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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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 – 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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Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Got Swing! (2003) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Got Swing! (2003) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 64:26 minutes | Scans included | 4,59 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,35 GB
Genre: Jazz| Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Telarc # SACD-60592
with special guests: The Manhattan Transfer, Janis Siegel and John Pizzarelli

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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Heart – Alive In Seattle (2003) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Heart – Alive In Seattle (2x SACD, 2003) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 99:25 minutes | Scans included | 6,68 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 2,02 GB
Genre: Rock

Recorded at the last stop on their 2002 tour, Alive in Seattle documents an impeccable performance and production, mixed for surround-sound playback on both regular and Super Audio CD formats. A warm artist/audience vibe permeates this set; it’s easy to imagine families sprawled out on an amphitheater lawn, taking in the music on an early summer evening. All that’s missing is any sense of urgency. The musicians hit every note flawlessly — too flawlessly, perhaps. Ann Wilson hints at the problem in the album notes, where she describes bandmember Ben Smith’s transformation from “studio cat to being a real rock & roll drummer.” In fact, some element of “studio cat” dispassion colors these performances; even the sisterly banter between tracks seems forced, if not, in their spoken prelude to “Magic Man,” slightly condescending. Ultimately it’s Ann Wilson who brings each track home, with a vocal delivery that never lacks soul. On their cover of “Black Dog” she even challenges Robert Plant’s original rendition, more than holding her own on high notes, power, and drama. On balance, that’s enough to recommend Alive in Seattle, lack of warts and all.

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Charles Mingus – Supreme Jazz (2006) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Charles Mingus – Supreme Jazz (2006) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:07 mins | Scans included | 2,95 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 909 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Label: Membran Music Ltd. | Genre: Jazz

Irascible, demanding, bullying, and probably a genius, Charles Mingus cut himself a uniquely iconoclastic path through jazz in the middle of the 20th century, creating a legacy that became universally lauded only after he was no longer around to bug people. As a bassist, he knew few peers, blessed with a powerful tone and pulsating sense of rhythm, capable of elevating the instrument into the front line of a band. But had he been just a string player, few would know his name today. Rather, he was the greatest bass-playing leader/composer jazz has ever known, one who always kept his ears and fingers on the pulse, spirit, spontaneity, and ferocious expressive power of jazz.

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Xandria – Ravenheart (2004) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Xandria – Ravenheart (2004) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | DST 64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50 minutes | Scans included | 4,06 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,08 GB
Genre: Metal

Female-fronted symphonic/goth metal band Xandria broke into the German music mainstream in 2004 with their second album, Ravenheart. Though many argue that the band isn’t genuinely metal, Xandria garnered a sizable following in Germany and a growing following internationally; in particular, the band’s flair for exotic themes and Middle Eastern motifs contributed to its appeal, as did its English-language lyrics.

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The InTime Quintet & Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra – Piazzolla InTime (2004) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

The InTime Quintet & Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra – Piazzolla InTime (2004) [2.0 & 5.0]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD/DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:13 minutes | Scans included | 4,23 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 904 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.0 multichannel surround sound | Label: Alba / Catalog # 199 | Genre: Classical

The In Time Quintet, featuring violin, piano, guitar, bass and oboe with accompaniment from the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jaana Haanterä, navigate through the tango music of Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992).

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