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The Beach Boys - Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Genre: Pop Rock, Rock & Roll, Baroque Pop, Sunshine Pop
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 27:14
Recorded: February 24, March 4–20, June 4, 1965, United Western Recorders, Gold Star Studios, and CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood


Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) is the ninth studio album by American rock band The Beach Boys, released on July 5, 1965. Today is the 50th anniversary of Summer Days (and Summer Nights!), released the day after USA independence day and featuring only the Wilson brothers and Mike Love on the cover -Al apparently had the ‘flu. Summer Days can be seen as the Beach Boys classic “pop” album. While today was noted for its innovative use of the studio and “confessional” lyrics, Summer Days can be seen as a more up-tempo effort that is best known for the two massive hits, Help Me Rhonda and California Girls. Although much of the first part of the album is fairly lightweight and pop-oriented, this section does include the excellent Beatles pastiche Girls Don’t Tell Me..
The second part of the album does include two further milestones on the route to Pet Sounds, the lush instrumental Summer Means New Love and the ornate and lyrically deep Let Him Run Wild. And Your Dream Comes True is also a beautiful a-capella closer that captures the magic of summer and the mid-60s Beach Boys. If it is a bit of a holding operation- remember we are only two records away from Pet Sounds, it still shows Brian and the Beach Boys as masters of the pop scene .
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The Beach Boys - Little Deuce Coupe (1963/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: Little Deuce Coupe
Genre: Pop Rock, Rock & Roll, Surf, Hot Rod
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1963/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 25:43
Recorded: April 19, 1962, January 5, July 12 & 16, September 2, 1963, United Western Recorders, Hollywood


Newly remastered for vinyl and in hi-res by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, Little Deuce Coupe is presented here in stereo.
Released just one month after the Surfer Girl album, Little Deuce Coupe was, incredibly, the Beach Boys' fourth album in less than a year. Brian Wilson and the band responded by turning in arguably their most consistent effort to date — and a concept album, to boot.
Little Deuce Coupe expanded the band's subject matter to encompass 1963 America's burgeoning love affair with hot rods, surrounding previously released cuts such as the title track, "409," and others with strong new material (much of it cowritten by Wilson and a DJ, Roger Christian). A highpoint: the a cappella James Dean tribute "A Young Man Is Gone" (a reworking of Bobby Troup's beautiful "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring"), a prime example of Wilson's arranging genius and the band's vocal prowess. "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring" had been a standard for the vocal group The Four Freshmen, whose lush and distinctive jazz-based vocal arrangements had a huge influence on Brian's musical development.
Apart from Surfin' Safari, which was mono only, the Beach Boys did turn in stereo masters on all of their early albums up until 1965.
The stereo editions of Surfin' USA, Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, Shut Down Vol. 2, All Summer Long, Beach Boys Christmas Album and Beach Boys Concert were all 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.
The Beach Boys' practice of double-tracking their vocals really lends itself to stereo mixes. Split left and right, as they are on a lot of those early stereo versions, those doubled vocal parts can really envelop the listener, surrounding them with Wilsons, Loves and Jardines!
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The Beach Boys - Beach Boys' Party! (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: Beach Boys' Party!
Genre: Pop Rock, AM Pop, Frat Rock, Sunshine Pop, Rock & Roll
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 31:07
Recorded: September 8–27, 1965 at United Western Recorders, Hollywood


Newly remastered for vinyl and in hi-res by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, Beach Boys Party! is presented here in stereo.
The album is the tenth by the band, and featured the hit single "Barbara Ann". The album peaked at #6 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and although it was recorded in a studio, was meant to sound like it was an impromptu live recording of a party.
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Dmitri Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphony No. 10 - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
Artist: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons
Title: Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphony No. 10
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:04:50
Recorded: Boston, Symphony Hall, 4/2015


In their inaugural release on Deutsche Grammophon, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Andris Nelsons are heard in live performances of Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from his opera "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk."
This album is the first in a series of five live-performance CDs entitled "Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow," to encompass the composer's symphonies 5-10 and other works written in the period from the mid-1930s, when Shostakovich fell from Stalin's favor, to 1953, the year of the dictator's death. The goal of this new BSO/DG partnership is a complete Shostakovich cycle led by Andris Nelsons, one of today's most exciting young conductors, and among the last of his generation to train under the Soviet musical tradition.
Symphonies 5, 8, and 9, plus Shostakovich's incidental music to "Hamlet," will be recorded during the BSO's 2015-16 season and released in a two-CD set in 2016. In summer 2017, a second two-disc set will include Symphonies 6 and 7 and incidental music from the composer's Suite from "King Lear."
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Franz Schubert - Piano Sonata D568; 6 Moments musicaux - Mitsuko Uchida (2001) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Mitsuko Uchida
Title: Schubert - Piano Sonata D568; 6 Moments musicaux
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2001/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:07:32
Recorded: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, August 2001


This is the penultimate issue in Mitsuko Uchida’s eight-album series, and thanks to her magical recreation of the E flat Sonata I’m already inclined to regard it as one of the best. Let me not make an exaggerated claim for the piece: it comes near the beginning of Schubert’s 12 completed piano sonatas, and the later ones are of course played more often because they’re greater. But this one is an enchantment, and weighing in at 31 minutes, as it does here, it sits proudly as the first of his grand four-movement sonatas, fully achieved and characteristic, purposeful and confident in the space it makes for itself.

It is subtler in its expression, too, than some commentators would have us believe, with the sunny disposition of its outer movements being constantly inflected and made more attractive by passing inflections and local areas of darker harmonic colour. The journey through it is delightful, with lots of incident. The Menuetto third movement was an addition after Schubert reworked his three-movement original which was in D flat major, a tone lower.

How characteristic of Uchida to make you want to celebrate the music, first of all. She inhabits it completely, and her preferred Steinway for Schubert, and this recording of it – at the Musikverein in Vienna, in the main auditorium – are at one with her endeavour, perfectly judged in what they bring to it, part of the focus. In the Sonata I would not have anything different. In the Moments musicaux, however, it is possible to question the weight with which almost every phrase and paragraph are invested – perhaps some of the rhythmic freedom too – while being carried through by the power of Uchida’s vision and her technical control. Carried through, yes, but borne along? This is magnificent playing and I submit willingly and with wonderment to a presentation of these pieces with a richly detailed ‘interior’ quality and a proto-Mahlerian panoply of sound.

But to enjoy her to the full you do have to accept Uchida’s slow tempi and to a projection of the expression which is painstaking to the point (some might feel) of laboriousness, especially with all the repeats. Nearly a quarter-of-an-hour has gone by before we get to No 3, the ‘Air russe’, and No 6, the last of the cycle, lasts not far short of 11 minutes. C’est bon, mais c’est long. It is spellbinding, but I do find myself missing, by the end, the kind of lyrical impulse that is delivered on the breath and touches you swiftly and directly. No singer could push Schubert as far as Uchida does – but so what? A stunning record nonetheless, and perhaps one to feel quite possessive about. --Gramophone Magazine
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Franz Schubert - Fantasie D-Dur, Rondo h-Moll, Sonate A-Dur - Carolin Widmann, Alexander Lonquich (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Carolin Widmann, Alexander Lonquich
Title: Schubert - Fantasie D-Dur, Rondo h-Moll, Sonate A-Dur
Genre: Classical
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:01:56
Recorded: October 2010, Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt


Carolin Widmann, who received praise and awards both for her accounts of Schumann’s violin sonatas and for the recital disc “Phantasy of Spring” (with music of Feldman, Zimmermann, Schoenberg and Xenakis) now applies her acute interpretive sensibilities to Franz Schubert. Widmann and Alexander Lonquich (whose own New Series disc with music of Schumann and Holliger was also a critical success) play the C-Major Fantasy of 1827 and the Violin Sonata in A-Major of 1817, as well as the B-minor Rondo of 1826 (the only one of these works published in Schubert’s lifetime). This is duo playing at a very high level, as Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich emphasizes in the liner notes: “Not once does Carolin Widmann and Alexander Lonquich’s intelligent and empathetic reading devolve into the trivial state of music for a domineering violin with piano accompaniment. Instead we are treated to a magically iridescent poem of changing colours, melodies and counterpoints.”
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