Scott Hamilton – Ballads For Audiophiles (2017) [nativeDSDmusic DSF DSD64 + FLAC 24-88.2]

Scott Hamilton – Ballads For Audiophiles (2017)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz MHz | Time – 59:22 minutes | 2,34 GB
or FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 59:22 minutes | 1,11 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet
© Fonè Records/Audiophile Productions | Genre: Jazz

Saxophonist Scott Hamiton, pianist Paolo Birro, bassist Aldo Zunino and Alfred Kramer, drums, combine on an audiophile ballads program that includes such timeless favorites as “Moon River,” “The Shadow Of Your Smile,” “All or Nothing At All”, “This Is All I Ask”, “The Gypsy” and more.

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UK DK: Recorder Recital – Michala Petri, Mahan Esfahani (2015) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

Sebastiano Meloni – Moods and Sketches: 12 improvisations for piano (2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:05:40 minutes | 2,63 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © OUR Recordings

Nothing in life falls precisely into neat boxes, despite our best efforts to make things “fit”. Consider the two featured instruments on this recording. First, the recorder, which despite its relatively simple design, enjoyed near-universal popularity from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, played by prince and pauper alike. Then, there is the harpsichord, a marvel of engineering for its time; an extraordinary canvas upon which generations of composers wrote tone poems and toccatas, crafting contrapuntal mazes and virtuoso displays that still challenge the most skillful interpreter. But times and tastes change, and eventually, these quintessential representatives of the musical arts (along with most of their repertoire) were packed away, together with the powdered wigs and knee breeches for a long slumber during the 19th century.

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Manfred Trojahn – Orest – Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (2013) [nativeDSDmusic DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz]

Manfred Trojahn – Orest – Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (2013)
DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:16:04 minutes | 9,01 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet |  © Challenge Records / Northstar Recordings
Recorded: 3 and 16 December 2011 at the Audio-Visual department of The Amsterdam Music Theatre

Orest, the opera by the German composer Manfred Trojahn, was written for the Netherlands Opera. The world premiere took place in Amsterdam, amid spectacular splashes of gore and commensurate splatters of sound, in December 2011 and this recording was made during those performances. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Marc Albrecht, and the title role of Orestes is sung by the celebrated German baritone Dietrich Henschel with Rosemary Joshua as Helen.

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Rachel Podger – Telemann: Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin (2002) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

Georg Philipp Telemann – Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin – Rachel Podger (2002)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:14:14 minutes | 3,01 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet |  © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Recorded: St. Micahels Church, West Compton, Dorset UK

In November of 2001, one of my first recordings using the DSD technology was in a small unknown church – Dorset England. Rachel Podger had chosen the church as she had played a concert there as some point and thought it would be perfect for the solo Telemann Sonatas. I agreed sight unseen.

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Richard Strauss – Elektra – Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Marc Albrecht (2012) [nativeDSDmusic DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz]

Richard Strauss – Elektra – Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Marc Albrecht (2012)
DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:42:43 minutes | 12,2GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet |  © Challenge Records / Northstar Recordings
Recorded: 6, 9, 12, 16 October 2011 at the Audio-Visual department of The Amsterdam Music Theatre

Electra lives in a no-man’s-land – a region inhabited by no one else. It is for this very reason that she occupies this region with unwavering determination, for only here can she validate the essence of her being: contradiction. She is at one and the same time nobody and more than everyone else; she lives here, but she is in fact also dead. She remains at the place of her youth, but never sets foot in her family home. With all these discrepancies, she is the embodiment of contradiction, in two senses: as contradiction in and of itself and in relation to the outside world, against everything and everyone, everywhere and always. The scene of this contradiction is the threshold, where she continuously dwells and which is not an actual place or, better said, is a non-place, a no-man’s-land.

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Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet – Vol. 2 (2014) [nativeDSDmusic DSD128]

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet – Sophisticated Lady, Volume 2 (2014)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,64 MHz | Time – 32:00 minutes | 2,53 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Yarlung Records

Sophisticated Lady jazz quartet pays homage to the Great Tradition of American jazz but most of their repertoire is written by members of the quartet. Unlike the majority of contemporary jazz recordings, which are carefully and surgically perfected in postproduction, this album remains raw and fresh. These tracks are complete takes, “live to tape,” without editing.

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Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet – Vol. 1 (2014) [nativeDSDmusic DSD128]

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet – Sophisticated Lady, Volume 1 (2014)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,64 MHz | Time – 31:52 minutes | 2,52 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Yarlung Records

Sophisticated Lady jazz quartet pays homage to the Great Tradition of American jazz but most of their repertoire is written by members of the quartet. Unlike the majority of contemporary jazz recordings, which are carefully and surgically perfected in postproduction, this album remains raw and fresh. These tracks are complete takes, “live to tape,” without editing.

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Amsterdam Sinfonietta Soloists – Schubert: String Quintet (2015) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

Franz Schubert – String Quintet – Amsterdam Sinfonietta Soloists (2015)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 00:52:27 minutes | 2,07 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Recorded: Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, 1-2 december 2013

‘The richest and most productive eighteen months in music history’ is how the English composer Benjamin Britten described Franz Schubert’s final period, when works including the magisterial String Quintet in C major saw the light of day. For besides the quintet, Die Winterreise (Winter Journey), the Symphony in C major (‘the Great’) and the last three piano sonatas flowed from Schubert’s pen. Since Beethoven’s death in 1827, Schubert was engrossed in the development of largescale musical forms, and certainly succeeded in this in the fifty minutes of the quintet. It is not the music of a man who knows he will die by the age of thirty-one, but music born of an almost volcanic ambition, comparable to that of Beethoven when he entrusted his string quartets opus 18 to paper. Notable is Schubert’s preference for a second cello, shared with Boccherini, rather than a second viola as in the quintets of Mozart and Beethoven. Although the four-movement plan of Schubert’s quintet is entirely in the classical tradition of his age, it is already quite clear from the first two movements that there is mention of a grand scheme, as they slowly unfold to reveal a large-scale structure not unlike the later symphonic cathedrals of Anton Bruckner (who was four years old at the time).

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Old, New & Blue – Holland Baroque Society, Eric Vloiemans (2013) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

Old, New & Blue – Holland Baroque Society, Eric Vloiemans (2013) 
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:03:00 minutes | 2,49 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | ©  Channel Classics
Recorded: May 2013, Philharmonie Haarlem, Haarlem, Holland

‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ is the traditional English bridal rhyme, ending with and a silver sixpence in her shoe. Five little things, often pieces of clothes, small presents or even heirlooms to bring good luck to the bride. Something old stands for tradition and family, something new for a hopeful future and forthcoming happiness, something borrowed reminds the bride of all her friends, always ready to advise and assist, and something blue symbolises the love and fidelity of the new couple. And finally a silver sixpence to bring wealth.

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Gustav Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde – Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (2012) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

Gustav Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde – Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (2013)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:03:01 minutes | 2,48 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Front Cover | © Pentatone Music B.V.
Recorded: Beurs van Berlage, Yakult zaal, Amsterdam, June 21,22 – 2012

Das Lied is considered the most personal of Mahler’s works. It represents a synthesis of the two great pillars in Mahler’s oeuvre, the symphony and the song. On the face of it, it is cycle of six orchestral songs. But at the same time, it features three protagonists: not just the two solo voices, but the orchestra as well, and its formal structure is symphonic in nature.

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