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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien; 1812 Overture - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (1967/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien; 1812 Overture
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1967/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:18:56
Recorded: January 1967 (#1-4), October 1966 (#5), December 1966 (#6), Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany

Legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan leads the Berliner Philharmoniker on historic performances recorded in 1966 and 1967. The all-Russian repertoire contains some of the most famous and popular works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, including the latter's 1812 Overture. Violinist Michel Schwalbé is the featured soloist on Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.
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Ricardo Villalobos, Max Loderbauer - Re: ECM (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Ricardo Villalobos, Max Loderbauer
Title: Re: ECM
Genre: Jazz, Electronic, Ambient, Experimental Techno
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:14:30
Recorded: various location


Berlin-based DJs and composers Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer - two of the best-known names in contemporary electronica - share their admiration for music on ECM in a unique double-album of specially-created “sound-structures”. Their project “Re: ECM” will bring the label’s music to a new listenership. It is certain to be one of the most talked-about albums of the season. Using original ECM recordings as a starting point, Villalobos and Loderbauer create new music that bridges several worlds, including ECM’s world of space-conscious improvisation and composition and the worlds of ambient electronics and minimal techno. Source materials on “Re: ECM” include recordings of Christian Wallumrød, Alexander Knaifel, Louis Sclavis, John Abercrombie, Bennie Maupin, Arvo Pärt, Wolfert Brederode, Paul Giger and more - looped, sampled, remixed and reworked in evocative new treatments. Pleased with the duo’s creative response to his productions Manfred Eicher gave them carte blanche to carry on experimenting with the ECM titles of their choice. Eicher subsequently supervised the mastering of “Re: ECM” in Munich, completing a unique sonic experience.
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Ottorino Respighi - Roman Trilogy - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (2005/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
Artist: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Title: Respighi - Roman Trilogy
Label: © Exton | Octavia Records Inc., Japan
Release Date: 2005/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01:02:56
Recorded: 29, 30 Mar. 2004, 25 Apr. 2005, Studio of RFO Holland, MCO, Hilversum. Mixed and Mastered at Exton Studio, Yokohama

19世紀後半ら20世紀半ばを生きたレスピーギ。この時代はちょうどオーケストラの規模が大きくなり様々な音楽表現が可能になった時期であり、レスピーギはこのローマ三部作「ローマの松」「ローマの噴水」「ローマの祭」でその才能を華麗なオーケストレーションで開花させた。世界のアシュケナージとオランダ放送フィルによる奇跡のコラボレーションシリーズ第1弾。名手ぞろいの管楽器群、とりわけ優れたブラス・セクションを有するオランダ放送フィルが、絢爛豪華、華麗勇壮なレスピーギを聴かせてくれる
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Ravel, Takemitsu, Messiaen - La vallee des cloches - Momo Kodama (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Composer: Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Toru Takemitsu 1930-1996), Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Artist: Momo Kodama
Title: Ravel, Takemitsu, Messiaen - La vallée des cloches
Genre: Classical
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:21
Recorded: September 2012, Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt


Momo Kodma’s first ECM New Series album is a marvel, a mesmerizing journey from the shimmering surfaces of Miroirs, Ravel’s piano cycle of 1904-45 to Messiaen’s Fauvette des jardins (written in 1970), a late masterpiece of piano music from the visionary composer. Kodama’s insights into Messiaen’s sound-world are remarkable as she conveys his religious feeling for nature, birdsong transformed into spiritual utterance, through the compelling, insistent piano figures. Linking the two pieces like a walkway is Toru Takemitsu’s Rain Tree Sketch (1982), music from the East informed by Western experiment. “Its opening bars” writes Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich in the liner notes, “evoke not only the rapturous crystalline chord progressions of Messiaen, but also the flashing, glittering sophistication of Ravel.
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Ram Jam - Ram Jam (1977/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ram Jam
Title: Ram Jam
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1977/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:34:44
Recorded: 1977 at K&K Studio City-Great Neck, New York

Ram Jam was the debut studio album released by Ram Jam in 1977. The first track on the album, the single "Black Betty", is Ram Jam's best known song. It went to #7 on the UK singles chart in September 1977. The album reached #34 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in the United States. The band was re-christened "American Ram Jam" for the UK market to avoid confusion with a UK band with the same name.
In 1996, the album was reissued on CD as Golden Classics with a bonus track, "I Should Have Known", which was originally the B-side to the "Black Betty" single.
In 2010, "Black Betty" became part of the internet meme based on the AC Transit Bus fight. Clips (both audio and visual) from the video of the fight were inserted into the music video, most notably the "bam-balam" being replaced with "amberlamps".
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Ralph Alessi, Gary Versace, Drew Gress, Nasheet Waits - Quiver (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ralph Alessi, Gary Versace, Drew Gress, Nasheet Waits
Title: Quiver
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:21
Recorded September 2014, Rainbow Studio, Oslo; Mixed October 2015 at Avatar Studios, New York

Trumpeter Ralph Alessi’s ECM leader debut – 2013’s Baida – was the album where “everything came together for him,” according to Nate Chinen in a JazzTimes profile. “Without abandoning his yen for oppositional energies, it’s a beautifully coherent statement, not just his most accomplished album but a contender for one of the year’s best.” Baida indeed went on to become the most lauded release of Alessi’s career, with The New York Times praising the music for its balance of “elegant precision and power.” With Quiver, Alessi teams with pianist Gary Versace and the trumpeter’s longtime rhythm section of choice – bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits – to create a follow-up of quicksilver melodicism and subtly energized rhythm; there is a lyricism to Alessi’s playing that channels such forebears as Miles Davis and Kenny Wheeler, the mood reflective, even pensive. As DownBeat says, “Alessi works between the notes, his thoughtful, conversational solos as meditative as a calligrapher’s art, each line free-flowing and declarative but with immaculate shape and beauty.”
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Francis Poulenc - Works for Piano Solo and Duo - Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Artist: Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung
Title: Poulenc - Works for Piano Solo and Duo
Genre: Classical
Label: © Signum Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
Duration: 62 minutes 10 seconds
Recorded: January 2015, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Poulenc was a skilled pianist, cultivating a style of playing characterised by colorfulness and clarity, possessing an ear for melody that distinguished him as France’s finest song composer since Fauré. Canadian pianist Lucille Chung – acclaimed for her “stylish and refined performances” by Gramophone magazine, “combining vigor and suppleness with natural eloquence and elegance” – appears as a soloist on this new recording, performing Poulenc’s Improvisations and Novelettes before being joined by her duo partner (and husband) Alessio Bax for L’embarquement pour Cythere, the Sonata for Four Hands and Concerto for Two Pianos.
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Ping Machine - Ubik (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Ping Machine
Title: Ubik
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative, Mainstream Jazz
Label: © Neuklang | Bauer Studios GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:04:54

Nach 3 von Jazz Experten hochgeschätzten Alben sind Ping Machine immer noch nicht die Ideen ausgegangen. Die Band kehrt zurück in die Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, um gleich zwei neue CDs aufzunehmen.
Wenn UBIK als das Herzstück des neuen Repertoires angesehen werden soll, kann es nicht ohne sein Pendant EASY LISTENING existieren. UBIK ist eine lange labyrinthische und faszinierende Suite, zeitgenössische und elektronische Elemente fließen in den typischen Bandsound mit ein. Im Gegensatz dazu beinhaltet EASY LISTENING kürzere Kompositionen und bietet Platz für lyrische Passagen und starke, brillante Melodien.
Agitation und Kontemplation. Zwei mögliche Wege, in die Welt von Frédéric Maurin einzutauchen: UBIK und EASY LISTENING. Einmal mehr behauptet sich Frédéric Maurin mit seinem einzigartigen Kompositionsstil auf diesem vierten und fünften Album, eine Auftragskomposition des französischen Staates. Das orchestrale Werk wird zu einem großartigen Gebilde, das im Herzen den besonderen Wunsch erzeugt, Gefühle zu teilen. Die Kraft dieses kollektiven Abenteuers, gelebt von den 15 Musikern, reißt mit und lässt einen nicht gleichgültig.

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Ping Machine - Easy Listening (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Ping Machine
Title: Easy Listening
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative, Mainstream Jazz
Label: © Neuklang | Bauer Studios GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:49:50

Nach 3 von Jazz Experten hochgeschätzten Alben sind Ping Machine immer noch nicht die Ideen ausgegangen. Die Band kehrt zurück in die Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, um gleich zwei neue CDs aufzunehmen.
Wenn UBIK als das Herzstück des neuen Repertoires angesehen werden soll, kann es nicht ohne sein Pendant EASY LISTENING existieren. UBIK ist eine lange labyrinthische und faszinierende Suite, zeitgenössische und elektronische Elemente fließen in den typischen Bandsound mit ein. Im Gegensatz dazu beinhaltet EASY LISTENING kürzere Kompositionen und bietet Platz für lyrische Passagen und starke, brillante Melodien.
Agitation und Kontemplation. Zwei mögliche Wege, in die Welt von Frédéric Maurin einzutauchen: UBIK und EASY LISTENING. Einmal mehr behauptet sich Frédéric Maurin mit seinem einzigartigen Kompositionsstil auf diesem vierten und fünften Album, eine Auftragskomposition des französischen Staates.
Das orchestrale Werk wird zu einem großartigen Gebilde, das im Herzen den besonderen Wunsch erzeugt, Gefühle zu teilen. Die Kraft dieses kollektiven Abenteuers, gelebt von den 15 Musikern, reißt mit und lässt einen nicht gleichgültig.
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Peter Gabriel - Us (1992/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Peter Gabriel
Title: US
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Real World Music Ltd./Peter Gabriel Ltd.
Release Date: 1992/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: realworld.co.uk
Duration: 00:57:50
Recorded: October 1989 – June 1992, Real World Studios; Kingsway Studios, New Orleans; Studio 2000; Remastered at Metropolis Mastering

“It has been heart warming to see the return of vinyl. Even though I loved being free of its limitations in the digital world, there is still a warmth and presence to vinyl that somehow makes it a more natural human companion. It is great to see a new generation learning the secrets of the grooves” --Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel’s US album features as part of the second phase of vinyl re-issues that sees all three of his two-letter word titled albums: So, US and UP, get the same meticulous re-issue treatment as 2015’s PG1-4.
The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 45RPM, across 3 x heavyweight LPs, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound. There is music on fives sides and an etching on the sixth. The vinyl was cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter’s main sound engineer Richard Chappell.
Gatefold sleeves utilise imagery from the original LP inner bags and all images are newly re-scanned. The album also contains a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit/96k or 16bit/44.1k).
The album is a Limited Edition and individually Numbered. US is one of Peter’s most personal and confessional records as he explored and dissected many of the relationship problems he was facing at that time. But US is far from being bleakly introspective featuring several songs that have gone on to be amongst the most cherished in the Gabriel songbook.
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