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Sly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On (1971/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Sly & The Family Stone
Title: There's A Riot Goin' On
Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk, Psychedelic Soul
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1971/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 48:01
Recorded: 1970–71, The Record Plant, Sausalito, California


During the late '60s, Sly and the Family Stone was the house band for the new utopia: celebratory, integrated, intent on breaking down walls, and full of relentlessly positive, idealistic energy. 1971's „There's A Riot Goin' On“ directly contradicted all of these characteristics. Instead, the album represented the dark days of post-'60s disillusionment--a move from right-here/right-now ethos to reflection ('Time'), from integration to separatism ('Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa'), and from Sly's exuberant cheerleading to a weary, craggy-voiced vocal style. Many fans considered the album a 'downer' at the time.
In truth, „There's A Riot Goin' On“ is stunningly innovative and artistically accomplished. Here Sly began playing with subtle, sophisticated rhythms, creating webs of interlocking parts and textures, foregrounding mood over pop structures. The production is murky, keeping with the dark, edgy themes of the album, yet it is packed with detail. The burbling guitars, keys, lock-pop bass, and ghostly vocals create a warm, enveloping cocoon, as on the honeyed, heavy-lidded groove of 'Just Like A Baby,' the percolating surge of 'Family Affair' (one of Sly's finest moments), and '(You Caught Me) Smilin',' which catches a wistful flash of the old optimism. Though it may be a challenging listen for the uninitiated, „There's A Riot Goin' On“ rewards endless repeated listens.
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Jean Sibelius - Symphony No. 2 - Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Sibelius - Symphony No. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:45:45
Recorded: 1960 at Kingsway Hall, London

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.
For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.
He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.
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Jean Sibelius - Symphony No.5 & Finlandia - Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Sibelius - Symphony No.5 & Finlandia
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:39:47
Recorded: 20, 21 & 23 September 1960 (Symphony No.5) and 5 & 6 January 1959 (Finlandia) at Kingsway Hall, London


The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.
For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.
He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.
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Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov - Violin Concertos - Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936)
Artist: Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits
Title: Shostakovich, Glazunov - Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:58:57
Recorded: The Lighthouse, Poole, 9 & 10 April 2015 (Shostakovich) & 14 December 2015 (Glazunov)

Sensational violinist Nicola Benedetti returns with a riveting recording of Shostakovich’s monumental Violin Concerto (No. 1). This new recording follows Benedetti’s chart-topping success with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy (Homecoming, 2014) and Korngold’s Violin Concerto (Silver Violin, 2012).
Benedetti’s own encounter with Russian music-making began in her childhood, the seriousness and intensity making a powerful impact on the young violinist: “I was thrust into a different world” says Nicola, “a little terrifying, extremely demanding but so loving, so warm”.
Together with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kirill Karabits, the dark, introspective Shostakovich Violin Concerto is brought to life in a compelling performance packed full of energy, powerful torment, and breath-taking passion. The demonic scherzo notches up intensity; the passionate third movement – possibly one of the finest in the canon of violin concertos – has a grand magnificence; and the astonishing Burlesque rounds off this visceral recording.
A work with a tormented history itself – the hostile political environment of Russian state censorship at the time of composition in the 1940’s meant that Shostakovich kept the concerto unpublished until after Stalin’s death – it was first performed in 1955 by David Oistrakh, and immediately highly regarded internationally.
Programmed alongside Shostakovich’s assertive, uncompromising masterpiece, is Glazunov’s bold, colourful Violin Concerto. A late-Romantic work, the Glazunov is notable for its lyricism; Benedetti’s generous, radiant performance is uplifting and finely crafted.
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Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7 ‘Leningrad’ - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2013/2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
Title: Symphony No. 7 ‘Leningrad’, Op. 60 (1941)
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD | Naxos Right US, Inc.
Release Date: 2013/2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 01:19:07
Recorded: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, England, from 1st to 3rd June, 2012

Three weeks after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Shostakovich volunteered with the Home Guard in Leningrad. As the siege of the city intensified, he worked on his Seventh Symphony, completing three movements before being forced to leave Leningrad and travel east by train. The work was completed in December that year. Initially he gave each movement a programmatic title, but later withdrew them, leaving this epic work as an emblem of heroic defiance in the face of conflict and crisis: ‘I dedicate my Seventh Symphony to our struggle against fascism, to our coming victory over the enemy, to my native city, Leningrad.’ Shostakovich’s epic Seventh Symphony is a study in defiance and survival, written largely in the ruins of the besieged city in 1941. Its reputation has fluctuated over the years, with its immediate post war reputation largely low. But in recent years it has taken its rightful place in Shostakovich’s symphonic canon. As one of the Twentieth Century’s most recorded symphonists, the composer has been the subject of many recordings.
The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK’s oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra, dating from 1840. The dynamic young Russian, Vasily Petrenko was appointed Principal Conductor of the orchestra in September 2006 and in September 2009 became Chief Conductor.
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Alexander Scriabin - Symphony No. 1 - London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev
Title: Scriabin - Symphony No. 1
Genre: Classical
Label: © London Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Bowers & Wilkins
Duration: 00:50:09
Recorded live in DSD 128fs, 30 March 2014 at the Barbican, London

Scriabin’s Symphony No 1 first saw the light of day in a two piano version, which was used to premiere the piece to various important musical figures of the day. These included the composer Lyadov, a member of the Russian committee that decided which music might or might not be published. Unfortunately for Scriabin, the choral finale of his symphony did not find favour, and though Lyadov conducted the symphonic premiere soon after, the finale was omitted from the first performance in 1900. It would be five months before the work was performed complete.
The symphony is in six movements and runs for almost fifty minutes. It owes something to Mahler and Wagner with its languid Largo opening, slow moving harmonies and lush orchestration. There is, however, something unusually dramatic about the concentrated solo violin at the start, and the primacy of the melodic line which threads its way through is oddly modern. The second movement marked Allegro drammatico enters more complex territory. There is greater interplay between instrumental parts, with the mobility of the bass line evoking other late romantic music of the period.
The music oscillates between slow and fast movements and culminates in the choral finale Lyadov didn’t care for. Here Ekaterina Sergeeva and Alexander Timchenko are the vocal soloists, Scriabin combining mezzo-soprano and tenor to interesting effect (anticipating Mahler’s combination of singers in Das Lied von der Erde). It would have taken quite an imagination to detect a work this colourful in the original piano score Lyadov heard.
This recording was made from performances given in the spring of 2014 in London. As with all the LSO’s recent Scriabin releases, the work is played with the kind of intensity and assurance one would expect from a world-class orchestra under the authoritative direction of Valery Gergiev.
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Alessandro Scarlatti - Con eco d’amore: Arias from operas and cantatas - Elizabeth Watts, The English Concert, Laurence Cummings (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
Artist: Elizabeth Watts, The English Concert, Laurence Cummings
Title: Con eco d’amore: Arias from operas and cantatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical.com
Duration: 71:57
Recorded: November, 2014 at All Hallows’ Church, Gospel Oak, London

Master of the Aria. With a voice described as "one of the most beautiful Britain has seen in a generation" (International Record Review), soprano Elizabeth Watts has established herself among the brightest talents performing today. In this selection of rarely heard Alessandro Scarlatti arias from his cantatas, serenatas and operas, she is joined by the acclaimed period instrument ensemble The English Concert led by Laurence Cummings.
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Gustave Samazeuilh - Complete Piano Works - Olivier Chauzu (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Gustave Samazeuilh (1877-1967)
Artist: Olivier Chauzu
Title: Samazeuilh - Complete Piano Works
Genre: Classical
Label: © Grand Piano
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:13:26
Recorded: 21-23 February 2014, Recital Studio B, Tihange, Belgium

A pupil of Dukas and a lifelong friend of Ravel, the composer, pianist and critic Gustave Samazeuilh was a central figure in Parisian musical life over many decades.
His skill as a pianist can be heard in the majestic colours and intense virtuosity of Le Chant de la mer (The song of the sea). From the Classical discipline of the Suite en sol (Suite in G) to the later Nocturne (the composer’s transcription of his symphonic poem Nuit), and Quatre Esquisses (Four Sketches), Samazeuilh’s voice emerges as one of remarkable originality and superb musical realisation.
A prizewinner in Barcelona’s 1989 Maria Canals International competition, Olivier Chauzu trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he obtained First Prize for Piano followed by First Prize in Chamber Music, studying under Gabriel Tacchino, Théodore Paraschivesko, Jean-Claude Pennetier and György Sebök. He was also a pupil of Leon Fleisher, Vitaly Margoulis and Dimitri Bashkirov before further studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. His recordings of Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia, Paul Dukas’ complete piano works and selected piano pieces by Schumann and Beethoven have all received critical acclaim.
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Christopher Rouse - Orchestral Works - New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Christopher Rouse (b.1949)
Artist: New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert
Title: Rouse - Odna Zhizn, Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4, Prospero's Rooms
Genre: Classical
Label: © www.dacapo-records.dk
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:16:12
Recorded: Odna Zhizn - February 20, 2010; Symphony No. 3 - June 20, 2013; Symphony No. 4 - June 5, 2014; Prospero’s Rooms - April 17, 2013 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City

This album presents four world premiere recordings of works by Christopher Rouse (b. 1949), the New York Philharmonic’s second Marie-Josée Kravis Composer- in-Residence, three of them composed for the Orchestra and Music Director Alan Gilbert. Taken together, the Fourth Symphony, Prospero’s Rooms, and Odna Zhizn bear witness to a remarkable period of artistic collaboration between the legendary Orchestra, its celebrated Music Director, and one of today’s most evocative American composers.
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Robert Horton - The Man Called Shenandoah (1965/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Robert Horton
Title: The Man Called Shenandoah
Genre: Country, Country Pop, Folk, Bluegrass, Soundtrack
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 33:55
Recorded: 1965

A Man Called Shenandoah is an American western series that aired Monday evenings on ABC-TV from September 13, 1965 to September 5, 1966. It was produced by MGM Television. Some of the location work for the 34 half-hour black and white episodes was filmed in California's High Sierras and Mojave Desert. When reruns aired on Turner Network Television in the 1990s, only 29 of the 34 episodes were rebroadcast. In February 2014, Warner Archive Instant offered all 34 uncut episodes as part of their streaming service, but they still are not available on DVD. The series starred Robert Horton, who had costarred on Wagon Train from 1957 to 1962. He left that series, vowing to never do another television western, but agreed to star in A Man Called Shenandoah because he felt the show would be a great opportunity for him as an actor. The series, set in 1870, is about an amnesiac facing hardship and danger while trying to unravel his identity and his past. Similar plots have frequently been used in films and television before and since, most recently in the 2015 NBC drama Blindspot.
The show's theme song was the traditional American folk tune "Oh Shenandoah", with new, specialized lyrics written by Horton himself. Horton, who had performed in musical theater, also sang the song. His recording became a Columbia single in 1965. It is from Horton's Columbia album The Man Called Shenandoah (Cs-9208, stereo; Cl-2408, mono; both 1965). The series is surprisingly popular on Rhodesian Television (RTV) in central Africa, and the song, reworked by local talent Nick Taylor, reached Number 3 on the Rhodesian Broadcasting Corporation hit parade.
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