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Vanessa Fernandez - When The Levee Breaks (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/176,4kHz

Artist: Vanessa Fernandez
Title: When The Levee Breaks
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock, Jazz Blues, Vocal Jazz, Tribute
Label: © Groove Note Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 176,4kHz/24bit
Source: DSD64
Duration: 00:51:34
Recorded At United Recording Studio B, November 12-14 & 16, 2015; Mastered At Bernie Grundman Mastering, February 2-4, 2016


Vanessa Fernandez covers Led Zeppelin tunes in "unplugged" acoustic arrangements on the audiophile quality recording When The Levee Breaks. Brilliant rhythm guitar and solos from arranger-guitarist Tim Pierce including an extended electric guitar solo on the rock version of "Whole Lotta Love" as well as killer vintage slide work on "When The Levee Breaks;" awesome drumming and majestic kick drum work from Jim Keltner on "Kashmir," "Babe" and "Immigrant Song;" driving electric bass lines from Chris Chaney; memorable B3 and Wurlitzer fills and runs from keyboardist Jim Cox; audacious violin solos and fills from Charlie Bisharat on "Kashmir" and "Immigrant Song;" and, last but in no way least, stirring percussion backing from the great Luis Conte on "When The Levee Breaks," "Black Dog" and "Whole Lotta Love" (acoustic).
And throughout every song the magnificent incomparable vocals of Vanessa Fernandez. Yes - the album was recorded all analogue multi track but several of the vocal tracks are the complete original live track used without any overdubs or fixes. The vocal performance on "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" is gonna leave listeners breathless! Engineered by Michael C. Ross, mixing of the album was completed at United Recordings (formerly known as Oceanway Recordings). The mixing was done in the legendary studio A with it's great sounding custom built mixing board. All the above elements combined to create memorable and immensely satisfying versions of several well known Led Zeppelin songs and the results are in - an album of epic musical and spectacular sonic quality!
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Vanessa Fernandez - When The Levee Breaks (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Vanessa Fernandez
Title: When The Levee Breaks
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock, Jazz Blues, Vocal Jazz, Tribute
Label: © Groove Note Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 00:51:34
Recorded At United Recording Studio B, November 12-14 & 16, 2015; Mastered At Bernie Grundman Mastering, February 2-4, 2016


Vanessa Fernandez covers Led Zeppelin tunes in "unplugged" acoustic arrangements on the audiophile quality recording When The Levee Breaks. Brilliant rhythm guitar and solos from arranger-guitarist Tim Pierce including an extended electric guitar solo on the rock version of "Whole Lotta Love" as well as killer vintage slide work on "When The Levee Breaks;" awesome drumming and majestic kick drum work from Jim Keltner on "Kashmir," "Babe" and "Immigrant Song;" driving electric bass lines from Chris Chaney; memorable B3 and Wurlitzer fills and runs from keyboardist Jim Cox; audacious violin solos and fills from Charlie Bisharat on "Kashmir" and "Immigrant Song;" and, last but in no way least, stirring percussion backing from the great Luis Conte on "When The Levee Breaks," "Black Dog" and "Whole Lotta Love" (acoustic).
And throughout every song the magnificent incomparable vocals of Vanessa Fernandez. Yes - the album was recorded all analogue multi track but several of the vocal tracks are the complete original live track used without any overdubs or fixes. The vocal performance on "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" is gonna leave listeners breathless! Engineered by Michael C. Ross, mixing of the album was completed at United Recordings (formerly known as Oceanway Recordings). The mixing was done in the legendary studio A with it's great sounding custom built mixing board. All the above elements combined to create memorable and immensely satisfying versions of several well known Led Zeppelin songs and the results are in - an album of epic musical and spectacular sonic quality!


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Vanessa Fernandez - Use Me (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/176,4kHz

Artist: Vanessa Fernandez
Title: Use Me
Genre: R&B, Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Groove Note Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 176,4kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:57:23
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording, January 18-22, 2014; Mastered At Bernie Grundman Mastering


Singapore-based vocalist Vanessa Fernandez, 31, has performed hip-hop (Urban Xchange/Parking Lot Pimp) and been a DJ "Vandetta," or "Miss Vandetta" on Mediacorp Radio's 987FM. Groove Note and ORG reissue producer Ying Tan decided that Fernandez deserved the audiophile recording treatment and so brought her to Ocean Way Recording in Los Angeles in mid-January 2014 to record this album to analog tape in five sessions.
Fernandez covers Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes and others in an album filled with funky grooves provided by a stellar back-up band anchored by bassist Leland Sklar, with session guitarist Tim Pierce (Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Patti Smith, Joe Cocker, Michael Jackson) drummer Victor Indrizzo (Scott Weiland, Chris Cornell) keyboardist Jim Cox (Lyle Lovett, Mark Knopfler, B.B. King) and others.
The album of audiophile-quality covers of soul and R&B classics from the '70s and '80s was done in an "unplugged" style with acoustic instruments and arrangements used on all of the tracks. Vocals are tremendously dynamic (no compression or limiting used), with superb presence and detail for all other instruments including the drum set.
The album introduces and throws the spotlight on the fantastic voice of the Singaporean vocalist Fernandez. The song selection includes tunes by Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Earth Wind & Fire, Bill Withers, Al Green and others.
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The Hot Sardines - French Fries & Champagne (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Hot Sardines
Title: French Fries + Champagne
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Cabaret, Retro Swing, New Orleans Jazz Revival
Label: © Decca Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:41:45
Recorded: Sear Sound Studios, NYC


This second album from New York-based The Hot Sardines features music first made famous decades ago, reinvented and brought to life by the group's brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies and vocals from a chanteuse who evokes a different era with the mere lilt of her voice. On French Fries & Champagne, The Hot Sardines broadens its already impressive palette, combining covers and originals that effortlessly channel New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls. Emmy-winning actor Alan Cumming, a fan of The Hot Sardines, joins vocalist Elizabeth Bougerol on a mischievous take of When I Get Low I Get High, a song popularized by Ella Fitzgerald. The band even upends Robert Palmer’s 1985 classic Addicted To Love with cool vocals and hot horn arrangements.
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The Glenn Gould Silver Jubilee Album (1980/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), Glenn Gould (1932-1982), Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915), Richard Strauss (1864-1949), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: The Glenn Gould Silver Jubilee Album
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1980/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:40:14
Recorded: 1963, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1980

This LP is the first “grab bag” of unreleased recordings lying in Columbia’s ice-box, partly for lack of suitable companions, partly as fragments of unfinished projects. The second LP staged Gould’s alleged “hysteric return” to the concert hall as part of a radio fantasy—aboard an oil rig in the Beaufort Sea, far away in the Canadian north!
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Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn - Violin Concertos - Fumiaki Miura, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Hannu Lintu (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Artist: Fumiaki Miura, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Hannu Lintu
Title: Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn - Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Avex Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ototoy.jp
Duration: 01:05:47
Recorded: 2015, Teldex Studio, Berlin


It was quite by chance, or happy coincidence, that I came across the name of Fumiaki Miura. Browsing performances of the Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso on YouTube, I stumbled on a version with an unnamed orchestra accompanying a dazzling performance by a young violinist, who seemed to take the concert by storm. It was pretty evident that here was an exceptional talent.
Born in Japan in 1993, Miura and has been playing the violin since the age of three. His father is a concertmaster and gave Fumiaki his first lessons. In 2008 he was admitted to the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, studying with Tsugio Tokunaga. Recently he has been working with Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Conservatory. His big break came in 2009 when he became the youngest ever winner of the Joseph Joachim Hannover International Violin Competition, where he pocketed both the Music Critics' and the Audience Prize. In November 2012, he gave the Polish premiere of Penderecki’s Concerto for Viola and Violin with Julian Rachlin. His violin is a J.B. Guadagnini (1748) on loan from the Yellow Angel Foundation, Japan.
The Tchaikovsky Concerto in Miura’s hands is not just a vehicle for virtuosic display. He invests the score with an affluence of fantasy and resourcefulness, applying his formidable musicianship to the service of the music. Take the second subject of the opening movement: excess emotion is reined in and the music doesn’t degenerate into syrupy affectation. I would guess that he has lived with this piece for a while, has a profound understanding of its structure, and approaches it holistically. The double-stop passages in the development section are clean and well articulated, with pristine intonation. The cadenza is technically flawless, but musically contoured. The slow movement is tastefully played, not over-sentimentalized, and there’s an instinctive sense of line. The finale bristles with energy and élan, with spiccato passages crisp and incisive. He does not employ Leopold Auer’s cuts.
Likewise, in the Mendelssohn Concerto there is a maturity of vision. It’s a leisurely approach, with the music unfolding as though freshly composed. The lyrical passages are heartfelt and expressive. In the slow movement, Miura caresses the phrases, savouring the moment, and proves master of nuance and inflection. Expressive slides and position changes are not overdone, but are executed with refinement and intelligence. In the finale the sun comes out, and I’m thankful that it isn’t rushed like some. Articulation is clean and metrically elastic. Striking throughout is Miura’s rich, warm tone, which is never monochrome, but suffused with tonal colour and shadings.
Hannu Lintu proves a sensitive collaborator, and the rapport between soloist and conductor is immediately tangible. The recording engineers have achieved a sterling sound picture, with the Teldex Studio providing a sympathetically warm acoustic. The balance between soloist and orchestra is effectively met. Orchestral detail, especially from the glorious woodwind section of Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, set this recording apart and does so with distinction. Booklet notes are in Japanese only, with English track-listings and timings.
Apparently, this is the second recording the violinist has made. His debut release was a disc of Prokofiev's Violin Sonatas with Itamar Golan for Sony Japan, which I have not been able to track down. This is a pity, as it doesn’t seem to be available in the West. Miura has taken a brave stance taking on these two warhorses of the violin repertoire, in what is an over-saturated market-place. My initial fears, however, have been allayed. This recording ranks as one of most satisfying accounts of this perennial pairing I have heard, and worthily has a place on the shelves next to my favourite versions. I am almost certain that we will be hearing a lot more of Fumiaki Miura in days to come. Such outstanding talent bodes well for his future career. --Stephen Greenbank, MusicWeb International
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Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped (2006/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sonic Youth
Title: Rather Ripped
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Post Rock, Noise Rock, Grunge
Label: © DGC/Geffen Records
Release Date: 2006/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:51:49
Recorded: December 2005 – January 2006, Sear Sound in New York City


Rather Ripped contains some of Sonic Youth's most poppy and accessible songs, co-produced by John Agnello working with the band for the first time. The 2006 release marked the end of Sonic Youth's nine-album run on Geffen Records as well as the departure of guitarist and producer Jim O'Rourke, who joined the group in 1999.
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Sonic Youth - Murray Street (2002/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sonic Youth
Title: Murray Street
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Post Rock, Noise Rock, Grunge
Label: © DGC/Geffen Records
Release Date: 2002/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:45:41
Recorded: August 2001 – March 2002 at Echo Canyon, New York City


Considered one of the band's best albums, Sonic Youth's 2002 release Murray Street is named for the location of the group's studio in New York City, only two blocks from the World Trade Center. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 occurred during the writing and recording of this album, which therefore reflects the turmoil and uncertainty of the times. Murray Street also marks the beginning of Grammy-winning producer and guitarist Jim O'Rourke's six year stint as a member of Sonic Youth.
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Bedrich Smetana - Czech Dances & On the seashore - Garrick Ohlsson (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884)
Artist: Garrick Ohlsson
Title: Smetana - Czech Dances & On the seashore
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
Duration: 62 minutes 13 seconds
Recorded: January 2015, Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom


Smetana’s two sets of Czech Dances—the first comprising four Chopin-esque Polkas, the second exploring other dance forms more associated with Dvořák—provide the ideal vehicle for the understated pianism of Garrick Ohlsson. The evocative tone poem in miniature On the seashore completes the programme.
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Sinikka Langeland - The Magical Forest (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Sinikka Langeland
Title: The Magical Forest
Genre: Jazz, Folk Jazz, Nordic Traditions, Finnish Folk, Improvisation, Avant-Garde Jazz, Traditional Folk
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:47:33
Recorded: Rainbow Studio, Oslo in February 2015


The colours of The Magical Forest glow in this remarkable recording which brings together Sinikka Langeland’s Norwegian-Finnish-Swedish Starflowers quintet with the singers of the Trio Mediӕval. It’s an inspired concept: the Trio Mediӕval, with their affinity for folk music and their unique vocal blend, adapt themselves ideally to Sinikka’s sound-world, which is once archaic, timeless and contemporary. The quintet members, all bandleaders in their own right, are amongst the most characterful players in Scandinavia today, and Sinikka sets them free to improvise around her cycle of songs, built upon myths and legends of the world tree.
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