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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
Source: highresaudio.com
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
Source: highresaudio.com
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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Meav - The Calling (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz


Artist: Méav
Title: The Calling
Genre: Folk, Celtic, Classical Crossover
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 43:42
Recorded: October - November, 2012


Multi-million selling world music artist Méav teams up with Grammy award-winning producer Craig Leon (Blondie, Talking Heads, Ramones, Pavarotti) to record folk-pop album The Calling.
Méav returns to her musical origins with The Calling, 12 tracks of newly written songs, folk ballads and fresh interpretations of timeless classics. Produced and co-written by the Grammy award-winning producer Craig Leon, responsible for iconic records by Blondie, Talking Heads, Ramones and Pavarotti amongst others, The Calling showcases Méav’s crystal clear voice, fusing her classical training with her folk roots.
From an early age Méav displayed an exceptional musical talent, immersed in Irish traditional music at her family home in Dublin. She went on to study classical voice, harp and piano while simultaneously studying Law at Trinity College. Her professional career was established with the Riverdance Choir, before going on to star in Lord of the Dance and embarking in three US tours with the Irish National Concert Orchestra.
This brought her to the attention of Celtic Collections who released three Méav solo albums including Celtic Journey with EMI, which debuted in the Billboard World Music top 10. In 2004, Méav was invited to be one of the five founding members of female supergroup Celtic Woman, who have sold six million records in the US and worldwide. It is remarkable that every album Méav recorded with Celtic Woman reached number 1 in the Billboard World Music Charts.
Méav left Celtic Woman in 2008 to start a family and resumed her solo career in 2010, performing to a sell-out crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2012, Méav met legendary producer Craig Leon in Abbey Road Studios, London while working together on the score of a space film in collaboration with NASA. Despite their different musical backgrounds in pop and world music, they quickly realized that they shared a love of song-writing and ethnic music. This resulted in The Calling, a contemporary pop treatment of new songs and folk classics from Ireland, England, Scotland, Brittany, Galicia and America.
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Masterpieces in Miniature - San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Сomposer: Various
Artist: San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas
Title: Masterpieces in Miniature
Genre: Classical
Label: © SFS Media
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:18:08
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco. Ives/Brant The Alcotts from A Concord Symphony recorded in 96 kHz/24-bit audio (February 2–6, 2010), all others in PCM 192 kHz/24-bit audio (September 26–28, 2013, and May 22–25, 2014).



In honor of their twentieth season together, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) release Masterpieces in Miniature, a collection of short orchestral works, on their in-house label SFS Media. Masterpieces in Miniature includes Henry Litolff’s Scherzo from Concerto symphonique No. 4 featuring pianist Yuja Wang, Gustav Mahler’s Blumine, Charles Ives / Henry Brant’s “The Alcotts” from A Concord Symphony, Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane, Claude Debussy’s La Plus que lente, Franz Schubert’s Entracte No. 3 from Rosamunde, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, Antonín Dvořák’s Legend for Orchestra, Jean Sibelius’s Valse triste, Frederick Delius’s On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Edvard Grieg’s The Last Spring, Léo Delibes’s Cortège de Bacchus from Sylvia, all recorded live in performance at Davies Symphony Hall. With this collection MTT shares some of his most treasured musical memories.
About the recording MTT says, “The short pieces in this album exist in various versions. Many began as piano pieces but were, except for the Ives, orchestrated by their composers. They were often played as encores by musicians who took special delight finding the most personal way of presenting them. This recording pays homage to the tradition of these pieces. It marks the beginning of my twentieth season as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony and my seventieth birthday. On these occasions, I wanted to give a present to our whole San Francisco family and to our listeners everywhere. What better way than to fashion a garland of these charming pieces? Playing them is now nearly a lost art. The musicians and I have taken a wonderful voyage in creating these performances, which are a mixture of my musical memories and the imagination and virtuosity of my colleagues.”
As acclaimed interpreters of the music of Mahler, MTT and the Orchestra have included their performance of the composer’s Blumine as part of this special collection. Their self-produced Mahler recording project, launched in 2001 and concluded in 2010, encompassed all of Mahler’s symphonies and works for voice, chorus and orchestra. The Orchestra’s Mahler cycle on SFS Media has been recognized with seven Grammy Awards and MTT was named Gramophone Artist of the Year in recognition of his work on the recording cycle. For the 2011 Mahler centennial, the SFS performed his music in a four-concert engagement at the famed Vienna Konzerthaus in May, an honor rarely extended to American orchestras and a keystone of the city’s commemoration of the Mahler anniversary. MTT and the SFS’s Keeping Score: Mahler PBS Television documentary and concert is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
MTT and the SFS’s recording of “The Alcotts” movement from A Concord Symphony, an orchestration of Charles Ives’s “Concord” Sonata arranged by Henry Brant, was originally released in a 2011 recording of the full work. In his San Francisco Chronicle review, Joshua Kosman wrote, “To listen to ‘A Concord Symphony’…is to feel an exhilarating sense of discovery and dramatic vigor, an explosive dynamism that emanates from all the participants…Thomas and the orchestra…convey every bit of the score's boisterous vitality in a performance of magnificent virtuosity - it's a landmark achievement.”
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Mariah Carey - Music Box (1993/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Mariah Carey
Title: Music Box
Genre: Pop, R&B, Pop Rock, Vocal Pop, Dance Pop, Electronic, Swing, Downtempo
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1993/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:41:44
Recorded: August 1992–May 1993, Right Track Recording, The Plant Studios, Axis Studios, Electric Lady Studios, House Of Sounds, Criteria Recording Studios


Linda Ronstadt was America's sweetheart of the '70s, because she was able to combine a pretty face, a pretty voice and a safe personality. Her songs might be full of big notes and high emotions, but they satisfied every predictable expectation of a love ballad or good-time rocker. Mariah Carey is America's sweetheart of the '90s for the exact same reasons. Music Box topped the Billboard album charts, yielding number-one singles like "Dreamlover" and "Hero." The titles, one a hollow Minnie Riperton knock-off and the other a stiff Barbra Streisand imitation, are tip-offs to Carey's reliance on untethered fantasy (she's the fantasizer in the lyrics and the fantasy object in the videos). These songs, co-written and co-produced like most of the album by Walter Anasieff and Carey herself, are constructed to show off her dizzying soprano, not to provide an original approach to a well-worn subject. Even when she gets a strong ballad to sing, like her current singles--Babyface's "Never Forget You" or Badfinger/Nilsson's "Without You"--she overdoes the self-pity bit so much that the song loses its dramatic tension.
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