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Lyn Stanley - Potions: From The 50's (2014) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Lyn Stanley
Title: Potions: From The 50's
Genre: Jazz, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © A.T. Music
Release Date: 2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:59:39
Recorded at Capitol Recording Studios (Hollywood CA), Avatar Studios (NYC, NY), LAFx (Burbank, CA). Mastered by Bernie Grundman, Bernie Grundman Mastering.


A former USA amateur ballroom dance Pro/Am champion who was discovered by world-class jazz legend, pianist Paul Smith, best known as Ella Fitzgerald’s accompanist/conductor, Lyn Stanley’s unique voice has been described as "beautiful, rich in low tones," with "phrasing and storytelling that makes her music very personal." Her dancing background adds a special feel few artists can deliver and she became an instant international success with her critically acclaimed 2013 debut standards album, Lost In Romance.
Armed with more audio knowledge than most singers, Stanley takes the ultimate leap into analog recording with her new album Potions and its 1950s theme - an era when analog was king. The album was helmed by world renowned jazz pianist/composer and producer Kenny Werner and features arrangements from Werner, Bill Cunliffe, Mike Lang, Steve Rawlins and Tamir Hendelman. Returning to the elements that made her first album so successful she again enlists Al Schmitt, this time as both the recording and mixing engineer along with Bernie Grundman for mastering the album.
The end result, the stunning Potions (From the 50s), is a brilliant collection of classic songs written in the 1950s and drawn from a broad palette of jazz, popular hits, blues, country, R&B and doo-wop (and one very special Gershwin classic in a bonus track). Some are delivered in a similar context to the originals, others are uniquely conceived in unexpected fashion, but all of them are pure Lyn Stanley – captivating, imaginative and singular.
The album contains 15 tracks - 12 of the tracks are pure analog from musicians through vocals, mixing and mastering. Two of the 15 tracks were original musician and vocal recordings in ProTools (PCM-192/32bit). This high level is considered to be comparable to analog to some engineers and not many vocalists utilize this higher level of recording due to its sensitivity. One of the 15 tracks is a hybrid of musician and vocal tracks using 24 track analog tape and ProTools PCM (192/32bit). Every song on the album was mixed in and mastered in analog tape.
The album is initially to be released onn vinyl as a 180g 45RPM 2LP-set. It will be pressed by Record Technology Incorporated who began the platting process of the initial mastered lacquers within two hours of their completion by Bernie Grundman. The album will also be produced as a Hybrid SACD by Sony DADC’s plant in Austria. But all the technological resources at hand cannot produce great music without great artistry. And that quality is in abundance on this remarkable recording, with remarkable musicianship, brilliant arrangements and inspired concepts for every song - a perfect recipe for a thoroughly enchanting album.
The major credit must go to Ms. Stanley’s radiant vocal artistry. Her flawless intonation and sumptuous warmth combine with a full bodied resonance throughout her extensive range. Her lyrics – precisely enunciated, perfectly phrased and vividly rhythmic – tell her stories not only through the words, but in the emotional content with which she sings them, and with a grace and sensuality that coats every syllable she sings with a fluidity that is simply mesmerizing.
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Felix Mendelssohn - Songs without Words - Walter Gieseking (1956/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Artist: Walter Gieseking
Title: Mendelssohn - Songs without Words
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1956/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 00:48:40
Recorded: No.3 Studio, Abbey Road, London 1956/09/21-23


'Gieseking achieved a paradox with these recordings: he devoted so much care to them that they seem absolutely artless. The pianist who mastered Beethoven's epic edifices also had the modesty to efface himself in front of Mendelssohn's. Not once does he say, "Look at me!" or "Now I'm going to show you how beautiful this is." He simply plays the music without condescension or apology. However, this is not to say that his interpretations are simple! On the surface, Gieseking is depicting the jolly mischief of Shakespeare's spirit, but on a lower level, Gieseking finds the darker colors that hint at the possibility, not necessarily realized, of a more maleficent disposition. And perhaps Mendelssohn's miniatures are less emotionally complex but even here, Gieseking goes beyond their pretty surface and exposes their true Romanticism.' --Raymond Tuttle, Classical Net
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Mel Torme with The Marty Paich Orchestra - Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley (1960/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Mel Tormé with The Marty Paich Orchestra
Title: Mel Tormé Swings Shubert Alley
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Stage & Screen, Traditional Pop, Big Band, Swing
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1960(MGVS 6146)/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 39:06
Recorded: Los Angeles, CA, January 21, February 4, 11, 1960

About the Mastering :: Mastering was completed by Kevin Reeves at Sterling Sound NYC, using the original 1/4" analog masters from the Verve Records vault. The masters were played on a modified Studer A820 with Wolke Butterfly heads and converted to digital at 192khz/24bit resolution using the DCS 904 converter and Sterling’s proprietary mastering systems. As always, the most direct signal path was maintained throughout the mastering process.

The iconic Mel Torme, one of jazz’s most phenomenal vocalists, delivered a masterpiece with his 1960 recording, Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley. One of his several collaborations with exquisite pianist/arranger Marty Paich, Torme swung hard with this loud and fast collection of Broadway standards. With his exuberant and husky vocals, Torme tackles classics like “Too Close For Comfort,” “Too Darn Hot” and “Old Devil Moon.” The album finds Torme in top form and is a must own for any audiophile who loves vocal jazz at its finest.
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Alberic Magnard - Complete Chamber Music - Laurent Wagschal, Solenne Paidassi, Camille Thomas, Quatuor Elysee, Ensemble Initium (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Albéric Magnard (1865-1914)
Artist: Laurent Wagschal, Solenne Païdassi, Camille Thomas, Quatuor Élysée, Ensemble Initium
Title: Magnard: Complete Chamber Music
Genre: Classical
Label: © Timpani Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 03:02:52
Recorded: Vincennes, Coeur de ville, Janvier 2014 (Sonate pour violon), Février 2014 (Quintette), Avril 2014 (Sonate pour violoncelle, Trio), Juillet 2014 (Quatuor)


Début septembre 1914, un homme défend seul sa demeure contre des uhlans qui ont pénétré là. Il tire, en tue ou blesse quelques uns. La riposte ne se fait pas attendre : il meurt et sa maison est incendiée, provoquant la disparition d'un bon nombre de partitions. On l'aura reconnu : cet homme, c'est Albéric Magnard.
Un siècle après, Timpani lui rend hommage en éditant un coffret reprenant l'intégralité de sa musique de chambre.
Pour cela un plateau "jeune" a été réuni qui rassemble des nouveaux venus déjà encensés par la critique. Aux côté de Laurent Wagschal — le pianiste de Pierné, Emmanuel et Dukas chez Timpani — voici Solenne Païdassi au violon, Camille Thomas au violoncelle (nominé aux dernières Victoires de la musique), le Quatuor Élysée et l'Ensemble Initium (les vents).
Et plutôt que le texte habituel dans le livret, une large interview audio (4e CD) de Harry Halbreich, avec des exemples musicaux.
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Jonas Kaufmann - The Age of Puccini (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz


Сomposer: Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924), Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886), Arrigo Boïto (1842-1918), Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945), Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1857-1919), Francesco Cilèa (1866-1950), Riccardo Zandonai (1883-1944), Umberto Giordano (1867-1948), Licinio Refice (1885-1954)
Artist: Jonas Kaufmann
Title: The Age of Puccini
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:16:16
Recording Locations: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, 5, 6 & 12–15 August 2007; Auditorium di Milano, 5, 6, 8–10 August 2008; Petrassi Hall, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, 18–22 March 2010


Jonas Kaufmann, the tenor of our time, takes us to The Age of Puccini. This collection showcases the unique quality of Kaufmann’s award-winning recordings of best-loved Italian operatic ‘verismo’ repertoire for Decca.
This album contains some of Kaufmann's greatest roles recorded in resplendent Decca sound. He is joined by Renée Fleming for the duet from Puccini’s 'La Rondine'.
Accolades for Kaufmann’s Decca recordings include the inaugural International Opera Award for best male singer, three Gramophone Awards, a Goldene Deutschland Award, a Grammy, an ECHO Award, Artist of the Year from Musical America and the Bayerische Europamedaille.
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Heart - Passionworks (1983/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Heart
Title: Passionworks
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Epic Records
Release Date: 1983/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 42:20
Recorded: Studio 56, Los Angeles, Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, California, March–June 1983


1983's Passionworks marked the end of an era for Heart; it was the last album that the Wilson sisters recorded for Epic, where they had recorded late-'70s classics like Little Queen and Dog & Butterfly. Unfortunately, Heart's relationship with Epic had turned sour by 1983; in a 1987 interview, Ann Wilson asserted that Epic didn't do nearly enough to promote either Passionworks or 1982's Private Audition. But all certainly wasn't lost; at Capitol, Heart enjoyed a major revitalization in 1985 -- both commercially and creatively. Although Passionworks was recorded under less-than-ideal circumstances, it isn't a bad album. Passionworks, which was produced by Keith Olsen, didn't go down in history as one of Heart's essential releases -- it isn't in a class with Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Bad Animals, or 1985's self-titled Heart, but it isn't an album that the Wilson sisters should be ashamed of either. Passionworks gets off to an impressive start with the hit "How Can I Refuse," an arena rock jewel. Most of the songs that follow aren't as strong, but they're decent. While "Sleep Alone," "Blue Guitar," and "Ambush" aren't masterpieces, they're likable examples of '80s hard rock/arena rock. "Allies," meanwhile, is a glossy power ballad that was written by Journey's Jonathan Cain and should have become a hit. In 1983, Cain's song was perfect for Heart because by that time, their ballads had become much more amplified. While early Heart ballads like "Dream of the Archer" and "How Deep It Goes" had a pastoral, acoustic-oriented folk-rock outlook, the Wilson sisters became masters of the high-volume power ballad in the '80s. Passionworks isn't recommended to casual listeners, but serious Heart devotees will find it to be an enjoyable way for the Wilson sisters to end their Epic period. --AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson
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Frederick Fennell Conducts The Music Of Leroy Anderson (1956/58/64/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)
Artist: Frederick Fennell, Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra, London Pops Orchestra
Title: Frederick Fennell Conducts The Music Of Leroy Anderson
Genre: Classical, Easy Listening
Label: © Mercury Records/Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 1956/58/64/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:07:43
Recorded: Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York, 25 October 1956 (#13, 14): March 1958 (#1-12); Watford Town Hall, 9 July 1964 (#15-23)


'Sentimentality, romance, and a sense of humor--all of these things characterized Leroy Anderson's music, attributes that somehow went missing from much of American classical symphonic repertoire during the '50s, '60s, and '70s (except for Bernstein and a few others). And although there's always an important and enduring place for the more profound, timeless works, there's also one for music that immediately recalls the sound and sensibility of a period and effectively captures its popular mood. Anderson's music did exactly that, and if you don't respond with smiles and toe-tapping enthusiasm when you hear Horse & Buggy, Blue Tango, Summer Skies, The Girl in Satin, China Doll, or Serenata, then you are probably beyond the reach of this light-hearted but seriously entertaining fare, and are sadly disconnected from the schmaltz and slightly tacky but still delightful pleasure of The Waltzing Cat and such classics as The Typewriter, Fiddle-Faddle, The Syncopated Clock, and the still wildly popular Sleigh Ride.
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Disturbed - Immortalized (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Disturbed
Title: Immortalized
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge, Nu Metal
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:06:14
Recorded: January–May 2015 at The Hideout Recording Studio, Las Vegas


That album, Immortalized [Reprise], initially became the best-kept secret of the group’s career. In 2013, Draiman released a top 15 record with Device’s self-titled debut, while Donegan and Wengren launched Fight or Flight with A Life By Design. Following the success of both, Draiman and Donegan decided to have dinner back in their hometown of Chicago during January 2014. Without notifying their families, friends, or label, that’s the moment they stirred the sleeping beast. However, instead of simply emailing ideas, they actually flew back and forth to each other’s respective home studios for every writing session. This is the first time they collectively wrote together since 2001.
Immortalized will live up to its title and fortify their legacy further. “I think the fans will feel like it was worth the wait,” concludes Donegan. “We’ve been planning this for the past year and keeping it a secret so we can’t wait to hear the response. I hope fans realize we have a lot more left in us. This album reassured me of that. To be away from it for almost 5 years, get back in a room, write together, and tap into that fire is awesome. Part of me didn’t want to leave the studio! We still have a lot more to say. We still have a lot more to do. We’re returning stronger than ever. I think Immortalized shows that.”
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Claude Debussy - Preludes Book I & II - Walter Gieseking (1953/55/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Artist: Walter Gieseking
Title: Debussy - Preludes Book I & II
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1953/55/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:10:17
Recorded: 1953, 1955


Debussy composed and published his celebrated 24 Preludes in two books. On this breathtaking audiophile download, Walter Gieseking delivers flawless renditions of these treasured pieces. His playing is thoughtful and precise, captured with pristine clarity. Bryce Morrison declared the album is incomparable and should be in every musician’s library.
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Claude Debussy - Piano Works - Walter Gieseking (1954/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Artist: Walter Gieseking
Title: Debussy - Piano Works
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1954/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 48:39
Recorded: 1954


On this collection, distinguished pianist Walter Gieseking renders sensational renditions of Debussy’s shorter piano works. Gieseking’s interpretations have become seminal classics with their elegant touch and renowned attention to color and nuance. Gieseking evokes excitement, transparency and fluidity throughout each piece. The recording is highlighted by one of Debussy’s most beloved piano suites, the Suite Bergamasque.
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