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Nat King Cole - Where Did Everyone Go? (1963/2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Nat 'King' Cole
Title: Where Did Everyone Go?
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Swing
Label: © Capitol Records/Analogue Productions XAPP1859D64
Release Date: 1963/2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:44:18
Recorded: August 13–14, 1962

This has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original 3-track work tapes from Capitol's vaults, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable listening experience. In addition to the stereo mixes, this download includes the original mono mix taken from separate microphone feeds, mixing consoles and tape machines at the original sessions. In order to master from the 3-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for 3-channel playback. That meant Kevin Gray had to find a third identical monitoring channel chain (including mixing board, amplifier and speaker) as well as a 3-track playback headstack and also a 3-track preview head for the vinyl cutting system. It was a massive assignment. We've spent a fortune to include these extra bells and whistles and to make this a truly historic reissue.
In what some consider his last great album prior to his tragic passing, Nat "King" Cole approached the dramatic dark side of love in the spirit of Sinatra's saloon songs to timeless, haunting effect with the album Where Did Everyone Go? The distinctive orchestrations of Gordon Jenkins for strings accompany the intimately expressive and supremely musical voice of the incomparable Nat "King" Cole in such classic songs as "Someone To Tell It To," "I Keep Going Back To Joe's," "Spring Is Here," "The End Of A Love Affair" and other reflections of one who had and now has not. Nat "King" Cole and arranger Gordon Jenkins followed their hit albums Love Is The Thing and The Very Thought Of You with this striking shift toward the dramatic. The result again stands among its era's finest, most stylistically defining recordings of popular music and still retains its grand sense of tragedy and beauty.
Two bonus tracks recorded for the album, "A Farewell to Arms" and "Happy New Year," are included for their first release in original production quality. Originally released in 1963.
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Nat King Cole - Love Is The Thing (1957/2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Nat 'King' Cole
Title: Love Is The Thing
Genre: Jazz, Blues, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Swing
Label: © Capitol Records/Analogue Productions XAPP824D64
Release Date: 1957/2010
Quality: DSF Stereo/Mono DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:12:45
Recorded: December 19, 28, 1956 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California


This has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original 3-track work tapes from Capitol's vaults, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable experience. In addition to the stereo mixes, this DSD includes a 3-track transfer for multichannel playback and the original mono mix taken from separate microphone feeds, mixing consoles and tape machines at the original sessions. In order to master from the 3-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for 3-channel playback. That meant Kevin Gray had to find a third identical monitoring channel chain (including mixing board, amplifier and speaker) as well as a 3-track playback headstack and also a 3-track preview head for the vinyl cutting system. It was a massive assignment. We've spent a fortune to include these extra bells and whistles and to make this a truly historic reissue.
Love is the theme for 12 ballads of heavenly strings orchestrated by the distinctive Gordon Jenkins, sympathetically backing the intimately expressive and supremely musical voice of the incomparable Nat "King" Cole. Featuring such legendary classics as "Stardust" and "When I Fall In Love," this album topped the charts upon its release, is among its era's finest, most stylistically defining recordings of popular music and continues to enchant listeners to this day.
Love Is The Thing was recorded in finely polished monaural and more minimalistic 3-channel stereophonic versions, each with dedicated microphones, console, mix and recorders. Each offers a different sonic perspective. The monaural recording was heard on the original hit records while the stereophonic recording offers the potential for a stunning wide-range realism. Using the original first generation full-track mono and 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults and custom headstacks, console and monitoring chain installed at AcousTech specially for these releases, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable experience.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 15 & 27 - Martin Helmchen, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolic (2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Martin Helmchen, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolić
Title: Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 15 & 27
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 00:55:29
Recorded: NedPho Koepel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1/2013


For the sequel to his first Mozart CD with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, pianist Martin Helmchen has once again chosen two strongly contrasting piano concertos in one and the same key: this time B flat major. The works are from two entirely different periods in Mozart's life. Piano Concerto no. 15, K. 450 is one of six composed in 1784, three of which were written for two other pianists, Barbara von Player and Maria Theresia van Paradis. Together with the Clarinet Concerto, K. 622, Piano concerto no. 27, K 595, composed in the same year, 1791, forms Mozart's swansong in the genre and was written in a period when the good old days of his Akademien (or concerts) had been consigned to the past.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 13 & 24 - Martin Helmchen, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolic (2007) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Martin Helmchen, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolić
Title: Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 13 & 24
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2007
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:00:13
Recorded: April 2007 at the Philharmonie, Haarlem, The Netherlands


This is the debut album of Martin Helmchen, prize-winning 25-year old German pianist whose career received a boost when he won the 2001 Clara Haskil Competition. Though opening salvos fired by so many young pianists today often come in the form of Mozart, it can be a risky business; bad Mozart-playing can signal the quick end to a career because the nature of the music exposes so many strengths and flaws. Even now we see so many album released by “name” piano-players who really don’t have a clue as to how to handle the composer. Helmchen, I am happy to report, has found the key to the puzzle, and acquits himself very well indeed.
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Mongo Santamaria - Hey! Let's Party (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Mongo Santamaria
Title: Hey! Let's Party
Genre: Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Latin Jazz, World Fusion
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 31:12
Recorded: 1966

Percussionist Mongo Santamaria released this LP sometimes during the 60ies on Columbia Records, it was produced by Robert Mersey and arranged by Marty Sheller, among the players are Marty Sheller on trumpet, Hubert Laws on sax, Bobby Capers on sax & flutes, Carmello Garcia on timbales & drums, Rodger Grant on piano and Victor Venegas on bass.
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Johann Melchior Molter - Orchestral Music & Cantatas - Julia Kirchner, Camerata Bachiensis (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Johann Melchior Molter (1696-1765)
Artist: Julia Kirchner, Camerata Bachiensis
Title: Molter - Orchestral Music & Cantatas
Genre: Classical, Baroque
Label: © Brilliant Classics
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:52
Recorded: 24-27 August 2015, Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany


Johann Melchior Molter (1696-1765) was a younger contemporary of J.S. Bach. The two composers were born in small Thuringian towns half a day’s ride away from each other, and then travelled farther afield to make their names in major cities: Bach, south to Leipzig, Molter north to Karlsruhe.
The quantity of Molter’s extant music as well as its relative simplicity preclude more detailed comparison with the Kapellmeister of Leipzig, but he deserves to be known for a great deal more than the odd trumpet concerto which has made his name as part of the repertoires of (for example) Maurice Andre, Ludwig Guttler and John Wallace. This album valuably redresses that balance of neglect with historically informed studio recordings of vocal and chamber music which reveal a surprisingly cosmopolitan, vivacious and inventive personality in music. Most of these works are either hitherto unrecorded or long unavailable in any other version. Thus the album is essential listening for Baroque aficionados.
The cantatas show the influence of Molter’s three years of study and service in Venice and Rome between 1719 and 1721 when he could have rubbed shoulders with the likes of Vivaldi, Albinoni and Alessandro Scarlatti. Most of his vocal work is known to be lost to us, making these surviving works all the more treasurable. They were evidently written for a highly talented soprano in Karlsruhe, and Molter made full use of her ability to sing long, arching lines over a broad compass and with intense characterisation. Vivaldi and Scarlatti had already set the same texts, but Molter puts his own stamp on them.
Interspersed with the two cantatas are an elaborately ornamented A major Flute Concerto, a concertante Sonata for oboe and strings and a suite-like B flat major Overture in the Telemann model with a grand, three-part introduction succeeded by a sequence of dances. They likely date from earlier in Molter’s career, before his move to Karlsruhe, but are distinguished by the galant flourish to be found in the nascent Mannheim school of composers.
Johann Melchior Molter was born in 1696 in Thüringen, where his musical talent was quickly recognised. He served in the orchestra at the court of Karlsruhe. Later he broadened his horizon by going to Italy, where he encountered Albinoni, Vivaldi and Alessandro Scarlatti. He imbued their melodious gifts, studied their instrumental skills and went home to Karlsruhe, where he spent the rest of his life as court composer. Molter’s works are festive and ceremonial, a happy mix of German counterpoint, Italian brilliance and French grandeur.
This new recording presents an attractive variety of orchestral works and cantatas: a Symphony, an Overture, a Flute Concerto and Oboe Sonata, combined with two Italian secular cantatas, dealing with the vicissitudes of love. Performed on period instruments by the Camerata Bachiensis, soprano Julia Kirchner and Roberto De Franceschi, playing the oboe and traverso.
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Michelle Willis - See Us Through (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Michelle Willis
Title: See Us Through
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © GroundUP Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:22

Toronto-based singer-songwriter and keyboard player Michelle Willis has worked with everyone from Iggy Pop to Snarky Puppy and now embarks on her own with this debut solo album, funded by her fans via crowdsourcing. The culmination of six years of writing, Willis says each song deals with attempting to get to the other side of whatever she was in. Often that meant making a decision or speaking up, or just holding tight and not being afraid to stay the course.
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Michel Benita Ethics - River Silver (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Michel Benita Ethics
Title: River Silver
Genre: Jazz, Continental Jazz, Folk Jazz, Modern Creative
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:49:23
Recorded: April 2015, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano


After two exemplary ECM discs in the company of Andy Sheppard, Michel Benita has an album with his own group. The Ethics band is international, and the Algiers-born bassist leads a line-up comprised of a flugelhornist from Fribourg, Switzerland, a koto player from Tokyo, a guitarist from Drøbak, Norway, and a French drummer who once lived in Turkey as a member of the Istanbul Symphony. The group’s music, correspondingly, flows - like the glistening river of the title - beyond borders. Alongside his own compositions and a piece by Mieko Miyazaki, Benita includes a tune from Northumbrian UK piper Kathryn Tickell and one from Norwegian composer and organist Eyvind Alnæs (1872-1932). A strongly lyrical tendency prevails, Mathieu Michel’s graceful flugelhorn foregrounded, with koto, bass and drums interacting creatively at the band’s core. Colours of folk and colours of jazz are blended in Michel Benita’s writing, multi-idiomatic in a very natural way . Eivind Aarset’s guitars and what Benita calls “organic electronics” gently envelop the music. The whole sound-picture is finely-realized in the responsive acoustics of the Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano, where River Silver was recorded in April 2015, with Manfred Eicher producing. The album is issued in time for a European tour in January with concerts in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium.
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Meditatio: music for mixed choir - Schola cantorum Reykjavicensis, Hordur Askelsson (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Schola cantorum Reykjavicensis, Hörður Áskelsson
Title: Meditatio - music for mixed choir
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 58:03
Recorded: October 2015 at Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland

Growing out of concerts given by Schola cantorum Reykjavicensis and Hörður Áskelsson on All Soul’s Day, Meditatio presents a programme of expressive choral works which interpret grief and bereavement in the light of hope and comfort. Apart from Jón Leifs’ singularly serene Requiem, the composer’s response to the death of his daughter in 1947, all the pieces date from the past 35 years – from The Lamb by John Tavener from 1982 to Nunc dimittis (2015) by Sigurður Sævarsson, Icelandic composer as well as member of Schola cantorum. The ‘Canticle of Simeon’, as this song of praise from the Bible is also called, appears in two other settings on the disc – by Arvo Pärt and by Hreiðar Ingi who, like Sævarsson, sings bass in the choir. Four other Icelandic composers are represented on the disc, including the choir’s conductor Hörður Áskelsson and Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, whose Heyr, himna smiður (Hear, Heaven’s creator) – a setting of a 13th-century hymn – has gained recognition far beyond Iceland. Otherwise the choir performs music by the Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, the Scotsman James MacMillan – his A Child’s Prayer commemorates the victims of the school massacre in the Scottish town of Dunblane in March 1996 – and by Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre, both from the U.S.A. Schola cantorum Reykjavicensis was founded in 1996 by Hörður Áskelsson, who remains its artistic director, and has appeared on a number of BIS recordings with music by Jón Leifs. The choir performs regularly in Reykjavík’s famous Hallgrímskirkja where the present recording took place.
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Mats Eilertsen - Rubicon (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mats Eilertsen
Title: Rubicon
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Modern Creative, Continental Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:54:26
Recorded: Rainbow Studio, Oslo in May 2015

Norwegian bassist Mats Eilertsen has been a strong and supportive presence on a dozen ECM sessions to date. With Rubicon he steps forward to present his own music, with an international cast. The album features compositions originally written in response to a commission from the Vossajazz Festival. All About Jazz reviewed the premiere performance: “Rubicon proved to be a very dynamic work. Eilertsen ensured that each of the instrumentalists took their share of the spotlight, brought together combinations of players that emphasized tonal variation, and created ensemble sections bursting with life.” After fine-tuning the material on tour, Mats brought his septet to Oslo’s Rainbow Studio, where Manfred Eicher produced this definitive version of Rubicon in May 2015.
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