Rudolf Koelman, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend – Paganini: Violin Concertos 1 & 2 (2009) DSF Stereo DSD128/5.62MHz

Artist: Rudolf Koelman, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend
Title: Paganini: Violin Concertos 1 & 2
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2009
Duration: 02:23:18
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.62MHz
Label: Challenge Records
Source: https://challengerecords.nativedsd.com/albums/cc72343violin-concertos-1-2

Opera played an important role in the life and works of Niccol Paganini. Opera violinists and composers (Francesco Gnecco, Ferdinando Par) were among his first teachers. At the age of 23 Paganini became leader of the opera orchestra of Bonaparte’s sister in Lucca. When he finally decided to espouse the career of a traveling virtuoso in late 1809 he used to perform in opera houses, eagerly attending their performances and commenting on them in his letters. As to Rossini, he was dernier cri, at least after the sensational success of his “Tancredi” in 1813. No stage in Italy or abroad could afford to ignore him. Paganini procured himself of a score at least of one Duet from this opera and tried to attend as many Rossini- performances as possible. In his own concert bills he accompanied singers singing Rossini’s arias and enriched them with spontaneous improvisations. He also improvised, composed, and performed purely instrumental variations on Rossini’s most popular themes. At least three of these Variations for violin and orchestra, on themes of “Mos”, “La Cenerentola” and “Tancredi”, have come down to us. They seem to have been written down in 1818/19. But since Paganini rarely wrote down or mentioned the dates of his compositions we can never be sure.

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Isabelle van Keulen, Ronald Brautigam – Strauss, Rota, Respighi – The violin sonata around 1900 (2009) DSF Stereo DSD128/5.62MHz

Artist: Isabelle van Keulen, Ronald Brautigam
Title: Strauss, Rota, Respighi – The violin sonata around 1900
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2009
Duration: 02:14:20
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.62MHz
Label: Challenge Records
Source: https://challengerecords.nativedsd.com/albums/CC72307-the-violin-sonata-around-1900

At the turn of the 19th to the 20th century the violin sonata experienced a considerable renaissance. A fundamentally conservative genre, it suddenly sparkled with vitality. Mozart developed its classical formula: violin and piano are two equal partners in dialogue with neither the piano being reduced to a mere accompanist nor the violin being reduced to mere colouring of the melody voice; a three-movement-pattern; the first movement being based on the so called sonata form with two themes of clearcut atmospheric contrast and their developement.

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Isabelle van Keulen, Ronald Brautigam – Grieg, Elgar, Sibelius – Music for violin & piano (2007) DSF Stereo DSD128/5.62MHz

Artist: Isabelle van Keulen, Ronald Brautigam
Title: Grieg, Elgar, Sibelius – Music for violin & piano
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2007
Duration: 01:00:50
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.62MHz
Label: Challenge Records
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The acclaimed Dutch violinist Isabelle van Keulen is joined here by award-winning pianist Ronald Brautigam in a fascinating program of chamber music from Grieg, Elgar and Sibelius. The year 2007 marks an anniversary for each of these great composers.

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Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend – Handel: Concerti grossi Op. 3 (2005) DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend
Title: Handel: Concerti grossi Op. 3
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2005
Duration: 00:55:46
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Challenge Records
Source: https://challengerecords.nativedsd.com/albums/concerti-grossi-opus-3

In the first decades of the eighteenth century, London was one of the most important European music centres.
There was a rich courtly life as well as a great deal of music-making among the bourgeoisie. Just like Amsterdam, London was a hub of music pub- lishers and instrument builders. London’s musical life had a strong Italian orientation. It was mainly the Italian composers who were suc- cessful there, especially Arcangelo Corelli. Although his oeuvre is lim- ited to instrumental music and only has six opus numbers, his influence was considerable. For example, the London-based Italian Francesco Geminiani made orchestral arrange- ments of Corelli’s violin sonatas opus 5. Geminiani’s Concerti grossi opus
1 and Corelli’s own Concerti grossi opus 6 were published in many differ- ent arrangements.
Born in Halle, Germany, composer George Frideric Handel started in his hometown as an organist, and settled more or less permanently in London in 1717. By then he already had a career in Italy, where he was very suc- cessful as a young composer and kept company with the likes of Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti. Handel saw himself primarily as a composer of vocal music. He had written several operas, which had been performed to much acclaim in Italy and Germany. His first opera, Almira, which has Italian as well as German arias and recitatives, was premiered as early as 1705 in Hamburg. In Italy he learned a great deal about opera from Alessandro Scarlatti, and audiences in that country were wildly enthusiastic about his operas.

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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。

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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

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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.

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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)

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Patricia Barber – NightClub (2000/2004) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Patricia Barber
Title: NightClub
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2000
Duration: 57:34
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Premonition
Source: http://store.acousticsounds.com/d/95078/Patricia_Barber-NightClub-DSD_Single_Rate_28MHz64fs_Download

Nightclub was recorded at Chicago Recording Company in mid-2000 by recording engineer Jim Anderson. Done on the Sony 3348, a 32-track (16/48) digital tape recorder, and mixed down to 2-track, half-inch analog tape with Dolby SR, this was Barber’s first album consisting entirely of standards. Anderson utilized mostly tube microphones (Brauner and Neumann) and John Hardy M-1 preamps, whose signal was patched directly to the tape bypassing the console. Nightclub also prominently features the CRC stairwell as a natural reverb chamber. The album was mastered by David Glasser of Airshow Mastering from the original analog mixes.

From the very begining of her career, devoted fans were asking Patricia Barber to dedicate a record to standards. “These songs have always been a part of my repertoire and are a big part of who I am, but I wanted to try and define myself in a different way before making a record like this,” says Barber. It is hard to argue with her approach. Armed with a press kit to die for, strong national radio support and two Top 10 Billboard Jazz recordings in a row, the timing couldn’t have been better for one of her most accessible records. Fans will recognize and appreciate that within simple approaches, Barber maintains her fierce individuality. Jazz vocal traditionalists will hear an astonishing voice inside well-known melodies, giving itself over to the song. And, aficionados of the American popular songbook cannot help but appreciate hearing their music given by one of the most expressive voices in contemporary music.

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Patricia Barber – Modern Cool (1998/2002) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Patricia Barber
Title: Modern Cool
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1998
Duration: 01:13:00
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Floyd Records
Source: http://store.acousticsounds.com/d/135433/Patricia_Barber-Modern_Cool-DSD_Single_Rate_28MHz64fs_Download

Modern Cool was recorded at Chicago Recording Company in early 1998. For many, Modern Cool is the record that brought Patricia Barber to their attention. Its success with critics and jazz fans led Blue Note Records to enter into a “joint imprint” production deal with Premonition Records, the first time they had ever done such a deal in their storied history. Done on the Sony 3348, a 32-track (16/48) digital tape recorder, and mixed down to 2-track, half-inch tape with Dolby SR, this was Barber’s first album of mostly original material. Anderson utilized mostly tube microphones (Brauner and Neumann) and John Hardy M-1 preamps, whose signal was patched to the tape bypassing the console.

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