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Daniel and the Lions / Ludus Danielis - New York’s Ensemble for Early Music, Frederic Renz (2004) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Traditional
Artist: New York’s Ensemble for Early Music, Frederic Renz
Title: Daniel and the Lions - Ludus Danielis
Genre: Classical, Traditional, Choral, Early Music
Label: © Fonè Records/Audiophile Productions
Release Date: 2004
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: hd-klassik.com
Duration: 01:10:44
Recorded: Santa Sabina, Rome 11/1986


Frederick Renz studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Holland as a Fulbright Scholar. He was keyboard soloist with the legendary New York Pro Musica Antiqua for six seasons and founded the Early Music Foundation when the former organization disbanded in 1974. Under his enterprising direction, EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK has earned accolades worldwide for its vibrant performances of music and music drama from the Middle Ages through the early classical periods.
For his pioneering work in the genre of medieval music-drama, maestro Renz has received numerous accolades including commissions from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Play of Mary Magdalene, Resurrection Play of Tours and Raising of Lazarus/Conversion of St. Paul; Sponsus: Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins), Spoleto Festival USA (Herod and the Innocents) and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Play of St. Nicholas, Daniel and the Lions and Le Roman de Fauvel). Frederick Renz has also received two Producers Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts' Opera/Musical Theater Program and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
A noted harpsichordist, Frederick Renz has given numerous solo recitals, appeared with orchestras and chamber groups in New York, and has recorded for Lyrichord, Foné, Decca, Vanguard, Musical Heritage Society, Musicmasters and Nonesuch. As an educator, Renz has served as Visiting Professor and Artistic Consultant for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Oklahoma, the Fundacion del Estado para la Orquesta Nacional Juvenil (Venezuela), the Athens Festival and the Tokyo Summer Festival. Mr. Renz was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York in recognition of his research and the performance of historical music
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Lorne Greene - Portrait of the West (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Lorne Greene
Title: Portrait of the West
Genre: Country Pop, Traditional Country, Film Score
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:33:46
Recorded: 196?

Actor Lorne Greene enjoyed a brief recording career in the mid-'60s, when he was at the height of his popularity thanks to his role as Ben Cartwright on the long-running Western series Bonanza. Greene was born in 1915 in Ottawa, Ontario, and went to college to study chemical engineering. He wound up discovering theater instead, and opted for a career in the performing arts. He worked in radio for a time, working his way up to become Canada's best-known newscaster. He left for New York in 1950, and soon appeared in Broadway productions and several films. He won the role of Ben Cartwright in 1959, playing the Ponderosa Ranch's patriarch until Bonanza finally went off the air in 1973. In the meantime, NBC, hoping to capitalize on the series' popularity, brought several cast members into the recording studio. Greene released his first album in 1963, and the following year he scored a surprise number one smash with "Ringo," a Western story song he narrated rather than sang. Greene charted a couple more times with 1965's "The Man" and 1966's "Waco," and released a total of five albums on RCA Victor from 1963-1966. Afterwards, he returned to acting full-time, most notably appearing in the TV miniseries Roots and starring in the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, as well as narrating numerous documentaries. Just before he was scheduled to reprise his Bonanza role for a TV-movie reunion, Greene died of complications from surgery on September 11, 1987. --Artist Biography by Steve Huey
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Franz Liszt - The 2 Piano Concertos - Nareh Arghamanyan, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Alain Altinoglu (2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Artist: Nareh Arghamanyan, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Alain Altinoglu
Title: Liszt - The 2 Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:12:25
Recorded: Haus des Rundfunks, RBB Berlin, April 2012

During his stay in the French capital, the German poet Heinrich Heine wrote a series of articles for the Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, entitled "Musikalische Saison in Paris" (= musical season in Paris). These articles still make for fascinating reading, with Heine providing a highly ironic and personal account of musical life in Paris. And, of course, he repeatedly dealt with composer Franz Liszt. This was again the case in the article devoted to the year 1841. That year, Liszt had given two piano recitals based on the music of Beethoven. Heine writes the following: "Despite his genius, Liszt meets with opposition here in Paris, which usually consists of serious musicians and crowns his rival, the imperial Thalberg, with laurels. - Liszt has already given two concerts in which he has played all by himself, against all tradition, without involving other artists. He is now preparing a third concert in honour of Beethoven. This composer must indeed appeal most to the taste of someone like Liszt."
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Kazumi Watanabe, Minako Yoshida - Nowadays (2008/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kazumi Watanabe, Minako Yoshida
Title: Nowadays
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Warner Music Japan
Release Date: 2008/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:58:26
Recorded: 2008


Special duet featuring Japanese vocalist Minako Yoshida and jazz/fusion guitarist Kazumi Watanabe. Kazumi Watanabe has for the past 20 years been one of the top guitarists in fusion, a rock-oriented player whose furious power does not mask a creative imagination. Watanabe studied guitar at Tokyo's Yamaha Music School and he was a recording artist while still a teenager. In 1979, he formed the group Kylyn and, in 1983, he put together the Mobo band. Several of his recordings have been made available by Gramavision and they show that he ranks up with Al DiMeola (when he is electrified) and Scott Henderson among the pacesetters in the idiom.
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Julio Iglesias - Por Una Mujer (1972) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Julio Iglesias
Title: Por Una Mujer (Un Canto A Galicia)
Genre: Pop, Latin Pop, Vocal Pop
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1972
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 36:46
Recorded: 1972

Un Canto a Galicia (Por Una Mujer) is 1972 album by Julio Iglesias. The song of the same name which is actually sung in the Galician language also known as Galego is a mixture of Portuguese and Spanish, and it was one of Iglesias's best known hits which led to him being known all over Europe and one of the top three artists in Latin America by 1975. Billboard cites it as Iglesias's "first big sales success", and that he also recorded it in Japanese and German, with notable success in Europe, Japan and Mexico.
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Jerry Garcia Band - GarciaLive Volume Seven - November 8, 1976 Sophie's, Palo Alto, CA (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Jerry Garcia Band
Title: GarciaLive Volume Seven - November 8, 1976 Sophie's, Palo Alto, CA
Genre: Rock, Jam Band, Psychedelic, Blues-Rock, Roots Rock, Progressive Bluegrass
Label: © Round Records | Jerry Garcia Family LLC
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: jerrygarcia.com
Duration: 02:29:35
Recorded: November 8, 1976 Sophie's, Palo Alto, CA

Volume Seven showcases the Jerry Garcia Band's November 8th, 1976 performance at Sophie’s in Palo Alto, California. Recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson, the original master reels were only recently re-discovered, along with a few other reels dubbed the “Houseboat Tapes”, and have been remastered for this release. It was the year of this recording that Donna Jean and Keith Godchaux first joined up with the Jerry Garcia Band. Their addition, along with Ron Tutt on drums and bassist John Kahn, helped form what would be one of the most durable lineups of the Garcia Band. In fact, earlier that year Garcia commented "I haven’t been as happy with any little performing group since Old And In The Way in terms of feeling ‘this is really harmonious, this is what I want to hear.’”
That harmonious vibe is especially present as well. Throughout the course of the evening, the band deftly melds gospel, rock, soul, and reggae to form their quintessential mid-70’s sound. As one astute critic pointed out, “More than any other Garcia band this one allows him room to run through all his guitar styles, often within a single song.” From the opening notes of “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, the band lock into a relaxed, but confident groove with Kahn & Tutt’s deep pocket providing the foundation for Jerry & Keith’s melodic exploration rounded out by Donna Jean’s soulful harmonies. The Hunter/Garcia penned “Mission in the Rain” and Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” are particularly poignant and soulful while songs like “Midnight Moonlight”, “Tore Up Over You” and “Ride Mighty High” provide the sparks bringing balance to the evening. A 22+ minute “Don’t Let Go” stands out not only for its length, but for its exercise in dynamics which further showcases Garcia’s comfort not only with the band, but the freedom found in playing smaller rooms tailor-made for they type of music he was looking to create.
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Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders - GarciaLive Volume Six - July 5, 1973 Lion’s Share, San Anselmo, CA (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders
Title: GarciaLive Volume Six - July 5, 1973 Lion’s Share, San Anselmo, CA
Genre: Rock, Jam Band, Psychedelic, Blues-Rock, Roots Rock, Progressive Bluegrass
Label: © Round Records | Jerry Garcia Family LLC
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: jerrygarcia.com
Duration: 02:49:15
Recorded: July 5, 1973 Lion’s Share, San Anselmo, CA


Volume Six showcases Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders’ July 5th, 1973 performance at the Lion’s Share in San Anselmo, CA. Recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson just five days prior to the seminal performances celebrated on the Live at the Keystone series, GarciaLive Volume Six highlights a particularly adventurous evening at the Lion’s Share, a 200 capacity club known for its vibrant music scene which drew regulars like Janis Joplin, Phil Lesh, Van Morrison, and many others. The club’s intimacy can be felt throughout the recordings as the band, rounded out by John Kahn on bass and drummer Bill Vitt, frequently launch into extended improvisations fueled by the exchange of energy with the audience. The blistering “She’s Got Charisma” -> “That’s Alright, Mama”, which clocks in at over 31 minutes long, “starts off innocently in familiar blues territory, but very quickly deconstructs into fragmentation and exploration, defying both gravity and expectation at the same time” as writer Benjy Eisen eloquently describes in the releases’ liner note essay. The presence of an unidentified guest on trumpet during the band’s second set adds to the freedom and looseness found within the performance. The guest trumpeter is felt most during extended takes on “My Funny Valentine” and “Merl’s Tune,” both easy highlights of the entire evening.
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