Category: DSD File

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend – Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang” (2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

             


Artist: The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend
Title: Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang"
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2013
Duration: 01:02:32
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Label: Challenge Records
Source: https://challengerecords.nativedsd.com/albums/symphony-no-2-lobgesang

It is June 1840, you are in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, the church where the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach was once kapellmeister. You are there to attend the premiere of a piece of music on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg. The successful composer Felix Mendelssohn will conduct his own music. Mild excitement takes hold of you; you feel that it is going to be a magnificent concert, with orchestra, choir, soloists. Finally, it starts. The trombones begin with a regal theme that resounds through the church. The orchestra takes over the theme. You are immediately swept up by, immersed in the music -- an overwhelming experience. That must certainly have been the experience of the audience at this first performance of Mendelssohn's symphony-cantata, as he liked to describe it. That the beginning of the piece is so overawing, by the nature of the theme and scoring of wind instruments, is not something you immediately expect from a composer such as Mendelssohn. He is known more for refinement, a cultivated melancholy that is fascinating, but does not threaten to make off with you. And of course, there is the virtuosity, which never stoops to affectation and always remains functional.1 As impressive as the regal trombone theme is, other passages of Lobgesang have probably moved audiences more deeply.

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Kuijken Quartet – Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 59, String Quintet Op. 29 (2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Kuijken Quartet
Title: Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 59, String Quintet Op. 29
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2011
Duration: 02:16:52
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Challenge Records
Source: https://challengerecords.nativedsd.com/albums/string-quartets-op-59-string-quintet-op-29

This recording, by two generations of musicians from the Kuijken family (Veronica, Sigiswald, Sara and Wieland Kuijken), with my wife Marleen Thiers, 2nd viola in the quintet, was made with so-called 'modern' instruments. Although our name is generally linked with 'period performance practice', listeners should not expect or seek a deliberate, specific 'historic' tendency in this recording: this was not what defined our collaboration for this production... I would even venture to say that in the first place we allowed ourselves to be moved and motivated by the immense strength exuded by these Beethoven pieces, based on our own musical experience and intuition; what we shared was astonishment -- and joy. As we went along we became increasingly aware that it can be a gift to have kindred genes; and that an instrument is simply an instrument, no more... Sigiswald Kuijken

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Pat Metheny – Bright Size Life (1976/2017) DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Pat Metheny
Title: Bright Size Life
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1976
Duration: 36:58
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Pat Metheny's debut studio album is a good one, a trio date that finds him already laying down the distinctively cottony, slightly withdrawn tone and asymmetrical phrasing that would serve him well through most of the swerves in direction ahead. His original material, all of it lovely, bears the bracing air of his Midwestern upbringing, with titles like "Missouri Uncompromised," "Midwestern Nights Dream," and "Omaha Celebration." There is also a sole harbinger of radical matters way down the road with the inclusion of a loose-jointed treatment of Ornette Coleman's "Round Trip/Broadway Blues," proving that Song X did not come from totally out of the blue. Besides being Metheny's debut, this LP also features one of the earliest recordings of Jaco Pastorius, a fully formed, well-matched contrapuntal force on electric bass, though content to leave the spotlight mostly to Metheny. Bob Moses, who like Metheny played in the Gary Burton Quintet at the time, is the drummer, and he can mix it up, too.

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Georg Solti – Venice (1959/2016) DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Georg Solti
Title: Venice
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 1959
Duration: 58:35
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Analogue Productions

Georg Solti, conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Originally released in 1959. Ravishing string tone and superior dynamics. Indisputedly beautiful string tone in Act One of Traviata. About a minute or so into the last band on side one, one hears the famous Underground subway rumbling beneath Kingsway Hall. The Underground, the Aldrich-Holborn line, was a constant factor to be addressed by Decca engineers.

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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

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. After having been organist at the Lincoln Cathedral (1563-72), Byrd joined the Chapel Royal in London, where he remained until his death. Amongst his many keyboard works, Byrd was particularly active in producing the often connected pair of dances, the pavan and galliard, much favoured at the time. Characteristic of the form of these dances is that both contain three sections, each of which is repeated mostly in varied form. In contrast to Byrd, Melchior Schildt is a rather unknown figure today. A pupil of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Schildt worked as an organist at the Marienkirche in Wolfenbu?ttel (1623-26), at the Danish court in Copenhagen (1626-29) and at the Marktkirche in Hanover (1629-67). Amongst his surviving keyboard works, the Paduana Lagrima takes a special place. Just like Byrd's version, Schildt's setting of Dowland's Lachrymae Pavan fully respects the sorrow and melancholy of the original, even if Schildt has incorporated unusual technical features such as runs in double thirds.

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Christian Tetzlaff, Nikolai Lugansky, Russian National Orchestra, Kent Nagano – Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto; Piano Concerto (2003) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Christian Tetzlaff, Nikolai Lugansky, Russian National Orchestra, Kent Nagano
Title: Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto; Piano Concerto
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2003
Duration: 01:07:48
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Pentatone

Only a few works from Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky's huge oeuvre have gained general acceptance; however, these are of such an enduring nature that the Russian is ranked among the great com- posers in the history of music. The way the world of music highlights especially his last three symphonies, his Piano Concerto No. 1, his opera Eugen Onegin and his Rococo Variations is nothing less than extraordinary. Tchaikovsky's life alternated between tragedy and happiness. He was born on May 7, 1840 in Kamsko-Votkinsk, and received his first piano lessons from his mother at the tender age of five. Even as a child, he was prone to psychosomatic attacks and depressions, which he attempted to combat by composing brilliant pieces on the piano. His parents established the family home in St. Petersburg in 1852, after moving house a number of times. During the following 10 years, Tchaikovsky read law, found employ- ment as a civil servant, travelled throughout Europe as an interpreter and, on the whole, led a carefree and joyous life. He was only sporadically interested in music: his sole artistic activities consisted of evenings spent at the opera or at concerts, and irregular piano lessons.

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Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov – Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (2006) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov
Title: Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2006
Duration: 01:44:24
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Pentatone

During a journey through Italy in 1882, Peter Tchaikovsky received a parcel in the post from a friend containing a book with the fairy tale Nutcracker and the Mouse King. This was, however, in the French adaptation Histoire d'un casse-noi- sette, which AlexandreDumas senior had published in 1844. The original by the German author E.T.A. Hoffmann was published at Christmastime in 1816, and was included at the time in the collection Die Serapionsbrder. A contemporary review stated that the text was hardly a fairy tale, "but the rogue only takes on the mask of the child, in order to make fun of decent people by means of words and ges- tures in an even more amusing man- ner". This story depicts "a complete world with all its fantastic objects, the way this presents itself to the fearful, innocent and yet greedy soul of a child (of the girl Marie of noble birth) in a delightful dream": i.e. as a battle of the good (the dolls and toys) against the evil (the mice in the girl's bedroom) in a fantastic Kingdom of Sweets, to which Marie is transport- ed through mysterious doors by the Nutcracker, her Christmas present.

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Sam Cooke – The Best Of Sam Cooke (1962/2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Sam Cooke
Title: The Best Of Sam Cooke
Genre: R&B
Release Date: 1962
Duration: 36:16
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Analogue Productions

This Best Of Sam Cooke album was the beacon that kept Cooke's most popular songs in the public eye. Between 1957 and his death seven years later, Cooke recorded an average of one Top Ten single every four months! For a couple of generations this was the first -- and often only -- Sam Cooke album they owned. Although there are more ambitious collections that show Cooke's remarkable range and diversity, this is still the best starting place. These are Sam Cooke's biggest commercial hits. This is the message in a bottle that brought his gifts to millions of people.

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Kazuki Yamada, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – Russian Dances (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Kazuki Yamada, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Title: Russian Dances
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:10:44
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Pentatone

In an ideal situation, football players perform their "dance" on a grass pitch -- as once did the "white ballet" of Real Madrid, led by its soloists Pusks and Di Stfano. But surely not on the ballet stage! Definitely not. However, not only was Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 -- 1975) passionate about music, he was also a great football fan. More specifically, a fan of his hometown club Zenit St. Petersburg. The Russian language has a more intense description for the concept of the "fan" -- one is considered "bolejet" (literally = ill) for one's team: one shares the fever. And as a fan of Zenit, Shostakovich had his fair share of downright hard times: "Being a supporter is at times more frustrating than pleasurable." He was often a guest at the stadium: even when Leningrad was under siege from the German army, he attended lower-league matches whenever possible. In 1929, Shostakovich composed his first, three-act ballet to a scenic design by film director Alexander Ivanovsky. Entitled The Golden Age, it portrays an away-game of a Soviet football team in an unnamed western city at the time of an industrial exhibition. During the away-game of the Soviet team, plenty of bizarre events take place in the ideologically "false" world, which allow for the inclusion of numerous dance interludes and parodies

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Robert Len – Hope (2017) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

             


Artist: Robert Len
Title: Hope
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 41:52
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Label: 2xHD

On this follow-up to 2014's Fragile, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Robert Len continues to enchant with his personal style. Through his warm interpretations on the flugelhorn, trumpet, guitar, flute and the many other instruments he has mastered, blended with his unique approach to cool jazz, Len creates an extraordinary acoustic balance allowing the emotion of his music to shine through.

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