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Alexander Ullman – The Nutcracker, Petrushka, Cinderella & The Firebird (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Alexander Ullman – The Nutcracker, Petrushka, Cinderella & The Firebird (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:07 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front cover | © Rubicon Classics

Since winning the 2017 Franz Liszt Competition, British pianist Alexander Ullman has appeared at many of the world’s great venues and with some of the world’s major orchestras – The Philadelphia Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic. He has worked with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Markus Stenz to name just two conductors, and performed at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Concertgebouw and Gewandhaus, Kimmel Center and Kennedy Center. For his debut album Alexander has chosen Russian ballet repertoire arranged either by the composers, or in the case of The Firebird by Busoni pupil Guido Agosti, and Mikhail Pletnev for Tchaikovksy’s Nutcracker Suite. This is a highly virtuosic programme that showcases Alexander’s extraordinary technique. His is a name to watch.

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Ruby Rushton – Ironside (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Ruby Rushton – Ironside (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 53:39 minutes | 594 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © 22a Music

22a proudly present’s the 4th studio album from the Tenderlonious led jazz quartet – Ruby Rushton. ‘Ironside’ is Ruby Rushton’s most complete work to date and was recorded over a 2 day session at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Includes alternate takes of “Lara’s Theme” and “Where Are You Now?” Exclusive to the CD! ‘Ironside’ sees the band continuing to push boundaries, and lead the way, with this new genre defying recording. The quartet’s fresh, high energy sound is rooted in the spiritual concepts of John Coltrane and Yusef Lateef, paying homage to The Headhunters and Weather Report heyday, whilst still adopting influences from hip hop, Afrobeat and the UK underground culture.

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Julia Jacklin – Crushing (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Julia Jacklin – Crushing (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 39:24 minutes | 423 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Transgressive

As the hole in the ozone layer gets bigger, more and more introspective records and breakup albums come raining down. It’s not always easy to find the gems amongst them, but Julia Jacklin’s Crushing is one of them. With a magnificent folk rock canvas that’s framed by a timid guitar and a haunting piano, the young Australian from Sydney dips her brush in shades seen in Liz Phair, PJ Harvey, Courtney Barnett and Angel Olsen’s work, all the while ensuring that her art is wonderfully unique. With a hint of cynicism and a wealth of classical melodies, this second album is an endearing work and Jacklin is never too tearful or self-absorbed. A real revelation.  – Marc Zisman

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Rush – Sectors – Fly By Night (2011) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Rush – Sectors – Fly By Night
Artist: Rush | Album: Sectors – Fly By Night | Style: Progressive, Hard Rock | Year: 2011 [1975 original] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 96Khz/24Bit, Dolby AC3 5.1 48kHz/16Bit, Dolby AC3 2.0 48kHz/16Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 8 | Size: ~3.59 Gb | Recovery: 5% | Covers: in archive | Release: Anthem Entertainmenta | The Island Def Jam Music Group (B0015888-00 JK02) | Note: Not Watermarked

Prior to one of Rush’s first U.S. tours, original drummer John Rutsey split from the band, since he wasn’t prepared to commit to the band’s rigorous touring schedule. And it proved to be a blessing in disguise, since his replacement was to become one of the most respected rock drummers of all time, Neil Peart, who would also steer the band towards success with more challenging material — starting with Fly by Night. While the title track and the album-closing ballad, “In the End,” still had Zeppelin roots, the album isn’t as straightforward as the debut. Rush’s first bona-fide classic, “Anthem,” is included, while the over eight-minute “By-Tor and the Snow Dog” helped pave the way for the group’s future epics (“2112,” “Cygnus X-1,” etc.), and introduced the fans to Peart’s imaginative lyric writing, often tinged with science-fiction themes. The reflective and melodic “Making Memories” is an underrated early composition, while “Beneath, Between, & Behind” is a furious heavy rocker. Fly by Night may not be one of Rush’s finest albums, but it is one of their most important — it showed that the young band was leaving their Zep-isms behind in favor of a more challenging and original direction.

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Rush – Sectors – A Farewell to Kings (2011) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Rush – Sectors – A Farewell to Kings
Artist: Rush | Album: Sectors – A Farewell to Kings | Style: Progressive, Hard Rock | Year: 2011 [1977 original] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 96Khz/24Bit, Dolby AC3 5.1 48kHz/16Bit, Dolby AC3 2.0 48kHz/16Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 6 | Size: ~3.59 Gb | Recovery: 5% | Covers: in archive | Release: Anthem Entertainmenta | The Island Def Jam Music Group (B0015889-00 JK01), 2011 | Note: Not Watermarked

On 1977’s A Farewell to Kings it quickly becomes apparent that Rush had improved their songwriting and strengthened their focus and musical approach. Synthesizers also mark their first prominent appearance on a Rush album, a direction the band would continue to pursue on future releases. With the popular hit single “Closer to the Heart,” the trio showed that they could compose concise and traditionally structured songs, while the 11-minute “Xanadu” remains an outstanding accomplishment all these years later (superb musicianship merged with vivid lyrics help create one of Rush’s best all-time tracks). The album-opening title track begins with a tasty classical guitar/synth passage, before erupting into a powerful rocker. The underrated “Madrigal” proves to be a delicately beautiful composition, while “Cinderella Man” is one of Rush’s few songs to include lyrics penned entirely by Geddy Lee. The ten-minute tale of a dangerous black hole, “Cygnus X-1,” closes the album on an unpredictable note, slightly comparable to the two extended songs on 1975’s Caress of Steel. A Farewell to Kings successfully built on the promise of their breakthrough 2112, and helped broaden Rush’s audience on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Rush – Sectors – Signals (2011) [DVD-AUDIO ISO]

Rush – Sectors – Signals
Artist: Rush | Album: Sectors – Signals | Style: Progressive, Hard Rock | Year: 2011 [1982 original] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 96Khz/24Bit, Dolby AC3 5.1 48kHz/16Bit, Dolby AC3 2.0 48kHz/16Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 8 | Size: ~4.11 Gb | Recovery: 3% | Covers: in archive | Release: Anthem Entertainmenta | The Island Def Jam Music Group (B0015890-00 JK01) | Note: Not Watermarked

Instead of playing it safe and writing Moving Pictures, Pt. II, Rush replaced their heavy rock of yesteryear with even more modern sounds for 1982’s Signals. Synthesizers were now an integral part of the band’s sound, and replaced electric guitars as the driving force for almost all the tracks. And more current and easier-to-grasp topics (teen peer pressure, repression, etc.) replaced their trusty old sci-fi-inspired lyrics. While other rock bands suddenly added keyboards to their sound to widen their appeal, Rush gradually merged electronics into their music over the years, so such tracks as the popular MTV video “Subdivisions” did not come as a shock to longtime fans. And Rush didn’t forget how to rock out — “The Analog Kid” and “Digital Man” were some of their most up-tempo compositions in years. The surprise hit, “New World Man,” and “Chemistry” combined reggae and rock (begun on 1980’s Permanent Waves), “The Weapon” bordered on new wave, the placid “Losing It” featured Ben Mink on electric violin, while the epic closer “Countdown” painted a vivid picture of a space shuttle launch. Signals proved that Rush were successfully adapting to the musical climate of the early ’80s.

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RCO & Mariss Jansons – Stravinsky: Petrushka & Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances (Live) (2005/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

RCO & Mariss Jansons – Stravinsky: Petrushka & Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances (Live) (2005/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:09:12 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front covers | © Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Stravinsky’s Petrushka was performed to great public acclaim and recorded in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on 29 and 31 October 2004, whilst Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances were recorded later that same year on 22, 23 and 25 December.

From the clear and transparent orchestral sound in Stravinsky’s Petrushka to the full glory of the symphony orchestra in the Rachmaninoff, Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra demonstrate once again the immense artistic heights attained by this unique collaboration between conductor and orchestra.

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The Mariinsky Orchestra & Valery Gergiev – Stravinsky: Petrushka, Jeu de cartes (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Mariinsky Orchestra & Valery Gergiev – Stravinsky: Petrushka, Jeu de cartes (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:43 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Mariinsky

The Mariinsky Label presents Valery Gergiev’s first recording of Stravinsky’s iconic Petrushka score, paired with one of the composer’s hidden gems, the witty Jeu de cartes.

Stravinsky’s score to Petrushka is one of his most celebrated works and a product of his famous collaboration with Diaghilev that also produced The Firebird and Rite of Spring. Presented here in the composer’s original 1911 version, it tells the story of the loves and jealousies of three puppets who are brought to life during the 1830 Shrovetide Fair in Saint Petersburg. Its colourful music typifies Stravinsky’s work during the period and is characterised by the famous bitonal ‘Petrushka chord’.

A ballet in ‘three deals’, 1937’s Jeu de cartes stems from Stravinsky’s life-long enthusiasm for cards; poker in particular. A commission by Lincoln Kirstein and his newly formed American Ballet Company, it was composed during Stravinsky’s neoclassical period. The whimsical music focuses on the deceitful Joker who thinks himself unbeatable, thanks to a chameleon-like ability to become any card. During the work the Joker wages battle with other hands, but after two victorious rounds and the appearance of a third, he is vanquished by a Royal Flush of Hearts. Stravinsky regularly read La Fontaine during the composition of Jeu de cartes, choosing this quote to include in the score: ‘We must wage continual war against the wicked. Peace in itself is a fine thing, I agree, but what use can it be with enemies who do not keep their word?’

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IAN SWEET – Crush Crusher (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

IAN SWEET – Crush Crusher (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:06 minutes | 797 MB | Genre: Indie Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Hardly Art

Ian Sweet, aka Jillian Medford, has announced her second album. ‘Crush Crusher’, the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Shapeshifter’, gets a released on October 26 through Hardly Art, home to the likes of Chastity Belt, the Julie Ruin, Protomartyr et al. The lead single, Hiding, starts off intimately with reverb-heavy vocals, before a tidal wave of guitars and percussion takes over. With a solid rhythm in the later verses, it’s a well-balanced song that deserves repeated listens.

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Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 54:01 minutes | 2,28 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Parlophone UK

A Rush of Blood to the Head is the second studio album by British alternative rock band Coldplay. The album was made available in August 2002, two months after its original planned release date.The album debuted and continued their huge commercial legacy, an ongoing pattern that began with Parachutes which made Coldplay one of the best-selling bands worldwide. A Rush of Blood to the Head has been critically acclaimed, and the band won the 2003 Grammy for Best Alternative Album for the second year in a row, and the 2004 Grammy for Record of the Year for the song “Clocks”. In 2012 it was ranked number 466 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was also voted the best album of all time by the listeners of BBC Radio 2 in a poll conducted in 2013.

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