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Gwen Stefani - This Is What the Truth Feels Like (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Gwen Stefani
Title: This Is What the Truth Feels Like
Genre: Pop
Label: © Interscope Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:58:53
Recorded: 2015–16

It's hard to view the title of This Is What the Truth Feels Like, Gwen Stefani's first solo album in ten years, as anything other than confession: she's put away childish things so she can focus on what's real. Given that her past decade consisted of raising kids, divorcing a husband, stumbling through a No Doubt reunion, and finding redemption as a television star, there's a lot of ground for her to cover, which may be why This Is What the Truth Feels Like feels like a bit of mess. Some of this incoherence is endemic to pop in the mid-2010s, where standard operating procedure calls for superstars to work with a revolving team of producers, not a key collaborator. Some of this is also due to Stefani's desire to be everything to everyone, a grande dame who revels in her past while living for the future. By pursuing the twin inclinations to spill her heart while pushing musically forward, Stefani often mangles the mood. Otherwise light-hearted openers "Misery" and "You're My Favorite" accidentally dredge up a melancholy air, while the purportedly heartbroken "Used to Love You" achieves the opposite effect: Stefani seems thrilled that her relationship is now nothing more than a memory. "Used to Love You" is one of many allusions to her divorce from Bush leader Gavin Rossdale -- the icy "Me Without You" is another -- but far from wallowing in her loss, Stefani spends roughly half of the record singing breezy songs of liberation. On groovy slices of retro-disco like "Where Would I Be?" and "Make Me Like You," or the glossy adult pop of "Truth," she seems free, never hustling to be hip nor settling into a role as an elder stateswoman. Such a balance is delicate, and it's also fleeting. By the end of the record, Stefani is sinking into the thudding bass trap of "Red Flag" and wagging her finger in "Naughty," overcooked club cuts where she seems to be running to stand still. So much of Stefani's appeal lies in her lightness -- she's either sweet or insouciantly sassy -- that when she gets heavy with either beats or ballads, This Is What the Truth Feels Like slows to a crawl. Cut away these excesses -- these moments of emotional bloodletting or thirsty appeals to the top of the charts -- and This Is What the Truth Feels Like manages to be as fleet, giddy, and charming as Gwen Stefani ever is. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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	Grieg & Prokofiev - Piano Concertos - Nikolai Lugansky, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kent Nagano (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Artist: Nikolaï Lugansky, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kent Nagano
Title: Grieg & Prokofiev - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Ambroisie/naïve
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:59:16
Recorded: February 2013 at Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem


Accompanied by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin), one of the best German orchestras, conducted by Kent Nagano, renowned for interpretations of clarity, elegance and intelligence, Nikolai Lugansky performs a new album dedicated to two famous composers, Grieg and Prokofiev. The Russian pianist is still spectacular in these concertos.
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Grieg & Moszkowski - Piano Concertos - Joseph Moog, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern, Nicholas Milton (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925), Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
Artist: Joseph Moog, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern, Nicholas Milton
Title: Grieg & Moszkowski - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Onyx Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:21
Recorded: Großer Sendesaal, Saarländischer Rundfunk, Funkhaus Halberg, Saarbrücken, 10–14 June 2014

Joseph Moog has established an enviable reputation as one of the most impressive virtuoso pianists of the younger generation. His catholic tastes embrace both the core repertoire and many works from its backwaters – works that were once warhorses, but have for no apparent reason fallen into unjust neglect. The Moszkowski piano concerto on this new CD is such a work. Overflowing with memorable tunes, the piano writing and indeed the handling of the orchestra marks this out as a very skilfully constructed work. Do not expect moments of profundity or an emotional roller coaster: just marvel at the fluidity and brilliance of Moszkowski’s writing. This is salon music of the highest order, and none the worse for that!
Moog couples the Moszkowski with one of the concertos in the repertoire whose fortunes have not waned – the evergreen Grieg concerto which never fails to impress the listener.
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Giuseppe Albanese - Apres une lecture de Liszt (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Artist: Giuseppe Albanese
Title: Après une lecture de Liszt
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH/Universal Music Italia Srl
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:23:18

One of the most sought-after Italian pianists of his generation, Giuseppe Albanese has performed throughout Italy and abroad, with praise for his performances as “ravishingly beautiful” and “truly superlative”. First prize winner at Premio Venezia, the most important national piano competition in Italy, Albanese also won the first prize at London 2003 Vendome Prize International Piano Competition, headed by Sir Jeffrey Tate and defined by Le Figaro as “the piano world’s most prestigious award”. He was also awarded the special prize for the ‘best execution of contemporary music’ at the 54th Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano.
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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; An American in Paris / Bernstein: Symphonic Dances & Symphonic Suite - Columbia Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: George Gershwin (1898-1937), Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Artist: Columbia Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein
Title: Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; An American in Paris / Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story'; Symphonic Suite from 'On the Waterfront'
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:15:36
Recorded: 1958-1961

Because George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue is one of the most beloved American masterpieces, most people who have taken an interest in his music have come to know it quite well and have usually adopted a favorite recording already. Thanks to Sony, its Great Performances series now includes a classic that many will remember vividly -- due in great part to its iconic cover photograph -- and which some will recall fondly as their first introduction to Gershwin's entertaining work. Among American performers who made a splash playing this piece, Leonard Bernstein may not have given the most fastidious, note-perfect performance, but he made this impressive recording with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra in 1959 a true reflection of his charismatic, flamboyant personality. Paired with his buoyant 1958 performance of An American in Paris with the New York Philharmonic, Bernstein's rendition of Rhapsody is lively, flashy, bluesy, and intensely romantic in feeling, and these positive characteristics no doubt contributed to keeping this album in print for many years as one of Columbia's great successes. Presented here with a bonus recording of Gershwin's Concerto in F, performed in 1960 by pianist André Previn with Andre Kostelanetz and his Orchestra, the package is practically irresistible for any Gershwin fan who wants a maximum return for the affordable reissue price. Sony's HighRes remastering has made these recordings sound remarkably fresh with almost no trace of hiss or other noises, and this album favorably compares with many all-digital CDs in its clarity and color. --Blair Sanderson
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Roberto Gerhard - Complete String Quartets & Chaconne - Arditti Quartet (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970)
Artist: Arditti Quartet
Title: Gerhard - Complete String Quartets & Chaconne
Genre: Classical
Label: © Æon/Outhere Music France
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:54:19
Recorded: 16-19/5/2011, Sala 4 - Alicia de Larrocha, l’Auditori de Barcelona, Espagna


Born in Catalonia and Arnold Schönberg’s sole Spanish student, Roberto Gerhard is, after Manuel de Falla, the boldest and most brilliant representative of the music of his country. Forced into the exile by the Spanish civil war, he became a British citizen and spend his last years in Cambridge. Although they never met, the connection with the Arditti Quartet seems to have been preordained, as illustrated by this superb recording of what can be considered the composer’s masterworks.
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