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Deep Puple with Orchestra - Live in Verona (2014) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Deep Puple with Orchestra – Live in Verona
Released: 2014
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
Directed by: Chris Cowly
Artists: Ian Paice – drums, percussion; Ian Gillan – vocals, harmonica, percussion; Roger Glover – bass; Steve Morse – guitar; Don Airey – organ, keyboards; Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt; Stephen “BK” Bentley-Klein – conductor, solo violin

Released: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Duration: 1:36:10
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 21982 kbps / 1920 * 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
# 1 Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8588 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio # 2: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 30.48 GB

Filmed in the spectacular surroundings of the Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre originally built in 30 AD, this concert from the summer of 2011 sees Deep Purple joined on stage by a full symphony orchestra for performances of all their classic tracks. Deep Purple remains one of the finest hard rock bands on the planet and are undoubtedly at their best when performing live. Here, the orchestral arrangements give an added depth and range to the familiar songs and the band responds to both playing with the orchestra and performing in such a historical location to deliver a brilliant show in front of a huge and enthusiastic crowd.
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Alice Cooper - Raise the Dead - Live from Wacken (2014) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DD 5.1

Title: Alice Cooper – Raise the Dead – Live from Wacken
Released: 2014
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Metal, Shock Rock
Artists: Alice Cooper – vocals; Chuck Garric – bass; Orianthi – guitar; Ryan Roxie – guitar; Tommy Henriksen – guitar; Glen Sobel – drums

Released: UDR
Duration: 1:28:03
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS, AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25015 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
# 1 Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Audio # 2: English Dolby Digital 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps
Audio # 3: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Size: 23.3 GiB

With Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken the label is also starting a new live series of legendary Wacken performances. When Alice learned about the purpose behind it, he was very happy to be one the first to participate and support the Wacken Foundation.
The Wacken Foundation is a non-profit organization, supporting the new blood of hard rock / heavy and metal music. For every sold DVD/CD € 1,–will be contributed to the Wacken Foundation.
Alice Cooper , a household name, not much has to be said about this incredible artist whose career spans five decades by now. He has been named one of the world’s most beloved entertainers. He is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal and has been described as the artist who first introduced horror imagery to rock’n’roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre. The ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’ has inspired many other artists due to his theatrical stage performances; e.g.: Kiss, Marilyn Manson and even Ozzy Osbourne – just to name a few.
Raise The Dead contains 22 songs from the Wacken concert and bonus material shows an interview with the man himself…. a phenomenal stage show, one the biggest entertainers ever! Just enjoy the show!
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Ying Quartet - Schumann (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Artist: Ying Quartet
Title: Ying Quartet - Schumann
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sono Luminus LLC DSL-92184
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:13:43
Recorded at Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia - July 17-20, 2013

The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today’s world. Now in its second decade as a quartet, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications in its tours across the United States and abroad. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world’s most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. At the same time, the Quartet’s belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House. In fact, the Ying Quartet’s constant quest to explore the creative possibilities of the string quartet has led it to an unusually diverse array of musical projects and interests. As quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music, the Ying Quartet maintains full time faculty positions in the String and Chamber Music Departments.
The three string quartets were all written in just a few weeks in the summer of 1842, and his writing for strings is, for better or worse, rather pianistic. It is unfortunate that some would dispatch the significance and beauty of these works so easily. Though there are passages and textures in the quartets that are clearly influenced by keyboard technique, this is glorious music. The imagination and wit, vitality and virtuosity, subtlety and nuance, and heartfelt yearning and emotion that are displayed throughout the quartets are enough to be as satisfying as any of Schumann’s music. Each one of them is a joy to perform.
Since all of the quartets were written in just a few short weeks, it is interesting to take them (Op. 41, Nos. 1, 2 and 3) as a set and consider the similarities and differences between each of the corresponding movements. For example, all three of the first movements are primarily gentle in nature and convey a sense of unfolding, though there are dynamic and energetic moments within. None of them begin with forceful, dramatic intensity to grab an audience; instead, Schumann uses an intimate quality and a sense of drawing the listener in to define the emotional world of these quartets. Two of the three first movements also end in a wonderfully quiet and peaceful way.
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Wood Works - The Danish String Quartet (2014 ) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Traditional
Artist: The Danish String Quartet
Title: Wood Works
Genre: Classical, Nordic Folk
Label: © Dacapo Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: dacapo
Duration: 00:49:27
Recorded at the Kirsten Kjær Museum, John's Hall, 4-7 September 2013

We are in the tiny village of Sønderho on the island of Fanø. It is the westernmost Danish island, and the wind lashes the shore relentlessly. Today is the third Sunday of July – it’s ’Sønderho Day’, a local day of celebration, music and dance. From the village hall the sounds of fiddles can be heard, and people are dancing round and round for hours. The music is simple, yet with a touch of exotic melancholy.
In the forests of southern Sweden we find Lasse. He is a traveling fiddler and he provides the music for festive occasions. Lasse is poor, so he will play you some music if you give him a meal. As he can’t afford new strings for his violin, he tunes the ones he has down to make them last slightly longer. His claim to fame is a waltz he is always playing; a little melody that people enjoy dancing to. Sometimes Lasse plays it to himself while sitting alone in his wooden shed.
Up in Norway a young man has just returned from his Grand Tour of Europe. While passing through the Rhineland, he picked up a very popular dance that everyone danced in the elegant salons. He doesn’t know the name of the dance, so he simply calls it a ‘Reinlender’. Wanting to introduce it to his friends, he writes a couple of tunes to accompany the new dance.
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Voces 8 - Christmas (2012 ) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Voces 8
Title: Christmas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Signum Records
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Duration: 63 minutes 9 seconds
Recorded: August 2011 at St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

The international award-winning octet, VOCES8, has established itself at the forefront of British a cappella. Performing a repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to unique Jazz and Pop arrangements, the group has been praised for stunning performance, exquisite singing and creating a sound that spans the entire range of vocal colour.

"... Voces8 has put together an exceptionally attractive collection of classic carols and anthems mixed with less familiar works. The most striking aspects of the performances are a rare level of tonal clarity and a focused unanimity in the singers' vowels that produce a ringing, almost startling purity, which is enhanced by the crystalline, ideally resonant sound of Signum's CD ... The program is marvelously varied, but all of the pieces, whether written in the middle ages or the 21st century, are gorgeous examples of sumptuous choral writing, and these performance do them full justice. Highly recommended." All Music Guide
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 The Three Sounds - Bottoms UP! (1959/2009) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: The Three Sounds
Title: Bottoms UP!
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Soul Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1959 (BLP 4014/BST 84014)/2009
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Duration: 39:55
Recorded: September 16, 1958 (#2, 8), September 28, 1958 (#3), February 11, 1959 (#1, 4-7) at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.
Mastered from the original analog master tapes by by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman at AcousTech.

The Three Sounds were part of the trio explosion. Begun in 1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan as the Four Sounds and consisting of Gene Harris on piano, Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums (the saxophonist was dropped by the time the group moved to Washington, D.C. in 1957), the Sounds eventually migrated to New York City where they were "discovered" by Lou Donaldson. After a single record for Riverside with Nat Adderley, the Three Sounds signed an exclusive contract with Alfred Lion on Blue Note Records. Over the course of five years, the Sounds released nine LPs and appeared on albums by Lou Donaldson and Stanley Turrentine.

The second record by the Three Sounds (which, like too many of their recordings, has yet to be reissued on CD in the U.S.) features the increasingly popular group in prime form. Pianist Gene Harris, bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy are in top form performing their brand of funky jazz, which left plenty of room for inventive solos along with the percolating grooves. On this set, the trio plays seven standards (including "Besame Mucho," "Love Walked In" and "I Could Write a Book"), plus the original "Jinne Lou." Well worth searching for. --Scott Yanow
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 Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Artist: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
Title: Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Ballet féerique in Two Acts
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICAL|shop
Duration: 01:24:32
Recorded: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway, 9-12 December 2013

This is the concluding recording in Neeme Järvi’s series with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra devoted to Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets. This complete, uncut version of The Nutcracker follows The Sleeping Beauty (CHSA 5113(2)) and Swan Lake (CHSA 5124 (2)), both of which have been much awarded.
The Nutcracker draws its influences from both Hoffmann’s and Dumas’s tales of the same name, and makes delightful use of ‘le joli’, i.e. ‘the pretty’, in music – vivacious themes decked out in ingenious orchestration – already mastered by Léo Delibes in Coppélia.
The Nutcracker relates the dreams of Clara Silberhaus on Christmas Eve, aroused by the nutcracker which her mysterious godfather has given her. Then the guests’ lulling and languishing waltzes take her on a fantastic journey from a mystical snowy forest to the princely kingdom of Confiturembourg. Tchaikovsky illustrates this journey with various musical themes, such as confectionary, flowers, and Mirlitons, as well as Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian dances.
Commissioned by the director of the Imperial Theatres, Ivan Vsevolozhsky, and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, The Nutcracker was premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg in 1892. It came in a double-bill with the opera Iolanta, also commissioned by Vsevolozhsky. For this recording, Neeme Järvi and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra have re-explored Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece together, in order to offer a completely new experience of one of the most-performed ballets in musical history.
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Supertramp - Crime Of The Century (1974/2014 ) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Supertramp
Title: Crime Of The Century
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog-Rock
Label: © A&M Records | Universal Music
Release Date: 1974/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 00:44:15
Recorded: Ramport Studios (South London), Scorpio Sound Studios (London), and Trident Studios (London) from February to June 1974

Supertramp came into their own on their third album, 1974's Crime of the Century, as their lineup gelled but, more importantly, so did their sound. The group still betrayed a heavy Pink Floyd influence, particularly in its expansive art rock arrangements graced by saxophones, but Supertramp isn't nearly as spooky as Floyd -- they're snarky collegiate elitists, an art rock variation on Steely Dan or perhaps a less difficult 10cc, filled with cutting jokes and allusions, best heard on "Bloody Well Right." This streak would later flourish on Breakfast in America, but it's present enough to give them their own character. Also present is a slight sentimental streak and a heavy fondness for pop, heard on "Dreamer," a soaring piece of art pop that became their first big hit. That and "Bloody Well Right" are the concise pop moments on the record; the rest of Crime of the Century is atmospheric like Dark Side of the Moon, but with a lighter feel and a Beatles bent. At times the album floats off into its own world, with an effect more tedious than hypnotic, but it's still a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America. --Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Richard Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 - Saito Kinen Orchestra, Daniel Harding (2014 ) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Artist: Saito Kinen Orchestra, Daniel Harding
Title: R. Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 51:47
Recorded: August 2012 at Kissei Bunka Hall, Matsumoto, Japan

This sonically spectacular recording of Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony was made with the internationally hand-picked players of the Saito Kinen Orchestra and recorded at the Saito Kinen Festival, Matsumoto, at the heart of the Japan Alps. Daniel Harding was specially invited to conduct the orchestra in the absence of Seiji Ozawa who, at that time, was still recuperating from treatment for cancer.
Voted among the World's Greatest Orchestras by Gramophone magazine, the Saito Kinen Orchestra boasts the best Japanese players from the leading orchestras of Europe and North America as well as selected wind and brass principals from Berlin, Vienna, Philadelphia and Boston among others. It is one of the world's elite festival orchestras
Demanding an unprecedented orchestra of 125 players, the Alpine Symphony was the last of Strauss' great series of tone poems. Specially released to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss' birth and the centenary of the symphony's composition, this is the first Decca recording since 1988 and utilizes the latest 24 bit 96khz technology for a truly spectacular sound.
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Robert Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Kreisleriana / Johannes Brahms: Theme and Variations - Imogen Cooper (2013 ) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Imogen Cooper piano
Title: Schumann- Fantasiestücke, Kreisleriana; Brahms- Theme and Variations
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICAL|shop
Duration: 01:15:31
Recorded: Concert Hall, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, 23-26 July 2012

This is Imogen Cooper’s first release on Chandos Records. Recognised worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, she has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical and romantic repertoire. She has dazzled audiences and orchestras throughout her distinguished career, bringing to the concert platform a unique musical understanding and lyrical quality.
‘Duality, intermingling and juxtaposing identities, the dream world, the subconscious, wild humour, the supernatural, disguise, the outsider’. These are all words used by Imogen Cooper to describe the inner world of Robert Schumann. On this recording, she offers her interpretations of two works by this deeply inspired composer: Fantasiestücke and Kreisleriana. Both display in full Schumann’s extraordinary ability to express the gamut of human emotions in a highly imaginative language that draws the best from both piano and performer.
Schumann dedicated his Fantasiestücke to a young Scottish pianist by the name of Roberta Laidlaw, with whom he had a close, if brief, relationship during his eighteen-month-long separation from Clara Wieck, whom he was patiently courting. In one of the most important early studies of Schumann’s music, published in the journal Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, Franz Brendel compared this work to ‘a landscape painting in which the foreground gains prominence in sharply delineated, clear contours while the background becomes blurred and vanishes in a limitless perspective’.
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