Category: DSD File

Nat King Cole – The Nat King Cole Story (1961/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Nat King Cole
Title: The Nat King Cole Story
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1961
Duration:
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Analogue Productions
Source: https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/93706/Nat_King_Cole-The_Nat_King_Cole_Story-DSD_Single_Rate_28MHz64fs_Download

"...if you haven't picked up every one of the Blue Note and Nat King Cole reissues from Chad Kassem and company at Acoustic Sounds, you're really missing out!" - David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 52 "...mastered from the original three-track work tapes is a sonic spectacular that outdoes the original by a wide margin - as does its packaging. The SACD includes three-channel and two-channel mixes. A major reissue." Stereophile Records To Die For - Michael Fremer, Stereophile, February 2010 This has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original three-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 SACD experience. In addition to the stereo mixes, this SACD includes a three-track transfer for multichannel playback. In order to master from the three-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for three-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 three-track playback headstack and also a three-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.

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Nat King Cole – After Midnight (1957/2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Nat King Cole
Title: After Midnight
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1957
Duration:
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Analogue Productions
Source: https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/93719/Nat_King_Cole-After_Midnight-DSD_Single_Rate_28MHz64fs_Download

This 1957 release from Nat King Cole peaked at number 13 on US album charts and marks the last album Cole recorded with jazz flavour. Despite being billed as a trio recording, Cole is joined on these sessions by musicians including Harry "Sweets" Edison on trumpet and other guests contributing sax, violin, trombone and even bongos. In this felicitous blending of Nat "King" Cole's supreme talents as jazz pianist and vocalist with small combos featuring fellow jazz alumni, classic pop and jazz met in a wildly successful brew. A combination of new and familiar songs are featured, including fresh recordings of classic hits like "Route 66". Musicians include Harry "Sweets" Edison, Juan Tizol, Lee Young, Stuff Smith and Willie Smith augmenting his famous Trio. In addition to the full original album, five additional tracks and two alternates take from the original sessions are included in this release. Mellow, classy, focused and vibrant, After Midnight was a hit and an instant classic upon its release in 1957 and remains a gem to treasure today.

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Lisa Jacobs, The String Soloists – Locatelli: L’Arte del Violino Op. 3 (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

             


Artist: Lisa Jacobs, The String Soloists
Title: Locatelli: L'Arte del Violino Op. 3
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration:
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Label: Cobra
Source: https://cobra.nativedsd.com/albums/COBRA0054-locatelli-violin-concertos

In his music, Locatelli pushes the boundaries of the violin technique with an unprecedented virtuoso and at times romantic vision. The frequent use of exceptional high positions on the violin, many daredevil antics in the left hand including double stops and extended stretches, and the exploration of hitherto rarely used bow techniques, makes him a true pioneer for the violin and the development of violin technique in general. Despite his obvious fascination for virtuosity, Locatelli ensures that one is captivated first and foremost by charming original melodies and bold characterization. His music never develops into a tour de force but remains sympathetic to both the listener and the performer. It is therefore a dream come true to proudly present to you my new album Locatelli: L'Arte del violino. Along with The String Soloists, an exciting young and dynamic international ensemble, I have immersed myself the past few months with great enthusiasm in Locatelli's world of sound, colour and playfulness which ultimately resulted in the recording of his Violin Concertos opus 3 no. 1, 2 and 4. On behalf of all of us, I wish you pleasure and joy in your exploration of Locatelli's amazing violin repertoire! - Lisa Jacobs

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Dragon Quartet – Schubert & Dvorak: String Quartets (2017) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD256/11.20MHz

             


Artist: Dragon Quartet
Title: Schubert & Dvorak: String Quartets
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 64:19
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD256/11.20MHz
Label: Channel Classics
Source: https://channelclassics.nativedsd.com/albums/39417-string-quartets-of-schubert-dvorak

The Dragon String Quartet is an ensemble that was formed in 2012 of four celebrated, young Chinese musicians: first violinist Ning Feng, second violinist Wang Xiaomao, violist Zheng Wenxiao and cellist Qin Liwei. Ning Feng and Qin Liwei, both internationally established Chinese soloists, came up with the idea of forming a string quartet after a series of concerts that brought them together. Wang Xiaomao is concertmaster of China National Ballet Orchestra, Zheng Wenxiao is Principal Viola of Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Symphonie orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks). The Dragon String Quartet performs around the world regularly, introducing the masterworks of string quartet to the audiences, rediscovering rarely performed but outstanding pieces, and promoting contemporary works especially the great pieces created by Chinese composers.

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Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer – Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (2017) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer
Title: Mahler: Symphony No. 3
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 1:35:46
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Channel Classics
Source: https://channelclassics.nativedsd.com/albums/38817-mahler-symphony-no-3-in-dminor

I love the whole symphony but from the second movement two favorite moments, two details, spring to mind. First, the recapitulation when the solo violin takes flight, like a buzzing bee around a flower, and then accidentally finds itself in a wonderful modulation to E major. The second is the ending. The flowers, that move and dance elegantly against the wind, suddenly expose their Tristan-like soul. From the vast first movement I would choose the huge, yawning creature's (Pan's?) first appearance. Conducting the Scherzo I am always carried away by the inserted episodes which interrupt the post horn -- first by a group of baroque birds, then rococo ones flying up from the pages of a Mozart piano concerto. What an ingenious and unpredictable use of different styles! Finally, the endless melody of the last movement moves me every time with its intimate beauty and honesty. There is something divine in the wealth of this great masterpiece. Ivn Fischer

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Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend – J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio (2006) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend
Title: J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2006
Duration: 72:01 + 66:56
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Challenge Records
Source: https://challengerecords.nativedsd.com/albums/CC76607-christmas-oratorio

Jan Willem de Vriend shares his thoughts on the Christmas Oratorio: 'The Combattimento Consort Amsterdam has always performed the complete Christmas Oratorio with only two exceptions. On these two occasions the concert hall did not want a complete performance and the choice was left to us which movements to leave out. However, this is in fact an impossible choice, as in my view the work forms a single entity. So, it has happened on occasion that we have performed four cantatas. And even though prior to the concert we thought that on the one hand it would be fine to finish earlier, as it turned out -- and I think I can speak for all my colleagues -- after the performance we felt it a great pity after all, not to have included those two cantatas. During a performance of the complete cycle we have become accustomed to pausing between each cantata, to insert just a short break of around five minutes before beginning the following cantata. Incidentally, this is just one of the ways to divide up the work; I could also imagine that the cycle could be spread out, that one decides: "This morning I will perform one, then this evening another, with another cantata the following day." Nevertheless, the point is that even when a performance is spread out over a number of days, as happened in Bach's time, the work still continues to function as a unified whole. I am absolutely convinced that the churchgoers of the time had a far greater retention of the music, that the music remained more firmly entrenched in their memory until the following church service. Just compare how it is these days. After the concert, you may be sitting in your car and you switch on the radio to hear if there are any traffic jams reported, so you keep hearing fragments of music and as a result of this a large part of your recent musical experience is erased. I myself am glad that after performing a work it stays in my head for some time. Perhaps this was much more often the case in those days. As far as this is concerned, the effect of such a cantata would have been far stronger and of longer duration back then. Something similar also applies in the case of the various tonalities. In view of the fact that even temperament was nowhere near as widely in use in those days, a much greater differentiation was experienced between the various keys with their individual characteristics. With the advent of modern tuning, this entire sensibility to the different keys has vanished.'

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Kuijken Piano Quartet – Mozart: Piano Quartets K.493 & K.478 (2017) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

             


Artist: Kuijken Piano Quartet
Title: Mozart: Piano Quartets K.493 & K.478
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:06:30
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Label: Challenge Records
Source: https://challengerecords.nativedsd.com/albums/CC72758-mozart-piano-quartets-k-493-k-478

For anyone wishing to approach any type of music, a 'virginal' listening experience, I believe, is the best possible choice. For those of us who have mastered score-reading, could that alone be enough, and ultimately perhaps the true essence? (Naturally, I can ask this only about notated music.) So, paradoxically, are we closest to that essence when listening inwardly to music in our heads? I was asked to write something about the music presented on this recording. For those who wish to read on, please feel free, but doing so is by no means compulsory. The two piano quartets, written in 1785 and 1786, are all-encompassing -- the appeal of a piano concerto in miniature on the one hand, and the mystery and intimacy of the most heavenly chamber music on the other. Mozart created this genre practically from scratch. Indeed, his treatment of these four instruments as equal partners was unheard of in his day. The silence, both empty silence and full silence, I experience in the slow movement of the second piano quartet, is like a balm, while the intense power of expression of both opening movements leaves me speechless.

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Hannes Minnaar, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 (2017) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

             


Artist: Hannes Minnaar, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend
Title: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:09:14
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Label: Challenge Records
Source: https://challengerecords.nativedsd.com/albums/CC72715-piano-concerto-no-3

The missing link. Hannes Minnaar's release of the beginning and end phases (numbers 1 & 2 and 4 & 5 respectively) of Beethoven's piano concertos is now 'followed' by No. 3. It forms a link in another sense as well. The first concertos: replete with youth, sparkling, often even rambunctious; the last two both more mature and more heroic. And Piano Concerto No. 3 then? In part still building on his youth (Beethoven was around 30 when he wrote it), this is the first one where we hear heroism. Might has become the central theme.

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Kuijken Quartet, Michel Boulanger – Schubert: String Quintet D.956 (2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

             


Artist: Kuijken Quartet, Michel Boulanger
Title: Schubert: String Quintet D.956
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 00:52:53
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Label: Challenge Records
Source: https://challengerecords.nativedsd.com/albums/cc72647string-quintet-d-956-op-posth-163

No language has the words to describe the essence of Schubert's deepest musical outpourings. Probably the greatest tribute is paid to music of this quality not by talking about it, but by listening to it. Listening, not once, but many times; not with half an ear, but not too analytically either: listening in astonishment and with an open mind. Even so, a bit of commentary can sometimes be helpful, if only to place a work in its context. The environment, in the form of time and space, is always the breeding ground for every work of art. If we say "a tree is known by its fruit", it is interesting to take a closer look at the tree. What tree produced a fruit like Schubert? In the early nineteenth century, when Schubert was growing up and living in Vienna, the personal emotions of a poet (or composer, writer, painter) were of growing importance. At the same time as it was moving towards individual expression, art was still clearly leaning on its strong 'classical' foundations, the achievements of the late eighteenth century -- but the borders had been shifted, towards monumental stature and towards small-scale intimacy (compare Beethoven's development of the symphony and the string quartet to the many jewels of art songs written by his contemporaries, with Schubert leading the way). In short, from the waves of this renewal arose what we now know as romantic art, with its diverse range of emotions, now intensified, now held back...

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Erin Helyard, Stephanie McCallum – Le Prophete: Works for Four Hands (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Erin Helyard, Stephanie McCallum
Title: Le Prophete: Works for Four Hands
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 02:15:58
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: trptk
Source: https://trptk.nativedsd.com/albums/TTK0005-le-prophete

The only way to listen to the latest symphony or opera in the nineteenth century was to either seek out a live performance or perform it at home with a piano partner, quatre mains. Thus, an enormous amount of four-hand literature abounds from the 1820s to the 1930s. Works in transcription largely dominate this repertoire: operas, symphonies, and chamber works were adapted en masse for four hands by skilled and not so skilled musicians alike. But there were also works freshly composed in the medium, and four-handed playing could be heard in the home (its natural environment) but also on the relatively new environment of the concert stage

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