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Himmelrand - Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Elisabeth Holte (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Elisabeth Holte
Title: Himmelrand (holistic mix)
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © 2L, Lindberg Lyd
Location: Uranienborg Church, Norway
Release date: August 2016
Recording date: October 2015
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 352,8kHz/24bit
Original source: DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Duration: 01:00:36

The Church of Norway's new Hymnal came into use in 2013. Its goal is twofold: to hold on to traditions from earlier hymnals and to bring in something new, with texts in a modern idiom and with new melodies and new harmonic ideas. The texts of Nordic hymns belong to a shared Scandinavian heritage. They deal with sorrow and joy, faith and doubt, and express in words some of life's most painful events. There is nothing static about the hymn tradition; on the contrary, it is constantly evolving and continues to be interpreted by our contemporary composers, hymnographers and performers. This is precisely where the strength of the hymn tradition lies. An old hymn in a fresh musical setting loses none of its power; it simply undergoes a change – sometimes small, sometimes more substantial – to its character.
In this recording there are also three newly composed arrangements by the Norwegian composers Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Ola Gjeilo and Ørjan Matre. The hymns are sung by Uranienborg Vokalensemble, conducted by Elisabeth Holte, with Inger-Lise Ulsrud on the organ.
Immersive Audio is a sonic sculpture that you can literally move around and relate to spatially; surrounded by music you can move about in the aural space and choose angles, vantage points and positions. Dolby Atmos and the Auro-3D on this Pure Audio Blu-ray deliver a new standard in immersion, fully enveloping the audience in a cocoon of life-like audio. Recorded in discrete 11.1 at DXD resolution.
Whereas the regular stereo mix is individually optimized for each piece of music – the organ or the choir, or the combination of the two – this holistic mix provides a unified perspective for the complete album experience, placing you as a listener in the middle of the church. Special Edition: Holistic Mix mix all-digital-services PAGE
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String Quartets, Vol. IV - Schubert, Ratkje, Britten, Haydn - Engegard Quartet (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje (b.1973), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Artist: Engegård Quartet
Title: String Quartets, Vol. IV: Schubert, Ratkje, Britten, Haydn
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2L, Lindberg Lyd
Location: Jar Church, Norway
Release date: December 2014
Recording date: November 2013 and February 2014
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 352,8kHz/24bit
Original source: DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Duration: 01:37:42

Perhaps the greatest single characteristic of Franz Schubert's Rosamunde Quartet (1823) is the elusive, longing and perhaps even tragically unconsummated atmosphere that pervades the entire work. Only in the Andante are we really allowed to relax in its peaceful serenity.
The ambiguity in the title of Maja Ratkje's Tale of Lead and Light (2011) reflects the dread which pervaded Oslo in the summer of 2011, and the life-affirming light of Beethoven's opus 59/1 which inspired Maja's work.
It is a tribute to Benjamin Britten's inherent "joie de vivre" that optimism and love triumph in his Second String Quartet (1945), composed just after the 2nd World War. The quartet reaches its emotional climax in the magnificent Chacony, a passacaglia with no less than 21 variations, inspired by Henry Purcell. Britten's 2nd string quartet received its premiere on the 21st November 1945, 250 years to the day after Henry Purcell's death.
Recording Joseph Haydn's Op. 76 No. 5 on our debut CD in 2008 inspired us to include the complete opus, arguably Haydn's greatest string quartet collection, in our repertoire as soon as possible. The heart of the Emperor Quartet, Opus 76/3 is also the most well known movement, Poco adagio. Haydn composed the psalm that he subsequently used as the theme of this movement after a prolonged stay in England. Something of a celebrity, Haydn mingled with the royals, and his admiration for the British national anthem inspired him to compose a tribute to Emperor Francis II. It was later used first as the Austrian and then as the German national anthem. Haydn used a musical cryptogram of the first line of the Anthem, "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser" to create the opening theme of the first movement, using the first letters of each word in the German text. g e f d k/c, are the exact musical notes of the main theme in the Allegro. The simplest ideas are often the best!
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Yundi Li - Liszt (2003) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Artist: Yundi Li
Title: Liszt
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2003
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Duration: 58:42
Recorded: October 2002, Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany

Yundi Li's first recording for Deutsche Grammophon was a profoundly superficial Chopin recital, turning the poet of the piano into the poetaster of piano players. His second recording for DG is this deeply insensitive Liszt recital. As with Li's Chopin recital, no one could doubt that Li is a superb virtuoso with amazing power, astounding dexterity, and astonishing velocity. He tears through the sonata without breaking a sweat and flies through the Rigoletto paraphrase without a slipped note. But how much does it matter when Li's interpretations are null and void, bathos and bombast that is tremendously thrilling but utterly lacking in emotional, intellectual, or spiritual qualities? Time and time again, you'll be blown away by Li's incredible technique, and time and time again, you'll wonder what difference it makes when Li's interpretations are nothing but a spectacular sequence of special effects. Imagine a Jurassic Park starring only dinosaurs or a Star Wars starring only Yoda, and you'll get the idea. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is superbly realistic and lifelike. It's too bad that Li's playing is neither. --AllMusic Review by James Leonard
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Xuefei Yang - Romance de Amor (2006) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Xuefei Yang
Title: Romance de Amor
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music, Classical Guitar
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 2006
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:00:32

debut with this EMI disc Romance de Amor. The program consists of the usual classical guitar bonbons mixed in with popular numbers mixed in -- the tango "La Cumparsita" and the Beatles' "Michelle" and Paul Simon's version of "El Condor Pasa" for example, and a couple of traditional Chinese songs, as well. The program, in and of itself, is not that interesting, but it doesn't matter. Xue Fei Yang is an incredible guitarist -- technically top drawer, warmly expressive in sound, and mind-bogglingly facile in her digital dexterity. Just listen to the attack on Rodrigo's Zapateado; she is able to vary her touch on the strings with lightning speed and pinpoint accuracy.
Yang is a known quantity to guitarists; John Williams was once so impressed by her playing that he made her a gift of one his own guitars. She has previously recorded for the small, San Francisco-based label GSP, but perhaps this EMI CD will help her gain a wider audience. Romance de Amor also has terrific sound quality, and one might be surprised to learn that EMI in Hong Kong, rather than the usual crew in the Capitol Building in Los Angeles who have engineered Christopher Parkening's recordings, made this one. Romance de Amor is a quality release; one could hope for literature that is more serious, but Xue Fei Yang is so amazing that she would probably sound good playing "Tubthumping." --AllMusic Review by Uncle Dave Lewis
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Wild Bill Davis - Live At Count Basie's (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Wild Bill Davis
Title: Live At Count Basie's
Genre: Jazz, Cool Jazz
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:45:07
Recorded live Februray 3,1966, at Count Basie's Lounge,132 Street and 7th Avenue, New York City by Ed Begley

With the dynamic, swirling sounds of his Hammond B-3 organ, Wild Bill Davis provided a bridge from the big band swing of the 1930s and '40s to the organ-driven R&B of the 1950s and early '60s. Together with guitarist Floyd Smith and drummer Chris Columbus, Davis set the framework for the jazz organ combo sound. Initially a guitarist, Davis made his debut with Milt Larkin's band in 1939. The group is remembered for the double-saxophone attack of Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Arnett Cobb. Davis, who was inspired by the guitar playing of Freddie Green, remained with the band until 1942. Moving to the piano, Davis joined Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 in 1945. By then, he had already attracted attention as a skilled writer and arranger. He later furnished original material and arrangements for both Duke Ellington and Count Basie. He was scheduled to record his arrangement of "April in Paris" with the Count Basie Orchestra in 1955, but was unable to make it to the recording sessions. Recorded without his participation, the tune went on to be a Top 30 pop hit. Intrigued by the organ playing of Fats Waller and Count Basie, Davis began to experiment with the Hammond B-3. He soon developed his unique approach. "I thought of (the organ) as a replacement in clubs for a big band," he said during a late-'80s interview. Although he left Jordan's band after five years to form his own trio, Davis periodically returned to play special engagements. Although eclipsed by succeeding jazz organists, including Jimmy Smith and Bill Doggett in the late '50s, and Booker T. Jones in the '60s, Davis remained active until his death from a heart attack in August 1995. His summer appearances in Atlantic City, New Jersey were an annual treat for almost three decades. A native of Moorestown, New Jersey, Davis studied music at Tuskegee University and Wiley College in Texas. --Artist Biography by Craig Harris

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Waylon Jennings - Leavin' Town (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Waylon Jennings
Title: Leavin' Town
Genre: Country, Outlaw Country, Progressive Country, Traditional Country
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 28:32
Recorded: RCA Victor Studios, Nashville

Leavin' Town is Waylon Jennings' second album for RCA Victor, released in 1966. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard country albums chart. Much like his debut album (also released in 1966), Leavin' Town features a more tempered vocal approach from Jennings and the countrypolitan production that was typical at RCA at the time. In his 2013 book Outlaws: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville, author Michael Striessguth notes, "One of the early hit singles, 'Anita, You're Dreaming,' co-written by Waylon and [Don] Bowman, found Waylon in a serious and cautious vocal mode that remembered Jim Reeves, only this time with a trace of Marty Robbins, whose famous Latin sound rose up on Waylon's albums more than a few times in the 1960s." In the authorized Jennings video biography Renegade Outlaw Legend, producer Chet Atkins recalled, "I was just trying to make a record that would sell that the disc jockeys would play. I never thought, 'Let's make a pop record' or "Let's make a folk record.' I didn't think too much in that direction." The LP contains three songs composed by Jennings as well as contributions from Bobby Bare, Mel Tillis, Harlan Howard, and Gordon Lightfoot. The LP's most successful single would be the Lightfoot composition "(That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me," which rose to #9.
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Wanderer: Songs by Schumann, Killmayer & Mahler - Christoph Pregardien, Ensemble Kontraste (2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Wilhelm Killmayer (b.1927), Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Artist: Christoph Prégardien, Ensemble Kontraste
Title: Wanderer: Songs by Schumann, Killmayer & Mahler
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 2011
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:06:53
Recorded: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium, 14-18 September 2010

Not even our contemporary inclination towards ‘authenticity’ and ‘loyalty to the composer’s intentions’ has been able to stop the trend of adapting scores for a different instrumentation than what the composer originally had in mind. The rapidly growing number of smallish ensembles with combinations of instruments for which very little music is available has even proved to be an added incentive in this direction, leading towards a new development within classical music. Not infrequently, a particular interest is shown in lieder which were originally written for solo voice with piano accompaniment. Sometimes the composers themselves put a small instrumental ensemble or even a complete symphony orchestra in the place of the original piano part, but it is not unusual for others to undertake this task.
One of the composers who adapted a piano score for a complete orchestra was Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), and the orchestration for his Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer, written in 1883-1885) followed the piano version so quickly that the very first performance in 1886 immediately featured the orchestra. In 1920, Arnold Schoenberg created a new version for flute, clarinet, harmonium, piano, string quintet and percussion, and this instrumentation was taken by the ensemble KONTRASTE as the starting point for a project called Wanderer, in collaboration with the tenor Christoph Prégardien. It revolves around Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen as well as sixteen lieder by Robert Schumann, which were arranged for this project by Marcus Reiβenberger. The idea was to retain the liveliness heard in the piano accompaniment while at the same time creating an instrumental colour palette that far surpassed it. A sort of intermezzo is formed by four lieder by contemporary composer Wilhelm Killmayer, who wrote his own instrumentation to fit in with the idiom used in the lieder of Mahler and Schumann. (from the linernotes written by Paul Korenhof)
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Richard Wagner - Opera Excerpts - Petra Lang, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Wagner: Götterdämmerung; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Siegfried Idyll
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:04:22
Recorded: January 2012, Palace of Arts, Budapest

Wagner is the giant among composers because he created his own world. Whereas others interpreted ancient and familiar mythology, Wagner created his own myth. Whereas others composed to librettos by poets, Wagner wrote his own texts. He evenbuilt his own opera house, which had to be different and innovative. Wagner was the greatest creative genius of music history.And yet this superhuman giant also had a sense of humor, clearly audible in thewonderfully constructed Meistersinger Overture. And he had intimate, sensitive lyricism, which moves us deeply in his Siegfried-Idyll. This lyricism is the most important aspect of Wagner’s music; Brünnhilde’s beautiful, longing melody which shines through the huge flame that absorbs her and the collapsing world. --Iván Fischer
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Ralph Vaughan Williams - Job; Symphony No.9 - Alexander Kagan, Bergen Philharmonic, Andrew Davis (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)
Artist: Alexander Kagan, Bergen Philharmonic, Andrew Davis
Title: Williams: Job; Symphony No.9
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICAL|shop
Duration: 01:17:29
Recorded: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway: 2 – 4 and 6 May 2016; Domkirken, Bergen, Norway: 5 May 2016

The projected complete cycle of Vaughan Williams’s symphonies started by the late Richard Hickox has left a precious heritage in the discography of the composer. Now, conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, that other expert in British repertoire, Sir Andrew Davis, takes on the challenge of completing the series with idiomatic interpretations of two masterpieces: the final Symphony (No. 9) and the ballet Job.

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VA - Jazz Loves Disney (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Various
Title: Jazz Loves Disney
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Jazz Pop
Label: © Decca Records France, under exclusive license to Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:47:39

We all have a Walt Disney cartoon tune or melody in mind, reminding us of magic afternoons spent with our parents when we were kids or with our own children now that we are grown-ups. It is a bit of this special feeling and pleasure that artists such as Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Stacey Kent, Jamie Cullum and other leading music stars share with us on the new project produced by Jay Newland and arranged and directed by Rob Mounsey, as they perform big band jazz covers of songs that are part of every kids heritage. Whether they come from Scandinavia, Andalusia, North Americas big cities or the Balkan plains, 21st century kids have the Disney magic in common, an imaginary world where both soft and wild tunes are closely linked to cult scenes from Uncle Walts animation classics. Walt Disney loved jazz and paid great attention to the writing of the music accompanying his heroes adventures. Teams wrote and played the songs that at some point acted as catalysts of the emotions and personalities of unique characters such as Jiminy Cricket, Baloo, Tinker Bell or Toy Storys cowboy Woody. Several of these tunes have either been nominated for or won Academy Awards, a true acknowledgment of the quality of such beloved and enchanting future standards, which many jazz and pop stars - Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, Bette Middler, Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Robbie Williams …- have covered at some point in their career. Jazz Loves Disney was recorded between Paris, London and Los Angeles by a dream cast. It is incredibly coherent, as if all participants had agreed to pay a rightful tribute to the most beautiful and symbolic tunes of Walt Disneys magic world, as if nothing was too good for the stars when they revisited the classics and the sweet childhood memories connected to them. This is the ultimate proof of the impact Disney has had on generations of jazz musicians, including the ones taking part in Jazz Loves Disney.
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