2014 24 Bit

Freni, Pavarotti, Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Puccini: La Boheme (1972/2014) [24-bit/96kHz]

Freni, Pavarotti, Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Puccini: La Bohème (1972/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 110:15 minutes | 2,15 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The role of Rodolfo from Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème launched Luciano Pavarotti's career in 1961 when he made his professional debut in a small regional production in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He would revisit the role several times over his career, including this 1972 album considered to be one of the finest versions of La Bohème ever recorded. Equally impressive here is Pavarotti's childhood friend Mirella Freni as Mimi. Conductor Herbert von Karajan proves himself a masterful, sensitive interpreter of Puccini as he leads the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Freni, Pavarotti, Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Puccini: Madama Butterfly (1974/2014) [24-bit/96kHz]

Freni, Pavarotti, Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Puccini: Madama Butterfly (1974/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 145:42 minutes | 2,62 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

A 1974 recording of Puccini's classic opera Madama Butterfly, one of the most-performed operas in the world. Herbert von Karajan conducts The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with a compelling Mirella Freni in the title role, up-and-coming superstar Luciano Pavarotti as Pinkerton, Christa Ludwig as Suzuki and Robert Kerns as Sharpless.

Kiss - Alive! (1975/2014) [24-bit/192kHz]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at July 8, 2015
Kiss - Alive! (1975/2014) [24-bit/192kHz]

Kiss - Alive! (1975/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 78:16 minutes | 3,36 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Alive! is Kiss' first live album, one of four total produced by the hard rock band. The result of the record was considered to be a major breaking point for the group, setting high standards for all live records. Alive! featured live tracks from their first three studios albums: Kiss, Hotter Than Hell, and Dressed to Kill. The record reached number 9 on the U.S. album chart and remained on the chart for 110 weeks. In 2003 it was listed as number 159 of Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest albums of all time and peaked at number 26 on Guitar World magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time.

Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind (1972/2014) [24-bit/192kHz]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at May 9, 2015
Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind (1972/2014) [24-bit/192kHz]

Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind (1972/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 47:59 minutes | 1,93 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Music of My Mind is Stevie Wonder's fourteenth studio album, and showcases his early experimentation with the synthesizer. It was originally released on March 3, 1972 and was produced by Stevie Wonder, Robert Margouleff, and Malcolm Cecil. Music of My Mind was ranked #284 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003. The album peaked at #21 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart, #6 on the R&B Albums Chart, and #47 on the year-end Pop Albums Chart for 1972.
Joe Satriani - Is There Love In Space? (2004/2014) [24-bit/96kHz]

Joe Satriani - Is There Love In Space? (2004/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 58:15 minutes | 1,33 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Is There Love in Space? is the tenth studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on April 13, 2004 through Epic Records. The album reached No. 80 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and remained on that chart for two weeks, as well as reaching the top 100 in three other countries.

Jeff Ballard Trio - Time's Tales (2014) [24-bit/96kHz]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at May 6, 2015
Jeff Ballard Trio - Time's Tales (2014) [24-bit/96kHz]

Jeff Ballard Trio - Time's Tales (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 56:30 minutes | 1,18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

There could hardly be a better start for the new year – the 2014 jazz season will be opened by none other than Jeff Ballard, together with outstanding guitarist Lionel Loueke and the great Miguel Zenon on saxophone. Their first ever album collaboration Time’s Tales offers a varied repartoire from Thelonious Monk to Iranian folk melodies, with influences from Bartók, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Stevie Wonder and more. At the same time, it reflects the musicians’ different geographic backgrounds – the USA, Benin and Puerto Rico.
Freddie Hubbard & Woody Shaw - The Eternal Triangle (1987/2014) [24-bit/192kHz]

Freddie Hubbard & Woody Shaw - The Eternal Triangle (1987/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 41:51 minutes | 1,68 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The Eternal Triangle was recorded and released in 1987 and features Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw on trumpet.

Youn Sun Nah - Voyage (2009/2014) [24-bit/88,2kHz]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at April 16, 2015
Youn Sun Nah - Voyage (2009/2014) [24-bit/88,2kHz]

Youn Sun Nah - Voyage (2009/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 55:26 minutes | 1,01 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

In our time and age, a jazz singer from Korea may still seem like an exotic concept. But anyone who knows how much effort Asian countries invest in education and promotion also knows about the growing circle of jazz fans in the region. So with notable exceptions it’s astounding that there aren’t more artists from Korea or Japan whose names are on everyone’s lips. However, Youn Sun Nah could change all that, and as the first Korean artist exclusively under contract with ACT, anyone listening to her debut album Voyage will understand why.

Ketil Bjornstad - A Passion for John Donne (2014) [24-bit/96kHz]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at April 15, 2015
Ketil Bjornstad - A Passion for John Donne (2014) [24-bit/96kHz]

Ketil Bjørnstad - A Passion for John Donne (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:50 minutes | 1,46 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Ketil Bjørnstad’s passion for the English metaphysical poet John Donne (1572-1631) is a lifelong affair. His settings of Donne’s verse have led to recordings including The Shadow, Grace and the ECM album The Light. “After working with the texts of John Donne for more than twenty years, I still find new approaches to understanding what he wrote and I find music throughout. It is in the language, in the rhythm, in the silence between the sentences - a passionate quest for meaning and reconciliation. Donne's dramatic life is reflected in the texts and everywhere in them you will find the passion, melodies and sounds”. Bjørnstad wrote A passion for John Donne for the Oslo International Church Festival in the winter of 2011/2012 and the premiere performance – documented here – was at the Sofienberg Kirke in Oslo in March 2012.
Vladimir Ashkenazy - Walking In The Air: The Music Of Howard Blake (2014) [24-bit/96kHz]

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Walking In The Air: The Music Of Howard Blake (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 80:48 minutes | 1,29 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Vladimir Ashkenazy returns with an unexpected album of compositions by his long-standing friend Howard Blake, best known for the Christmas favourite Walking In The Air. Walking in the Air, which Ashkenazy has chosen as the title track of the disc is arranged here for solo piano (and available as an e-single). The song was composed by Blake as the centrepiece of his score for the children’s classic animated film The Snowman, and exemplifies the composer’s warmly accessible style.