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Roberto Alagna - My Life Is An Opera (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Roberto Alagna
Title: My Life Is An Opera
Genre: Classical, Oprera
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 57:23
Recording: AIR Studios (Londres) du 1er au 6 septembre 2014 et à Abbey Road Studios (Londres) le 8 Septembre 2014

Roberto Alagna is THE most well-known French tenor worldwide, with 30 years of career on stage, and 60 opera roles in his repertoire. For this all-new album, he sings selections both familiar and less well-known as well as duets with soprano Aleksandra Kurzak. Highlghts include selections from I Pagliacci, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Roberto Devereux and many more.
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Rihanna - Anti (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Rihanna
Title: Anti
Genre: R&B, Pop, Dance Pop, EDM
Label: © Westbury Road Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:51:06
Recorded: Jungle City Studios, New York City; Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles; Sandra Gale Studios, Los Angeles; SOTA Studios, Toronto; Twin Studios, Paris; Windmark Recording Studios, Santa Monica

Rihanna's first release in three years, the often delayed ANTI was included among Rolling Stone's most anticipated albums of 2016 and sold over a million copies within two days. Jam packed with guest producers and led off by the hit single Work, another collaboration with Drake, ANTI has been called the best album of Rihanna's career by several reviewers. This deluxe edition adds three bonus tracks, including Goodnight Gotham, known to fans under its former title Only If For A Night.

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Steve Reich - Sextet, Music for Pieces of Wood, Clapping Music - LSO Percussion Ensemble (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Steve Reich (b.1936)
Artist: LSO Percussion Ensemble
Title: Reich - Sextet, Music for Pieces of Wood, Clapping Music
Genre: Classical
Label: © London Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Bowers & Wilkins
Duration: 70’55’’
Recorded live in DSD 128fs, 30 October 2015 at LSO St Luke’s, London


The Society of Sound and the LSO Percussion Ensemble celebrate the music of Steve Reich. This release marks a new development in the relationship between the LSO Live and Bowers and Wilkins.
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Red Garland Trio - Swingin' On The Korner: Live At Keystone Korner (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Red Garland Trio
Title: Swingin' On The Korner: Live At Keystone Korner
Genre: Jazz, Piano Jazz, Post-Bop, Straight-Ahead Jazz
Label: © Elemental Music
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:09:01
Recorded live at Keystone Korner, San Francisco, California on December 6-10, 1977

Recorded in 1977, the two-disc Swingin' on the Korner: Live at Keystone Korner showcases pianist Red Garland performing with his trio at the legendary San Francisco venue. Joining Garland here are bassist Leroy Vinnegar and fellow Miles Davis bandmate drummer Philly Joe Jones. Included with the disc is a 44-page booklet detailing Garland's legacy and featuring interviews and essays. This is superb, swinging straight-ahead jazz. --AllMusic Review by Matt Collar
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Rameau & Royer - Vertigo - Jean Rondeau (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (c.1705-1755)
Artist: Jean Rondeau
Title: Rameau & Royer - Vertigo
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:14
Recorded: 17-22. V. 2015 - Chateau d’Assas, France

France’s leading young harpsichordist performs works by two masters of the French Baroque. No surprises there, perhaps … but the harpsichordist in question is Jean Rondeau and the album is called Vertigo. It conceives the harpsichord in vividly theatrical terms. Vertigo takes its name from a dramatic, rhapsodic piece by Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer, who, along with Jean-Philippe Rameau, forms the focus of this album. If Rameau (1683–1764) is the better-known composer today, especially admired for such operatic masterpieces as Hippolyte et Aricie and Platée, the younger Royer (1705–1755) was also a major figure in his time, rising to become master of music at the court of Louis XV. Both Rameau and Royer excelled in keyboard music and in works for the stage. As Jean Rondeau says: “These two illustrious composers battled for the top spot at the Opéra.” He describes them as “two magicians, two master architects, amongst the most wildly imaginative and brilliant of their era … Two composers who also tried to capture echoes of grand theatre with the palette offered by their keyboard.”
In November 2015, Rondeau was named Solo Classical Instrumentalist of the Year by the Académie Charles Cros when he received its Grand Prix, France’s most prestigious award for classical recordings. That was for his first Warner Classics album, Imagine, which he described as “an exploration of all the possibilities that lie in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and in the harpsichord.” BBC Music Magazine clearly enjoyed the discovery, saying: “Rondeau is a natural communicator, unimpeded by the imperative to score academic points ... Make no mistake – this is an auspicious debut.”
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Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 / Maurice Ravel: Sonatine & Miroirs - Hannes Minnaar (2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1932), Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Artist: Hannes Minnaar
Title: Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 / Maurice Ravel: Sonatine & Miroirs
Genre: Classical
Label: © Etcetera Records
Release Date: 2011
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:06:17
Recorded: Westvest, Schiedam, NL, June 2011


Only a few works for piano, notably the Menuet antique (1895), his first composition for piano, the Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899) and Jeux d’eau (1902) preceded Miroirs (1905), the suite in five movements composed when Ravel was thirty years old, although he was also working on his unsurpassed Sonatine at the same time. Unlike Rachmaninoff, Ravel did not prepare himself for his larger and more complete piano works with a series of miniatures or Moments musicaux; Ravel’s music was fully formed from the beginning, although he had nonetheless made use of forms used by earlier composers in the Menuet antique and the Sonatine as well as in the Liszt-inspired Jeux d’eau. He shook himself free of classicism in Miroirs, seeing in them the possibility of developing a style of composition for piano from a primarily harmonic viewpoint. He said that he had composed Miroirs in order to break away from his Jeux d’eau, writing later in 1928 that “Miroirs was a collection of piano pieces that marked such a pronounced change in my harmonic development that it bewildered all of the musicians who until then had dan no difficulties with my style whatsover".
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Sergei Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances - Eiji Oue, Minnesota Orchestra (2001) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/176,4kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Artist: Eiji Oue, Minnesota Orchestra
Title: Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Études-Tableaux (orch. Respighi), Vocalise
Genre: Classical
Label: © Reference Recordings
Release Date: 2001
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 176,4kHz/24bit
Source: HRx DVD-R data disc
Duration: 01:07:06
Recorded: May 31–June 1, 2001, at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis


Sergei Rachmaninoff was one of the most beloved composers of the twentieth century. His music is redolent of his Russian homeland, and it sings long, lush melodies that define the term "romantic." Everyone who knows and loves his piano concertos will enjoy these lyrical and dynamic works for orchestra. The "Symphonic Dances" in recent years have become one of Rachmaninoff’s most-performed scores. The five "Ètudes-Tableaux" were orchestrated by Ottorino Respighi from the brilliant originals for piano. "Vocalise" is one of the great classical melodies, and is hummable by everyone. Initial response from renowned reviewers is amazingly positive. Two have said this is the finest orchestral recording RR has ever made!
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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
Source: eclassical.com
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
Source: highresaudio.com
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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