Copland – Morton Gould – Billy the Kid & Rodeo Suite & Grofé – Grand Canyon Suite (1960/2006){SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Aaron Copland – Billy the Kid & Rodeo Suite / Ferde Grofé – Grand Canyon Suite
Morton Gould & His Orchestra
SACD ISO (2.0/5.0): 3,16 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,39 | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: RCA Red Seal “Living Stereo” # 82876-67904-2 | Country/Year: Europe 2006, 1960
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

I’m familiar with two other major interpretations on RBCD of the Copland ballets: Bernstein’s with NY Phil and Slatkin’s with St. Louis. While the Slatkin rendition was very satisfying in its simple approach, Morton Gould and his orchestra play these works as if it were for an old classic western movie. The style is very old fashioned but highly effective, and listening made me feel nostalgic even though I’m too young to have grown up in that just-after-WWII era. The Grand Canyon Suite by Grofe has that same cozy nostalgic feel further enhanced by some UNusual instrument placement and editing. A serious recording technician would probably laugh at the approach used by this orchestra and Living Stereo, but to me it’s a silly but highly enjoyable masterpiece. The SACD Stereo sound is fantastic, and this is one of my SACD Top Picks! sacd_fan @ SA-CD.net

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Cikada Duo – Nordheim (2007) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Cikada Duo – Nordheim (2007)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 59:39 minutes | Scans included | 3,23 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,08 GB
Genre: Classical | Features 2.0 Stereo & 5.1 multichannel Surround sound | Lindberg Lyd, Norway # 2L-039-SACD

Since 1960 the composer Arne Nordheim has enchanted both musicians and audience with a unique soundscape. His music may be considered a source to the later Nordic Sound of electronica. Today’s DJs might not willingly announce “Grandfather taught me this”, but that’s actually the case!
Nordheim’s music is recently re-vitalized by publications like Dodeka and Electric by the renowned Norwegian label Rune Grammofon, and Nordheim Transformed by Biosphere/Deathprod. CIKADA and 2L now bring you the world premiere recording in surround sound, as originally intended by the composer.
CIKADA DUO is Kenneth Karlsson (piano/synthesizer) and Bjørn Rabben (percussion). They are joined by Åke Parmerud (elektronics) and Elisabeth Holmertz (soprano) in this production of Arne Nordheim’s music. Take the stand within the percussion and let yourself be embraced by electronica, vocal and synthesizers in an extreme surround sound recording, produced by the GRAMMY-nominated Lindberg Lyd.

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10cc – The Original Soundtrack (1975) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2010] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

10cc – The Original Soundtrack (1975) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:40 minutes | Scans NOT included | 1,68 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans NOT included | 824 MB
Genre: Rock

10cc’s third album, The Original Soundtrack, finally scored them a major hit in the United States, and rightly so; “I’m Not in Love” walked a fine line between self-pity and self-parody with its weepy tale of a boy who isn’t in love (really!), and the marvelously lush production and breathy vocals allowed the tune to work beautifully either as a sly joke or at face value. The album’s opener, “Une Nuit a Paris,” was nearly as marvelous; a sly and often hilarious extended parody of both cinematic stereotypes of life and love in France and overblown European pop. And side one’s closer, “Blackmail,” was a witty tale of sex and extortion gone wrong, with a superb guitar solo embroidering the ride-out. That’s all on side one; side two, however, is a bit spottier, with two undistinguished tunes, “Brand New Day” and “Flying Junk,” nearly dragging the proceedings to a halt before the band rallied the troops for a happy ending with the hilarious “The Film of Our Love.” The Original Soundtrack’s best moments rank with the finest work 10cc ever released; however, at the same time it also displayed what was to become their Achilles’ heel — the inability to make an entire album as strong and memorable as those moments.

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10cc – Deceptive Bends (1977) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2014] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

10cc – Deceptive Bends (1977) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 51:22 minutes | Scans included | 2,1 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,02 GB
Genre: Rock

When Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left 10cc in 1976 to pursue a solo career, many thought it was the death knell for the group. However, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman kept the group alive as a duo (with the assistance of percussionist Paul Burgess) and turned in a surprisingly solid album with 1977’s Deceptive Bends. It may lack the devil-may-care wackiness that popped up on previous 10cc albums, but it makes up for it by crafting a series of lush, catchy pop songs that are witty in their own right. Deceptive Bends also produced a pair of notable hits for the group: “Good Morning Judge” told the comical tale of a career criminal over a hook-laden, surprisingly funky pop backing while “The Things We Do for Love” was an irresistible Beatles pastiche that showcased 10cc’s mastery of pop vocal harmonies. “People in Love,” a surprisingly straightforward ballad built on a gorgeous string arrangement, also became a modest chart success. The remainder of the material doesn’t stand out as sharply as these hits, but each of the tracks offers up plenty of naggingly catchy pop hooks, oodles of catchy riffs, and surprising twists in their arrangements. Highlights among the non-hit tracks include “Marriage Bureau Rendezvous,” a satire of dating services set to a lilting soft rock melody, and “You’ve Got a Cold,” a portrait of illness-influenced misery set to a percolating pop melody. The only place where Deceptive Bends slips is on “Feel the Benefit,” the lengthy medley that closes the album. Its excessive length and hazy lyrics make it less satisfying than the album’s shorter tunes, but it is kept afloat by a catchy, mock-Spanish midsection and some lovely string arrangements. All in all, Deceptive Bends is the finest achievement of 10cc’s post-Godley and Creme lineup and well worth a spin for anyone who enjoyed Sheet Music or The Original Soundtrack.

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Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Round-Up (features Frankie Laine) (1986) [Reissue 2006] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Round-Up (feat. Frankie Laine) (1986) [Reissue 2006]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 62:33 minutes | Scans included | 3,99 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,14 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound (New Surround Mix!) | Telarc # SACD-60141 | Genre: Score, Soundtrack

The Cincinnati Pops is one of America’s favorite orchestras, playing classical hits, orchestral versions of pop and jazz, movie themes and show tunes…

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Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra perform Music of The Beatles, feat. King’ Singers (2011) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra perform Music of The Beatles, feat. King’ Singers (2011)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST 64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:26 minutes | Scans included | 3,7 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,08 GB
Genre: Pop, Classical

From the moment Arthur Fiedler lifted his baton in 1964 to lead the Boston Pops in a wild, surprisingly effective arrangement of “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” symphony orchestras have tried to include Beatles music in their “pops” song bags. The trouble is, the Beatles’ brilliant original recordings are so indelibly embedded in our collective mental hard drives that they are a tough act to follow — despite the high quality of the songs on their own merits, despite the good intentions of those who pay them homage. So it is with Erich Kunzel, the Cincinnati Pops and the British early music/classical/pop vocal sextet The King’s Singers — an undoubtedly sincere labor that gets it all wrong. From this album, a visitor from Saturn would get the idea that the Beatles’ music was all about pretty tunes and satin-smooth harmonies. Yes, but … The orchestral arrangements — some of which are actually credited to Beatles producer and catalyst George Martin, others to in-house arranger Steven Reineke, Paul Hart and Andrew Pryce Jackman — may inflate the sound, yet they reduce the colossal impact and free-thinking guiding spirit of these songs to hum-along background music. The King’s Singers’ approach is, unfortunately, too prissy, too deliberately cute, too sentimental, or too impeccably smooth to do justice to any of them. There are two takes of “Eleanor Rigby that sum things up — an overweight one for orchestra that opens the album, the other an a cappella treatment by the King’s Singers — both of which miss the terse, emotional fervor of Martin’s string octet backing on the original Beatles record. Not even the sumptuous, deep, DSD-derived sound can save it.

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Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: 1812 & Other Orchestral Works (2001) [Reissue 2003] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: 1812 & Other Orchestral Works (2001) [Reissue 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:33 minutes | Scans included | 4,22 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,16 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Telarc # SACD-60541 | Genre: Classical

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Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – On Broadway (1999) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – On Broadway (1999)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 74:17 minutes | Scans included | 3,04 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,32 GB
Telarc # CD-80498-SA | Genre: Musical , Soundtrack

The Cincinnati Pops is one of America’s favorite orchestras, playing classical hits, orchestral versions of pop and jazz, movie themes and show tunes.

On Broadway features Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s typically robust readings of favorites from the Great White Way: focusing primarily on latter-day stage hits, the collection includes rousing renditions of “He Lives in You,” “Seasons of Love,” “This Is the Moment,” “Cross the Line,” and “Hookers’ Ball. .

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Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Mega Movies (2000) [Reissue 2006] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Mega Movies (2000) [Reissue 2006] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 72:31 minutes | Scans included | 4,51 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,32 GB
Genre: Easy Listening, Score | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Telarc # SACD-60535

The Cincinnati Pops is one of America’s favorite orchestras, playing classical hits, orchestral versions of pop and jazz, movie themes and show tunes.

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Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony 6 in B minor "Pathétique" Op. 74 (2006) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony 6 in B minor “Pathétique” Op. 74
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Daniele Gatti
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,98 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,21 GB | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Harmonia Mundi USA # HMU 807394 | Country/Year: Europe 2006
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

By now, the most you can hope for from a new recording of one of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies is not originality of conception but a performance that seizes on a particular (if familiar) element of the work and successfully runs with it. In his live recording on Naïve, Riccardo Muti makes the anguish in the first movement of Symphony 6 seem an end-of-the-world crisis. Herbert von Karajan’s outings with the Berlin Philharmonic on Deutsche Grammophon give the first-movement rhythms the pulsing regularity of a heartbeat that abruptly stops, with bone-chilling effect.

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