Takashi Asahina, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra – Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 ‘Romantic’ (2008) DSF DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Takashi Asahina, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 ‘Romantic’
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2008
Duration:
Quality: DSF DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: EXTON
Source: SACD OVCL-00313

2008年生誕100周年を迎える指揮者朝比奈隆。
当代きってのブルックナー指揮者でもあった彼のラスト・ブルックナー・シリーズとも言えるEXTONでの録音をHYBRID盤で再リリースいたします。
朝比奈隆が贈る最後の交響曲第4番は長年深化に深化を重ねた朝比奈こそがたどり着けた究極の純粋美。
骨太かつ歌に満ち、生命感に溢れるこの演奏は、まさに朝比奈が行き着いた最後の「ロマンティック」。SACDの高音質でご堪能下さい。

Continue reading “Takashi Asahina, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra – Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 ‘Romantic’ (2008) DSF DSD64/2.82MHz”

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Gustavo Gimeno – Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 (2017) DSF DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Gustavo Gimeno
Title: Bruckner: Symphony No. 1
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:02:54
Quality: DSF DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Pentatone
Source: https://pentatone.nativedsd.com/albums/PTC5186613-bruckner-symphony-no-1-4

It remains one of the great puzzles of Romantic music: while some of Anton Bruckner’s powerful and multi-faceted oeuvre is long established in the concert hall, other aspects of his work, no less impressive, remain neglected. We are still to fully come to grips with Bruckner and his music.
That this is the case today, when the history of art and culture in the 19th century holds few secrets, is not something that can be reduced to a single factor. It is rather the result of the interplay of long-established perceptions of this time, of musicians in general and of this one musician in particular. As a generalisation, however, it is fair to say
that it is not easy to fit Bruckner neatly into a linear presentation of musical history. His musical personality is too complex, and his technical and aesthetic development too ambivalent

Continue reading “Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Gustavo Gimeno – Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 (2017) DSF DSD64/2.82MHz”

Ben Webster – Ballads (2017) DSF DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Ben Webster
Title: Ballads
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 42:25
Quality: DSF DSD128/5.64MHz
Label: 2xHD
Source: https://www.prostudiomasters.com/album/page/13979

Swing tenor saxophone player Ben Webster earned the nickname “The Brute and the Beautiful” in jazz circles where his musical versatility was well-known. Webster’s signature tough, raspy and gruff tone softened on ballads, which he played with warmth and sentiment. On this Storyville release he caresses seven timeless melodies in a variety of settings including trios with either Teddy Wilson, Ole Kock Hansen or Kenny Drew on piano, backing by The Danish Radio Big Band (on “Cry Me a River”) or a version of “Greensleeves” with a string orchestra. Although largely forgotten in the United States (he had moved to Europe in 1965), Ben Webster was still in fine form this late in his career.

Continue reading “Ben Webster – Ballads (2017) DSF DSD128/5.64MHz”

Benny Carter Quartet – Summer Serenade (1980/2017) DSF DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Benny Carter Quartet
Title: Summer Serenade
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1980
Duration: 44:36
Quality: DSF DSD128/5.64MHz
Label: 2xHD
Source: https://www.highresaudio.com/en/album/view/kbm4uu/benny-carter-quartet-summer-serenade-remastered

Jazz is an international music and Benny Carter is one of its leading statesmen.

Benny Carter has recorded so many excellent swing sessions throughout his lengthy career that it is very difficult to pick out the best ones. This quartet date (Summer Serenade) recorded August 17, 1980 for the Danish Storyville label matches his alto with pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Jesper Lundgaard and drummer Ed Thigpen for four of Carter’s originals and three standards. As a bonus, Richard Boone sings the good-humored “All That Jazz.” (Scott Yanow, AMG)

Continue reading “Benny Carter Quartet – Summer Serenade (1980/2017) DSF DSD128/5.64MHz”

Sophie Gent, Jonathan Manson, Jonathan Dunford, Jonathan Cohen – Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas, Op. 1 (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Sophie Gent, Jonathan Manson, Jonathan Dunford, Jonathan Cohen
Title: Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas, Op. 1
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:59:13
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alpha

For this recording of music by Buxtehude, Jonathan Cohen, founder of the ensemble Arcangelo, is joined by a distinguished trio, including two regulars on the Alpha label, Sophie Gent and Thomas Dunford, alongside the gambist Jonathan Manson. Although Dietrich Buxtehude is famous above all for his organ music and cantatas, and for the long journey the young Bach undertook to meet him, his chamber music is virtually unknown. In the mid-1690s, at the height of his fame, Buxtehude published two collections in rapid succession, each comprising seven sonatas for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo. It is the works of the first collection (1694) — designated Opus 1 in the print — that Arcangelo has recorded here. These sonatas are characterised by pronounced experimental features in both the scoring and the handling of the instruments.

Continue reading “Sophie Gent, Jonathan Manson, Jonathan Dunford, Jonathan Cohen – Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas, Op. 1 (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz”

Bryan Lee – Live at the Old Absinthe House Bar… Friday Night (1997/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bryan Lee
Title: Live at the Old Absinthe House Bar… Friday Night
Genre: Blues
Release Date: 1997
Duration: 01:11:50
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Justin Time Records

Blues master Bryan Lee’s explosive live show was never documented until this, which also features explosive playing from Kenny Wayne Shepherd (whom Lee mentored before his stardom) and Frank Marino. This item is one of Justin Time’s consistently great-selling recordings!

Continue reading “Bryan Lee – Live at the Old Absinthe House Bar… Friday Night (1997/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz”

Altomonte Orchester St. Florian, Remy Ballot – Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. L. Nowak) (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Altomonte Orchester St. Florian, Remy Ballot
Title: Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. L. Nowak)
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:17:00
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Gramola Records

This incredible recording of Anton Bruckner’s Symphonie IX also includes a bonus disc with the Version for Two Pianos. Featuring the Altomonte Orchester St. Florian under the direction of Remy Ballot, this album is a live recording of the original version. Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony is, in the composer’s own words, “The loveliest thing that I [Bruckner] ever composed.” The work is dedicated to the “dear Lord” and is the composer’s personal confrontation with his journey into the afterlife. The transcription for two pianos was arranged by Klaus Laczika and Matthias Giesen using a transcription by Dr. Karl Grunsky (1911) and more closely aligning it to Bruckner’s original scoring in the way of dynamics and instrumentation.

Continue reading “Altomonte Orchester St. Florian, Remy Ballot – Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. L. Nowak) (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz”

Oberosterreichisches Jugendsinfonieorchester, Remy Ballot – Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A Major, WAB 106 (1881 version, ed. B.-G. Cohrs) (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Oberosterreichisches Jugendsinfonieorchester, Remy Ballot
Title: Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A Major, WAB 106 (1881 version, ed. B.-G. Cohrs)
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:09:08
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Gramola Records

This live recording brings together an extraordinary combination of artistic abundance: Remy Ballot conducting the music of Anton Bruckner, enacted at Bruckner’s place of work, the basilica of St. Florian in Upper Austria. Captured at the annual festival Brucknertage, the musical youth of the Upper Austrian Symphonic Youth Orchestra enjoyed the great honour to give a celebrated performance in a one-of-a-kind setting. The vigour and professionalism joined by the intuition of Ballot provide for some goosebumps and appends another worthy opus to a series which has been critically acclaimed and lavished with prestigious international awards.

Continue reading “Oberosterreichisches Jugendsinfonieorchester, Remy Ballot – Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A Major, WAB 106 (1881 version, ed. B.-G. Cohrs) (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz”

The Nash Ensemble – Bruch: String Quintets & Octet (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Nash Ensemble
Title: Bruch: String Quintets & Octet
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:02:44
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Hyperion Records

Music which belies the date and circumstances of its composition. All three works were written in the immediate aftermath of World War I, yet inhabit a sound world of Brahmsian richness and warmth—very much the product of the composer of the famous Violin Concerto. The Nash Ensemble are ideal interpreters.

Continue reading “The Nash Ensemble – Bruch: String Quintets & Octet (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz”

Brent Cobb – Shine On Rainy Day (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Brent Cobb
Title: Shine On Rainy Day
Genre: Country
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 00:37:31
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Low Country Sound

In the decade since releasing his 2006 debut, Brent Cobb also emerged as a Music Row songwriter, landing songs with high-profile artists like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, and Kenny Chesney, among others. His move into the Nashville establishment may have brought his career some well-deserved success, but as an artist, his heart remained rooted in the Deep South of his hometown, Ellaville, Georgia. Produced by Brent’s cousin Dave Cobb (Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson) at his Low Country Sound studio, Shine on Rainy Day is personal and soulful, with little of contemporary country’s gloss and a stripped-down, earthy poeticism that some have likened to Kris Kristofferson’s early albums. On these ten songs, small-town Georgia — its sights, smells, feelings, residents, and customs — are Brent’s muse and partner. It’s a world he sketches in “South of Atlanta,” a gently sprawling five-minute waltz whose lyrics celebrate a town “where the water is clean, loblollies grow tall and winters ain’t mean.” It’s a feeling he yearns for in the easy rise and fall of “Country Bound,” as he questions what’s missing in his crowded city lifestyle. Even when not directly addressing his muse, its tone and texture creep in on deep, bluesy tracks like “Let the Rain Come Down” and “Black Crow,” the latter of which features some fine slide work by Jason Isbell. Framing the songs are Dave’s unfussy arrangements and natural production style, which really bring out the relaxed intimacy of Brent’s writing. Whether it’s the family connection or merely a shared understanding of what is needed, the two Cobbs seem to bring out the best in each other on this fine release. ~ Timothy Monger

Continue reading “Brent Cobb – Shine On Rainy Day (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz”