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Sergei Prokofiev - Piano Concertos Nos.2 & 5 - Vadym Kholodenko, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Artist: Vadym Kholodenko, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Title: Prokofiev - Piano Concertos Nos.2 & 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 56:55
Recorded: October, 2014 (Concerto No. 2) and March, 2015 (Concerto No. 5) at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas

"Lush sonorities ... startling precision". 2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko became the first-ever "Artistic Partner" with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2014/2015. Under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya he opens his complete cycle of Prokofiev piano concertos with the "dark-hued but dazzling" No. 2 in G minor, coupled with the less familiar No. 5 in G major. "He rewarded the audience with a highly varied, consistently interesting and technically amazing performance."

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Pete Seeger - Strangers and Cousins: Songs from His World Tour (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Pete Seeger
Title: Strangers and Cousins: Songs from His World Tour
Genre: Folk
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 44:25
Recorded live 1963-64

Strangers and Cousins is Pete Seeger's sixth album released by Columbia Records, and it is his sixth consecutive live album for the label. Like its predecessor, and unlike the four LPs that came before them, it has been assembled from multiple sources, not a single concert. "Songs From His World Tour," reads a legend on the front cover, and on the back Seeger reveals that Columbia wanted to call the disc Pete Seeger: An International Tour. Seeger took his family on a round-the-world trip from August 1963 to June 1964, visiting 24 countries and performing frequently, although it was not a concert tour, per se, and there are recordings here taken from the trip -- "Sourwood Mountain" finds Seeger in India, demonstrating the sound of the banjo to sitar player Imrat Khan, while the cover of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" is from Japan, where each line is followed by a translator's rendering of the words in Japanese. For the most part, however, these are recordings made by Seeger after he returned, the songs coming from various places (and not necessarily collected on this trip), including Scotland (Matt McGinn's humorous "Manura Manyah"), the Soviet Union ("May There Always Be Sunshine"), Eastern Africa ("Malaika"), Germany ("Peat Bog Soldiers," a song from a World War II concentration camp), India ("Ragaputi"), Ireland ("Kevin Barry"), and Poland ("Shtille Di Nacht," another World War II era song). Seeger's own compositions are consistent with the international theme, starting with the leadoff track, "Oh, Had I a Golden Thread," about the "rainbow design" the singer would weave to bring the world together, continuing with "All Mixed Up," about the racial intermingling of all peoples, and concluding on a massive singalong of his hit "If I Had a Hammer," which he reclaims from the "rock ‘n' roller" (he means Trini Lopez) who took it around the world. On this musical trip, thus, Seeger makes many of his usual stops, promoting international understanding and deploring war in its many varieties, and getting his audiences to sing with him. --AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
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Pacho Flores - Cantar (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Pacho Flores
Title: Cantar
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:07:40
Recorded: Konzerthaus Berlin, 2 & 3/2013

The Trumpet Man :: Some sounds are so special they catch our ear immediately. More than that – they become permanently lodged in our memories, proof of the amazing connections that form between the sounds themselves and the pleasure we experience on hearing them. And Venezuelan trumpeter Pacho Flores is the kind of performer who treats his listeners to all kinds of wonderful new sound memories. The aptly named “Trumpet Man” has a collection of twenty-three working instruments, all of which he plays on a regular basis. No fewer than nine feature on this, his debut album for Deutsche Grammophon, a set of recordings of peerless sound quality, thanks to Flores’s understanding of the tone produced by each individual instrument and the care he’s put into choosing the ideal one for each track. As listeners we’re left with the impression of being physically connected to the trumpet we can hear but not see, as if it were right there in front of us. “Of all the brass instruments, it’s the trumpet that’s developed the most in recent years,” says Flores, who goes on to list the nine heard here: “B flat and A piccolo trumpets, F, E flat, D, C and B flat trumpets, corno da caccia and flugelhorn”.
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Pink - The Truth About Love (2012/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: P!nk
Title: The Truth About Love
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock, Dance Pop, Power Pop
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2012/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:11:21

A lot has happened to P!nk since the release of her 2008 breakup album, Funhouse, most notably a reconciliation with her estranged husband, Carey Hart, and subsequent birth of their child in 2011. P!nk wrestles with these two life-changing events and many other thorny issues on her 2012 album, The Truth About Love, a vibrant mess of a record that finds the pop star embracing every one of her contradictions. Alone among the class of 2000 -- a group that roughly includes such other new millennium stars as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore, and Jessica Simpson -- P!nk comes across as an actual adult, eager to dive into the muck of grown-up emotions, expanding and deepening her music without succumbing to stuffy pretension. She may be deeply invested in being a wife and mother but she's keenly aware of what's happening outside of her house, offering a clever spin on Ke$ha's freak empowerment on the opening "Are We All We Are," enlisting Fun.'s Nate Ruess as a duet partner on "Just Give Me a Reason," and fiendishly stealing some of the Black Keys' moves and retailoring them for the dancefloor on "How Come You're Not Here." P!nk deftly weaves these new threads into a tapestry that contains a few of her signature moves -- there is a handful of confessional power ballads and snotty, funny pure pop disguised as dance hits -- and some surprises, including cameos from Lily Allen ("True Love") and Eminem ("Here Comes the Weekend") and a title track that is as sunny and carnivalesque as a '60s surf-pop sensation. Sometimes the transitions are too sudden, causing some aural whiplash -- that clomping, heavy "Here Comes the Weekend" wouldn't fit neatly into any sequence -- but its ragged edges underscore the essential appeal of The Truth About Love: nothing about it is neat, it shifts courses and refutes itself, it's "nasty and salty," as P!nk herself sings about true love. It's weird and willfully, proudly human, a big pop album about real emotions and one of P!nk's wildest rides.
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Oscar Peterson - Motions & Emotions (1969/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson
Title: Motions & Emotions
Genre: Jazz, Piano Jazz, Pop Jazz, Easy Listening
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1969/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:36:26
Recorded by Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer at MPS-Studio, Villingen, March 1969; Orchestra recorded at A&R Studios, New York

Recorded in 1969, Motions & Emotions from Oscar Peterson is a bit of a departure from what the famed pianist was doing back in those days. Featuring lush orchestral arrangements by Claus Ogerman, known for his work with Frank Sinatra and more recently, Diana Krall, the album shows off Peterson and his trio members Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar and Bobby Durham on drums performing a wide range of cover songs, from the Beatles to Bacharach, Bobby Gentry to bossa nova.
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