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John Coltrane - Blue Train (1957/2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: John Coltrane
Title: Blue Train
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records/Universal Music Enterprises
Release Date: 1957 (BST 81577/BLP 1577)/2015
Recorded: September 15, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.
Mastered by Alan Yashida, alternate takes Mastered by Robert Vosgien at Capitol Mastering.
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:15:51
Size: 14 GB
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 192 kHz / 6838 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 192 kHz / 6332 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

John Coltrane only recorded one album as a leader for Blue Note, but it was the turning point of his career and one of his greatest hours. 31 at the time of 1957’s Blue Train, Coltrane had been largely unknown just two years earlier. In 1955 he began a very important two-year stint with Miles Davis that gave him visibility and found him growing rapidly as an improviser.

By 1957 when he left Davis and became a member of the Thelonious Monk Quartet for a few historic months, Coltrane had his own innovative voice. He was at the top of the field along with Sonny Rollins and was considered a young giant. Coltrane’s style, which often featured him, grouping together an explosive series of notes that were called sheets of sound, was unprecedented and years ahead of his contemporaries.

Blue Train stands as proof of both Trane’s originality and his dazzling style. Heading an all-star hard bop sextet that included the 19-year old Lee Morgan (the brightest new trumpeter in jazz) and trombonist Curtis Fuller, Coltrane took an astounding solo on “Blue Train” (one in which every note in his long improvisation fits perfectly) and introduced what was arguably his greatest composition, “Moment’s Notice.”

All five performances on Blue Train (including a definitive rendition of “I’m Old Fashioned”) are filled with memorable and classic moments. While Coltrane only worked for Alfred Lion on this one occasion, this very stirring set is full of timeless magic. After Blue Train was recorded, there was never again any doubt that John Coltrane was a giant!
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Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles / Maiden Voyage (1964/65/2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Sticker on front cover says 24 bit / 96kHz but all audio tracks are 24 bit / 192 kHz.

Artist: Herbie Hancock
Title: Empyrean Isles / Maiden Voyage
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Modal, Piano Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records/Universal Music Enterprises
Release Date: Empyrean Isles – 1964 (BLP 4175/BST 84175); Maiden Voyage – 1965 (BLP 4195/BST 84195)/2015
Recorded: Empyrean Isles – June 17, 1964; Maiden Voyage – March 17, 1965; Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Mastered: tracks 1-4: Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering; tracks 6-10: Robert Vosgien at Capitol Mastering; tracks 11-15: Alan Yashida
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 02:04:48
Size: 22.6 GB
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 192 kHz / 6475 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 192 kHz / 5881 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)


Jazz icon Herbie Hancock’s solo career blossomed on Blue Note Records in the mid-to-late ’60s with classic albums including Maiden Voyage and Empyrean Isles. Throughout his career, Hancock has always pushed musical boundaries, exploring a wide variety of jazz idioms while bringing his flair and innovation to every single setting. His Blue Note albums of the 1960’s ranged all the way from post bop to Latin jazz, to straight ahead and free form.

Empyrean Isles, recorded when Hancock was 24 and a new member of the Miles Davis Quintet, features the pianist pushing the envelope of hard bop, creating fresh, new music in the process. In a quartet setting with Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, Hancock shows that he was familiar with both avant-garde jazz and groovin’ R&B. His four compositions include the original and most exciting version of “Cantaloupe Island” and the swingingly unpredictable “One Finger Snap.”Empyrean Isles brims with the power and adventure of the best of ’60s jazz while gracefully crossing over into uncharted territory in signature Hancock fashion.
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Reinhold Moritsevich Gliere - Symphony No. 3 ‘Il’ya Muromets’ - Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]


Сomposer: Reinhold Moritsevich Glière (1875-1956)
Artist: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta
Title: Symphony No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 42, “Il’ya Muromets”
Genre: Classical
Label: © Naxos
Release Date: 2014
Recorded: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA, from 3rd to 5th May, 2013
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:11:38
Video: MPEG-2 4742 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9
Audio: Russian DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 5709 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: Russian LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 8.09 GB

“The Glière Symphony No. 3 has always been a piece that shimmered on my horizon—a cult piece, in a way, renowned as the composer’s towering masterpiece but rarely played in concert. As long as a Mahler symphony and enormous in its instrumental requirements, it was a work that people spoke about reverently but almost never heard live. The recording was an adventure that changed our orchestra, strengthened us, and became an artistic benchmark for our musicians. We revelled in the gorgeous landscape of the Symphony—from mysterious bass murmurings to crushing walls of brass fortissimo to breathtaking impressionistic renderings of forests and birds. We performed and recorded this massive work uncut to preserve Glière’s extraordinary architecture. This work is a cathedral in sound that unfolds in breathtaking swashes of colour, poetry and monumental climaxes.” – JoAnn Falletta
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Theo - The Game of Ouroboros (2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Theo
Title: The Game of Ouroboros
Genre: Rock, Progressive Rock, Sympho-Prog, Fusion
Label: © The Big O Store
Release Date: 2015
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 0:57:44
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 19370 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / Main Profile 4.0
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Audio: LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit

Formed by world reknown keyboardist Jim Alfredson (organissimo, Dirty Fingers, Janiva Magness, Greg Nagy Band, Root Doctor) THEO harkens back to the keyboard-centric superbands of the 1970s like Yes, Genesis, and Emerson Lake and Palmer, but with a distinctly modern and bold approach.
THEO also represents a return to the concept of the keyboardist as a vital and irreplaceable part of the group, rather than a mere sideman.
The intrepid and dynamic music is paired with auspicious lyrical themes of corporatization, consumerism, loss of innocence, exile, and the obsession with celebrity. Lead vocals are handled by Alfredson himself. Usually relegated to background duties, Alfredson’s surprisingly flexible baritone voice shifts from soaring muscularity to intimate falsetto and everything between.
The eponymous debut album features six tracks including an epic three song opening suite comprising 24 minutes.
Available as a hi-res MP3 or FLAC (24bit/96kHz) stereo download, FLAC 5.1 download (24bit/96kHz), standard stereo CD, and/or Limited Edition Blu-Ray version featuring the 24bit / 96kHz stereo mixes and Dobly AC3 5.1 Surround mixes.
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Steve Hackett - Wolflight (2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]


Name: Steve Hackett: Wolflight
Released: 2015
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Folk Rock
Artist: Banjo – Steve Hackett (tracks: 8), Bass – Chris Squire (tracks: 3), Eiður Arnarsson (tracks: 12), Bass, Chapman Stick – Nick Beggs (tracks: 8), Design – Harry Pearce, Didgeridoo – Sára Kovács (tracks: 2), Drums – Benedikt Brynleifsson (tracks: 12), Gary O’Toole (tracks: 1,5,8), Hugo Degenhardt (tracks: 9,10), Ólafur Hólm Einarsson (tracks: 12), Duduk – Rob Townsend (3) (tracks: 5), Guitar – Steve Hackett (tracks: 1-12), Thorvaldur B. Thorvaldsson (tracks: 12), Harmonica – Steve Hackett (tracks: 4,8), Keyboards – Kjartan Valdemarsson (tracks: 12), Roger King (tracks: 1-10), Mastered By – Roger King, Oud – Steve Hackett (tracks: 5,9), Percussion – Steve Hackett (tracks: 1,4,7), Photography – Angéla Vincedomini, Maurizio Vincedomini, Producer – Roger King (tracks: 1-11), Steve Hackett (tracks: 1-11), Thorvaldur B. Thorvaldsson (tracks: 12), Recorded By – Roger King (tracks: 1-11), Thorvaldur B. Thorvaldsson (tracks: 12), Saxophone – Rob Townsend (3) (tracks: 4,8), Tar – Malik Mansurov (tracks: 2), Tipple – Steve Hackett (tracks: 7), Violin, Viola – Christine Townsend (tracks: 1-4,8), Vocals – Amanda Lehmann (tracks: 2-4,8), Eythor Ingi Gunnlaugsson (tracks: 12), Jo Hackett (tracks: 4), Steve Hackett (tracks: 2-5,7,8,10)

Issued: United States | Inside Out Music
Duration: 1:03:03
Size: 21.5 GB

Wolflight is Steve’s first original solo studio album since Beyond The Shrouded Horizon in 2011. Primal and orchestral, it retains the Hackett trademark as electric guitar runs right the way through with a regular sprinkling of acoustic. The concept behind it is a new unexplored chapter in the guitarist’s career.

The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece (Corycian Fire) to the Far East (Wolflight), the USA and Martin Luther King (Black Thunder), but also his very own childhood memories (The Wheel’s Turning) and the unresolved drama of domestic violence (Love Song to a Vampire).

An excited Steve Hackett tells us more about the record: “My new rock album Wolflight is at the ready and lying in wait. It reflects everybody’s struggle for freedom on a journey travelling through both inner and outer space. It explores sounds from as far afield as Greece, Azerbaijan, the deep American South, Sahara desert and beyond, from all our yesterdays, evoking the ancient past”.

Steve Hackett’s electric guitar plays a powerful role, whilst we also hear him on acoustic guitar, Arabian lute and twelve string, along with his strong lead vocals. Guest Musicians include long time collaborators Roger King (Keyboards & programming), Gary O’Toole (drums), Rob Townsend (sax, duduk), Nick Beggs (bass & stick) and Amanda Lehmann (harmony vocals). Malik Mansurov on tar and Sara Kovaks on didgeridoo add an extra exotic element, plus YES bassist Chris Squire plays on Love Song to a Vampire and Hugo Dagenhardt plays drums on Dust and Dreams. The innovative song writing team includes Steve Hackett, his wife Jo Hackett and also Roger King.

Recorded: Tracks 1-11 recorded and mixed by Roger King at Map Studios; Track 12 recorded and mixed by Thorvaldur B. Thorvaldsson; Interviews filmed by Paul Green Productions.
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Antonin Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89 (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Title: Antonín Dvořák: Requiem, Op. 89
Released: 2014
Genre: Classical
Conductor: Antoni Wit
Artist: Christiane Libor (Soprano), Ewa Wolak (Alto), Daniel Kirch (Tenor), Janusz Monarcha (Bass), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Issued: United States | Naxos
Duration: 1:37:48
Size: 11.44 GB

Antonín Dvořák’s huge popularity in England was built largely on the success of his Stabat Mater, which he had conducted there in 1884 and 1885. It was well suited to the country’s choral traditions and led eventually to a commission for a Requiem, which was premièred in Birmingham in 1891. Written in ten months during tours to Russia, England and Germany, its success was immediate. Sitting closer to the tradition of Cherubini than Verdi, its tone is compassionate and reflective, devoid of unnecessary drama, and movingly crafted with great sophistication.
Recorded: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland, from 29th May to 5th June, 2012.
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Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (2012) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Name: Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Released: 2012
Genre: Classical
Conductor: Antoni Wit
Artist: Christiane Libor, Soprano (# 5), Thomas E. Bauer, Baritone (# 3, 6), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Issued: United States | Naxos
Duration: 1:15:16
Size: 8.84 GB

The longest work in Brahms’s entire oeuvre, A German Requiem was almost certainly triggered by the death of his mother, although it also seems likely that the tragic loss of his friend Robert Schumann, some years earlier, added to its depth and eloquence. Taking inspiration from Bach’s contrapuntal genius but avoiding overt religious tradition, Brahms chose the texts himself, placing an emphasis on an affirmation of life with the suggestion that he would gladly have substituted ‘human’ for ‘German’ in the title.

Recorded: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland, from 27th to 29th August, 2012.
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Carl Nielsen - Symphonies Nos. 1-6 - London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Сomposer: Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
Title: Carl Nielsen – Symphonies Nos. 1-6
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2014
Recording Location: October 2011 (Symphony No 1), December 2011 (Symphony Nos 2 & 3), May 2010 (Symphony No 4), October 2009 (Symphony No 5), May & June 2011 (Symphony No 6) at Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 03:21:35
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 10924 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 31.71 GB

These recordings, made during Sir Colin Davis’ ‘Indian summer’ with the orchestra, are acknowledged to be amongst the finest recordings ever made of this repertoire, receiving numerous awards. The symphonies were originally released between 2011 and 2013 and will now be made available together for the first time as a beautifully packaged 3 SACD box set, including one Pure Audio Blu-ray disc.
Despite giving titles to the majority of his symphonies, Danish composer Carl Nielsen was often vague about what influenced each work. Nevertheless he was a master symphonist and his music is mesmerising, combining propulsive energy with lyrical invention.
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Simple Minds - Sparkle in the Rain (1984/2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Simple Minds
Title: Sparkle in the Rain
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Synth-pop, Pop Rock
Label: © Universal Music
Release Date: 2015
Recorded: September–October 1983 at Monnow Valley Studio in Rockfield; The Town House in London
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 00:45:07 + 00:44:57 (Original 1984 Stereo Mix)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 2002 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8310 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit

Sparkle in the Rain is the sixth studio album by Simple Minds, released on 6 February 1984. A breakthrough commercial success for the band, the record peaked at number one in the UK Albums Chart on 18 February 1984, and reached the top 20 in numerous other countries around the world, including New Zealand, Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, and Australia. Receiving mostly positive reviews in the United Kingdom and the United States, Sparkle in the Rain was ultimately certified double platinum in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry, and significantly increased media interest in the band.

Scotland’s Simple Minds get creative and passionate on Sparkle in the Rain, their seventh album released prior to their mid-’80s heyday of heralding the charts. Produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, Morrissey, XTC, Psychedelic Furs), Sparkle in the Rain marks the band’s best effort thus far, capturing thick seascapes of illustrious lyrical visions. Frontman Jim Kerr’s anthemic love songs are political and personal, and synth-beats throb over Charlie Burchill’s new wave third-chord guitars and swooning basslines. Songs like “Waterfront” and “Book of Brilliant Things” are finely cut tracks with Simple Minds’ signature harking, but the glossy verse behind “Up on the Catwalk” is what’s most appealing. Piano vibes are pinch-hitting and Kerr’s songwriting thrives on celebrity and the falling grace that coincides that. Sparkle in the Rain is a glimpse of what’s to come from Simple Minds. Kerr’s heart-wrenching vocals soar and such emotion only leads to earning a global following. Like U2 did with 1984’s The Unforgettable Fire, Simple Minds will touch hearts by stripping their soul. The process has already begun on Sparkle in the Rain. –MacKenzie Wilson
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Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’ / Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto – London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Title: Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish'; Schumann: Piano Concerto
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2014
Recording Location: January 2014 at Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:19:21 + 01:30:49 (video bonus)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Video (bonus): MPEG-4 AVC 21993 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: German DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 192 kHz / 18133 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: German LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3 (bonus): German LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 32.82 GB

Inspired by his travels to the British Isles and full of the influence of the rolling Scottish landscape, both Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’ and his Overture: The Hebrides (‘Fingal’s Cave’) are amongst the composer’s most popular and admired works. The London Symphony Orchestra present us with inspiring performances of these works, as well as a performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto, featuring the celebrated pianist, Maria João Pires.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner writes of this coupling; ‘Even if they spoke with different accents these genial Romantics were united in their ambitious fervour for ‘abstract’ music to be acknowledged as having the same expressive force as poetry, drama or the literary novel. The three works on this album exemplify the endeavour and range of invention of two of them, friends and colleagues in Leipzig’.
As well as SACD, this recording will be released on the new format Pure Audio Blu-ray, which will enable the orchestra to be heard in high resolution sound on every Blu-ray player. Bonus HD video footage of the full concert will also be included on the Blu-ray.
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