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Igor Stravinsky - Rite of Spring, Petrushka - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
Artist: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton
Title: Stravinsky - Rite of Spring, Petrushka
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 69:00
Recorded: August 2008 (Le Sacre du printemps) and June 2009 (Pétrouchka) at the Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway

International Record Review: Oustanding May 2011; Classics Today 10/10; Music Web International Recording of the Month May 2011: "If you want one old cynic's honest opinion, I think it's as damn near definitive as I'm ever likely to hear".
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Silversun Pickups - Better Nature (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Silversun Pickups
Title: Better Nature
Genre: Pop Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Dream Pop
Label: © New Machine Recordings
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 51:06
Recorded at the garage in topanga canyon


Silversun Pickups will herald their much-anticipated fourth studio album with an array of high profile activity. Silversun Pickups’ first new album in more than three years, Better Nature sees the Silverlake, CA-based band partnering once again with producer Jacknife Lee (U2, Two Door Cinema Club, Crystal Castles), with whom they so successfully collaborated on 2012’s visionary Neck Of The Woods. Songs like “Friendly Fires” and “Cradle (Better Nature)” were created and crafted in Lee’s Topanga studio, the band building out organically from Silversun Pickups singer/guitarist Aubert’s spare songwriting demos. The result is fluid and freewheeling, “oozy,” in Aubert’s words, with heavily cranked guitars, propulsive rhythms, and seemingly infinite textures.
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Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No.13 'Babi Yar' - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–75)
Artist: Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth
Title: Shostakovich - Symphony No.13 ‘Babi Yar’
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 62:22
Recorded: April 2005 at the Music Centre for Dutch Radio & Television, studio MCO5, Hilversum


‘The majority of my symphonies are tombstones’ – these words by Shostakovich are quoted by conductor Mark Wigglesworth in the liner notes to his fifth disc of Shostakovich’s Symphonies on BIS. Symphony No. 13, subtitled ‘Babi Yar’, is a case in point. Shostakovich explicitly stated that he wanted the Symphony – and in particular it’s first movement – to be a monument over the 100.000 Jews slaughtered at a ravine called Babi Yar outside of Kiev in 1941. Not just a monument, however: the Symphony was also intended as an indictment against the anti-Semitism that had been brought to its height during the Nazi era, but which also flourished in post-war Soviet Union, with the result that Babi Yar and other atrocities were kept secret by the authorities. This silence was deeply upsetting to Shostakovich, and when he read Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s poem Babi Yar, he decided to set it to music. ‘I cannot not write it!’, he said to a friend. Shostakovich had originally only intended to set this one poem by Yevtushenko, but deciding to create a larger-scaled work he chose four more texts for what was to become a symphony in five movements. As Mark Wigglesworth writes, these poems ‘reveal a huge kaleidoscope of Russian events, emotions and ideas.’ In the realization of this kaleidoscope, Wigglesworth has the support of bass soloist Jan-Hendrik Rootering, the men of the Netherlands Radio Choir, and – of course – the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, with which the previous instalment in this series, Symphony No. 8 (BIS-SACD-1483), was recorded, to critical acclaim. The reviewer of BBC Music Magazine put it in the following way: ‘Mark Wigglesworth … stretches the playing of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic to its very impressive limits and remains the finest Shostakovich interpreter of his generation’, describing the result as ‘a performance which always gives us the full measure of this traumatic masterpiece.’
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Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos.1-3 - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–75)
Artist: Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth
Title: Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos.1-3
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 81:13
Recorded: October 2006 (Symphony No. 1) and October 2010 (Symphonies Nos 2 and 3) at the Music Centre
for Dutch Radio & Television, Studio MCO5, Hilversum, the Netherlands


This well-filled disc combines the first three symphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich, all written before the composer had reached his twenty-third birthday. The First Symphony was in fact the graduation piece that completed his studies at the Leningrad Conservatory, but to quote Mark Wigglesworth’s own liner notes to this disc, ‘Shostakovich’s trade-mark musical gestures are all immediately obvious. Nervous tension and sarcastic wit, passion and intelligence, contemplation and action, nobility and banality – all expressed with an economy of means that is simultaneously subtle and direct.’ The work was an immediate success, and soon gained worldwide recognition through performances by Walter, Toscanini, and Klemperer. ‘The Soviet Union had discovered its first international star, and the authorities proclaimed him as an exaltation of the new at the expense of the old.’ The two symphonies that followed fared much less well, however, and are still rarely performed in concert. At least nominally, there is a political theme to both works - the Second Symphony was a commission from the State Publishing House to honour the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution, and the Third, with its subtitle ‘The First of May’, was a celebration of the international Worker’s Day. Both works end with choral finales, to texts which proclaim mottos such as ‘Labour, joy and song’ and ‘Revolution, march with a million feet!’, but the scores themselves proved too experimental for the taste of the Soviet authorities, and did little to enhance the standing of their composer. This disc is the penultimate in what ‘could be the most important Shostakovich cycle of recent times’ according to the reviewer on MusicWeb-International. Wigglesworth and his players in the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra have received great acclaim for their performances of the mature symphonies such as the Eighth or Thirteenth, ‘Babi Yar’, and here offer us the beginnings, works which in Mark Wigglesworth’s words ‘encapsulate all the musical ideas that were to remain present throughout the composer’s life.’
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Franz Schubert - Winterreise, D911 - Jonas Kaufmann, Christian Starke (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Jonas Kaufmann, Christian Starke
Title: Schubert - Winterreise, D911
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:10:03
Recorded: October 22-27, 2013, August Everding Saal, Grünwald, Germany

Following the success of Jonas Kaufmann’s debut album on Sony Classical, The Verdi Album, Sony Classical are pleased to release its first recital disc with the world’s top tenor. Along with Franz Schubert’s earlier song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise is generally considered the composer’s greatest contribution to the Lied repertoire. The Winterreise song cycle (Winter Journey) is set to 24 poems by the poet Wilhelm Müller and was completed by Schubert a year before his death in 1827. After over 20 years of working together and countless performances of Winterreise, Jonas Kaufmann and his piano-partner Helmut Deutsch finally commit the Olympus of the Lied repertoire to disc. What started as a teacher-student relationship at the Münchner Hochschule für Musik und Theater has long since developed into a close professional partnership. Helmut Deutsch is recognised as one of the world's foremost Lieder pianists.
Jonas Kaufmann says about the work: “Against the background of all the horror stories that bombard us today, we are undoubtedly rather more hardened than Schubert’s contemporaries and yet even today’s listeners can still find this cycle affecting. Even as interpreters we always find ourselves sucked into the emotional undertow of these songs, although we know perfectly well what to expect. I think that Winterreise has the same sort of cathartic effect as a Greek drama: the emotional experience purges the soul. The work has an almost meditative effect on me, because Schubert expressed these emotional depths with a clarity and a simplicity that I ultimately find consoling and that allows me to regain my own inner balance.”
Following worldwide success in the Italian as well as in the German and French repertoire, today Jonas Kaufmann is regarded as the ‘king of tenors’. The Munich-born singer is, without a doubt, in the absolute top echelon of the operatic world – he is in extreme demand with the world’s most influential conductors and opera houses, selling out opera houses and concert venues months in advance, wherever he performs.
In addition to singing at the world’s leading opera houses (the Met, Scala, Vienna State Opera, Opéra de Paris, Royal Opera House London etc.), he also performs at the Salzburg Festival each year and reaches an audience of millions with broadcasts of opera in cinemas and on television.
In 2011 he received the Opera News Award in New York and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. Specialist journals such as Opernwelt, Diapason and Musical America, as well as the jury of the German ECHO Klassik, voted Kaufmann “Singer of the Year”. He received this honour in April at the first International Opera Awards in London and was at the same time the winner of the Readers’ Award. Kaufmann is also an internationally sought-after concert and lieder singer. His constant accompanist on the piano is Helmut Deutsch, with whom he has worked since they studied together in Munich. Among their countless lieder evenings, 30 October 2011 was a special date in musical history: it was the first solo recital to be given in the Metropolitan Opera since Luciano Pavarotti in 1994.
Austrian born pianist Helmut Deutsch taught at the Musikhochschule Wien between 1967 and 1979, before holding the position of Professor of Lied Song at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München between 1986 & 2011. He regularly is invited to guest professor at various Universities. He is one of the leading authorities on Lied, and has won many prizes for his numerous recordings accompanying the world's top singers.
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Savage Garden - The Singles (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Savage Garden
Title: The Singles
Genre: Pop, Electronic, Synth-pop, Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Ballad
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:08:35
Recorded: 1994–1999

In mid 1995, two young Brisbane men joined forces to create what would become Australia’s biggest and most successful musical duo, Savage Garden, breaking records and winning awards and acclaim along the way.
Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones became among the most successful Australian recording artists of all time with sales in excess of 20 million albums. They are the reigning record-holders for the longest number of weeks on the Monitor/Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay charts in the US for their singles I Knew I Loved You (124 weeks) and Truly, Madly, Deeply (123 weeks). Savage Garden is one of only two Australian bands to have ever had two #1 singles in the US.
Their other releases charted highly in territories around the world and became beloved by music lovers of all nations including To the Moon and Back, Break Me Shake Me, I Want You, The Animal Song, Affirmation, Hold Me and The Best Thing.
To celebrate this 20 year milestone, a new compilation album – Savage Garden: The Singles – is on sale in stores, online and via download alongside their two beloved, multi-platinum selling albums Savage Garden and Affirmation which feature Deluxe Edition bonus discs of previously unavailable live performances and rare remixes of key songs.
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