Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathetique’ – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux (1955/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/176,4kHz]

Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathetique’ – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux (1955/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 44:10 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre: Classsical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Booklet, Front Cover | © RCA Records
Recorded:  January 26, 1955, Symphony Hall, Boston

One of the earliest stereo recordings by legendary RCA Living Stereo engineer Lewis Layton, the “Pathetique” was recorded with a handful of microphones feeding a pair of mono mixers, each feeding one channel of an RCA RT-21 quarter-inch 2-track tape recorder, running at 30 inches per second.  RCA engineers favored Neumann U-47 and M49/50 condenser microphones and RCA 77DX ribbon microphones.

Reunited three decades later with the orchestra he led in the early 1920s, Pierre Monteux produced a “Pathetique” both gripping and exhilarating. Monteux and the Boston Symphony Orchestra interpret Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 with unbelievable musicality. The RCA Living Stereo production team gave the music its due in a clear and dynamic landmark of early stereophony. This album is a treat for an audiophile’s ears.

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The King’s Men, Cambridge – Twelve Days of Christmas (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The King’s Men, Cambridge – Twelve Days of Christmas (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:29 minutes | 885 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Recorded: July 2015, St George’s Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

The King’s Men is the close-harmony vocal group formed by the current choral scholars of King’s College, Cambridge.
Following on from the success of their 2014 release, ‘After Hours’, which topped the iTunes Classical Charts in June 2014, for their latest album on the college’s own label, the King’s Men showcase the lighter side of their seasonal repertoire, performing a mixture of Christmas tunes you won’t be hearing in ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ any time soon.
Highlights include traditional favourites such as “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” alongside Pat Dunachie (now first alto in the King’s Singers) channelling Mariah Carey on “All I want for Christmas is You” and Keith Robert’s jocular arrangement of “12 Days of Christmas”.
Unlike many close-harmony groups, the King’s Men record together, balancing their voices acoustically instead of tracking each voice individually. What this approach sacrifices in precision, it more than makes up for in musical cohesion. Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, drowning in Christmas cards, waiting to catch a glimpse of Rudolph’s red nose or simply wondering when all of those lords will stop a-leaping all over your lawn, this is an essential addition to your Christmas playlist.
The King’s Men ensemble have appeared on prime-time television, including BBC’s The One Show and regularly promote their releases in-store and online. Trailers for their previous release, ‘After Hours’, have proved incredibly popular, receiving over 40,000 views on their YouTube channel, and ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ will receive similarly strong support.

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