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Prokofiev & Bartok - Piano Works - Mark Taratushkin (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Artist: Mark Taratushkin
Title: Prokofiev & Bartok - Piano Works
Genre: Classical
Label: © Acousence Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:18:42
Recorded: Campus, Krefeld-Fichtenhain, Germany, 3./4.3.2014

Russian pianist Mark Taratushkin combines early works of two of the most important composers of the first half of the 20th century on this CD. These six works by Sergei Prokofiev and Béla Bartók illustrate the evolutionary thinking and the use of new forms and ideas. Here all the methods of the masterful composers are clearly seen: the forms and artistic themes, which will later receive their continuation in operas, symphonies, concerts and other great works.
The beautiful "Four Etudes, Op. 2" by Sergei Prokofiev are filled with grotesque fantasies, jaunty lyrics and stinging irony. The "Sarcasms" are an expression of bitter smile and scornful irony of the young composer, a slap to social sensibility of his time. A completely different aspect shows the miniature cycle "Visions fugitives", twenty small pieces, different in character and mood: Lyricism, dazzling humor, and tenderness; sorrow, angst, disquiet and determination — the composer used the entire palette of musical colors to reflect his perceptions of the world during this complex period of turbulent change.
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Sergei Prokofiev - Violin Concertos & Sonata - Arabella Steinbacher, Russian National Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Artist: Arabella Steinbacher, Russian National Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
Title: Prokofiev - Violin Concertos & Sonata
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:04:24
Recorded: Grand Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory January, 2012 (Concertos); Concertboerderij Valthermond, The Netherlands, May 2012 (Violin Sonata)


Composed in an extraordinarily tumultuous time, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto is a work with a long and complicated genesis and reception history. In 1915, Prokofiev completed his studies at the St Petersburg Conservatory, where he had gained a reputation as a highly original talent who enjoyed nothing more than giving a jolt to the established musical order. The First Piano Concerto, which he himself had performed with none other than Serge Koussevizky, had already delivered him the prestigious Rubinstein Prize, and it was not long before the European music world was abuzz with his name. In Paris, he met the famed impresario of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev, as well as his protegé, one Igor Stravinsky. And although Prokofiev and Stravinsky would never truly become friends, his Sacre left an indelible impression on the young composer.


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ORA - Upheld by Stillness, Renaissance Gems and their Reflections - Volume 1: Byrd (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: ORA
Title: Upheld by Stillness, Renaissance Gems and their Reflections - Volume 1: Byrd
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Harmonia Mundi UK
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical.com
Duration: 01:18:17
Recorded: St Alban’s, Holborn 16-18 February 2015

For their first recording for harmonia mundi UK new signing ORA have chosen to focus on that towering figure of the English music scene, William Byrd.
As Suzi Digby says in her introduction: "Starting the recording with an original Renaissance reflection, Byrd’s pairing of his own music to Da Monte’s setting of verses from Psalm 137 - one of the most remarkable exchanges in musical history - we centre on his peerless Mass for Five Voices. We then asked Roxanna Panufnik, Francis Pott, Alexander L’Estrange, Owain Park and Charlotte Bray to set their own reactions to the individual movements and we are delighted with the varied responses we got - showing the universality of Byrd’s sacred music and its relevance to today’s musicians. We imposed no restrictions, other than length, on our chosen composers in order to gain their truest reactions. The recording closes with possibly Byrd’s most famous work, his setting of the text of Ave Verum Corpus, and we asked the multi-talented musician Roderick Williams to write a setting on the same text. I am so grateful to him, and to all the composers of these wonderful new works, and hope you will be equally entertained and enlightened."
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Old, New & Blue - Holland Baroque Society, Eric Vloiemans (2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Eric Vloeimans, Holland Baroque Society
Title: Old, New & Blue
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:03:00
Recorded: May 2013, Philharmonie Haarlem, Haarlem, Holland

‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ is the traditional English bridal rhyme, ending with and a silver sixpence in her shoe. Five little things, often pieces of clothes, small presents or even heirlooms to bring good luck to the bride. Something old stands for tradition and family, something new for a hopeful future and forthcoming happiness, something borrowed reminds the bride of all her friends, always ready to advise and assist, and something blue symbolises the love and fidelity of the new couple. And finally a silver sixpence to bring wealth.
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New York Community Choir - New York Community Choir (1977/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: New York Community Choir
Title: New York Community Choir
Genre: R&B, Gospel, Soul, Disco, Religious
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1977/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:12
Recorded at RCA Studios, New York. Remastered at Battery Studios, New York.

Gospel, arguably, has often been the “R” in R&B. A long list of soul icons, from Aretha Franklin to Gladys Knight to Otis Redding to Teddy Pendergrass, were greatly influenced by the African-American Protestant church music they grew up with (Franklin’s father was the late Rev. C.L. Franklin, a well respected Baptist minister and civil rights activist). Sam Cooke and Johnnie Taylor were members of the Soul Stirrers (a major gospel group) before they became R&B stars, and Lou Rawls was a member of the Pilgrim Travelers (another major gospel group) before he made his mark in secular music. Clearly, gospel has a long history of influencing secular R&B. But that has worked both ways, and in the 1970s, R&B-influenced gospel grew in popularity thanks to the New York Community Choir (NYCC) as well as the Edwin Hawkins Singers, Rance Allen and Andraé Crouch, among others. NYCC were highly adventurous during the 1970s, combining the rhythms of soul, funk and disco with the choir vocals and Christian-based lyrics of African-American gospel. And that combination is alive and well on this self-titled album, which was originally released by RCA Records as a vinyl LP back in 1977.
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New York Community Choir - Make Every Day Count (1978/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: New York Community Choir
Title: Make Every Day Count
Genre: R&B, Gospel, Soul, Disco
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1978/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:48:18
Recorded at RCA Studios, New York. Remastered at Battery Studios, New York.

Formed in the early '70s as an offshoot of the popular, Grammy-nominated Isaac Douglas Singers, The New York Community Choir originally consisted of some one hundred members under the direction of Benny Diggs and included prominent writer Arthur Freeman. The Choir first came to national prominence in the U.S. in 1971 on a much-acclaimed recording by renowned poet Nikki Giovanni, "The Truth Is On Its Way." Another offshoot of the choir, Revelation Movement (which included Diggs and Freeman) was formed to primarily do secular rather than gospel shows and morphed in 1974 into Revelation consisting of Diggs and Freeman along with Philip Ballou and Arnold McCuller. The quartet signed to RSO Records where they recorded one album. In 1977, The New York Community Choir signed with RCA Records: their self-titled debut LP included the dance hit, "Express Yourself".
Released in 1978, the follow-up set, MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT (with a group name change to NYCC) was produced – like its predecessor by RCA executive Warren Schatz – and included seven original songs and a cover of "I'll Keep My Light In My Window," a tune originally recorded by the duo Caston & Majors for Motown (later cut also by Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye). With arrangements by Leon Pendarvis (the co-leader of the "Saturday Night Live" band) and featuring stellar New York session musicians such as Paul Shaffer and Richard Tee on keyboards, Jeff Mironov and John Tropea on guitars, Errol 'Crusher' Bennett on percussion, Will Lee on bass and Steve Gadd on drums.
The album's infectious title track became popular particularly in East Coast discos and has remained a popular inspirational anthem among gospel and R&B music lovers. The original LP is making its worldwide CD debut with this release by Real Gone Music in association with SoulMusic Records and this Expanded Edition includes six-minute plus 12" single versions of "Make Every Day Count" and "I'll Keep My Light in My Window" with liner notes by SoulMusic Records founder David Nathan and remastering at Sony's Battery Studios. Funky, soulful, spiritual!?
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Moszkowski, Shostakovich, Prokofiev: Duets for two violins / Bartok: 44 Duos for two violins - Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Moritz Moszkowski (1854–1925), Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975), Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953), Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
Artist: Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman
Title: Moszkowski, Shostakovich, Prokofiev: Duets for two violins / Bartók: 44 Duos for two violins
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records/Warner Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:32:11
Recorded: Temple Church, London, 26 October 1976 (Prokofiev); CBS Studios, New York, 23–25 January 1978 (Bartók) & 1–2 June 1978 (Moszkowski, Shostakovich)

Not long after recording their first album of violin duets (volume 16), Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman decided to repeat the experience and explore this little-known repertoire in greater depth. Whereas all the music on the first disc was by brilliant violinistcomposers (Leclair, Spohr, Wieniawski and Halvorsen), the composers featured here — Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Moszkowski and Bartók — were all piano virtuosos. Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953) set himself a challenge in broaching a genre that he thought of as “limited and difficult” but met it in full, dreaming up all kinds of rhythmic and colour combinations that enable the two players of his Sonata, Op.56, to express both the lyricism and the exuberance of their instrument. Written in 1932 and given its premiere that same year in Moscow by the two violinists of the Beethoven Quartet, the Sonata is Classical in appearance but fits more neatly into the general move towards simplification that was part of the neo-Classical trend of the early 1930s. The Suite for two violins and piano by Moritz Moszkowski (1854–1925) was a later work by the composer-pianist. Hugely popular in its day, it was written as a preparatory work for the 15 Études de virtuosité, which remain a pianist’s worst nightmare today. The three piano-accompanied duets by Shostakovich (1906–1975), meanwhile, illustrate yet another side to this rare instrumental pairing, these light and carefree Viennese-style salon pieces also showing us a very different side to the Soviet composer. Composed a year before Prokofiev’s Sonata, the 44 Duos by Bartók (1881–1945) draw on the vast realm of folk music that he studied and remained fascinated by throughout his life. With the exception of Nos.35 and 36, all are based on original folk melodies — explaining the frequent changes of metre — and make only limited technical demands on the performers. Their main attraction lies in Bartók’s ability to turn such tiny pieces into a challenge to the performers’ ear rather than a test of their technical skills. The Duos were written primarily as didactic works but the extraordinary wealth of variety they display has elevated them far beyond that original purpose. Worthy successors to David and Igor Oistrakh, Perlman and Zukerman on this second album of duets highlight once again the inventiveness of a repertoire that deserves to be better known. --Jean-Michel Molkhou
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Olivier Messiaen - Des canyons aux etoiles - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
Artist: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach
Title: Messiaen - Des canyons aux étoiles
Genre: Classical
Label: © London Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:40:51
Recorded live at southbank centre’s ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, London, on 2 November 2013

Commissioned to celebrate the bicentenary of the United States Declaration of Independence, Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles was inspired by the composer’s tours around Utah’s magnificent landscapes, including Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks, which so affected him with their beauty. This is no musical tourism however: the work takes the listener upwards, from the depths of the canyons, to the songs of birds, to outer space, and ultimately to the Celestial City.
The work’s unusual instrumentation includes solo piano and horn, 13 string instruments, quadruple woodwind, triple brass, tuned and unturned percussion including éoliphone (wind machine) and géophone (sand machine). This creates a texture that evokes the majesty and loneliness of the landscape, as well as its inhabitant birds with astonishing effect.
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Gustav Mahler - 10 Symphonien - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Artist: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik
Title: Mahler - 10 Symphonien
Genre: Classical, Oprera
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 11:04:15
Recording: 1967-1971, Residenz, Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany & Deutsches Museum, Kongress-Saal, Munich, Germany (Symphony No.8)


Rafael Kubelik's highly chromatic, poetic Mahler recordings have been staples in Deutsche Grammophon's catalogue since their inception. Tempos overall tend to be quicker than the norm (Symphony No. 8 for instance fits conveniently on one CD), yet never at the expense of glossing over the composers renowned wealth of inner details. Many Mahler aficionados still regard Kubelik's readings here of the Symphonies No. 1 and No. 7 as reference recordings. Distinguished soloists include Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, Norma Proctor, Franz Crass, and Julia Hamari. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the various outstanding choirs employed throughout the cycle couldn't be more in sync with Kubelik's inspired visionary interpretations.

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Mack Avenue SuperBand - Live from the Detroit Jazz Festival 2015 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Mack Avenue SuperBand
Title: Live from the Detroit Jazz Festival 2015
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 53:42
Recorded: Detroit Jazz Festival 2014

The Detroit Jazz Festival is one of the singular jazz festivals of the summer season that takes place over Labor Day Weekend. In addition to the great music, presented at multiple venues, it is FREE to all attendees. Now how great is that! So when you bring some of the artists of Mack Avenue Records together for a “Superband” performance under the guidance of Christian McBride. the odds for a supersession increase dramatically.
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