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Month: January 2019

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition, 6 Disc, 2017]

‘Sgt. Pepper’ Presented with New Mixes in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio; Expanded with Previously Unreleased Session Recordings, Video Features & Special Packaging

Previously Unreleased 1992 Documentary Film, ‘The Making of Sgt. Pepper,’ Restored for Anniversary Edition’s Super Deluxe Boxed Set

London – April 5, 2017 – It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition packages on May 26 (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe). The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings.

“It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art,” says Paul McCartney in his newly-penned introduction for the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition.

“‘Sgt. Pepper’ seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it,” Ringo Starr recalls in the Anniversary Edition’s book.

For Record Store Day on April 22, Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release an exclusive, limited edition seven-inch vinyl single of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” among the first songs recorded during the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ sessions, which began in November 1966. Rather than being held for inclusion on the album, the two songs were released as a double A-sided single in February 1967. Amidst intense media speculation about the band’s next move, the single bridged what was then considered a long gap between the Revolver album, released in August 1966, and ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ which followed 10 months later.

This is the first time Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings, and it is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since the 2003 release of Let It Be… Naked. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin’s new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.

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The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Super Deluxe Edition) (1967/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Super Deluxe Edition) (1967/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 03:23:15 minutes | 3,91 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Universal Music

It was 50 years ago when The Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album.

The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, sourced directly from the four-track masters at Abbey Road Studios in London, and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.

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The Bach Choir of Bethlehem & Greg Funfgeld – J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 21 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem & Greg Funfgeld – J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 21 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:54 minutes | 814 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Groupe Analekta, Inc

The oldest Bach choir in the United States, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem celebrates its 120th birthday in 2018. Since its founding in 1898, the now famous choir has attracted thousands of visitors from across the United States and beyond to the annual Bethlehem Bach Festival in Pennsylvania. Cantata BWV 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, was composed for various occasions between 1713 and 1714; with nearly every performance it was expanded by additional movements.

It should be noted that this recording frames the Bach cantata with two exquisite arias. With Daniel Taylor, Cassandra Lemoine, Rosa Lamoreaux, Benjamin Butterfield, William Sharp & The Bach Festival Orchestra, directed by Greg Funfgeld, this production is grandiose!

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The Bach Choir of Bethlehem & Greg Funfgeld – Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem & Greg Funfgeld – Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:15 minutes | 871 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Groupe Analekta, Inc

Celebrating its 120th birthday in 2018, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem is the oldest Bach choir in the United States, attracing thousands of visitors to Pennsyvania’s annual Bethlehem Bach Festival. The Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day was composed between September 15 and 24, 1739, and features instrumental pieces, arias, choruses and recitatives. The Choir is joined by Cassandra Lemoine, Benjamin Butterfield, and the Bach Festival Orchestra.

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The Amazing Keystone Big Band – We Love Ella (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

The Amazing Keystone Big Band – We Love Ella (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 35:36 minutes | 416 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Nome

Après le succès de leurs adaptations des oeuvres de Serge Prokofiev Pierre et le Loup et le Jazz, de Camille Saint-Saëns Le Carnaval Jazz des Animaux, et leur deux disques sur Django Reinhardt Django Extended et Monsieur Django et Lady Swing, les 17 musiciens de The Amazing Keystone Big Band, dirigés par Bastien Ballaz, Jon Boutellier, Fred Nardin et David Enhco continuent leur aventure pour que les publics jeunes et adultes découvrent le jazz dans toutes ses expressions.

Nommés aux Victoires du Jazz 2018 dans la catégorie « Groupe de l’année », ils reviennent cette fois-ci avec We Love Ella, un projet centré sur la personnalité légendaire d’Ella Fitzgerald, dans lequel ils réinventent à leur manière les plus grands succès de la chanteuse.

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Tesla Quartet – Haydn, Ravel & Stravinsky: Works for String Quartet (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Tesla Quartet – Haydn, Ravel & Stravinsky: Works for String Quartet (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:54 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Orchid Classics

The great inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla, from whom the Tesla Quartet takes its name, talked of the invisible yet inseparable ties which bind people together. Through performance, teaching and outreach, the Tesla Quartet has for ten years strived to tap into this palpable feeling, using music to create meaningful connections with their audiences. Celebrating this first decade together, the quartet’s debut album draws upon the need for reflection, and to look upon the familiar in a new light. None did this more effectively than Igor Stravinsky, two centuries after Haydn pioneered the string quartet, and Ravel’s masterful contribution takes its place as a staple of the repertoire. Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of the era, style or technical demand” (The International Review of Music) the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. They formed in 2008 at The Juilliard School, and have quickly established themselves as one of the most promising ensembles in New York.

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Terry Callier – The New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (Deluxe Edition) (1968/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Terry Callier – The New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (Deluxe Edition) (1968/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:10:49 minutes | 1,96 GB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Craft Recordings

2018 Deluxe Edition remastered from the original analog master tapes in 192kHz, 24bit of the debut album from the folk-soul master on Prestige! Gentle, thoughtful, spacious takes on traditional folk songs such as ‘It’s About time’, ‘900 Miles’ and ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’. Beautiful record!

This deluxe reissue features unreleased tracks and bonus tracks. Almost a lost album, The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier encompasses Terry’s blue’s voice and jazz, soul, gospel music fusion. The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier conveys the promise and power of Callier in his earliest days.

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Teodor Currentzis – Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Teodor Currentzis – Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:24:18 minutes | 1,43 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Without dispute Teodor Currentzis is todays hottest & most sought after conductor- alongside his orchestra & choir MusicAeterna. The Greek-Russian conductor who has taken the classical music world by storm (The Times) This is Currentziss first ever recording of Mahler. Mahlers symphonies feature heavily in their tour programme but this is the first time Currentzis has gone into the studio with this composer. His last recording of major symphony repertoire (Tchaikovsky 6) is the highest shipped single album for Currentzis repertoire to date. The album won Japanese Recording Academys highest accolade Gold Award, received 5-star reviews from The Times, NRC Handelsblad, a Diapson Dor Award and was named in many Top albums for 2017 including Best classical recording in Spiegel Online and appeared on the New York Times Best Classical Music Recordings for 2017.

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Tenebrae & Nigel Short – A Walk with Ivor Gurney (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Tenebrae & Nigel Short – A Walk with Ivor Gurney (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:27:31 minutes | 1,48 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Signum Records

Tenebrae and Nigel Short are joined by Aurora Orchestra together with mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly and narrator Simon Callow for A Walk with Ivor Gurney, an album celebrating the music of Ivor Gurney whose promising career as a composer was interrupted by World War I. Alongside four pieces of Gurney’s own music are works by his contemporaries, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells. The recording features a new piece by Judith Bingham commissioned by Tenebrae in 2013 for the choir with Dame Sarah Connolly.

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John Lennon – Imagine: The Ultimate Edition (1971/2018) [4CD + 2 Blu-ray Audio Box Set]

1971 Classic Gets Ultimate Treatment!
4CDs & 2 Blu-Ray Audio Discs Box Set!
120-page Book!

Explore and enjoy the IMAGINE album and the 1971 Ascot Sound Studios & Record Plant Sessions
like you’ve never seen or heard them before.
This new edition takes us on incredibly personal journey through the entire songwriting and recording process – from the very first writing and demo sessions at John’s home studio at Tittenhurst Park through to the final co-production with Phil Spector – providing a remarkable testament of the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their own words.

“When John Lennon headed into the studio in 1971 to make his solo classic Imagine, wth Yoko Ono and Phil Spector, he had a lot to prove. He wanted to shake off the shadow of the Beatles, yet also build on the band’s legacy. He was itching to leave his ex-bandmates in the dust — Imagine has his notorious attack on Paul McCartney, ‘How Do You Sleep?’ But he also wanted to come to terms with his past and embrace his future with Yoko. He wanted both raging protest songs and tender love ballads. He wanted it all. As he explained at the time, ‘I was still full of wanting my own space after being in the room with four guys, and always having to share everything, share shirts, share the same dry cleaner, the same everything.’

“…As John admits in an interview in this box, ‘Yoko and I always live about two-thousand light years’ speed when we’re working, or just sort of no absolutely movement at all, you know. It’s one extreme or another. But it’s usually moving very fast and there’s always a small hurricane around us.’

“Imagine: The Ultimate Collection tells the full story of that ‘small hurricane.’ It’s loaded with previously unreleased treasures: outtakes, demos, studio jams, raw mixes, interviews with John and Yoko conducted by Elliot Mintz, plus ‘element’ tracks that isolate individual aspects of the mix, as in the strings-only version of ‘Imagine.’ It also has new remixes of the original classic album, from engineers Paul Hicks and Rob Stevens. There’s also the ‘Evolution’ mix of each track, a fascinating way to experience the songs — a montage by engineer Sam Gannon tracing each song’s journey from demo to final studio version, editing drafts and rehearsals and studio chatter along with John and Yoko’s commentary. The box also collects stray singles from this period: the broadside ‘Power to the People,’ the future holiday standard ‘Merry Xmas (War Is Over)’ and, best of all, the little-known radical romp ‘Do the Oz.'”

“…The Imagine box set is part of a Lennon celebration set for the first week of October, which would have marked his 78th birthday.” – Rollingstone.com

“The song ‘Imagine’ is the crowning achievement of John Lennon’s uneven solo career, so it’s easy to forget the glory that is the album Imagine. Containing two Blu-ray disc, four CDs, and an insightful 120-page hardbound book, The Ultimate Collection rectifies that perception and dramatically improves the sonics of the 1971 album, Lennon’s fifth solo recording and his second with the Plastic Ono Band. This deluxe edition includes 140 tracks; a newly remastered and remixed stereo version of the original 10-track album; new 5.1 surround mixes and an updated quad mix, both 96/24; raw studio recordings, singles, outtakes, and extras; and an audio documentary that traces the evolution of each song.

“The original Imagine is a remarkable album. The songs are not as painfully personal as its confessional predecessor, which reflected Lennon’s post-Beatles therapy sessions, but it has great emotional range…
“And this deluxe edition contains many surprises, among them a reggae version of “I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier Mama” and stripped-down “elemental” mixes that include a strings-only version of “Imagine” and an a cappella version of the tender “Oh My Love”. The highlight is a previously unreleased demo fo “Imagine” that was discovered in 2016 by engineer Rob Stevens in a mislabeled tape box and then transferred digitally from a one-inch eight track tape….

“…the multiple 5.1 surround mixes (including outtakes) place Lennon’s vocals in the center speaker, uncluttered by instrumentation. That lends astonishing presence to his vocals, especially on the “Imagine” demo. The 5.1 mix also allows delicate details (like strings and piano fills) to dance within the sound field in a cloudlike fashion, in keeping with the album’s cover graphic theme, which places Lennon’s head in the clouds…” – Greg Cahill, The Absolute Sound, January 2019

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