Category Archives: Classical

Bernstein, NYPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (2007) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 – Bernstein, NYPO (2007) [2.0 & 5.1] 
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 69:20 minutes | 3,49 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88.2 kHz | 1.28 GB
Japan Import | Year: 1963, 2007 | 3% Recovery Info

“Astonishing sound quality. I wish all producers and engineers would listen to masters like this and apply the miraculous remastering that they did to the previous release’s imaging and SQ. This is a great recording that will show you exactly how good your system is!

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Bernstein, NYPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (2007) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 – Bernstein, NYPO (2007) [2.0 & 5.1] 
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:38 minutes | 4,0 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88.2 kHz | 0.99 GB
Japan Import | Year: 1966, 2001 | 3% Recovery Info

“This performance remains one of the most thrilling and committed performances of “The Titan” to be issued. The DSD/SACD remastering is excellent I look forward to the entire Sony cycle in this wonderful high resolution format.”

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Leonard Bernstein – Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (Adagio) & Kindertotenlieder (2007) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (Adagio) & Kindertotenlieder – Bernstein (2007)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:312minutes | 4,14 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88.2 kHz | 1.0 GB
Japan Import | Year: 1974/5, 2007

One can hardly believe the SACD sound Sony has achieved here, trumping even the “Carnegie Hall Presents” remaster! It is almost unbelievable that the original sound we were able to hear back in the 60s and 70s has been so revived from those original recordings in New York’s CBS Studios and Tel Aviv.

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Janet Feder – Thisclose (2015) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Janet Feder – T H I S C L O S E (2015)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:45 minutes | Scans | 3,95 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 755 MB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround sound | Genre: Avant-Garde, Acoustic, Classical, Folk

Colorado-based guitarist Janet Feder has developed a highly personal musical language, drawing inspiration from folk, jazz, minimalism, classical, avant-garde and even pop. Since the early nineties she began experimenting with her guitar, preparing it in different tunings, attaching objects to the strings, developing a unique original sound of her own. “T H I S C L O S E”, her fifth solo album, is Feder’s most fully realized album, featuring nine haunting songs. She manages to create a intimate sonic atmosphere in each of these songs, still, each sounds as a distilled essence of a much larger and deeper musical idea, leaving the listener with lingering thoughts. In these songs, Feder explores the timbral scope of her prepared guitars, let these instruments resonate in the studio space, surrounding the guitars with delicate handmade and found sounds and minor instrumental contributions from an impressive set of supporting musicians.

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Bernard Haitink, LSO – Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Special Edition Box) (2006) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies Nos. 1-9 / Leonore Overture No. 2 / Triple Concerto
Gordan Nikolitch / Lars Vogt / London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus / Bernard Haitink
SACD ISO: 24,81 GB (Stereo & MCH) | FLAC @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 6,73 GB | Artwork | 3% Rec. Info
Label/Cat#: LSO Live # LSO0598 | Country/Year: UK 2006
Genre: Classical | Style: Viennese School, Orchestral

This is the easiest review I shall ever have the pleasure of writing & can be summed up in two words:
Buy it!

It is not often one can hail a modern classic, especially of music that has been recorded so often in the past, but this is a rare standard of music making.

Full reviews can be found following the links given below but suffice to say that this is the most musical set of performances of Beethoven I have heard since first hearing Schnabel; it is also the most impressive I have heard from a playing perspective in Beethoven & I have never heard the LSO play like this on disc before now. Lastly, it is wonderful to hear Haitink bring all his experience with a truly fresh vision (for both him and us) of how this great music can sound.

From the opening of the first symphony, the notes sound as though the ink is still drying and this impression continues through the other 8 masterpieces. It is more than just sounding newly minted; the honesty, structure and emotion are all vividly conveyed too in the best sound that LSO Live have achieved to date from the Barbican. The Triple Concerto & Leonore Overture No.2 are just as successful and makes one wish for follow-up sets to complete the orchestral music together with a concerto cycle and Fidelio all under the baton of Haitink.

The box-set brings together all 6 discs (in slip-cases) with the original artwork used and the notes conflated into one booklet – very neatly done, even if not everyone admires the concept of the photos.

As I said before (and it cannot be said often enough) – buy it, not just for yourself but for all your friends/family/colleagues… they will all be profoundly grateful. Copyright © 2006 John Broggio

I bought this box set very soon after its release, after reading three reviews of the individual releases here on SA-CD.net. The reviews stressed the nuance and attention to dynamics and dance-like quality that I had heard Haitink bring to a performance of Mahler’s First at Tanglewood this summer. That performance had me going away shaking my head in wonder (and I’m not a big Mahler fan).

I decided to to listen to the symphonies in natural order, rather than by release. So I started with No. 1, listening on my five-full-range Thiel multi-channel music setup. I could hardly sit still I was so excited as the piece unfolded, and at the end I found myself saying to the empty room “wow-o-wow-o-wow”!! Out loud! I can never remember having such a strong reaction to a piece of music in my life.

The remainder of the symphonies never failed to please…I rate them all at or near the top of any other perfomance I have or have heard…although the 8th is a little rushed to my taste, and the orchestral and choral forces a little too light to convey the necessary “gravitas” of the Ninth. But still, these are fine interpretations. That slight, little symphony called the “First”, however, for me still conveys the most magic of Haitink’s conducting.

Frankly, the last Beethoven cycle that I found compelling was Walter’s…and that was back in the late ’60’s. Until now, it has been my favorite although I also have Klemperer and Kleiber’s output, plus a few others.

When I try to describe the Haitink approach, I tell people to mix Walter’s lyricism and sense of propulsiveness, with Kleiber’s lean, uptempo approach, and then to throw in Szell’s attention to balance and nuance and detail…and then prepare to have that mix bettered. This is an unbelievable set, and I am happy to see that the NYC critics agree (I was really interested in whether they would embrace this fairly radical approach.)

The fine sound is not just icing on this cake…in multichannel it is like adding another layer and a half-inch of icing. These recordings come as close as I have heard in multichannel to capturing the sound of a full orchestra in a good hall (the boxy bass excepted). I use a Sony SACD player (C2000ES) that decodes direct in pure DSD, and despite the Barbicons dryness, I still can hear enough ambience to make the sound in my room gourgeous. When I attend concerts, I tend to clost my eyes to concentrate on the music…when I do that in my living room, I can very easily suspend belief…the sound is that close to “being there”.

I will treasure this set until the end of my days, and hope others will attain the same joy from it after I am gone. sa-cd.net

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Emerson String Quartet-Chaconnes And Fantasias Music of Britten And Purcell-CD-FLAC-2017-FORSAKEN

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Emerson String Quartet-Chaconnes And Fantasias Music of Britten And Purcell-CD-FLAC-2017-FORSAKEN

Release Name: Emerson_String_Quartet-Chaconnes_And_Fantasias_Music_of_Britten_And_Purcell-CD-FLAC-2017-FORSAKEN
Artist: Emerson String Quartet
Album: Chaconnes And Fantasias: Music of Britten And Purcell
Genre: Classical
Year: 2017
Tracks: 13
Duration: 01:13:33
Size: 302.27 MB

Tracklist:

  1. Emerson String Quartet – Chacony In G Minor Z 730 – 5:56 (591 kbps , 25.11 MB)
  2. Emerson String Quartet – Fantazia No. 6 In F Major Z 737 – 3:49 (556 kbps , 15.15 MB)
  3. Emerson String Quartet – Fantazia No. 8 In D Minor Z 739 – 4:13 (576 kbps , 17.35 MB)
  4. Emerson String Quartet – I. Allegro Calmo, Senza Rigore – 8:06 (583 kbps , 33.78 MB)
  5. Emerson String Quartet – II. Vivace – 3:51 (605 kbps , 16.63 MB)
  6. Emerson String Quartet – III. Chacony: Sostenuto – 16:41 (581 kbps , 69.4 MB)
  7. Emerson String Quartet – Fantazia No. 10 In E Minor Z 741 – 3:45 (601 kbps , 16.08 MB)
  8. Emerson String Quartet – Fantazia No. 11 In G Major Z 742 – 3:09 (589 kbps , 13.25 MB)
  9. Emerson String Quartet – I. Duets. With Moderate Movement – 5:32 (525 kbps , 20.76 MB)
  10. Emerson String Quartet – II. Ostinato. Very Fast – 3:17 (585 kbps , 13.78 MB)
  11. Emerson String Quartet – III. Solo. Very Calm – 4:13 (548 kbps , 16.5 MB)
  12. Emerson String Quartet – IV. Burlesque. Fast Con Fuoco – 2:20 (644 kbps , 10.78 MB)
  13. Emerson String Quartet – V. Recitative And Passacaglia (La Serenissima). Slow – 8:49 (534 kbps , 33.69 MB)

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Yehudi Menuhin – First Recordings On HMV (2016) [FLAC 24/96]

Yehudi Menuhin – First Recordings On HMV (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:16:36 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The great violinist tells the story of his first recording, made as a teenager under extraordinary circumstances.
As a musician, as a man of ideals, and as a true world citizen, Yehudi Menuhin made an extraordinary mark on his era. The Menuhin Century commemorates the 100th anniversary of his birth on 22 April 1916.

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Yehudi Menuhin with Ravi Shankar & Hephzibah Menuhin – West Meets East (1966/2016) [FLAC 24/96]

Yehudi Menuhin with Ravi Shankar & Hephzibah Menuhin – West Meets East (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:37 minutes | 916 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Label: Warner Classics

As a musician, as a man of ideals, and as a true world citizen, Yehudi Menuhin made an extraordinary mark on his era. The Menuhin Century commemorates the 100th anniversary of his birth on 22 April 1916.

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Yehudi Menuhin feat. Stephane Grappelli – Jealousy (1973/2016) [FLAC 24/96]

Yehudi Menuhin feat. Stephane Grappelli – Jealousy (1973/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 79:55 minutes | 1,49 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Label: Warner Classics

Menuhin’s work in 1970s with famous jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli on Jealousy, an album of pop music of the 1930s arranged in chamber style.

As a musician, as a man of ideals, and as a true world citizen, Yehudi Menuhin made an extraordinary mark on his era. The Menuhin Century commemorates the 100th anniversary of his birth on 22 April 1916.

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Yehudi Menuhin – The Virtuoso Of The Century (2016) [FLAC 24/96]

Yehudi Menuhin – The Virtuoso Of The Century (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:13:03 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Label: Warner Classics

As a musician, as a man of ideals, and as a true world citizen, Yehudi Menuhin made an extraordinary mark on his era. The Menuhin Century commemorates the 100th anniversary of his birth on 22 April 1916.

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