Category: DSD File

Ewald Demeyere – Tears – Harpsichord Laments of the Seventeenth Century (2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Ewald Demeyere
Title: Tears - Harpsichord Laments of the Seventeenth Century
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2012
Duration: 58:02
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Challenge Records
Source: https://challengerecords.nativedsd.com/albums/tears-harpsichord-laments-from-the-17thcentury

Amongst the seventeenth-century harpsichord repertoire, the genre of pieces referring to a loss, whether or not the death of a person, takes a special place, and forms the leitmotif of this disc. These introspective pieces, actually being meditations or contemplations, achieve in a uniquely profound way an almost spiritual level. John Downland's Lachrimae Pavan, initially a lute piece which the composer reworked as a lute song to the words Flow my Tears and as a consort piece, enjoyed great popularity in the seventeenth century. In fact, it occurs in more than one hundred manuscripts or prints in a variety of arrangements. For this CD I have included two of the finest of those transcriptions, by William Byrd and by Melchior Schildt. Byrd was one of the most influential composers of his generation, in his time called a Father of Musick and Brittanicae Musicae Parens.

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Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannu Lintu – George Enescu: Symphony No. 2 & Chamber Symphony (2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannu Lintu
Title: George Enescu: Symphony No. 2 & Chamber Symphony
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2012
Duration: 01:09:21
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: 2xHD
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A 24-bit recording in DXD (Digital eXtreme Defnition) There is a pedigreed narrative about the emergence of canonic composers in the eastern half of Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Like social modernisation, cultural renewal during the nineteenth century was supposedly a response to ideas and practices from the charismatic cultural capitals of Western Europe: an appropriation and then a transformation of modalities developed elsewhere. And because of this response mode, so it is argued, there was initially an element of 'forms without substance' about the process. Then, as this response slowly fused with a developing nationalist commitment, music in these regions found its 'historical moment', initially in the Czech lands, and then in Hungary, Poland and Romania. When the conditions were right, significant composers, including Bla Bartk, Karol Szymanowski and George Enescu, appeared on cue.

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Elvis Presley – 24 Karat Hits (1997/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Elvis Presley
Title: 24 Karat Hits
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 1997
Duration: 01:01:08
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Universal Records
Source: https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/94710/Elvis_Presley-24_Karat_Hits-DSD_Single_Rate_28MHz64fs_Download

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

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Elton John – Peachtree Road (2004) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Elton John
Title: Peachtree Road
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 2004
Duration: 52:05
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Universal Records
Source: https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/95377/Elton_John-Peachtree_Road-DSD_Single_Rate_28MHz64fs_Download

Elton John's 28th studio album garnered gold status by the RIAA in December 2004. The record peaked at #18 on Billboard's Top 200 and featured three singles: Weight Of The World, Porch Swing In Tupelo and They Call Her The Cat.

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Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman (1970/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Cat Stevens
Title: Tea For The Tillerman
Genre: Folk
Release Date: 1970
Duration: 36:47
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Analogue Productions
Source: https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/95250/Cat_Stevens-Tea_For_The_Tillerman-DSD_Single_Rate_28MHz64fs_Download

Mona Bone Jakon only began Cat Stevens' comeback. Seven months later, he returned with Tea for the Tillerman, an album in the same chamber-group style, employing the same musicians and producer, but with a far more confident tone. Mona Bone Jakon had been full of references to death, but Tea for the Tillerman was not about dying; it was about living in the modern world while rejecting it in favor of spiritual fulfillment. It began with a statement of purpose, "Where Do the Children Play?," in which Stevens questioned the value of technology and progress. "Wild World" found the singer being dumped by a girl, but making the novel suggestion that she should stay with him because she was incapable of handling things without him. "Sad Lisa" might have been about the same girl after she tried and failed to make her way; now, she seemed depressed to the point of psychosis. The rest of the album veered between two themes: the conflict between the young and the old, and religion as an answer to life's questions. Tea for the Tillerman was the story of a young man's search for spiritual meaning in a soulless class society he found abhorrent. He hadn't yet reached his destination, but he was confident he was going in the right direction, traveling at his own, unhurried pace. The album's rejection of contemporary life and its yearning for something more struck a chord with listeners in an era in which traditional verities had been shaken. It didn't hurt, of course, that Stevens had lost none of his ability to craft a catchy pop melody; the album may have been full of angst, but it wasn't hard to sing along to. As a result, Tea for the Tillerman became a big seller and, for the second time in four years, its creator became a pop star.

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Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski – Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (2008) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski
Title: Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2008
Duration: 01:02:00
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Pentatone
Source: https://pentatone.nativedsd.com/albums/ptc5186030bruckner-symphony-no-9-in-d-minor

If one includes the F minor study symphony dating from 1863, and the Symphony no. '0' dating from 1869, then Anton Bruckner composed a total of 11 symphonies. However, Bruckner weeded out both early works from his definite canon of symphonies, and therefore the symphony which received the conclusive number of 9 was also most emphatically his 'Ninth'. His 'farewell' work. Principally due to the legacy left by Beethoven, the term 'Ninth' made him overly feel awkward, perhaps even somewhat fearful. Otherwise, it is impossible to explain why Bruckner laid aside his work on the Symphony No. 9 so shortly after beginning with such commitment, and consciously turned to other projects.

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Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski – Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski
Title: Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2010
Duration: 01:19:48
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Pentatone
Source: https://pentatone.nativedsd.com/albums/ptc5186371bruckner-symphony-no-8-in-c-minor

With the Eight Symphony, Anton Bruckner completes a kind of sonorous apotheosis of the Romantic era. A summit resurrected by the haughty conducting of Marek Janowski at the head of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Partner of this grandiose project which looks increasingly like a current integral, Espace 2 welcomes this release perpetuating the action of a public service specifically mandated to relay the cultural and musical richness of the French-speaking Switzerland. If the recording is --by definition- not central in the mission of a broadcaster, it nevertheless constitutes a kind of freezeframe sealing again the long relationship between the OSR and "its" radio station. I recall that the Radio Tlvison Suisse and the great Swiss orchestra are contractually linked for more than 70 years and that they nourish together, day after day, new projects, new exchanges that allow the sonorous immediacy lived at the Victoria Hall of Geneva to be propagated throughout Switzerland, and worldwide through the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

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Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski – Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski
Title: Bruckner: Symphony No. 7
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2011
Duration: 01:06:03
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Pentatone
Source: https://pentatone.nativedsd.com/albums/ptc5186370bruckner-symphony-no-7-in-e-major

In the more than 100 years since his death in 1896, the appraisals by musicologists, critics and the public at large of Anton Bruckner, the man, and Anton Bruckner, the composer, have consistently been radical in character. From the beginning, the standpoints of Bruckner disciples and Bruckner haters have been virtually irreconcilable. Few cases in musical historiography have featured such a diversity of standpoints regarding the importance of an oeuvre and its creator for European music. For the longest time, clichs and stereotypes set the tone of Bruckner reception, with Bruckner himself tending to be the focus of attention. This approach was typically accompanied by questionable characterisations which stood in the way of any objective investigation, e.g., 'God's musician,' 'Upper-Austrian peasant,' 'hero of German composition' and 'half genius, half idiot.' It was not until the 1980s that Bruckner's musical oeuvre, as such, started being subjected to greater scrutiny (than its creator). In particular Germanspeaking musicologists, with the help of detailed work analyses, began to approach the phenomenon of Anton Bruckner using a method which set aside the questionable anecdotes and speculations surrounding the personage, Bruckner, and concentrated above all on the facts: i.e., the surviving musical texts (in which connection the version problem became the foremost priority).

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Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski – Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 (2009) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski
Title: Bruckner: Symphony No. 6
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2009
Duration: 57:36
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Pentatone
Source: https://pentatone.nativedsd.com/albums/ptc5186354bruckner-symphony-no-6-in-a

As this symphony is the first not to be subjected to extensive revision by the composer, an interested person scrutinising or listening to Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 in A major is not forced to deal with the complex aspect of the various versions available. Consequently, for a change, it is available in just the one version. Thus one might conclude that this positive fact facilitates the access to the Symphony No. 6. After all, in the past, musicologists, conductors and audiences alike have struggled -- and still struggle to this day -- with the tangled web of versions in numerous other symphonies written by Bruckner. Nevertheless, we are still a long way from giving the work a straightforward and unconditional reception -- indeed, the Symphony No. 6 receives rather shabby treatment in the concert hall and in Bruckner discographies, despite the fact that it is the shortest symphony ever written by Bruckner. Then why is the Sixth allotted the role of a "hanger-on"? Perhaps because it does not tie in with our image of Bruckner -- perhaps due to its novel structure, its patently obvious complex of themes, or the massive upgrading of its slow movement?

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Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski – Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski
Title: Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2010
Duration: 01:13:53
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Pentatone
Source: https://pentatone.nativedsd.com/albums/ptc5186351bruckner-symphony-no-5-in-bflat

In his novel "The Discovery of Slowness", the German writer Sten Nadolny describes the life and death of the English naval officer and Arctic explorer John Franklin. The book is a subtle study on time. Franklin was a slow human being. He spoke slowly, thought slowly, and was slow to react. And even if he failes outwardly at the end, he yet emerges victorious, as in the old paradox of the race between Achilles and the tortoise. Because, from the perspective of slowness, the world does change. And the reader feels this. So what has that got to do with Anton Bruckner and his Fifth Symphony in B flat major? Well, at first glance, not a lot. But if we look more closely, it is not so difficult to credit this late Romantic composer with the "discovery of slowness". The Fifth, like Nadolny's book, is a deeply personal study on time.

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