What is the latest music you downloaded, what resolution and from where?

Neil Cowley 3:Touch and Flee ( naimlabel.com ) Wav 24/96

Touch and Flee is the new recording from Neil Cowley Trio, and marks a defining moment in the evolution of the band. It is their most daring album to date, spotlighting the ever- increasing brilliance of Cowley as a composer. With band mates Evan Jenkins on drums and Rex Horan on bass, they jump into new territory to present what they describe as "our concert hall record" for an altogether deeper listening journey.

and Batik; The Old Man and the Sea ( soundliaison.com ) WAV 24/96

The 9 pieces of music were performed live in the studio in front of a select audience.The musicians were placed in front of a stereo pair of microphones with additional spot microphones on each instrument. The musicians were playing without headphones, the reason being that we believe that when we get the musicians to play together in the same room, without headphones, it creates a number of musical and technical benefits:

As they are not ''separated'' by the headphones, the musicians, in order to hear each other are forced to create a natural and musical balance, a balance which is then easily captured by the main stereo pair of microphones. Because of the natural and musical balance the need for compression to control levels is no longer necessary. Since everybody is in the same room, the boxed sound which is so common in many modern recordings is absent and the sound of the room helps ''glue'' the sound of the recording.

Couple I expect will be unusual on this forum, but perhaps they'll make sense to some.

 

Chopin Nocturnes & Ballades, played by Ashkenazy, from Universal, 16bit ALAC:

 


 

Some superb, fairly underground electronic stuff, the Black Mirror EP by Broken Note.  Bonus points for using a sample from the film Network so well at the start.  16bit ALAC from Ad Noiseam:

 

 

And my own new album, 320kbps mp3 via Haulix (press/preview download service):

 

 

 

 

 

I download a lot of stuff from eClassical, just compare their prices to Amazon!  They have a 'daily deal' which is often irresistible and have 24bit downloads available too.

 

They sell the BIS catalogue but have been adding other labels to their product list, for example Harmonia Mundi, Naxos,...

 

The BIS catalogue is an excellent catalogue of classical music, very good recordings but some stuff you may not have considered in the past.  Harmonia Mundi is a name that speaks for itself.

 

The last download I purchased from them was Aho's 10th symphony, a massive, massive, massive piece of music.  I find it completely mind-blowing, like being back at University again.   Before that was the album 'Satie & compagnie' by the French pianist Anne Queffélec on the Mirare label (a new one on me).  I love French piano music from the late 19th/early 20th centuries and this album is superb.

 

 

Give them a try, the daily deal is usually around 5-6US$ for a BIS (usually) 16/44 download, they accept cards and Paypal.

 

I must add that I have nothing to do with eClassical, I am just a satisfied customer.

Originally Posted by Stevee_S:

With more music being downloaded I thought it might be interesting to see what forum members are buying and from where. 

 

The news that HD Tracks are soon to open an online UK store means that more choice is going to be available to us. The variety and quality of downloadable music we can choose from is expanding, MP3 to 24bit studio Masters at 192kHz and beyond.

 

So what are you buying and downloading?

 

 

 

Power To The People - The Hits

John Lennon

24 bit / 44.1

 

Qobuz

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