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Ludwig van Beethoven - Complete Symphonies - Takashi Asahina, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra (2008/2014) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Takashi Asahina, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Beethoven - Complete Symphonies
Genre: Classical
Label: © Exton | Octavia Records Inc., Japan
Release Date: 2008/2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: highresaudio.jp
Duration: 06:34:52
Recorded: 1996-97


"Born on July 9, 1908 in Tokyo, Maestro Asahina taught himself the violin and played in the Kyoto University Law School Orchestra. He graduated at the Kyoto University in 1931 with a law degree because his family insisted on a legal career and he stuck with it for as long as he could. Before he became a professional conductor, he joined an Osaka law firm, worked as a sales clerk in a department store and for the Kankyu railway company. One of his favorite jokes was that he was probably the world's only conductor to have operated a train.
Maestro Asahina founded the Kansai Symphony Orchestra, now the Osaka Philharmonic, and remained as its musical director until he passed away on December 29, 2001 at the age of 93. He started his international career in 1956 which he gave a concert with the Berlin Philharmonic. Asahina met Furtwängler in the early 1950s. Furtwängler discussed his views on conducting Bruckner, and Bruckner became one of Asahina's specialties.
Though Asahina often chose to use slower tempi, he managed to get his orchestra to sustain the line over long phrases. Bar lines disappeared, he conducted in paragraphs, not sentences. His sonority was built from the bottom up, founded on the basses and cellos, and also built around a rich string sound. Although the music had force and power, it was never angular, never overly aggressive. It always had beauty, an inner beauty and even spirituality. --Martin Anderson"
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Anne-Sophie Mutter - Carmen-Fantasie (1993/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Сomposer: Pablo Martin De Sarasate (1844 - 1908), Henryk Wieniawski (1835 - 1880), Giuseppe Tartini (1692 - 1770), Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937), Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912), Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
Artist: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Wiener Philharmoniker, James Levine
Title: Carmen-Fantasie
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 1993/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:06:43
Recorded: 11/1992, Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna


German virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is joined by the Vienna Philharmonic in a performance of Pablo De Sarasate's Carmen Fantasie among others as conducted by James Levine and recorded at Musikverein, Grosser Saal in Vienna in November of 1992.
"Gathered together here is music that Mutter might play as encores after an intense recital or concerto programme. Several were written by composers who were themselves virtuoso violinists, and whose very intention was to test the technical mettle of all who dared to attempt a performance. For some violinists, simply playing the notes would be enough. But being Mutter, these pieces are interpreted with as much care and intelligence as the most profound concerto.
"This may be a feast of lollipops, then, but the flavours are well varied. Two of the works – perhaps the two that are most obviously show-stoppers – are by Pablo de Sarasate, the 19th-century Spanish violin virtuoso. He was considered one of the great violinists of his day, and Bruch, Saint-Saëns and Dvorák were among those who wrote major pieces for him. But he also wrote more than 50 pieces for himself, of which the two recorded here are possibly the best known: the Zigeunerweisen op. 20, which was written in 1878; and the ingenious and technically fiendish “Carmen” Fantasy op. 25. The latter was composed around 1883, when Bizet’s great opera, after its disastrous première-run eight years earlier, had been triumphantly revived in Paris.
"In much the same flamboyant manner, though written 40 years later, is Maurice Ravel’s brilliant showpiece Tzigane. Written for the Hungarian virtuoso Jelly d’Arányi, it was styled very much in the “Hungarian gypsy rhapsody” manner and took as its specific model Paganini’s 24 Caprices." - Richard Morrison
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Andrew Litton - A Tribute to Oscar Peterson (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Andrew Litton
Title: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson
Genre: Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © BIS Records AB
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eclassical.com
Duration: 52:38
Recorded: November 2012 at Potton Hall, Suffolk, England


On his 16th birthday, receiving an LP of Oscar Peterson playing solo, Andrew Litton was ‘hooked’, to use his own term: ‘If I’ve ever experienced anything close to an epiphany, this was it!’ Having had opportunities to hear pianists such as Horowitz, Rubinstein, Richter and Gilels in recital, he was struck by Peterson’s playing: ’the amazing colours and voicing, the feathering of the sustain pedal (only Horowitz had such an astonishing pedal technique!), the achingly beautiful original harmonies…’
Collecting all of Peterson’s recordings and seeking out opportunities to hear him live and meet him in person, over the years Litton realized that the admiration he felt was shared by many of the classical musicians that he met during his ‘day job’ as a conductor.
When he started to come across transcriptions of Peterson’s improvisations made by such musician friends, Litton began collecting and learning them himself. He started with one of his personal favourites, Richard Rodgers’ Little Girl Blue, using it as an encore when making appearances as a pianist – he even played it at a memorial service for his late mother. As he kept learning new improvisations, what Litton himself describes as ‘a dream’ took shape – to record his own performances of some of these transcriptions as a tribute to his hero.
Litton’s selection includes twelve classic songs from recordings spanning four decades, from Thelonius Monk’s ‘Round Midnight and Billy Strayhorn’s Take the ‘A’ Train to Thad Jones’ A Child is Born, and his preparations for this very special recording have if anything deepened his admiration for Peterson: ‘He did things daily at the piano while spontaneously improvising that the rest of us spend a lifetime trying to achieve.’
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Beethoven, Mendelssohn - Violin Concertos - Viktoria Mullova, John Eliot Gardiner (2003/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Artist: Viktoria Mullova, John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Title: Beethoven, Mendelssohn - Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2003/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 68:15
Recorded: June 2002 at The Colosseum, Watford, United Kingdom


Viktoria Mullova and John Eliot Gardiner: Mullova, a strong-toned, intense, and very virtuosic Russian violinist living in the West, an individualist without a trace of idiosyncrasy and a expressivist without a trace of sentimentality, and Gardiner, a superb proponent of period instruments who's out of his depths with passionate expressivity, an excellent exponent of Handel and Bach who's over his head with Beethoven or Berlioz, a conducting collection of idiosyncrasies passing himself off as an interpreter and an amateur passing himself off as an individualist. What could they have to say to each other? At least in this 2002 recording of the Beethoven and Mendelssohn violin concertos, the answer is: nothing good. Mullova is reserved, restrained, and almost reluctant, her tone contracted, her intensity constrained, and her virtuosity constricted. Gardiner leads the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique in an instrumentally colorful but ultimately lax and soporific accompaniment. Together, Mullova and Gardiner turn in a pair of tepid and timid performances with only Mullova's fiery and passionate performances of Ottavio Dantone's cadenzas to the Beethoven concerto to make the disc worth hearing. Philips' sound is a little too reverberant and oddly empty. --James Leonard, AllMusic
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Barbra Streisand - Classical Barbra (1976/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Barbra Streisand
Title: Classical Barbra
Genre: Clasical, Vocal, Pop
Label: © Columbia Masterworks | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1976/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:40:09


Barbra Streisand is one of the most distinguished pop singers of our generation. She showed there was no limit to her talents when she released Classical Barbra. The masterpiece is her groundbreaking classical crossover album from 1976. It made a definitive statement in the classical music realm. Glenn Gould praised her voice as “one of the natural wonders of the age, an instrument of infinite diversity and timbral resource.” It remains one of the first and still one of the greatest records we know today as “classical crossover.” Nominated for Best Classical Performance – Vocal Soloist at the GRAMMYS®, the album would go on to be certified gold. The work now includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks: “An Sylvia, D.891” and “Auf dem wasser zu singen, D.774.” Joined by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra led by Claus Ogerman, Streisand performs in English, French, Italian, Latin and German. It features art songs and arias by a range of European composers from Handel and Schumann to Debussy and Faure. Absolutely essential.
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Ana Belen, Victor Manuel - Canciones Regaladas (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz


Artist: Ana Belen, Victor Manuel
Title: Canciones Regaladas
Genre: Pop, Latin Pop, Vocal Pop
Label: © Legacy Recordings | Sony Music Spain
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:51:18


Ana Belén and Víctor Manuel are back with an sensational album. It's been 30 years they recorded their last album “Para la ternura siempre hay tiempo / There is always time for tenderness”. Now, they come back with confidence and strength with “Canciones regaladas / Gift songs”, 12 beautiful and extraordinary songs written by Rubén Blades, Leonard Cohen, José Alfredo Jiménez, Carlos Berlanga, Chico Buarque, Astor Piazzolla, Billy Joel or José Alfonso.
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Amy Winehouse - Back To Black (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Amy Winehouse
Title: Back To Black
Genre: Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Neo-Soul
Label: © Island Records
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 35:56
Recorded: Dapking Studios, Chung King Studios, Metropolis Studios, Daptone Studios, Allido



The story of Back to Black is one in which celebrity and the potential of commercial success threaten to ruin Amy Winehouse, since the same insouciance and playfulness that made her sound so special when she debuted could easily have been whitewashed right out of existence for this breakout record. (That fact may help to explain why fans were so scared by press allegations that Winehouse had deliberately lost weight in order to present a slimmer appearance.) Although Back to Black does see her deserting jazz and wholly embracing contemporary R&B, all the best parts of her musical character emerge intact, and actually, are all the better for the transformation from jazz vocalist to soul siren. With producer Salaam Remi returning from Frank, plus the welcome addition of Mark Ronson (fresh off successes producing for Christina Aguilera and Robbie Williams), Back to Black has a similar sound to Frank but much more flair and spark to it. Winehouse was inspired by girl group soul of the '60s, and fortunately Ronson and Remi are two of the most facile and organic R&B producers active. (They certainly know how to evoke the era too; Remi's "Tears Dry on Their Own" is a sparkling homage to the Motown chestnut "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," and Ronson summons a host of Brill Building touchstones on his tracks.) As before, Winehouse writes all of the songs from her experiences, most of which involve the occasionally riotous and often bittersweet vagaries of love. Also in similar fashion to Frank, her eye for details and her way of relating them are delightful. She states her case against "Rehab" on the knockout first single with some great lines: "They tried to make me go to rehab I won't go go go, I'd rather be at home with Ray" (Charles, that is). As often as not, though, the songs on Back to Black are universal, songs that anyone, even Joss Stone, could take to the top of the charts, such as "Love Is a Losing Game" or the title song ("We only said good bye with words, I died a hundred times/You go back to her, and I go back to black"). --John Bush
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Andrea Bocelli - Sogno (1999/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Andrea Bocelli
Title: Sogno
Genre: Classical, Vocal Pop, Classical Crossover, Opera
Label: © Sugar Music
Release Date: 1999/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 60:30
Recorded: Clock Studio, Studio Mobile Fonoprint, Fonoprint


Andrea Bocelli earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1999 with the release of Sogno, despite it being his fifth album. With worldwide sales exceeding 10 million copies this remains one of Bocelli's most successful commercial releases. Includes the Academy Award nominated song The Prayer, a duet with Celine Dion from the movie soundtrack Quest For Camelot.
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Adam Lambert - The Original High (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Adam Lambert
Title: The Original High
Genre: Pop
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 50:20
Recorded: 2014–15; Stockholm, Sweden


Multi-platinum-selling, singer/songwriter Adam Lambert will release his highly anticipated third studio album THE ORIGINAL HIGH on June 16th, 2015 through Warner Bros. Records. Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden and Los Angeles, California with Max Martin and Shellback as executive producers (Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Pink, etc.), THE ORIGINAL HIGH displays a fresh sound for Lambert, and includes collaborations with Tove Lo and Brian May from Queen.
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The Beach Boys - Surfin' USA (1963/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: Surfin' USA
Genre: Pop Rock, Surf Rock, Sunshine Pop, Rock & Roll
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1963/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 49:13
Recorded: June 13, 1962; January 5 – February 12 1963; Capitol Studios and United Western Recorders, Hollywood



Newly remastered for vinyl and in hi-res by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, Surfin' USA is presented here in both mono and stereo.
The stereo editions of Surfin’ USA were originally mixed in stereo by their own preferred engineer, Chuck Britz, ostensibly under the group’s supervision.
“Brian may or may not have been present for those mixing sessions — evidence suggests that he trusted Chuck’s skills enough to let him prepare those mixes on his own — but the group held onto their multitrack tapes and delivered stereo masters to Capitol, rather than allowing Capitol to prepare their own stereo versions. Later, when Brian was only delivering mono masters, Capitol would prepare the Duophonic pseudo stereo editions for the stereo market,” says Alan Boyd, producer and Beach Boys’ archivist.
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