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Elvis Presley - Stereo' 57 - Essential Elvis Vol. 2 (1989/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Elvis Presley
Title: Stereo' 57 - Essential Elvis Vol. 2
Genre: Pop Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, AM Pop, Gospel, Southern Gospel, Traditional Gospel
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment/Analogue Productions XAPP057D64
Release Date: 1989/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:00:17
Recorded: 1957
Mastered: Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith from the original analog master tapes.

"Subtitled 'The Essential Elvis Volume 2,' and dating from 1989, this set contains 20 tracks that range from gospel to rock 'n' roll, astonishing stereo takes that were supposed to have been erased or discarded. As luck would have it, they were saved. The resultant versions of what is otherwise absurdly familiar material will leave you breathless (provided you're an Elvis fan — and shame on you if you're not). Thanks to a studio chat, this is glimpse of the past you never expected to share: true stereo, as good as it gets, from a time when mono still ruled. The mono bonus tracks are dandy, too." — Sound Quality: 92% - Ken Kessler, Hi Fi News, November 2013
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Elvis Presley - Elvis Is Back! (1960/2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Elvis Presley
Title: Elvis Is Back!
Genre: Pop Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, AM Pop
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment/Analogue Productions XAPP2231D64
Release Date: 1960/2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:32:26
Recorded: March–April 1960, RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.
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Edward Elgar - Enigma Variations; Vaughan Williams - The Wasps; Greensleeves - Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/176,4kHz

Сomposer: Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958), Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Artist: Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony
Title: Elgar: Enigma Variations; Vaughan Williams: The Wasps; Greensleeves
Genre: Classical
Label: © Reference Recordings
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 176,4kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:01:11
Recorded: May 4–6, 2011 Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Missouri

ClassicsToday Review by David Hurwitz :: The universe is not exactly desperate for more recordings of this repertoire, but this one, surprising as it might seem, is pretty excellent. Michael Stern and his Kansas City Symphony take to the music as if to the manner born. The Wasps, here given as the complete suite and not just the overture, is delightful. Perhaps the only slight miscalculation in the entire performance is the overly swift March Past of the Kitchen Utensils, which loses some of its comic swagger at Stern’s tempo. Otherwise the overture and (especially) the Ballet and Final Tableau offer pure enjoyment from start to finish. The Fantasia on Greensleeves, un-killable in just about any circumstances, sounds just fine as well.
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Antonin Dvorak - Violin Concerto - Jan Mracek, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, James Judd (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
Artist: Jan Mrácek, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, James Judd
Title: Dvořák - Violin Concerto
Genre: Classical
Label: © Onyx Classics
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:07:27
Recorded: CNSO Recording Studios, Prague, Czech Republic, 19 & 20 November 2015

"Jan is a worthy winner. He has fascinated us from the first round. Not only with his technical skills, but also with his charisma on stage" the chairman of the jury of the 2014 Fritz Kreisler Competition announced after Mrácek’s performance with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was met with thunderous applause. Prior to this Mrácek has studied with the great Czech master Václav Hudecek, as well as with Levon Chilingirian, Gavriel Lipkind and Ida Haendel.
For his debut CD, Jan Mrácek has chosen an all Czech programme devoted to Dvorák. The violin concerto sits on the margins of that exclusive club of 'great' concertos but this is to misunderstand the originality and genius of this concerto, dedicated to Joseph Joachim, written by a superb violinist with a deep understanding of the capabilities of his instrument.
The easy charm and lyricism of the music has always appealed to the public. The haunting 'Romance in F' originally formed the slow movement of an early String Quartet Op. 9, and has the ability to stick in the listener’s memory long after the music has stopped. 'Mazurek' Op.49 was dedicated to Pablo de Sarasate and is typical of Dvorak’s Slavonic style. The 'Four Romantic Pieces' Op. 75 were composed for a group of friends of varying musical abilities, and are charming, easy-going works.
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Duke Ellington - Blues In Orbit (1960/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Duke Ellington
Title: Blues In Orbit
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment/Analogue Productions XAPJ056D64
Release Date: 1960/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:36:27
Recorded: Columbia's 30th Street Studio, New York City, February 25, 1959 & December 2-3, 1959; Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, February 4 & February 12, 1958. Remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes.


Blues In Orbit captures the essence of a late-night recording date that was as much a loose jam as a formal studio date, balancing the spontaneity of the former and the technical polish of the latter.
Ellington and company were just back from a European tour when the bulk of this album was recorded. All of the takes were recorded during after midnight sessions recorded over two nights starting on December 2, 1959 in New York at Columbia Record's studio on East 30th Street. Each night Duke's late dinner arrived at 2 a.m. - a sizzling steak, a pot of coffee with lemons in it, portions of American cheese, and grapefruits. After dinner, and a breather for the band, the sessions finished around dawn in a swinging fashion.
Arrangements that had to be hastily written out when the copyist failed to appear for the gig. So on the one hand, the band was kicking back with these shorter pieces; on the other, the group was also improvising freely and intensely at various points. The title track, recorded more than a year before most of the rest, is a slow blues that puts Ellington's piano into a call-and-response setting with the horns, with Ellington getting in the last word.
If you're just getting into jazz, this album is highly recommended as a great way to initiate your collection.
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