5 Tracks In DSD 512 (2019)

Desmond, Barrios, Vivaldi, Davis

Feenbrothers, Ricardo Gallén, Rachel Podger, Yuko Mabuchi, Les Chat Noirs

DSD 512 Exclusive

We are pleased to announce the availability of Native DSD Presents 5 Tracks in DSD 512. The album brings you some of the highest quality DSD 256 stereo recordings from the NativeDSD Music catalog in DSD 512 stereo. 

This special album made it's debut at 2019 High End Munich, the world's largest audio expo during the launch of the new, top of the line Astell & Kern A&ultima SP2000 Portable Player with DSD 512 Stereo playback and the first product to use the new flagship AKM AK4499EQ current output type audio D/A converter. It is also an album that will bring owners of DSD 512 capable Portable Players and DACs (Digital to Analog Converters) from Chord Electronics, Gryphon Audio, iFi Audio, Kitsune HiFi, Metronome, Oppo, Sony Signature, T+A, Vinnie Rossi and many more audio companies, some amazing DSD 512 listening experiences.

Included in this collection are performances by Les Chats Noirs, Yuko Mabuchi Trio with JJ Kirkpatrick, Rachel Podger with Brecon Baroque, Ricardo Gallen, and the Feenbrothers.  The music covers a variety of styles and genres including French Vocal and Chanson, Jazz, Classical Ensemble, and Guitar.

These higher bit rate DSD 512 tracks are all pure DSD created. They are not up samplings, for there are no PCM or DXD conversions involved in their production. They are re-modulations of the original DSD 256 encoding modulation that produced the DSD 256 releases. The sonic advantage to these new Stereo DSD 512 releases, as with all higher DSD bit rate releases, is the wider frequency passband prior to the onset of modulation noise. This results in the listener’s DAC using gentler and more phase linear filters for playback of the music.

The resulting DSD 512 music files were monitored with a DSD 512 Stereo system that included HiFiMan HE-1000 Stereo Headphones with Lazuli HF Headphone Cables by Dana Cable and the iFi Audio iDSD Micro Black Label Headphone Amp and DAC (available for purchase at the NativeDSD Gear Store).

We want to thank Forward Music Italy, Yarlung Artists, Channel Classics, Eudora and Sound Liaison for their participation in this project.

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Feenbrothers

The Feenbrothers Jazz ensemble features "four brothers with one sound."  They started as a family band but were soon in great demand individually, called upon by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Metropole Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Toots Thielemans, Han Bennink, Caro Emerald... The list of artists that have benefitted from their superb musicianship is a long one.

Paul van der Feen - Saxophone
Mark van der Feen - Piano
Clemens van der Feen - Double Bass
Matthijs van der Feen - Drums

photo: from Sound Liaison

Ricardo Gallén

Ricardo Jesús Gallén García studied guitar and ancient music at the Universities of Salzburg (Mozarteum) and Munich with the Masters Fisk, Eglhuber, Spiri, Gilbert, Huebscher and Clerch, graduating in 1999 in the Master Class (Konzertexam) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany with Joaquín Clerch. He has given recitals and played in concerts with more than 25 orchestras under the direction of well-known conductors such as Maximiliano Valdés, Juan José Mena, Sergiu Comisiona, Leo Brouwer, En Shao, Monica Huggett or Jordi Savall,  throughout Europe and America, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, the United States, Russia, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel, in concert halls like Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Auditori and Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Schostakovich Hall in Saint Petersburg or Tchaikowsky Hall in Moscow.

Ricardo Gallén García has recorded many works for the state radio and televisions in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Romania, Germany, Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Chile, South Korea, Hungary Australia and Bulgaria. Presently on the market are his first five Cds recorded for NAXOS, in which he performs music by Giuliani, Brouwer, Takemitsu, etc., as well as all of the concerts for guitar and orchestra by the Spanish master Joaquín Rodrigo. His first recording was among NAXOS' 50 top-selling records for 2001, and received sensational reviews in the specialized press. His sixth Cd (double cd) with the Bach Complete Lute Suites was released by Sunnyside Records in New York in June 2013.

He was featured on the cover of the August, 2000 issue of "Classical Guitar Magazine" in which he was interviewed by Cecilia Rodrigo, Joaquin Rodrigo's daughter. His biographical information has been included, among others, in the fifth edition of The Classical Guitar: It's Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800, written by the director of the Ashley Mark Publishing Company, Maurice J. Summerfield.

Ricardo Jesús Gallén García has received over twenty international prizes, including: 1st Prize at the 32nd Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition 1997, in Markneukirchen, Germany, 1st Prize and a Special Prize for the best interpretation of the works of Enrique Igoa at the 14th Andres Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition 1998 held in La Herradura, Granada, 1st Prize at the 4th Alhambra International Guitar Competition 1998, 1st Prize and the Special Audience Prize at the 33rd Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Contest 1999, 1st Prize and five Special Prizes (Best Interpretation of a Cuban work, the Leo Brouwer Special Prize, the Cuban National Union of Writers and Artists Musicians Association Prize, the Music Recording and Publishing Company Prize and the Cuban Radio and Television Institute Prize) at the 11th International Guitar Competition held in Havana, Cuba in 2002.

He was Eliot Fisk’s Assistant Professor in “Mozarteum” University in Salzburg for five years and he is currently Professor at the HFM “Franz Liszt” in Weimar, Germany.

Recently he got the “Andres Segovia” Medal Award given by the Andres Segovia Foundation in Spain.

Rachel Podger

Rachel Podger is one of the most creative talents to emerge in the field of period performance. Over the last two decades she has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods. She was educated inGermany and in England at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with David Takeno and Micaela Comberti. After beginnings with The Palladian Ensemble and Florilegium, she was leader ofThe English Concert from 1997 to 2002 and in 2004 began a guest directorship with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with whom she appeared in a televised bbc Prom in 2007.

As a guest director and soloist she has collaborated with numerous orchestras including Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Musica Angelica and Santa Fe ProMusica (usa), The Academy of Ancient Music, The European Union BaroqueOrchestra, Holland Baroque Society, the Handel and Haydn Society (usa), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (usa). Rachel has toured and recorded extensively with fortepianist Gary Cooper. Rachel records exclusively for Channel Classics and has won numerous prestigious awards including the Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award for La Stravaganza in2003 and the Diapason d’Or de l’année in the Baroque Ensemble category for the LaCetra Vivaldi concertos with Holland Baroque Society in 2012.

Rachel directs her own ensemble, Brecon Baroque, with whom she has recorded Bach’s Violin Concertos, released in October 2010 to outstanding reviews. She is also Artistic Director of her own festival: the Brecon Baroque Festival. Rachel is an honorary member of both the Royal Academy of Music (where she holds the Michaela Comberti Chair for Baroque Violin) and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (where she holds the Jane Hodge Foundation International Chair in Baroque Violin) and teaches at institutions throughout the world.

Brecon Baroque

The dynamic ensemble Brecon Baroque was founded in 2007 by violinist Rachel Podger as resident ensemble at her annual Brecon Baroque Festival. The international line-up consists of some of some of the leading lights in the period-instrument world, such as cellist Alison McGillivray, flautist Katie Bircher, oboist Alexandra Bellamy and violist Jane Rogers, as well as some of Rachel Podger's “star” former students who now occupy leading positions in many of Europe's finest ensembles.

Yuko Mabuchi

Yuko Mabuchi moved to the United States from her native Japan only recently, but when she plays American jazz she speaks the language perfectly. I love Yuko’s sense of rhythm and melody, and her improvising feels like she was born in Detroit or New York City. Her technique reminds me of some of Yuko’s music idols like Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock and Monty Alexander. But beyond her talent for traditional jazz, one can also hear flavors of American R&B, Hip-Hop and Blues, which Yuko loved as a teenager. This album’s associate producer and Yarlung special advisor Billy Mitchell describes Yuko’s playing as “funky from the heart,” and he means that as an enormous compliment. Yuko was born in Fukui, on the west coast of Japan, north of Kyoto. She studied classical music and the piano starting at age four, and continued her studies at the AN Music School in Kyoto, where she was a jazz piano student of Kunihiro Kameda.

JJ Kirkpatrick

JJ Kirkpatrick, trumpet and flugelhorn, was born in Portland, Oregon. JJ began his diverse musical career at 9 when he scored the opening sequence to a 10-minute film he co-directed with his brother. JJ began playing trumpet that same year, studying with Portland legend Thara Memory. Mr. Kirkpatrick has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Tootie Heath, Beyonce, Craig Robinson, Louis CK among others, and works as a performer, composer and producer. Along with Andrew Boyle, Misha Bigos and Gary Wicks, JJ founded Sophisticated Lady jazz quartet. www.jjkirkpatrickmusic.com
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5 Tracks In DSD 512 (2019)

Desmond, Barrios, Vivaldi, Davis

Feenbrothers, Ricardo Gallén, Rachel Podger, Yuko Mabuchi, Les Chat Noirs

    NativeDSD Listener

Of course, as an audio fanatic, I like DSD over the lower FLAC (PCM) sampling rates but DXD has always been my favorite because of the "pop". Luckily I had a DXD edition of the Vivaldi track to do a direct comparison with the track on this album. We are really getting somewhere with DSD 512. I wasn't expecting much because these samples weren't recording-to-file 512 but I hands-down prefer this DSD 512 over the DXD and this is a first for me. It is the lack of fatigue. I didn't notice the DXD being fatiguing before but when I go back to it after listening to the DSD 512 I clearly prefer the smooth and easy sound of the DSD 512. It is hard to put into words but there is something about the timing being less chaotic in the DSD on a micro scale so there is more discipline with the instruments.

Jon

    NativeDSD Listener

I downloaded 5 Tracks in DSD 512 from NativeDSD. Although it is still early, I can predict this is the way to the future. The DSD 512 sound is dryer and therefore makes you feel the definition between instruments more vividly. I played the DSD 512 tracks with Foobar. I really appreciate your efforts on bringing this music in DSD 512 to your listeners.

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5 Tracks In DSD 512 (2019)

Desmond, Barrios, Vivaldi, Davis

Feenbrothers, Ricardo Gallén, Rachel Podger, Yuko Mabuchi, Les Chat Noirs

Cables: Van den Hul 3T (exclusively used by Jared Sacks in Channel Classics, Just Listen, and NativeDSD Presents recordings), AudioQuest
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies & Hapi, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Headphones: HiFiMan HE-1000 with Lazuli HF Headphone Cables by Dana Cable and iFi Audio iDSD Micro Black Label Headphone Amp and DAC with iFi Xmos 5.2 Firmware, iFi HD USB Audio Driver 3.2, and Cyperpower i7 PC running JRiver Media Center 25 with Windows 10
Mastering Engineer: Steve Hoffman, Bob Attiyeh, Tom Caulfield, Gonzalo Noque, Frans de Rond
Mastering Room: DSD 512 Stereo Music Files Created by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab, Marshfield, MA
Microphone Preamp: Horus, Merging Technologies, Elliot Midwood
Microphones: AKG C-12, C-24; Bruel & Kyaer, Josephson C700S, Schoeps, 2 Schoeps M222 Vacuum Tube, Sonodore
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis, Custom Made
Notes: We are pleased to announce the availability of Native DSD Presents 5 Tracks in DSD 512, in addition to the original DSD 256 releases from the albums listed. These higher bit rate DSD 512 tracks are all pure DSD created. They are not up samplings, for there are no PCM or DXD conversions involved in their production. They are re-modulations of the original DSD 256 encoding modulation that produced the DSD 256 releases. The sonic advantage to these new Stereo DSD 512 releases, as with all higher DSD bit rate releases, is the wider frequency passband prior to the onset of modulation noise. This results in the listener’s DAC using gentler and more phase linear filters for playback of the music
Producer: Bob Attiyeh, Jonathan Freeman Atwood, Gonzalo Noque, Peter Bjørnild
Recording Engineer: Bob Attiyeh, Arian Jensen, Jared Sacks, Gonzalo Noque, Frans de Rond
Recording Location: Brain and Creativity Institute’s Cammilleri Hall at University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California, St. Jude's Church, London, UK, Auditoria San Francisco, Avila, Spain, MCO, Studio 2, Hilversum, The Netherlands, on November 18, 2018
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256 (Tracks 1, 3, 4), Analog (Track 2), DXD (Track 5)
Speakers: Grimm LS1, TAD Compact Evolution

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1.
La Chanson
00:02:57   N/A
2.
Milestones
Davis
00:04:57   N/A
3.
Le Quattro Stagioni - Concerto no. 4 - Winter II. Largo
Vivaldi
00:02:16   N/A
4.
La Catedral - III. Allegro solemne
Barrios
00:03:10   N/A
5.
Take five Reprise
Desmond
00:04:21   N/A

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