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Vincenzo Bellini - I Puritani - Maria Callas, Orch del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin (1953/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
Artist: Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Rossi-lemeni, Angelo Mercuriali, Carlo Forti, Aurora Cattelani, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin
Title: Bellini - I Puritani
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 02:22:05
Recorded: 24–30.III.1953, Basilica di Sant’Eufemia, Milan

In August 1947 Maria Callas, newly arrived back in Europe from an abortive search for roles in America, secured the role of Gioconda at the Verona Arena and met the second great musical influence on her life, the opera’s conductor Tullio Serafin. With Serafin, Callas went on at first to sing Turandot, Aida, Brünnhilde and Isolde (the last two in Italian).

Serafin was a passionate Wagnerian but he had other ideas for his protégée. In the 20th century up until then the bel canto roles of Donizetti, Bellini or Rossini had been taken generally by light coloratura voices like that of Elvira de Hidalgo, Callas’s teacher in Athens. Revivals of the operas thus became showcases for vocal agility rather than serious music drama. Callas, thought Serafin, could bring to these works a heavier voice that took all their agilitá in its stride while imbuing them with dramatic credibility.

Callas first studied Norma with Serafin (making her debut in the role at Florence in November 1948). Then, the following January at Venice’s La Fenice, the conductor persuaded her to learn and take over Elvira in I puritani at just three days’ notice after her last Brünnhilde of the season. Callas’s success in two such disparate roles yielded comparisons with legendary singers of an earlier generation like Lilli Lehmann.

It led Callas personally, and the repertoire in general, to a new focus on roles that had been written as vehicles not only for singers with exceptional vocal capabilities but for dedicated and effective actresses. In bel canto roles like Bellini’s Norma, Amina and Elvira or Donizetti’s Lucia and Anna Bolena Callas went on to uncover their sheer drama. This was the very quality (representation of character being at least as important as singing) that, at the expense of more accomplished vocalists, Bellini sought while insisting on Giuditta Pasta as Norma or, for that matter, Puccini when casting Hariclea Darclée as his first Tosca because of her beauty.
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Like It Is - Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome (2014) Blu-ray 1080p AVC LPCM 2.0

Title: Like It Is – Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
Released: 2014
Genre: Rock, Progressive Rock
Artists: Jon Davison, vocals; Chris Squire, bass; Steve Howe, guitars; Alan White, drums; Geoff Downes, keyboards.

Released: Frontiers Records
Duration: 1:33:14
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 29843 kbps / 1920 * 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 22.25 GiB

• Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award winning, YES, is proud to announce its new live album, ‘Heaven and Earth.’ Having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades, ‘Heaven and Earth’ sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative.
• In Spring 2014, YES performed in their Canada, UK and European tour a true classic rock header by performing two of their most popular albums in their entirety, all in one concert: 1971’s THE YES ALBUM, and 1977’s GOING FOR THE ONE.
• Music audiences across the world experienced the albums – each representing an important milestone in YES’ career which encompasses sales of close to 50 million albums worldwide – performed from beginning to end.
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Wayne Shorter Feat. Milton Nascimento - Native Dancer (1975/2000) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Wayne Shorter Feat. Milton Nascimento
Title: Native Dancer
Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening, Latin Jazz, World Fusion, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Columbia Records | Sony Music Japan
Release Date: 1975/2000
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 00:43:42
Recorded: September 12, 1974 at Village Recorders, Los Angeles.

Native Dancer is the fifteenth album by Wayne Shorter. It is a collaboration with Brazilian musician Milton Nascimento, featuring some of his most acclaimed compositions, including "Ponta de Areia" and "Miracle of The Fishes". It is notable for including jazz rock and funk elements in addition to regional rhythms and Brazilian influence, in an attempt to create a "world" music accessible from many perspectives. Many American musicians were influenced by this album, including Esperanza Spalding and Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire, who covered "Ponta de Areia" on their hit 1977 album All 'N All.
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Walter Davis Jr. - Davis Cup (1959/2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Walter Davis Jr.
Title: Davis Cup
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Piano Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1959 (BLP 4018/ST 84018)/2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 38:08
Recorded: August 2, 1959 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Mastered: Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering, Camarillo, California.

Although a Blue Note regular at the time on sessions by Donald Byrd, Art Blakey and others, Walter Davis made only one album for the label. With Byrd, Jackie McLean, Sam Jones and Art Taylor, he explores six of his finest compositions. Davis possessed the ability to write music that was funky and catchy, but still progressive, which explains why he was one of Art Blakey's favorite pianists and composers. "Minor Mind," "Make It" and "Millie's Delight" are among the album's highlights.

Walter Davis, Jr.'s debut record as a leader for Blue Note is a terrific hard bop session, a driving collection of six original tunes that emphasize the strengths not only of the pianist himself, but also his supporting band: trumpeter Donald Byrd, alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Art Taylor. Apart from the lovely ballad "Sweetness," Davis Cup moves along at a brisk pace, with the rhythm section urging the soloists to new heights. Byrd has rarely sounded better, and on this date McLean provides ample evidence that he was moving beyond the conventions of hard bop and developing his own unique style. Davis, of course, does more than acquit himself -- he contributes an engaging, energetic performance that keeps the music grounded. His compositions are just as captivating, whether it's the swinging "Rhumba Nhumba" or the darkly invigorating "Minor Mind." It all adds up to a wonderful straight-ahead hard bop date, one that's so good it's a wonder that Davis didn't receive another chance to lead a session until 1979. --Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Antonio Vivaldi - Concertos for the Emperor - The English Concert, Andrew Manze (2004) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Artist: The English Concert, Andrew Manze
Title: Vivaldi - Concertos for the Emperor
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2004
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: NativeDSDMusic
Duration: 01:18:44
Recorded: February 15–17, 2004 at Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London.

In September 1728, the Habsburg ruler Charles VI, Archduke of Austria, King of Germany, Hungary, Bohemia and Spain, Holy Roman Emperor etc etc, travelled to the Duchy of Carniola in order to inspect the port of Trieste. Antonio Vivaldi made the eighty-mile journey northeast of Venice to attend on him. It is not known whether the two men had met before, although the previous year Vivaldi had dedicated his twelve concertos Op.9, entitled La cetra (The Lyre), to Charles, suggesting they probably had met or at least corresponded. This encounter seems to have been the highlight of an otherwise disappointing trip for the Emperor, judging by two letters which survive from a Venetian Abbe?, Antonio Conti, to a French lady, Mme de Caylus. On 23 September Conti wrote, ‘the Emperor is not too happy with his Trieste. . . . He has spent a lot of time discussing music with Vivaldi. It is said that he has spoken with him more in two weeks than he has with his own ministers in two years. . . . His appetite for music is very strong.’ And in another letter Conti wrote, ‘the Emperor has given Vivaldi a large amount of money together with a chain and gold medallion.’
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The Band - Islands (1977/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Band
Title: Islands
Genre: Rock, Country-Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1977/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 34:58
Recorded: December 1972 – January 1977; Shangri-la Studios; Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA

When The Band announced their retirement from touring, it was with the important addendum that they'd continue to record together. In actuality, the only album that subsequently emerged was „Island“, which also served to finish out the band's contract with Capitol Records. At the time of its release in 1977, it was received with some dismay by fans anxious for a repeat of the powerful „Northern Lights Southern Cross“ of two years previous. With the passing of time having removed the pressures of those expectations, „Island“ can be heard as an album that, while fragmented, includes some fine gems. The musicianship throughout is never less than compelling. Richard Manuel's vocal on "Georgia On My Mind" is alone worth the price of admission--he sings it as if the thousand other classic versions never existed.
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Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet - Volume 1 (2014) High-Fidelity DFF Stereo DSD256/11.20MHz

Artist: Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Title: Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet - Volume 1
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Yarlung Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: DFF Stereo DSD256/11.20MHz
Source: NativeDSDMusic
Duration: 00:31:46

Sophisticated Lady jazz quartet pays homage to the Great Tradition of American jazz but most of their repertoire is written by members of the quartet. Unlike the majority of contemporary jazz recordings, which are carefully and surgically perfected in postproduction, this album remains raw and fresh. These tracks are complete takes, “live to tape,” without editing.
Yarlung recorded this album directly to two tracks of RMGI 468 analog tape running at 15 ips, with no mixer. We used the Hapi converter and Pyramix software from Merging Technologies in Switzerland to make these transfers to DSD. Our sincere thanks to George Klissarov and exaSound for making these releases possible.
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Sonny Stitt - Blows The Blues (1960/2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Sonny Stitt
Title: Blows The Blues
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Verve Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1960 (MG V-8374)/2011
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: Acoustic Sounds
Duration: 36:49
Recorded: Los Angeles, California on December 21 & 22, 1959.

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.
Sonny Stitt led a number of excellent record dates in 1959, especially at the end of the year when he produced three LPs for Verve over a span of three sessions with pianist Lou Levy, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Mel Lewis. Playing alto sax throughout this album, Stitt hardly sounds like a Charlie Parker clone, something that unfortunately was a frequent claim by tin-eared critics throughout a fair portion of his career. The music includes several potent originals, especially "Hymnal Blues" and the slow, powerful "Morning After Blues."
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Simon & Garfunkel - The Concert in Central Park (1982/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Title: The Concert in Central Park
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk Rock, Psychedelic, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Legacy Recordings
Release Date: 1982/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:18:06
Recorded live in Central Park, New York City, Sep 19, 1981 by The Record Plant Remote Truck.

The Concert in Central Park is the first live album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, released in February 1982 on Warner Bros. Records. It was recorded in September 1981 at a free benefit concert in Central Park, New York City, where the pair performed in front of more than 500,000 people. Proceeds went toward the redevelopment and maintenance of the run-down green space in the middle of Manhattan. This concert and album marked the start of a short-lived reunion for Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
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Placido Domingo - Domingo at the MET - Anniversary Edition (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Plácido Domingo
Title: Domingo at the MET - Anniversary Edition
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Sony Classical | The Metropolitan Opera
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 03:51:55


Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of Domingo at the MET, a 3-CD anniversary set with many previously unreleased live recordings celebrating Plácido Domingo’s 45th season at the Metropolitan Opera.

"There have been many legendary tenors who have performed at the Met over its 130-year history. From Jean de Reszke in the late 1800s to Enrico Caruso in the early 1900s, from Corelli, Vickers, and McCracken in the 1960s to Luciano Pavarotti, who rose to prominence in the 1970s, the Met has been home to a remarkable array of tenors. But no other tenor in Met history has enjoyed a career of such astounding breadth, longevity, and musical and dramatic excellence, as Plácido Domingo.

Forty-five years ago, Plácido appeared on the Met stage for the first time, stepping in to replace an ailing Franco Corelli as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur and announcing his arrival as a major new talent. Today, he’s still performing on our stage, having triumphed last season in the baritone role of Germont in La Traviata, and this year reprising his acclaimed turn as Neptune in the Met’s Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island—one of his astounding 143 roles, of which he’s sung 48 at the Met. I can’t think of any other artist in the history of opera who would be capable of accomplishing such a feat.

Somehow, in the midst of learning new operas and performing, Plácido also finds time to run the Los Angeles Opera and to conduct all over the world. For 45 years at the Met, Plácido has been one of opera’s greatest forces. We’re proud and thankful for all of the invaluable contributions he has made to the life of our company, and we congratulate him on this stunning new collection." --Peter Gelb
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