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…)

Eagle Vision’s new SD Blu-ray range presents upscaled standard definition original material with uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD surround sound for the best possible quality.
On April 20th 1992, Roger Taylor, Brian May and John Deacon, the surviving members of Queen, took to the stage at Wembley Stadium for the start of one of the biggest events in rock history, which the band had organized to pay tribute to their former colleague the incomparable Freddie Mercury. Queen was joined by some of the greatest musical talent in the world to celebrate Freddie’s life and work and to increase public awareness of AIDS, the disease that had prematurely ended his life the previous year. As well as being great entertainment, the concert raised a huge and still growing sum of money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity formed at the time whose charter is the relief of suffering from AIDS throughout the world. Now for the first time both halves of the concert are being made available on SD-Blu-ray along with additional bonus material in this special edition release.
Bonus Features:
60 minute documentary, rehearsal footage, photo galleries

Track Listing:
OPENING ACTS
1) Intro 2) Brian May / Roger Taylor / John Deacon Introduction 3) Metallica Enter Sandman 4) Metallica Sad But True 5) Metallica Nothing Else Matters 6) Freddie Montage (Insert) 7) Extreme Queen Medley 8) Freddie Montage (Insert) 9) Def Leppard & Brian May Now I’m Here 10) Queen I’m Going Slightly Mad video (Insert) 11) Bob Geldof Too Late God 12) Guns n’ Roses Paradise City 13) Guns n’ Roses Knocking On Heavens Door 14) Elizabeth Taylor Speech
MAIN QUEEN SET
1) Joe Elliot, Slash & Queen Tie Your Mother Down 2) Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi & Queen I Want It All 3) Zucchero & Queen Las Palabras De Amor 4) Gary Cherone, Tony Iommi & Queen Hammer To Fall 5) James Hetfield, Tony Iommi & Queen Stone Cold Crazy 6) Robert Plant & Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love 7) Brian May Too Much Love Will Kill You 8) Paul Young & Queen Radio Ga Ga 9) Seal & Queen Who Wants To Live Forever 10) Lisa Stansfield & Queen I Want To Break Free 11) David Bowie, Annie Lennox & Queen Under Pressure 12) Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Mick Ronson & Queen All The Young Dudes 13) David Bowie, Mick Ronson & Queen Heroes 14) George Michael & Queen Year Of 39 15) George Michael, Lisa Stansfield & Queen These Are The Days Of Our Lives 16) George Michael, London Gospel Choir & Queen Somebody To Love 17) Elton John, Axl Rose & Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 18) Elton John, Tony Iommi & Queen The Show Must Go On 19) Axl Rose & Queen We Will Rock You 20) Liza Minelli & Ensemble We Are The Champions
BONUS MATERIAL:
1) Rehearsal Footage 2) Documentary 3) Photo Galleries 4) Facts (more…)

The Charlie Byrd Trio – The Bossa Nova Years (1991) [Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:19 minutes | Scans included | 3,04 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,03 GB

Guitarist Charlie Byrd revisits a variety of bossa nova songs, including nine by Antonio Carlos Jobim on this pleasing and accessible set. What makes this CD stand out from his many similar dates is that Ken Peplowski’s clarinet and tenor are well featured, adding variety to the music and a lead voice for Byrd to play off of. Otherwise the music is predictably excellent, with such classics as “One Note Samba,” “Corcovado,” “Dindi,” “O Pato,” and “The Girl from Ipanema” receiving very favorable treatment. (more…)