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Nik Bartsch's Ronin - Live (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Nik Bärtsch's Ronin
Title: Live
Genre: Jazz, New Age, Avant-Garde, Modern Creative, Progressive Jazz, Mystical Minimalism
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:44:55
Recorded live 2009-2011; Mixed at Studios La Buissonne, Pernes-les-Fontaines

Ronin around the world: a powerful and atmospheric concert recording with music captured in Germany, Austria, Holland, England, and Japan, a double-album which transmits the live impact of Nik Bärtsch’s band and its enveloping modular groove music of interlocking rhythms. It’s also a set that marks the end of an era and the transition into a new one. These are the last recordings of Ronin with Björn Meyer’s elegantly-leaping bass guitar as one of the lead voices, and Bärtsch views the album as partly a tribute to Meyer’s long tenure with the band. New bassist Thomy Jordi, meanwhile, makes an impressive entrance on “Modul 55”, but it’s most often the whole band, as a unified field of force, that commands the listener’s attention.
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Nik Bartsch's Mobile - Continuum (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Nik Bärtsch's Mobile
Title: Continuum
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative, Progressive Jazz, Post-Minimalism, Modern Composition
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:08:19
Recorded: March 2015, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano


After three studio albums – Stoa (2006), Holon (2008), and Lyria (2010) plus one live-double-CD (2012) – with his electric band RONIN Swiss keyboardist/composer Nik Bärtsch now presents a new album with his original group MOBILE (whose line-up overlaps with the current RONIN cast).
MOBILE, originally founded in 1997 (and on the new album augmented on three tracks by a string quintet), is at the source of Bärtsch’s ritualistic approach to music making. This approach has been formed by his work with concepts of reduction and repetition as well as his fascination with Japanese culture. Here textures from jazz, funk, new music, minimal as well as ritual and sacral music are organically interwoven in the service of an energetic group sound. Continuum was recorded at Lugano’s RSI studio in March 2015 and produced by Manfred Eicher.
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Neil Young and Promise of the Real - Earth (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Young and Promise of the Real
Title: Earth
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Pono
Duration: 01:37:16
Recorded live on Rebel Content Tour in 2015. Studio vocals recorded at The Village, West Los Angeles, CA. Additional recording 8th Day Sound.

Neil Young used his union with the Promise of the Real -- the gangly crew fronted by Willie Nelson's kids Lukas and Micah -- to tackle weighty social problems on The Monsanto Years, a record supported by a relatively expansive tour. Earth, a double album culled from 2015 performances, goes one further, mining ecologically minded Young tunes and then addressing them to mother earth herself. According to Young, the catch is, "our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times." This is an understatement. Animal sounds infect Earth, sometimes swallowing the guitars, sometimes chirping along in rhythm, an affect that is precisely the opposite of natural. Earth is aggressively artificial, the nature noises grafted upon performances that are indifferent to their presence. Perhaps this tension could be construed as a commentary -- man plows through the world without care for his animal brethren -- but as executed on Earth, the tension is entirely accidental. Young and the Promise of the Real lumber along in their own world, turning out perfectly respectable versions of songs old and new -- they have some of the unwieldy sprawl of Crazy Horse but none of the charmingly leaden lurch -- and, just when everything seems normal, the chirps, crows, and moos all arrive on a downbeat, sending things into a realm where the psychedelic and the silly coexist. Anybody looking for a straight-up document of Young & the Promise of the Real may very well be disappointed -- all those pesky critters keep getting in the way -- but Earth is better because of its inspired madness: the weirdness isn't merely a reason to listen, but it elevates the album to the status of one of Young's genuinely inspired nutso albums. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Nat King Cole - St. Louis Blues (1958/2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Nat 'King' Cole
Title: St. Louis Blues
Genre: Jazz, Blues, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Swing
Label: © Capitol Records/Analogue Productions XAPP993D64
Release Date: 1958/2010
Quality: DSF Stereo/Mono DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:06:44
Recorded: January 29–31, 1958

This has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original 3-track work tapes from Capitol's vaults, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable experience. In addition to the stereo mixes, this SACD includes a 3-track transfer for multichannel playback and the original mono mix taken from separate microphone feeds, mixing consoles and tape machines at the original sessions. In order to master from the three-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for 3-channel playback. That meant Kevin Gray had to find a third identical monitoring channel chain (including mixing board, amplifier and speaker) as well as a 3-track playback headstack and also a 3-track preview head for the vinyl cutting system. It was a massive assignment. We've spent a fortune to include these extra bells and whistles and to make this a truly historic reissue.
An influential figure in the early 20th century development of blues and popular music as a music scholar and the composer of numerous popular songs, William Christopher Handy has often been called "the Father of the Blues." When two of the finest and most popular of mid-20th century musical figures, jazz and popular music icon Nat "King" Cole and style setting arranger extraordinare Nelson Riddle, undertook an album dedicated to the music of W.C. Handy, the results were at once a worthy tribute and transformative. Particularly smooth vocals by Nat King Cole were aptly backed by resourceful orchestrations from Nelson Riddle. From the landmark laments of "St. Louis Blues" and the loving appreciation of "Morning Star" on through to the colloquial rag of "Joe Turner's Blues," the varied facets of Handy's songs were given a lastingly freshened interpretation. Along with the contemporary Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (also available here at Acoustic Sounds), this album is considered by many to be the best anthology of the music of W.C. Handy.
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Nat King Cole - Just One of Those Things (1957/2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Nat 'King' Cole
Title: Just One of Those Things
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Torch Songs, Big Band, Swing
Label: © Capitol Records/Analogue Productions XAPP903D64
Release Date: 1957/2011
Quality: DSF Stereo/Mono DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:16:24
Recorded: July 10, 19, 31, August 7, 1957


This has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original 3-track work tapes from Capitol's vaults, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable experience. In order to master from the 3-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for three-channel playback. That meant Kevin Gray had to find a third identical monitoring channel chain (including mixing board, amplifier and speaker) as well as a 3-track playback headstack and also a 3-track preview head for the vinyl cutting system. It was a massive assignment. We've spent a fortune to include these extra bells and whistles and to make this a truly historic reissue.
Contrasting downbeat ballads with an ironic brassy, upbeat big band attitude, the ironic Cole Porter standard Just One Of Those Things sets the tone for a distinctive, pungent experience of love and disillusionment with a swing. Brilliantly backing the intimately expressive and supremely musical voice of the incomparable Nat "King" Cole, a big band with no "strings" smolders, swings, saunters, storms, sighs and sizzles with the arrangements of the distinctive Billy May. Featuring top shelf interpretations of "These Foolish Things," "Who's Sorry Now?" "The Party's Over" and more, this album is among its era's finest recordings of popular music and its quality, style and spirit remains unexcelled.
Just One Of Those Things was recorded in finely polished monaural and more minimalistic 3-channel stereophonic versions, each with dedicated microphones, console, mix and recorders. Each offers a different sonic perspective. The monaural recording was heard on the original hit records while the stereophonic recording offers the potential for a stunning wide-range realism. The bonus track, an alternative take of "Just For The Fun Of It," is mono only.
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Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio - Perfection (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio
Title: Perfection
Genre: Jazz, Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © Motéma Music LLC
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 57:44
Recorded: June 18 & 19, 2015 at Avatar Studios, NYC


The longest track on “Perfection,” the debut album by a jazz trio with David Murray on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Geri Allen on piano and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, clocks in at just over eight minutes, covering so much ground that it feels almost like an epic. Composed by Mr. Murray, it’s a swinging tune with a pensive yet intrepid melody, and a midsection of bristling abstraction. The title is playfully apt: “The David, Geri & Terri Show.” Dynamic combustion is the core characteristic of this all-star trio, which first convened at the 2015 NYC Winter Jazzfest. Mr. Murray, 61, is an improviser of great, garrulous bluster, while Ms. Allen and Ms. Carrington, both in their 50s, have forged prominent careers more in line with the postbop mainstream.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphonies Nos. 29 & 38 - Berliner Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Mozart - Symphonies Nos. 29 & 38
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:48:38
Recorded: #1-4: 1960, Grunewaldkirche, Berlin; #5-7: 1958, Musikvereinssaal, Wien


The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.
For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.
He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Four Hands - Guillaume Bellom & Ismael Margain (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Guillaume Bellom, Ismaël Margain
Title: Mozart - Piano Four Hands
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté Music
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:58:54
Recorded: 6 au 9 juillet 2013 à Bourges, Théâtre Saint-Bonnet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the first to compose pieces for piano four hands. His father, Leopold, wrote in a letter of 9 July 1765: "In London Wolfgangerl wrote his first piece for four hands. Until that time no sonata for four hands had ever been composed."
The famous Salzburg family portrait painted by Johann Nepomuk della Croce in 1780-81 (Mozarteum, Salzburg) shows Wolfgang and his sister, Nannerl, playing a duet at the piano, with Leopold, violin in hand, looking on, and his wife, Anna Maria (d. 1778), included in a picture on the wall.
The three works presented here were composed in Vienna in 1786 and 1787, when the young virtuoso was about to give up his career as a pianist in order to concentrate on the composition of operas, having been stimulated by his meeting with the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. In the summer of 1786 he composed what is probably the most ambitious and most significant of his four-hand pieces, the Sonata in F major (KV 497). It was first performed in Vienna on 4 November 1786, four months before the Andante and Variations in G major (KV 501). His last sonata for piano four hands, in C major, KV 521, was written in May 1787, when Mozart had reached his full maturity as a composer. It is characterised by the light key of C major and the virtuosity of its two fast movements (especially the first), bright and brilliant in their elegance.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 24 - Eugene Istomin, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz (1996/2009) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Eugene Istomin, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz
Title: Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 24
Genre: Classical
Label: © Reference Recordings
Release Date: 1996/2009
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:59:41
Recorded: October 10, 1995 at St. Thomas Center, Bothell, WA
Recorded natively in the PCM format at 176.4 kHz/24 bit and converted to DSD using the best equipment available.

A legendary pianist! Inspired performances by one of America's greatest musicians, with Gerard Schwarz conducting the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Eugene Istomin's illustrious career spanned some fifty years with over 4,000 orchestral concerts and recitals around the world. His performances of Mozart have been called "vigorous and full-bodied" by The Washington Post. He has collaborated with Gerard Schwarz on these concertos many times in the past. The Seattle Symphony has won two Grammy® awards and is often called "the most recorded orchestra in America".
"Prof." Keith Johnson's recording wizardry pays large dividends in natural, high-resolution string textures and huge, three-dimensional soundstage.
The original CD is on The Absolute Sound "Super Disc List" and "RECORDING OF THE MONTH" --Stereophile, May 1996
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro - Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nezet-Seguin (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Artist: Luca Pisaroni, Christiane Karg, Sonya Yoncheva, Thomas Hampson, Angela Brower, Anne Sofie von Otter, Maurizio Muraro, Rolando Villazón, Jory Vinikour, Vocalensemble Rastatt, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Title: Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, K.492
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:52:42
Recorded: Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 7/2015

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.
Recorded with a stellar cast, one of the brightest and most insightful conductors of our day and a specialist handpicked orchestra playing at their best in the stunning venue of Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (July 2015), Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s “completely gripping, high-contrast” Figaro is “a brilliant triumph”, wrote Badische Zeitung of the July 2015 concert performance recorded here, while heaping praise on Luca Pisaroni’s “thrilling” Figaro, Thomas Hampson’s Count “illuminating every word”, Sonya Yoncheva’s Countess “recalling Callas’s vocal colours”, Angela Brower’s “fascinatingly delicate, sensitive” Cherubino and Anne Sofie von Otter’s “wonderfully perceptive, charming Marcellina”, all in a performance “crowned” by Christiane Karg’s “enchanting” Susanna and Rolando Villazón as Basilio, who “had the audience at his feet”.
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