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And let them, Lord, pass from death to life, which was promised to Abraham and his descendants..
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A panel of more than 100 of today’s leading concert pianists chooses the Russian virtuoso.

The poll, carried out by Limelight magazine, asked leading pianists including Grigory Sokolov, András Schiff, Alfred Brendel and Paul Lewis to name who they are most inspired by. Rachmaninov, the Russian pianist and composer who made only a handful of recordings in the first half of the 20th century, was voted first in the poll, by a significant margin. Vladimir Horowitz and Sviatoslav Richter took second and third places respectively.

Australian pianist Leslie Howard, who participated in the poll, believes Rachmaninov is unsurpassed to this day: "What’s remarkable about Rachmaninov’s playing is how honest it is. Nothing gets between his playing and his idea of why the piece of music was worth recording. His playing is never cluttered, it’s never fussy and there’s a complete absence of cheap tricks – quite unusual for the time he was recording. I think he’s the greatest pianist of his age and I’m sure he’s the best pianist who ever made a record."

Francis Merson commented: “It has been fascinating to discover which pianists are popular not just among the listening public, but among those who know the instrument inside out – the concert pianists of today. That Rachmaninov has been chosen as the number one piano hero, based on so few recordings, attests to the extraordinary impact of his playing. Rachmaninov had a composer’s vision of each work, allowing him to make the music of Chopin, Liszt and Schumann seem like his own. Of course, he also had a superlative technique, helped by his famously large hands, but his recordings are always intellectually, as well as technically and emotionally, sublime."

Four of the top five pianists in the list are Russians. All but Canadian pianist Glenn Gould are continental Europeans.
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Hil St. Soul is a British Soul/R&B music duo made up of singer-songwriter Hilary Mwelwa and producer Victor Redwood-Sawyerr. The group's name is pronounced Hill Street Soul. Singer Hilary Mwelwa was born in Lusaka, Zambia, but when she was five, she and her family relocated to London. She says that as a child she adopted her father’s love of music, and the family's home was filled with traditional Zambian music along with American R&B/soul icons Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. While attending London's Westminster University, Hilary decided to seriously pursue music, despite the fact that she had no formal training. She took a year off from school and recorded her first demo, which is how she met producer Victor Redwood-Sawyerr. In the late 1990s, Hilary graduated from Westminster U. with a degree in biological sciences. But having set her sights on a music career, she linked up with producer-songwriter Victor Redwood-Sawyerr, who had been a co-founder of the former UK hip-hop group Blak Twang. The two formed Hil St. Soul, and their debut album, Soul Organic, was released throughout the United Kingdom in October 2000 on British Soul/R&B label Dome Records.

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Ishtar (born Esther (Eti) Zach, on 10 November 1968) is an Israeli-born pop singer who performs in Arabic, Hebrew, French, Spanish, and English. She is best known for her work as the front vocalist of the French-based band Alabina, and her solo pop hits such as C'est La Vie, Last Kiss, and Habibi (Sawah).

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Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942May 16, 2010)

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– это воздушная красота сонат Равеля и космический ритм танц-полов Европы, смелость и совершенство композиторов-импрессионистов и коммерческий успех электронного проекта XXI века. Англоязычные тексты, чарующий вокал, яркий саунд ставит проект Miusha особняком на современной электронной сцене, а для поклонников творчества Telepopmusic и Moloko обещает стать настоящим открытием.

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Driving Electro-Swing action with “Oscar feeling” conversations of clarinet and trumpet inspired by Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa, Josephine Baker and Benny Goodman. The 3rd album from TAPE FIVE “Tonight Josephine!” is another Retro-Homage to various facets from the 20th Century bar-music.


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