“For the first time ever, Def Leppard played their album HYSTERIA in its entirety during an eleven-show residency which started on March 22, 2013 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas. The band also opened for themselves under the fictitious name of DED FLATBIRD for two different sets on each of the nights. During those DED FLATBIRD sets, the band showcased some fan favorites and rare songs from the early years of the band in addition to playing a selection of their greatest hits, highlighting classic material from throughout their career. The VIVA! HYSTERIA show featured an elaborate set design created specifically for Def Leppard ‘s Las Vegas residency. Known for legendary big-scale arena shows, Def Leppard will bring their over-the-top production to your house as VIVA! HYSTERIA is their first full live show shot in HD to be released commercially. VIVA! HYSTERIA showcases for the first time the band’s career-defining album performed live in its entirety – from start to finish – for a commercial audio/video release.
Tracklist 01. Women 02. Rocket 03. Animal 04. Love Bites 05. Pour Some Sugar on Me 06. Armageddon It 07. Gods of War 08. Don’t Shoot Shotgun 09. Run Riot 10. Hysteria 11. Excitable 12. Love and Affection 13. Rock of Ages 14. Photograph 15. Good Morning Freedom 16. Wasted 17. Stagefright 18. Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes) 19. Action 20. Rock Brigade 21. Undefeated 22. Promises - 23. On Through The Night 24. Slang 25. Let It Go 26. Another Hit And Run 27. High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night) 28. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak 29. Switch 625 (more…)
Counting Crows debut album August and Everything After was an instant success on its release in late 1993 and went on to sell over 7 million copies in America. In the UK it charted at No.16 and has sold over 400,000 copies. On September 18, 2007, the band performed the complete album live for the first time at Town Hall in New York City. The gig was filmed in high definition and is now presented here as the first ever Counting Crows live concert Blu-ray release. The band has maintained a hugely successful career with global album sales now in excess of 20 million but they have always saved their finest moments for the live arena. Now for the first time a Counting Crows live concert film is available to own.
TRACK LISTING 1) Round Here / Raining In Baltimore 2) Omaha 3) Mr. Jones 4) Perfect Blue Buildings 5) Anna Begins 6) Time And Time Again 7) Rain King 8) Sullivan Street 9) Ghost Train 10) A Murder Of One Bonus Features Interview: In Depth With Adam Duritz & Charlie Gillingham
Mogwai – Rave Tapes (2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:05 minutes | 1,12 GB Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front/Rear covers
Rave Tapes is the eighth studio album by Mogwai and their second on Rock Action, the label they set up almost 18 years ago to issue their debut 7in single, Tuner/Lower. In between, the Scottish quintet have established themselves on the international stage through a prolific recorded output and a commitment to touring that few of their peers can match. Clocking in at just under 50 minutes, the 10-track album is a lustrous collection mined from the same quarry as its predecessors, wreathed in painterly textures underpinned by increasingly electronic beats. (more…)
Kristian Bezuidenhout, Petra Mullejans – Mozart: Piano Concertos K 453 & 482 (2012) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.28 GB Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz
Mozart places melody at the very heart of his concertos. Introverted and sometimes uncertain at the start of K453, it is subsequently transmuted into birdsong – foreshadowing Papageno – and leads to a finale worthy of an opera buffa. Imbued with majesty in K482 (contemporary with Le nozze di Figaro), it takes on a tinge of bitterness in the work’s slow movement, before returning to more joyful melodic motifs, one of which will recur in Cosi fan tutte. Never have opera and concerto been so close. Partnering with the Freiburger Barockorchester, acclaimed fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout brings out all of the singing lines and sparkling bravura of these two great concertos.
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout Conductor: Petra Müllejans Orchestra/Ensemble: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Kristian Bezuidenhout – Mozart: Keyboard Music Vol 3 (2012) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.13 GB Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz
In Volume 3 of his widely acclaimed traversal of Mozart’s music for solo keyboard, fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout plays a modern reproduction of an 1805 Viennese instrument by Anton Walter. The programme includes the well-loved Sonata in F major K. 332, alongside Mozart’s very last composition for piano, the Variations K. 613. Kristian Bezuidenhout was born in South Africa in 1979. He began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music in the USA and now lives in London. He is a frequent guest artist with the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Les Arts Florissants, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The English Concert, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Collegium Vocale Gent, in many instances assuming the role of guest director.
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Wanderlust (2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:01 minutes | 485 MB Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuzzz | Front cover
In January 2014 Sophie will release her fifth album, Wanderlust, a record co-written and produced by acclaimed singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt and recorded in just two weeks with a tightly-knit group of musician friends. The record sees the 34-year-old Sophie blossoming into an accomplished singer-songwriter, with its 11 powerfully understated songs showcasing a newfound maturity, warmth and songcraft. Wanderlust will be preceded by the single release of one of its standout tracks, Young Blood, a life-affirming, piano-driven testament to true love. That song, which comes accompanied by another of Muller’s trademark videos, marks the beginning of a glorious new chapter in her career. (more…)
Osmo Vanska – Sibelius: Lemminkainen Suite, Wood Nymph (2014) [Official Digital Download – 24bit/44.1kHz] FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz | Digital Booklet | 621 MB Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical
The source of the Lemminkäinen Suite is the Finnish national epic Kalevala, and its four movements – of which ‘The Swan of Tuonela’ is often performed separately – tell of the adventures of the young hero Lamminkäinen. In comparison, The Wood-Nymph only had its first complete performance in 1996. This was given by the performers on this disc, a team which has become synonymous with top-flight idiomatic Sibelius performances.
Composer: Jean Sibelius Conductor: Osmo Vänskä Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Rachel Podger,Trevor Pinnock,Jonathan Manson: J.PH. Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts (2002) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 66:48 minutes | 2,29 GB Official Digital Download – Source: ChannelClassics.com | Digital booklet
One of the most striking features of Rameau’s only collection of ensemble chamber music is that it seems less a tantalising essay in what French chamber music might have yielded – had Rameau not sought the bright lights of opera – than a singularly inspired genre of musical images whose significance resides almost exclusively in its own inimitable terms. The magical elusiveness of these works, so deliberately enigmatic, encourages us to ponder the significance of titles such as ‘Le Vézinet’ (as it happens, a forested suburb of Paris with a pleasure garden). We may hear a glistening carrousel but Rameau’s aqueous imagery reflects unending shards of light to ravish our senses. (more…)
Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra – Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet Suites (2007) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz | Digital Booklet | 607 MB Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical
Combined, Prokofiev’s three suites from Romeo include about half of the score. Still, most conductors who want to give us a full CD (or even a full LP) of Romeo pick their own extracts from the complete ballet instead of stringing together the suites. That’s probably at least partly because they don’t share Prokofiev’s preferences when it comes to favorite moments—but it’s also because, as written, the suites are organized for musical rather than narrative coherence, and thus provide little sense of the play’s dramatic trajectory. One way around the second of these issues, of course, is to reorder the suites: that’s, for instance, what Mitropoulos does with selections from the more popular First and Second. Here Andrew Litton pushes that idea to its limit, giving us all 20 movements of the three suites “in the order the music appears in the ballet score.”
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev Conductor: Andrew Litton Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Piers Lane, Howard Shelley – Williamson: Complete Piano Concertos (2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.14 GB Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Hyperion
A real rarity from Hyperion’s Anglo-Australian artistic collaboration: music by an Australian composer who was once at the heart of the English establishment. Malcolm Williamson was one of many Australian creative artists who relocated to Britain in the mid-twentieth century. Within a decade of settling in London he had established a reputation as one of the most gifted and prolific composers of his generation. His stature as a leading figure within the British music scene was publicly acknowledged in 1975 when he was appointed to the esteemed post of Master of the Queen’s Music in succession to Sir Arthur Bliss. But today he is almost forgotten and his music virtually never performed.
This double-album set of the complete Piano Concertos is therefore an important document as well as a compendium of deeply appealing music. Williamson wrote with a generosity of emotion and melodic flair rare in the mid-twentieth century, in a forward-looking idiom.
The third concerto is perhaps the masterpiece, a huge and complex work. The fourth was written in 1993/4 and appears here as its world premiere performance and recording.
Piers Lane, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Howard Shelley are the ideal performers of these unjustly neglected works.
Composer: Malcolm Williamson
Performer: Mark Bain, Piers Lane, Yoram Levy, Martin Phillipson, …
Conductor: Howard Shelley
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra