The Hot Club Of San Francisco – Yerba Buena Bounce (2007) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

The Hot Club Of San Francisco – Yerba Buena Bounce (2007)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 60:15 minutes | 1.23 GB | Genre:  Jazz / Latin Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: hdtracks.com | Digital Booklet

With YERBA BUENA BOUNCE, its tenth CD, The Hot Club of San Franciso confirms its reputation as America’s longest-running and finest Gypsy Jazz ensemble. Inspired explorations of Django Reinhardt’s tunes, originals and more, are captured in shimmering HDCD sound.

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Various Artists – Head-Fi And HDTracks presents – Open Your Ears (2010) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Variuos Artists – Open Your Ears (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:02:18 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Miscellaneous
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital booklet | © Head-Fi

A test compilation from Chesky Records. If you want to know how good your headphones can sound, listen to great sounding recordings. Each track on this sampler was selected to demonstrate specific audio qualities like transparency, dynamic range, imaging, etc.

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Depeche Mode – Speak & Spell (1981/2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Depeche Mode – Speak & Spell (1981/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:55 minutes | 923 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Rhino/Warner Bros.

The band’s 1981 debut features the classic early singles, “New Life”, “Dreaming Of Me” and the signature track, “Just Can’t Get Enough.” Speak & Spell reached the Top Ten in the U.K., earning Gold certification. It is the sole album to feature Vince Clarke as a band member. Record Mirror gave the album a five-star review and stated “…sparkling songs…much to admire and little to disappoint”.

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Schola Cantorum – Hymn To The Virgin (2013) [2L FLAC 24/96]

Schola Cantorum – Hymn To The Virgin (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 62:21 minutes | 1,04 GB
Art Music / Classical / Choral | Official Digital Download – Source: 2l.no | Digital booklet
Nominated for the 56th GRAMMY Awards as Best Engineered Album 2013

Norwegian chamber choir, Schola Cantorum, interprets a repertoire of hymns to Mary, the Mother of God, with riveting tranquility. This stunning album features pieces by acclaimed composers including Britten, Odegaard, Karlsen, Bruckner, Part, Rachmaninoff and more. The choir has built an international reputation known for their high ambitions. An essential album for any music lover’s collection.

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Phoenix Chorale, Charles Bruffy – Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo (2012) [eClassical FLAC 24/96]

Phoenix Chorale, Charles Bruffy – Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:40 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical.com | Digital Booklet | © Chandos Records

On February 28, 2012, Chandos released the first ever recording of choral works by young, Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo (Yay-lo), withNorthern Lights. Performed by Charles Bruffy, the Phoenix Chorale, The Harrington String Quartet, saxophonist Ted Belledin and the composer himself on piano, Northern Lights contains five world premiere recordings and three pieces which were either commissioned, composed, or dedicated to the Phoenix Chorale.

Best Classical Vocal Album of the Year on iTunes’ Best of 2012
#4 on Billboard Traditional Classical Chart
#5 on Gramophone Specialist Classical Chart in the United Kingdom
Top-selling title for Chandos Records in the USA for 2012
13 weeks on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Albums chart
6 weeks on Gramophone chart

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Ola Gjeilo – Stone Rose (2007) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Ola Gjeilo – Stone Rose (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:32 minutes | 801 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © 2L (Lindberg Lyd)

This reflective, tuneful album is a collection of beautiful piano music written and performed by Ola Gjeilo. His music is a blend of jazz, classical and popular music influences, married in a unique and passionate style. The evocative melodies and harmonies of Stone Rose are sure to captivate listeners from the first hearing.

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Gustav Mahler – Das Lied Von Der Erde (1967/2011) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Gustav Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde (1967) [EMI Remaster 2011] Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 64:09 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © EMI Classics

This is one of the definitive performance of Mahler’s Das Lied Von Der Erde. One of the great recordings of the century, the album features the sophisticated insight of renowned conductor Otto Klemperer. The singers are superb and the orchestras are in peak form. Ludwig’s angelic vocals flow effortlessly while Wunderlich delivers powerful and articulate phrasing. With lavish instrumentation, the remastered sound captures every nuance.

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 – C.Abbado, Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra (2000/2003) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 – C.Abbado, Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra (2000/2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 62:19 minutes | 1,01 GB | Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon

On this fantastic, critically acclaimed recording of Beethovens’ greatest masterpiece, Claudio Abbado leads the Berlin Philharmonic through a performance of such nuance, such tumultuous emotion, that it’s difficult to imagine there’s a better way to hear this massively influential piece of music. Abbado is widely considered to be one of the most virtuosic and important conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries: in addition to winning two Grammy Awards, he holds four honorary doctorates, the Imperial Prize of Japan, and the French Legion of Honour among many other honors. Add that to one of the world’s premiere orchestras performing one of the most important compositions of all time, and a stunning high resolution audio recording, and you have an absolutely essential addition to your music collection.

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Ibragimova, Tiberghien – Schubert: Violin Sonatas, Rondo, Fantasy, Sei Mir Gegrusst (2013) [FLAC 24/96]

 

Ibragimova, Tiberghien – Schubert: Violin Sonatas, Rondo, Fantasy, Sei Mir Gegrusst (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.93 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Hyperion

The luminous partnership of Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien returns to Hyperion for this double album containing Schubert’s complete music for violin and piano. Their intelligence and technical prowess, their seamless and intimate connection as performers and their profound understanding of the music combine in magical performances.

While still in his teens, Schubert wrote four works for violin and piano that could have been given the label ‘sonata’, yet none of the four was published with that title. The first three, completed in 1816, bear instead the designation of ‘Sonatina’, perhaps to appeal to the amateur market. But these are highly accomplished works by the teenage composer and there is little ‘domestic’ feeling in the extended, mysterious unravellings of D385 which hint at compositions yet to come.

The later Violin Sonata in A major, D574 (now described as a ‘Duo’), urges the violinist on to greater virtuosic feats, and the Rondo in B minor even more so, with the piano sometimes treated as a surrogate orchestra. The extensive Fantasy in C major, written in the last year of Schubert’s life, is a masterpiece: the composer’s greatest achievement in this genre, which combines poignancy with sheer joy in life itself.

Composer: Franz Schubert
Performer: Alina Ibragimova, Cédric Tiberghien

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Artur Pizzaro – Chopin: Sonatas Opp. 35 & 58, Barcarolle Op. 60 & Variations Op. 12 (2007) [LINN FLAC 24/96]

Frederic Chopin – Artur Pizzaro – Sonatas Opp. 35 & 58, Barcarolle Op. 60 & Variations Op. 12
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz: 1,35 GB | Artwork | | Label/Cat#: Linn Records # CKD 250 | Country/Year: UK 2007
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic | Source: linnrecords

Wide dynamic range and rich sonics distinguish Linn’s reproduction of the Bluthner piano
Artur Pizarro is a Portuguese pianist who a couple years ago performed the entire cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas in London, which was broadcast by the BBC. This is his second Chopin SACD for Linn, and his previous two Beethoven sonata Linn SACDs were praised in many quarters.

Pizarro’s Linn recordings all reveal a rich and powerful piano sound with a tremendous dynamic range and an extreme treble end that strikes my ears as much more musical than the steely-hard timbre of the high notes often heard on recordings. Part of the explanation could be that Pizarro doesn’t play the typical Steinway; these recordings feature the Bluthner piano, made in the former East Germany for a century and a half. The listener is acoustically seated very close to the piano, making the wide dynamic range enough to shake you up occasionally.

The Second Sonata is the one with the famous funeral march. The Third is the biggest of all Chopin’s piano works, features extensive polyphonic development, and has a strong momentum propelling it right to the end of the thrilling Presto final movement. The rarely-heard opening Variations Brillantes are based on an aria from an opera by Halevy, treated in a virtuoso style, and were the last set of variations written by the composer. audiophile audition

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