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Nordic Sounds 2 : Sandstrom, Wikander, Jersild, Alfven, Hillborg - Swedish Radio Choir, Peter Dijkstra (2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Swedish Radio Choir, Peter Dijkstra
Title: Nordic Sounds 2 : Sandström, Wikander, Jersild, Alfven, Hillborg
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:11:04
Recorded: Musikaliska, Stockholm, June 2011


In the mid-nineteenth century, Europeappeared to be on the verge of a GoldenAge of choral music. There was an astonishingresurgence everywhere of music for men’s andwomen’s voices and for mixed choirs. From asearly as 1810, singing clubs, choral societies andLiedertafel (song-tables) shot up like mushroomsin Berlin, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Cologne andVienna. The best-known was the Liedertafelstarted up in 1808 by Mendelssohn’s teacherCarl Friedrich Zelter, who was leader of thechoral tradition that flourished in the nineteenthcentury has lost none of its strength. Accordingto statistics, no less than ten percent of its ninemillion inhabitants sing in a choir. Värmland,the western province of Sweden, even has areputation for its astronomical number of fivehundred choirs! A large part of the repertoireconsists of old Swedish folk songs, a culturalheritage that came to enjoy renewed and stronginterest in the nineteenth century. Composershave since arranged them for choir, often in anaccessible, neo-Romantic folk-song style and instrophic form. But songs were also adapted in acontemporary style and for all sorts of ensembles.One of the most familiar names in this respect is that of Hugo Alfvén, the foremost Swedish composer of the twentieth century. He becameknown for his furtherance of Swedish choral music and folk songs in Europe, and for his five post-Romantic symphonies and the Swedishrhapsody Midsommarvaka (1904). On the present recording, traditional Swedish folk songs are combined with contemporary choral music.Most of the pieces are Swedish, but Denmark (Jörgen Jersild) and Finland (Jaakko Mäntyjärvi) are also represented.
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Nordic Sounds : Music of Sven-David Sandstrom - Swedish Radio Choir, Peter Dijkstra (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Sven-David Sandström (b.1942)
Artist: Swedish Radio Choir, Peter Dijkstra
Title: Nordic Sounds : Music of Sven-David Sandström
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:10:12
Recorded: Studio Swedish Radio, Stockholm, December 2009


Sven-David Sandström (1942–) has acknowledged that it was thanks to Ingmar Månsson he began composing for choir. A member of Månsson’s Hägersten Motet Choir outside Stockholm for some twenty years, Sandström was given ample opportunities to have his works performed and was able to study the choral instrument and repertoire from the inside.Starting out in a complex modernist tradition; Sandström’s major works from the 1970s were orchestral compositions, including his breakthrough piece, Through and through(1972), which received great acclaim when performed in Amsterdam in 1974. The work that made him the most recognized Swedish composer was Requiem, Mute the Bereaved Memories Speak(1979), a work of almost two hours in length for soloists, two choirs, large orchestra, and tape, setting the poems of Tobias Berggren. The Requiem deals with humankind’s ability to forget its crimes, especially the murder of children during the Holocaust. Requiem is multifaceted; it contains black romanticism, violent outbursts, sublime sections, grotesque scenes, and banalities that give the work an enormous expressivity.When composing for choir Sandström does not hold back in terms of expression or technical demands. As choral director James Kallembach put it: “Choral singers will showcase a range of expressions when perusing a typical Sandström score for the first time. From uncomfortable giggling to disbelief to downright indignation, most singers cannot help but react to some of the higher-pitched passages.” Indeed, many works are incredibly technically difficult even for professional choirs. But there is more to Sandström’s mode of writing for choir. Kallembach identified eight characteristics of Sandström’s choral writing that make his musical language highly emblematic.
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Nicki Parrott - Can't Take My Eyes Off You (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Nicki Parrott
Title: Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Straight-Ahead Jazz, Smoot Jazz
Label: © Venus Records, Inc. Manufactured by Venus Records, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:58:07
Recording: Avatar Studio in New York on March 23 & 24, 2011


Born in Newcastle, Australia, Nicki started her musical training at age four with the piano, followed by the flute, soon after. Nicki switched to double bass at the age of 15.
After graduating high school she moved to Sydney to study jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music where she began to play with Australian musicians such as Mike Nock, Dale Barlow, Paul Grabowsky, Bernie McGann, and Ten Part Invention. She also toured Australia with Russian musicians Daniel Kramer and Alexander Fischer and American trumpeters Bobby Shew and Chuck Findley. She continued her studies with various bassists including visiting artists Ray Brown and John Clayton.
Nicki was the recipient of two awards, a scholarship to Pan Pacific Music Camps at the age of 16, and first place in the 1992 Jazz Action Society’s Annual Song Competition for her composition “Come and Get It”, which is the opening track of Nicki and her sister Lisa’s debut CD, “Awabakal Suite”. She was also nominated for the annual Australian Young Achievers Award by the Arts Council of Australia who granted her the funds to come to New York to study with Rufus Reid. Nicki came to New York in May 1994.
In June 2000, Nicki began performing on Monday nights at the Iridium Jazz Club with the legendary guitarist and inventor, Les Paul. As part of the Les Paul Trio, Nicki worked side-by-side with guitar greats from Paul McCartney, Slash, Steve Miller to fellow Aussie, Tommy Emmanuel.
Since then she has performed with such notable musicians as Michel Legrand, Joe Wilder, Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Jose Feliciano, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Patti Labelle & the New York Pops Orchestra, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Marlena Shaw, David Krakauer, Ken Peplowski, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bill Mays, Scott Hamilton, Lillian Boutte, Larry Carlton and Houston Person, to name a few.
In 2007 and 2008, Nicki received back to back honors for Swing Journal’s Best Jazz Vocal Album (“Moon River” and “Fly Me to The Moon”, respectively).
In 2010 her album Black Coffee (Venus) received Swing Journal’s Gold Disc award.
In 2012, Nicki headlined the Fujitsu Concorde Jazz festival after the release of her eighth CD from Venus Records, “Sakura Sakura”.
Nicki has performed at most major festivals around the globe including the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Newport Beach Jazz Party, Jazz Ascona and Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and many others.
Nicki has also performed in several Broadway shows such as “Avenue Q”, “Imaginary Friends”, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, “Summer of ’42” and “Jekyll and Hyde” and has made several television and documentary appearances including “The Gossip Girls”, “Chasing Sound” and “Thank You Les”, which recently debuted on PBS.
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Nicki Parrott - Sakura Sakura (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Nicki Parrott
Title: Sakura Sakura
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Straight-Ahead Jazz, Smoot Jazz
Label: © Venus Records, Inc. Manufactured by Venus Records, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01:04:42
Recording: Avatar Studio in New York on November 25,26,28 2011


Born in Newcastle, Australia, Nicki started her musical training at age four with the piano, followed by the flute, soon after. Nicki switched to double bass at the age of 15.
After graduating high school she moved to Sydney to study jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music where she began to play with Australian musicians such as Mike Nock, Dale Barlow, Paul Grabowsky, Bernie McGann, and Ten Part Invention. She also toured Australia with Russian musicians Daniel Kramer and Alexander Fischer and American trumpeters Bobby Shew and Chuck Findley. She continued her studies with various bassists including visiting artists Ray Brown and John Clayton.
Nicki was the recipient of two awards, a scholarship to Pan Pacific Music Camps at the age of 16, and first place in the 1992 Jazz Action Society’s Annual Song Competition for her composition “Come and Get It”, which is the opening track of Nicki and her sister Lisa’s debut CD, “Awabakal Suite”. She was also nominated for the annual Australian Young Achievers Award by the Arts Council of Australia who granted her the funds to come to New York to study with Rufus Reid. Nicki came to New York in May 1994.
In June 2000, Nicki began performing on Monday nights at the Iridium Jazz Club with the legendary guitarist and inventor, Les Paul. As part of the Les Paul Trio, Nicki worked side-by-side with guitar greats from Paul McCartney, Slash, Steve Miller to fellow Aussie, Tommy Emmanuel.
Since then she has performed with such notable musicians as Michel Legrand, Joe Wilder, Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Jose Feliciano, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Patti Labelle & the New York Pops Orchestra, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Marlena Shaw, David Krakauer, Ken Peplowski, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bill Mays, Scott Hamilton, Lillian Boutte, Larry Carlton and Houston Person, to name a few.
In 2007 and 2008, Nicki received back to back honors for Swing Journal’s Best Jazz Vocal Album (“Moon River” and “Fly Me to The Moon”, respectively).
In 2010 her album Black Coffee (Venus) received Swing Journal’s Gold Disc award.
In 2012, Nicki headlined the Fujitsu Concorde Jazz festival after the release of her eighth CD from Venus Records, “Sakura Sakura”.
Nicki has performed at most major festivals around the globe including the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Newport Beach Jazz Party, Jazz Ascona and Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and many others.
Nicki has also performed in several Broadway shows such as “Avenue Q”, “Imaginary Friends”, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, “Summer of ’42” and “Jekyll and Hyde” and has made several television and documentary appearances including “The Gossip Girls”, “Chasing Sound” and “Thank You Les”, which recently debuted on PBS.
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New Year's Concert 2017 / Neujahrskonzert 2017 - Wiener Philharmoniker, Gustavo Dudamel (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Wiener Philharmoniker, Gustavo Dudamel
Title: New Year's Concert 2017 / Neujahrskonzert 2017
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:44:06
Live Recording: January 1, 2017, Goldener Saal des Wiener Musikvereins

As a brand name, the Vienna New Year’s Concert can trace back its origins to 31 December 1939. In other words, the concert initially took place on the last day of the year. By 1941, however, it was being held on 1 January, when the Vienna Philharmonic established a tradition that continues to flourish to this day.
The list of names of leading conductors who have led the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concerts reads like a veritable Who’s Who of great maestros: including Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons, and Franz Welser-Möst.
It is not least thanks to this illustrious succession of great conductors that the Vienna New Year’s Concert remains unique, ushering in the New Year in a way that has often been imitated but never equaled. Its universal popularity is undoubtedly due to the direct – or deferred – live broadcast from the flower-filled Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. The first broadcast went out on Eurovision in 1959, the first colour relay in 1967. Now the concert is shown in countries throughout almost the entire world.
It continues to be works by members of the Strauss family – Johann Strauss Father and Son as well as Eduard and Josef Strauss – that are central to this media event. Old favourites from their output are heard alongside others that have never been recorded or are only rarely heard; all of them programmed around two fixed points in the concert: the Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March.
Gustavo Dudamel's skillful conducting and dedication to music drew international attention while he was just in his twenties and continues to attract diverse audiences throughout the world.
Dudamel began violin lessons at the age of 10 in Venezuela's El Sistema music programme and then began studying conducting in 1995 with Rodolfo Saglimbeni. In 1999 he was named music director of the programe's Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, studying with El Sistema's founder, José Antonio Abreu. Just five years later, Dudamel won the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Competition, and became a highly sought-after orchestral and opera conductor, working with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. In 2007, he became music director of the Gothenburg Symphony, with which he remained until 2012. That same year, Dudamel was the first conductor under the age of 30 in many years to be appointed to a major orchestra when he was named music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic beginning with the 2009-2010 season. Dudamel's position with the LA Philharmonic was extended through its 100th anniversary season.
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Nemanja Radulovic - Bach (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Johann Christian Bach (1735–1782)
Artist: Nemanja Radulović
Title: Bach
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:03:04
Recording: Église Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, 3 & 6/2016


The construction of a rebellious, young classical player can proceed along the lines of image-making, or of unorthodox music-making. With the violinist Nemanja Radulovic you get both. Radulovic has been noted for long hair, leather pants, and ABBA covers, and he's already achieved a good deal of crossover success in Britain. Now, signed to Deutsche Grammophon, he essays more conventional repertory in the form of some Bach standards, but the effect is hardly less outrageous. A co-star with Radulovic on this release is Serb composer Aleksandar Sedlar, who devises violin-and-orchestra arrangements of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ, BWV 565, the "Air" from the Suite No. 3 in D major for orchestra, BWV 1068, and the "Chaconne" from the Partita No. 2 for solo violin in D minor, BWV 1004. Listener reactions to these will be a matter of taste. All are designed to be played at turbocharged speeds, and the album as a whole certainly has a high energy level, even in the actual violin concertos and a rare viola concerto (again featuring Radulovic) purportedly by J.C. Bach, reconstructed years ago by Henri Casadesus. The "Chaconne" may make you feel as though something has been scrawled on a work that is profoundly economical as it stands, but the orchestration in the Toccata and Fugue is quite inventive. At any rate, as the classical world looks for its next Nigel Kennedy, Radulovic appears on this release as a potential candidate for the role. --AllMusic Review by James Manheim
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Neil Young - Greatest Hits (2004/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Young
Title: Greatest Hits
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 2004/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:17:10
Recorded: 1969–1991


How does one represent the career of one of the most distinctive, powerful singer/songwriters of the 20th century in the space of a single CD? By keeping it simple and sticking to the milestones. That's exactly what „Greatest Hits“ HITS accomplishes, by presenting 16 of Neil Young's most beloved compositions. The gritty, fuzz-guitar fury of Young's work with Crazy Horse ('Cinnamon Girl,' 'Hey Hey, My My [Into the Black]') brushes up against the acoustic-based, country-tinged 'Old Man' and 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart,' as well as haunting, soul-baring ballads such as 'The Needle and the Damage Done.' Few would deny that the 1970s were Young's richest decade, and this collection strongly focuses on those years, skipping most of Young's genre-hopping '80s albums and grandfather-of-grunge '90s recordings, but the gems from those years would make a rewarding sequel to this concise, sterling anthology.
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Neil Diamond - Serenade (1974/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: Serenade
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Capitol Records, LLC
Release Date: 1974/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:32:51
Recorded: 1974


One in a string of platinum and double platinum records Neil Diamond released in the 1970s, Serenade came on the heels of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and marked a return to Diamond's more conventional pop sound. The album cracked the top five in the US as did the single Longfellow Serenade.
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Neil Diamond - The Bang Years 1966-1968 (2011/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: The Bang Years 1966-1968
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Capitol Records, LLC
Release Date: 2011/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:01:41
Recorded: 1966 (#1,2,6,8,9,11-15,17,19-21), 1967 (#3-5,7,10,16,18,22,23); A&R Studios except #6,8-10; #13,15 recorded at Century Sound Studios; #1 recorded at Atlantic Records Studios; #2 recorded at Dick Charles Studio/A&R Studios


Neil Diamond transitioned from professional songwriter to performer when he signed with Bang Records in 1966. There, he cut two albums -- his 1966 debut The Feel of Neil Diamond and its 1967 sequel Just for You -- that contained his greatest songs: “Solitary Man,” “Cherry, Cherry,” “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon,” “Kentucky Woman,” “Thank the Lord for the Night Time,” “I’m a Believer,” “Red, Red Wine,” “The Boat That I Row,” “You Got to Me,” and “Shilo.” All these, along with the rest of the two Bang albums all presented out of LP order, are on Columbia/Legacy’s 2011 The Bang Years: 1966-1968, by far the best overview ever assembled of this crucial era for Diamond. It’s not just that these are Diamond’s best songs but these are his best records: crisp, lively, colorful pop tunes balanced by luxurious moody brooding ballads. Once he turned into a superstar Diamond tended to rely on his innate showmanship, but here at the beginning of his career he sounded hungry and knew how to have fun, giving these records a snap that still stings decades later. And Diamond knows just how good these recordings are, as indicated by the terrific autobiographical liner notes he’s penned for this collection, notes that give this music context, but they’re not necessary to appreciate The Bang Years: this is pop music that’s so pure it needs no explanation. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Neil Diamond - I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight (1977/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Capitol Records, LLC
Release Date: 1977/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:39:17
Recorded: 1977, Scorpio Sound, Indigo Ranch Studios, The Sound Factory, Producers Workshop, Cherokee Studios, United Western Studios


I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight is the eleventh studio album by Neil Diamond, released on Columbia Records in 1977. It includes a solo version of the song "You Don't Bring Me Flowers". Diamond would score a #1 hit with a new version recorded as a duet with Barbra Streisand the following year.
I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight was the second Neil Diamond album in a row to also garner a television special, which was broadcast on November 17, 1977. The television special received a Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety for Director Art Fisher, Associate Director David Grossman and Stage Manager Bob Graner. It was also nominated for three Emmy Awards. The special was a thematic and "behind the scenes" based program with interspersed live performances. It also features a pioneering segment with one of the earliest broadcasts of what would come to be known as a music video with its treatment of Diamond's song "Morningside".
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