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Month: May 2018

Rolando Villazón – Verdi (2012/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Rolando Villazón – Verdi (2012/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

LPCM 2.0  and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 & Dolby TrueHD 2.0 | 24bit / 96kHz |  Time – 00:56:34 minutes | 6,4 GB

“Welcome to this musical journey through some of the many beautiful works that Verdi wrote for tenor. We start with an aria from his very first opera, Oberto. Then you will listen to other arias from his early years, from his most popular operas and from his mature period, as well as to a selection of songs orchestrated by Berio, to the solo tenor part from his great religious oratorio, all the way to the very last aria he composed for tenor.

“To perform Verdi is to perform variations on the eternal melody of the human soul. Verdi was a man who came from the people and composed for the people, a genius who never lost contact with the basic forces of the human heart. Verdi was indeed the least pretentious of all composers. When critics of his time said that he who thinks that great music is an expression of love, pain etc, is wrong, he simply replied: “And why should one not believe that music is the expression of love and pain and etc?” For Verdi, “art that misses simplicity and naturalness is not Art. An idea must stem from the simple.”

“It has been an immense joy to sail through Verdi’s rich musical sea – with its limpid blue waters, tremendous tempests, caressing waves and sunsets red as blood – in the company of the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino and the great Gianandrea Noseda. It is also a pleasure to welcome my dear colleague Mojca Erdmann on this wonderful musical odyssey. We hope you enjoy the journey with us and that, after having listened to it, you feel an absolute need to dive into the vast ocean of the great Maestro Verdi’s complete works.” – Rolando Villazón

“Tenor roles in the operas of Giuseppe Verdi require vocalism of exceptional beauty and power, combined with a blazing sincerity of expression. That is abundantly clear in Rolando Villazón’s all-Verdi recital, finely balanced between popular pieces and significantly less familiar ones. The feeling of discovery will surely be as thrilling to Villazón’s listeners as it has been to the singer himself. Verdi has been integral to Villazón’s international career and, in continuing his exploration of Verdi via this disc, the tenor has created a fascinating journey through the composer’s very long life.

“Villazón cherishes, above all, the emotional pull that gives him a universal and timeless appeal. “Verdi was able to translate the main emotions of humanity into music,” says Villazón. The operas repeatedly depict “jealousy, love, sadness, moaning for death, craving for what you cannot have.” But, whatever the dramatic situation, Verdi “connects directly to the essence of what makes us human beings.”  – Roger Pines, dramaturg and broadcast commentator at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Norman Connors – Invitation (Expanded) (1979/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Norman Connors – Invitation (Expanded) (1979/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 48:58 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Soul, Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

By the late ’70s, Connors had gained a new audience that was perhaps unfamiliar with his earlier jazz efforts like Dark of Light and Love From the Sun. Later albums like Saturday Night Special, You Are My Starship, and Romantic Journey had Connors putting R&B in the mix. This 1979 album is the follow-up to the classic This Is Your Life. While that effort seemed to attain a good mix of intelligent R&B and jazz, Invitation finds the formula a little diluted. This does start off on a good foot. The first track “Your Love Is My Ecstasy” features spirited vocals by Al Johnson and great drumming. Ada Dyer, who’s also known as Miss Adaritha, handles the rest of the lead vocals. The ballads “Handle Me Gently” and the title track are good but lack a certain earthiness and charm inherent in Connors’ best work. In fact, Invitation seems to be hampered by lack of material and often comes off a little uninspired. “Disco Land” is the biggest misstep here. The track finds Connors jumping on the bandwagon a little too late and with a hackneyed production to boot. The instrumental “I Have a Dream” is better suited for Connors and features beautiful trumpet and flügelhorn solos from Eddie Henderson. The meditative “Beijo Partido” has good soprano sax work from Starship Orchestra member Ralph “Buzzy” Jones. While Invitation is too spotty to be called a classic, his fans will no doubt enjoy a few of the better tracks. ~ Jason Elias

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Nils Frahm – Screws (2012/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Nils Frahm – Screws (2012/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz  | Time – 28:00 minutes | 256 MB | Genre: Electronic, Ambient, Modern Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Erased Tapes

While a musician’s ability to overcome the temporary loss of a thumb certainly doesn’t match the achievements of the Paralympians last summer, there’s something similarly uplifting about the genesis of Nils Frahm’s latest, delicate album. Provoked by an unfortunate accident involving a bunk bed and gravity, Screws – named after the four pieces of metal doctors used to hasten the healing process – finds the increasingly acclaimed pianist inspired by his predicament to compose within his limitations rather than follow doctor’s advice and leave his instrument alone during his recovery.

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Nils Frahm – Felt (2011/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Nils Frahm – Felt (2011/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 43:14 minutes | 431 MB | Genre: Ambient, Modern Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Erased Tapes

Berlin-based pianist Nils Frahm is already a firebrand in the modern classical world, collaborating with contemporaries such as Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds and Anne Müller. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. As announced by Drowned In Sound, he finally returns on October 10th 2011 with the successor to his highly acclaimed solo piano works Wintermusik and The Bells.

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Nightwish – Decades (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Nightwish – Decades (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 02:21:31 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre: Metal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Nuclear Blast

Nightwish has always stood for virtuoso perfection. They are able to evoke fantastic dream worlds, fade out time and space, and touch you deep inside with their symphonic majestic compositions. Two decades and three frontwomenin, Nightwish’s latest and most visceral ‘best of’ has a lot of ground to cover, so dedicating the first 24 minutes to The Greatest Show On Earth does seem like a self-indulgent use of precious minutes. Yet it does illustrate how far the greatest symphonic band on Middle-Earth have come. Working in a reverse chronological order, this epic fest of grandiose, orchestra-laden thrills and spills highlights the superlative power of Nightwish, from the drum-machine smasher Wish I Had An Angel and the heroic Ghost Love Score to the gothic masterpiece The Poet And The Pendulum. It’s a shame that their anaemic eponymous demo closes the compilation when a tour de force like the omitted The Phantom Of The Opera would provide the ideal final punch, but otherwise Decades is a pitch-perfect portfolio of world-class symphonic metal.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats – Tearing at the Seams (Deluxe Edition) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats – Tearing at the Seams (Deluxe Edition) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 52:05 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Rock, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Stax

It’s hardly a coincidence that Nathaniel Rateliff is at Stax. With his band The Night Sweats, the native of Denver has become a true ambassador of this muggy southern soul as it was practised on the infamous Memphis label at the end of the sixties. With his instrumental virtuosity, the soul of his songs, the ardour of their interpretation and the preaching of his organ, Tearing at the Seams glorifies the spirit of a vast heritage ranging from Otis Redding to Van Morrison, through Booker T. and the MG’s, Ray Charles and Creedence Clearwater Revival. As can be expected, the rhythmic turbine goes at a million miles an hour, the brass are as incandescent as possible and the voice of Reteliff is a furious rattle that is completely his own. This gang does not care to look in the rearview mirror despite assuming a rather nostalgic sound.

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Nakhane – You Will Not Die (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Nakhane – You Will Not Die (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz  | Time – 47:15 minutes | 564 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © BMG Rights Mgmt France SARL

The music festival Les Transmusicales de Rennes wasn’t wrong in 2017: Nakhane is a great revelation that deserves to be in the spotlight! With a deep, enveloping, feline voice and a calm and always laughing charm straight down from Mount Olympus, Nakhane is quite a magician. One who growls, whispers and is completely comfortable no matter where he goes. Writer (Piggy Boy’s Blues, 2015), actor (The Wound, 2018), singer-songwriter-composer, multi-instrumentalist, Nakhane keeps on adding strings to his bow. Far removed from his first album Brave Confusion (2013) on which Ali Farka Touré’s influence was omnipresent, even in his former stage name – Nakhane Touré −, this second album is more intimate, with electro and soul coexisting side by side. With its slow tempos on sentimental interludes (Violent Measures, You Will Not Die), dazzling electro flashes filled with gleaming synthesisers (in the hit-worthy Clairvoyant) and 80s vibes (Interloper), You Will Not Die won’t fail to move the listener with its high sensuality, always on the verge of hatching.

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Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium (2013) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.1 + UHDTV 2160P

Title: Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium
Release Year: 2013
Genre: Alternative rock, new prog, progressive metal, space rock
Directed by: Matt Askem
Performers: Matthew Bellamy – lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, synthesisers, keytar; Christopher Wolstenholme – bass, misa kitara, harmonica, backing vocals; Dominic Howard – drums, percussion, synthesisers, backing vocals; Touring musicians: Morgan Nicholls – keytar, sampler, percussion, guitar, bass, backing vocals; Alessandro Cortini – keyboards, synthesisers

Blu-Ray
Label: Warner Bros.
Duration: 1:35:45
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: PCM, DTS
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 19933 kbps / 1080p / 24 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio # 1: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio # 2: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 96 kHz / 8044 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

UHDTV 2160p
Quality: UHDTV 2160p
Container: TS
Video codec: HEVC
Audio Codec: AC3
Video: HEVC, 3840×2160, 60.000 fps, 31.3 Mbps
Audio: AC-3, 48.0 KHz, 6 ch, 384 Kbps

Live at Rome Olympic Stadium is a live album and video by English alternative rock band Muse, which will be released from 29 November 2013 in the CD/DVD and Blu-ray formats. On 5 November 2013, the film will also get theatrical screenings in 20 cities worldwide, and the next day it will be screened for one night only in 40 other territories. The album contains the band’s performance at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on 6 July 2013, in front of a crowd of 60,963 people. The concert was a part of The Unsustainable Tour, which is a moniker for the band’s summer 2013 European leg of The 2nd Law World Tour.
The cameras which brought the concert to screen were sixteen Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K cameras, and with a variety of cinema lenses, including 5 Angenieux 24/290’s, an Elite 120/520, a number of Optimo 14/52’s and with Fujinon 19-90 Cabrio and 85-300 Cabrio. Furthermore, a crane, a Towercam, various hotheads and a Spidercam were used. All images were recorded in HD and 4K on three terabyte hard drives. Alongside video, 120 lines of multi-track audio were recorded, all redundant. The result of all of this was 4 sets with material, 2 main sets and 2 back-up sets. In other words, an enormous amount of data.
The show was directed by Matt Askem (with whom the band worked on two previous videos, Hullabaloo: Live at Le Zenith, Paris and HAARP), and produced by Serpent Productions.
The album will be released from 29 November 2013 in the CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray formats.
The 4K format will get theatrical screenings in 20 cities worldwide on 5 November, and starting the next day, it will be screened for one night only in 40 other territories. The film will be screened in the U.S. and Canada on 6 November 2013, in Europe, UK, Australia and Japan on 7 November 2013, on 12 November 2013 in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain,[citation needed] 19 November 2013 in Poland, and 22-24 November 2013 in Indonesia.

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Muse – Live At Rome Olympic Stadium (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Muse – Live At Rome Olympic Stadium (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:04:34 minutes | 1,37 GB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Bros.

Live at Rome Olympic Stadium was filmed on 6th July 2013 in front of a capacity audience of over 60,000. The three school friends from Devon take the audience on a mesmerizing journey using pyrotechnics, expansive digital screens and a troop of actors to accompany their epic playlist of 13 tracks for the accompanying audio tracks including hits from their most recent studio album The 2nd Law, as well as classics such as Uprising, Supermassive Black Hole, Time Is Running Out, Starlight and Plug-In Baby.

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Murray Head – Say It Ain’t So (Remastered 2017) (1976/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Murray Head – Say It Ain’t So (Remastered 2017) (1976/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 40:08 minutes | 869 MB | Genre: Pop, Pop Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Editions Murray Head Music

If you like Pink Floyd, Neil Yong, Grateful Dead Etc., you will like this. It has a folk/blues acoustic sound. Murray Head is better known for his 80’s hit “One Night in Bangkok” which is a totally different style than this. This album was Murray Head’s biggest, and best shot at stardom. Sadly, it didn’t make as much of a splash as he’d likely hoped, and subsequent albums were more popular in the Francophonic world than in Britain or the U.S.A.

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