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Sviatoslav Richter at Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960 - A Beethoven Recital (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Sviatoslav Richter
Title: Sviatoslav Richter at Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960 - A Beethoven Recital
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:46:13
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960

GREAT MOMENTS AT CARNEGIE HALL :: Ever since its opening night in May 1891 Carnegie Hall has held sway as the undisputed shrine of classical music in America. It was and remains the essential venue for all great artists. To celebrate Carnegie Hall's 125th anniversary Sony Classical in cooperation with Carnegie Hall is proud to present an extraordinary new 43-CD box set of treasures from the RCA and Columbia archives featuring live recordings from many of the world's greatest musicians. This unique deluxe edition contains a complete previously unreleased piano recital by Sviatoslav Richter and is accompanied by a 104-pages coffee table book which contains notes by Carnegie Hall archivist Gino Francesconi as well as many facsimile documents and photographs.
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Stevie Wonder - Talking Book (1972/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Stevie Wonder
Title: Talking Book
Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk, Smooth Soul
Label: © Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1972/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 43:26
Recorded: 1972, Air Studios, Electric Lady Studios, Crystal Sound, Record Plant


Released in 1972, Talking Book is Stevie Wonder’s fifteenth studio masterpiece. Deemed by many to be his most influential recording, the album is an explosive blend of funk, rock, soul and smooth jazz. The indisputable icon is in complete control, producing and writing many of these definitive classics. The impressive outing is filled with creative keyboard sounds, expressive singing and lush soundscapes. The smash hit includes the GRAMMY® Award-winning singles “Superstition” and “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.” Talking Book reached #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums and #3 on the Billboard 200. It is also listed at #90 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” This is a quintessential addition to any music lover’s collection!Released in 1972, Talking Book is Stevie Wonder’s fifteenth studio masterpiece. Deemed by many to be his most influential recording, the album is an explosive blend of funk, rock, soul and smooth jazz. The indisputable icon is in complete control, producing and writing many of these definitive classics. The impressive outing is filled with creative keyboard sounds, expressive singing and lush soundscapes. The smash hit includes the GRAMMY® Award-winning singles “Superstition” and “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.” Talking Book reached #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums and #3 on the Billboard 200. It is also listed at #90 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” This is a quintessential addition to any music lover’s collection!
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Smokey Robinson - Yes Its You Lady (1982/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Smokey Robinson
Title: Yes Its You Lady
Genre: R&B, Soul, Quiet Storm, Smooth Soul, Disco
Label: © Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1982/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:46
Recorded: November - December, 1981 at Studio Sound Recorders, North Hollywood, California

Yes It's You Lady is a 1982 album by American singer Smokey Robinson. As 1981's Being with You it was produced by George Tobin and recorded and mixed at Studio Sound Recorders, North Hollywood, California. It was released on the Motown sub-label Tamla. The album was peaking at #33 in Billboard pop charts, and at #6 on the R&B charts. The two follow-up singles to 1981's chart success' "Being with you" were strangely no Robinson compositions: "Tell Me Tomorrow" peaked at #33 Billboard and #3 R&B charts, "Old Fashioned Love" at #60 Billboard and #17 R&B charts. The third and final single, Robinson's "Yes It's You Lady" only peaked at #107 Billboard, without entering the R&B charts.

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Smokey Robinson - Being With You (1981/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Smokey Robinson
Title: Being With You
Genre: R&B, Soul, Quiet Storm, Smooth Soul
Label: © Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1981/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:32:41
Recorded: November, 1980 -January, 1981 at Studio Sound Recorders, North Hollywood, California


Back in the late '70s, Smokey Robinson made a great comeback with his 1979 hit "Cruisin'." With his broadened lyrical style and more knowing in his voice, the aesthetic powered such album classics as Where There's Smoke and Warm Thoughts. 1981's Being With You, in effect, ended the ride, but the hits more than continued. The single "Being With You" is a deft update of Robinson's '60s naïveté and is certainly a great pop record. The same can't be said for most of the tracks here. Handing over the production reigns to George Tobin, some of Robinson's quirks and musical trademarks are lost to polished and radio-friendly production. The songs aren't great here, either. The didactic and reggae-tinged "Food for Thought" just comes off silly. For the most part, Robinson doesn't offer much credible pure romance here. "As You Do," "Can't Fight Love," and "Who's Sad" all fail to make an impression. That's not true of the last track. The oddly affecting "I Hear the Children Crying" has him getting emotional, as his final note on the song seals the deal. Despite Robinson's paean to the "kids," his songwriting skills are a little off here. While a big hit is here and Robinson's in fine form, Being With You is a letdown in comparison to the two efforts before this. --AllMusic Review by Jason Elias
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Slayer - Reign In Blood (1986/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Slayer
Title: Reign In Blood
Genre: Rock, Heavy Metal, Speed/Thrash Metal
Label: © American Recordings
Release Date: 1986/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 28:26
Recorded: June – July 1986 in Los Angeles, California


Widely considered the pinnacle of speed metal, Reign in Blood is Slayer's undisputed masterpiece, a brief (under half an hour) but relentless onslaught that instantly obliterates anything in its path and clears out just as quickly. Producer Rick Rubin gives the band a clear, punchy sound for the first time in its career, and they largely discard the extended pieces of Hell Awaits in favor of lean assaults somewhat reminiscent of hardcore punk (though distinctly metallic and much more technically demanding). Reign in Blood opens and closes with slightly longer tracks (the classics "Angel of Death" and "Raining Blood") whose slower riffs offer most of the album's few hints of melody. Sandwiched in between are eight short (all under three minutes), lightning-fast bursts of aggression that change tempo or feel without warning, producing a disjointed, barely controlled effect. The album is actually more precise than it sounds, and not without a sense of groove, but even in the brief slowdowns, the intensity never lets up. There may not be much variation, but it's a unified vision, and a horrific one at that. The riffs are built on atonal chromaticism that sounds as sickening as the graphic violence depicted in many of the lyrics, and Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman's demented soloing often mimics the screams of the songs' victims. It's monstrously, terrifyingly evocative, in a way that transcends Reign in Blood's metal origins. The album almost single-handedly inspired the entire death metal genre (at least on the American side of the Atlantic), and unlike many of its imitators, it never crosses the line into self-parodic overkill. Reign in Blood was a stone-cold classic upon its release, and it hasn't lost an ounce of its power today. --AllMusic Review by Steve Huey

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Simon & Garfunkel - The Graduate (1968/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Title: The Graduate (Original Soundtrack)
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk Rock, Folk Pop, Psychedelic/Garage, AM Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1968/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:08
Recorded: 1967

This soundtrack to Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" includes several of Simon & Garfunkel's top hits, along with portions of "Mrs. Robinson," an edited version of "The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine," and an acoustic reprise of "The Sound Of Silence." The music meshed perfectly with the themes of the film, the album topped the charts, and it introduced Simon & Garfunkel to a wider audience.
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Seal - 7 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Seal
Title: 7
Genre: Pop, Soul, R&B, Electronic, Downtempo, Ballad
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 49:21

On 7, Seal explores love and all of its implications, idiosyncrasies, and intricacies - subject matter he began to delicately approach as early as 2013, knowing exactly where he wanted to go. "The album concerns the most sung about, most talked about, and most documented emotion-love," Seal says. "I tried to capture all of the wonderfully different dynamics of love, whether it's the anger, the acceptance, the bliss, the sadness, the elation, or the recklessness. It's this emotion and the ways it makes us feel. It's about the extreme joy and the extreme regret as well as all of the crazy things love makes us do."
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Franz Schreker - Der Schatzgraber - Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (2013) High-Fidelity DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Franz Schreker (1878-1934)
Artist: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht
Title: Franz Schreker - Der Schatzgraber
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 15 October 2013
Quality: DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 02:31:02
Recorded: Recorded on: 30 September, 12, 15, 19 October 2012 at the Audio-Visual department of The Amsterdam Music Theatre


Richard Wagner caused a toxic shock in western music. With Tristan und Isolde (1865), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868) and Parsifal (1882), to say nothing of Der Ring des Nibelungen (1876), he challenged his successors to take up the gauntlet, revive opera and establish a fresh ethical structure for the new generation. The 19th century slid in the 20th and such questions took on an urgent tone, as writers, artists, architects and composers sought to create a utopian present in an increasingly dystopian world. Franz Schreker, a Monaco-born composer who settled in Vienna, provided multiple answers through his kaleidoscopic operas. Looking back to Wagner, while embracing the fashions and forms of his own time, Schreker pondered what an artist should offer to modern society. In his fifth opera, Der Schatzgräber – composed between 1915 and 1918 and premiered in Frankfurt on 21 January 1920 – that crisis of conscience finds voice in mystic medievalism. But, despite those fairy-tale appearances, the questions posed by Schreker’s treasure seeker are as urgent as any found in Tristan, Die Meistersinger and Parsifal.
What made Wagner’s work so potent and influential was his ambition to change the way in which art functioned. The allegorical basis of much of his work found potency in his writings, such as the ‘Regeneration’ articles that accompanied Parsifal. These new operas, he proclaimed, were not a retrenchment into the days of yore, but profoundly political works about society’s desperate need for renewal (albeit based in dubious claims for vegetarianism and baleful anti-Semitism). In both his operas and those articles, Wagner described ‘the decline of the human race and the need for the establishment of a system of ethics’. Such ideas chimed with a Zeitgeist of renewal emerging across Europe at the time.
In Vienna, where Schreker’s family settled in the late 1880s, that fervour was manifest in a series of major physical, political and intellectual shifts. After revolutions across the Habsburg Empire in 1848, Emperor Franz Josef had instituted a new town plan for the Imperial capital. Knocking down its defensive walls, he ordered the construction of a Ringstraße, complete with totemic municipal buildings or what historian Philipp Blom describes as ‘a self-aggrandising European Las Vegas, dignified by the passage of history’. Despite its self-serving grandeur, these physical changes over the latter half of the 19th century set in train a sequence of artistic movements, presaging not least the reaction of the Secession.
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Sarah Vaughan - Live At Rosy's (1978/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Sarah Vaughan
Title: Live At Rosy's
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © 2xHD/Resonance Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:27:05
Recorded: Rosy's Jazz Club, New Orleans on May 31, 1978

"This recording celebrates the genius that was Sarah Vaughan. Recorded live in concert in May 31, 1978 at the celebrated New Orleans jazz club Rosy’s, it represents two sets containing 87 minutes of music, that were never before released. The rhythm section (or as Sassy put it ‘my trio’) was extremely tight, made up of pianist and arranger Carl Schroeder, bassist Walter Booker and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis Kind of Blue). This band played hundreds of performances around the globe with Sarah Vaughan and in the recordings, in this set; these three masters’ empathy with one another and their consummate cohesiveness as a unit are undeniable.
This is truly a rare collector’s recording."
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