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Ukraine – Journey to Freedom – Solomiya Ivakhiv, Angelina Gadeliya (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Ukraine – Journey to Freedom – Music for Violin and Piano (Kosenko, Skoryk, Karabits, Lyatoshynsky, Shchetynsky, Silvestrov,..) – Solomiya Ivakhiv, Angelina Gadeliya (2016) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:30:59 minutes | 1,47 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: July 2015 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City

Until Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the result of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, many of the composers on this CD were presented in Europe, Asia and the Americas as Russians. This has now ended. The recent tragic events in Ukraine have further cemented Ukraine as a historical nation still defending its integrity and survival. Journey to Freedom is a reflection of this struggle and the first compendium of works for violin and piano on CD written exclusively by Ukrainian composers over the course of a century. The program features violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv and pianist Angelina Gadeliya in stunning performances full of passion and commitment.

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Rafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony – Mahler: 10 Symphonies (2015) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Gustav Mahler: 10 Symphonies – Rafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 11:04:14 | 12,2 GB | Genre: Classical
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Rafael Kubelik’s highly chromatic, poetic Mahler recordings have been staples in Deutsche Grammophon’s catalogue since their inception. Tempos overall tend to be quicker than the norm, yet never at the expense of glossing over the composers renowned wealth of inner details. Many Mahler aficionados still regard Kubelik’s readings here of the Symphonies No. 1 and No. 7 as reference recordings. Distinguished soloists include Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, Norma Proctor, Franz Crass, and Julia Hamari. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the various outstanding choirs employed throughout the cycle couldn’t be more in sync with Kubelik’s inspired visionary interpretations.

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Pumeza Matshikiza – Arias (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Pumeza Matshikiza – Arias (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:30 minutes | 980 MB | Genre: Classical
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South African lyric soprano Pumeza Matshikiza is one of today’s rising opera stars. An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, her debut album ‘Voice of Hope’ was released in 2014. Her second album ‘Arias’ released in May 2016 showcasing her operatic roles from Purcell to Puccini and newly arranged art songs by Faure, Hahn and Tosti.

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Pisaroni, Karg, Hampson, Yoncheva, Chamber Orchestra of Europe – Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro – Pisaroni, Karg, Hampson, Yoncheva, Chamber Orchestra of Europe (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:53:23 minutes | 3,33 GB | Genre: Classical
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After “Don Giovanni”, “Così fan tutte” and “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” this is the fourth of DG’s series of seven Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and initiated by Rolando Villazón, in collaboration with U-Live, Festspielhaus Baden Baden and with the generous support of ROLEX.

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Lucie Horsch – Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Lucie Horsch – Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:14 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
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Lucie Horsch is a brilliant young recorder virtuoso from Amsterdam. Still only 17, she began playing the recorder aged 5 winning numerous prizes and representing the Netherlands at Eurovision 2014 Young Musician of the Year in Cologne. In 2016 she was awarded the Concertgebouw Young Talent Award presented to her by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

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Karl Jenkins – Cantata Memoria – For the Children (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Karl Jenkins – Cantata Memoria – For The Children (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:55:48 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
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Cantata Memoria commemorates through new music the Aberfan tragedy of October 21, 1966, when 116 children and 28 adults tragically lost their lives as a coal tip enveloped Plant Glas school, together with some houses, in Aberfan, South Wales.

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Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes – Verdi: Rigoletto (1971/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, LSO, Richard Bonynge – Verdi: Rigoletto (1971/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:57:53 minutes | 2,08 GB | Genre: Classical
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For sheer vocal splendor you can’t go wrong with the 1971 Decca recording featuring the virile baritone Sherrill Milnes as Rigoletto, Luciano Pavarotti in radiant voice as a stylish but slightly scene-stealing Duke, and Joan Sutherland as a Gilda who is a little too vocally resplendent to come across as innocent, but is certainly a treat to hear.

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Rachel Barton Pine – Bach – Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Rachel Barton Pine – Bach – Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 2:05:43 minutes | 2,38 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 16–18 April, 28–30 May, 29 & 31 August 2015, St. Pauls United Church of Christ, Chicago

‘Testament’ is Rachel Barton Pine’s very personal homage to the music of J. S. Bach, on which she performs the composer’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin in the acoustic of her hometown St. Pauls Church in Chicago, where she first heard and fell in love with Bach’s music.

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Franz Joseph Haydn – Cello Concertos And Kindersinfonie – Enrico Dindo, I Solisti di Pavia (2015) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Franz Joseph Haydn – Cello Concertos And Kindersinfonie – Enrico Dindo, I Solisti di Pavia (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:19 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 12, 13, 14 october 2015, Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari Cremona, Auditorium Arvedi

Born into a musical family, he began to study the cello at the age of six. He refined his skills with Antonio Janigro, and in 1997 he won the First Prize at the Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris.
From then on, he pursued a solo career which led him to perform with prestigious orchestras, such as the BBC Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the French National Orchestra, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, the Tokyo Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Gewandhausorchester, and the Chicago Symphony, alongside important conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Aldo Ceccato, Gianandrea Noseda, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Yutaka Sado, Paavo Jarvj, Valery Gergev, Yuri Temirkanov, Riccardo Muti, and Mstislav Rostropovich himself, who wrote about him: “…he is an extraordinarily gifted cellist, an all-round artist and a fully-fledged musician, his excellent sound flows like a tuneful Italian voice”.

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Rachel Barton Pine – Bach – Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Rachel Barton Pine – Bach – Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 2:05:43 minutes | 2,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk  | Digital Booklet | © Avie Records
Recorded: 16–18 April, 28–30 May, 29 & 31 August 2015, St. Pauls United Church of Christ, Chicago

‘Testament’ is Rachel Barton Pine’s very personal homage to the music of J. S. Bach, on which she performs the composer’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin in the acoustic of her hometown St. Pauls Church in Chicago, where she first heard and fell in love with Bach’s music.

Best-selling violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s relationship with the music of Bach runs deep. She first heard and fell in love with Bach’s music in her hometown St. Pauls Church in Chicago, which had a stained glass window of the composer in the sanctuary. That church is where Rachel first played Bach’s music, at the age of four, and where she returned to record Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas in its beautiful yet clear acoustic. Rachel says, “I’m so pleased to have recorded the Six Sonatas and Partitas in my favourite sound space for these works, the place that I consider to truly be my emotional home for playing them.”

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