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Oscar Peterson Trio - West Side Story (1962/2014) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson Trio
Title: West Side Story
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Modal, Mainstream Jazz, Cast Recordings, Piano Jazz
Label: © Verve Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1962/2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 35:24
Recorded: New York City, Jan. 24 & 25, 1962

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

One of the first Broadway musical scores to be overtly jazz-influenced was Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, a tale of rival street gangs in the inner city. In 1962, pianist Oscar Peterson put his light-swing signature on the already popular score, making it, in the words of one critic, "a delight to hear again" and earning him a Grammy nomination.
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Ophelie Gaillard - Alvorada (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Ophélie Gaillard
Title: Alvorada
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté/Little Tribeca
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:49:07
Recorded: septembre 2014 à Paris

ALVORADA or the invitation to the voyage of cellist Ophélie Gaillard and her magical cello, a musical tour from Spain to Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Cuba) featuring, in particular, the composers Villa-Lobos, Granados, Piazzolla and Jobim.
In an exceptional mixture of classical pieces and arrangements of the greatest themes of this intense music, the cello sings with the bandoneon, dances with the piano, guitar or percussion, and abandons itself in amorous intimacy with the voices.
ALVORADA immerses us in a sound universe where the feverish energy of the rhythms of this Hispanic and South-American music entrances us and from which a sensual nostalgia responds to a dizzying tango. All the senses are aroused when hearing these spellbinding songs and rhythms.
The colour of the sun, from dawn to dusk, is found in the clever alternation of these enchanting, universal pieces.
All the exceptional musicians (Sabine Devieilhe, Toquinho, Sandra Rumolino, Juanjo Mosalini, Rudi Flores, Emmanuel Rossfelder, Gabriel Sivak…) participating in the ALVORADA voyage hypnotize and fascinate us, allowing us to accompany them at every instant in the progression of this dream proposed by OPHÉLIE GAILLARD.
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My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: My Morning Jacket
Title: The Waterfall
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Folk, Progressive Rock
Label: © ATO Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 63:15
Recorded: 2015

The first new album from My Morning Jacket in four years, The Waterfall was created for the most part live in the studio, with minimal rehearsal or advance preparation. Recorded near Stinson Beach in scenic Northern California, the environment and natural beauty was so inspirational the band came up with enough material for two full albums, the second scheduled to be released in 2016. This deluxe edition includes four bonus tracks, including an alternate mix of Compound Fracture and a demo of Only Memories Remain.

"For me, every record has the spirit of where we made it. Stinson Beach was so psychedelic and focused. It was almost like we lived on our own little moon out there. It feels like you're up in the sky." --Jim James, lead singer
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Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mumford & Sons
Title: Wilder Mind
Genre: Rock, Alternative, Indie Folk
Label: © Mumford & Sons | Gentlemen of the Road | Glassnote Entertainment Group
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 48:41
Recorded: 2014–15

Wilder Mind is British rock band Mumford & Sons' third studio album. The record is a follow-up to their previous two successful albums Sign No More and Grammy winning Album of the Year, Babel. The new 12-track Glassnote Records release features singles "Believe" and "The Wolf". The group took a different approach with Wilder Mind, leaving out their signature acoustic instrumentals (more specifically their highly featured banjo), yet the band states the songwriting remains the same. This is sure to be another masterful record from these London natives.
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Muddy Waters - Folk Singer (1964/2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Muddy Waters
Title: Folk Singer
Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues, Delta Blues
Label: © Chess Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1964/2011 (LPS-1483/CAPB 1483 SA)
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: acousticsounds
Duration: 40:33.893
Recorded: September 1963, Tel Mar Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois

There are a handful of landmark albums in any genre. In the blues, one of them is Muddy Waters' Folk Singer. Originally released in 1964, Folk Singer was the only acoustic album Waters ever recorded, thus becoming the first and perhaps best blues concept album ever. Muddy of course started out playing acoustic blues in the Delta, and he's clearly very comfortable in this return to his roots, which was designed to appeal to the mid-1960s surge of interest in folk music.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphonies Nos. 35-41 - Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Bohm (1995/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm
Title: Mozart - Symphonies Nos. 35-41
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1960/1962//1995/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 02:26:46
Recorded: (#36, 39) February 1966, (#35, 38) October 1959, (#40) December 1961, (#41) March 1962 at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany

These performances come from the first ever complete set of the Mozart symphonies, dating from the 1960s, and they still represent 'big orchestra' Mozart at its most congenial. The contrast here between Bohm's sparkling Mozart, both elegant and vigorous, and the much smoother view taken by Karajan with the same orchestra, works almost entirely in Bohm's favour. Interpretatively, these are performances very much of their time, with exposition repeats the exception (as in the first movement of No. 40) and with Minuets taken at what now seem lumbering speeds. Yet slow movements flow easily, and finales bounce along infectiously. Consistently they convey the happy ease of Bohm in Mozart, even if the recording is beefy by today's standards, not as transparent as one now expects in this repertory, whether on modern or period instruments.
There is some inconsistency between the different recordings, all made in the Jesus-Christus Kirche in Berlin between 1959 and 1966. The best sound comes from the sessions in 1966 for the Linz and No. 39 – satisfyingly full with no edginess on violins – and the least good from 1959 for the Prague, where high violins sound rather fizzy. Yet the very precision of the CD transfers encourages one to highlight such points. In practice most collectors will find the sound more than acceptable enough in all six symphonies to convey the warmth of Bohm in Mozart without distraction. Peter Cosse contributes an informative note on Bohm, rightly bringing out his ''natural, unforced approach to Mozart'', but much of the booklet is given over to advertising the other issues in The Originals series. After all, what harm is there in encouraging nostalgia by making the CDs look like vintage LPs and by reproducing the original sleeve designs? --Edward Greenfield, Gramophone
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 19 - Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Bohm (1976/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker,, Karl Böhm
Title: Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 19
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1976//1984/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Duration: 00:55:10
Recorded: April 1976 at Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Wien, Austria

[One] of the best versions of these works we have had in recent years... [O]ne could say that in general Pollini is a shade more open and direct in his projection of the solo part than Perahia, so that there are times when he suggests a greater freshness of feeling... Pollini is robuster in the finales, more overtly brilliant... Comments such as these are inadequate to pin down the qualities of...magnificent artists at the top of their form... --Gramophone

. . . la version de Maurizio Pollini, d'un luxe sonore inoui, présente une synthèse entre les grandes versions symphoniques et les approches chambristes, entre la simplicité de chant et la maîtrise supérieure de la forme . . . Il faudra attendre Wilhelm Kempff et la stéréo pour qu'enfin justice soit rendue à un ancien. La tendresse, la clarté, le style déclamatoire du pianiste sont incomparable. --Bertrand Dermoncourt, Classica - Repertoire

Pollini plays with classical poise and clarity, and the accompaniment, from Karl Böhm and the Vienna Philharmonic, is very lively . . . as a Mozartian he was almost faultless. --David Mellor, Mail on Sunday
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Claudio Monteverdi - Vespers of 1610 - The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Artist: The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Title: Monteverdi - Vespers of 1610
Genre: Classical, Baroque, Choral
Label: © Coro/The Sixteen Productions Ltd.
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:46:02
Recorded: St Augustine’s Church, Kilburn, London, 31 March – 3 April 2014

Following the success of their Monteverdi Selva morale e spirituale recordings, The Sixteen and Harry Christophers release a work often classed as one of the most significant collections of sacred music ever written: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. It is a work grand in conception and structure; revolutionary techniques established in his secular music, such as recitar cantando - speak through singing - are brought to the church platform with stunning effect.
Harry writes: 'Its variety alone makes it unique – thrilling psalm settings with virtuosic writing for both multi-part choir and instrumentalists to exotic and sensual settings of texts from the Song of Songs for solo voices. Every movement is full of luscious harmonies, drama and an evocative musical language which is so beautifully constructed for all concerned.'
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Molly Johnson - Because Of Billie (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Molly Johnson
Title: Because Of Billie
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © SFE Music
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 59:52

Renowned Canadian multi-genre chanteuse Molly Johnson sixth studio album, Because Of Billie is out now! “For years, people have said to me, ‘You are so much like Billie Holliday,’” says Johnson by way of explanation for this ambitious and also deeply personal project, presenting 14 songs of Lady Day’s cherished standards. “My response has been ‘No, I am because of Billie.” During the recording, Molly looked to infuse this project with her idol’s spirit, preparing the songs emotionally and technically so many could be recorded in one take. “Billie and her generation were the civil rights movement, they moved forward. That generation sacrificed and died for my privilege.

Recorded in Toronto with producers John Bailey and Mike Downes, Johnson wanted to infuse Because Of Billie with her idol’s spirit, preparing the songs emotionally and technically so many could be recorded in one take.

Billie Holiday’s journey inspires Johnson not only as an artist, but as a model citizen. “Billie and her generation were the civil rights movement,” Johnson notes. “Her generation sacrificed for my privilege and I am honour-bound to them. I love history. I love to look back while pushing forward.”
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Mahan Esfahani - Time Present and Time Past (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725), Henryk Gorecki (1933–2010), Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), Francesco Geminiani (1687–1762), Steve Reich (1936-), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Artist: Mahan Esfahani
Title: Time Present and Time Past
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:13:46
Recorded: Cologne, Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, 9/2014

Mahan Esfahani’s new album“Time Present and Time Past” is an eclectic programme fusing Baroque with Minimalism – and the first harpsichord album DG has released in over 30 years!
Gramophone Award winner Mahan explores the relationship between two musical genres which are 300 years apart, yet emphasizing its similarities by playing all pieces on period instruments – which has never been done before with the Reich and Gorecki pieces.
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