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Frank Sinatra - Watertown (1970/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Frank Sinatra
Title: Watertown
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening, Traditional Pop, Ballad
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 1970/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 33:37
Recorded: July 14, 17, 1969 at Columbia Recording Studios, Voice overdubs August 25-27, 1969

Watertown is a later album by Frank Sinatra and tells a heartbreaking story in a series of soliloquies. It is the only album on which Sinatra sang over pre-recorded instrumental tracks. The songs were written by producer Bob Gaudio (of The Four Seasons) and Jake Holmes. Some of the songs from the album were later covered by artists such as Nina Simone ("For A While") and Cake ("What's Now Is Now").
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Gaetano Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor - Maria Callas, Philharmonia Orchestra, Tullio Serafin (1959/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Gaetano Donizetti 1797–1848
Artist: Maria Callas, Philharmonia Orchestra, Tullio Serafin
Title: Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 1:51:18
Recorded: 16–21.III.1959, Kingsway Hall, London

In the later 1950s EMI remade many items of their LP catalogue for stereo including Maria Callas’s Gioconda, Norma and Lucia. John Ardoin’s personal discography The Callas Legacy (Amadeus: 1995, fourth edition) opines that ‘in each instance, she was competing only against herself; the one bout she loses is Lucia’. This echoes the view of several Callas critics of this set, over-aware of both a few moments of vocal unsteadiness and the supposed after-effects of the singer’s eventful private life.
A more precise assessment is that Callas’s voice was changing again, becoming darker and lower-centred. As producer Walter Legge wrote (in On and Off The Record, Faber: 1982), ‘The centre of the voice was basically darkhued, her most expressive range, where she could pour out her smoothest legato.’ This is certainly audible on the second Lucia. The Mad Scene takes greater risks than her early 1950s recordings, feels more sinister and shows – in her colouring of its text – the influence of many more live performances. Callas appears also to have been in confident personal form at the time. The month before the new recording she attended the dress rehearsal of Joan Sutherland’s much-touted Covent Garden debut as Lucia and commented (to Legge): ‘She will have a great success tomorrow and make a big career if she can keep it up. But only we know how much greater I am.’
For the Lucia ‘remake’ in March 1959 Legge retained Callas and conductor Tullio Serafin but changed everything else from 1953. It was recorded in London (Kingsway Hall) not Florence, with a British orchestra and chorus (Legge’s own Philharmonia forces). Serafin had been working with the orchestra in the studio on a Verdi overtures disc and there is no lack of Italian feeling. Legge also departed from his long-term casting of Italian operas with a new mix of singers. They included the relative newcomer Piero Cappuccilli as Enrico and Ferruccio Tagliavini as Edgardo. --MIKE ASHMAN, 2014
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Gaetano Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor - Maria Callas, Orch del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tullio Serafin (1953/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Gaetano Donizetti 1797–1848
Artist: Maria Callas, Orch del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tullio Serafin
Title: Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 1:50:24
Recorded: 29–30.I & 3, 4 & 6.II.1953, Teatro Comunale, Florence

Maria Callas’s first studio recording of Lucia is often nominated as one of the great sets in the history of recording. It was made in Florence in February 1953 following live performances at that city’s opera house (although with a largely different cast and conductor). It was the soprano’s first recording with Giuseppe di Stefano and Tito Gobbi – both to become regular and valued colleagues – and with Tullio Serafin (already a regular collaborator). It was also the first of producer Walter Legge’s projected series of major Italian operas under Callas’s recently agreed new contract with Columbia.
Following a successful Turin radio concert of part of the Mad Scene in 1952, Callas sang her first Lucias later that year in Mexico City. As with her Bellini roles (especially Norma, I puritani and La sonnambula) she returned vocal strength, weight and drama to a role that had become recently the preserve of lighter voices more interested in exhibiting mastery of tessitura than of characterisation. Vocal historian John Ardoin has noted that ‘in Callas’s voice and care, Lucia emerged as at once credible and with a previously unsuspected human dimension’. Lucia in the new recording would be much more than a put-upon soubrette with few opportunities to shine vocally until the wedding-night Mad Scene. While the men, notably Lucia’s brother Enrico, indulge their machismo games of instant love or hate, Callas’s Lucia has more layers, a woman fighting the tyranny of dynastic marriage and all-male family dictatorship. She is helped by Serafin’s symphonic, text-aware accompaniment. Her ‘mad’ scene is clearly reasoned – more observant than scared witless at ‘Ohimè, sorge il tremendo fantasma’ and using the coloratura and the instrumental imitation (here still a flute rather than the glass harmonica for which Donizetti scored it) as a sad picture of her longing for Edgardo rather than virtuosic note-spinning. Like Norma, Violetta and Tosca, Donizetti’s heroine became something of a Callas obsession and travelled with her throughout Europe and America. --MIKE ASHMAN, 2014
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Cecil Taylor - Conquistador! (1966/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Cecil Taylor
Title: Conquistador!
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde, Free Jazz, Free Improvisation, Piano Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1966 (BLP 4260/BST 84260)/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:33
Recorded: October 6, 1966 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Originally released as Blue Note BLP 4260 (mono) and BST 84260 (stereo)

"In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you've set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder's studio!" - Blue Note President, Don Was.

Conquistador! is the second of Cecil Taylor's two Blue Note albums ("Unit Structures" is also available from HDTracks.com). For this 1966 session, the pianist used an unusual sextet configuration with two bass players, and laid down two side-length pieces described by Allmusic reviewer Scott Yanow as "unremittingly intense." Taylor would not appear on a studio recording again until 1973.
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Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age! (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Bill Frisell
Title: Guitar in the Space Age!
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Rock, Surf Rock, Modern Jazz, Guitar Virtuoso, Instrumental Rock
Label: © Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:55:08
Recorded: 2014, st Side Sound, NYC

Guitar in the Space Age! finds guitarist Bill Frisell going back in time to the guitar music of the country, surf, blues, and early rock & roll of the late 1950s through the mid-'60s: the music that initially inspired him. His band -- Greg Leisz on guitar and pedal steel, drummer /vibraphonist Kenny Wollesen, and bassist Tony Scherr -- are all longtime associates. Though most of these songs are classics -- there are two originals -- Frisell reimagines them in a jazzman's context while remaining faithful to familiar presentations.
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Title: Hypnotic Eye
Genre: Rock
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 2014
Recorded: 2011–2014
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 00:44:50 + 00:04:08
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 669 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#2: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 5551 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Hypnotic Eye will be the 13th studio album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Released on July 29th, 2014, Hypnotic Eye is the first album from the band in four years. “I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record,” Petty told Rolling Stone in April. “We hadn’t made a straight hard-rockin’ record, from beginning to end, in a long time.”
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The Who - Quadrophenia (1973/2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
Year of the album’s release: 1973
Year of publication: 2014
Duration: 1:21:50

Quality: Blu-ray Disc
Container: BDMV
Video Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio Codec: LPCM | DTS-HD Master Audio | Dolby TrueHD

The 5.1 remix of the original Quadrophenia (1973) will be released as a single-disc Blu-Ray Pure Audio™ for the first time ever in its entirety. Based around the story of Jimmy – double-album masterpiece Quadrophenia tells the tale of a young mod and his struggle to come of age in the mid-1960s. The project was intended to reflect the four characters of The Who and features some of Townshend’s most inspired, personal song-writing – way ahead of its time in scope and purpose and is one of the most widely recognized albums of The Who’s career because of its classic depiction of mod culture, its renowned imagery and the magnificent music and powerful performances. Newly envisioned by Roger Daltrey, the concert film combines archival footage of The Who and images of historical events that have rocked Jimmy’s world over the past 40 years giving this magnum opus an enlightened modern twist.
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Sam Cooke - Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964 (2003/2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Sam Cooke
Title: Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
Genre: Soul, R&B, Gospel
Label: © ABKCO Records | Universal Music
Release Date: 2013
Recorded: March 1, 1951–November 16, 1964, Various recording locations.
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 1:23:17
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 5995 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 192 kHz / 4624 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 192 kHz / 4240 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Audio#3: English LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit

#107 on the “List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”

High Fidelity Pure Audio is the exciting new range of physical HD audio products from Universal Music Group which uses Bluray technology to deliver the ultimate listening experience to the user. High Fidelity Pure Audio discs are playable through all Blu -ray devices including Blu-ray Players and games consoles, allowing the consumer to experience the sound as it was intended by the artist. No compression, no compromise. A download voucher is also included in-pack which gives the consumer a digital download of the album in MP3 format at a standard resolution ensuring they can also access their music on the move, on devices which don’t support HD audio. Universal Music Group is committed to offering high quality audio to the discerning consumer and has selected a wide range of repertoire showcasing some of the most iconic talent the music world has ever seen.

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Io Vidi in Terra - Jose Lemos, Jory Vinikour, Deborah Fox (2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Сomposer: Tarquinio Merula, Marco da Gagliano, Bernardo Storace, Claudio Monteverdi, Benedetto Ferrari, Alessnadro Piccinini, Barbara Strozzi, Birolamo Frescobaldi
Artist: José Lemos, Jory Vinikour, Deborah Fox
Title: Io Vidi in Terra
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sono Luminus LLC
Release Date: 2013
Recorded at Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia, USA
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 00:52:53
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 941 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 14326 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: DTS-HD MA 7.1 / 96 kHz / 10307 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#3: LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit

Artistically breathtaking and engagingly intimate, the vocal music of the early Italian Baroque was an exercise in close artistic collaboration. Bringing together three of the most renowned practitioners of historically-appropriate performance of Early Music and Baroque repertoires, the Sono Luminus release of Io Vidi in Terra provides a rare immersion into a mysterious world that, despite its relative obscurity in the perspectives of 21st-Century observers, shaped almost every aspect of music as it blossomed in subsequent generations. The package will be a 2-disc set, containing a Pure Audio Blu-ray™ Surround Sound disc as well as a standard CD.
Born in Brazil, countertenor José Lemos pursued musical studies in the United States, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the College of Charleston (South Carolina) and a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Awarded Tanglewood Music Fellowships in both 2003 and 2004, his first operatic performances in the United States were in Robert Zuidam’s Rage d’Amours and Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Tanglewood. He also won both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2003 International Baroque Singing Competition in Chimay, Belgium. From those beginnings, José’s operatic career has flourished with lauded appearances at Opernhaus Zürich as Nireno in Händel’s Giulio Cesare and Narcisco in the same composer’s Agrippina, both under the baton of Marc Minkowski; an extensive tour with Stefano Landi’s Il Sant’Alessio in a production with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, to name just a few.
Mr. Lemos has recorded multiple albums with Dorian/Sono Luminus over the years. With Baltimore Consort, he recorded Adío España (DSL-90901), a recital of music from Spain’s Age of Discovery. Additionally, he recordedRomance (DSL-90708) and Sol y Luna (DSL-92118) with Brio, featuring the exotic music of Sephardic Jews in Spain. José is thrilled to share his passion for the Italian vocal music of the 17th Century with friends and frequent collaborators Deborah Fox, theorbist and baroque guitarist, and GRAMMY®nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, as well as with listeners throughout the world.
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Dire Straits - Alchemy Live (1983) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Dire Straits: Alchemy Live
Released: 1983
Genre: Rock
Artist: Tom Mandel (Keyboards), Terry Williams (Drums), John Illsley (Bass), Alan Clark (Keyboards), Mel Collins (Saxophone), Joop de Korte (Percussion), Mark Knopfler (Guitar, Producer, Vocals), Hal Lindes (Guitar)

Official website of Mark Knopfler notify fans that legendary concert "Alchemy: Dire Straits Live" will be released in Blu-ray format on May 10. Video recording of the concert was restored by Dick Carruthers. Audio tracks (PCM stereo and DTS-MA 5.1) remix Chuck Eynley, in 2006 received the award "Graham" for best sound design album.

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