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Maurice Ravel - Piano Concertos - Samson Francois, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Andre Cluytens (1960/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Artist: Samson François, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, André Cluytens
Title: Ravel - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1960/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:44
Recorded: 1960


Legendary pianist Samson Francois conjures exciting readings of works by Ravel. His performances display his full artistry and masterful technique, exposing the works’ rich colors. This audiophile download is an absolute essential.

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Giacomo Puccini - Manon Lescaut - Ana Maria Martinez, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Artist: Ana María Martínez, Andrea Bocelli, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Coro de la Generalitat Valenciana, Plácido Domingo
Title: Puccini - Manon Lescaut
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:58:10
Recorded: February 2014, Palau de les Arts, Reina Sofia, Valencia, Spain


Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with Ana María Martínez, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Coro de la Generalitat Valenciana and conductor Plácido Domingo is the dark story of love, betrayal, jealousy and death. Manon calls for dramatic, forceful performances and gets the full treatment here in this new studio recording.
The story of the doomed heroine Manon Lescaut has inspired more than one composer, but is perhaps most passionately portrayed in Puccini’s opera, written just ten years after Massenet’s Manon. A grim story of love, betrayal, jealousy and death, it calls for dramatic, forceful performance, and gets the full treatment here in this new studio recording starring Andrea Bocelli.
Now Bocelli brings the full weight of his emotionally charged personality to the tragic role of Puccini’s Des Grieux.
Manon Lescaut was Puccini’s third opera but was the first to bring him European fame. It was based on the eighteenth-century novel by the Abbé Prévost which had already been used as a source for operas by Auber in 1856 and, more famously, by Massenet (with Manon) in 1884. As far as possible Puccini’s libretto avoided scenes already used by Massenet and was the work of a number of hands, including Ruggero Leoncavallo, Giulio Ricordi (Puccini’s publisher) and Puccini himself. But the chief credit must undoubtedly go to Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, the future librettists of La Bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly. The opera was first produced at the Teatro Regio, Turin, in February 1893 and achieved an immediate success. After the London premiere in 1894 George Bernard Shaw, then a music critic, wrote the prophetic words: “Puccini looks to me more like the heir to Verdi than any of his rivals”.
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Powerhouse - In an Ambient Way (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Powerhouse
Title: In an Ambient Way
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Chesky Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 52:07
Recorded: December 1st, 2014 at the Hirsch Center in Brooklyn, NY.


Not only is the texture of the room taken into consideration for the choice of music, but also the prime placement of each instrument within the matrix of the captured sound, all of which added to the input of inspiration that makes the music more alive and interactive.
In an Ambient Way embraces many elements of the jazz world: the perpetual idea of using technology to improve the world around you that Miles Davis made so clear; the continuation of the generational passing of knowledge through actual living situations; the spontaneous nature of improvised music; and, above all, the desire to discover new things, to improve, develop and add a new dimension to the listening experience for all lovers of music.
Part of the Chesky Binaural + Series, all recorded with a single microphone, the group appears right before you with this spacious, lush and multi-dimensional recording. Now headphone users will hear the same three-dimensional sound and imaging as audiophiles have for the past 25 years with Chesky Recordings. Also these new Binaural+ Series albums capture even more spatial realism for the home audiophile market, bringing you one step closer to the actual event. You will hear some of the most natural and pure cool jazz ever recorded.
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Piltch & Davis + Friends - Take One (1996/2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Piltch & Davis + Friends
Title: Take One
Genre: Jazz
Label: © 2xHD
Release Date: 1996/2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 40:54
Recorded and mixed at McClear Pathe, Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 25th, 26th, 27th, 30th, July 1st and 2nd, 1996


Bassist David Piltch and pianist Aaron Davis, veterans of Holly Cole's trio, recorded their first album together in 1996 live off the floor with musical friends including David's brother, the accomplished guitarist Rob Piltch and fellow Holly Cole band member Kevin Breit. Piltch and Davis composed most of these tunes, either individually or together; the album is rounded out with a Steve Earle cover, Kirsty MacColl's Last Day of Summer and the traditional folk song Black Is the Colour (Of My True Love's Hair).
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Phish - Lawn Boy (1990/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Phish
Title: Lawn Boy
Genre: Rock, Jam, Jazz Fusion
Label: © JEMP Records
Release Date: 1990/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 47:48
Recorded: May-December 1989, Archer Studios, Winooski, Vermont

Lawn Boy is Phish's second official studio album, released on September 21, 1990, on the Absolute A Go Go Records and Rough Trade labels. Vinyl LPs of the original Absolute A Go Go release are still known to circulate. The album was re-released by Elektra Records on June 30, 1992.
The songs on Lawn Boy include many of the progressive rock and fusion elements featured on the band's first studio album, Junta, as well as incorporating elements of bluegrass, jazz and barbershop quartet.
The music for "Bathtub Gin" was written by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio with lyrics by the band's friend Suzannah Goodman. The lyrics are reprinted "by permission of Bret and Wendy" according to the liner notes, and the album version quotes George Gershwin's classical-jazz standard "Rhapsody in Blue".
The album was certified gold by the RIAA on July 7, 2004.
In February 2009, Lawn Boy became available as a download in FLAC and MP3 formats at LivePhish.com.
JEMP Records will released "Lawn Boy" on Record Store Day 2013 as a Limited Edition Deluxe 2-LP vinyl set. The LE Deluxe 2-LP vinyl set is limited to 7,500 individually numbered copies and was created from the original 1/4" stereo master reels with lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Each LP is pressed onto 180g audiophile grade vinyl. Deluxe packaging includes an 8-page photo booklet and an etched D-side. ~wikipedia
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Phish - Junta (1989/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Phish
Title: Junta
Genre: Jam, jazz fusion, neo-psychedelia, progressive rock, avant-garde, experimental rock
Label: © JEMP Records
Release Date: 1989/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 1:24:27
Recorded: Euphoria Sound Studios in Revere, Massachusetts, 1988


Junta is the first official studio release from the American rock band Phish. The album was independently recorded at Euphoria Sound Studio, now known as Sound & Vision Media, in Revere, MA by engineer Gordon Hookailo. Some of the recording was documented on video tape by studio owner Howard Cook. The recording was released on tape in 1988, and did not appear in stores officially until May 8, 1989. The album was re-released by Elektra Records on October 26, 1992. The album is named after Ben "Junta" Hunter, the band's first official manager/agent, whose nickname is pronounced with a "hard" J and a "short" U. In addition to a few more traditionally structured songs, Junta contains symphonic-like epics and multi-part progressive rock suites. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on October 9, 1997, and was certified platinum on July 7, 2004.
On February 13, 2012, it was announced that Junta would be released on vinyl for the first time on April 21, 2012 as Limited Edition Deluxe 3-LP vinyl set, as part of Record Store Day. The LE Deluxe 3-LP vinyl set is limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies. The vinyl release was created from the original stereo master reels with lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, and pressed onto 180g audiophile grade vinyl and includes a free MP3 download of the entire album (transferred from the new vinyl master). Chris Bellman also made two digital transfers from the original stereo master reels, one recorded at 24 bit / 96 kHz, and a second digital transfer recorded at 24 bit / 192 kHz. These digital files were sold at HDTracks. Interestingly, on this new release "Contact" is over a minute longer than in previous releases.
"Union Federal", "Sanity", and "Icculus" did not appear on the original cassette release, but rather only on the Elektra version, which had extra space on the CD format.[4] "Union Federal" was
taken from a jam session, while "Sanity" and "Icculus" were recorded live on July 25, 1988. There was a mix up in adding them to the Elektra version post-date, so the May 3, 1988 date inside the album notes is incorrect. The 2009 LivePhish.com digital download also contained these three extra tracks, while the 2012 re-releases did not contain the extra tracks, as these were not
part of the original album's stereo master reels.
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Oscar Peterson Trio - A Jazz Portrait Of Frank Sinatra (1959/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson Trio
Title: A Jazz Portrait Of Frank Sinatra
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Piano Jazz
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1959(MGV 8334)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 34:43
Recorded: Paris, France, May 18, 1959


This tribute album to Frank Sinatra was recorded and released by Oscar Peterson in 1959, the same year the pianist issued several other tribute albums to specific composers. Featuring his trio of the day, Ray Brown on double bass and Ed Thigpen on drums, this is a swinging set of some of the songs closely associated with the Chairman of the Board.
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Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson Plays Porgy And Bess (1959/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson
Title: Oscar Peterson Plays Porgy And Bess
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Piano Jazz
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1959(MGV 8340)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 40:58
Recorded: October 12, 1959, Los Angeles, California

George Gershwin's folk opera has been a source of inspiration for countless jazz musicians. This 1959 recording with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen (who had replaced guitarist Herb Ellis the previous year) features some of Peterson's most impassioned and bluesy playing. With the addition of a drummer, he was liberated from rhythm duties to become the trio's dominant solo voice. Producer Norman Granz, who frequently featured Peterson in his Jazz at the Philharmonic all-star tours of the 1950s, had the musicians work out the arrangements in the studio with a minimum of rehearsal. That freshness of conception can still be sensed today.
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Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie (1955/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson
Title: Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Piano Jazz
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1955(MGC 708)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 44:49
Recorded: Los Angeles, CA, December 27, 1955

This 1955 release finds pianist Oscar Peterson delving into the Count Basie songbook, one of several albums Peterson recorded in the 1950s dedicated to specific composers. He is surrounded by a stunning line-up of talent here, namely Ray Brown on double bass, guitarist Herb Ellis and legendary drummer Buddy Rich.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Horn Concertos - Dennis Brain, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (1954/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Dennis Brain, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Mozart - Horn Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1954/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 53:56
Recorded: November 12, 13, and 23rd 1953, in Kingsway Hall, London


Extraordinary horn player Dennis Brain is joined by Herbert von Karajan and the Philharmonia Orchestra as the ensemble renders riveting adaptations of Mozart’s four horn concertos. His unmistakable and immediately recognizable tone has made Brain an ideal Mozartian. Dubbed by Boyd Neel as one of the finest Mozart players of his generation, this collection exemplifies Brain’s unworldly virtuosity.
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