Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – The Punishment of Luxury: B Sides and Bonus Material (2017) [24bit FLAC]

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – The Punishment of Luxury: B Sides and Bonus Material (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:27 minutes | 528 MB | Genre: Pop Rock, Synthpop, New Wave
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © 100% Records

This year, the synth-pop pioneers OMD returned with their dazzling 13th studio album “The Punishment of Luxury” which sees them combine the wistful nostalgia and idealized romance of their previous work while stepping out of their comfort zone. The follow up to the critically acclaimed “English Electric” (released in 2013), “The Punishment Of Luxury” is a daring collection of stylish synth pop and masterful songwriting which will certainly rank alongside their very best. Written, recorded, produced and mixed by OMD Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys the album is the sound of a band in their prime. “On this album we have managed to make beautiful things out of noises and repetitive patterns,” explains Andy. “The trouble is, we just can’t help but write a catchy melody” Described by The Quietus as “not just one of the best synth bands ever, they are one of the best bands ever,” OMD’s influence has become ubiquitous. The XX, the Killers and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy have cited OMD as an inspiration, and the likes of Future Islands and Chvrches show traces of OMD’s DNA. This album compiles non album B sides (available only on singles releases) and various single and 12″ extended mixes and special remixes for OMD fans and collectors. Read More

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury (2017) [24bit FLAC]

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury (2017) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:04 minutes | 483 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © White Noise

Synth-pop pioners OMD return with their dazzling 13th studio album ‘The Punishment of Luxury’ which sees them combine the wistful nostalgia and idealised romance of their previous work while stepping out of their comfort zone. The follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘English Electric’ (released in 2013) ‘The Punishment Of Luxury’ is a daring collection of stylish synth pop and masterful songwriting which will certainly rank alongside their very best. Written, recorded, produced and mixed by OMD – Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys – the album is the sound of a band in their prime. ‘On this album we have managed to make beautiful things out of noises and repetitive patterns’, explains Andy. ‘The trouble is, we just cant help but write a catchy melody!’ The album takes its name from an 1891 painting by the Italian Giovani Segantini and contains everything from the Kraftwerkian ‘Isotype’ and ‘Robot Man’ to the blue eyed soul ballads of ‘One More Time’ and ‘The View From Here’ as well as more traditional OMD songs like ‘Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang’ and the synth heavy title track. Described by The Quietus as “not just one of the best synth bands ever – they are one of the best bands ever”, OMD’s influence has become ubiquitous. The xx, the Killers and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy have cited OMD as an inspiration, and the likes of Future Islands and Chvrches show traces of OMD’s DNA. Read More

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Junk Culture (1984) {Deluxe Edition 2015} [24bit FLAC]

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Junk Culture (1984) {Deluxe Edition 2015}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:53:02 minutes | 2,33 GB | Genre: Punk, New Wave
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Universal Music GmbH

30 years after the release of O.M.D’s Junk Culture comes the remastered double HighRes-Deluxe Edition. Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys returned to the Virgin Archives to revisit the album. The album was remastered at Abbey Road and the other tracks featured on double album have previously only been available on vinyl. Read More

Ophelie Gaillard – Alvorada (2015) [24bit FLAC]

Ophelie Gaillard – Alvorada (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:49:07 minutes | 2,06 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | © Aparté/Little Tribeca
Recorded: septembre 2014 à Paris

ALVORADA or the invitation to the voyage of cellist Ophélie Gaillard and her magical cello, a musical tour from Spain to Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Cuba) featuring, in particular, the composers Villa-Lobos, Granados, Piazzolla and Jobim. Read More

Ophelie Gaillard – Bach: Cello Suites pour violoncelle seul BWV 1007-1012 (2011) [24bit FLAC]

Ophélie Gaillard – Bach: Cello Suites pour violoncelle seul BWV 1007-1012 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 136:57 minutes | 2,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz.com | Digital Booklet

The Bach Cello Suites are an iconic monument of the literature with which any serious cellist must grapple. Performances can vary from the metronomically precise just-play-the-notes approach to the other extreme in which a player’s idiosyncratic interpretations are so pronounced that they become the center of attention rather than Bach’s sublime music. This 2010 version is French cellist Ophélie Gaillard’s second recording of the suites, the first made a decade earlier when she was in her mid-twenties. Read More

Ophelie Gaillard, Ensemble Pulcinella – Bach Arias (2012) [24bit FLAC]

Ophelie Gaillard, Ensemble Pulcinella – Bach Arias (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 01:07:24 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Aparté

Bach’s cantatas make use of an amazing diversity of instruments, both old and new. Among the ‘new’ instruments was the violoncello piccolo, a rare type of cello that was popular for a brief period at the beginning of the eighteenth century. The addition of a fifth, higher string provided the instrument a unique lightness and delicacy in the upper registers. This collection featuring cellist Ophelie Gaillard and the ensemble Pulcinella focuses on arias from Bach’s cantatas that are scored for the violoncello piccolo. The arias are interspersed with instrumental transcriptions from the Schubler Chorales and the Orgelbüchlein. Vocal soloists include soprano Sandrine Piau, tenor Emiliano Gonzalez Toro and alto Christophe Dumaux. Read More

Ophelie Gaillard – Dreams (2009) [24bit FLAC]

Ophelie Gaillard – Dreams (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 54:40 minutes | 545 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Aparté

Craig Leon, who created the transcriptions for Joshua Bell on his Sony Classics release entitled Romance of the Violin, now arranges transcriptions for the cellist Ophelie Gaillard on the new Aparte label. His arrangements has given Gaillard the opportunity to revive the long standing tradition of cellists, from Piatigorsky to Casals, who have played crowd-pleasing transcriptions of great works. Accompanied by the rich sound of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, she weaves an elegant tapestry of favorite classics. Read More

Ophelie Gaillard – Exiles – Bloch & Korngold (2017) [24bit FLAC]

Ophélie Gaillard – Exiles – Bloch & Korngold (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:08:27 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Aparté

Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the United States, land of freedom, open to the world, a democracy concerned with human rights, attracted emigrants of all origins. Rightly or wrongly, the young nation, in full economic expansion, embodied a land of redemption for the composers brought together by Ophélie Gaillard. After Alvorada, her globe-trotting cello leads us in the footsteps of Bloch, Korngold, Prokofiev, Chava Alberstein and Giora Feidmann, singing their exile, whether suffered or deliberately chosen. She makes us vibrate to the sound of a film score (Korngold’s Concerto), a prayer (From Jewish Life), an Hebraic narrative (Schelomo), a lullaby, a wedding dance… The spirit of celebration, tenderness, religious meditation: so many facets of daily life and the culture of several generations of Jewish immigrants, related by Ophélie Gaillard’s humanistic bow. Read More

Ophelie Gaillard – Schumann, Liszt (2012) [24bit FLAC]

Ophelie Gaillard – Schumann – Liszt (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48kHz  | Time – 00:50:09 minutes | 618 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Aparté/Little Tribeca
Recorded: Radio Romania Concert Hall (Schumann), IRCAM (Liszt)

After Dreams, and the Bach Cello Suites, two recordings that enjoyed both critical and public acclaim, Ophélie Gaillard turns here to Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto and the complete music for cello and piano of Franz Liszt. The result of this juxtaposition of two worlds, those of two composers of great sensitivity, is a programme captivatingly combining passion with an expression of the mysteries of life. Once again we see the eclecticism that Ophélie Gaillard has always shown. For the Schumann Concerto, this brilliant young cellist is accompanied by the National Radio Orchestra of Romania (which has played with the likes of Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Martha Argerich and Mstislav Rostropovich), under the young conductor Tiberiu Soare (a favourite of the singer Angela Gheorghiu). Read More

Ophelie Gaillard – R. Strauss: Don Quixote & Cello Works (2018) [24bit FLAC]

Ophélie Gaillard – R. Strauss: Don Quixote & Cello Works (2018) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:19:12  minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Aparté

From Romance to tone poem, the cellist Ophélie Gaillard invites to an imaginary journey, both heroic and delicate, in the post-Romantic world of Richard Strauss. Read More

Opeth – Pale Communion (2014) [24bit FLAC]

Opeth – Pale Communion (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:50 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Rock, Metal
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Roadrunner Records

Pale Communion follows 2011’s critically acclaimed Heritage which proved a milestone album for Opeth, earning them widespread acclaim and an ever-growing fan following. Debuting Top 20 on the Billboard 200 and racking up numerous ‘Best Of’ accolades in 2011, Heritage landed at #2 on both Decibel’s “Top 40 Albums of 2011” and Guitar World’s “Top 50 Albums of 2011” lists. Read More

Opeth – Sorceress (2016) {Bonus Tracks Limited Edition} [24bit FLAC]

Opeth – Sorceress (2016) [Bonus Tracks Edition]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:30:24 minutes | 985 MB | Genre: Metal
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: nuclearblast | Front cover | © Nuclear Blast

When Opeth released Heritage in 2011, they had completed the transformation from their death metal origins through progressive death metal in the early 2000s, to full-on prog rock that celebrated their love of Camel, Jethro Tull, ELP, and more. 2014’s excellent Pale Communion furthered those notions as frontman and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt’s own vision began to emerge. Sorceress is the third installment in this phase of the band’s career, and while considerably different and more exploratory than its precursors, it also references Opeth’s earlier efforts like Ghost Reveries and Blackwater Park, but goes further than either in its diversity. Read More

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