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Rufus Wainwright - Out Of The Game (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Rufus Wainwright
Title: Out Of The Game
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock, Baroque Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Decca Records
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 50:27
Recorded: May–December 2011 at Dunham Sound (Brooklyn) and Sear Sound (Manhattan)

Rufus Wainwright's 2012 studio effort, Out of the Game, is a '70s singer/songwriter album with some soft rock and disco and elements that bring to mind a mix of Boz Scaggs, ELO, and Todd Rundgren. Produced by Mark Ronson, the master of making retro new again, Out of the Game has a vintage, organic aesthetic featuring horns, old-school keyboards, strings, and the occasional fuzzed-out guitar. In that sense, it is a return to the more straightforward pop/rock style of Wainwright's early albums, although some of the opera and classical influences of 2007's Release the Stars are still evident. Similarly, the stark personal style Wainwright investigated on 2010's All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu is also still here, albeit in a much more pop-friendly and melodically palatable form. Wainwright, who has always been a deeply intimate songwriter (he confronted his crystal meth addiction and recovery from it on 2003's Want One, dealt directly with the death of his mother, Kate McGarrigle, on Lulu, and has never shied away from addressing his homosexuality), here details his life since becoming engaged to his partner in 2010 and fathering a child in 2011 with Lorca Cohen (Leonard Cohen's daughter) on the impressionistic "Montauk." In the song, Wainwright croons to his future adult daughter, "One day you will come to Montauk and see your dad wearing a kimono and see your other dad pruning roses/Hope you won't turn around and go." Later in the song, he summons the ghost of his mother with the line, "One day years ago years ago in Montauk lived a woman now a shadow/There she does wait for us in the ocean." It's a terribly bittersweet moment and a kind of apotheosis of all the events that inform the mood on Out of the Game. As moving as that song is, Wainwright and Ronson balance out the more introspective songs with such immediately engaging cuts as the Rundgren-esque soft rock title track anthem, the soulful baroque pop of "Jericho," and the T. Rex-meets-'60s girl group-sounding ballad "Rashida." Elsewhere, "Barbara," "Bitter Tears," and the languid "Song of You" evince a kind of Giorgio Moroder Europop vibe and also compare favorably to works by such similarly inclined Wainwright contemporaries as Ron Sexsmith and Richard Hawley. Although Wainwright's private life may have taken him out of the pop game for a time, this album is one of his most classicist, not classical, pop records and in that sense, Out of the Game is definitely a winner. --AllMusic Review by Matt Collar
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Sergey Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3; Symphony No. 5 - Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Artist: Denis Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev
Title: Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3; Symphony No. 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Mariinsky
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:10:33
Recorded: Piano Concerto No 3 recorded June & October 2012 in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia. Symphony No 5 recorded April 2012 in the Moscow Conservatoire, during the Moscow Easter Festival.

The Mariinsky label presents Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3 and Symphony No 5, two of the composer's most popular works. Denis Matsuev features as soloist, in this his fourth recording on the label. Since winning the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, Matsuev has established a reputation as one of Russia’s leading pianists, renowned for his interpretations of Russian music. His recordings of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3 and Paganini Variations, Shostakovich's Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 and Tchaikovsky’s first two piano concertos have all received widespread acclaim.
Written in 1944, at the height of World War II, the fifth symphony was intended as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.” The symphony’s character was inevitably determined by the time and circumstances of its composition. It would be a patriotic work; big, heroic and ultimately optimistic, a symphony of mass appeal. ‘I thought of it as a work glorifying the human spirit,’ wrote the composer.
Prokofiev wrote five piano concertos, but it is his third that has garnered the most popularity and critical acclaim. It remains one of Prokofiev’s most popular pieces and the qualities of clarity and vitality that appealed to the work’s original audiences become apparent almost immediately as the work begins.
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Martha Argerich & friends - Live from Lugano 2014 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Martha Argerich & friends
Title: Live from Lugano 2014
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Duration: 3:14:58
Recorded: 10-30.VI.2014, Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano

Warner Classics is pleased to release the 12th annual 3-album set of highlights from the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, described in The Times (London), as “community music-making on a deluxe scale, with performers and listeners mutually uplifted by music’s wonders.” The recordings celebrate the musical fruits of a project in which young artists join seasoned performers, including Martha Argerich herself, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestral repertoire, both well-known and rarely heard.
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Arvo Part - Te Deum - Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Peter Dijkstra (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Arvo Pärt
Artist: Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Peter Dijkstra
Title: Pärt - Te Deum
Genre: Classical
Label: © BR Klassik
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Duration: 1:07:09
Recorded: München, Prinzregententheater: Te Deum, Wallfahrtslied (13./15.02.2014); Berliner Messe (23./25.02.2012); München, Herkulessaal der Residenz: Dopo la vittoria (11./13.07.2012)

BR-KLASSIK and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Peter Dijkstra are regular winners of prestigious awards – two such being the Strauss-Wagner-Mahler recording, which won the Diapason d'or, and the Concerto for Choir by Alfred Schnittke, which won the ECHO Klassik.

In this latest recording of sacred music by Arvo Pärt, the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks is joined by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. The two ensembles frequently perform together in their concert series, which regularly include sacred music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The present CD production focuses on four compositions by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (born 1935). They were written in 1984, 1990 und 1997 in the composer's own tintinnabulation style of composition (from the Latin word for the 'ringing of bells'). In his Te Deum, Pärt makes a conscious departure from the traditionally powerful and festive sound of such precursors as Charpentier, Bruckner and Verdi. The restraint of the Wallfahrtslied (Pilgrims' Song), a setting of Psalm 121, evokes the ancient Judeo-Christian tradition of psalm recitation. Dopo la vittoria was commissioned by the City of Milan for the 1600 year celebration of the death of St. Ambrose (1997). The Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) is so named because it was first performed in the city's St. Hedwig's Cathedral (1990) to mark the German Katholikentag (Catholics Day).
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Praetorius - Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble & Chor, Pablo Heras-Casado (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Hieronymous Praetorius (1560 - 1629), Jacob Praetorius (1586 - 1651), Michael Praetorius (1571 - 1621)
Artist: Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble & Chor, Pablo Heras-Casado
Title: Praetorius
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon/ARCHIV Produktion
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:11:47
Recorded: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, 3/2014

Relaxing and heavenly music from the early 17th century for choir and small ensemble by Jacob, Hieronymus and Michael Praetorius. The Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble and Balthasar-Neumann-Chor (founded by Thomas Hengelbrock) is one of the most prestigious and famous early music ensembles. It can definitely be considered as one of the best groups in the world of early music.
Michael Praetorius can be considered as one of the leading German composers of the early 17th century (The familiar harmonization of “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen“ (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming) was written by him in 1609).
Pablo Heras-Casado is among the hottest young conductors of our time and leads the world’s best orchestras. He was named Musical America's 2014 Conductor of the Year and since 2010 alone, he has made a first appearance with nearly 40 orchestras, opera companies, and festivals, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Boston Symphony Orchestra to the Salzburg Festival and more.
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Richard Clayderman - Super Best (1984/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Richard Clayderman
Title: Super Best
Genre: Easy Listening, New Age, Classical, Instrumental Pop, Neo-Classical
Label: © Victor Entertainment
Release Date: 1984/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 00:49:07

With his lush and sophisticated instrumental approach to pop music, Richard Clayderman (born Philippe Pagès) is, according to The Guinness Book of World Records, "the most successful pianist in the world." Clayderman's albums routinely sell millions of copies and his concerts are quickly sold out. In a review of his 1985 Carnegie Hall concert, Variety wrote, "(Clayderman's) main appeal lies in his youth and boyish good looks...coupled with his gentlemanly charm and his thick French accent, they promise to rope in the romantically inclined middle-aged Yank ladies who cotton to this ilk of soothing entertainment." Nancy Reagan referred to Clayderman as "the prince of romance." Instructed in classical piano by his father, Clayderman enrolled in the Paris Conservatory of Music at the age of 12. Four years later, he placed first in a piano competition at the school. Despite his classical background, Clayderman opted for popular music when he launched his professional career. A tour as opening act for French rock musician Johnny Hallyday introduced him to an international following. Clayderman's debut album, Ballade Pour Adeline, recorded at the urging of producers and composers Oliver Toussaint and Paul De Senneville in 1977, sold more than 20 million copies and was distributed in 38 countries. Clayderman, who took his stage name from his Swedish grandmother, has continued to tour throughout the world to enthusiastic audiences. A live concert broadcast on Chinese television in 1987 attracted more than 800 million viewers.
His vast discography of well over 200 albums, released on and licensed to many different labels worldwide, has seen him record everything from light classics to Andrew Lloyd Webber love songs, Bollywood movie soundtracks, and the folk music of Germany, Turkey, and Japan. While this willingness to turn his hand to anything fueled his worldwide popularity, it is the unthreatening homogeneity of his output that won him a loyal, late-middle-aged fanbase similar to that of another European titan of light classical music, André Rieu. In the early 2010s, Clayderman enjoyed an upsurge in mainstream popularity, perhaps partly as a kitsch nostalgia act, but also on the part of canny marketing men who positioned him as part of that era’s classical crossover explosion. His 2013 album for Decca, Romantique -- arguably his highest-profile release ever -- featured a mélange of film music, pop and light classical standards, and a re-recording of his best-known tune, "Ballade pour Adeline". --Biography by John D. Buchanan
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Rush - Permanent Waves - 40th Anniversary (1980/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Rush
Title: Permanent Waves
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Mercury Records
Release Date: 1980/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:35:36
Recorded: September - October 1979 at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec

Permanent Waves is the seventh studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on January 1, 1980. It was recorded at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec, and mixed at Trident Studios in London, UK. Permanent Waves became Rush's first US top five album hitting #4 and was the band's fifth gold (eventually platinum) selling album. The album also marks a distinct transition from long, conceptual pieces, into a more accessible, radio-friendly style and consequently, a significant expansion in the band's sales with hits such as "The Spirit of Radio" and "Freewill" seeing considerable radio airplay.
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Peggy Lee, George Shearing - Beauty And The Beat! (1959/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Peggy Lee, George Shearing
Title: Beauty And The Beat!
Genre: Jazz, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1959/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 33:26
Recorded live in Miami on May 29th, 1959 in front of 2500 people at the 2nd annual Disc Jockey Convention.

Peggy Lee was accompanied by George Shearing and his quintet for a performance at a music industry convention in Miami in May 1959, marking the first time the two would work together. It has remained uncertain over the years how much of this album was actually recorded live during that technically-plagued concert and how much was reconstructed in the studio later. Nonetheless, it's a swinging session including standards by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Rodgers and Hart.
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Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto - Sviatoslav Richter, Stanislaw Wislocki, Herbert von Karajan (1959/63/95/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943), Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Artist: Sviatoslav Richter, Stanislaw Wislocki, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1959/63/95/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:11:02
Recorded: #1-3: Warsaw, Philharmonie on 26th to 28th April 1959; #4-6: Vienna, Musikvereins-Saal on 24th to 26th September 1962

These two performances by Grammy-winning Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter are now considered reference versions of the Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky concertos. Recorded in 1959 and 1962 respectively. Stanislaw Wislocki leads the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra on the Rachmaninov; Herbert von Karajan and Wiener Symphoniker accompany Richter on the Tchaikovsky.
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