W.A.Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 19 & 23 / Ronald Brautigam (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

W.A.Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 19 & 23 / Ronald Brautigam (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:00 minutes | 888 MB
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In just two years, between 1784 and 1786, Mozart composed no less than twelve piano concertos – a staggering number. Often described as one of the most light-hearted and buoyant among these is the Concerto in F major K459, sometimes called ‘the second Coronation Concerto’. The nickname comes from the fact that Mozart would later choose to perform it, along with the ‘Coronation Concerto’ in D major, during the festivities surrounding the coronation of Emperor Leopold II in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1790. Its companion work on this fourth disc in Ronald Brautigam’s survey hails from the same period: begun in 1784, the Concerto in A major K488 was completed in March 1786, at the same time as Mozart was putting the finishing touches to his opera Le nozze di Figaro. It is one of only three piano concertos in which Mozart uses clarinets in the orchestra, resulting in a very particular sound world, especially in the magical slow movement. Mozart clearly held the work in high regard, and described it as one of his most select compositions ‘which I keep just for myself and an élite circle of music lovers’, and later audiences have agreed with him. Ronald Brautigam has been described as ‘an absolutely instinctive Mozartian… with melodic playing of consummate beauty’ (International Record Review), and he is once again supported by the period orchestra Die Kölner Akademie conducted by Michael Alexander Willens in a partnership which more than one reviewer has termed ‘ideal’. (more…)

Amandine Beyer – J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas BWV 1001-1006 (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Amandine Beyer – J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas BWV 1001-1006 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 151:32 minutes | 1,59 GB
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After The Four Seasons, the Bach violin concertos, and the sonatas of Matteis, Amandine Beyer presents her vision of the Sonatas and Partitas, one of the pillars of the repertoire, coupled with the solo sonata of Pisendel, the best-known German violinist of his generation, who met Bach at Weimar. (more…)

Sly & The Family Stone – There’s A Riot Goin’ On (1971/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/176,4kHz]

Sly & The Family Stone – There’s A Riot Goin’ On (1971/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 48:06 minutes | 2,19 GB
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There’s a Riot Goin’ On has been declared by critics as one of the greatest and most influential albums ever recorded, predating sounds found in future groundbreaking albums such as Exile on Main St. and Velvet Underground and Nico. It was a complete change in directino from the high-energy pop-funk singles that were found on earlier records like Stand!. It has been considered to be one of the first instances of the type of funk music later popularized by George Clinton/Funkadelic and the Ohio Players. The records that followed There’s a Riot Goin’ On are considered to be some of the first and best examples of mature funk music, and the album has inspired musicians from a multitude of backgrounds since its initial release.

There’s a Riot Goin’ On is Sly & The Family Stone’s fifth studio album, released on November 20, 1971. It was recorded primarily in 1970 and 1971 at Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, California. Unlike their previous albums, There’s a Riot Goin’ On is more funk oriented and had a darker mood. The title was given to the record as a response to Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On, which was released five months previous.

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Pop Albums and Soul Albums charts immediately upon its release, and the album’s single “Family Affair” shot to the top of the Pop Singles chart. There’s a Riot Goin’ On was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1972, and went on to ship 1 million copies.