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Sonny Rollins - Way Out West (1957/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sonny Rollins
Title: Way Out West
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Contemporary Records/Concord Music Group, Inc.
Release Date: 1957/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:25
Recorded: March 7, 1957, Contemporary Studio, Los Angeles

Way Out West is a 1957 album by Sonny Rollins with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, neither of whom had played or recorded with Rollins before. The music employs a technique called "strolling", used here by Rollins for the first time, in which he would solo over only bass and drums with no pianist playing chords. The recent reissue of the CD has additional takes of three of the songs, including the title track. These additional takes are all about twice as long, containing much longer solos from all three of the members of the band.
In order to fit the recording session into the musicians' busy schedules, it was scheduled "for 3 A.M.", according to the liner notes by producer Lester Koenig: "At 7 A.M., after four hours of intense concentration, during which they recorded half the album, and should have been exhausted, Sonny said, 'I'm hot now.' Shelly who had been up for 24 hours, said, 'Man, I feel like playing.' And Ray, who was equally tired and had a studio call for the afternoon, just smiled."
The picture for the cover, taken by celebrated jazz photographer William Claxton, with the saxophonist dressed in Stetson hat, holster, and horn in place of a pistol, was Rollins' own idea, to celebrate his first trip out West, according to Koenig in the liner notes.
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Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 8 'Stalingrad' - Russian National Orchestra, Paavo Berglund (2006) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Russian National Orchestra, Paavo Berglund
Title: Shostakovich - Symphony No. 8 'Stalingrad'
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2006
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:06:28
Recorded: DZZ Studio 5, Moscow, June 2005

Not until later on, in his posthumously published memoirs, did Shostakovich provide a personal insight into his Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65, which he completed on September 9, 1943 in only two months’ time, following a short, yet agonisingly dry creative period: “The Seventh and the Eighth are my ‘Requiem’.” At the time, his first comments on the new work were very different, and (as was usual during Stalin’s regime, one should add) meaningless: “This work mirrors my thoughts and feelings following the joyous reports on the first victories of the Red Army.” For sure ... After all, it would be hard to come up with another 20th-century symphony that soundsas inscrutable and sadly fateful as Shostakovich’s Eighth.
Following his triumphant Leningrad Symphony, the composer had deeply disappointed the expectations of the Apparatschik with this work, as a great part of the Eighth is pensive and melancholy, and does not announce the victory of the Red Army at Stalingrad. Quite the opposite, instead of producing emotional and enduring symphonic music, Shostakovich the man not only expresses his deep mourning of the dreadful tragedy of the Second World War and its countless victims, he also announces in the most deeply pessimistic tone the individual suffering of the people in the Soviet Union, who (also before the war) suffered and died under Stalin’s reign of terror. Shostakovich’s hope that the authorities would interpret the resignative tone of the work as a consequence of the German aggression, was rapidly dashed, and thus the Eighth was censured in1948, after Shostakovich, Prokofiev and other leading composers had been accused of “formalistic tendencies”. The symphony was banned from the concert podium, and numerous radio recordings of the work were destroyed.
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Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 15 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2012/2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
Title: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 15
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD | Naxos Right US, Inc.
Release Date: 2012/2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:06:53
Recorded: at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England on 14th June 2011 (tracks 1-3), and on 26th and 27th October 2010 (tracks 4-7)

This album was mastered using 2xHD's proprietary system. In order to achieve the most accurate reproduction of the original recording they tailor their process specifically for each project, using a selection from their pool of state-of-the-art audiophile components and connectors. The process begins with a transfer to analog from the original 96kHz/24-bit resolution master, using cutting edge D/A converters. The analog signal is then sent through a hi-end tube preamplifier before being recorded directly in DXD using the dCS905 A/D and the dCS Vivaldi Clock. All connections used in the process are made of OCC silver cable.
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Shirley Horn - Live at the 4 Queens (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Shirley Horn
Title: Live at the 4 Queens
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Piano Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Standards
Label: © 2xHD/Resonance Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 54:54
Recorded live at the Four Queens Hotel, Las Vegas, May 2, 1988

The first previously unreleased music by Shirley Horn in nearly a decade was recorded live at the 4 Queens Hotel in Las Vegas in May 1988 and feature Horn's longtime trio, bassist Charles Ables and drummer Steve Williams. The set was recorded by KNPR radio for a syndicated jazz show and captures the angora-voiced jazz singer and pianist at the very beginning of her resurgence on the jazz scene. Renowned for her inimitable ability to negotiate melodies and lyrics at an exquisitely unhurried pace, Horn applies her unique alchemy to classic and contemporary songs: when she sings a song, she changes the way it's heard forever.
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Shawn Mendes - Illuminate (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: Illuminate
Genre: Pop
Label: © Island Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:52:12

Shawn Mendes translated his Vine superstardom into genuine pop stardom in 2015 thanks to "Stitches," a lively piece of pop with a slightly soulful undercurrent. Wisely, Mendes and his team decide to play off these soulful inclinations on Illuminate, the album released almost 18 months after his 2015 debut Handwritten. This isn't to say that Mendes is a crooner, nor is he riding anything resembling a funky groove. Instead, Illuminate uses light R&B rhythms as a way to give a bit of grace and warmth, the airiness of "Ruin" and "Three Empty Words" spinning heartbreak into seduction. As it turns out, this wide-eyed puppy dog routine is the key to Mendes' appeal. He's not forceful, and whenever he slides into a loverman routine, there's never a sense that he's a player: his voice is so small and sweet, it feels as if he's whispering sweet nothings to his high school sweetheart. On Handwritten, such quivering sensitivity seemed tentative, but on Illuminate, it has gelled into his pop persona; he's charming because he embraces his ordinariness. Sometimes on Illuminate the songs are a bit too diffuse to benefit from these qualities -- whenever they lack a hook or pronounced melody, the tracks tend to drift -- but a lot of the record provides a good showcase for his tenderness. And these aren't necessarily ballads, either. Certainly, he feels at home on a nice slow-burning torch number like "Don't Be a Fool" -- an old-fashioned slice of swaying '60s soul -- but on the insistent pop of "Treat You Better" and sunny seaside vibes of "Honest," this boyishness is equally appealing, and those sly shifts in tone are why Mendes comes into his own on Illuminate. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Sergio Franchi - La Dolce Italy (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sergio Franchi
Title: La Dolce Italy
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop, Easy Listening
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:35:28
Recorded: 1966
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Schumann, Schubert, Brahms - Lise Berthaud, Adam Laloum (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Lise Berthaud, Adam Laloum
Title: Schumann, Schubert, Brahms
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:02:20
Recorded: l’église Saint-Pierre, Paris en juillet 2013

Lise Berthaud [b.1982] studied at the Conservatoire de Paris, with Gérard Caussé. In 2005, she won the Hindemith Prize at the Geneva International Competition, was short listed by the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2009 as 'Révélation de l’Année' (Newcomer of the Year) and since September 2013, Lise has been part of the prestigious BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.
Adam Laloum studied at the Paris Conservatoire before receiving international recognition when he won 1st Prize at the prestigious Clara Haskil Piano Competition. Laloum has founded a piano trio 'Les Esprits'. Both have played with prestigious orchestras and have appeared on famous stages and festivals. This is their first recital together and Lise Berthaud's debut recording.
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Sarah Lancman - Inspiring Love (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Sarah Lancman
Title: Inspiring Love
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Swing, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Starprod
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:50:48

She is truly a great new voice for Jazz ”: voilà ce que Quincy Jones a dit de Sarah Lancman lorsqu'elle a remporté le Grand Prix de la Compétition Internationale du Festival de Montreux en 2012.
17 disques d'or, Victoires de la Musique, Django d'or, Grand Prix de l'Académie du Jazz Django Reinhardt, on ne présente plus le pianiste italien Giovanni Mirabassi.
Ils sont aujourd'hui les complices de leur nouvel album “Inspiring Love” dont les 10 compositions originales ont été enregistrées à New York, haut lieu de cette musique et qui sortira en novembre 2016.
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Saint-Saens, Ravel & Gershwin - Piano Concertos - Andrew von Oeyen, PKF - Prague Philharmonia, Emmanuel Villaume (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Camille Saint-Saëns 1835–1921, Maurice Ravel 1875–1937, George Gershwin 1898–1937, Jules Massenet 1842–1912
Artist: Andrew von Oeyen, PKF - Prague Philharmonia, Emmanuel Villaume
Title: Saint-Saëns, Ravel & Gershwin - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:06:05
Recorded: 21–25 August 2015, Studio 1, Czech Radio, Prague

Living as he does between Paris and Los Angeles, pianist Andrew von Oeyen is the ideal interpreter for this enticing programme: flanking Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody, it explores Franco-American cross-currents.
Andrew Von Oeyen is partnered by the PFK Prague Philharmonia under its Music Director and Chief Conductor Emmanuel Villaume – a French musician who is also very much at home in the USA.
“Perhaps it is no coincidence that my debut album for Warner Classics presents a Franco-American theme,” says pianist Andrew von Oeyen of this programme of works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Gershwin. An American (of German and Dutch origin) who trained at New York’s Juilliard School is partnered on the album by the PFK Prague Philharmonia under its Music Director and Chief Conductor Emmanuel Villaume – a Frenchman who is very much at home in the USA, as Music Director of the Dallas Opera and as a frequent guest conductor with America’s leading opera companies and orchestras.
The works Andrew von Oeyen has chosen for this album are Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, dating from 1868, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, written between 1929 and 1931, and Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody, composed in 1931, seven years after the Rhapsody in Blue.
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John Rutter - Visions & Requiem - Aurora Orchestra, John Rutter (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: John Rutter (b1945)
Artist: Aurora Orchestra, John Rutter
Title: Rutter - Visions & Requiem
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Collegium Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 57 minutes 12 seconds
Recorded: July 2016, All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom

This new album couples John Rutter's most recent work with one of his most popular. Visions celebrates the utopian ideal of heavenly peace in in four movements written specially for the solo violin of Kerson Leong, string ensemble and the boy choristers of the Temple Church choir. The Requiem of 1985 receives a vital new recording under the guidance of its composer.
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