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Robert Schumann - Das Paradies und die Peri - London Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle
Title: Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 87 minutes 50 seconds
Recorded: January 2015, Barbican, London, United Kingdom

In his debut recording on LSO Live, Sir Simon Rattle conducts a stunning performance of Schumann’s rarely recorded Das Paradies und die Peri featuring a superb line-up of soloists.
Rattle is well-known for being a champion of this rarely-heard work, and yet this is the first audio recording he has made of it. Here it is brought to life by the LSO under his baton, and the starry line-up makes the best possible case for Schumann's great oratorio.
Sir Simon says of the piece, 'It's the great masterpiece you've never heard, and there aren't many of those now.... This is just something else, a complete anomaly if you think about it. In Schumann's life it was the most popular piece he ever wrote, it was performed endlessly. Every composer loved it. Wagner wrote how jealous he was that Schumann had done it and he'd stolen this subject that he wanted to do and how extraordinary it was... It was a playground for composers and the piece was extraordinary.'
Based on an episode from Thomas Moore's epic poem Lalla Rookh, itself inspired by exotic, colourful tales taken from Persian mythology, Das Paradies und die Peri reflects the 19th-century craze for all thing Oriental. Completed in 1843, Schumann's 'secular oratorio' tells how the Peri, a legendary creature, was expelled from paradise and follows her quest to redeem herself by giving the gift that is most dear to heaven.
Writing about the work in a letter to a friend, Schumann said, 'at the moment I'm involved in a large project, the largest I've yet undertaken - it's not an opera - I believe it's well-nigh a new genre for the concert hall.' Conceived in three beautifully sequenced parts, it is unlike any oratorio of Schumann's day. Sustained melodic invention is clear throughout, with Peri's high C in the final forming a deftly timed climax.
Soprano Sally Matthews gives a soaring performance as the Peri, showcasing Schumann's imaginative and emotive vocal writing, while there are also superb supporting performances from Mark Padmore, Kate Royal, Andrew Staples and Florian Boesch.
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Jean-Fery Rebel - Ballets Sans Paroles - Pratum Integrum Orchestra (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747)
Artist: Pratum Integrum Orchestra
Title: Ballets Sans Paroles
Genre: Classical
Label: © Caro Mitis
Item Number: CM 0052005
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:00:00
Recorded: 5-7.11.2005 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (RTR) Moscow, Russia

In 1711 Jean-Féry Rebel published his orchestral Caprice. This piece immediately achieved great popularity among the Parisians and attracted attention of the celebrated Françoise Prévost who set her solo dance to the music of the Caprice. Her performances were so successful that soon after that each ballet dancer, making her debut, had to know Rebel’s Caprice. The transformation of an instrumental piece into a dance was not an extraordinary occurrence for the French Baroque theatre. In this domain it was common to sing a Chaconne or to dance an aria, court performances envisaged vocal numbers together with dances. For that reason, the appearance of Rebel’s Caprice merits special attention: apparently this piece was the first ballet without singing. A year after the Caprice, another piece by the composer, the Boutade (fancy, whim, joke in French), was turned into a dance.
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Sergey Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Rhapsody - Lang Lang, Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev (2005) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Artist: Lang Lang, Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev
Title: Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Rhapsody
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2005/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:00:34
Recorded: July 2004, Mikkeli, Martti Talvela Hall, Finland

Lang Lang at the keyboard with Valery Gergiev at the podium might seem like too combustible a combination. The young pianist, after all, has quickly become famous for his high-octane virtuosity, while the conductor's take-no-prisoners approach has produced some truly incendiary orchestral recordings, especially in the Russian repertoire that he practically owns these days. What's surprising, then, is how well mannered their collaboration seems in these live recordings of two of Rachmaninoff's most popular works. The results are exciting, to be sure -- technically brilliant and full of personality, with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre (a.k.a. Gergiev's Kirov Orchestra, apparently reverting at long last to its pre-Soviet name) contributing a wonderfully Russian darkness of tone -- but also deeply musical, never flashy just for the sake of bravura effect. Having devoted himself to Tchaikovsky's First Concerto on an earlier CD, Lang Lang applies his mastery of grand Romantic gestures to another audience favorite here, Rachmaninoff's Second. Gergiev seems happy to follow the pianist in the music's ebb and flow, lingering along with each of the composer's expansive tunes like a series of beautifully nostalgic memories. If the performance of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is even more successful, it's doubtless because this work gives Lang Lang more opportunity to revel in high-spirited capers at the keyboard; the lyrical 18th variation is as beguiling as it needs to be, but it's the vigorous wit of the surrounding music that really brings out the pianist's sheer joy in music making. There's a crowded field of Rachmaninoff recordings on the market, both classic and recent (including, among the latter, Krystian Zimerman in the First and Second Concertos, and Stephen Hough in the complete works for piano and orchestra), but Lang Lang's meeting with Gergiev earns a solidly satisfying place among them.
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Paul McCartney - Pipes of Peace (1983/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Paul McCartney
Title: Pipes of Peace
Genre: Rock
Label: © MPL Communications | Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1983/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:11:55
Recorded: Tracks 1–11, 17 & 18 engineered by Geoff Emerick; Tracks 12–16 engineered and produced by Paul McCartney; Track 17 remixed by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent; Track 19 engineered by Jon Kelly; Track 20 engineered by Jon Kelly; Tracks 1–11 remastered by Alex Wharton and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios, London; Tracks 12–17, 20 mastered, and Tracks 18 & 19 remastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios, London
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Carl Orff - Carmina Burana - London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Hans Graf (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Carl Orff (1895-1982)
Artist: London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Hans Graf
Title: Orff - Carmina Burana
Genre: Classical
Label: © London Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:00:34
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 6 April 2013

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is an infectious and brilliantly orchestrated work, combining gloriously bawdy vulgarity and moments of touching beauty. The inspiration for the work struck Orff in 1935 when he encountered a vivid set of medieval poems charting the outlandish pursuits of hedonistic students and monks. Written purely for entertainment in vernacular Latin, medieval French and German, the satirical texts poked fun at what they saw as a hypocritical church, before indulging in erotic fantasy and pondering ideas of fate and fortune.
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