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Johann Sebastian Bach - The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Glenn Gould (1956/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Bach, J.S. - The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1955 mono)
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1956/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:38:18
Recorded: 1955

The Birth of a Legend: Gould’s first recording for Columbia, playing Bach as if someone had parted the curtains and thrown open the windows in a dark, stuffy room. The critics were ecstatic; the release broke all records and is still considered one of the ten most significant and successful classical recordings of all time.

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Johann Sebastian Bach - St. John Passion, BWV 245 - Munchener Bach-Chor, Munchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Evelyn Lear, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger, Hermann Prey, Kieth Engen, Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
Title: Bach, J.S. - St. John Passion, BWV 245
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion
Release Date: 1964/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:08:28
Recorded: München, Herkules-Saal, 1964

In his day, Karl Richter was considered a Bach 'specialist.' We accord that title nowadays, if at all, to purveyors of period performance practice--and rightly so. But there's something to be gained by appreciating earlier conceptions of how this music should go. If you favor a more 'traditional' approach to Bach's sacred music, featuring a large chorus, modern instruments and 'operatic'-style singers, then you can't do better than Richter's 1964 account of the St. John Passion.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Secular Cantatas, Vol. 5 'Birthday Cantatas' - Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Artist: Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Title: Bach, J.S. - Secular Cantatas, Vol. 5 'Birthday Cantatas'
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 73:17
Recorded: September/October 2014 at the Saitama Arts Theater Concert Hall, Japan

Continuing their exploration of Bach’s vocal music, Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki have now reached the fifth volume of secular cantatas, with the previous instalment being ‘urgently recommended’ by the reviewer in Fanfare, and its contents described as ‘unusually colourful and vivid performances, even by the standards so far set by Suzuki’s Collegium Japan’ (International Record Review). Both cantatas on the present disc were first performed in 1733 by Bach and his Collegium Musicum at public concerts in Leipzig. They were also part of what almost appears to have been a campaign by Bach to be appointed Court Composer by the Saxon Prince-Elector Friedrich August II, something which took place three years later. Lasst uns sorgen, lasst uns wachen, BWV 213, also known as Hercules at the crossroads, was composed for the 11th birthday of the Prince-Elector’s oldest son, and Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! BWV 214 in a similar manner celebrated the birthday two months later of his wife, Maria Josepha of Saxony. Both works are so-called ’dramma per musica’, in which the vocal soloists are embodying dramatic characters – in the present cantatas these are taken from Greek mythology. Needless to say, Bach rose to the festive occasions, deploying trumpets and timpani (as implied in the title of BWV 214) and horns (in BWV 213) to great effect. A year later, he would reuse much of the music from the two cantatas in a similarly jubilant but otherwise quite different context – admirers of the Christmas Oratorio will for instance recognize the opening chorus of that work (Jauchzet, frohlocket) in the first movement of BWV 214 as well as the celebrated alto aria Bereite dich, Zion as an artfully transformed version of Hercules brusque rejection of Wohlust (Lust) in the ninth movement of BWV 213.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Matthaus-Passion BWV 244 - La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Title: Bach, J.S. - Matthäus-Passion BWV 244
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 02:37:27
Recorded: Predikherenkerk, Leuven (B), 5-9 April 2009

Magnificent and transparent, a recording of the famous masterpiece by J.S. Bach by La Petite Bande and Sigiswald Kuijken. The ensemble has a worldwide reputation of aiming for the most authentic sound possible. Again Kuijken and his group of musicians and vocalists have achieved this the most sublime way!
Sigiswald Kuijken knows the St. Matthew Passion through and through. With La Petite Bande he gave performances of the work all over the world. Twenty years ago La Petite Bande (at that time with conductor Gustav Leonhardt and Kuijken as concertmaster) made their first recording of the Passion. It was a recording with soloists, a chamberchoir and an orchestral composition which was adjusted to that. Since then Kuijken's vision on this masterpiece has changed very much. Ground-breaking musicological work of the last decades has brought him to a serious thin-out of his ensemble without the use of a conductor. There is not a real choir anymore, because the soloists perform also the choirparts. The boyschoir that is usually used in most performances of this Passion is replaced here by a single soprano voice!
Additionally, by using authentic instruments and the original way of playing them, both in interpretation and sound quality, La Petite Bande strives to revive baroque music as faithfully as possible without lapsing into rigid academics.
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Aurora - All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Aurora
Title: All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend
Genre: Pop, Art Pop, Indie Pop
Label: © Decca Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:04:49
Recorded: 2015–16

The Norwegian singer-songwriter's debut is an exquisitely crafted record. All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend is a somewhat convoluted name for an album as sharp and concise as Aurora's debut.
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Arne Domnerus with Gustaf Sjokvist - Antiphone Blues (1974/2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Arne Domnérus with Gustaf Sjökvist
Title: Antiphone Blues
Genre: Jazz, Classical
Label: © 2xHD/Proprius
Release Date: 1974/2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz (DSD file created from analog master)
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 37:56
Recorded: 26 August 1974 in Spånga church, Sweden.

Maestros Arne Domnerus (saxophone) & Gustaf Sjokvist (organ) play Classical and jazz/spiritual duets (several associated with Maestro Duke Ellington). Considered to be one of the best recordings of saxophone performance in decades. Arne Domnerus, a living legend, is at the height of his mastery of the instrument. The sonic excellence brings heartfelt emotion to a listener, regarded by some as 'A record for life!'
For the 2xHD transfer of this recording, the original 1/4”, 15 ips CCIR master tape was played on a Nagra-T modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Telefunken EF806 tube. The Nagra T has one of the best transports ever made with four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head. We did an analog transfer for each high-res sampling and A & B comparisons were made with the original LP, using the KRONOS turntable with a BLACK BEAUTY tone arm. 192kHz was done using Ayre QA9pro, DSD was done using dCS 905 and dCS Vivaldi clock, DXD 352.8kHz was done using dCS 905 and dCS Vivaldi clock, DSD2 was done using Ayre QA9pro.
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Arne Domnerus, Bengt Hallberg, Georg Riedel, Egil Johansen + Lars Erstrand - Jazz at the Pawnshop: Late Night [New, Unreleased Tapes] (2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Arne Domnérus, Bengt Hallberg, Georg Riedel, Egil Johansen + Lars Erstrand
Title: Jazz at the Pawnshop: Late Night [New, Unreleased Tapes]
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Swing, Mainstream, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © 2xHD/Proprius
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 48:35
Recorded: December 6-7, 1976 at The Pawnshop (Stampen) Jazz Club in Stockholm, Sweden

Anyone who owns the original Jazz at the Pawnshop, considered one of the most famous audiophile albums in music, will not be able to resist this companion album which captures the enduring spirit of the intimate Pawnshop jazz club in Stockholm. It’s called Late Night because these previously unreleased songs were played during the last two sets late at night. The treasured 40-year-old tapes were discovered accidentally and found to be in excellent condition; a week was spent editing and mastering them in high resolution for this album, which includes musical tags to indicate the end of a set and uses slow fade-outs and fade-ins to identify the breaks. You can hear the band members walk back on stage, pick up their instruments and get into the final sets on this electrifying recording that brings together musicianship and engineering in a magical symbiosis.
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Antoine Reicha - Wind Quintets - Thalia Ensemble (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antoine Reicha (1770-1836)
Artist: Thalia Ensemble
Title: Reicha - Wind Quintets
Genre: Classical
Label: © LINN Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: LINN
Duration: 67 minutes 20 seconds
Recorded: July 2014, National Centre for Early Music, York, United Kingdom


Thalia Ensemble, whose prize-winning programme included works by Antoine Reicha, was praised by the jury for its beautiful ensemble sound, as well as the ensemble’s lively communication. The competition is renowned for launching the careers of many notable ensembles, such as Palladian Ensemble, Profeti della Quinta and Ensemble Meridiana.
Premiered in Paris in the early nineteenth century these works were an overnight sensation, recognized across Europe as the pinnacle of their genre. More than any other composer who wrote for winds, Reicha produced works that were hailed as worthy counterparts to the string quartet. An experienced flautist, Reicha was able to craft quintets that successfully integrated each wind instrument, employing its unique character and technical anomalies to full effect. As well as taking influence from his close acquaintances Haydn and Beethoven, Reicha’s melodic style is Mozartian in flavour, spiced with subtle chromatic tinges and quirky syncopations. In addition to the quintets Reicha’s Adagio ‘pour le cor anglais’ is a fine addition to the programme.
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Ad Libitum Choir, Per-Anders Sjoberg - As You Like (1977/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Ad Libitum Choir, Per-Anders Sjöberg
Title: As You Like
Genre: Jazz, Folk, Classical, Choral, Vocal Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © 2xHD/Proprius
Release Date: 1977/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 40:10
Recorded: 1977

As You Like It is a 1978 album of jazz and folk music from some of the best Swedish jazz musicians of the day, joined by the Ad Libitum Choir led by Per-Anders Sjoberg. The four musicians performing these traditional and modern numbers with the choir are pianist Bengt Hallberg, bassist Georg Riedel, trumpeter Jan Allan and drummer Egil Johansen
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3 Doors Down - Us And The Night (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: 3 Doors Down
Title: Us And The Night
Genre: Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge
Label: © Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:55
Recorded: May-July 2015, Rivergate Studios & Blackbird Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

Last time we saw 3 Doors Down it was in 2011, when the post-alt quintet started to take stock of the onset of middle age on the monotone Time of My Life. Looking straight into the abyss caused the band to fracture, with the group losing founding member guitarist Matt Roberts and longtime bassist Todd Harrell, leaving vocalist Brad Arnold firmly at the helm. Arnold retained drummer Greg Upchurch, kicked Chris Henderson up to lead guitar, added new guitarist Chet Roberts and bassist Justin Biltonen, then hired renowned heavy rock producer Matt Wallace to make 2016's Us and the Night. Despite its nocturnal title, Us and the Night is by many measures a brighter affair than Time of My Life: the guitars are still cranked to the max and the rhythms would fill a stadium but the tenor is lighter, the band spending equal time on affirmations ("Everybody's got a right to change," they cry on "Believe It") and sly sleaze ("In the Dark" -- as in "She likes to do it in the dark" -- is Nickelback by any other name). If 3 Doors Down favor wide strokes over specificity, that only underscores how they're attracted to the elements that drift along in the mainstream current, appropriating shopworn mass culture so they can spin it into something bigger, louder, and simpler. To their credit, these instincts sound better here than they have on the last couple records because they embrace their essence, how they want to be broader and burlier than the rest, how they want reflection to seem like celebration and parties to be a dark night of the soul. This contradiction means the band remains an uneasy good time, but at least on Us and the Night the reconstituted 3 Doors Down have decided to look on the sunny side of life. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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