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Sister Sledge - The Studio Album Collection 1975-1985 (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sister Sledge
Title: The Studio Album Collection 1975-1985
Genre: R&B, Soul, Disco, Dance Pop, Smooth Soul, Quiet Storm
Label: © Atlantic Records/Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 1975-1985/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 05:27:15
Recorded: 1975-1985

Best known for their work with Chic in the late '70s, siblings Debbie, Kim, Joni, and Kathy Sledge -- collectively Sister Sledge -- reached the height of their popularity during the disco era but had been recording since the early '70s and were still active in the late '90s. The group was formed in Philadelphia in 1971, when the sisters' ages ranged from 12 to 16, and they recorded their first single, "Time Will Tell," for the Philly-based Money Back label. (For the first few years, the group called itself Sisters Sledge.) In 1972, Sister Sledge signed with Atco and recorded its second single, "Weatherman," which was followed by the Jackson 5-like "Mama Never Told Me" in 1973.
Sister Sledge's first national hit came in 1974, when "Love, Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me" reached number 31 on the R&B charts and the Philadelphians recorded their debut album, Circle of Love. Their second album, Together, was released in 1977 and contained the number 61 R&B hit "Blockbuster Boy." It wasn't until 1979, when Chic leaders Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards produced We Are Family, that Sister Sledge really exploded commercially. "He's the Greatest Dancer" and We Are Family's title song both soared to number one on the R&B charts, and the latter (a number two pop smash) was adopted as a theme by the World Series-winning Pittsburgh Pirates.
Sister Sledge's next album, Love Somebody Today (1980), was also produced by the Rodgers/Edwards team, and the single "Got to Love Somebody" became a number six R&B hit. In 1981, Sister Sledge switched producers and worked with Narada Michael Walden, who produced 1981's excellent All American Girls. The title song was a number three R&B hit, and in 1982, Sister Sledge had a number 14 R&B hit with a cover of Mary Wells' "My Guy" that appeared on The Sisters. But after that, the foursome's popularity faded, and it never had another Top 20 hit in the U.S. -- although 1985's "Frankie" (a number 32 R&B hit in the States) became a pop number one hit in England. Sister Sledge left Atlantic for good in 1985, but its members kept busy in the 1990s. Epic released Kathy's debut solo album, Heart, in 1992, and 1997 found the sisters recording a risk-taking date, African Eyes, arguably one of the finest albums they ever recorded. --Artist Biography by Alex Henderson
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Stefano Battaglia Trio - In The Morning: Music Of Alec Wilder (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Stefano Battaglia Trio
Title: In The Morning: Music Of Alec Wilder
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:09:34
Recorded: April 28, 2014 at Teatro Vittoria, Torino

On his sixth album for ECM the Italian pianist and his trio reflect on the work of American composer Alec Wilder (1907 – 1980). “I first came into a more direct contact with Alec Wilder’s music in the early 90s, when I was performing his Sonata for Oboe and Piano and his Sonata for Horn and Piano”, Battaglia remembers. “I had already known some of his popular songs like ‘While We’re Young’, Blackberry Winter’ and ‘Moon and Sand’ through the intense versions Keith Jarrett has recorded. But after working on Wilder’s chamber music I wanted to develop a deeper connection with his intriguing musical universe, and I've discovered an immense hidden treasure.”
Almost three years after their last ECM album ‘Songways’, Battaglia and his partners Salvatore Maiore (bass) and Roberto Dani (drums) develop an almost telepathic rapport on In The Morning, a live recording from April 2014 at Teatro Vittoria in Torino. “My take on Alec Wilder is completely focused on the melodic aspect… after twenty years of study I can totally identify with this music”, Battaglia emphasizes.
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St Germain - St Germain (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: St Germain
Title: St Germain
Genre: Electronic, Acid Jazz, Deep House, Nu Jazz, Future Jazz, Downtempo
Label: © Parlophone/Warner Music France
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:50:58
Recorded: The Magic House Studio, Hampethe Bah Studio; Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, London.

St Germain is the eponymous fourth studio by French house producer Ludovic Navarre, under his main pseudonym St Germain. It was released on 9 October 2015 via Primary Society. One official single has been released from the album, "Real Blues", a beautiful track filled with spiraling production and the fiery vocals of Lightnin' Hopkins.
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Sivan Magen - French Reflections (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Sivan Magen
Title: French Reflections
Genre: Classical
Label: © LINN Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: LINN
Duration: 61 minutes 53 seconds
Recorded: May 2014, Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Stoke d'Abernon, Cobham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Since the 1900s French composers have advanced the harp to new levels of virtuosity and expression, with growing technical demands. Caplet's Divertissements features some of the most unique and perfectly executed writing in the harp's entire literature; great technical poise is required to deliver the bold pedal glissandi. Tournier and Debussy established the harp as a crucial exponent of the dreamy impressionist style; its colours and sonority are key. A century later Mantovani utilises a breath-taking spectrum of attacks and techniques: furious scalic motives, nail sounds, bisbigliandi, and sudden, shrill fortes which makes Tocar a testament to the harp's more virile characteristics. Schoeller's Esstal is in sharp contrast; its delicate figurations create a more peaceful mood and demonstrate another side to this versatile instrument. The programme closes with Fauré's Impromptu which makes use of harmonics, glissandi, cross fingerings and rich arpeggios.
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Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Concertos - Anna Vinnitskaya, Kremerata Baltica (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Anna Vinnitskaya, Kremerata Baltica
Title: Shostakovich - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Alpha | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Duration: 49:50
Recorded: September 2014 at Hochschule Für Musik Carl Maria Von Weber, Dresden

‘When I performed the Second Piano Concerto for the first time at the age of eleven, his music seemed very optimistic to me. Only later did I understand everything else that is concealed behind the “façade” of Shostakovich’s music.’
The Russian pianist reveals two facets of the composer’s music on this disc by juxtaposing the First Piano Concerto in C minor op. 35, an ‘insolent’ composition with a kaleidoscope of atmospheres and stylistic registers (Russian Romanticism, American jazz, neoclassicism) that constantly surprise the listener, and the more traditional Concerto in F major, which radiates youthful high spirits.
A pupil of Sergey Ossipenko at the Serge Rachmaninoff Conservatory, then of the great Evgeni Koroliov at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg, Anna Vinnitskaya won the Leonard Bernstein Prize, but it was her First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2007 that launched her career. For this recording, Anna Vinnitskaya is surrounded by partners of the front rank: the famous Kremerata Baltica, regarded as one of the most creative ensembles on today’s musical scene, and the prestigious wind players of the Staatskapelle Dresden.
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Shirley Brown - Woman To Woman (1974/2011) {Stax Remasters} High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Shirley Brown
Title: Woman To Woman
Genre: R&B
Label: © Stax Records
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 1:04:12

Shirley Brown’s 1974 debut album featured one of Stax’s all-time biggest hits, the Grammy-nominated, Gold selling single “Woman to Woman,” which sold a million copies during its first week of release. This high resolution reissue contains five bonus tracks by writers Carolyn Franklin, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder.
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Shawn Colvin - Uncovered (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Shawn Colvin
Title: Uncovered
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group, Inc.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 52:18
Recorded by Stewart Lerman, Arlyn Studios, Austin TX and Hobo Sound, Weehawken NJ

On her new album Uncovered, acclaimed singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin shines with sublime sensitivity, casting new light on songs from some of the most admired writers in popular music history. It is a beautifully curated collection that includes interpretations of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder, Graham Nash and more. Multiple Grammy-winner Colvin and Eagles guitarist Steuart Smith re-team to craft unhurried, rich renditions of these compositions, each one loving and heartfelt, serving as an elegant tribute to songwritiing masters.
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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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