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Jean Sibelius - Symphony No. 5 - New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Artist: New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
Title: Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82 & Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:45:26
Recorded: 1965
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Jean Sibelius - Three Sonatines, Op. 67 & Three Lyric Pieces, Op. 41 - Glenn Gould (1977/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Sibelius - Three Sonatines, Op. 67 & Three Lyric Pieces, Op. 41
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1977/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:38:14
Recorded: 1976, 1977

An experimental recording in which Gould looped several microphones at various distances from the piano. It is also a declaration of his love for the great Finnish composer, whom he had met in Berlin in the late 1950s at a performance of Sibelius’s Fifth under Herbert von Karajan—“one of the truly indelible musical-dramatic experiences of my life.”
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Jean Sibelius - Symphonies 3, 6 & 7 - Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
Artist: Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
Title: Sibelius - Symphonies 3, 6 & 7
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 82:00
Recorded: May/June 2015 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, USA


The first disc in the Sibelius cycle from Osmo Vänskä and Minnesota Orchestra made the reviewer in Gramophone speculate about a 'benchmark cycle for the 21st century' and the second instalment received a Grammy for 'Best Orchestral Performance'. The long-awaited final disc of the cycle, with a playing time of 82 minutes, combines the Finnish master's third symphony, completed in 1907, with his two final works in the genre, composed more or less in tandem between 1922 and 1924. Symphony No. 3 in C major is Sibelius's most classical symphony, a radical change in direction after the opulence of its predecessor. It has been claimed that the mastery of form displayed in the first movement is comparable only to the greatest Viennese masters – and at the same time the conductor Koussevitzky, one of the composer's strongest champions, spoke of it as ‘music far in advance of its time’. Fifteen years later, and after the heroic Fifth Symphony, Sibelius again presented a symphony which surprised those admirers who expected more of the same. Symphony No. 6 has a refined modal flavouring, and the composer avoided both virtuoso orchestral writing and massive climaxes, likening the work to an offering of 'pure spring water'. This he followed up immediately with what would become his symphonic swan song – the stern and majestic Seventh Symphony. A one-movement work, it was billed as ‘Fantasia sinfonica’ at its first performance, but it is indeed a true symphony, its single movement portraying elements of all four movements of symphonic practice. Three highly individual and ground-breaking works thus, from a composer once described by Vaughan Williams as having the capacity to make a C major chord sound entirely new.
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Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 4 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2013/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
Title: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43 (1935-36)
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD | Naxos Right US, Inc.
Release Date: 2013/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:04:52
Recorded: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, England, on 9th and 10th February, 2013


Completed in 1936 but withdrawn during rehearsal and not performed until 1961, the searing Fourth Symphony finds Shostakovich stretching his musical idiom to the limit in the search for a personal means of expression at a time of undoubted personal and professional crisis. The opening movement, a complex and unpredictable take on sonata form that teems with a dazzling profusion of varied motifs, is followed by a short, eerie central movement. The finale opens with a funeral march leading to a climax of seismic physical force that gives way to a bleak and harrowing minor key coda. The Symphony has since become one of the most highly regarded of the composer’s large-scale works.

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Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9; Suite From Hamlet - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons
Title: Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9; Suite From Hamlet
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 02:37:25
Recorded: Boston, Symphony Hall, 10/2015 (Symphony No. 9); 11/2015 (Symphony No. 5); 2/2016 (Suite from “Hamlet”); 3/2016 (Symphony No. 8)


Andris Nelsons is the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and in fall 2015 he was announced as Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, commencing in the 2017/18 season. With both appointments, and in leading a pioneering alliance between these two esteemed institutions, Andris Nelsons is firmly underlined as one of the most renowned and innovative conductors on the international scene today.
Andris Nelsons even though he is only in his mid 30ies has had a long journey with Shostakovich. He is one of the last conductors of his generation who still grew up in the Russian and, more especially, the Soviet musical tradition ever since he started his training as a conductor. He studied in St Petersburg with Alexander Titov and also with Mariss Jansons. His new orchestra has had a great tradition in performing many of Shostakovich’s works in America for the first time.
This recording provides a kaleidoscope of Shostakovich’s struggle with historical events and political pressures. The pre-war eclectic but accessible and popular 5th, in which he would seem to bow to political pressure, ensured his temporary rehabilitation. The beautiful but dark and gloomy mid-war 8th provoked yet again his fall from favour and instead of providing the political authorities with a triumphant post-war 9th Symphony, Shostakovich wrote a light Haydnesque work which would not be performed until after Stalin’s death. Selections from the Hamlet Suite, possibly Shostakovich’s best film score, rounds out this 2 CD set.
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Scriabin, Prokofiev - Piano Sonatas - Glenn Gould (1959/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915), Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Scriabin, Prokofiev - Piano Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1959/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:42:38
Recorded: 1958

Two composers rarely found in the Gould discography, though he temporarily toyed with the notion of recording all ten Skryabin sonatas. The overlap between these two pieces and the recordings of Vladimir Horowitz prompted comparisons from which Gould emerged in fine form: analytic lucidity vs. romantic abandon.
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Robert Schumann - The Four Symphonies, Ouverture, Scherzo & Finale - Staatskapelle Dresden, Wolfgang Sawallisch (1973/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Artist: Staatskapelle Dresden, Wolfgang Sawallisch
Title: Schumann: The Four Symphonies, Ouverture, Scherzo & Finale
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 1973/2015 (2002 Digital Remastering)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:28:15
Recorded: 09/1972, Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany


Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Staatskapelle Dresden make fitting and eloquent interpreters of Schumann's four symphonies, each a highly distinctive work. The city of Dresden was the composer's home for six years, while Sawallisch was a keen advocate of his large-scale work. For all the energy and passion that Sawallisch communicates in these performances, he does not impose himself on the music; he is content to illuminate and reinforce Schumann's inspired, if sometimes idiosyncratic arguments.
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Robert Schumann - Piano Quartet, Op. 47 & Piano Quintet, Op. 44 - Glenn Gould, Leonard Bernstein, Juilliard String Quartet (1969/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Artist: Glenn Gould, Leonard Bernstein, Juilliard String Quartet
Title: Schumann - Piano Quartet, Op. 47 & Piano Quintet, Op. 44
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1969/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:57:21
Recorded: 1968 (Quartet), 1964 (Quintet)


This is the only time that the name of Robert Schumann appears in Gould’s musical biography—presumably at the insistence of Columbia. Was he also meant to record the Piano Quintet op. 44, which Leonard Bernstein plays on the B side...? Whatever the case, the session led to a full-blown rupture between Gould and the Juilliard Quartet.
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Sara Watkins - Young In All The Wrong Ways (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Sara Watkins
Title: Young In All The Wrong Ways
Genre: Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Singer/Songwriter, Progressive Bluegrass
Label: © New West Records, LLC
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:15

“This is a breakup album with myself...” says Sara Watkins of her third solo record, Young in All the Wrong Ways. Writing and recording these ten intensely soul-baring songs was a means for her to process and mark the last couple years, which have been transformative. “I looked around and realized that in many ways I wasn’t who or where I wanted to be. It’s been a process of letting go and leaving behind patterns and relationships and in some cases how I’ve considered myself. What these songs are documenting is the turmoil you feel when you know something has to change and you’re grappling with what that means. It means you’re losing something and moving forward into the unknown.”
That sense of possibility infuses the songs on Young in All the Wrong Ways with a fierce and flinty resolve, which makes this her most powerful and revealing album to date. In some ways it’s a vivid distillation of the omnivorous folk-pop-bluegrass-indie-everything-else Watkins made with Nickel Creek, yet she makes audacious jumps that push against expectations in unexpected ways. These songs contain some of the heaviest moments of her career, with eruptions of thrumming B3 organ and jagged electric guitar. But it’s also quiet, vulnerable, tenderhearted. In other words, bold in all the right ways.
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Peter Tosh - Legalize It (1976/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Peter Tosh
Title: Legalize It
Genre: Reggae, Political Reggae, Roots Reggae
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1976/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:15
Recorded: 1975 at Treasure Isle and Randy's, Kingston, Jamaica


Legalize It is the stunning solo debut by Peter Tosh, following his departure from the Wailers. Released in 1976, this seminal album showcases Tosh’s creative talents as he explores issues of spirituality. Legalize It remains a pivotal work in the history of reggae. It features the hits “Legalize It,” “No Sympathy,” “Why Must I Cry” and “Ketchy Shuby.” It features acclaimed musicians including Al Anderson, Rita Marley, Bunny Wailer and Judy Mowatt.
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