Various Artists – Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:10:54 minutes | 2,51 GB | Genre: Folk, Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front cover | © Nonesuch Records
Recorded live at Town Hall, New York, NY, September 29, 2013

A one-night-only concert was held at New York City’s Town Hall last fall, to celebrate the music of the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. The evening was filmed for a documentary that was broadcast by Showtime last winter, and now Nonesuch Records releases a live recording of the concert, Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis,” on January 13, 2015. The concert, documentary, and live album were produced by Inside Llewyn Davis writer/director/producers Joel and Ethan Coen and soundtrack producer T Bone Burnett.
As Burnett explains, “Inside Llewyn Davis was filled with live performances of some of the folk songs that had survived the McCarthy hearings. Some of the songs were a hundred years old; some had just been written but sounded a hundred years old. In order to get attention for a film that was not exactly on the beat we decided to throw a concert featuring the actors and musicians who had performed in the movie and on the soundtrack. We also invited members of the extraordinary community of musicians who have coalesced around this old music—and have kept it alive in the wake of the most recent technological revolution—to join us that night. We asked them to perform an old song and one of their new songs.
He continues, “Several new stars emerged from their performances that evening—The Secret Sisters, Lake Street Dive, The Milk Carton Kids,Rhiannon Giddens, and Punch Brothers all proved themselves as good as the best as they took the stage next to Hall of Famers Joan Baez and Elvis Costello, and established younger artists like The Avett Brothers, Colin Meloy, Marcus Mumford, Conor Oberst, Willie Watson, Gillian Welch, and Jack White.” In fact, T Bone Burnett has since produced albums by both Punch Brothers and Rhiannon Giddens, which will be released shortly after Another Day, Another Time.
Huffington Post called Another Day, Another Time “one of those only-in-New-York events,” while Rolling Stone said it was “a bustling salute to the sounds and the idea of Sixties folk music,” and continued, “For all the formality of the night, which was exceedingly well-paced and organized, the concert recalled a time when one or two people, bearing one or two unplugged instruments, could be as enthralling as the greatest rock or EDM track.”

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Various Artists – 8 Ensembles in 1 Bit (2015)
DSF Stereo DSD256, 1 bit/11,2 MHz | Time – 39:07 minutes | 6,2 GB | Genre: Classical, Jazz, Folk, Demo
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Booklet, Front Cover | © Native DSD Music | Just Listen
Recorded in DSD 256fs, March 4th and 5th 2015 at The Dutch Music Center for Broadcast (MCO) Studio 2 in Hilversum

‘Recording in DSD’ is not a term musicians are generally familiar with. As a matter of fact, none of the musicians we asked to participate had the slightest idea what it was at first! Surprisingly, without exception, all immediately said yes and were very keen to learn about it. Especially on the recording days, March 4th and 5th 2015, they soon learned what it’s like to record acoustically in DSD: “Hey you, cellist, a little closer to the mics please” and “Could the saxophone player take two steps back and one to the right?”. With the microphones spread around above their heads and the prospect of no post recording mixing at all, the sound balancing had to be made right there and then at the recording session.
   Once the musicians and engineers were happy with the balance, the recording began. Not only audio, but also visual! Jonas Sacks filmed each take of each ensemble, dancing fluidly around the musicians. This way, when the best take was chosen, we would always have a ‘1 take’ video to go with the ‘1 take’ DSD audio!
   Seeing the expression on the faces of the musicians when they listened to themselves in DSD for the first time in the studio proved that Native DSD had organized something quite special. Most of them immediately shouted out in excitement: “We are playing right here in this room for ourselves to listen to!” A few others closed their eyes, made no sound and sat totally still apart from the occasional jaw drop.
   Well, that brings us to the point of why we did this. We are spreading the message of what the incredible DSD recording technique can deliver. At the same time, we are enriching the libraries of music fans with the music of some of the most promising Dutch musicians who would otherwise not have been recorded in DSD.
   We intent to flabbergast the musicians as well as our Native DSD customers by facilitating a one-off chance to record – and listen to them – in DSD. And who knows, perhaps the next step will be to record a complete album with the most popular ensemble? Or we can go to other places and do the same? One thing is for sure: Native DSD will keep exploring the ‘beyond’ part of our “DSD and Beyond” mission!
   We hope you will enjoy the repertoire, interpretations & audio quality of “8 Ensembles in 1 Bit” as an attempt of a holy musical trinity provided by the musicians, recording technique and your playback equipment. –The Native DSD Team

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Various Artists – Proprius Records Audiophile Best (2016)
DSF Stereo DSD128, 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 01:16:51 minutes | 6,06 GB | Genre: Classical, Choral, Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD / Proprius Musik AB

In an advertisement for Proprius some years ago, Proprius founder Jacob Boëthius wrote: “A small record company can’t afford to put out bad discs. And you, the music lover, must be confident that what you buy is good”. He was aware that, in the final analysis, quality is what counts with regard to clients, record buyers, artists and sound engineers. This statement is mirrored totally in the 2xHD philosophy.
Proprius Records has always produced some of the most lifelike and incredibly realistic-sounding recordings available; from the mid-seventies on, it became pretty obvious to audiophiles that just about everything released by the label was a treasured commodity. With every recent advance in technology over the last couple of decades, these most highly regarded and sought-after recordings have been rereleased with regularity; most everyone out there has probably gladly bought them several times over in several different formats.
Now remastered in the optimum resolution from the original analog tapes – using the 2xHD proprietary system – the two audiophile labels, Proprius and 2xHD share an incomparable desire to reproduce and present the highest quality and most emotional listening experience.

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Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons – Vittorio Emanuele, Societa Corelli (1960/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:13 minutes | 1,83 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk | Front Cover | © RCA Records
Recorded in Italy, probably at the Forum Studio in Rome.

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