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High Definition Music Album Downloads for the Audiophile - November, 2010

hd-music-downloads-november-2010-teaserSales of high definition (high resolution or "high rez") music on discs has floundered, and producers are in a difficult bind because it is expensive to master them, and with profits on low sales being low, they are looking for a different outlet. Well, downloading high rez music is the answer. The music studios, as well as independent musicians, can simply transfer the original high resolution masters (24/88.2 or 24/96) to websites that specialize in selling music by download. The high rez disc does not have to be created, packaged, or distributed by the studio. It costs them nothing to put the music on a website store. The consumer downloads the music and burns it to a disc or plays it from a computer. The reviews here are of high resolution albums downloaded and burned to DVD-A. I listened to them with an OPPO BDP-83/NuForce universal player, Lamm LL1 preamplifier, McIntosh MC1201 power amplifiers, and Carver Mark IV ribbon speakers.

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CD Music Reviews for the Audiophile - October, 2010

CD Reviews for the Audiophile-October

Organist Cameron Carpenter is a trip. Intentionally setting himself apart from your average organist, the flamboyant, young artist, who is still under 30, has built an international reputation on a combination of daring interpretations and audacious commentary.

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CD/DVD Music Reviews for the Audiophile - May, 2010

SECRETS CD REVIEWS MAY 2010

Whether you think of her as “Sassy,” which she certainly was, or “The Divine One,” which was true in virtually everything she sang, the fabulous Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990) ranks as one of the finest jazz artists America has ever produced.

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High Definition Music Album Downloads for the Audiophile - October, 2010

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Sales of high definition (high resolution, or "high rez") music on discs has floundered, and producers are in a difficult bind because it is expensive to master them, and with profits on low sales being low, they are looking for a different outlet. Well, downloading high rez music is the answer. The music studios, as well as independent musicians, can simply transfer the original high resolution masters (usually 24/88.2 or 24/96) to websites that specialize in selling music by download. The high rez disc does not have to be created, packaged, or distributed by the studio. It costs them nothing to put the music on a website store. The consumer downloads the music and burns it to a disc or plays it from a computer. The reviews here represent our first set of high resolution albums that were downloaded and burned to DVD-A. Most are 24/88, but one is 24/96, and another is 24/44.1. I burned them all to DVD+R media and listened to them with an OPPO BDP-83/NuForce universal player, Lamm LL1 preamplifier, McIntosh MC1201 power amplifiers, and Carver Mark IV ribbon speakers.

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CD Music Reviews for the Audiophile - April, 2010

SECRETS CD REVIEWS APRIL 2010

Perhaps it’s only natural, given violinist Vadim Gluzman’s spiritual roots, that his latest recording of 20th century repertoire showcases music by Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, and Ernest Bloch.

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CD Music Reviews for the Audiophile - September, 2010

September CD Reviews

Imagine my surprise when I began to play what I naïvely assumed was a disc of Spanish music, only to discover the sounds of overtone chanting filling the room. Through them came another voice, low and haunting, with a special beauty that comes from inner illumination.

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CD Music Reviews for the Audiophile - March, 2010

SECRETS CD REVIEWS March 2010 Singer/songwriter Yasmin Levy has built an estimable reputation as a champion of Ladino music, the ancient music of the Sephardic Jews of Spain. Singing Ladino, Beduin, and original Ladino-like songs, sometimes imbued with Turkish or Flamenco influences, Levy is on a mission to preserve and promote a language and culture facing extinction.

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CD Music Reviews for the Audiophile - July, 2010

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Wow. What at trip! I’m sure London-born Thomas Adès must have written some sedate music sometime in his 39 years on the planet, but you won’t hear it on this CD.

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December CD Reviews for the Audiophile - Holiday Recordings to Savor - Part II

December CD Reviews

It’s that time again, boys and girls. Santa, egg nog, menorahs, craziness, last-minute shopping, and empty bank accounts to ring in the New Year. You’re going to need some good music to get through it all, and even more to entertain family and friends. Whatever your family situation, if you’re looking for music appropriate to the holidays, you need look no further. There are some really goodies in the list of mostly new releases that follows. Enjoy!

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CD Music Reviews for the Audiophile - June, 2010

June CD Reviews

This recording defines what the audiophile experience is all about. Producer Bob Attiyeh, who recorded both on analog tape and in high-resolution 176.4/24 digital format, employed a single mike, extremely short custom silver interconnects, and a customized tube preamplifier.

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December CD Reviews for the Audiophile - Holiday Recordings to Savor - Part I

December 2009 CD Reviews

Esperanza, founded by the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia in 1987, works to “bring a sustained response of hope to the barrio.” To raise funds for their work, they’ve put together this Christmas compilation with performances by Marcos Witt, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Angel Guerra, Jose Carreras, Santana, and others. Michelle Bonilla sings quite the “O Holy Night.” The sound quality of the transfers leaves something to be desired, but the joy this will bring to its target audience is great.

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