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Chopin, Liszt - Piano Concertos - Martha Argerich, LSO, Claudio Abbado (1968/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Artist: Martha Argerich, LSO, Claudio Abbado
Title: Chopin, Liszt - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Release Date: 1968/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 55:40
Recorded: 1968

Classical masterpiece: Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt were both piano virtuosi of the highest order. So it's no surprise to find that their concertos were composed as vehicles for them to flaunt their digital wizardry -- though the two masters strutted their stuff in very different ways. Chopin adored the bel canto operas of Bellini and Donizetti, and both his concertos are like extended operatic scenes in which the piano acts the role of the prima donna, and the pianist is required to play the music with a limpid, singing tone and supple phrasing. Liszt's performances were much more of a spectacle; supposedly, his bravura displays had similar effect on women as Elvis Presley's gyrating hips would about a century later. In his Concerto No. 1, the pianist must thunder up and down the keyboard as well as dazzle in dizzying flurries of notes. In both concertos, the orchestra is there primarily to provide a solid, ornamental frame for the soloist. Martha Argerich's playing probably would have knocked the socks off of Chopin, Liszt, or any other 19th-century virtuoso, for that matter. She can thunder and dazzle with the best of 'em -- and she does so thrillingly in this performance of the Liszt Concerto. She also plays Chopin with melting beauty, which is perhaps one reason why this recording helped to gain Argerich a cultlike following.
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Frederic Chopin - Preludes, Piano Sonata No.2 - Martha Argerich (1977/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810 -1849)
Artist: Martha Argerich
Title: Chopin - Préludes, Piano Sonata No.2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Release Date: 1975/1977/2002/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:01:26
Recorded: 1974, 1977

"... (her) way with the 24 Préludes achieves a storm of contradictions. Mood follows mood, flashing and alternating like the play of the elements themselves ... her overall response could hardly be more vivid." --Gramophone

"At her most explosive in 1975, Argerich conveys the originality of the Sonata to perfection. Yes, she may play fast and loose with some of the composer's instructions, but when it's done with such conviction it seems entirely apt." --BBC Music Magazine
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Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes - Paix (1972/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes
Title: Paix
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Art Rock, Progressive Rock
Label: © Mercury Music Group
Release Date: 1972/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:46:34
Recorded: 1972

Her fourth album, Paix, is one of Catherine Ribeiro's more intense recordings. The band is less folkish on this outing and veering more into space rock, with a sound that is even more cosmic, especially on the 15-minute title track as well as the 24-minute "'Un Jour la Mort" that fills side two. Both tracks contain long instrumental passages with multi-layered keyboard and guitar soundscapes over pulsing percussion, as well as some of Ribeiro's more gutsy and emotional singing (especially on "Paix," where at some places she is practically screaming). "Jusqu'a Ce Que la Force" is a short moody piece, while "Roc Alpin," on the other hand, is joyful, with an upbeat rhythm and playful melody that Ribeiro vocalizes wordlessly. Her second album, simply titled N. 2, is just as good but almost impossible to track down, so Paix is probably the best place to start. --AllMusic Review by Rolf Semprebon
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Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes - Ame Debout (1971/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes
Title: Âme Debout
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Art Rock, Progressive Rock
Label: © Mercury Music Group
Release Date: 1971/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:35:09
Recorded: 1971

French progressive rock singer Catherine Ribeiro and her band Alpes released Âme debout in 1971, their third record together and one of several of their '70s albums now considered classics. Despite its influence and critical acclaim, Ribeiro's music has been hard to find in English speaking countries for many years.
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Dominique Pifarely Quartet - Trace provisoire (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Dominique Pifarély Quartet
Title: Tracé provisoire
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Avant-Garde, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:57:01
Recorded: Studios La Buissonne, Studios La Buissonne, Pernes-les-Fontaines, France in July 2015

Last year ECM issued Time Before And Time After, Dominique Pifarély’s richly creative solo recital. Now comes Tracé provisoire, a bracing quartet album, which provides a marvellous context for the wider range of the French violinist’s expression. Pifarély, as long-time followers are aware, is a musician who thrives in the unstable territory between improvisation and composition, and his pieces here establish ideas, structural elements and themes which encourage textural, lyrical and abstract improvising to develop in the moment. The interplay amongst the players is dynamic, exploratory and engaging, inspiring Dominique to fine and differentiated soloing. If the line-up of violin, piano, bass and drums appears more ‘jazz-like’ than some of Pifarély’s earlier ensembles, appearances can be deceptive. Jazz is certainly part of the story, but the band scarcely stays in one place long enough to be pigeonholed. The free movement of energy is central to the music, which incorporates group improvising, luminous counterpoint, intense inner pulsations and open, lyrical expanses.
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Diana Ross - Touch Me In The Morning (1973/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Diana Ross
Title: Touch Me In The Morning
Genre: R&B, Soul, Smooth Soul, AM Pop, Pop Soul
Label: © Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1973/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:36:11
Recorded: 1972–1973

Arriving after Lady Sings the Blues, Touch Me in the Morning trades easily on Diana Ross’ status as a superstar. Grandiose and slick without being cloying, soft and seductive while retaining soul, the album veers away from R&B toward adult contemporary, a sound fitting a cross-platform, cross-genre star such as Ross, and the telling thing about Touch Me in the Morning is that for as soft as its surfaces are, this isn’t quite a makeout record thanks in part to the trace DNA from its origins as a concept album Diana Ross conceived for her children. This record, fittingly called To the Baby, didn’t appear until Hip-O Select reissued Touch Me in the Morning as an expanded double-disc Expanded Edition in 2010, whereupon it was easy to see just how much the two albums shared: “Brown Baby” shows up as its own track, “My Baby (My Baby My Own),” while “Imagine” is part of the medley with “Save the Children.” Apart from such specifics, the overall tone is indeed similar, particularly in how the music is sentimental without being syrupy, pushing the idea of Diana as a diva who can do it all, but there is a reason why To the Baby was scrapped in favor of Touch Me in the Morning: it lacked a single as sweeping as “Touch Me in the Morning” itself, a signal that it was just slightly too inward-looking to sustain Ross’ monumental success. Sensing that, Berry Gordy once again displayed remarkable commercial instincts, rejiggering the project just enough to turn the LP into something rich, gorgeous, and romantic, something of a slow-dance classic, something that To the Baby, no matter how sincere and interesting it was, couldn’t quite be. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Arcangelo Corelli - La Follia: Six Sonatas, Op. 5, No. 7-12 - Michala Petri, Mahan Esfahani (2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Сomposer: Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
Artist: Michala Petri, Mahan Esfahani
Title: Corelli: La Follia - Six Sonatas, Op. 5, No. 7-12
Genre: Classical
Label: OUR Recordings
Release Date: 2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:06:22
Recorded: Garnisonskirken, Copenhagen, Denmark May 5th-8th 2014

Fate blessed the Italian violinist and composer Arcangelo Corelli with talent, modesty, wealthy patrons, faithful disciples and extraordinary riches.
Numerous original sources were consulted prior to the making of this disc during three inspired days of recording in Copenhagen’s Garnisons Kirke. But once the tape was rolling, Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani let the excitement of superlative music making be their only guide, giving free rein to their boundless creativity and virtuosity and embracing the improvisational spirit that this music requires.
So widespread was Corelli’s appeal that copies of his works have been found as far afield as St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Constantinople, and even America (he was known to be a favourite composer of U.S.’s third president, Thomas Jefferson). It can be said without any exaggeration that Corelli was the first world-famous composer. Yet, for all his celebrity, only a handful of works have come down to us, with the Violin Sonatas op. 5 occupying pride of place. The sonatas presented here come from the second half of the op. 5 collection, referred to in the original 1700 publication as “Parte seconda: Preludii, Allemande, Correnti, Sarabande, Gavotte, e Follia.”
As the title suggests, the music was inspired by dance rhythms and their infectious melodiousness made them popular pieces with performers of all instruments; a couple of them even entered the English dance-tune repertory. The relatively simple nature of these movements provides scope for all sorts of ornamentation and improvisation.
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Cyndi Lauper - Detour (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

rtist: Cyndi Lauper
Title: Detour
Genre: Pop Rock, Blues Rock, Country Rock, Country Blues
Label: © Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:25
Recorded: 2015

“When I was a really young kid, country music was pop music, so this is what we grew up listening to. These songs are part of some of my earliest memories...”
DETOUR showcases Cyndi Lauper’s unmistakable voice on country classics from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s and features guest appearances from country music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Willie Nelson. Lauper recorded the album in Nashville alongside a band comprised of the city’s top session players.
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Commodores - Nightshift (1985/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Commodores
Title: Nightshift
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B, Electronic, Disco, Quiet Storm
Label: © Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1985/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:38:44
Recorded: 1984, Soundcastle Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA

This 1985 release from The Commodores earned the band its first Grammy Award for the title track, a tribute to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson, who both died in 1984. The song became the first hit for The Commodores following the departure of Lionel Richie, propelling the album into the top 20.
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Coldplay - Parachutes (2000/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Coldplay
Title: Parachutes
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Britpop
Label: © Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
Release Date: 2000/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:45
Recorded: November 1999 – May 2000, Matrix Studios (London, England); Wessex Studios (London, England); Parr Street Studios (Liverpool, England); Rockfield Studios (Rockfield, England); Orinoco Studios (London, England)

Parachutes is the debut studio album by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was released by Parlophone on 10 July 2000 in the United Kingdom. The album was produced by the band and British record producer Ken Nelson, excluding one track, "High Speed", which was produced by Chris Allison. Parachutes has spawned the hit singles "Shiver", "Yellow", "Trouble", and "Don't Panic".
The album was a commercial success, and was met with positive reviews. Upon release, the album quickly reached number one in the United Kingdom, and has since been certified 8× Platinum. In the United States, the album peaked at number 51 on the Billboard 200, and has since been certified 2× Platinum. It won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2002, and has earned the band various accolades since its release. Parachutes is also the 19th best-selling album of the 21st century in the United Kingdom, and won the Best British Album award at the 2001 Brit Awards. As of 2011, it has sold around 8.5 million copies worldwide.
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