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Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue (1994/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Patricia Barber
Title: Cafe Blue
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © Premonition Records
Release Date: 1994/2013 (2011 remixed)
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:02:52
Recorded: Chicago Recordings Company, Studio 5, Chicago IL. June 28-30, July 1, 1994.
Analog 2-track mixes transferred to 24/192 kHz by Doug Sax. Converted to DSD from the 24/192 by Gus Skinas


Cafe Blue was recorded at Chicago Recording Company in early 1994 by recording engineer Jim Anderson. It was the first release Barber recorded for Premonition Records. Recorded in 16/48 kHz on a 32-track Otari machine, the original multitracks were then transferred and remixed in 2011 at Capitol Studios in Holywood, California. The idea was to reimagine the album, which had become one of the most widely praised jazz recordings of the 1900s, at one of the legendary recording facilities of the golden era of jazz recording, the late 1950s. Utilizing Studio B's remarkably warm Neve 808 console, which was actually the first Neve console in the U.S., and Capitol's EMT plate reverbs and live chambers, Anderson delivered a stunning reinterpretation that has become the standard versiion of this recording. The album was mastered from the original analog mixes by David Glasser of Airshow Mastering.
Cafe Blue itself is so special that it outshines its peers. This recording of an outstanding female vocalist won more than 15 awards of best reviews from international major magazines of music institutions. But the most important aspect of this disc crystallizes in the two songs for which Barber herself has written the lyrics. The down-and-out sophistication of "What A Shame" and the self-effacing wonderment of "Too Rich For My Blood," show a serious jazz musician exploring the emotional domain normally occupied by pop and rock artists.
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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition - New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (2004) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Artist: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras
Title: Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
Genre: Classical
Label: © Vanguard Classics XVAN1504D64
Release Date: 2004
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:37:14
Recorded: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, July 1973


Most audiophiles, when they think of classical records, treasure the true classic labels: RCA, Mercury, Everest, Decca and Vanguard. Thinking in terms of the Mt. Rushmore of classical labels, Vanguard holds a place of preeminence on that peak. These are gorgeous recordings. And now, remastered from the original analog tapes (and when available, from the original 3-track masters!) in the stunning clarity and life-like vividness of DSD, these Vanguard Classics files will be a cornerstone of any classical collection.
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Khovanshchina Prelude were recorded on eight tracks, placing the listener at the center of the orchestra, with strings (left), horns, flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, trumpets and harps arrayed left to right on the front three channels and the timpani/percussion, strings (right), trombones, tuba, bass drum/percussion arrayed left to right on the rear channels.
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Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars - Ambassador Satch (1956/2000) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars
Title: Ambassador Satch
Genre: Jazz, Dixieland, Early Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment CS 64926
Release Date: 1956/2000
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 00:54:14
Recorded live at Concert Tour 1955 on Milan, Amsterdam, Los Angeles & New York City


Recorded in Amsterdam, Milan, Hollywood and New York, the performances on Ambassador Satch are largely of the same order as those on Satchmo the Great, except that this collection contains no narrative interludes. Following "Royal Garden Blues," "Tin Roof Blues," "Muskrat Ramble" and other tunes, Young is featured on a way-up "Undecided," Ed Hall on "Darndanella" and Armstrong on "West End Blues," his crowning classic. Bonus tracks include the previously unissued "Clarinet Marmalade," another Hall showcase, and "Someday You'll Be Sorry."
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Joseph Haydn - String Quartets, Vol. 2 - The Amsterdam String Quartet (2009) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Artist: The Amsterdam String Quartet
Title: Haydn - String Quartets, Vol. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2009
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz (orig. DFF converted at KorgAudioGate)
Source: channelclassics.com
Duration: 01:03:23
Recorded: Hervormde Kerk, Rhoon, June 2008


Haydn String Quartets, Op. 20 no. 4, Op. 64, no. 6 and Op. 77, no. 1 Joseph Haydn's remarkable series of 68 string quartets encompasses, in effect, his entire compositional career. The ten works together comprising Op. 1, 2 and 'Op. 0' date from his 20s (c. 1758 - 1761); and the final nine works of Op. 76 (1797), 77 (1799) and 103 (1803) were written after the 'London' Symphonies, and in close proximity to his oratorios, The Creation and The Seasons. The stylistic journey Haydn took from beginning to end is striking indeed, on account of the extended time period involved and the inevitable changes in musical taste across Europe. The Op. 20 set (1772) is generally regarded as Haydn's first 'mature' contribution to the string quartet genre. Two early, unauthorized editions ensured widespread dissemination - from La Chevardière (1774) and Hummel (Amsterdam and Berlin, 1779). The title page of the latter, in fact, with its engraving of a blazing midday sun, was directly responsible for the nickname that accrued to the set ('Sun' quartets); equally, the order in which the quartets appear in this edition established the order in which they have usually appeared in editions ever since. Op. 20 was widely admired in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries-by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms (who owned the autograph scores) among others-and retained a prominent place in the twentieth-century concert hall as well....
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Joseph Haydn - String Quartets, Vol. 1 - The Amsterdam String Quartet (2007) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Artist: The Amsterdam String Quartet
Title: Haydn - String Quartets, Vol. 1
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2007
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz (orig. DFF converted at KorgAudioGate)
Source: channelclassics.com
Duration: 01:09:01
Recorded: Doopsgezinde Kerk of Deventer, the Netherlands, 25-27 August 2006


Unlike his great contemporary Mozart, who died at 35 in 1791, Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) lived long enough to be feted as a musical colossus in his own lifetime. Writing in the influential, Leipzig-based Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung in 1801, Johann Karl Friedrich Triest explains: all the composers of symphonies and quartets lag behind the man who has plied his craft for almost an entire half century with ever new, inexhaustible, genuinely amazing power, and became the greatest benefactor of German instrumental music. Johann Ferdinand Ritter von Schnfeld, author of A Yearbook of the Music of Vienna and Prague in 1796, holds Haydn in similarly high esteem, waxing lyrical about his string quartets: [they] are full of bewitching harmonies, and have this special quality of immediately attracting ones attention, holding it and moving on, as in a labyrinth, through flowering meadows, past babbling brooks, alongside roaring streams.
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Antonin Dvorak - Slavonic Dances, Opp. 46 & 72 - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Dvořák - Slavonic Dances, Opp. 46 & 72
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:10:14
Recorded: March and May 1999, Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary


Whereas the first set had featured predominantly Czech dances (with the exception of the second which evoked the Ukranian dumka — not, strictly speaking, a dance), the second set is more broadly Slavonic, incorporating Slovak, Polish, Serbian and Russian elements in addition to Dvorák’s favourite melancholy dumka strains. In these sixteen highly varied and colourful dances, Dvorák had fulfilled his original brief to perfection, creating stylised, even idealised dance fantasias which inter - mingle folk elements with his own inspired melodies so effectively, so disarmingly and so artistically that for the most part they have defied attempts by musicologists to uncover the folk sources. Dvorák justified his approach in 1894:
‘From the rich stores of Slavonic folk music, in its Hungarian [i.e. Slovak], Russian, Bohemian and Polish varieties, the composers of the day have derived, and will continue to derive, much that is charming and novel in their music. Nor is there anything objectionable in this, for if the poet and painter base much of their best art on national legends, songs and traditions, why should not the musicians?’
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Big George Brock - Heavyweight Blues (2007/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Big George Brock
Title: Heavyweight Blues
Genre: Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues
Label: © APO/Analogue Productions Originals
Release Date: 2007/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:53:08
Recorded: June 17-18, 2005 at Blue Heaven Studios, Salina, Kansas
A flat and direct transfer to DSD from the original analog tape master with all the dynamics and the tone of the original mixes.


Sonny Payne has since 1951 been the regular host of KFFA's King Biscuit Time radio show in Helena, Arkansas. The show is the longest-running blues broadcast and was the first to feature live blues on the air, beginning with performances by Robert Lockwood Jr. and Sonny Boy Williamson II.
The latest from APO Records and Blue Heaven Studios...blues so raw and real they'll make you sore. There's no surprises here - just straight-ahead force. The songs are standards, some of 'em covered thousands of times. But NOBODY, that's a guaranteed NOBODY, comes closer to evoking the real feel of Muddy Waters or Howlin' Wolf than Big George Brock. His voice is as rich as fertile soil. But this isn't some imitation-contest record. Big George has got the goods all his own and has had 'em on display since the 1950s. He's a former Heavyweight boxer, and just like with the best of that sport, he'll gladly tell you what's coming. You still can't get out of the way.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony Nos. 4 & 6 - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Beethoven - Symphony Nos. 4 & 6
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 01:18:35
Recorded: February 2010, Palace of Arts, Budapest, Hungary


'Two fundamentally different symphonies: both works explore feelings from an entirely different point of view. The Fourth is about human feelings and moods: obsession, love (what a melody in the second movement!), happiness, fun, wit, (Beethoven's most humorous finale!). The Sixth is about feelings that nature awakens in us: calmness, meditation, thankfulness. It has been an especially creative process to work on these masterpieces. We discovered that the Fourth Symphony sounds better with natural horns and trumpets. In the Pastorale we used a different seating arrangement, with the winds scattered among the strings, so that each soloist was surrounded by musicians playing the flow of Beethoven's nature music. After the storm, when we hear the first tentative call of the clarinet, answered by the horn from a different mountain, as it were, we found it appropriate to use a solo violin, which is gradually joined by the whole orchestra.' --Iván Fischer
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Bartok, Prokofiev, Hindemith - Solo 2 - Ning Feng (2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Béla Bartók (1881-1945), Sergey Prokofiev (1892-1953), Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Artist: Ning Feng
Title: Bartók, Prokofiev, Hindemith - Solo 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:09:45
Recorded: Westvest, Schiedam, February 2012, March 2012


Béla Bartok composed his Sonata for violin solo (1944) after emigrating from Hungary to the USA on the outbreak of World War II. A few years before, he had openly expressed his aversion to Hitler and the rise of the Nazis, refusing to play his own
music or have it performed in Germany. Bartók was consequently boycotted almost everywhere, particularly in pro-German countries. Political developments in Hungary and surrounding dictatorships became such an unbearable torment, that after long hesitation he said farewell to his fatherland (and to his mother). In North America, however, the composer and his wife could hardly settle. For many years Bart.k did not compose, and he felt that he would never be able to do so again. He darted through the overcrowded streets of New York like an anxious animal. He felt like a miserable and uprooted stranger, became ill, and weighed hardly 44 kilos in 1943. Bartók died of leukaemia in New York in 1945
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Art Pepper - The Intimate Art Pepper (1979/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Art Pepper
Title: The Intimate Art Pepper
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Bop, Cool Jazz, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Analogue Productions XAPR3014D64
Release Date: 1979/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:01:33
Recorded: Originally recorded during sessions in 1979 for So In Love & New York Album.


In 1979 Art Pepper was recorded at two sessions that yielded two fine albums, So In Love and The New York Album. There was more first-rate material recorded in those two sessions than would fit on two LPs so difficult choices had to be made as to what material not to include on the albums released at the time. Those choices were not necessarily made on the basis of the quality of the performances but with respect to such considerations as length and congruence of repertoire within an album.
These rare recordings which feature primarily material recorded in connection with the So In Love session but which also include a beautiful rendition of Jerome Kern's Yesterdays (with Hank Jones, Ron Carter and Al Foster) showcase Art in solo and trio treatments of jazz standards.
There are also quartet performances with George Cables Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins of material from Pepper's repertoire. The original multi-track recordings were painstakingly mixed and transferred to 2-track analog by Rik Pekkonen and John Koenig. Remastered from the analog tapes by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman for the 2003 Analogue Productions SACD. Authored for DSD by Gus Skinas at the Super Audio Center in Boulder, Colorado.
It was John Snyder, then creative director of Horizon Records, A&M's jazz label, who arranged the recording sessions in Los Angeles and New York that became the source for these historic albums. Art's promise to Snyder was kept — that Art's new contract with Fantasy permitted Snyder to record one album for his brand-new startup label, Artists House.
"John then recorded way too much. Too much for just a single album. He recorded in Los Angeles and, when we visited New York again, John set up sessions there as well. And used the all-star bands he wanted. John Snyder honored Art, just as he'd hoped to do when we first met in 1977. These tracks are the sublime result," says Laurie Pepper, Art's wife. We concur.
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