Randy Bachman – Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells a Story (2014) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DD 5.1

Title: Randy Bachman – Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells a Story
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Hard Rock, Rock and Roll
Director: John Barnard
Artist: Randy Bachman – Guitars, Vocals; Mick Dalla-Vee – Guitar (Bass), Vocals; Brent Howard Knudsen – Guitars, Vocals; Marc LaFrance – Drums, Vocals

Production/Label: Universal Music
Duration: 01:26:28
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: AC-3
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 28328 kbps / 1920*1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Audio#2: English Dolby Digital 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround

• Randy Bachman returned to where it all started, Winnipeg, and recorded a show at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre where he chronologically played and told the origins of his most famous songs that he created with both the Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive.
• What happens next is what they call in show biz ‘the magic.’  In fact, this is the how a story-teller’s evening should be done.  Randy is personable and comes off as a musical historian as he walks the crowd through his song writing history.  We are talking classic tunes that include Guess Who favorites such as “These Eyes,” “No Sugar Tonight,” “No Time” and “American Woman” to the BTO hits like “Let It Ride,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” and “Takin’ Care of Business.”
• Watching and listening to Bachman describe his life in rock and roll and how these songs -some created live on stage- came to be is mesmerizing.  One feels like he is bellied up to the bar listening to a great storyteller.  It is fascinating, yet comfortable… amazing, yet believable.

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Robbie Williams – Live at Knebworth (2013) [10th Anniversary Edition] Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.1

Title: Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth
Released: 2013
Genre: Pop rock
Directed by: Hamish Hamilton
Artists: Robbie Williams – Vocals; Max Beasley – Percussion, Piano; Dave Bishop – Flute, Saxophone; Yolanda Charles – Guitar (Bass); Melvin Duffy – Slide Guitar; Simon Gardner – Trumpet; Katie Kissoon – Vocals (Background); Tessa Niles – Vocals (Background); Gary Nutall – Guitar; Mark Plati – Guitar, Keyboards; Chris Shamrock – Drums; J. Neil Sidwell – Trombone; Steve Sidwell – Trumpet; Paul Spong – Trumpet; Neil Taylor – Guitar; Chris White – Flute, Saxophone; Claire Worrall – Guitar, Keyboards

Released: Island Records | Universal Music Group
Duration: 1:48:56
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS, AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 24471 kbps 1920 * 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
# 1 Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 5072 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio # 2: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Audio # 3: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Size: 33.75 GB

A decade since his incredible live performances at Knebworth, the biggest UK pop concert ever, Robbie Williams releases ‘Live At Knebworth – 10th Anniversary Edition’. This monumental three-day live experience, drew crowds of over 375,000 and a further 3.5 million who watched live on television and online. Featuring the hits: Let Me Entertain You, Strong, She’s The One, Feel and the iconic ‘Angels’.

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Carl Nielsen – Symphonies Nos. 1-6 – London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Сomposer: Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
Title: Carl Nielsen – Symphonies Nos. 1-6
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2014
Recording Location: October 2011 (Symphony No 1), December 2011 (Symphony Nos 2 & 3), May 2010 (Symphony No 4), October 2009 (Symphony No 5), May & June 2011 (Symphony No 6) at Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 03:21:35
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 10924 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 31.71 GB

These recordings, made during Sir Colin Davis’ ‘Indian summer’ with the orchestra, are acknowledged to be amongst the finest recordings ever made of this repertoire, receiving numerous awards. The symphonies were originally released between 2011 and 2013 and will now be made available together for the first time as a beautifully packaged 3 SACD box set, including one Pure Audio Blu-ray disc.
Despite giving titles to the majority of his symphonies, Danish composer Carl Nielsen was often vague about what influenced each work. Nevertheless he was a master symphonist and his music is mesmerising, combining propulsive energy with lyrical invention.

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In memoriam Haydee: Jatekok – Games And Transcriptions For Piano Solo And Four Hands (2012) Blu-ray 1080i AVC LPCM 2.0

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), György Kurtág (b.1926)
Artist: Márta and György Kurtág
Film Director: Isabelle Soulard
Title: In memoriam Haydée: Játékok – Games And Transcriptions For Piano Solo And Four Hands
Genre: Classical, Piano
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM New Series 5508 | LGM Télévision
Release Date: 2015
Recorded: September 22, 2012 at Cité de la musique, Paris.
Quality: Blu-ray
Length: 1:22:34
Video: MPEG-4 AVC / 21997 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: German LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 15.24 GB

Subtitled Játékok – Games and Transcriptions for piano solo and four hands, this is a film, directed by Isabelle Soulard, of a Kurtág concert at Paris’s Cité de la Musique. The duo performances of Márta and György Kurtág are distinguished by tough new music precision, underpinned by a quality of affection (“What playing!” raved the New Yorker of a Játékok concert. “Notes were placed with surgical care; inner voices gleamed in crystalline patterns; elusive emotional states were painted with quick, light strokes.”) Játékok has become a compendium of tiny homages, jewelled miniatures dedicated to composers from Scarlatti to Stravinsky and tributes to colleagues and influences. In this special case the whole programme is dedicated to the memory of the Kurtágs’ good friend, musicologist Haydée Charbagi (1979-2008). Interspersed amongst the Játékok pieces are György Kurtág’s Bach transcriptions. The whole programme closes with a beautiful version of Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit.

Untertitelt Játékok – Games and Transcriptions for piano solo and four hands, zeigt diese DVD/Blu-ray disc einen Film, den die Regisseurin Isabelle Soulard von einem Kurtág-Konzert in der Cité de la Musique in Paris drehte. Die Duo-Auftritte von Márta und György Kurtág zeichnen sich durch straffe Neue-Musik-Präzision aus, die durch aufmerksame Zuwendung grundiert wird („Was für ein Spiel!“ jubelte der ‚New Yorker‘ über ein Játékok-Konzert. „Die Töne wurden mit chirurgischer Sorgfalt gesetzt, innere Stimmen funkelten in kristallinen Mustern, schwer fassbare Seelenzustände wurden mit schnellen, leichten Strichen skizziert“).  Játékok  ist ein Kompendium kleiner Hommagen, brilliant schillernder Miniaturen, gewidmet Komponisten von Scarlatti bis Stravinsky, und Tribute an Kollegen und Einflüsse geworden. In diesem besonderen Fall ist das gesamte Programm der Erinnerung an einen guten Freund der Kurtágs, der Musikwissenschaftlerin Haydée Charbagi (1979-2008) gewidmet. Zwischen die Játékok-Stücke sind György Kurtágs Bach-Transkriptionen eingestreut. Das Programm endet mit einer herrlichen Fassung von Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit.

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Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ" (2013/2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Name: Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 “Organ”
Year: 2013/2014
Genre: Classical
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Artist: Vincent Warnier (organ), Lyon National Orchestra

Issued: United States | Naxos
Duration: 00:57:58
Size: 6.91 GB

To celebrate the inauguration of the newly restored former organ of the Palais du Trocadéro and Palais de Chaillot in Paris, the Orchestre National de Lyon and their organist-in-residence, Vincent Warnier, present two major works for organ and orchestra by Camille Saint- Saëns. Both are historically linked with the great Cavaillé-Coll organs, and are performed here together with an arrangement for solo organ of his famous Danse macabre.

Recorded at Auditorium de Lyon, France, on 7th February, 2014 (track 1), and on 18th and 19th November, 2013 (tracks 2-7). (more…)

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Mission – Cecilia Bartoli sing the music of Agostino Steffani – Philippe Jaroussky, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis (2012) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Mission – Cecilia Bartoli sing the music of Agostino Steffani
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Classical, Baroque
Director: Olivier Simonnet
Conductor: Diego Fasolis
Artist: Cecilia Bartoli – Mezzo-Soprano, Philippe Jaroussky – Counter-Tenor, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera

Production/Label: Decca is a Universal Music Company
Duration: 01:00:31
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 21992 kbps 1920*1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1, 3: English/French DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3854 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2, 4: English/French LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Size: 16.46 GB

Autumn 2012 marks the release of Mission, a sensational new album from the world’s best-selling classical artist, Cecilia Bartoli, and a project with international politics, religious conflict, diplomatic secrecy, spying and sensational music at its heart. The album showcases the music of a little-known Italian composer and will include solo arias of various moods and styles, several duets, solo numbers with chorus – all sung in Italian – and instrumental interludes that create an organic transition from one piece to the next and an arc that reaches from the beginning to the end of the album. Such was the appeal of the project that longtime Bartoli admirer and global best-selling author Donna Leon decided to write a mystery novel – Jewels of Paradise – to accompany Cecilia’s album, which uses the mystery surrounding the composer’s story as the centre of its plot. Jewels of Paradise will be released simultaneously with Cecilia Bartoli’s album in English (UK and USA), German, French, Dutch, Spanish and Catalan. Among the distinguished names appearing on Mission is star French counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky who features in a first-time collaboration with Cecilia on a selection of duets, alongside the Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, the period orchestra I Barocchisti from Lugano, Switzerland, and conductor Diego Fasolis. A cinematographic vision of the album directed by Olivier Simonnet and filmed in the historic Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) and in the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles. (more…)

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Katatonia – Sanctitude: Live At Union Chapel (2015) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Katatonia – Sanctitude: Live At Union Chapel
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Rock, Acoustic, Unplugged, Neo-Psychedelia, Symphonic Black Metal, Progressive Metal
Director: Anthony Graham, Anders Nyström (documentary)
Artist: Jonas Renkse – lead vocals & lead guitars; Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström – acoustic guitar & backing vocals; Bruce Soord – acoustic guitars, keyboards & backing vocals; Niklas “Nille” Sandin – acoustic bass; JP Asplund – percussion; Silje Wergeland – guest vocals on track #17

Production/Label: Kscope
Duration: 01:21:37 + 01:06:26 (documentary)
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 27922 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4839 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3 (documentary): English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Size: 34.93 GB

• In September 2013 Kscope released Dethroned & Uncrowned, a reworking of the band’s 2012 epic Dead End Kings (originally released on Kscope’s sister label Peaceville). Dethroned & Uncrowned allowed Katatonia the opportunity to explore a more progressive sound, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the original songs.
• Katatonia took Dethroned & Uncrowned on the road in Europe for the first time in May 2014 under the moniker ‘Unplugged & Reworked’. They presented an intimate acoustic evening, performing tracks from the album alongside atmospheric classics from their entire career, stripped and reworked. Each venue, on the tour, was carefully chosen for its unique atmosphere. They were joined on guitar & vocals by The Pineapple Thief frontman and songwriter Bruce Soord.
• Sanctitude is a concert film filmed and recorded in the stunning candle-lit setting of London’s Union Chapel. The 80 minute set features 17 songs across the albums The Great Cold Distance, Viva Emptiness, Brave Murder Day, Last Fair Deal Gone Down and of course, Dead End Kings / Dethroned & Uncrowned, including fan favourite ‘Teargas’. The show closes with the sublime ‘The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here’ and a special guest appearance by Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of Dutch legends The Gathering.
• Katatonia’s Anders Nyström comments on the release “As a band we set out on uncharted waters but while apprehensive about the journey ahead our intentions couldn’t have been more genuine to undertake this beautiful experience. Sailing this project into harbour turned out to be bliss and has ultimately enriched all the members of Katatonia.”
• All audio on Sanctitude has been mixed & mastered by Bruce Soord. With artwork once more supplied by long-time visual collaborator Travis Smith. (more…)

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INXS – Live Baby Live: Wembley Stadium (1991) [Digitally Remastered in 2014] 720p WEB-DL

Title: Live Baby Live: Wembley Stadium
Year of release: 1991
Genre: Rock
Director: David Male
Artist: Garry Beers, Andrew Ferriss, John Ferriss Tim Ferriss, Michael Hutchence, Kirk Pengilli
Issued: United States | Petrol Electric
Duration: 1:32:14

Format: MKV
Source: iTunes US
Video: 958×720 at 25.000 fps, MPEG-4 AVC, ~ 4000 kbps avg
Audio: English: 48 kHz, AAC, 2/0 (L, R) ch, ~ 160.00 kbps avg
Subtitles: None

On July 13 1991 INXS were filmed in concert at Wembley Stadium, London performing one of the greatest concerts ever by one of the worlds greatest rock and roll bands to a sold out mass of 72,000 fans. The Wembley concert was the last of a 12 month world-wide run of dates on the band’s record breaking X – Factor Tour and those there on the day witnessed a band at the absolute peak of their powers. This electrifying concert was filmed in 35mm and directed by David Mallet [ AC/DC, U2, Madonna] with no less than 18 cameras aimed at the Wembley stage ensuring every moment was captured for history’s sake. INXS rose to the occasion with a blistering set drawing from their arsenal of #1 albums, serious hits such as Need You Tonight, New Sensation, Never Tear Us Apart, Suicide Blonde, Devil Blonde and Original Sin – that were not only performed brilliantly but captured live forever. Until now, this one stunning moment in music history has never been made available for purchase digitally. But it is now and thanks to 21st century technology even better than the original.For the first time in over 10 years Live Baby Live, is now released digitally and exclusively on ITunes enhanced in a manner never before seen. And as for the audio mix the music has been revamped, remixed & remastered by legendary INXS producer Mark Opitz. INXS Live Baby Live – historic pictures …….. timeless music!

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New York Voices: Live at the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival (2009) 720p WEB-DL

Title: New York Voices: Live at the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival
Released: 2009
Genre: Jazz
Artist: Kim Nazarian, Peter Eldridge, Darmon Meader, Lauren Kinnan
Issued: United States | Java Festival Production
Duration: 1:31:26

Format: MKV
Source: iTunes US
Video 1280 @ 948×704 at 25.000 fps, MPEG-4 AVC, ~ 4000 kbps avg
Audio: English: 48 kHz, AAC, 2/0 (L, R) ch, ~ 160.00 kbps avg
Subtitles: None

Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival is one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world. It was held for the fifth time in 2009 and was participated by more than 1,000 artists involved in 200 programs and attracted more than 80,000 visitors during its three-day stretch (March 6, 7, 8). When the voices of New York Voices’ four personnel began filling up the space of Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2009, accompanied by Ron King Big Band, we immediately realized why people enjoy jazz through its most appropriate format, vocal group featuring big band. Although the meeting of the minds (between New York Voices and Ron King Big Band) only occurred two days prior to their performance, their collaboration felt like it was based on eternity. Chuck Loeb was also featured in this delectable performance.

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Seal – Live In Paris (2005) 720p WEB-DL

Title: Seal: Live In Paris
Released: 2005
Genre: Pop, Rock, Soul
Directed by: Martyn Atkins
Issued: United States | Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Duration: 1:49:13

Format: MKV
Source: iTunes US
Video 1280 @ 960×720 at 25.000 fps, MPEG-4 AVC, ~ 4000 kbps avg
# 1 Audio: English: 48 kHz, LPCM 2.0, ~ 2304.00 kbps avg
# 2 Audio: English: 48 kHz, DTS, 3/2 (L, C, R, l, r) + LFE ch, ~ 1536.00 kbps avg
Subtitles: None

The first-ever live concert album from multiplatinum-selling, Grammy®-winning, critically acclaimed Seal, ‘Live in Paris’ features his spectacular performance at the Olympia Bruno Coquatrix on July 6, 2004. ‘Live in Paris’ is the ultimate in-concert experience of the pop, dance, urban, and adult contemporary superstar featuring classics “Kiss From A Rose,” “Crazy” and “Love’s Divine.”

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Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’ / Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto – London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Title: Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’; Schumann: Piano Concerto
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2014
Recording Location: January 2014 at Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:19:21 + 01:30:49 (video bonus)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Video (bonus): MPEG-4 AVC 21993 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: German DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 192 kHz / 18133 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: German LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3 (bonus): German LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 32.82 GB

Inspired by his travels to the British Isles and full of the influence of the rolling Scottish landscape, both Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’ and his Overture: The Hebrides (‘Fingal’s Cave’) are amongst the composer’s most popular and admired works. The London Symphony Orchestra present us with inspiring performances of these works, as well as a performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto, featuring the celebrated pianist, Maria João Pires.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner writes of this coupling; ‘Even if they spoke with different accents these genial Romantics were united in their ambitious fervour for ‘abstract’ music to be acknowledged as having the same expressive force as poetry, drama or the literary novel. The three works on this album exemplify the endeavour and range of invention of two of them, friends and colleagues in Leipzig’.
As well as SACD, this recording will be released on the new format Pure Audio Blu-ray, which will enable the orchestra to be heard in high resolution sound on every Blu-ray player. Bonus HD video footage of the full concert will also be included on the Blu-ray.

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George Frideric Handel – Messiah, HWV 56 – Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Сomposer: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Artist: Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood
Title: Handel – Messiah, HWV 56 (Foundling Hospital Version 1754)
Genre: Classical, Oratorio
Label: © Decca Music Group | Editions de L’Oiseau-Lyre
Release Date: 1980/2015
Recording Location: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, 1979
Remastered by Paschal Byrne at Audio Archiving Company
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 02:15:42
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 1053 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#2: English Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 96 kHz / 2535 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

Recordings like Christopher Hogwood’s Messiah are perfect vehicles for the debate of the authentic instrument movement in music. Especially here, since a work as well known to a wide general audience as the Messiah (the recordings of which number in the thousands) will get a number of varied reactions depending upon the performance.
Hogwood, although known to many as a “father” (of sorts) to the authentic movement in music, was actually the keyboardist in Neville Marriner’s Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields before leaving to form his own Academy of Ancient Music. He has done extensive scholarly research into the performance traditions of Baroque music, much of which has permanently altered many long-standing attitudes and traditions in music performance. The question remains, though: does all of this research and application contribute to a finished product that is communicative to an audience?
It seems likely, if based only on the impressive cast. Augmenting the Academy’s forces are tenor Paul Elliott, contralto Carolyn Watkinson, and sopranos Judy Nelson and Emma Kirkby. The Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, is equally impressive. For this recording, as is indicated in his extensive and thorough liner notes, Hogwood utilizes the 1754 Foundling Hospital version. Although it may be a surprising change for some listeners accustomed to the more “standard” versions, the re-creation of this performance is important in a number of ways, historically and artistically.
But from the opening bars of the overture, the atmosphere feels rushed. Harmonies are not given enough space or time to be heard and to blossom, and the atmosphere feels thin, grainy, cold, and dry. This seems hardly conducive to the rapture, passion, and magnificence depicted in Handel’s score. Everything seems too perfect and too pure, too lifeless and too little energy. An additional annoyance is that the balance of the harpsichord seems far above the orchestra, in some cases (the “Glory of the Lord,” for instance) even covering the singers when they dip into the lower registers.
These complaints are now almost cliché for those who consistently complain of Hogwood’s performance style; for better or worse this recording could serve well as evidence. Looking past these issues, however, one can find a number of beautiful moments throughout. It is precisely due to his approach with this music that Hogwood is able to draw some extraordinary changes of color when and where he wants to. For example, the first bars of “and He Shall Purify” are breathtaking; the organ is significantly exposed here for the first time and finally he releases the music in a way that seems to let it unravel. The vocal solos are good throughout, and Kirkby’s performance is notable for its suppleness and grace.
Keep in mind that this is a re-creative performance, designed to emulate the conditions of the performance at the Foundling Hospital. Unfortunately, in this case it also means that while the sound quality is certainly good, even though the playing and singing are exceptional, the performance itself may not draw you in. Years after its first release, this recording still leaves one cold, and if you desire a warm, emotional, and intimate performance you may do well to look elsewhere. For those who prefer something more austere, though, look no further. –C. Ryan Hill, AllMusic

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Hector Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique – London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Сomposer: Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev
Title: Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2014
Recording Location: 31st October 2013 & 14th November 2013 at Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:05:37 + 00:57:10 (video bonus)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Video (bonus): MPEG-4 AVC 21994 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 10490 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3 (bonus): English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra at the start of a much-anticipated Berlioz cycle. Here we have the Symphonie fantastique and the overture Waverley. Berlioz let his imagination run wild in this music, finding inspiration in all manner of sources, including his own turbulent personal life. His experience of powerful, unrequited love finds its expression in the emotionally charged Symphonie fantastique, the story of an artist’s ‘hopeless love’, complete with waltzes, witches and a hallucinogenic nightmare. There are few orchestras with the music of Berlioz more thoroughly in their blood than the LSO, and here Valery Gergiev brings to bear his opulent interpretation of this landmark piece.
***** ‘Gergiev came to the platform and launched a seemingly possessed LSO into some of the most thrilling Berlioz one could ever hope to hear. With utterly sincere lyricism from cor anglais Christine Pendrill alongside ear-splitting, monstrous brass fanfares, this was a performance which, whilst totally committed to Berlioz’s uncanny ideas, was just as original and brilliant as the man himself.’ –bachtrack.com
***** ‘Gergiev strode onto the stage to deliver a robust reading of Berlioz’s Waverley overture. With Gergiev’s awareness of colour and timbre, their performance made for enjoyable listening.’ –Music OMH
‘The March to the Scaffold’ went at a smart pace, with a chilling execution, and in an intensely dramatic ‘Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath’ the LSO, having already produced outstanding playing in the first four movements, achieved still greater heights of virtuosity, with the second violinists unusually permitted to show off their considerable paces at the front of the platform, opposite the firsts.’ –classicalsource.com

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Devo – Hardcore Devo Live! (2015) Blu-ray 1080p AVC LPCM 2.0

Title: Devo – Hardcore Devo Live!
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Rock, Punk, New Wave, Post-Punk, Synth-Pop
Director: Keirda Bahruth
Artist: Gerald Casale – bass guitar, vocals, bass synthesizer; Mark Mothersbaugh – synthesizers, vocals, guitar; Bob Mothersbaugh – guitar, vocals; Josh Freese – drums; Alex Casale – bass guitar; Brian Applegate – keyboards, bass

Production/Label: MVD Visual
Duration: 01:24:41 + 01:23:22
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 18097 kbps / 1920*1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Audio#2: English Dolby Digital 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

Devo, captured live in Oakland, performing early experimental tracks written between 1974 and 1977, prior to any label deal or public success. No matter how messy, beginnings are exciting. Especially when what happens next endures the test of time. For Devo, the beginning happened in the basements and garages of Akron, Ohio. The songs they wrote were raw and unfiltered with no commercial intent. They called it Hardcore Devo. Performing 21 oddities, this is a tribute to departed, original Devo bandmate, Robert “Bob 2” Casale. Filmed live on June 28, 2014 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. (more…)

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Louis Armstrong And The Dukes Of Dixieland – Louie And The Dukes Of Dixieland (1960/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong And The Dukes Of Dixieland – Louie And The Dukes Of Dixieland (1960/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 48:35 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTT | © High Definition Tape Transfers
Recorded: May 24-25, 1960 at Webster Hall, New York
Transferred: Audio Fidelity 4 Track Tape

The Dukes of Dixieland is a New Orleans “Dixieland”-style revival band, originally formed in 1948 by brothers Frank Assunto, trumpet; Fred Assunto, trombone; and their father Papa Jac Assunto, trombone and banjo. Their first records featured Jack Maheu, clarinet; Stanley Mendelsohn, piano; Tommy Rundell, drums; and Barney Mallon, tuba and string bass. During its run the band also featured musicians such as jazz great clarinetist Pete Fountain, Jerry Fuller, Jim Hall, Herb Ellis, and Bob “Duke” Assunto [son].
Fred and Frank Assunto both died young, and the original Dukes of Dixieland disbanded in the early 1970s. In April 1974, Producer/Manager John Shoup restarted the DUKES of Dixieland with Connie Jones as leader, leased Louis Prima’s nightclub atop the Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter and renamed it “DUKE’S PLACE.” The DUKES of Dixieland have not been affiliated with the Assunto Family since 1974, some 37 years ago.

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