…The disc of Ame Domnerus, because he is the main actor here, is equally quieted down, contemplating. But it is enough to hear a few notes to shout from the impression: I haven’t heard for a long time such phenomenally captured space, timbres and tonal balance. Even the recording from Garbarek, made by the unequalled ECM, does not come close to the Swedish recording. Or maybe this is the result of the K2 HD mastering? Possible, quite possible. Its signature can be heard – incredibly full, analog, creamy and “dense” sound, where the treble does not act on its own, but is only an elongation of the basic tone. Incredible!…
On December 6 and 7, 1976, in a small jazz club called Stampen (The Pawn Shop) in Stockholm's Old Town, Swedish sound engineer Gert Palmcrantz recorded a group of leading Scandinavian jazzmen live, trying to get "the tight, harmonious sound of the records of my childhood." Conditions were less than ideal. A full house, a great deal of background noise. No rehearsals. No sound checks. The musicians just started playing with no one knowing what would be next on the agenda until reedman Arne Domnerus called it.
Maestros Arne Domnerus (saxophone) & Gustaf Sjokvist (organ) play Classical and jazz/spiritual duets (several associated with Maestro Duke Ellington). Considered to be one of the best recordings of saxophone performance in decades. Arne Domnerus, a living legend, is at the height of his mastery of the instrument. The sonic excellence brings heartfelt emotion to a listener, regarded by some as 'A record for life!'
…This album, recorded in 1976, has been regarded as "The Best Jazz Recording of the Century"! Most audiophiles all over the world should have already be in possession of one. Its musical artistry and sonic excellence have few peers. Give yourself a justifiable treat - Get one as quickly as you can! This is the ultimate version of the audiophile favorite. This edition is remastered using the complete original master tapes (for both Disc 1 & 2) in K2HD format. In the past, many versions produced with the copy of the master tape for Disc 2. Now the original master tape of Disc 2 has been re-discovered. It will redefine the pinnacle of audio excellence.
Classical music is one of the greatest joys in life. Opera on the other hand, is often too melodramatic to stomach. But there is nothing more enchanting than an Aria. On this 2 CD set, Emma Kirkby sings in sweet exultation. Her voice expresses power and agility yet a limpid tranquility. Clarity is the greatest achievement of any musician. With the aid of precision accompaniment on period instruments, shameless perfection is delivered. She soothes the soul longing for beauty. Her marvelous Soprano is rendered on 25 tracks in this eclectic ensemble. If you are a champion of Handel or a devotee of Mozart, you should not hesitate to purchase this CD. Emma Kirkby will have you beaming with delight and pining for more. Surely it will be one of the brightest of your collection.