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Ray Charles - Rare Genius - The Undiscovered Masters (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ray Charles
Title: Rare Genius - The Undiscovered Masters
Genre: Jazz, R&B, Soul, Blues
Label: © Concord Records
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:44

Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters is a posthumously created album that remixes previously unreleased Ray Charles studio recordings and demos made in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s together with some contemporary instrumental and backing vocal parts.
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Ran Jia - Schubert (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Daqun Jia (b.1955)
Artist: Ran Jia
Title: Schubert
Label: © RCA Red Seal | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:14:28

Two years after her first album of Schubert Sonatas, which was acclaimed by a Choc-award, Ran Jia will release a new recording at Sony Classical in spring 2017. The new album will present Ran Jia‘s interpretation of two late Schubert Sonatas and short pieces by her father Prof. Daqun Jia.
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Rag'n'Bone Man - Human (2017) (Deluxe Edition) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Rag'n'Bone Man
Title: Human
Genre: Pop, R&B, Soul, Blues
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment UK
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:03
Recorded: 2016


Deluxe edition features 19 tracks. 2017 release, the debut album from British singer/songwriter Rory Graham aka Rag'n'Bone Man. The album's first single "Human" peaked at #1 in the Official Singles Charts in Austria, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland and has been certified Gold in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands. The album includes tracks produced by Two Inch Punch, Jonny Coffer and Mark Crew. In 2016 Rag 'N' Bone Man won the Brits Critics' Choice Awards 2017.
Other producers include Two Inch Punch, aka Ben Ash, who has worked in a co-songwriter/producer capacity for Sam Smith, Jesse Ware and Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, and Jonny Coffer, another producer/song writer whose CV ranges from Naughty Boy’s ‘La La La’ to tracks on the recent Beyoncé album.
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Rafal Blechacz - Johann Sebastian Bach (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Rafal Blechacz
Title: Johann Sebastian Bach
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:53
Recorded: Hamburg-Harburg, Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, 1/2012 (BWV 802–805, 825, 944); Berlin, Meistersaal, 2/2015 (BWV 147, 827, 971)


The Polish pianist (and former organist) curates an album featuring works from Bach’s timeless Clavier-Übung collections.
"Of course, it's very important to be well-informed about Baroque style... but sometimes with Bach I feel it's even more important to listen to your heart and intuition." - Rafał Blechacz
At the heart of J.S. Bach’s compositions lay his sensitivities towards the performer. Many of his most celebrated keyboard works were originally composed as practice etudes. A rich collection of these pieces was published as four books entitled Clavier-Übung ("Keyboard Practice"), and has since remained a favorite for piano performers. Now, Rafał Blechacz performs works from three of these celebrated collections, returning to the essence of his distinct musical voice.
Before he turned his attentions to the piano, Rafał Blechacz played the organ. His experiences as an organist influence how he plays Bach's music on a piano: "From the outset Bach has been central to my development as a pianist. Originally I was in fact fascinated by the organ, and my childhood memories are closely associated with the sound of the organ in church. Indeed, I even wanted to become an organist. And even after it had become clear to me that my instrument was the piano, I was still determined to play Bach... Of course, [the piano] sounds completely different from the instruments of three hundred years ago, but the player should still develop a very specific intonation for this type of music. At the very least I'd like to try to come close to the sound of a harpsichord."

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Rachmaninov, Shostakovich - Nostalghija - Anna Serova, Filippo Faes (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943), Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Anna Serova, Filippo Faes
Title: Nostalghija
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca/Universal Music Italia Srl
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:11:19

A unique figure on the international scene both as soloist and chamber musician, the violist Anna Serova has several compositions dedicated to her in recent years by some of the most important contemporary composers. In fact, by writing for her they have created a new genre in composition uniting the form of the concert piece with the action of an opera.
The Italian composer Azio Corghi, struck by Serova’s extraordinary musical personality, wrote for her the dramatic Cantata “Fero dolore”, in a version with solo viola, a mezzo soprano and the string orchestra. This striking and deep transfiguration of two Madrigales by Monteverdi, was performed for the first time by Miss Serova in 2006, at the Ponchielli Theatre in Cremona, under the direction of Filippo Faes, and was broadcast on the “SKY CLASSICA” satellite channel.
There are also some World Premiere Performances, such as “Tang-Jok(Her)” by A.Corghi at L’Aquila Festival, “Dumka” by Paolo Pessina in Moscow, and the opera tragedy “Giocasta” by Azio Corghi at the Olympic Theatre of Vicenza, where Anna Serova, playing her instrument and acting on stage, takes on the role of Destiny.
She also performed “The Holocaust Requiem” by B.Pigovat, in Manaus, which was a premiere for Brazil, and “Viola Tango Rock Concert” by the composer Benjamin Yusupov in Belgrade, which was a premiere for Serbia.
After studying with Vladimir Stopicev at the Conservatory of St Petersburg, with Bruno Giuranna at the Acacdemy of Cremona and with Juri Bashmet at the Acacdemy of Chigiana in Sienna, she began a brilliant career as a concert musician which saw her starring in some of the most important concert seasons and festivals in Italy and abroad.
The warm, shining beauty of her sound makes her very much in demand as a chamber musician and she has collaborated with artists like Ivry Gitils, Bruno Giuranna, Salvatore Accardo, Rocco Filippini, Filippo Faes, Toby Hoffman….
She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Moscow State Symphony, Siberian Symphony, Karelia Symphony, Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra, Arkhangelsk State Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico, Belgrade Philharmonic, Orchestra da Camera del Teatro Amazonas, Amazonas Philharmonica...
Anna Serova is Solo Violist of the “Ensemble Punto It”, with which she is playing and recording the whole Brahms’s chamber music at the “Amici della Musica” in Vicenza.
Anna Serova is happy to offer her art for charity: together with Filippo Faes (in the role of pianist and conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra) Anna Serova has been the leading figure in two humanitarian projects, “Polio Plus”(2002) and “Aiutiamoli a vivere”(2004), strongly supported by the Rotary Club of Cremona.
Serova’s new album “Viola Collection – Anna Serova Plays the 1615 Amati Viola “La Stauffer”, recorded in Cremona in September 2010, has also been dedicated to the project “End Polio Now” by Rotary International.
For this recording, a precious viola by Amati was used, known as “The Stauffer 1615”, owned by Fondazione Stauffer and preserved at the Council Collection of Cremona.
In this CD, you will find the PREMIERE PERFORMANCE IN MODERN TIMES of a manuscript by Bottesini, found in the National Library of Cremona.
The CD “Viola Collection” has been mentioned as one of the interesting new albums of 2011 in iTunes.
A few of her recordings have been praised by critics and have earned awards and recognition.
In 2007, her CD “Schumann narrates”, recorded with Ensemble Punto It, received 5 STARS by the critics of the magazine “MUSICA”, and was reviewed as one of the excellent CD’s of the month.
In June 2006 the Administration of the City of Krasnoyarsk conferred on Anna Serova the title of Attachè for Cultural and Trade Relations. Thanks to her tireless work, shortly afterwards a protocol promoting the organisation of cultural, commercial and administrative exchanges between the vast Central Siberian region and Italy, was signed by Cremona and Krasnoyarsk.
Anna Serova is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Biella “L.Perosi” International Academy and also frequently holds viola and chamber music masterclasses.
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Sergey Rachmaninov - Preghiera; Piano Trios - Gidon Kremer, Daniil Trifonov, Giedre Dirvanauskaite (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Artist: Gidon Kremer, Daniil Trifonov, Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė
Title: Rachmaninov - Preghiera; Piano Trios
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:07:04
Recorded: Echternach/Luxembourg, Trifolion, 1–3 May 2015

A "dream team" trio of interpreters for these deeply emotional masterpieces of Russian Romanticism.
Gidon Kremer is celebrating his 70th birthday on (February 27th, 2017) with a special chamber music program together with outstanding young pianist Daniil Trifonov and renowned cellist Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė, both of whom he personally chose for this recording.
It is an album full of correlations and a clear underlying conception. Neither Gidon Kremer nor his musical confederates care about brilliant effects; their concern is always to unveil the truths and messages hidden in the music. “To me”, Kremer explains, “being an artist has always been a calling”. But, he emphasizes, “I don’t want this by any means to sound emotive, because I don’t consider myself important. The music is a source from which I draw energy. I try to convey this energy – with notes, with my repertoire, with my choice of musicians. I also try to go my own way and to find companions – interlocutors – who can help me, and with whom I can converse in the language of music”
He found such companions in Daniil Trifonov and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė: All three are connected by deep bonds of friendship and an intensive partnership on the concert stage.
For Daniil Trifonov this is another discographic chapter, which he dedicates to his illustrious pianist-composer idol, Rachmaninov, while honouring his friend and mentor, Gidon Kremer. Dirvanauskaitė is a renowned solo cellist in the field of chamber music and has performed with Kremer numerous times as principal cellist of the Kremerata Baltica.
Rachmaninov's two Piano Trios, both bearing the subtitle "Elegiaque" (elegiac), are dark, passionate works, composed under the influence of Tchaikovsky; the first is a short, one-movement piece rich in typically Slavic sentimentality, the second was written as a personal memorial to Tchaikovsky himself, alternately celebrating the life and grieving the loss of the great Russian composer of whom Rachmaninov said "Of all the people and artists whom I have had occasion to meet, Tchaikovsky was the most enchanting. His delicacy of spirit was unique."
Included as a special bonus: Preghiera (Prayer), Fritz Kreisler's touching transcription for violin and piano of the famous theme from Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto.
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Sergei Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No.2 & Corelli Variations - Vanessa Benelli Mosell, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Karabits (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Artist: Vanessa Benelli Mosell, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Karabits
Title: Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No.2 & Corelli Variations
Genre: Classical
Label: © Universal Music Italia Srl
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:54:08

Following the success of her first two albums, which established Vanessa Benelli Mosell as a successful classical artist (pupil of Stockhausen and devotee to the development of classical music), her third album with Decca focusses on mainstream repertoire.
Accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Kirill Karabits, this album presents Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, considered one of the most popular pieces for piano. Featured in several films (including The Seven Year Itch), it appears very often in concert programmes worldwide.
The concerto is coupled with one of Rachmaninov’s most popular pieces for solo piano, Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42, which traditionally combines strong virtuosic playing with deep thinking.
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Queen - Queen II (1974/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Queen
Title: Queen II
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Glam Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Hollywood Records
Release Date: 1974/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 40:50
Recorded: August 1973, Trident Studios, London

In one regard, Queen II does indeed provide more of the same thing as on the band's debut. Certainly, of all the other albums in Queen's catalog it bears the closest resemblance to its immediate predecessor, particularly in its lean, hard attack and in how it has only one song that is well-known to listeners outside of their hardcore cult: in this case, it's "Seven Seas of Rhye," which is itself more elliptical than "Keep Yourself Alive," the big song from the debut. But these similarities are superficial and Queen II is a very different beast than its predecessor, an album that is richer, darker, and weirder, an album that finds Queen growing as a band by leaps and bounds. There is still a surplus of ideas, but their energies are better focused this time around, channeled into a over-inflated, pompous rock that could be called prog if it wasn't so heavy. Even with all the queens and ogres that populate Queen II, this never feels as fantastical as Genesis or Uriah Heep, and that's because Queen hits hard as a rock band here, where even the blasts of vocal harmonies feel like power chords, no matter how florid they are. Besides, these grandiose harmonies, along with the handful of wistful ballads here, are overshadowed by the onslaught of guitars and pummeling rhythms that give Queen II majesty and menace. Queen is coiled, tense, and vicious here, delivering on their inherent sense of drama, and that gives Queen II real power as music, as well as a true cohesion. The one thing that is missing is any semblance of a pop sensibility, even when they flirt with a mock Phil Spector production on "Funny How Love Is." This hits like heavy metal but has an art-rock sensibility through and through, which also means that it has no true hook in for those who don't want to succumb to Queen's world. But that kind of insular drama is quite alluring in its own right, which is why Queen II is one of the favorites of their hardcore fans. At the very least, it illustrates that Queen is starting to pull all their ambitions and influences into a signature sound, and it's quite powerful in that regard. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Queen - Queen (1973/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Queen
Title: Queen
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Glam Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Hollywood Records
Release Date: 1973/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:49
Recorded: December 1971, June–November 1972, De Lane Lea and Trident Studios, London

Like any patchy but promising debut from a classic rock group, it's often easy to underrate Queen's eponymous 1973 debut, since it has no more than one well-known anthem and plays more like a collection of ideas than a cohesive album. But what ideas! Almost every one of Queen's signatures are already present, from Freddie Mercury's operatic harmonies to Brian May's rich, orchestral guitar overdubs and the suite-like structures of "Great King Rat." That rich, florid feel could be characterized as glam, but even in these early days that appellation didn't quite fit Queen, since they were at once too heavy and arty to be glam and -- ironically enough, considering their legendary excess -- they were hardly trashy enough to be glam. But that only speaks to the originality of Queen: they may have traded in mystical sword 'n' sorcerers themes like so many '70s prog bands, and they may have hit as hard as Led Zeppelin (and Jimmy Page's guitar army certainly was a forefather to May's overdubs), but they didn't sound like anybody else, they were too odd in their theatricality to be mistaken for another band. That much was apparent on this debut, but one thing was crucially missing: songs that could coalesce their sound and present it in a memorable fashion. There is an exception to that rule -- the wild, rampaging opener "Keep Yourself Alive," one of their very best songs -- but too often the album plays like a succession of ideas instead of succinct songs, and the group's predilection for suites only highlights this, despite the occasional blast of fury like "Modern Times Rock & Roll." This can be quite appealing as sheer, visceral sound and, in that regard, Queen is kind of irresistible. It showcases the band in all their ornate splendor yet it's strangely lean and hard, revealing just how good the band was in their early days as a hard rock band. That might not quite make it an overlooked gem -- it remains patchy on a song for song basis -- but it sure makes for an interesting debut that provides a rough road map to their later work. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Queen - A Night at the Opera (1975/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Queen
Title: A Night at the Opera
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Glam Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Hollywood Records
Release Date: 1975/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 43:12
Recorded: August – November 1975, Sarm, Roadhouse, Olympic Studios, Scorpio and Lansdowne, London and Rockfield, Monmouthshire


Queen were straining at the boundaries of hard rock and heavy metal on Sheer Heart Attack, but they broke down all the barricades on A Night at the Opera, a self-consciously ridiculous and overblown hard rock masterpiece. Using the multi-layered guitars of its predecessor as a foundation, A Night at the Opera encompasses metal ("Death on Two Legs," "Sweet Lady"), pop (the lovely, shimmering "You're My Best Friend"), campy British music hall ("Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon," "Seaside Rendezvous"), and mystical prog rock ("'39," "The Prophet's Song"), eventually bringing it all together on the pseudo-operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody." In short, it's a lot like Queen's own version of Led Zeppelin IV, but where Zep find dark menace in bombast, Queen celebrate their own pomposity. No one in the band takes anything too seriously, otherwise the arrangements wouldn't be as ludicrously exaggerated as they are. But the appeal -- and the influence -- of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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