: ArlegZ
David Daniels, Roger Norrington, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - George Frideric Handel: Operatic Arias (1998)

David Daniels, Roger Norrington, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - George Frideric Handel: Operatic Arias (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 318 Mb | Total time: 69:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 45326 2 | Recorded: 1998

The ever-increasing popularity of Handel and his contemporaries, and their employment of alto castratos, has encouraged the development of countertenors capable of similar vocal feats to the original interpreters of the heroic roles in these works. Among these the distinguished American, David Daniels, who burst on to the scene here a couple of years ago at Glyndebourne in Theodora, is a leading contender. If I would place Scholl in the category of Deller and Esswood, with their luminous, soft-grained tone, Daniels is closer to the more earthy sound of Bowman, his voice — like Bowman's — astonishingly large in volume.

Robert Wyatt - Dondestan [Revisited] (1998) [Reissue 2008]

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Robert Wyatt - Dondestan [Revisited] (1998) [Reissue 2008]

Robert Wyatt - Dondestan [Revisited] (1998) [Reissue 2008]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 273 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 106 MB | Covers - 26 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock/Canterbury Scene | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Domino Recording (REWIGCD44)

The original issue of Dondestan, one of Robert Wyatt's later, signature recordings, ran over budget, prompting him to release the album without an authoritative final mix. Wyatt, unlike many of the artists of his era, has often been in the unenviable position of having the original unmixed tapes of his records either disappear or get erased. Dondestan was the lone exception and he took full advantage. Where the original recording was a seamless whole, full of spare, haunting, keyboard and percussive textures, Revisited showcases the collaborations with his wife, poet Alfreda Benge, his own songs, and a collaboration with former Soft Machine bandmate Hugh Hopper, as separate entities, standing on their own as songs…

The Grainger Edition, Volume 9 - Works for Chorus and Orchestra 3 (1998)

Posted By: ArlegZ
The Grainger Edition, Volume 9 - Works for Chorus and Orchestra 3 (1998)

The Grainger Edition, Volume 9 - Works for Chorus and Orchestra 3 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 62:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9653 | Recorded: 1998

Mock Morris, Molly on the Shore and Shepherd’s Hey are edgily chipper. When Grainger is in this vein he looks in the direction of Frank Bridge’s Sir Roger de Coverley – a Britten favourite - and in this case there is a hint of Capriol too. Died for Love is out of the same green meadow as Moeran’s two pieces for small orchestra. Delightful. The Love Verses and the slightly chilly Early One Morning bring home parallels with Balfour Gardiner’s April and Philomela (long overdue for revival). Youthful Rapture (Tim Hugh, cello) has also been recorded by Julian Lloyd Webber who takes more time than Hugh and this piece can bear the slower tempo.

Heart - Greatest Hits (1998) {Japanese Edition}

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Heart - Greatest Hits (1998) {Japanese Edition}

Heart - Greatest Hits (1998) {Japanese Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 595 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 233 Mb
Full Scans | 01:16:32 | RAR 5% Recovery
Folk Rock, Hard Rock, Classic Rock | Sony Music Japan #EICP 838

Heart had a pair of greatest-hits collections to their credit by 1997, but both did not contain all the renowned studio versions of their classic hits from the '70s (both 1980's Heart Greatest Hits: Live on Epic and 1997's Greatest Hits on Capitol contained half studio and half live material). 1998's Greatest Hits on Epic/Legacy finally corrected this once and for all – collecting all of Heart's '70s studio hits on a single disc. Nearly all of the songs have become classic rock staples, the best-known being the Zep-esque rockers "Crazy on You," "Barracuda," and "Magic Man," while the more subdued acoustic material ("Dreamboat Annie," "Love Alive," "Dog & Butterfly") showcases the immense talents of vocalist Ann Wilson.

The Grainger Edition, Volume 8 - Works for Wind Orchestra 2 (1998)

Posted By: ArlegZ
The Grainger Edition, Volume 8 - Works for Wind Orchestra 2 (1998)

The Grainger Edition, Volume 8 - Works for Wind Orchestra 2 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 260 Mb | Total time: 65:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9630 | Recorded: 1992, 1997

The Power of Rome is a strange work – thoughtful and seemingly with a profound philosophical message. It has some weird pages such as the Holstian fog that is the section from 6:00 onwards. Children’s March in this version has parts for four tenors and four basses rather than the orchestra alone version neatly enunciated by Boult on Lyrita. This is a quick march before tiredness has set in and is as much a jiggy dance as it is a march. As usual with Grainger there are some surprises, skirls and expostulations along the way. Bell Piece is a salon farewell – a touch Puccinian - rather pleadingly sung by James Gilchrist who is caught very early in his career.

The Grainger Edition, Volume 7 - Songs for Tenor (1998)

Posted By: ArlegZ
The Grainger Edition, Volume 7 - Songs for Tenor (1998)

The Grainger Edition, Volume 7 - Songs for Tenor (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 69:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9610 | Recorded: 1997

This disc takes us to the tenor songs sung by Martyn Hill in his best darkly-inflected voice. These include just over half an hour of Kipling songs with an accent adopted reasonably convincingly.

Claudius Tanski, Südwestfälische Philharmonie, David Stern - Nicolai: Orchestral Works (1998)

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Claudius Tanski, Südwestfälische Philharmonie, David Stern - Nicolai: Orchestral Works (1998)

Claudius Tanski, Südwestfälische Philharmonie, David Stern - Nicolai: Orchestral Works (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:04 | 301 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG | Catalog: 601 0832-2

The short-lived Nicolai is better known for his operatic effort The Merry Wives of Windsor so it is good that MD&G are celebrating the less obvious. Of course neglect is sometimes justified. This turns out not to be the case here. Joyous Beethovenian bravura from same bloodgroup as the Beethoven's Choral Fantasy (much under-rated) and the Third and Fourth piano concertos. There is also restraint and tenderness aplenty amidst all the coruscating notes. The dashing piano part is pressed forward and breasted by MD&G regular Claudius Tanski - a most convincing performance. The work is restless with excitement and rich in detail.

Horst-Tanu Margraf, Händel-Festspielorchester Halle - Georg Friedrich Händel: Poros (1998)

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Horst-Tanu Margraf, Händel-Festspielorchester Halle - Georg Friedrich Händel: Poros (1998)

Horst-Tanu Margraf, Händel-Festspielorchester Halle - Georg Friedrich Händel: Poros (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 856 Mb | Total time: 52:00+56:00+48:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0093742BC | Recorded: 1958

Poro, re dell'Indie ("Porus, King of the Pakistani region", HWV 28) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel. The Italian-language libretto was adapted from Alessandro nell'Indie by Metastasio, and based on Alexander the Great's encounter with King Porus in 326 BC. The libretto had already been set to music by Leonardo Vinci in 1729 and by Antonio Vivaldi among others and was used as the text for more than sixty operas throughout the 18th century.

VA - A Native American Odyssey - Inuit to Inca (1998)

Posted By: Rtax
VA - A Native American Odyssey - Inuit to Inca (1998)

VA - A Native American Odyssey - Inuit to Inca (1998)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 248 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 100 MB
43:23 | World, Folk, North American Traditions | Label: Putumayo World Music

This ambitious collection aims to include a diverse roster of contemporary North and South American Native musicians. The album begins with music by Canadian Inuit and Montagnais Indians, and spans America with tracks from Apache, Mohican, and Ute musicians. South American Zapotec, Amazon, and Andean musicians round out the album. In addition to the mournful flutes and driving drums you might expect to hear, there are violins, guitars, and keyboards present in some songs. These musicians express their traditional Native values mixed with pop music influences. Tracks like "Wind River" by Andrew Varquez of the Apache are more traditional and contain only melodic flute and express a longing for the days when "gas stations, supermarkets, waffle houses" were not present in the Indian world, and there were no official boundaries or fences restricting their people.

Frank Sinatra - Sinatra Swings (1998)

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Frank Sinatra - Sinatra Swings (1998)

Frank Sinatra - Sinatra Swings (1998)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 197 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 146 Mb
Full Scans | 00:52:43 | RAR 5% Recovery
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Standards | LaserLight Digital #21 069

Frank Sinatra was arguably the most important popular music figure of the 20th century, his only real rivals for the title being Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles. In a professional career that lasted 60 years, he demonstrated a remarkable ability to maintain his appeal and pursue his musical goals despite often countervailing trends. He came to the fore during the swing era of the 1930s and '40s, helped to define the "sing era" of the '40s and '50s, and continued to attract listeners during the rock era that began in the mid-'50s. He scored his first number one hit in 1940 and was still making million-selling recordings in 1994.

Freddy Cole - Love Makes The Changes (1998)

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Freddy Cole - Love Makes The Changes (1998)

Freddy Cole - Love Makes The Changes (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans ~ 70 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Piano Jazz, Mainstream Jazz | Label: Fantasy | # FCD-9681-2 | 00:55:39

When jazz vocalist Freddy Cole sings, it's with a built-in groove that's unshakeable, with warm, honeyed tones that wrap the lyrics in velvet and set them down firmly in the pocket. Cole has one great little album here; if you thought it was impossible to produce a modern-day jazz vocal album that's not infused with endless oodles-of-noodles riffing that shows you nothing except the ability of the vocalist to sing everything but the melody, be prepared for greatness. With a small combo led by pianist Cedar Walton and tenor saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., Cole has a backdrop that never gets in the way of his magic nor does anything that doesn't help the song. Timber-wise, he owes a lot of his phrasing to his older brother, Nat "King" Cole, and Francis Albert Sinatra, but Freddy ultimately remains his own man and that's what makes this album such a success. Ten or 12 stars, at least.