Eiji Oue & Minnesota Orchestra – Rachmaninoff. Symphonic Dances (2001) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Eiji Oue & Minnesota Orchestra – Rachmaninoff. Symphonic Dances (2001)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 67:37 minutes | 1,2 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover
Selected by SoundStage!.com as one of the “Best Recordings of 2001”

Sergei Rachmaninoff was one of the most beloved composers of the twentieth century. His music is redolent of his Russian homeland, and it sings long, lush melodies that define the term “romantic.” Everyone who knows and loves his piano concertos will enjoy these lyrical and dynamic works for orchestra. The “Symphonic Dances” in recent years have become one of Rachmaninoff’s most-performed scores. The five “études-Tableaux” were orchestrated by Ottorino Respighi from the brilliant originals for piano. “Vocalise” is one of the great classical melodies, and is hummable by everyone. Initial response from renowned reviewers is amazingly positive. Two have said this is the finest orchestral recording RR has ever made! (more…)

Klipsch Tape Project: The Joe Holland Quartet (2013) [Official Digital Download – DSD128]

Klipsch Tape Project: The Joe Holland Quartet (2013)
DSD128 (.dff) 1 bit/5,64 MHz | Time – 62:13 minutes | 4,33 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: HighDefTapeTransfers.com | Digital booklet

In July of 1955 when the music in this album was recorded, none of the principals concerned had any idea that the tapes would one day find themselves on the market. The purpose was merely to record material suitable for demonstrations. As a result the performers were under no strain whatever, and the playing clearly shows a spontaneity and vitality that one seldom hears outside of live and informal performances. In keeping with the nature of the music, intimate microphone placement was employed with the result that certain extra-musical sounds are clearly audible at times. (more…)