Composer: Flint Juventino Beppe (b.1973)
Album title: Remote Galaxy by Flint Juventino Beppe
Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor; Emily Beynon, flute; Mark van de Wiel, clarinet; Ralph Rousseau, viola da gamba
Genre: Classical
Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)
Location: Watford Colosseum, UK
Release date: October 2013
Recording date: May 2012
Original Quality: Mastering in DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 01:10:47
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: Auro-3D 9.1 / 96 kHz / 24-bit
Audio#2: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 12110 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#3: DTS-HD MA 7.1 / 96 kHz /  8295 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#4: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6626 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#5: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit

Can the dualism of life, nature and art be expressed in pure music? This is the question the multi-talented composer Flint Juventino Beppe – formerly known as Fred Jonny Berg – has set out to answer. The album Remote Galaxy is a journey in time and space, a journey given meaning by the album’s music and philosophy. The music is uncompromisingly honest, with a genuine power of its own. Using well-known acoustic technology, the composer takes us to some unusual and, for most of us, unknown places. (more…)

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 – Bernstein, NYPO (2007) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 ISO & FLAC
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 56:12 minutes | 4,18 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 1,05 GB
Label: Sony Music Japan | Year: 1960, 2007 | 3% Recovery Info

This new remastering by Andreas K. Meyer is nothing short of sensational. Some of the finest performances of Mahler & Bernstein, it’s amazing how much detail Sony/CBs can get from this stunning SACD!
The Fourth Symphony of Gustav Mahler stands apart from his others for a number of reasons. This is his “sunny” symphony; it is filled with delicate harmonies, a catchy ornamented rhythmic pattern, and it has an almost pastoral feel to it. While scored for large orchestra, it comes off as a chamber work. The last movement, with its soprano solo “Wir geniessen die himmlischen Freuden” from ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn,’ talks of heaven from a child’s innocent perspective.

This recording from 1960 features the preeminent Mahler interpreter of the twentieth century, Leonard Bernstein along with the New York Philharmonic, joined by the radiant soprano Reri Grist in the last movement. One could not ask for a better ensemble of players. Indeed, there are times when Bernstein seems to take off (if not fly into orbit) with the tempi, but his innate understanding of this music cannot be argued. Grist, a great singer at the height of her artistic powers, sings perfectly. A beautifully remastered and essential recording. – Gramophone


Mahler: Symphony No. 3 – Bernstein, NYPO (2007) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 ISO & FLAC
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 99.31 minutes | 5,92 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 1,88 GB
Label: Sony Music Japan | Year: 1961, 2007 | 3% Recovery Info

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 1961 has been so revived from that original recorded in New York’s Manhattan Center.

The Third was among the first and most successful of Bernstein’s Mahler recordings. Leonard Bernstein’s reading is refreshingly unmannered and free from overstatement. There is no lack of drama or tension in the long first movement: the inner movements are done with great charm and the second in particular is quite winning. Matha Lipton is in top form in the fourth movement, “0 Mensch, 0 Mensch!”. Her voice has excellent quality and she sings with great feeling. The singing of the boys’ choir in the fifth movement is fresh and vigorous in the finale. The recording is beautifully engineered. The acoustic is warm and open, detail emerges clearly and the perspective is for the most part truthful. Strongly recommended! – Gramophone


Frederic Chopin – Hardy Rittner – Complete Etudes
Hardy Rittner plays a Conrad Graf Piano (c. 1835)
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,23 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 938 MB | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG “Scene” # 904 1747-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2012
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Piano, Period Instrument

Another wonderful disc from Rittner who quite surpasses himself here.

These works as many will be aware are some of the most popular (to audiences at least, teachers may well hold other views!) studies of the piano and each of the Op. 10 & Op. 25 sets contain popular encores of many a pianist. Not short of competition for the two main sets (the 3 nouvelles Etudes are less popular due to their less melodic compositional style), on a modern Steinway one can choose Chopin: Etudes – Freddy Kempf on SACD or a bewildering number of the greats on RBCD (Backhaus is my personal favourite).

Rittner can hold his head high with all-comers such is his supreme virtuosity and musicianship. So much is heard apparently effortlessly thanks to his choice of piano which is in great voice. One is reminded completely of the phrase “pearls of music” so pellucid is the tone that Rittner draws from this instrument; never, even at the most furious of occasions, is the sound anything near strident. One principle benefit of using a period piano is that the bass line is clear without drowning out the remainder of the textures (even with judicious use of the pedals, it is something that has caused many players of the modern piano to come momentarily clouded).

Tempo choices are pretty much the ideal – barnstorming studies are played like the wind, will-o-the-wisp pieces flutter by and the more profound numbers are given plenty of room to breathe and reveal their depths. Rittner supplies very perceptive notes on both the instrument and interpreting these works and the points he makes are clearly audible in his playing. Rittner is fast becoming the Brautigam of Romantic repertoire!

Fortunately the MDG recording is fully worthy of gracing such playing and has nothing to quibble about whatsoever.

Outstanding. I cannot recommend this disc highly enough.

Copyright © 2012 John Broggio and (more…)

Composer: Torbjørn Dyrud (b.1974)
Album title: Out of Darkness – the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ
Performer: Nidaros Cathedral Choir; Vivianne Sydnes, conductor; Geir Morten Øien, trumpet; Erlend Aagaard Nilsen, trumpet; Lars Sitter, percussion; Sarah Head, readings
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)
Location: Nidaros Cathedral, Norway
Release date: December 2013
Recording date: September and October 2012
Original Quality: Mastering in DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 00:55:30
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 942 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 12374 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit

Torbjørn Dyrud’s work OUT OF DARKNESS presents you with the most famous story of Christian culture – Christ’s passion, death and resurrection – in a form you have never heard before. Allow yourself to be moved by Nidaros Cathedral Choir, Sarah Head and the musicians in their presentation of Dyrud’s dramatic music. The work is not a passion in the traditional sense, since it does not end with Christ’s death. Out of Darkness continues through the kingdom of death and out of the grave, leaving us with the gospel of love that overcomes and endures everything, a gospel of grace and forgiveness. Life is the light of mankind, and we can rise out of the darkness. (more…)