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Arthur Rubinstein - New Highlights from "Rubinstein at Carnegie Hall" - Recorded During the Historic 10 Recitals of 1961 (2011/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909), Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), Enrique Granados (1867-1916), Franz Liszt (1811-1886), Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915), Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Arthur Rubinstein
Title: New Highlights from "Rubinstein at Carnegie Hall" - Recorded During the Historic 10 Recitals of 1961
Genre: Classical
Label: © RCA Red Seal/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2011/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 03:42:45
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, 1961


In 1960, Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter performed six recitals for his Carnegie Hall debut. Arthur Rubinstein, after seeing the success of Richter's performances, decided to commemorate his 75th birthday by performing 10 recitals at Carnegie, not repeating a single composition throughout the series. This collection was taken during those sessions, which many believe to be Rubinstein's finest live playing.
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Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine (1992/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz


Artist: Rage Against The Machine
Title: Rage Against The Machine
Genre: Rock, Alternative Metal, Rap Metal, Funk Metal, Heavy Metal
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1992/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:52:53
Recorded: April–May 1992, Sound City, Van Nuys, CA; Scream Studios, Studio City, CA; Industrial Recording, North Hollywood, CA

Probably the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal, Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut was groundbreaking enough when released in 1992, but many would argue that it has yet to be surpassed in terms of influence and sheer brilliance -- though countless bands have certainly tried. This is probably because the uniquely combustible creative relationship between guitar wizard Tom Morello and literate rebel vocalist Zack de la Rocha could only burn this bright, this once. While the former's roots in '80s heavy metal shredding gave rise to an inimitable array of six-string acrobatics and rhythmic special effects (few of which anyone else has managed to replicate), the latter delivered meaningful rhymes with an emotionally charged conviction that suburban white boys of the ensuing nu-metal generation could never hope to touch. As a result, syncopated slabs of hard rock insurrection like "Bombtrack," "Take the Power Back," and "Know Your Enemy" were as instantly unforgettable as they were astonishing. Yet even they paled in comparison to veritable clinics in the art of slowly mounting tension such as "Settle for Nothing," "Bullet in the Head," and the particularly venomous "Wake Up" (where Morello revises Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" riff for his own needs) -- all of which finally exploded with awesome power and fury. And even listeners who were unable (or unwilling) to fully process the band's unique clash of muscle and intellect were catered to, as RATM were able to convey their messages through stubborn repetition via the fundamental challenge of "Freedom" and their signature track, "Killing in the Name," which would become a rallying cry of disenfranchisement, thanks to its relentlessly rebellious mantra of "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!" Ultimately, if there's any disappointment to be had with this near-perfect album, it's that it still towers above subsequent efforts as the unequivocal climax of Rage Against the Machine's vision. As such, it remains absolutely essential. --AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia
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Sergei Rachmaninov - Piano Works - Nareh Arghamanyan (2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Artist: Nareh Argamanyan
Title: Rachmaninov - Morceaux de Fantaisie Op.3; Etudes-Tableaux Op.33; Corelli Variations Op.42
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:03:08
Recorded: Concertboerderij Valthermond, The Netherlands, January 2012


In her early twenties the Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan, winner of the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition, belongs to the promising generation of today’s fine pianists. The last season saw Nareh Arghamanyan making an impressive New York debut at the Frick collection as well as at San Francisco Performances, resulting in a reinvitation to their "Young Master Series". In concert she performed Saint-Saëns 5th concerto with the Winnipeg Symphony, the Saint-Saëns 2nd with I Musici de Montreal, and the "Emperor" concerto with the McGill Chamber Orchestra. Nareh Arghamanyan has appeared with the Mont Blanc Symphony France, Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Armenian Philharmonic. In this new PentaTone release, she now turns her formidable talent towards the compositions of Rachmaninoff.
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Prokofiev, Ravel - Piano Concertos - Andrei Gavrilov, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (1977/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Sergeievitch Prokofiev (1891-1953), Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Artist: Andrei Gavrilov, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle
Title: Prokofiev, Ravel - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 1977/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:42:54
Recorded: 7-9, 14. VII 1977, Abbey Road Studios, London


In March 2015, after months of lively speculation in the media, the London Symphony Orchestra formally announced that Sir Simon Rattle would become its Music Director in September 2017. This news made headlines in the UK, where Liverpool-born Rattle, despite his departure in 2002 to become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, remains a national cultural hero. As Rattle told The Times: “I am leaving a world-class orchestra and coming to a very different sort of world-class orchestra.” In a video interview, he added: “The LSO and I share so many of the same ideals – it just made complete logical sense, and emotional sense as well ... This can be the greatest orchestra in the world. Everybody is pointing in the same direction.”
No appearance by Rattle and the LSO is ever likely to reach as many people as their performance at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, watched by an estimated one billion people worldwide, but it was just the highest-profile date in a relationship that goes back to 1977. At that time, Rattle was only 22 years old and not yet Principal Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – he took up that role in 1980 and, as Music Director, left Birmingham 18 years later. While his concert debut with the LSO took place in October 1977, he had in fact already made his first recording with its players. In July of that year, at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios, he conducted them and soloist Andrei Gavrilov – born, like Rattle, in 1955 – in a pairing of two compact, concentrated works: Prokofiev’s high-octane Piano Concerto No 1 and Ravel’s brave and intense Concerto for the Left Hand. Gavrilov, who trained at the Moscow Conservatory, had achieved widespread recognition in 1974 when he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition and went on to make his international debut at the Salzburg Festival.
The album, which represented both the conductor’s and the pianist’s debuts on the HMV label, is the earliest Rattle recording in the Warner Classics catalogue. When it was originally released in 1978, Gramophone said: “... However high your expectations may be, I would be surprised to learn that they were disappointed ... This newcomer is second to none in both works,” and praised the young Rattle as “a conductor of keen responsiveness and sensitivity.” The recording went on to win a Gramophone Award in 1979.
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Sergei Prokofiev - Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Vadim Gluzman, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Artist: Vadim Gluzman, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
Title: Prokofiev - Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 60:21
Recorded: July 2015 (Concerto No. 1) and May 2014 (Concerto No. 2) at the Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia; July 2015 at the Sendesaal Bremen, Germany (Sonata)


Nathan Milstein once described Sergei Prokofiev’s first violin concerto as: ‘indeed one of the best modern violin concertos… a brilliant piece, perhaps the finest of all Prokofiev’s works’, while the second concerto was taken up by violinists such as David Oistrakh and Jascha Heifetz. Here the two works are interpreted by the Ukrainian-born Vadim Gluzman, who as many critics have remarked is firmly based in the glorious tradition of these and other virtuosos of the 19th and 20th centuries. His several discs for BIS have included concertos by Tchaikovsky and Bruch as well as by Gubaidulina and Barber, earning him accolades such as Diapason d’or de l’année, and numerous recommendations by magazines and websites including The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum and ClassicsToday.com. On the present disc, Gluzman is supported by the eminent Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi, with impressive credentials in Prokofiev’s music. Gluzman rounds off the programme with Prokofiev’s only solo work for the violin, the Sonata in D major, Op. 115 – one of the composer’s less familiar compositions for the instrument. Strictly speaking it is a sonata for violins in unison: Prokofiev wrote the piece in 1947 to be played in unison by violin students. Despite its pedagogical purpose, the sonata is, however, far more than just a technical exercise, presenting an overwhelming richness of ideas and emotions within a short time-frame.
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Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa - Eros (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa feat. Natacha Atlas & Jaques Morelenbaum
Title: Eros / ἔρος
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, World Fusion, Post Bop, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Bonsaï Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:07:47
Recorded: 15-19 June 2015, ArteSuono Studio, Cavalicco, Italy by Stefano Amerio


A concept album on love, seduction and its variations, a further proof of artistic maturity for a duo which has built a shared artistic vision little by little.Starting from the two musicians’ instruments, bits, samples, vocals, noises and percussions have been added to create a true polyphonic experience. Magic.
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