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Month: October 2018

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden – Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 (2013) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz]

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden – Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 (2013)
DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64 MHz | Time – 57:14 minutes | 4,51 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Booklet, Front Cover |  © Challenge Records

In the early days of the symphonies history, there was nothing like the meticulousness of our approach to Bruckner’s work. On February 26, 1899, Gustav Mahler gave in Vienna the first performance of the Sixth, in his own version, in which he substantially reworked both the instrumentation and notes and showed no aversion to sweeping cuts. The first printed score of Bruckner’s Sixth appeared in the summer of 1899, however it deviated greatly from the original work. Largely responsible for this was Josef Schalk (1857-1900), a highly respected conductor in Vienna and an early Bruckner admirer (Bruckner often referred to him as “Herr Generalissimus”). Did Bruckner ever hear his “keckste” composition performed? That cannot be answered with any certainty.
We know that during a concert in Vienna on February 11, 1883, the Vienna Philharmonic performed only the Adagio and Scherzo, conducted by Wilhelm Jahn, but the composer possibly heard the complete symphony during the rehearsals — or perhaps in or around October 1882 during the orchestra’s

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Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden – Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 (2013) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz]

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,Jaap van Zweden – Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 (2013)
DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64 MHz | Time – 59:33 minutes | 4,69 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Booklet, Front Cover |  © Challenge Records

Bruckner – Symphony no. 3 Anton Bruckner meticulously noted it in his calendar: autumn 1872, first rejection of the performance of the Third Symphony in Vienna; autumn 1875, second rejection; September 27, 1877, third rejection. Thanks to the efforts of his good friend Johann (von Ritter) Herbeck (who had conducted the premiere of Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony), Vienna’s Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde decided to programme the work on December 16, 1877, the second concert in the Gesellschaft series. Herbeck was to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic for the occasion in the “Golden Hall” of Vienna’s Musikverein. On October 28, however, Herbeck unexpectedly died, putting the premiere in doubt. That same evening, Bruckner sought the support of the influential Reichstag delegate and later Bruckner biographer August Gllerich, a close friend of Nikolaus Dumba, the Gesellschaft’s president. His efforts paid off, and the performance of the Third Symphony was saved. Alas, no conductor could be found who wanted to perform the work, so Bruckner, who was not used to leading an orchestra, took on the — to his mind, thankless — task. The results were predictable. Already in the rehearsals, things started going wrong. The orchestra’s musicians showed scant respect for the poor composer. They sabotaged the proceedings by intentionally playing out of tune and weaving odd notes and ornaments into the music. They stubbornly refused to repeat certain phrases and repeatedly laughed at Bruckner to his face. The great composer was the helpless conductor who baptized one of the most impressive compositions in music history in an exceedingly unpleasant atmosphere created largely by notorious troublemakers. Aside from the unfortunate rehearsals, other aspects of the concert were unfavourable for Bruckner: before the intermission, Joseph Hellmesberger conducted a programme that, to put it mildly, was excessively long: Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and the Violin Concerto in D minor by Louis Spohr followed multiple arias from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Peter von Winter’s Das unterbrochene Opernfest (already largely forgotten). Were that not enough, there was Beethoven’s Meeresstille und glu?ckliche Fahrt before Bruckner could present the Third Symphony.

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Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,Jaap van Zweden – Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (2012) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz]

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,Jaap van Zweden – Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (2012)
DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64 MHz | Time – 01:19:24 minutes | 6,26 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Booklet, Front Cover |  © Challenge Records

Despite the big differences between them, there is a certain kinship between Bruckner’s ‘official’ nine symphonies (the ones he decided to call ‘valid’): the broadly expansive themes with their lengthy build-up of tension and the expectant tremolo of the strings (first introduced by Beethoven in his Ninth Symphony) at the beginning, from which the main theme wells up. Bruckner often gives the singsong, sometimes distinctly lyrical second theme a contrapuntal second voice. The third theme, on the other hand, is often monolithic, full of clenched energy, that bursts out in unison and goes on to develop a huge rhythmic force. Then there are the long drawn-out Adagios with their heavenly cantilenas and the starkly contrasting, waggish Scherzos, almost smelling of earth. They are all just as characteristic of Bruckner’s compositions as the broadness of the codas in the outer movements, introduced by a soft roll of the timpanis. But despite the similarities, all his symphonies are fundamentally and completely different and are certainly not interchangeable. This can be said of each of the movements separately and of the entire work.

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Various Artists – The Worlds Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings Vol. II (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Various Artists – The Worlds Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings Vol. II (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:03:36 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chesky Records

For over a decade, The World’s Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings has served as an Audiophile must-have. Whether used to test out a new piece of hardware, or simply to sit back and enjoy, the album has been an enjoyable tool for many. It’s time for a 2018 update of the material to this same premise. The World’s Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings Vol. II features some of the most stunning and haunting vocal performances the label has produced during its thirty plus year tenure.

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Various Artists – Christopher Robin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Various Artists – Christopher Robin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 56:37 minutes | 581 MB | Genre: Soundtrack
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Walt Disney Records

Christopher Robin is a 2018 American adventure comedy-drama film, based on A. A. Milne’s book Winnie-the-Pooh and is a live-action adaptation of the Disney franchise of the same name. The film written by Tom McCarthy, Alex Ross Perry, and Allison Schroeder, directed by Marc Forster, stars Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell.

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Ultraphonix – Original Human Music (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Ultraphonix – Original Human Music (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 53:33 minutes | 613 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | © earMUSIC

earMUSIC is delighted to announce the worldwide release of the debut album by ULTRAPHONIX, the new creation of Corey Glover (Living Colour) and George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) alongside the great rhythm section formed by drummer Chris Moore and Pancho Tomaselli on bass. Original Human Music is co-produced by Bob Daspit (Sammy Hagar) and it displays the magic match between Corey Glover’s iconic voice and George Lynch’s unique style on the guitar. The core and value of Ultraphonix lies in the songwriting and the quality of the songs. Original Human Music is an album where Corey’s profound and thoughtful lyrics sound loud, together with the warm and heavy wall of sound created by George Lynch. All sustained by a rhythm section that can go anywhere musically. To quote Lynch: “The album sounds like a fusion of early Chili Peppers meets King Crimson meets Judas Priest! It’s a super fun band.” Drawing on (very heavy) rock, funk and jazz influences, the band paints a picture of a band still believing that social consciousness could be celebrated through great rock songs.

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Ulrike Haage – Maelstrom (2015/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ulrike Haage – Maelstrom (2015/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:43 minutes | 1,13 GB | Genre: Piano, Ambient, Modern Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | © Blue Pearls Music

Maelstrom is Ulrike Haage’s most personal album. Personal on the one hand because she has worked with some of her longest-known musical accompanists such as the saxophonist Uwe Steinmetz, the drummers Tim Lorenz and Eric Schaefer and the electronic musician Christian Meyer. But especially personal because she has now arrived to the essence of her music, what makes her distinctive and incomparable as a composer. Her music seems to aim at the place where she imagines the soul of her audience to be. Music that expresses the silence before and after each sound, each thought, each feeling. Simply a dedication and trust in what is. Maelstrom was recorded in the UFO Sound Studios, Berlin, a former red-brick brewery. Because of many years of personal friendship, Bechstein provides again the C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand piano for the recordings.

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The War and Treaty – Healing Tide (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

The War and Treaty – Healing Tide (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 45:26 minutes | 505 MB | Genre: Soul, RnB, Blues
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | © Strong World Entertainment

It’s not surprising that The War and Treaty, a married duo comprised of Michael and Tanya Trotter, have received comparisons to Ike and Tina Turner. There are a couple of hard-charging, rock and soul originals on the Trotter’s upcoming album, Healing Tide, that recall the dueling vigor of the music the Turners made together. But while Tina Turner’s revelations have made us hear the volatility of her relationship with Ike in the musical heat they generated, the Trotters’ songs “All I Wanna Do” and “Healing Tide” convey an ecstatic, empowering sense of partnership that serves as the duo’s creative engine and core message.

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The Proclaimers – Angry Cyclist (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Proclaimers – Angry Cyclist (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:27 minutes | 812 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | © Cooking Vinyl

New album from the Scottish folk/rock duo composed of the identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid. This is Craig and Charlie’s 11th studio album recorded again at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales featuring 13 new Reid/Reid songs produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Roger Daltrey). Angry Cyclist finds The Proclaimers at the peak of their songwriting prowess. Instantly catchy hooks and melodies, gorgeous close harmonies, moving, as well as clever and subtle, biting lyrics, great arrangements and fantastic production (produced by Dave Eringa), all on a perfectly sequenced album.

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The Paco de Lucia Project – The Paco de Lucia Project (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

The Paco de Lucia Project – The Paco de Lucia Project (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:16:19 minutes | 786 MB | Genre: World
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | © Casa Limon America, LLC

Created by ten-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón, The Paco de Lucía Project reassembles the original band that toured with the legendary flamenco guitarist for the last ten years of his career. A longtime collaborator and producer of Paco de Lucía, Javier Limón brings the secrets of flamenco at the highest level to create an experience that honors the legacy of Paco de Lucía, while paving a new path into the future of flamenco. Paco de Lucía was widely considered to be the world’s premier flamenco guitarist and by many to be Spain’s greatest musical export. He had a revolutionary influence on flamenco music, both as a composer and otherwise. Throughout his 50 year career, he performed and recorded with musical legends such as Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Carlos Santana and Al Di Meola, among many others.

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