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Rusty Draper - Plays Guitar (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Rusty Draper
Title: Rusty Draper Plays Guitar
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk, World, Country, Rock & Roll, Rockabilly
Label: © Monument/Legacy/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:26:02
Recorded: 1965?

The late Rusty Draper was basically a pop singer, with occasional excursions into rock and roll, country and folk. He recorded very prolifically for the Mercury label (51 singles and nine albums over a 10-year period) and had his biggest success between 1953 and 1957.
Draper entered showbusiness at the age of twelve, singing and playing guitar on KTUL in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After five years of radio work in Tulsa, Des Moines and Quincy, Illinois, he became the singing MC at the Mel Hertz Club in San Francisco. Then followed a seven-year long spell at Hermie King's Rumpus Room in the same city.
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Ludomir Rozycki - Piano Concertos - Jonathan Plowright, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Lukasz Borowicz (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludomir Różycki (1883-1953)
Artist: Jonathan Plowright, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Łukasz Borowicz
Title: Różycki - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
Duration: 63 minutes 9 seconds
Recorded: August 2014 at the City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland

Ludomir Różycki remains frustratingly obscure outside of his native Poland, something this new album of his three works for piano and orchestra will help to rectify as his late-nineteenth-century musical language—and an accomplished ear for instrumental colour—responds to the horrors of two world wars with an irrepressible spirit.

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Alec Roth - A Time to Dance & other choral works - Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Alec Roth (b.1948)
Artist: Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore
Title: Roth - A Time to Dance & other choral works
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 71 minutes 51 seconds
Recorded: August 2014 at All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom


Alec Roth’s new cantata is a celebration of times and seasons, and a joy to hear. Also included are new settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis and of George Herbert’s Antiphon ‘Praised be the God of love’.
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Gioachino Rossini - Overtures - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Artist: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano
Title: Rossini - Overtures
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit (#2,3,4,8 - 96kHz/24bit)
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:09:50
Recorded: Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome


Continuing their series of Rossini recordings, Antonio Pappano and the Rome-based Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia follow three substantial works – the monumental Stabat Mater, the grandly scaled Guillaume Tell and the Petite Messe Solennelle (famously not as small as it names suggests) – with an appetising array of musical antipasti: seven operatic overtures and an enchanting chamber-scale ‘Andante e tema con variazioni’. “There is nothing quite like Rossini played by Italian musicians, as Pappano’s Santa Cecilia Stabat Mater demonstrated,“ wrote the Sunday Times, and – in Antonio Pappano’s eyes – composers do not come more typically Italian than the Pesaro-born genius who wrote dozens of comic and serious operas, famed for their vocal, technical and theatrical virtuosity: “There's something about Rossini," he told the Telegraph, "that gives you a sense of the ideal Italian character type – his measured elegance, his modishess, his exhibitionism…though of course nowadays most of these qualities are on display in the work of clothes designers, not musicians...I try to get the players [of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia] to flaunt their italianità, which means basically a singing tone and warmth. I do think their sound is quite special, and of course I feel very at home with it. I didn’t grow up in Italy but my parents were very Italian, so there are certain things that just go without saying. We naturally phrase the same way.”
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Ronan Keating - Time Of My Life (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Ronan Keating
Title: Time Of My Life
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Pop
Label: © Decca Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:42:46

Ronan Keating presents his new album Time of my Life, out on February 12th 2016. His 10th studio album finds Ronan more worldly wise as he presents a collection of heartfelt and revealing songs – perfect for any Ronan fan. An album that’s equal parts biographical and raw, Ronan has recorded a selection of tracks that were inspired by the new found happiness in his life. Includes hit singles ‘Let Me Love You’ and ‘Falling Slowly’ from the musical, Once.
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Johan Helmich Roman - The 12 Flute Sonatas Nos. 1-5 - Dan Laurin, Paradiso Musicale (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johan Helmich Roman (1694–1758)
Artist: Dan Laurin, Paradiso Musicale
Title: Roman, J.H. - The 12 Flute Sonatas Nos. 1-5
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 70:04
Recorded: October 2013 (Sonatas I, II, IV & V); December 2013 (Sonata III) at Petruskyrkan, Stocksund, Sweden


In Stockholm during Johan Helmich Roman's lifetime, the recorder was the most common wind instrument, used throughout the social spectrum – including the Royal music establishment for which the composer was responsible. The transverse flute, on the other hand, was generally the preserve of the upper classes – the nobility and bourgeosie. Possibly this higher status contributed to Roman's choice of instrument for the set of XII Sonate a flauto traverso, violone e cembalo that he presented to Queen Ulrika Eleonora the Younger on her birthday in 1727. But that hasn't stopped the celebrated recorder player Dan Laurin to take up his countryman’s sonatas on his own instrument. In a text included in the CD booklet, Laurin explains his fascination with Roman's music: 'complex emotional contexts are contrasted with folk music forms such as the villanella or piva – the music is asymmetrical, irregular and full of unexpected twists, sudden pauses and cadences.' In it, Laurin hears the influence of the Italian musicians that Roman met in London during his stay there 1715-1721. Especially striking he finds Roman's affinity with the music of Naples – a music that challenged the stylistic ideals of the baroque. With his fellow musicians in Paradiso Musicale, Laurin therefore opts for an Italianate slant – different continuo settings, ranging from harpsichord alone to the full complement including baroque guitar, provide great variety in realizations characterized by bold and striking harmonizations.
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Sergei Rachmaninov - Vespers, Op.37 - St Petersburg Chamber Choir, Nikolai Korniev (2003) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1945)
Artist: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, Nikolai Korniev
Title: Rachmaninov - All-Night Vigil, Op. 37, Vespers
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2003/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 49:22
Recorded: Elburg, The Netherlands, 12/2002

Although in western Europe it is virtually taken for granted that a composer who is well-versed in all genres also writes church music, thereby enriching the Catholic or Protestant religions with this sacred music composed for all different ensembles, Russian composers did not discover sacred music until relatively recently. The main reason for this lay in the Russian-Orthodox liturgy, as this did not permit any kind of instruments to embellish the religion. Only singing characterized the development of the liturgical events - and that only when preaching the word of God. As an indispensable part of the orthodox religion, its main task consisted of increasing the vividness of church dogmas and imprinting them in the minds of the believers.
For a long time, the accompanying melodies were as sacrosanct as the words themselves. In the course of the Christianization process, the Russians, as of the year 988, took over both the liturgy - in the Church Slavonic translation - and its musical accompaniment together with the rules of the orthodox church. Not until Russia became more important on the whole, following the fall of Constantinople in 1453, was Russian church music able to develop independently. Diverse regional schools for singing were then established, characterized by the vocal virtuosity of outstanding vocalists.
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