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David Craighead, Rochester Chamber Orchestra - Howard Hanson: An American Romantic (2014) [HDTT DSD256]

David Craighead, Rochester Chamber Orchestra - Howard Hanson: An American Romantic (2014)
DSD256 (.dsf) 1 bit/11,28 MHz | Time - 68:53 minutes | 7,02 GB
or FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 68:53 minutes | 1,18 GB
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Composer, conductor, educator, and music theorist Howard Hanson (1896-1981) was, indeed, an “American romantic.” He was among the last of the breed, a kind of twentieth-century throwback to the nineteenth century, so you’ll find little of the avant-garde here, the experimental, the dissonant, the discordant, the odd, the atonal, or the eccentric. Yet as a prizewinning composer and director of the Eastman School of Music for over forty years, he continually championed new American music (Copland, Barber, Carter, Thomson, Sessions, Harris, etc.). On the present album, recorded over thirty years ago, released on the Albany label, and here remastered from the original tapes by HDTT (High Definition Tape Masters), we hear a lighter side of the composer, chamber and choral music mainly. It is not among his most-popular material nor is it his best, but some of it can be downright entertaining, and HDTT’s recording quality, as always, is excellent.
Pierre Fournier; George Szell, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Dvorak: Cello Concerto (1962/2014)

Pierre Fournier; George Szell, BPO - Dvořák: Cello Concerto (1962/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 38:25 minutes | 1,61 GB
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…HDTT chose another genuine classic to remaster, and one can hardly argue the importance of this 1961 recording of Antonín Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104, B.191 from cellist Pierre Fournier ant the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by George Szell.
Clifford Curzon; George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra - Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 (1962/2014)

Clifford Curzon; George Szell, LSO - Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 (1962/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 50:24 minutes | 2,09 GB
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…Pianist Clifford Curzon joins the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by George Szell for this recording of Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15.
István Kertész, LSO - Dvorak Symphony No.8 "Scherzo Capriccioso" (1963/2014) [Official Digital Download - 24bit/192kHz]

István Kertész, LSO - Dvorak Symphony No.8 "Scherzo Capriccioso" (1963/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.82 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download - Source: Highdeftapetransfers

Istvan Kertesz (1929-1973) was born into a Hungarian-Jewish, and he grew up taking violin lessons at a time “when terrible things were happening in Europe.” By the time Istvan was twelve, he had been mastering the piano as well. But Hungarian Jews were persecuted relentlessly, and many of his extended family members were sent to Auschwitz to be murdered. After the war, he resumed his studies in what is now the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, taking composition lessons with Kodaly and Leo Weiner. An interest in conducting led to studies with Laszlo Samogyi and Janos Ferencsik.
The Not-So-Classical Chamber Ensemble - Classical Expressions (2013) [Official Digital Download - DSD128]

The Not-So-Classical Chamber Ensemble - Classical Expressions (2013)
DSD128 (.dff) 1 bit/5,64 MHz | Time - 33:25 minutes | 2,76 GB
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The pieces on this recording are performed on a wide variety of instruments. There is a piece for solo harp (Whirlwind), pieces for cello and harp; cello and accordian; two guitars; cello, harp, accordian and piano; through those including the entire ensemble of cello, harp, accordian, two guitars, piano, marimba, string bass, and percussion. Except as noted, the compositions were arranged or transcribed by Richard Amoroso to take advantage of the many instrumental colors available within the group.
Klipsch Tape Project: The Joe Holland Quartet (2013) [Official Digital Download - DSD128]

Klipsch Tape Project: The Joe Holland Quartet (2013)
DSD128 (.dff) 1 bit/5,64 MHz | Time - 62:13 minutes | 4,33 GB
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In July of 1955 when the music in this album was recorded, none of the principals concerned had any idea that the tapes would one day find themselves on the market. The purpose was merely to record material suitable for demonstrations. As a result the performers were under no strain whatever, and the playing clearly shows a spontaneity and vitality that one seldom hears outside of live and informal performances. In keeping with the nature of the music, intimate microphone placement was employed with the result that certain extra-musical sounds are clearly audible at times.
Percussion in Hi-Fi: David Carroll and His Orchestra (1956) + Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble (1960) [HDTT 2013]

David Carroll and His Orchestra - Melody to Madness (1956)
+ Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble - Percussion in Hi-Fi (1960)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 65:11 minutes | 2,67 GB
Source used for Transfer "Melody to Madness" RCA 4-track tape
Source used for Transfer "Percussion in Hi-Fi" Mercury 2-track tape
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Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra - Percussion in Hi-Fi Vol. II (1963)  [HDTT 2013 / Hi-Res Transfer] RE-UP

Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra - Percussion in Hi-Fi Vol. II (1963/2013)
Transferred from 4-Track RCA Tape | FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 64:24 minutes | 2,69 GB
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Featured on drums is Joe Morello of Dave Brubeck fame, and top percussionists Bobby Christian and Gary Burton with some very tasty vibes work. Robert Wessberg is outstanding on tubaphone (a soft marimba-like instrument). Wessberg, incidentally, is the Schory band's number one percussionist on tour and a master of all percussion instruments. The orchestra is sizable with full brass and woodwind sections and everybody doubling like mad.