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Igor Stravinsky: Jeu de Cartes / Albert Roussel: Symphony No. 4 - Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Albert Roussel (1869-1937), Igor Feodorovich Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Stravinsky: Jeu de Cartes / Roussel: Symphony No. 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:46:30
Recorded: 1953?

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.
For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.
He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.
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Richard Strauss - Ein Heldenleben; Richard Wagner - Siegfried-Idyll - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Richard Strauss (1864-1949), Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Strauss, R.- Ein Heldenleben; Wagner- Siegfried-Idyll
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1959/1977/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:26
Recording: March 1959, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany; March 1977, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany


This reissue combines a pair of classic performances from Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker spanning almost two decades. The tone poem Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss is a 1959 recording while Wagner's Siegfried Idyll dates back to 1977.

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Richard Strauss - Four Last Songs; Orchestral Works - Gundula Janowitz, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (1995/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Artist: Gundula Janowitz, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Strauss, R. - Four Last Songs; Orchestral Works
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1995/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:17:07
Recording: 1969-1973, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany & Franzosische Kirche, St. Moritz, Switzerland


Recorded between 1969 and 1972, this celebrated Strauss album from Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker includes what is still widely considered the benchmark version of the Four Last Songs, sung by Austrian soprano Gundula Janowitz. The centrepiece of the programme is coupled with Karajan’s glowing account of Strauss’s tone poem Tod und Verklärung and the late Metamorphosen. Janowitz’s ethereal performances of these most famous of orchestral songs written for soprano have challenged all comers for decades.
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Richard Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra; Till Eulenspiegel; Don Juan; Salome's Dance Of The Seven Veils - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Strauss, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra; Till Eulenspiegel; Don Juan; Salome's Dance Of The Seven Veils
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1995/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:19:11
Recording date: 1972-1973, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany

Herbert von Karajan’s 1973 recording with the Berlin Philharmonic is so immovably etched upon the collective consciousness that this comparative essay feels almost redundant – why would you not want a part of this slice of history? When Karajan went for a remake in 1983, again with the BPO, the fire had snuffed itself out: textures and dynamics are homogenised and inertia hangs heavy. Karajan’s 1959 dummy run with the Vienna Philharmonic (the recording Kubrick plundered) is very much work-in-progress. With more patches than the cloakroom of a Mayfair gentlemen’s club – and with the organ part inelegantly dropped on later – this grimly determined reading is heavy going.
But, in 1973, everything came right. The basic mood music is sombre, objectified, and an externalised beauty springs from Karajan’s detachment. His obsession with detail – making literal what many conductors approximate – is clear from the first bar, where Strauss’s low-end bass instruments are blended into a perfect sonic infusion, the bass drum roll somehow ‘inside’ the sustained tones of the other instruments. Karajan takes the introduction at a spacious and unhurried tempo and makes devastatingly creative use of Strauss’s dynamics – he seems to be the only conductor to have noticed that the trumpets begin p and there is no crescendo! Only when the rest of the orchestra enter does the dynamic level rise to f. Karajan plays that accented forte for all its worth – and the diminuendo to p and back again.
The controlled resonant echo of the recorded acoustic fits the orchestral sound like a particularly elegantly tailored glove. The string sound in this recording has too often been described in terms usually reserved for Mantovani, although ‘sumptuous’ and ‘opulent’ strike me as well-meaning but inappropriate words. Karajan’s strings never swoon and don’t decorate the air; during ‘Das Grablied’ (‘The song of the grave’) the rising first violins seemingly glide from out of the body of the orchestra, their softness cutting through the ensemble with considerable robustness. When lead violinist Michel Schwalbé begins to waltz, Karajan indulges in atom-splitting rubato and unearths another mislaid detail: a little harmonic glissando from another solo violin helps Schwalbé fly. Karajan’s control over the internal structural tempo relationships never falters. In terms of sheer conductor/composer empathy, this remains one of the most perfectly conceived and executed documents ever committed to disc.--Philip Clark "gramophone.co.uk"
„Herbert von Karajan was a Strauss specialist, and if ever composer and conductor were united in musical philosophy, then these two were. Both favoured making a beautiful, creamy, homogenised sound over just about all else, and von Karajan clearly relished the opportunities this music offered for playing that combined both tonal opulence and virtuosity. His Zarathustra (aka 2001: A Space Odyssey) is, along with Fritz Reiner's, probably among the two or three best performances preserved on disc, and von Karajan is nearly flawless on the other works as well. More good news: DG has given him warm, rich sound that is much better than their Berlin average. An essential Strauss collection.“ (David Hurwitz, ClassicalToday.com)
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Sting - 57th & 9th (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Sting
Title: 57th & 9th
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © A&M Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:48:36
Recorded: Summer 2016

Sting seemed to tire of pop songs sometime early in the 21st century, wandering away from the format after 2003's well-mannered Sacred Love. Over the next 13 years, he entertained his esoteric interests -- he collaborated on a classical album, he rearranged his old tunes for an orchestra, he reunited the Police, he wrote a musical -- before he returned to pop/rock with 2016's 57th & 9th. The fact that he named this comeback album after the intersection he crossed on his way to the studio speaks to the workmanlike aspect of 57th & 9th: there is no grand concept, no unifying aesthetic -- it's merely a collection of pop songs. This is hardly a bad thing. Sting has often undervalued his skills as a craftsman, so hearing him deliver ten sharply crafted songs is appealing. Playing with a studio band featuring drummer Josh Freese and guitarist Lyle Workman, Sting manages to work up a head of steam on occasion -- "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" opens the album with an insistent pulse, "Petrol Head" evokes memories of "Synchronicity II" -- but he spends as much time delivering tunes with a delicate touch. Much of the last half of the record is devoted to introspection, but unlike the fussy Sacred Love, the ballads here benefit from a brighter, open production and a singer/songwriter who feels invested in sculpting his melodies with the same care that he gives his lyrics. Sting sifts through familiar territory with songs of protest sitting alongside songs of yearning and love, and it all adds up to record that's simultaneously unassuming and revealing: through its modest nature, 57th & 9th stands as a testament to Sting's inherent gifts as a songwriter and record-maker. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood (1983/1999) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Title: Texas Flood
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock, Electric Texas Blues, Modern Electric Blues
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1983/1999
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:59:04
Recorded: 22-24 November 1982, Down Town Studio, Los Angeles, California


"Texas Flood" is the monumental debut by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. It introduced the world to a soul-filled sound unlike any heard before. This blues-rock affair climbed into the Top 40 and spent countless weeks on the Billboard charts. It revitalized blues and made Vaughan an international superstar. It features the stunning standouts “Rude Mood,” “Lenny,” “Pride And Joy” and Howlin' Wolf’s “Tell Me.” “Texas Flood” was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Performance and “Rude Mood” was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the GRAMMYS. The album finds the group at an undeniable peak of their formidable powers.
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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Couldn't Stand The Weather (1984/1999) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Title: Couldn't Stand The Weather
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock, Electric Texas Blues, Modern Electric Blues
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1984/1999
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:54:57
Recorded: January 1984, Power Station, New York City


"Couldn’t Stand The Weather"is the remarkable sophomore album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. It follows their critically acclaimed debut, Texas Flood. Incorporating the same winning formula of musicianship and songwriting, Couldn’t Stand The Weather cemented Vaughan’s place as one of music’s greatest. It is their first to earn Gold certification and their first platinum-seller. It includes breathtaking renditions of Clark’s “Cold Shot” and Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child.” A staple on the Billboard charts, this definitive masterpiece received praise from Entertainment Weekly, Q, Down Beat and many others.

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Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna (1981/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Stevie Nicks
Title: Bella Donna
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.
Release Date: 1981/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:52:40
Recorded: Autumn 1980 – Spring 1981

Stevie Nicks, the legendary singer songwriter whose highly acclaimed 30 year solo career includes seven studio albums, iconic hits, and record sales in the millions, will release deluxe editions with newly remastered audio and never before released live and recorded music from her first two solo albums Bella Donna and The Wild Heart. The end of October dual releases will come out in conjunction with the start of Nicks’ 24 Karat Gold Tour with Pretenders which begins in Phoenix on October 25. Complete tour schedule follows this release.
"I've had so much fun reliving the making of Bella Donna and The Wild Heart while working on the liner notes and listening to all of the alternate versions and demo takes,” says Nicks. “The liner notes are so much more than liner notes. They are like a little novel. I tried to make whoever reads this feel like they were there. I think...I succeeded...."
Nicks joined producer Jimmy Iovine to begin recording songs for her solo debut, Bella Donna following the recording of Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk and subsequent tour. The 1981 album was quickly certified platinum. Today, the album is 4x platinum thanks to Nicks classics like “Edge Of Seventeen,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and “Leather And Lace” (with Don Henley).
BELLA DONNA: DELUXE EDITION uncovers unreleased versions of “Edge Of Seventeen” and “Leather And Lace,” as well as rarities like “Blue Lamp” from the Heavy Metal Soundtrack and “Sleeping Angel” from the Fast Times At Ridgemont High Soundtrack. This deluxe edition also includes a concert from 1981 that features performances songs from Bella Donna along with several Fleetwood Mac favorites.
Nicks returned in 1983 with her follow-up, The Wild Heart, which peaked at #5 on the album chart and has been certified double platinum. The album produced hits like “Stand Back,” “Nightbird” and “I Will Run To You,” which features Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. THE WILD HEART: DELUXE EDITION builds on the original album with unreleased versions of “All The Beautiful Worlds” a session version of “Wild Heart” and “Garbo,” the B-side to “Stand Back.”
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Stevie McCrorie - Big World (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Stevie McCrorie
Title: Big World
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock, Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Decca Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:56

Stevie McCrorie, Scottish winner of The Voice 2015 and the most famous ex-fire fighter in the country, announces the release of his debut album Big World on January 8th 2016.
Stevie shot to reputation as a most adored on the capacity show up, after his accomplices from Kirkcaldy shoot station entered him into the restriction. He deadened each one of the four judges with his understanding of Kodaline’s All I Want and, under the mentorship of Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, thundered to triumph. With the entry of Big World the 30-year-old exhibits that, despite having an extraordinary voice, he is a specialist artist in his own particular benefit. The Voice was constantly a wandering stone to transforming into the specialist I should be,“ Stevie said.I might not want to take the straightforward course. I expected to take the harder approach to manage exhibit I am a lyricist. The all inclusive community need to hear something certified.
“The Voice was always a stepping stone to becoming the artist I want to be,” says Stevie. "I didn't want to take the easy route. I wanted to take the harder approach to prove I am a songwriter. The public want to hear something real.”
Big World is an album brimming with infectious, personal and emotive tunes, the work of a man who has finally been able to make the music that’s been in him for years. The songs are Stevie’s but they could be written about you, me or anyone you know.
Single ‘My Heart Never Lies’ is the perfect introduction to Stevie’s own style – heartfelt and honest and demanding of repeat listening. "My mate, who has a daughter, said he started crying to it,” says Stevie. "That’s what I want the song to do. It's about being away from [my daughter] Bibi, however it doesn't mention a kid, so it can relate to anybody leaving home.”
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Steve Turre - Spiritman (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Steve Turre
Title: Spiritman
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Neo Bop, Straight-Ahead/Mainstream Jazz, Trombone Jazz
Label: © Smoke Sessions Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:10:02
Recorded: June 1, 2014


STEVE TURRE, ONE OF THE WORLD’S PREEMINENT JAZZ INNOVATORS releases, Spiritman, his debut recording for Smoke Sessions Records. It’s something of a back-to-basics project for Turre who says, “It’s the first record I’ve done in a long time that really focuses on my trombone playing.” It also employs an ideal foil in saxophonist Bruce Williams whose timbre on soprano and alto is a perfect match for the trombone. Spiritman features several of Turre’s new compositions including “Trayvon’s Blues” a poignant, moving, jazz tone poem; “Bu” the record opener dedicated to his mentor Art Blakey; “Funky Thing” written for the Saturday Night Live Band; and “Nangadef” written for Senegalese percussionist Abdou Mboup and featuring Chembo Corniel on congas. His spirited rendition of Miles Davis’ “All Blues” begins with his own mystical “Spiritman“ played on shells. It’s a piece he performed to open the UN’s International Jazz Day concert in Osaka, Japan in 2014. This “All Blues” introduction is also the first recording of a newly developed technique where Turre plays into a piano with the pedal down and the strings open. The shell’s sound vibrates the open strings creating an ethereal, mystical, but acoustic sound. The rest of the band, Xavier Davis, Gerald Cannon, and Willie Jones III, know just what Turre wants and needs from a rhythm section and they help deliver this unforgettable music that also includes swinging standards and classic ballads. It’s music designed to make you feel better. As Turre explains in his thoughts about this recording and music in general, “Music is about giving and about searching. Without spirit, music is just notes.” It’s a philosophy of life and music that continues to produce inspired results.
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