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Wilco – What’s Your 20 – Essential Tracks 1994-2014 (2014) [HDTracks 24-96]

Wilco – What’s Your 20? – Essential Tracks 1994–2014 (2014) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 2:37:08 minutes | 3,35 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Nonesuch

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Wilco releases What’s Your 20, a compilation album of essential tracks culled from the band’s previously released studio recordings that span from 1994 to 2014. These are the first compilations of Wilco music of any kind. The collection was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Cheryl Pawelski, co-founder of Omnivore Recordings, whose credits include Big Star’s Keep an Eye on the Sky, The Band’s A Musical History and Townes Van Zandt’s Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos 1971–1972. What’s Your 20 gathers songs from Wilco’s eight studio albums plus two songs from Mermaid Avenue, the collection of Woody Guthrie-penned tunes set to music by Wilco and Billy Bragg.

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The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 2 (2009) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 2 – Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov (2009)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:00:14 minutes | 2,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Pentatone Music B.V.
Recorded: Moscow, November 2005 & February 2006

Traditionally, since the middle of the 18th century, Russian opera had been influenced by the Italians, just as the music world as a whole had been strongly oriented towards that country during the empire of the czars. For Russian composers, this meant that they have to battle incessantly for the recognition of their musical identity, which was not surprising in a country where many prominent families felt more at home speaking French than Russian. In his operas A Life for the Czar (1836), and Ruslan and Lyudmila (1841), Michael Glinka laid a foundation for the national opera culture, and Alexander Dargomishky  followed his example. However, their music was still strongly influenced by foreign works; the torch was then taken over by Alexander Borodin and a few others, who grouped together under the name Moguchaya Kuchka (the ‘mighty handful’). Their main objective was to develop an authentic idiom, based on Russian folklore music. In addition, they strove to create a high degree of realism in the music drama. They were successful at this, even though at times hindered in the realization of their intentions by a lack of professional training of various members.

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The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 1 (2006) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 1 – Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov (2006)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:15:38 minutes | 3,00 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Pentatone Music B.V.
Recorded: Moscow, November 2005 & February 2006

Alexander Vedernikov leads the orchestra, soloists and chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on this first volume of Highlights From Russian Operas, including works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka and others.

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The Animals – The Animals (1964/2016) [HDTracks 24-96]

The Animals – The Animals (1964/2013/2016) [US Version]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:49 minutes | 764 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet |  © ABKCO Records

The Animals made an immediate impact on the US charts in 1964 with this self-titled debut, propelled by the number one hit single The House Of The Rising Sun. The first of three Animals albums produced by Mickie Most (Herman’s Hermits, the Yardbirds, Donovan), The Animals has never been available in any digital format. Now remastered using transfers from the original first generation mono tapes, this reissue includes the full seven minute version of Talkin’ ‘Bout You as a bonus track.

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The Animals – Animal Tracks (1965/2016) [HDTracks 24-96]

The Animals – Animal Tracks (1965/2013) [US Version]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:07 minutes | 953 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | Digital Booklet | © ABKCO Records

Led off by the huge hit and rock radio staple We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, the third American album from the Animals, released in 1965, also contains the number three single Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood. One of three Animals records produced by Mickie Most (Herman’s Hermits, the Yardbirds, Donovan), Animal Tracks has never been available in any digital format. Now remastered using transfers from the original first generation mono tapes, this reissue includes five bonus rare or previously unreleased versions, notably the non-album song It’s My Life, another top 10.

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Terje Rypdal – Odyssey: In Studio & In Concert (2012) [Qobuz 24-96]

Terje Rypdal – Odyssey: In Studio & In Concert (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:35:12 minutes | 2,91 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Digital booklet | © ECM
Recorded: Odyssey recorded August 1975 at Arne Bendiksen Studio, Oslo; Unfinished Highballs recorded June 1976, Swedish Radio Estrad, Södertälje

Terje Rypdal‘s Odyssey: In Studio & In Concert is a very special release. It includes not only the complete Odyssey album (recorded 1975) in high-resolution audio (Studio Master) for the first time (restoring the long track Rolling Stone to its rightful place), but also a full disc of previously unreleased material on which Terje Rypdal s Odyssey band is augmented by the Swedish Radio Jazz Group in a 1976 live performance of Rypdal s suite Unfinished Highballs.

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Tchaikovsky & Bloch – Piano Trios – Osiris Trio (2007) [nativeDSDmusic DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz]

Tchaikovsky & Bloch – Piano Trios – Osiris Trio (2007)
DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 00:53:42 minutes | 5,32 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet |  © Cobra Records

All his life Tchaikovsky struggled against what he himself called ‘the inability in gene- ral to maintain a good grip on form. I have fought this innate weakness and – some- thing I’m proud of – not without some decent results. Nonetheless I will go to my grave without having produced anything at all which has a perfect form.’ Dilettantism was anathema to him: ‘You really have to outdo yourself if you want to avoid lapsing into dilettantism, of which even someone as gifted as Glinka was not entirely free…’ Although Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky is generally seen as belonging to the Western-orientated Russian school, as indeed are most of his professional colleagues in Moscow, his musical art was not in fact very far removed from the ideals of the so-called ‘Mighty Five’ (or ‘Mighty Handful’.) In 1869 he met Balakirev, the actual founder of this national school in Petersburg. Balakirev recognized the young Tchaikovsky’s talent and would ideally have liked to include him in his group. But the greatest problem as he saw it was that Tchaikovsky had received a formal conservatoire education, and that clashed with his ideals of an uncultivated, original Russian music.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto – Itzhak Perlman, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy (2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto & Serenade melancolique – Itzhak Perlman, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:48 minutes | 836 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Warner Classics
Recorded: The “Old Met”, Philadelphia, 11 & 13 November 1978

It has to be the most popular violin concerto of all — by turns captivating, moving and flamboyant. Almost every virtuoso has recorded it at least once. And it was with this work that an eighteen-year-old violinist by the name of Itzhak Perlman would make the very first recording of his career, with the London Symphony Orchestra and Alfred Wallenstein (1964), returning to the studio in the years to come to set down three further versions of the same concerto. We are, of course, talking about Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35. Between the recording he made with the Boston Symphony conducted by Erich Leinsdorf (RCA, 1967), and his live version with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta in Leningrad (EMI, 1990; see volume 45), Perlman added this third interpretation to his recorded catalogue. This concerto more than any other has accompanied him throughout his career. Indeed, he’s often claimed that he could play it virtually in his sleep. It could even be seen as emblematic of his style, given both the prodigiously virtuosic demands it makes on the performer and its charismatic warmth.

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Thomas Tallis – Ave, rosa sine spinis & other sacred music – The Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood (2015) [FKAC 24-44,1]

Thomas Tallis – Ave, rosa sine spinis & other sacred music – The Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:13:41 minutes | 667 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: hyperion-records | Digital Booklet | © Hyperion Records
Recorded: November 2013, Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom

The Cardinall’s Musick and their inspirational director Andrew Carwood present a further volume of their Gramophone-Award-winning series of Tallis’s sacred music.
This new album contains some of the most sublime music of the entire period, performed with The Cardinall’s Musick’s familiar committed, full-blooded and beautiful singing. In including both Tallis’s English and Latin settings, it demonstrates the composer’s mastery of the changing edicts imposed on him from above in this turbulent time.
Informative and scholarly booklet notes by Andrew Carwood place the music in its historical and liturgical context.

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Tadd Dameron with John Coltrane – Mating Call (1957/2014) [HDTracks 24-44,1]

Tadd Dameron with John Coltrane – Mating Call (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 35:11 minutes | 355 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records

Mating Call is an album by jazz musician Tadd Dameron, featuring John Coltrane, and was released in 1957 on Prestige Records. It was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. All compositions are Tadd Dameron originals.

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