Jascha Heifetz – Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 5; Bruch: Scottish Fantasy (1961/2006)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82 MHz | Time – 42:55 minutes | 1,69 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Bookelt, Front Cover | © RCA Living Stereo
RCA Living Stereo — the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!
Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog masters, DSD file created by Gus Skinas of the Super Audio Center
Stunning performances of Heifetz showpieces with Sir Malcolm Sargent and the New Symphony Orchestra of London. Recorded in May 1962 by Kenneth Wilkinson and the Decca Recording team at Walthamstow Hall. This is a must have for all audiophiles! The original 2-track session tapes were used in mastering for LPs, SACDs and DSDs.
Georg Solti – Venice (1959/2016)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82 MHz | Time – 58:35 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Analogue Productions
Georg Solti, conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Originally released in 1959. Ravishing string tone and superior dynamics. Indisputedly beautiful string tone in Act One of Traviata. About a minute or so into the last band on side one, one hears the famous Underground subway rumbling beneath Kingsway Hall. The Underground, the Aldrich-Holborn line, was a constant factor to be addressed by Decca engineers.
Title: The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris – An AllStar Concert Celebration
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Country, Country Rock, Progressive Country, Traditional Country, Alt Country
Artist: Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Mavis Staples, Shawn Colvin, The Milk Carton Kids, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Holly Williams, Chris Coleman, Trampled By Turtles, Lucinda Williams, Rodney Crowell, Lee Ann Womack, John Starling, Daniel Lanois, Iron & Wine, Shovels & Rope, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vince Gill, Patty Griffin, Conor Oberst, Martina Mcbride, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Steve Earle, Sara Watkins
Production/Label: Blackbird Production Partners, LLC. Under exclusive license to Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 12939 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4692 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2281 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Size: 18.12 GB
On January 10, 2015, a remarkable and diverse assemblage of artists gathered together at Washington, DC’s DAR Constitution Hall to honor one of the most distinctive and deeply-admired musicians of our time. The house band, led by co-musical directors Buddy Miller (guitars) and Don Was (bass), featured Sam Bush (mandolin, banjo, fiddle), Audley Freed (guitars), Fred Eltringham (drums), Matt Rollings (keyboards), Greg Leisz (pedal steel, lap steel), and Sara Watkins (fiddle, harmony vocals).
Vyacheslav Gryaznov – Russian Transcriptions (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:00:31 minutes | 1,81 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Steinway and Sons
On this release, as the title suggests, renowned pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov approaches transcriptions of Russian chamber and orchestral works. He writes: “The art of transcription is a genre that is an integral part of my creative life. It’s an opportunity to look at some well-known pages of the past and feel modernity and novelty in them and express this dialog of epochs and styles.” Vyacheslav graduated with honors from the Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Professor Manana Kandelaki. He proceeded with undergraduate studies at the Moscow Conservatory (class of Professor Yuri Slesarev), once again completing his degree with honors. He continued at the Moscow Conservatory as a post-graduate student, and is on the teaching faculty of the Moscow Conservatory’s Piano Department. Vyacheslav Gryaznov is a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, which represents him in Russia, and is an Artist-in-Residence with The Drozdoff Society in the United States.
VWCR: Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Sylvie Courvoisier, Tom Rainey – Noise of Our Time (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:16 minutes | 828 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Intakt Records
It was only during Ken Vandermark’s residency at the Jazz club The Stone in January 2016 that Vandermark found himself in the same vicinity as Nate Wooley, Sylvie Courvoisier and Tom Rainey. A year later they went into the studio with nine compositions – three each by Courvoisier, Vandermark and Wooley.
Vulture Forest – Some Things Stay Broken (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:11 minutes | 374 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Microtone Records
Vulture Forest organizes in the borderland between happiness and melancholy, between serenity and unrest. This is reflected in the title track on the album, Vulture Forest-an ode to the forest, but also relates to the inescapable hectic existence of our time. The song consists of a meditative guitar melody contrasted by an aggressive accompaniment from the trumpet, drums and bass. The song Flere Lysår Væk expresses a similar desire for an inner calm but here the different instruments merge into a dreamlike, almost naive feeling. Vulture Forest strives to create deep and heartfilled music based on a trusting interaction between the musicians that allows spontaneity, playfulness, and gives each member space to express their ideas.
Vril – Portal (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:03 minutes | 555 MB | Genre: Electronic, Techno
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Delsin
The word “Vril” first appeared in The Coming Race, Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s 1871 novel about a subterranean civilisation. There’s also a theory that it was later adopted by a group of German occultists called The Vril Society. But those with more of an interest in bleak techno than black magic will associate it with another shadowy cabal: the artists of Germany’s Giegling label, whose offshoot, Forum, released this otherwise nameless producer’s debut album, Torus. Vril has also forged his own apocryphal tales: Delsin, who released his second album, claim the 2014 Vortekz EP was so heavy it caused the mastering machinery to crash. It’s a story you’re more likely to believe after listening to Portal, an album that makes you feel like you’re being dragged deep into the bowels of the Earth.
Vril & Rødhåd – Out of Place Artefacts (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 55:06 minutes | 581 MB | Genre: Electronic, Ambient, Techno
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © WSNWG
Strange anomalies are scattered throughout the world. Things that could not possibly belong to the time period or place in which they were found. These so called out of place artifacts baffle historians & archaeologists up until today and have inspired producers Vril & Rødhåd to write a collaborative concept album.
Vril – Anima Mundi (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:19:54 minutes | 842 MB | Genre: Electronic, Ambient
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Delsin Records
Second album by Vril on Delsin Records. A deep excursion for mind and body, combining his trademark dub techno grooves with experimental ambient trips.
VOLTO! – Incitare (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:40 minutes | 1,20 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Fantasy Records , Concord Music Group
Incitare is the highly anticipated debut album from the radical fusion band featuring Danny Carey (Tool), John Ziegler (Pigmy Love Circus) and Lance Morrison (Alanis Morissette, Don Henley).
Long in the works, the debut album from VOLTO! is finally here. VOLTO! is comprised of some of the most accomplished musicians working today. Tool fans are die-hards and have been anxiously awaiting the release of Carey’s project, VOLTO!
Volbeat – Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:06:53 minutes | 818 MB | Genre: Metal, Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Vertigo Berlin
Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie may be the album that finally makes Volbeat rock & roll superstars in the U.S — they are everywhere else. That said, the follow-up to 2013’s brilliant Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies may seem, at least for longtime fans, a surprising choice for a breakthrough. Ex-Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano joined the band after producing and playing on the 2013 date, and he cements his position here. He co-produced this with vocalist Michael Poulson and Jacob Hansen. His original riffs and mad shredding have made the band’s sound — already unique — iconic. While the record’s title — as wonderfully strange and catchy as its predecessors — signifies a hard-partying set, there is something else afoot here. The album is divided into distinct halves. The first is darker and moodier, though infectious melodies and dynamics abound. Song topics often refer to historical characters who have an unshakable belief in the powers and principalities of the spiritual world. The opening single, “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown,” hit the top spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. Poulsen remains one of rock’s most charismatic frontmen. He soars above the swaggering, streetwise boogying riff and clattering drum swing. He teases the melody out of this powerful attack and brings it home. The shredding solo by Caggiano is an added plus. It segues into “Marie Laveau,” which inverts the first tune’s riff and delivers a different compulsively catchy melodic refrain. “The Bliss,” a midtempo hooky rocker, offers a banjo breakdown in the bridge before chugging back to its catchy lyric. Danko Jones guests on “Black Rose.” His rougher, edgier vocals contrast with the smoother ones of Poulsen as edgy ’70s glam metal meets early-’60s “oooohhhh–ahhhhh–oooooo” pop in the backing chorus. The tight guitar break and crackling riff make it irresistible. The second half is looser. It commences with a cover of the Ramones-worshiping Teenage Bottlerocket’s “Rebound.” It’s faithful but nonetheless has been remade in Volbeat’s hard-rocking retro image. Poulsen’s declarative sincerity in the lyric of “Goodbye Forever” contains a surprise. A tight, anthemic hook pairs acoustic guitars and the bells of ride cymbals to color the middle of the mix. Already a great song, after a swirling bridge the Harlem Gospel Choir enters, delivers the fist-pumping chorus, and accompanies Poulsen for the duration. The title track is a real showcase for Caggiano and a certain candidate to open shows. Unfortunately, the reading of the Georgia Satellites’ “Battleship Chains” is too reverential and feels out of place. Set closer “The Loa’s Crossroad” is a rager, though it contains a bagpipe breakdown that only adds to its ferocity. Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie possesses all the elements that make Volbeat impossible to compare or pigeonhole. That said, while it delivers on the ambition of its predecessor, it lacks its acute focus. But for its missteps as well as its strengths, it doesn’t disappoint. It rocks. Hopefully, it will transition them to top of the pile where they belong.
Voces 8 – Christmas (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:03:12 minutes | 573 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Signum Records
The international award-winning octet, VOCES8, has established itself at the forefront of British a cappella. Performing a repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to unique Jazz and Pop arrangements, the group has been praised for stunning performance, exquisite singing and creating a sound that spans the entire range of vocal colour.
Vnv Nation – Noire (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:13:21 minutes | 789 MB | Genre: Futurepop, Synthpop, Darkwave
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Anachron Sounds
After the tightly focused pop of “Automatic” and “Transnational”, it seems VNV Nation wanted to revisit their sound from 10-15 years ago. This album is very much in the “Futureperfect”/”Matter + Form”/”Judgment” vein 13 tracks, many skipable, leaving about 6 or 7 worth repeat listens. Standouts are “Armour”, “When is the Future” and “Only Satellites”. They can’t keep trying to remake “Automatic”, nor should they, but it seems losing a few tracks and tightening up the ones that are here would have resulted in a better final product. As it is, it feels like a bit of a step backward, which is an odd move for the crown princes of Futurepop.
Vladyslav Sendecki & Atom String Quartet – Le Jardin Oublie / My Polish Heart (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:07 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Neuklang
The pianist Vladyslav Sendecki and the Atom String Quartet release a fascinating jazz album: Le Jardin Oublié is a metaphor for the forgotten, that which is believed to be lost, and the longed for – an inner view that gazes both into the past and the future – even touching fragmentarily on the basic existentialist concepts of being and nonexistence.
Vladimir Stoupel – Rathaus & Shostakovich – Piano Sonatas (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:44:23 minutes | 868 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © CAvi-music
Born in Tarnopol in former Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine) in 1906, Karol Rathaus’ career was brought to a halt by the First World War, just like those of many other young artists from that dark period. In the 1920s, Rathaus began what would be a sensational career as a composer. He was considered at the time as one of the greatest hopefuls of new music in Berlin. But all of that changed with the onset of Nazism, which forced Rathaus to emigrate to the United States where he became a professor and a composer of film music whilst also working on other forms of music.