Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4-6 (1961/2013) [FLAC 24/48]

Yevgeny Mravinsky, LPO – Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4-6 (1961/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 131:23 minutes | 1,49 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Pristine Classical.com | Digital booklets

Mravinsky’s legendary 1960 Tchaikovsky Late Symphonies in stunning new 32-bit XR remaster. Yevgeny Mravinsky made these recordings with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra for DGG whilst on a tour of western Europe in the autumn of 1960 in sessions which took place in London (Symphony No. 4) and Vienna (Symphonies 5 & 6).

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Boston SO / Monteux – Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique" (1955/2004) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Pierre Monteux
SACD ISO: 818 MB | FLAC @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 847 MB | Full Artwork | 3% Rec. Info
Label/Cat#: RCA Red Seal “Living Stereo” # 82876-61397-2 RE1 | Country/Year: US 2004
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

Pierre Monteux was one of those conductors who could make the most anguished music sound effortless. You might think that this isn’t an advantage in the Pathétique Symphony, but it is. His innate musicality keeps the allegro sections of the first movement pressing smartly forward, while the lyrical second subject never turns sticky. Other performances may be noisier, but Monteux’s cogency offers its own exciting and perfectly valid argument. Certainly no one would take issue with the idiomatic lilt he brings to the second-movement waltz, or with the rhythmic lift he provides in the ensuing march (this really is Tchaikovsky as his most French, isn’t it?). There have been more intense accounts of the finale, but the beautiful playing of the Boston Symphony and Monteux’s refusal to get hysterical remain all of a piece: it’s a very satisfying reading by any standard. The 1955 Living Stereo recording still sounds excellent both in stereo and on (two-channel) SACD, without a large enough difference between them to make a significant difference. This is a very welcome reissue. –David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (2013) {Audiophile Master + Loud Master} [FLAC 24/48]

Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (2013) [‘Audiophile’ Master]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 61:57 minutes | 795 MB | Genre: Industrial, Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: WEB | Digital booklet

Hesitation Marks is the upcoming eighth studio album by American industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails, to be released on September 3, 2013. The album title is derived from hesitation wounds, wounds produced by testing a bladed weapon before attempting suicide or self-harming. The album will be available in two different masters for digital download, a “standard” version and an “Audiophile Mastered Version” – the latter having extended dynamic range, not meant to be competitive in the loudness war.

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Anton Bruckner: Symphony No 9 – Claudio Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra (2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24/48]

Claudio Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra – Bruckner: Symphony No 9 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Digital Booklet | 614 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz |
© Deutsche Grammophon

In January 2014, music lovers worldwide were saddened to learn that Claudio Abbado had passed away. Deutsche Grammophon feels immensely blessed and proud to be releasing together with Accentus Music Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, which was recorded as part of Abbado’s final concert.

The concert received very positive reviews from the press:

“Mr. Abbado led an otherworldly account of Bruckner’s 9th Symphony. Never have I heard as magisterial and moving performance of the work as that given by the 80-year-old maestro and his fabulous Lucerne Festival Orchestra.” (Wall Street Journal)

The most recent Abbado / Mozart release featuring Martha Argerich has not only received critical acclaim worldwide, but did really well commercially: the album entered the pop charts in Italy at 16 and is still in the German classical charts at number 4.

With 40,000 units sold today, it is one of DG’ s bestselling core classical albums of 2014 & is still going strong.

This new and unique Bruckner album has a real potential amongst the core classical audiences worldwide.

To support the release, DG has filmed an interview with Sid McLauchlan who has been Claudio Abbado’s DG producer for many years.

The concert was recorded by Accentus Music during the 75th Lucerne Festival in 2013 with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

This release is a fitting tribute to an irreplaceable artist, who was one of the greatest conductors and most inspiring musical figures of our time.

With this record, Deutsche Grammophon and Accentus Music wish to pay tribute to the maestro and honour what would have been his 81st birthday at the end of June

Composer: Anton Bruckner
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lucerne Festival Orchestra

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Various Artists – High Altitude Drums (2009) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

V.A. – High Altitude Drums (2009) [2.0 & 4.0]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:55 minutes | PDF included | 1,99 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | PDF included | 690 MB
Genre: Classical

High Altitude Drums (a.k.a. High Attitude Drums) is another project from Kimber Kable & IsoMike. This time the guys were recorded the two ensembles of junior drummers. You can use this SACD as the test disc. For more information – read the booklet.

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Mike Zito & The Wheel – Gone To Texas (2013) [HighResAudio FLAC 24/48]

Mike Zito & The Wheel – Gone To Texas (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 61:45 minutes | 807 MB | Genre: Blues
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Digital booklet | © Ruf Records

Singer/songwriter and co-founder of Royal Southern Brotherhood, Mike Zito, formed the Wheel in 2012. The Band is comprised of Jimmy Carpenter on guitars and saxophone, Rob Lee on drums, and Scot Sutherland on bass. The result effectively announces one of the most exciting and highly-anticipated new releases of the year.

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Joseph Arthur – The Ballad Of Boogie Christ (2013) [B&W FLAC 24/48]

Joseph Arthur – The Ballad Of Boogie Christ (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 52:41 minutes | 731 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: bowers-wilkins.com

Joseph Arthur was born in Ohio-native and in his life has recorded and released a number of albums in rock, folk, pop. In the summer of Joseph presented his new album – The Ballad Of Boogie Christ. In this record, a variety of songs – vocal and instrumental, of nakrotikah and autobiographical, and many other stories. Arthur describes his new record as “some of the richest music I’ve made in 17 years of putting music together. Boogie Christ is a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens after you find and lose it”.

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Joseph Arthur – Redemption City (2012) [B&W FLAC 24/48]

Joseph Arthur – Redemption City (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 112:25 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre:Rock/Pop
Official Digital Download – Source: bowers-wilkins.com

If there’s such a thing as the opposite of writer’s block, Joseph Arthur has it. The Akron, Ohio-bred/Brooklyn, NY-resiciing singer/songwriter, who once released four EPs in the span of as many months, has demonstrated his unwavering proclivity yet again with the release of Redemption City, a 24-song double album.

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Jim Hall – Live! Volume 2-4 (1975/2012) [FLAC 24/48]

Jim Hall – Live! Vol. 2-4 (1975/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 187:37 minutes | 2,14 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: ArtistShare 24-48 files | Full Scans

Jim Hall: Live! Vol. 2-4 is an unprecedented live album release from an utter legend of jazz guitar. This box set features previously unreleased recordings from Jim Hall’s trio performances at Bourbon Street in Toronto, Canada circa 1975. The recordings provide an incredible additional 3 hours of music from the original Jim Hall: Live! (Horizon/1975) release. Featuring Don Thompson on bass and Terry Clarke on drums, the album was released as part of Jim’s latest Fan- Funded ArtistShare Project. These previously unreleased recordings are an absolutely essential addition to this guitar giant’s already extensive catalog of classic live recordings. Jim Hall’s fans will be absolutely delighted by this previously unheard music.

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Portico Quartet – Knee-Deep In The North Sea (2007) [B&W FLAC 24/48]

Portico Quartet – Knee-Deep In The North Sea (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 36:00 minutes | 495 MB | Genre: Modern Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: RealWorld / B&W (Bowers & Wilkins Music Club) [DigiBuy] | Digital Booklet

2008 Mercury Prize Nominee! Portico Quartet are four young musicians from South London who sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Living and playing together they describe their ethos as like an Indy band that plays post-Jazz, and their unique sound has won them fans from Gilles Peterson and Notion to BBC Music Magazine, and made them Time Out’s Jazz, Folk and World music album of the year. Bable.

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