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Philharmonia Promenade Concert – Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (1961/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Philharmonia Promenade Concert – Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (1961/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:11 minutes | 949 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Warner Classics
Recorded: 1960 at Kingsway Hall and Abbey Road studio 1, London

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.

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Sam Rivers – Fuchsia Swing Song (1965/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sam Rivers – Fuchsia Swing Song (1965/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:57 minutes | 1,47 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © 2xHD
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 11, 1964

Saxophonist Sam Rivers’ debut album on Blue Note Records, originally released in 1964.

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Sarah Vaughan – Live At Rosy’s (1978/2016) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz]

Sarah Vaughan – Live At Rosy’s (1978/2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,64 MHz | Time – 01:27:05 minutes | 6,87 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © 2xHD
Recorded: Rosy’s Jazz Club, New Orleans on May 31, 1978

“This recording celebrates the genius that was Sarah Vaughan. Recorded live in concert in May 31, 1978 at the celebrated New Orleans jazz club Rosy’s, it represents two sets containing 87 minutes of music, that were never before released. The rhythm section (or as Sassy put it ‘my trio’) was extremely tight, made up of pianist and arranger Carl Schroeder, bassist Walter Booker and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis Kind of Blue). This band played hundreds of performances around the globe with Sarah Vaughan and in the recordings, in this set; these three masters’ empathy with one another and their consummate cohesiveness as a unit are undeniable.

This is truly a rare collector’s recording.”

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Franz Schreker – Der Schatzgraber – Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (2013) [Official Digital Download DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz]

Franz Schreker – Der Schatzgraber – Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (2013)
DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 02:31:02 minutes | 17,9 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Front Cover |  © Challenge Records

Richard Wagner caused a toxic shock in western music. With Tristan und Isolde (1865), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868) and Parsifal (1882), to say nothing of Der Ring des Nibelungen (1876), he challenged his successors to take up the gauntlet, revive opera and establish a fresh ethical structure for the new generation. The 19th century slid in the 20th and such questions took on an urgent tone, as writers, artists, architects and composers sought to create a utopian present in an increasingly dystopian world. Franz Schreker, a Monaco-born composer who settled in Vienna, provided multiple answers through his kaleidoscopic operas. Looking back to Wagner, while embracing the fashions and forms of his own time, Schreker pondered what an artist should offer to modern society. In his fifth opera, Der Schatzgräber – composed between 1915 and 1918 and premiered in Frankfurt on 21 January 1920 – that crisis of conscience finds voice in mystic medievalism. But, despite those fairy-tale appearances, the questions posed by Schreker’s treasure seeker are as urgent as any found in Tristan, Die Meistersinger and Parsifal.

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Franz Schubert – String Quintet – Amsterdam Sinfonietta Soloists (2015) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Franz Schubert – String Quintet – Amsterdam Sinfonietta Soloists (2015)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 00:52:27 minutes | 2,07 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Recorded: Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, 1-2 december 2013

‘The richest and most productive eighteen months in music history’ is how the English composer Benjamin Britten described Franz Schubert’s final period, when works including the magisterial String Quintet in C major saw the light of day. For besides the quintet, Die Winterreise (Winter Journey), the Symphony in C major (‘the Great’) and the last three piano sonatas flowed from Schubert’s pen. Since Beethoven’s death in 1827, Schubert was engrossed in the development of largescale musical forms, and certainly succeeded in this in the fifty minutes of the quintet. It is not the music of a man who knows he will die by the age of thirty-one, but music born of an almost volcanic ambition, comparable to that of Beethoven when he entrusted his string quartets opus 18 to paper. Notable is Schubert’s preference for a second cello, shared with Boccherini, rather than a second viola as in the quintets of Mozart and Beethoven. Although the four-movement plan of Schubert’s quintet is entirely in the classical tradition of his age, it is already quite clear from the first two movements that there is mention of a grand scheme, as they slowly unfold to reveal a large-scale structure not unlike the later symphonic cathedrals of Anton Bruckner (who was four years old at the time).

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Stevie Wonder – Talking Book (1972/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Stevie Wonder – Talking Book (1972/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:26 minutes | 1,63 GB | Genre: R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Motown
Recorded: 1972, Air Studios, Electric Lady Studios, Crystal Sound, Record Plant

Chart History/Awards
– Is included on Rolling Stone‘s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
– Reached #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Albums.
– Reached #3 on the Billboard 200.
– “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
– “Superstition” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
– “Superstition” won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.
– “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” won the GRAMMY® Award For Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
– Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Sviatoslav Richter at Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960 – A Beethoven Recital (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sviatoslav Richter at Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960 – A Beethoven Recital (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:46:13 minutes | 2,13 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Sony Music
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960

GREAT MOMENTS AT CARNEGIE HALL :: Ever since its opening night in May 1891 Carnegie Hall has held sway as the undisputed shrine of classical music in America. It was and remains the essential venue for all great artists. To celebrate Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary Sony Classical in cooperation with Carnegie Hall is proud to present an extraordinary new 43-CD box set of treasures from the RCA and Columbia archives featuring live recordings from many of the world’s greatest musicians. This unique deluxe edition contains a complete previously unreleased piano recital by Sviatoslav Richter and is accompanied by a 104-pages coffee table book which contains notes by Carnegie Hall archivist Gino Francesconi as well as many facsimile documents and photographs.

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Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim – Getz/Gilberto (1964/2011) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim – Getz/Gilberto (1964/2011)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 00:33:50 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Verve Music
Recorded: March 18–19, 1963 at A&R Recording Studios, New York City

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.
The original master tapes for this title had not been used since 1980 previous to this reissue. Also, for this Analogue Productions reissue the decision was made to master and present this album as it was originally mixed to master tape. With very few exceptions all versions of this title to date, including the original, have had the channels incorrectly reversed. With this version, you’ll hear this title as it was intended to be heard, without the channels reversed. And again, those reissues you’ve heard up until now – definitely still breathy, warm and rich – were made from something less than the master. Prepare to hear the veil removed
Astrud Gilberto says that her husband, Joao, informed Stan Getz that she “could sing at the recording.” Creed Taylor recalls that it took Getz’s wife, Monica, to get both Astrud and Joao into the recording studio; Mrs. Getz had a sense that Astrud could make a hit. And Getz himself is on record saying that he insisted on Astrud’s presence over the others’ objections. So who’s right? What does it matter? The Gilbertos, Getz and the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim followed up the bossa nova success of Jazz Samba with this, the defining LP of the genre. With one of the greatest hit singles jazz has ever known – each one who hears it goes “Ahhh!”

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Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba (1962/2011) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba (1962/2011)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 00:33:32 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Verve Music
Recorded: Pierce Hall, All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington D.C., February 13, 1962

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

The words “bossa nova” are often synonymous with the name Stan Getz. But North Americans might not have ever known the bright sound of bossa nova had it not been for Charlie Byrd. In 1961 Byrd returned from a tour of South America, where bossa nova music was thriving. The style was the invention of singer Joao Gilberto and songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim – an adaptation of infectious Brazilian samba rhythms with the harmonic structures and “cool” surface of West Coast jazz. Byrd brought back records for Getz to hear, they planned a session, and the result was Jazz Samba – the first album of true bossa nova music by jazz artists and the one that broke the bossa nova wave in 1960s America.

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Robert Schumann – Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. VI – WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Heinz Holliger (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Robert Schumann – Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. VI – WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Heinz Holliger (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:16:01 minutes | 750 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: audite.de | Digital Booklet | © Audite Musikproduktion
Recorded: Philharmonie Köln, April 12-16, 2010, March 2-5, 2015 (Overture ‘Manfred’ & Symphony ‘Zwickauer’)

Concluding audite’s Schumann edition, this CD combines the first symphony with the late overtures, whose compactness displays the composer’s symphonic mastery.

The overtures, all written after 1847, represent an essential complement to the symphonies: seen in relation to the symphonies, they take a similar position as do the Konzertstücke relative to the concertos. Schumann conceived them partly as preludes to operas, oratorios or incidental works, partly as independent pieces. On the one hand, they were intended to provide “an image of the whole”; on the other, their purpose was to introduce, leading into the drama. Beside larger- and smaller-scale vocal works, and alongside the poetic renewal of the symphony, they bear testimony to the great significance of literature in Schumann’s musical thought and style.

The overtures are supplemented with Schumann’s first symphony, the so-called “Zwickau”. It was the composer’s first attempt in the symphonic form to be performed publicly, even though the work remained incomplete.

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