Led Zeppelin – The Complete BBC Sessions (2016) [HDTracks 24-96]

Led Zeppelin – The Complete BBC Sessions (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 03:21:23 minutes | 3,42 GB | Genre: Rock
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Led Zeppelin has unearthed more rarities a year after issuing their final catalog reissues: eight previously unreleased recordings that were made for the BBC, including a “lost” three-song session from 1969. These discoveries will be added to make an expanded and remastered edition of the band’s 1997 release, BBC Sessions, that covers recordings made between 1969 and 1971.

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Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day (2012) [HDTracks 24-48]

Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day (2012) – Live: O2 Arena, London – December 10, 2007 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 1:55:26 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Rock
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On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena for a historic performance, headlining a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Celebration Day is an exhilarating tour de force of the band’s signature blues-infused rock n’ roll, a sound that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Bonham’s son to perform sixteen landmark tracks including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock And Roll,” “Kashmir” and “Stairway To Heaven”.

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Leclair, Spohr, Wieniawski – Duets for Two Violins – Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman (2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Leclair, Spohr, Wieniawski – Duets for Two Violins – Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:38 minutes | 942 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Temple Church, London, 25 & 26 October 1976

The violin duet repertoire remains somewhat marginal, which explains the rarity of recitals such as this one, in which two star violinists appear opposite one another. Most works in the genre were written by virtuosos such as Leclair, Viotti, Spohr, Wieniawski and Ysaÿe, but composers of the calibre of Telemann, Michael Haydn, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Honegger and Bartók also took up the challenge. Given the restrictions imposed by having to combine the sound of two identical instruments whose primary role is more melodic than polyphonic, composers have tended to focus on thematic development, harmony and rhythm, resulting in highly imaginative explorations of the instrument’s technical potential.

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Lang Lang, Vienna Philharmonic, Gergiev – Liszt: My Piano Hero (2011) [Qobuz 24-96]

Lang Lang – Liszt: My Piano Hero (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:30 minutes | 0,97 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: April 23-28, 2011, Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (#1-10); June 4 & 5, 2011, Großer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria (#11-12)

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt’s birth, virtuoso pianist Lang Lang has selected some of the composer’s most characteristic pieces for his 2011 Sony release, Liszt: My Piano Hero. Prominent on this album is the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, which features Lang Lang in a high-energy performance with Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic. Without a doubt, most of Lang Lang’s fans will savor this Romantic showpiece, and for technical brilliance and drama, the performance doesn’t disappoint. He is especially lively and vivid in this work, and his interactions with the orchestra seem spontaneous and playful, as one might well imagine Liszt would have been. But Lang Lang seems more introspective and personally involved with the solo keyboard pieces that make up the greater part of the album. Here also is the flashy side of Liszt, but there is a greater emphasis on the poetic and rhapsodic, so Lang Lang indulges in reflective pieces as much as the flashy encores. Highlights include La Campanella, the Grand Galop chromatique, Liebestraum No. 3, the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, and the arrangement of Schubert’s Ave Maria. –AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

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Lang Lang, Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev – Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Rhapsody (2005/2015) [HighResAudio 24-96]

Sergey Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Rhapsody – Lang Lang, Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev (2005)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:00:34 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: July 2004, Mikkeli, Martti Talvela Hall, Finland

Lang Lang at the keyboard with Valery Gergiev at the podium might seem like too combustible a combination. The young pianist, after all, has quickly become famous for his high-octane virtuosity, while the conductor’s take-no-prisoners approach has produced some truly incendiary orchestral recordings, especially in the Russian repertoire that he practically owns these days. What’s surprising, then, is how well mannered their collaboration seems in these live recordings of two of Rachmaninoff’s most popular works. The results are exciting, to be sure — technically brilliant and full of personality, with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre (a.k.a. Gergiev’s Kirov Orchestra, apparently reverting at long last to its pre-Soviet name) contributing a wonderfully Russian darkness of tone — but also deeply musical, never flashy just for the sake of bravura effect. Having devoted himself to Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto on an earlier CD, Lang Lang applies his mastery of grand Romantic gestures to another audience favorite here, Rachmaninoff’s Second. Gergiev seems happy to follow the pianist in the music’s ebb and flow, lingering along with each of the composer’s expansive tunes like a series of beautifully nostalgic memories. If the performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is even more successful, it’s doubtless because this work gives Lang Lang more opportunity to revel in high-spirited capers at the keyboard; the lyrical 18th variation is as beguiling as it needs to be, but it’s the vigorous wit of the surrounding music that really brings out the pianist’s sheer joy in music making. There’s a crowded field of Rachmaninoff recordings on the market, both classic and recent (including, among the latter, Krystian Zimerman in the First and Second Concertos, and Stephen Hough in the complete works for piano and orchestra), but Lang Lang’s meeting with Gergiev earns a solidly satisfying place among them.

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Lang Lang – The Chopin Album (2012) [Qobuz 24-96]

Lang Lang – The Chopin Album (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:35 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
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The Chopin Album is Lang Lang’s first recording for Sony devoted entirely to the solo piano music of the Romantic master, focused on the Études, Op. 25, with three of the most popular Nocturnes and a handful of other pieces included for good measure. While Lang Lang’s phenomenal popularity guarantees this CD’s success, and his ability to play the technically demanding Études will impress his fans, devotees of Chopin’s music may be skeptical of the pianist’s interpretations, which at their best are flashy and extroverted. While it’s not necessary to play Chopin close to the vest, with the expressive reticence of a wallflower, Lang Lang is no introvert, and it shows in the pieces where sensitivity and poetic refinement are desirable. He plays with his customary bravado in the loudest Études, the Grande Valse Brillante, the Grande Polonaise, and even in the inaccurately nicknamed “Minute” Waltz, but his expression at softer levels seems affectless, uninvolved, and rather uninteresting. While connoisseurs may balk at this fairly showy album, it is sure to appeal to a wide audience, perhaps most especially because of the inclusion of Lang Lang’s duet with Danish singer Oh Land, “Tristesse,” which is based on Chopin’s Étude in E major, Op. 10/3, and taken from the soundtrack for the film The Flying Machine. Sony’s sound is generally good, though Lang Lang’s dynamic range is wide enough to make setting the volume a little tricky. –AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

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Lake Street Dive – Side Pony (2016) [HDTracks 24-96]

Lake Street Dive – Side Pony (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:22 minutes | 849 MB | Genre: Folk, Jazz
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Lake Street Dive’s presents their Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony. The four band members—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson—worked with Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Secret Sisters) on the record.

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Lady Gaga – Joanne (2016) [7Digital 24-44,1]

Lady Gaga – Joanne (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:23 minutes | 576 MB | Genre: Pop
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On her most personal LP to date, Gaga aims for authenticity. Named after the superstar’s late aunt, Joanne pivots away from the conceptual disco of 2013’s ARTPOP for a set of lived-in folk (the gorgeous title cut), wild-eyed rock (“Diamond Heart”), and windswept country (“Grigio Girls”). A vibrant list of collaborators includes Florence Welch, Mark Ronson, Beck, Josh Homme, and Father John Misty mastermind Josh Tillman.

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DJ Khaled – Grateful (2017) [WEB FLAC]

DJ Khaled - Grateful (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: DJ Khaled
Album: Grateful
Genre: Hip-Hop
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 599 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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It’s one thing to attract as many top-tier guests to an album as DJ Khaled does. It’s another to create winning chemistry between them. Here, the producer/talent wrangler achieves that by seeking out intriguing contrasts as well as complementary voices for his string of radio-ready anthems. Travis Scott’s layered, shape-shifting vocal springs off Nas’ old-school gravitas (“It’s Secured”), Alicia Keys provides a regal counterpoint to Nicki Minaj’s bullish energy (“Nobody”), and JAY Z’s playful triumphalism bounces around Beyonc’s steady cool (“Shining”).

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