Arabella Steinbacher, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski – Bela Bartok: The Two Violin Concertos (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Arabella Steinbacher, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski
Title: Bela Bartok: The Two Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2010
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Label: Pentatone

Whilst unfulfilled passion and unre- quited love have driven many to depression, Bla Bartk was able to sublimate such personal disappointment into exuberant creativity. In February 1908, after his passionate courting attempts had been rejected by the Swiss violinist, Stefi Geyer, Bartk wrote her: “Having read your letter, I sat down at the piano — and had the sad premonition that, in life, music is to be my only consolation.” He illustrated these lines with a musical quotation which included the broken major-seventh chord, c-sharp — e — g-sharp — b-sharp, adding the words: “This is your leitmotiv.” It will have been particularly bitter for the composer that he had completed the score of the violin concerto, which had been written for Stefi, and into which he had poured his profound feelings for her, just a few days before her rejection. It is also to her that he dedicated the concerto, which, as in “a narcotic dream” (Rmer), had been inspired a year earlier by his intoxicating love for her, but he did not do so without adding a tragic poem by Bla Balzs to the autograph score. Stefi Geyer kept the score until her death in 1956, with- out every performing the concerto publicly. It was not until 30 May 1958, thirteen years after Bartk’s death, that the concerto finally had its first public performance, in Basel, under the baton of Paul Sacher, with Hansheinz Schneeberger as soloist.

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Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque – J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV1080 (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque
Title: J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV1080
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
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Label: Channel Classics Records

Fugue and the art of counterpoint are often almost bywords for Bach the composer. Certainly, from the viewpoint of many later generations, he was the first composer to make fugue the basis for a whole and complete piece of music, one that often seemed to serve no purpose beyond the ‘purely musical’. In a sense, this must surely be right: while there are countless fugal compositions before Bach, very few share the same relentless, yet expressive, cohesion, and most that were written outside the keyboard sphere were associated with a text and liturgical function. There is something about Bach’s fugal composition that immediately places it at the service of composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Schoenberg. For them, earlier counterpoint in the Renaissance tradition provided more a model for refined technique than for an overriding nexus of musically cohering ideas.

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Julia Fischer – J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 (2005) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Julia Fischer
Title: J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2005
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Label: Pentatone

No doubt many of you are wondering whether I should be recording Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas at the age of only 21. Perhaps I should have waited a bit longer? Well, patience has seldom been my strong point, and after all I have already waited a number of years for an opportunity to record these works. During the first six years of study with my teacher Ana Chumachenco, I studied the sonatas and partitas thoroughly, and first performed both cycles in their entirety in the Bach year 2000, during the course of two evenings at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. Ever since that intensive “Bach month”, in which I concentrated purely on the music of this composer, I have felt the urgent need to hold on to the sonatas and partitas by means of a recording. This musical experience led me to overcome my many years of aversion to studio recordings. Thus, I decided at the time already to reserve my first solo CD for the music of Bach.

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Art Farmer, Jim Hall – Big Blues (1978/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Art Farmer, Jim Hall
Title: Big Blues
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1978
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Label: CTI Records

Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in February 1978 and issued on the CTI label in 1978, Big Blues finds flugelhornist Art Farmer and guitarist Jim Hall pairing up for one of their first sessions together since their collaborations in the mid-60s and they literally don’t miss a beat. The unique quintet project is rounded out by Mike Mainieri (vibraphone), Michael Moore (bass) and Steve Gadd (drums) and the results are as relaxed as they are lyrical.

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Arne Domnerus, Leif Strands Kammarkor – Sorgen och Gladjen (1971/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Arne Domnerus, Leif Strands Kammarkor
Title: Sorgen och Gladjen
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1971
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Label: 2xHD

Is this the line between folk and spiritual song? Between hymn to Christ’s bride and the earthly love song? The border is not straight and clear, but on both sides lies a treasure of music and lyrics that we must have to stay alive — in our day and future , as an inheritance . . . Leif Strand and the musicians on this record, offer a kind of continuation of the sorrow and the joy.
Leif Strand Chamber Choir began in 1965; the first concert together with jazz musicians was held at Hnsten 1967 with, among others, Jan Johansson, Arne Domnrus, Rune Gustafsson, Georg Riedel. Since the choir — in connection with Arne Domnrus sextet — made a couple hundred concerts, numerous radio and television appearances and five published LPs.
On this album, the Leif Stand Choir from Sweden join with Jazz greats Georg Riedel, Arne Domnrus, Egil Johansen and Bengt Hallberg — best known for their work on the classic Jazz At The Pawnshop. Joy and Sorrow features the choir and musicians performing traditional, chorale and spiritual music.

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Arne Domnerus, Leif Strands Kammarkor – Allt under himmelens faste (1974/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Arne Domnerus, Leif Strands Kammarkor
Title: Allt under himmelens faste
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1974
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Label: 2xHD

Is this the line between folk and spiritual song? Between hymn to Christ’s bride and the earthly love song? The border is not straight and clear, but on both sides lies a treasure of music and lyrics that we must have to stay alive — in our day and future , as an inheritance . . . Leif Strand and the musicians on this record, offer a kind of continuation of the sorrow and the joy.

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Amber Rubarth – Sessions From The 17th Ward (2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Amber Rubarth
Title: Sessions From The 17th Ward
Genre: Folk
Release Date: 2012
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Label: Chesky Records
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The Chesky Records Binaural+ recording technique, fit for both speakers and headphones, captures the timeless sound of musicians playing in great acoustic settings. And now, starting with the Binaural+ sessions, Chesky Records has taken that approach to the next level.

Singer-Songwriter Amber Rubarth, Cellist Dave Eggar, Violinist Tim Snider and Percussionist Chuck Palmer join forces, and combine their unique musical vocabulary to create Sessions from the 17th Ward. Together, this innovative team fuses classic songwriting and acoustic music to create a sexy, yet sophisticated album. The catchy, upbeat “Full Moon In Paris” proves Amber Rubarth’s crossover appeal, showing off her talents as a songwriter during the infectious chorus, and in a bridge that brings the song full circle. “Don’t You” merges the four musical talents perfectly, showcasing each artist’s talent in a moment of pure bliss. Sessions from the 17th Ward will make you fall in love with Rubarth’s genuine, unique voice and musical style.

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Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov – The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 2 (2009) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov
Title: The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 2
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2009
Duration: 01:00:14
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Pentatone
Source: https://www.nativedsd.com/albums/the-bolshoi-experience-highlights-from-russian-operas-vol2

In 1776, Prince Pyotr Urusov and his English partner, Michael Maddox, set up a theatre company in Moscow after obtain- ing the imperial permission of the Empress, Catherine II. The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia traces its history back to this date: Mos- cow’s first permanent company and first professional opera-house was, in time, to become the country’s leading theatre. At the time, the Urusov theatre put on productions of opera, ballet and drama, and expected its artists to perform roles in all these genres: and to this day, the artists of the Bolshoi Theatre are also trained to act, as well as to sing and dance. The same principles underline the performance style of the Theatre’s orchestra. In addition to the virtuoso instrumental skills, its members are required to participate on an equal basis in the performance, in accord- ance with the spirit of the production.

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Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov – The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 1 (2006) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov
Title: The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 1
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2006
Duration: 01:15:38
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Pentatone
Source: https://pentatone.nativedsd.com/albums/the-bolshoi-experience-highlights-from-russian-operas

Alexander Vedernikov leads the orchestra, soloists and chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on this first volume of Highlights From Russian Operas, including works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka and others.

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Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim – Getz/Gilberto (1964/2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim
Title: Getz/Gilberto
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1964
Duration: 33:50
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Analogue Productions (Verve)
Source: https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/94083/Stan_Getz__Joao_Gilberto-Getz_and_Gilberto-DSD_Single_Rate_28MHz64fs_Download

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.
The original master tapes for this title had not been used since 1980 previous to this reissue. Also, for this Analogue Productions reissue the decision was made to master and present this album as it was originally mixed to master tape. With very few exceptions all versions of this title to date, including the original, have had the channels incorrectly reversed. With this version, you’ll hear this title as it was intended to be heard, without the channels reversed. And again, those reissues you’ve heard up until now — definitely still breathy, warm and rich — were made from something less than the master. Prepare to hear the veil removed
Astrud Gilberto says that her husband, Joao, informed Stan Getz that she “could sing at the recording.” Creed Taylor recalls that it took Getz’s wife, Monica, to get both Astrud and Joao into the recording studio; Mrs. Getz had a sense that Astrud could make a hit. And Getz himself is on record saying that he insisted on Astrud’s presence over the others’ objections. So who’s right? What does it matter? The Gilbertos, Getz and the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim followed up the bossa nova success of Jazz Samba with this, the defining LP of the genre. With one of the greatest hit singles jazz has ever known — each one who hears it goes “Ahhh!”

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