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Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 14 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
Title: Shostakovitch - Symphony No. 14
Genre: Classical
Label: © Naxos Rights International Ltd
Release Date: 2009
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:49:19
Recorded at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, England, on 4th and 5th May, 2013


At its première in June 1969 Shostakovich described his Symphony No. 14, in effect a symphonic song cycle, ‘a fight for the liberation of humanity…a great protest against death, a reminder to live one’s life honestly, decently, nobly…’ Originally intending to write an oratorio, Shostakovich set eleven poems on the theme of mortality, and in particular early or unjust death, for two solo singers accompanied by strings and percussion. This is the penultimate release in Vasily Petrenko’s internationally acclaimed symphonic cycle.
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Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 4 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2013Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 4 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
Title: Shostakovitch - Symphony No. 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © Naxos Rights International Ltd
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:04:44
Recorded at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, England, on 9th and 10th February, 2013


Completed in 1936 but withdrawn during rehearsal and not performed until 1961, the searing Fourth Symphony finds Shostakovich stretching his musical idiom to the limit in the search for a personal means of expression at a time of undoubted personal and professional crisis. The opening movement, a complex and unpredictable take on sonata form that teems with a dazzling profusion of varied motifs, is followed by a short, eerie central movement. The finale opens with a funeral march leading to a climax of seismic physical force that gives way to a bleak and harrowing minor key coda. The Symphony has since become one of the most highly regarded of the composer’s large-scale works.
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Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2009) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
Title: Shostakovitch - Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9
Genre: Classical
Label: © Naxos Rights International Ltd
Release Date: 2009
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:18:01
Recorded at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England, on 7th and 8th July, 2008 (tracks 1-4), and 29th and 30th July, 2008 (tracks 5-9)

Following their electrifying account of Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony (8.572082), Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra explore the profound ambivalences of the composer’s most performed symphony, the Fifth, written in 1937 at a time when he was under intense personal and political pressure from the authorities. The jaunty, neo-classical character of the Ninth Symphony (1945) prompted Shostakovich to remark that ‘musicians will like to play it, and critics will delight in blasting it’. Shostakovich’s startlingly different original draft for the opening of the Ninth’s first movement is available on 8.572138.
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Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
Title: Shostakovitch - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3
Genre: Classical
Label: © Naxos Rights International Ltd
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:04:10
Recorded at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England, on 28th and 29th July, 2009 (tracks 1-4), and on 22nd and 23rd June, 2010 (tracks 5-10)

Shostakovich’s First Symphony propelled the teenage composer to international prominence, its emotional range and innovative orchestration marking him as a daring and precocious talent on the scene. The Third Symphony, ‘The First of May’, originally intended as part of a symphonic cycle inspired by dates on the revolutionary calendar, has been described as ‘a reckless and at times chaotic accommodation between modernist intent and revolutionary fervour’. ‘Thrilling, perfect, essential…the modern reference recording’.
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Seth MacFarlane - No One Ever Tells You (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Seth MacFarlane
Title: No One Ever Tells You
Genre: Jazz, Trad. Pop, Vocal Jazz, Swing, Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening
Label: © Republic Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:05:19
Recorded: 2015

Actor and animation king Seth MacFarlane once again proves his mettle as a singer on his third album, a collection of standards, produced by Grammy nominee Joel McNeely. Unusually, the orchestra features a very small string section and only a few brass and woodwinds, but the musicians were carefully selected based on their understanding of the long lost style of playing that this music demands.

"There was a time during the mid-1950s and early 1960s when popular song was stretching its creative boundaries, experimenting with more ambitious structures and tones. During this period, a song set out to really tell a story: not just with the lyric and the vocal, but with the arrangements and orchestral interpretations. The songs on this record attempt to do just that." --Seth MacFarlane
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Alexander Scriabin - Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 - London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev
Title: Scriabin - Symphonies Nos 3 & 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
Duration: 64 minutes 57 seconds
Recorded live in DSD 128fs, at the Barbican, London; Symphony No 3 recorded 13 April 2014; Symphony No 4 recorded 30 March 2014.

Valery Gergiev conducts revelatory performances of Scriabin’s Symphony No 3 ‘The Divine Poem’ and Symphony No 4 ‘The Poem of Ecstasy’. This marks the first in a new cycle of Scriabin symphonies, and one of the most significant of all Valery Gergiev’s projects with the London Symphony Orchestra, released during his final tenure as LSO Principal Conductor. Anyone with musical curiosity will welcome the chance to explore such an idiosyncratic composer.
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