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Arne Domnerus - Jazz At The Pawnshop 2 (1991/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Arne Domnérus
Title: Jazz At The Pawnshop 2
Genre: Jazz
Label: © 2xHD - Naxos
Release Date: 1991/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 59:47
Recorded: December 6-7, 1976


This album embodies Volume 2 of the great event which was recorded in December 1976 over two nights at the intimate Pawnshop jazz club in Stockholm and considered one of the most famous audiophile recording in music. Both the musicianship and the engineering came together in a magical symbiosis captured on this enduring classic. Recording engineer Gert Palmcrantz used one pair of microphones spaced eight inches apart for the main pick-up, with a couple of microphones placed to register the “live” atmosphere and a few discrete support mikes, all recorded on a pair of two-track Nagra tape recorders in the restaurant kitchen!
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Airelle Besson - Radio One (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Airelle Besson
Title: Radio One
Genre: Jazz
Label: © naïve jazz
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:52:47
Recorded: Studios La Buissonne


L’idée de monter un quartet de ce genre n’est pas nouvelle pour la talentueuse Airelle Besson. En effet, elle avoue en 2014 (année des premières répétitions avec le groupe) qu’elle avait passé les cinq années précédentes à potasser le sujet. Très rapidement l’alchimie entre les membres du groupe prend place et Airelle Besson affirme son choix de collaboration avec Benjamin Moussay (piano, synthé ) et Fabrice Moreau (batterie). La découverte de la perle rare se fera plus tard en la personne d’Isabel Sörling. La Scandinave à la voix d’agent utilise parfois son organe vocal comme un instrument, rendant le jazz mélodieux d’Airelle Besson encore plus aérien. Organique et minimaliste de bout en bout, l’ensemble musical de Radio One est gracieux et délicat. En plaçant l’émotion au cœur du projet, le quartet transforme son jazz en nuage où les auditeurs prendront plaisir à se poser. Formation atypique pour la nouvelle étoile de la trompette française, cette formation offre un véritable bol d’air créatif à la musicienne récemment récompensée.
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Ages and Ages - Something To Ruin (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ages and Ages
Title: Something To Ruin
Genre: Pop Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Country-Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
Label: © Partisan Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:40:29


If Ages and Ages’ debut album Alright You Restless declared independence from the cynicism and self-consciousness plaguing a generation; and the follow-up Divisionary was an exercise in confronting change, conflict, and loss; Something to Ruin confronts the debris of our collective failures and asks whether we might be better off letting go and starting over. Recorded at Isaac Brock’s studio (Ice Cream Party), this album still has plenty of the infectious and joyful melodies the band is known for, but this time the stakes are higher. It raises questions about facing our society’s collective wreckage both environmentally and culturally.
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Volker Kriegel & Mild Maniac Orchestra - Octember Variations (1977/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Volker Kriegel & Mild Maniac Orchestra
Title: Octember Variations
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Rock, Jazz Funk, Guitar jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1977/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 35:37
Recorded: Oct. 28-31 and Nov. 1-3, 1976, at Tonstudio Zuckerfabrik, Stuttgart


A 20th Century Renaissance man, cartoonist, film director, author, radio personality, record company owner, German guitarist Volker Kriegel played an important role in the European jazz-rock and fusion movements. Co-founder of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, Kriegel’s own groups and collaborations with American vibraphonist Dave Pike gained him a world-wide audience, as his 14 albums for MPS as leader and 15 as sideman can attest.
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Volker Kriegel - Lift! (1973/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Volker Kriegel
Title: Lift!
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Electronic, Krautrock, Jazz Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1973/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 42:32
Recorded and mixed March 5 – 10, 1973, Biton Studio, Frankfurt/Main

A 20th Century Renaissance man, cartoonist, film director, author, radio personality, record company owner, German guitarist Volker Kriegel played an important role in the European jazz-rock and fusion movements. Co-founder of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, Kriegel’s own groups and collaborations with American vibraphonist Dave Pike gained him a world-wide audience, as his 14 albums for MPS as leader and 15 as sideman can attest.
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Volker Kriegel - Inside: Missing Link (1972/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Volker Kriegel
Title: Inside: Missing Link
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Rock
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1972/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:22:59
Recorded: March 20th-23rd 1972 at Tonstudio Walldorf

A 20th Century Renaissance man, cartoonist, film director, author, radio personality, record company owner, German guitarist Volker Kriegel played an important role in the European jazz-rock and fusion movements. Co-founder of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, Kriegel’s own groups and collaborations with American vibraphonist Dave Pike gained him a world-wide audience, as his 14 albums for MPS as leader and 15 as sideman can attest.
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Antonio Vivaldi - Laudate! - Johannette Zomer, Tulipa Consort (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/176,4kHz

Сomposer: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Artist: Johannette Zomer, Tulipa Consort
Title: Vivaldi - Laudate!
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 176,4kHz/24bit
Source: DSD64
Duration: 01:11:40
Recorded: Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, November 2015

Several years ago I founded my own ensemble, the Tulipa Consort. As a singer I have the privilege of performing with countless conductors, orchestras and choirs at the most beautiful and unique venues in the world. It gives me great delight to sing, but so often in the run-up to the concerts compromises have to be made between the performers (especially between conductor and singer) so that they can agree on the approach, and this is often no easy task. Working with my own ensemble has given me artistic freedom from the very beginning, for by selecting my own repertoire and musicians I feel entirely at home in the music, which greatly benefits the performance. For the first CD by the Tulipa Consort I have chosen sacred music by Antonio Vivaldi. The idea occured to me several years ago when I sang his Laudate Pueri in Montreal with the cellist Jaap ter Linden. I was moved and impressed by the diversity of this work. Vivaldi is too often associated only with the Four Seasons and the Gloria, while there is so much more. This soon became apparent when I began to compile a programme around Laudate pueri: the somewhat slower pieces in particular, such as the second movement of Laudate pueri, ‘Sit nomen Domine’ and the second aria from RV 631 ‘Rosa quae moritur’, proved to possess great depth and beauty. And we simply had to include the lively ‘Ascende Laeta’, which bubbles and foams with joy. I hope you will enjoy listening to this repertoire just as much as we, the Tulipa Consort, have enjoyed performing it. --Johannette Zomer
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Antonio Vivaldi - Laudate! - Johannette Zomer, Tulipa Consort (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Artist: Johannette Zomer, Tulipa Consort
Title: Vivaldi - Laudate!
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:11:40
Recorded: Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, November 2015

Several years ago I founded my own ensemble, the Tulipa Consort. As a singer I have the privilege of performing with countless conductors, orchestras and choirs at the most beautiful and unique venues in the world. It gives me great delight to sing, but so often in the run-up to the concerts compromises have to be made between the performers (especially between conductor and singer) so that they can agree on the approach, and this is often no easy task. Working with my own ensemble has given me artistic freedom from the very beginning, for by selecting my own repertoire and musicians I feel entirely at home in the music, which greatly benefits the performance. For the first CD by the Tulipa Consort I have chosen sacred music by Antonio Vivaldi. The idea occured to me several years ago when I sang his Laudate Pueri in Montreal with the cellist Jaap ter Linden. I was moved and impressed by the diversity of this work. Vivaldi is too often associated only with the Four Seasons and the Gloria, while there is so much more. This soon became apparent when I began to compile a programme around Laudate pueri: the somewhat slower pieces in particular, such as the second movement of Laudate pueri, ‘Sit nomen Domine’ and the second aria from RV 631 ‘Rosa quae moritur’, proved to possess great depth and beauty. And we simply had to include the lively ‘Ascende Laeta’, which bubbles and foams with joy. I hope you will enjoy listening to this repertoire just as much as we, the Tulipa Consort, have enjoyed performing it. --Johannette Zomer
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Henri Vieuxtemps - Violin Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 - Itzhak Perlman, Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Henri Vieuxtemps (1820–1881)
Artist: Itzhak Perlman, Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim
Title: Vieuxtemps - Violin Concertos Nos. 4 & 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records/Warner Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:51:11
Recorded: Salle Wagram, Paris, 7, 9 & 10 February 1976 (Op.31); 10 February 1976 & 30 June 1977 (Op.37)

A successor to Paganini, Henri Vieuxtemps was, in company with Sarasate and Wieniawski, one of the great violin virtuosos of the nineteenth century. These performer-composers have often been accused of possessing an overly showy style, too centred on their own capabilities and inclined to alternate between speed and sentimentality. While it is true that most of their works were written to showcase their own instrumental skills, highlighting a number of technical innovations in the process, it would be unfair to dismiss their music as nothing but spectacular effects and languorous melodies. By skilfully blending a knowledge of the legacy bequeathed to them by their predecessors and a fondness for their respective national folk traditions, Sarasate, Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski all in their own ways succeeded in continuing the virtuoso tradition of expansive passion and exaltation.
It was as a violinist that Vieuxtemps (1820–81) initially made his name, notably in Paris, where he received unanimous acclaim. Berlioz, for example, offered the following words of praise: “M. Vieuxtemps is a violinist whose talent is prodigious, in the strictest sense of the word. He does things I have never heard attempted by anyone else. He braves perils that terrify the listener but do not alarm him in the least, so sure is he of emerging from the ordeal safe and sound.” Appointed Professor of violin at the St Petersburg Conservatory, Vieuxtemps was to have a considerable influence on the development of the instrument in Russia. He then took on the same role at the Brussels Conservatory, where his pupils included Eugène Ysaÿe, Jeno˝ Hubay and Émile Sauret.
As a composer, this leading figure of the Franco-Belgian violin tradition wrote a considerable number of works for his own instrument, including seven concertos and around fifty virtuoso pieces. Of the former, the Fourth and Fifth still form part of the standard repertoire today, and both have been recorded many times. It was with the Fourth, a vast “symphony with principal violin” (Berlioz), that Vieuxtemps really established his composing credentials, Tchaikovsky deeming it “beautiful, poetic, very well conceived and finely orchestrated”.
The Fifth, nicknamed “Grétry” because its slow movement features a quotation from that composer’s opera Lucile, remains the most frequently performed of the two. On first hearing it, Berlioz again responded with enthusiasm: “If Vieuxtemps were not such a great virtuoso, we should acclaim him as a great composer … This concerto is a masterpiece whose melodic style is noble and dignified throughout, and whose rich harmony is constantly accentuated by the excellent and finely coloured instrumental writing.” The fact that such stars of the twentieth-century violin world as Jascha Heifetz, Leonid Kogan, Yehudi Menuhin, Arthur Grumiaux and Isaac Stern chose to commit their versions to disc is proof, if proof were needed, of the seductive qualities of these two concertos. Itzhak Perlman’s own recording — authentic and flamboyant — follows in their footsteps and is a worthy addition to his exploration of the virtuoso repertoire. --Jean-Michel Molkhou
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VA - The Pink Panther and Friends (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Henry Mancini (1924–1994) and more...
Artist: Fausto Mesolella, Enzo Pietropaoli, Eleonora Bianchini, Riccardo Zegna, Giampaolo Casati, Peo Alfonsi, Salvatore Malore, Scott Halmiton, Paolo Birro, Alfred Kramer
Title: The Pink Panther and Friends
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Fonè Records/Audiophile Productions
Release Date: 2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:50:26
Conceived, recorded and produced by Giulio Cesare Ricci; Recorded in stereo DSD on the Pyramix Recorder using dCS A/D and D/A converters


6 New renditions of the historic theme signed by Henry Mancini, performed for Fonè by: Fausto Mesolella, Enzo Pietropaoli, Eleonora Bianchini, Riccardo Zegna and Giampaolo Casati, Peo Alfonsi and Salvatore Malore, Scott Halmiton’s trio with Paolo Birro and Alfred Kramer.
Among the thousand divertissements that keep spinning into Giulio Cesare Ricci’s mind, there is a particular piece that was seemingly written for all the audiophiles of the world: The Pink Panther, the theme composed by Henry Mancini for the namesake Blake Edwards’ 1960s movie.
All the artists that recorded with fonè and Giulio Cesare Ricci in 2015 were asked to create their own version of the Pink Panther: Fausto Mesolella, Enzo Pietropaoli, Eleonora Bianchini, Riccardo Zegna & Giampaolo Casati, Peo Alfonsi & Salvatore Malore, Scott Hamilton in trio with Paolo Birro and Alfred Kramer. They all gave birth to truly original performances, rather than merely trying to mimic the original theme. The six new Pink Panther versions were recorded in a perfect analog style, with both Ampex ATR 102, spinning at 76cm per second with half inch/two track tapes, and the renowned valve Studers from the 1950s (yes, those used by the Beatles) spinning at 38cm per second with one inch/two tracks tapes.
Fonè will release two versions. The first is a long-playing vinyl, yet spinning at 45rpm (it is worth reminding that the speed of vinyl is directly proportional to its quality), with three songs on each side. Moreover, there will be a super audio CD “The Pink Panther & Friends”, including all the single recordings featured in the vinyl version plus one piece by each of the artists that took part in this sonic adventure. In particular, Fausto Mesolella chose to include a previously unreleased track in this collection: it is a one-of-a-kind reinterpretation of “O sole mio”, featuring the legendary sound of his guitar and the amazing voice of Raiz, lead singer for Almamegretta; instead of singing in Neapolitan, his lyrics are based on an ancient Hebrew text inspired by the sun.
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