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Virpi Raisanen - The Legacy of Mahler (2012/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), Alban Berg (1885–1935), Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951), Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Artist: Virpi Räisänen
Title: The Legacy of Mahler
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD/Ondine Oy, Helsinki
Release Date: 2012/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:53:27
Recorded: Järvenpää Hall, 31.10., 1.11., 3.11.2011


Virpi Räisänen has made a career like a comet in recent years. Her debut album on Ondine, "The Legacy of Mahler", is a collection of late Romanticism lieder. In addition to Mahler you find lieder by Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten, all strongly inspired by Mahler. Räisänen's duo partner at the piano is Marita Viitasalo.
Virpi Räisänen's unique sound and strong artist's personality make her one of the most interesting new singers. She completed her vocal studies at the Utrecht and Amsterdam Conservatories with the highest distinction. Following her recent career change from a successful violinist to a concert and opera singer, she has appeared on the stages of the Salzburg Festival, Radio France's Festival Présences, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Musashino Recital Hall in Tokyo, the Helsinki Music Centre, the Staatsoper in Berlin, the Netherlands Opera and the Handel Festival in Halle. Virpi Räisänen made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2009 in Luigi Nono's opera Al gran sole carico d'amore, with Ingo Metzmacher conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. She was invited back to the Salzburg Festival in 2010 for the premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's Dionysos, which was presented in Amsterdam and Berlin as well. She also appeared in Frank Martin's Le vin herbé in the Netherlands. In addition to her achievements in contemporary repertoire, she has sung the leading roles of Elmira in Handel's Floridante, Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and the double roles of the Muse and Nicklausse in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann. In addition to her singing career, Virpi Räisänen is Artistic Director of the Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival.
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The Three Sounds feat. Gene Harris - Groovin' Hard - Live at The Penthouse 1964-1968 (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: The Three Sounds feat. Gene Harris
Title: Groovin' Hard - Live at The Penthouse 1964-1968
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Straight-Ahead/Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © 2xHD/Resonance Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:50:48
Recorded at the Penthouse in Seattle, WA 1964-1968; #1,4,6 - 8/23/68; #2,10 - 6/23/66; #3,5,9 - 2/20/64; #7 - 6/30/66; #8 - 10/22/64


In May of 2010, when Resonance Records first embarked upon the adventure of unearthing and presenting historical jazz recordings to the world, George Klabin and I began looking into various archives for tapes to release. One day, George came to me with a list of tapes he’d come across; tapes in the possession of Jim Wilke, who years earlier had been the host of a syndicated Seattle-based radio program called Jazz After Hours.
Over the course of Jim’s storied career, he’s been a staunch advocate for jazz and its greatest protagonists. Indeed, over the years, Jim has succeeded in presenting a veritable Who’s Who of ’50s and ’60s jazz greats to the public.
From February 1962 through August 1968, Jim hosted the weekly radio program, Jazz from the Penthouse, on Seattle’s KING-FM. As a well-known radio personality in the Northwest, Jim developed a working relationship with Seattle’s legendary jazz club, the Penthouse, and consequently was able to air live performances by a wide array of artists while they performed at the club. These performances were broadcast direct to the public right as they happened. The shows not only went on the air live, Jim taped them, employing professional recording techniques and equipment. Over the years, Jim amassed an impressive collection of high-quality tapes; tapes that form a unique archive of the extraordinary music heard over the course of more than half a decade at the Penthouse by virtually all of the amazing music legends that played there.
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The Doors - L.A. Woman (1971/2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: The Doors
Title: L.A. Woman
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Proto-Punk, Psychedelic/Garage, Rock & Roll
Label: © Elektra Entertainment Group/Analogue Productions XAPP75011D64
Release Date: 1971/2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:48:51
Recorded: December 1970 – January 1971, The Doors' Workshop, Los Angeles, California
Mastered by Doug Sax using an all-tube system. Overseen by Bruce Botnick, The Doors producer/engineer. DSD files created from the Analogue Productions SACD cutting master by Gus Skinas.


The title track from this, the last Doors album recorded with Jim Morrison, who died shortly after it was released, has, said one reviewer, “maybe the best Chuck Berry riffs since the Stones.” And that’s not even mentioning “Love Her Madly,” which became one of the highest charting hits for The Doors.
“Love Her Madly,” was written by Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger, who is said to have penned the song about the numerous times his girlfriend threatened to leave him. The song peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and reached No. 3 in Canada.
L.A. Woman was still high on the charts when, like in the lyric “actor out on loan” of its closing track — the celebrated “Riders on the Storm,” Jim Morrison died in a Paris bathtub in the summer of 1971.
Via such tracks as “The Changeling,” “Crawling King Snake,” and the frothy, rollicking title track, the collection leaned heavily toward the Blues — in particular, Morrison’s boastful “Lizard King” brand of it. All-in-all, Rolling Stone proclaimed L.A. Woman, “The Doors’ greatest album, including their first,” and “A landmark worthy of dancing in the streets.”
Analogue Productions and Quality Record Pressings are proud to announce that six studio LP titles — The Doors, Strange Days,Waiting For The Sun, Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman — are featured on 200-gram vinyl, pressed at 45 rpm. All six are also available on Hybrid Multichannel SACD! All were cut from the original analog masters by Doug Sax, with the exception of The Doors, which was made from the best analog tape copy.
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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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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Betulia Liberata - L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Michi Gaigg (2013) High-Fidelity DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Michi Gaigg
Title: Mozart - Betulia Liberata
Genre: Classical, Baroque, Oratorio
Label: © Challenge Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 02:02:49
Recorded: Stiftskirche Waldhausen (Upper Austria), 6-9 August 2012


"Betulia liberata" (The liberated Bethulia) seems to be the least known among Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s larger stage works, be it secular or sacred, composed during his youth. The libretto was printed twice during 1771 in Padua.
The script is based on a sacred drama, an aziona sacra, by the aged Habsburg court poet, Pietro Metastasio (1698-1782), first set to music by Georg Reutter the Younger (1708-1772) and performed during the Holy Week in 1734. Metastasio’s "Betulia liberata" is based on the story told in the Old Testament book of Judith: the Assyrians, commanded by Holofernes, tried to besiege the city of Bethulia. Even though the city of Bethulia was fictitious and the Assyrians were at the most Babylonians – the story nevertheless deals, once again, with the people of Israel and their unwavering faith in God who alone can redeem them from a hostile invasion. Achior, ruler of the Ammonites and ally to the Assyrians, dares to remind Oloferne (Holofernes) that the Bethulians were invincible as long as their faith was steadfast. This enrages Oloferne and he orders Achior to be tied to a tree near Bethulia. This is where he is found by Carmi, a Bethulian councillor, and taken hostage. In Bethulia, joined by Ozìa, ruler of Bethulia and Amital, a noble lady, he witnesses Giuditta’s (Judith’s) courage and unwavering faith. Following a divine plan she ventures to the army camp of the enemy.
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Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 4 - Elizabeth Watts, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Artist: Elizabeth Watts, NedPhO, Marc Albrecht
Title: Mahler - Symphony No. 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:57:50
Recorded: NedPhO-Koepel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands in June 2014


Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 portrays another side of the composer, different to the one hitherto seen by the general public. No major battles are fought in this symphony; rather, it is a portrayal of a childlike vision of life and a better world in the Hereafter. Mahler’s Dutch friend and colleague, Alphons Diepenbrock, may well have provided the most fitting description of the nature of this symphony and its position within Mahler’s oeuvre: “[...] in his Symphony No. 4, he exclusively praises the sensations of the soul, severed from all earthly ties, from various angles ⎯either as childish yet unearthly merriment, or as the highest ecstasy attained by mystics in bygone years during the contemplation of the divine. However, one should not search for irony here. The work is like a beautiful dream, an indispensable link in the series of Mahler’s nine symphonies that speak sufficiently of harsh reality, and that, according to some, will one day be considered the monumental musical oeuvre of the present day.”
The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra lives up to its reputation for its brilliant Mahler performances and surpasses all expectations under the baton of conductor Marc Albrecht. And Elizabeth Watts’ performance in the final movement is surely one not to be missed. The chemistry between Watts and the orchestra is utterly pervasive. With a voice described by International Record Review as “one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation”, Watts sweeps the listener off their feet with this sunny, accessible symphony from Mahler. The perfect combination of immaculate performance with impeccable PENTATONE sound quality can only result in a magical musical experience.
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Lavinia Meijer - Fantasies and Impromptus (2011) DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Lavinia Meijer
Title: Fantasies and Impromptus
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2011
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:12:05
Recorded: November 2010, Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer

What prompts a composer to write fantasies and impromptus? And what do the fantasy, a free form, and the impromptu, originally an improvised poem, have in common? We know that Spohr was inspired by a young harpist who was later to become his wife. But did Fauré, as director of the Paris Conservatory, simply have no option than to write, because a compulsory solo piece was required for the harp class examinations? Was the marine officer Roussel influenced by his travels to distant shores? And were the fantasias by Saint-Saëns inspired by his great love of the Arab world? We can sometimes only guess. What we do know is that the harp has always appealed to the imagination, and that both fantasies and impromptus have inspired many composers to give free rein to their creative powers. (...) --Lavinia Meijer ( from liner notes)
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Cesar Franck, Richard Strauss - Violin Sonatas - Arabella Steinbacher, Robert Kulek (2014) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: César Franck (1822-1890), Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Artist: Arabella Steinbacher, Robert Kulek
Title: Franck, Strauss - Violin Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 00:58:11
Recorded: Concertboerderij Valthermond, The Netherlands, May 2012

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher and pianist Robert Kulek continue their great collaboration with a new PENTATONE release, the recording of César Franck’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, which joins Richard Strauss’ Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat, Op. 18.
While Franck’s violin sonata is epic in character, Strauss’ work is full of jovial energy, hope and anticipation. This fusion of elements brilliantly demonstrates the synergy between Steinbacher and Kulek, something we have witnessed during their recital performances over the past few years.
Needless to say, both artists possess superb technique. Steinbacher demonstrates her delicate yet fiery touch, most notably in the robust Franck score, while Kulek plays with resolute intonation, steadfast tempo, and broad dynamics.
As exquisite as the performance is, one surely cannot overlook the role of PENTATONE’s recording partner Polyhymnia, whose first-rate recording and engineering techniques have allowed this release to stay true to the rich and wide sound that are PENTATONE’s trademarks.
This release would undeniably make a solid addition to your collection and mark Strauss’ 150th birthday anniversary this year.
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