Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique” Boston Symphony Orchestra / Pierre Monteux SACD ISO: 818 MB | FLAC @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 847 MB | Full Artwork | 3% Rec. Info Label/Cat#: RCA Red Seal “Living Stereo” # 82876-61397-2 RE1 | Country/Year: US 2004 Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic
Pierre Monteux was one of those conductors who could make the most anguished music sound effortless. You might think that this isn’t an advantage in the Pathétique Symphony, but it is. His innate musicality keeps the allegro sections of the first movement pressing smartly forward, while the lyrical second subject never turns sticky. Other performances may be noisier, but Monteux’s cogency offers its own exciting and perfectly valid argument. Certainly no one would take issue with the idiomatic lilt he brings to the second-movement waltz, or with the rhythmic lift he provides in the ensuing march (this really is Tchaikovsky as his most French, isn’t it?). There have been more intense accounts of the finale, but the beautiful playing of the Boston Symphony and Monteux’s refusal to get hysterical remain all of a piece: it’s a very satisfying reading by any standard. The 1955 Living Stereo recording still sounds excellent both in stereo and on (two-channel) SACD, without a large enough difference between them to make a significant difference. This is a very welcome reissue. –David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Finally Pierre Monteux and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s magnificent 1955 golden age stereo performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 receives its rightful reissue. For too long RCA/BMG has placed the spotlight on the Reiner, Ormandy and Munch accounts of this work, making them the “Pathetique” representatives of choice for earlier “Living Stereo,” “Basic 100″ and other budget-line series respectively. In all fairness, all three are quite good, and this Monteux 6th has been available on CD previously, with the composer’s 4th and 5th Symphonies on a two-disc set in the now out-of-print “Monteux Edition” volumes. But here, the first recording Monteux made in Boston gets the star treatment it deserves for its 50th Anniversary. I’ve only picked up a few of these new “Living Stereo” SACD Hybrids, but even on my decent stereo system (HK amp, Denon CD, Bose & Klipsch Spks) I can really tell a difference in sound separation and clarity. And last but certainly not least, thank you BMG for making these Hybrids so affordable! — sa-cd.net
When Jethro Tull released Benefit in 1970, it signaled a new, more progressive musical direction for the English band. It also became one of the best-known albums of their career, which is going strong more 60 million records and 40 years later. The Grammy winning group is revisiting that pivotal album with a 2-CD/DVD-Audio collector’s edition, newly re-mixed by Steven Wilson and reissued with a lot of bonus tracks, and omes with a DVD-Audio disc of a Surround Sound mix, plus UK and USA running orders and more… (more…)
Georg Friedrich Händel – Sonatas For The Recorder Dorothee Oberlinger / Ensemble 1700 SACD ISO: 4,44 GB (Stereo + MCH DSD) | FLAC @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 1,42 GB | Full Artwork | 3% Rec. Info Label/Cat#: Raumklang “Edition Marc Aurel” # MA SA 024 | Country/Year: Germany 2007 (2004) Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque, Recorder
Review by Blair Sanderson For its authentic instrumental timbres, exquisite period interpretations, superbly engineered sound, and, above all, the sheer genius of the music, this album of Handel’s recorder trios and sonatas is guaranteed to please connoisseurs of Baroque chamber music, and should catapult Dorothee Oberlinger and her handpicked Ensemble 1700 into international celebrity. A debut release for these exceptional musicians, this remarkable CD reveals both their scrupulous scholarship and enthusiastic participation, and the combination is winning. Oberlinger plays the recorder with a lucid but modest tone, never upstaging the other players but creating an impression of domestic intimacy that surely attended amateur performances in the eighteenth century. Yet these are not fragile or rarefied renditions, for Oberlinger and her companions are quite vigorous in the Allegro movements; the long, lyrical lines in the Larghettos and Adagios are always solidly supported through the soloist’s unerring ornamentation; and the accompaniment is fully realized and strongly characterized, distributed throughout the works to a variety of basso continuo instruments. The illustrated booklet includes an informative essay on the recorder’s history and Handel’s music by Gerhard Braun, and the recording is absolutely clear in details and natural in reproduction. This disc is highly recommended. allmusicguide
Brittens “War Requiem” darf als eines der größten und erschütterndsten Werke des 20. Jahrhunderts bezeichnet werden. Es erzielte bei seiner Uraufführung am 30. Mai 1962 in der Kathedrale von Coventry bei Publikum und Kritik einen unmittelbaren Erfolg. Britten verwendete Texte aus der lateinischen Totenmesse und Gedichte Wilfried Owens, um seinen leidenschaftlich vertretenen Pazifismus zu verkünden, an die Greuel des Krieges zu erinnern und vor dem Untergang Europas zu warnen. Da das Werk einen umfangreichen Apparat an Sängern und Musikern erfordert, wird es selten aufgeführt und auch aufgenommen. Umso wichtiger ist diese Realisierung Helmuth Rillings, der erstklassige Sänger verpflichtet hat und souverän alle Bestandteile des riesigen musikalischen Apparates zu einer erschütternden Aufführung von ungemeiner Bildhaftigkeit vereinigt.
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (2006/2013) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 34:50 minutes | 802 + 167 MB Blu-Ray Audio Rip | Sourced Track – LPCM 2.0 Stereo | Complete Scans
The story of Back to Black is one in which celebrity and the potential of commercial success threaten to ruin Amy Winehouse, since the same insouciance and playfulness that made her sound so special when she debuted could easily have been whitewashed right out of existence for this breakout record. (That fact may help to explain why fans were so scared by press allegations that Winehouse had deliberately lost weight in order to present a slimmer appearance.) Although Back to Black does see her deserting jazz and wholly embracing contemporary R&B, all the best parts of her musical character emerge intact, and actually, are all the better for the transformation from jazz vocalist to soul siren. With producer Salaam Remi returning from Frank, plus the welcome addition of Mark Ronson (fresh off successes producing for Christina Aguilera and Robbie Williams), Back to Black has a similar sound to Frank but much more flair and spark to it. Winehouse was inspired by girl group soul of the ’60s, and fortunately Ronson and Remi are two of the most facile and organic R&B producers active. (more…)
Taylor Swift and Katy Perry joined, with Swift set to perform from Australia and Perry roaring in from Canada. The rest of the lineup, which will perform live at the Nokia Theater in L.A., includes Lorde, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Keith Urban and Robin Thicke. The latter will take the stage for “Blurred Lines” alongside rapper T.I. and Earth, Wind and Fire. R&B artist Miguel will sing Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” alongside Urban, Rolling Stone reports. Two-time Grammys host LL Cool J will host the event for the sixth consecutive year.
Grammy producers also said that the show will feature special tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, according to CBS News.
Main show: 01 Katy Perry – Unconditionally 02 One Direction – Story of My Life 03 Ariana Grande – The Way (intro) / Tattooed Heart 04 Imagine Dragons – Demons / Radioactive 05 Pitbull & Ke$ha – Timber 06 Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away 07 Florida Georgia Line & Nelly – Cruise / Ride wit Me 08 Rihanna – Diamonds 09 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis & Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us 10 Jennifer Lopez – Tribute to Celia Cruz: Químbara / Bemba Colorá / La Vida es un Carnaval 11 A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera – Say Something 12 Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank) / Poetic Justice 13 Lady Gaga & R. Kelly – Do What U Want 14 Luke Bryan – That’s My Kind of Night 15 TLC & Lil Mama – Waterfalls 16 Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
Presenters: Taylor Swift – Presented Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Emma Roberts – Introduced One Direction Marc Anthony & Zoe Saldana – Presented Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Kristen Bell & Chris Daughtry – Presented Favorite Country Album Akon & Michael Bolton – Presented Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album Maia Mitchell & Naya Rivera – Introduced Pitbull and Ke$ha Dave Grohl & Joan Jett – Presented Favorite Alternative Artist Pitbull – Presented Favorite Latin Artist Heidi Klum – Introduced Justin Timberlake Kelly Osbourne & Nicole Richie – Presented Favorite Pop/Rock Album The Ceremonies – Introduced Florida Georgia Line and Nelly Daisy Fuentes & Juan Pablo Galavis – Presented Kohl’s New Artist of the Year Bill Maher – Introduced Rihanna Ciara & Paulina Gretzky – Presented Soul/R&B Male Artist Pitbull – Introduced Ryan Lewis and Macklemore Fall Out Boy – Presented Favorite Country Female Artist Alicia Silverstone & Nathan Fillion – Single of the Year Sarah Silverman – Presented Favorite Soul/ R&B Album Jennifer Hudson – Introduced A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera Austin Mahone & Kendall Jenner – Presented Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist Jeremy Renner – Introduced Lady Gaga and R. Kelly Jaimie Alexander & Andrew McCutchen – Presented Favorite Country Male Artist (Cast of Shark Tank) Kevin O’Leary, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec & Mark Cuban – Presented Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Lady Antebellum – Introduced Luke Bryan 2 Chainz & Jaden Smith – Introduced Miley Cyrus Pitbull – Presented Artist of the Year (more…)
Gathered in their Masses showcases the two-night April 29th/May 1st performance in which Black Sabbath — Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) — kicked off the band’s “13″ world tour in Melbourne, Australia. It was the first time the band had been back Down Under since 1974, and the resulting live recording saw the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductees at their best, playing tracks from the million selling “13″ album, as well as classic hits from their back catalogue.
01. War Pigs 02. Into The Void 03. Loner 04. Snowblind 05. Black Sabbath 06. Behind The Wall Of Sleep 07. N.I.B. 08. Methademic 09. Fairies Wear Boots 10. Symptom Of The Universe 11. Iron Man 12. End Of The Beginning 13. Children Of The Grave 14. God Is Dead? 15. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro) / Paranoid (more…)
The DVD/Blu Ray features the band’s sold out homecoming show in Oberhausen, Germany on December 22, 2012 after an extensive 45 days European tour in support of their highly successful album »Phantom Antichrist«. The packed and sweat driven show was filmed by 24 cameras as well as guitar and even mosh pit cams.
The DVD/Blu Ray contains the show, a behind the scenes documentary as well as video clips. Approximate total running time: 115 minutes. (more…)
Tracklist: 01. Roundabout 02. Cans And Brahms 03. We Have Heaven 04. South Side Of The Sky 05. Five Per Cent For Nothing 06. Long Distance Runaround 07. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) 08. Mood For A Day 09. Heart Of The Sunrise