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Sylvie Vartan - Gift Wrapped From Paris (1965/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Sylvie Vartan - Gift Wrapped From Paris (1965/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 28:20 minutes | 605 MB
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Sylvie Vartan is a French pop institution, as popular today as when she first took the yé-yé scene by storm in 1962. The vivacious and always stylish Sylvie was also a pioneer amongst the new breed of French female artists, crossing the Atlantic several times in the early 60s to record. She proved remarkably adept at tackling material in English, which resulted in many superb recordings chanted in a husky, compelling accent. Her main foreign release in that era was the US-only album "Gift Wrapped From Paris". It combined tracks from the 1963 "Sylvie à Nashville" LP along with new sessions cut in New York in late 1964 with a crack session crew plus Ellie Greenwich and friends on backing vocals, all directed by Sylvie's brother Eddie Vartan. Later on Sylvie recorded in England and utilised the talents of her British in-house writers, Tommy Brown and Micky Jones, the latter later to become famous in the band Foreigner.
Billy Joel - Storm Front (CBS 465658 1) (EU 1989) (Vinyl 24-96 & 16-44.1)

Billy Joel - Storm Front
(CBS 465658 1) (EU 1989) (Vinyl 24-96 & 16-44.1)

1989 | FLAC | NO LOG & CUE | Artwork | 24Bit/96kHz: 935 MB | 16Bit/44.1kHz: 300 MB

Storm Front is the 11th studio album by Billy Joel and his first to be recorded digitally. Released in 1989 (see 1989 in music), the album featured one of Joel's three #1 hits, "We Didn't Start the Fire", a fast-paced song mentioning some of the major historical events that took place in his time. "I Go to Extremes", a song describing the ups and downs of his life, placed at #6. Other songs that placed in the top 100 were "And So It Goes" (#37), "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" (#57), and "That's Not Her Style" (#77). The cover depicts a storm warning flag.

The album itself peaked at #1 on the charts
East Coast Jazz, Vol.2 - Vinnie Burke (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

East Coast Jazz, Vol.2 - The Vinnie Burke Quartet (1954/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 21:28 minutes | 310 MB
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The loss of the use of a finger altered the direction of Vinnie Burke's career. A onetime violinist and guitarist, after his left pinky knuckle was crushed while working at a munitions factory, he was forced to shift to double bass. In the second half of the 1940s he played with Joe Mooney, Tony Scott, and Cy Coleman. Later, he played with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Tal Farlow, Marian McPartland, Don Elliott, Vic Dickenson, Gil Mellé, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Mehegan, Chris Connor, Eddie Costa, and Bobby Hackett. He led his own band in 1956 and led small combos into the 1980s.
LSO, John Eliot Gardiner - Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3; Schumann: Piano Concerto (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

LSO, John Eliot Gardiner - Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3; Schumann: Piano Concerto (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 79:13 minutes | 1.62 GB
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LSO Live presents the first in a series exploring the complete symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Also featured on this release is the eminent Portuguese pianist, Maria João Pires, in the inaugural concerto recording on the label.
Saito Kinen Orchestra, Daniel Harding - Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Saito Kinen Orchestra, Daniel Harding - Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 51:47 minutes | 919 MB
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This sonically spectacular recording of Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony was made with the internationally hand-picked players of the Saito Kinen Orchestra and recorded at the Saito Kinen Festival, Matsumoto, at the heart of the Japan Alps. Daniel Harding was specially invited to conduct the orchestra in the absence of Seiji Ozawa who, at that time, was still recuperating from treatment for cancer.

Nirvana - Nirvana (2002/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at April 22, 2017
Nirvana - Nirvana (2002/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Nirvana - Nirvana (2002/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 49:21 minutes | 1,01 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Nirvana is a "best-of" compilation album by American rock band Nirvana. It was orginally released in October 2002. On June 23, 2015 Universal Music Enterprises announced that Nirvana was being re-released on 45 rpm double LP, pressed on 200-gram heavy weight vinyl and packaged in a furnace black gatefold sleeve with liner notes and a digital download card for 96 kHz 24-bit HD Audio.
Erroll Garner - Ready Take One (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Erroll Garner - Ready Take One (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:01 minutes | 1,33 GB
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Erroll Garner was one of the great American Jazz pianists of the 20th century, yet very few know his name or his music. Ready Take One is the first completely new Garner studio album in nearly 25 years. Ready Take One features six never before released original Garner compositions, including the infectious "Wild Music" and beautiful ballad, "Back To You". Recorded during a prolific five-year period beginning in 1967, all 14 songs on Ready Take One are previously unreleased, having only recently been discovered after nearly 50 years.
Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr - Bach: St. John Passion (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr - Bach: St. John Passion (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 104:03 minutes | 1.91 GB
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JS Bach's St John Passion is an intensely personal experience, bringing to life the humanity of the passion story. Combining raw viscerality with moments of exquisite intimacy, it was written soon after Bach’s arrival as Kantor at Leipzig’s Thomasschule. Keen to impress a new congregation, Bach produced a setting of the age-old passion story which overshadowed almost every piece of liturgical music the world had previously known. Our recording aims to capture the authenticity and vivacity of the very first Good Friday performance at Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche.
Llŷr Williams - Wagner Without Words (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Llŷr Williams - Wagner Without Words (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 142:29 minutes | 2.02 GB
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Pianist Llyr Williams explores Wagner s rich and evocative sound-world from a less well-known angle. Featuring insightful arrangements of Richard Wagner s operas by Franz Liszt and Glenn Gould (as well as Williams own arrangement of music from 'Parsifal'), at the centre of the programme is a selection of Wagner s own piano pieces many of which were written earlier in his compositional career, hinting at the grand operatic masterworks which were yet to come.
Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Haydn 2032, Vol. 1: La Passione (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Haydn 2032, Vol. 1: La Passione (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 70:41 minutes | 1.26 GB
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‘Symphony No. 49 is of dramatic inspiration, as is the finale of the 39th (with four horns!) in a fairly “Gluckist” style. We are at the beginnings of Sturm und Drang.