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Positive Feedback DSD Sampler Volume 1

Anima, Bill Evans, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Color Field Quartet, David Craighead, David Fung, Elinor Frey, Hyperion Knight, Ivan Fischer, Lavinia Meijer, Olga Martynova, Oscar's Motet Choir

(10 press reviews)
Original Recording Format: DSD 256
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To create this sampler, NativeDSD invited Positive Feedback Editor In Chief Dr. David W. Robinson to select 10 DSD tracks from our catalog to celebrate the 1,000 album mark that we reached in September 2016.

David Robinson was one of the first audio experts to discover and write about the virtues of the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format.  His knowledge of DSD and the available DSD recordings on the market made him the perfect guide to DSD for new listeners.

You can read more about him, Positive Feedback and his reasoning to select the DSD tracks in the booklet PDF. You can read the booklet with the button below the cover. It is also included in the .zip file with the DSD tracks.

Bill Evans
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Color Field Quartet
David Craighead
David Fung
Elinor Frey
Hyperion Knight
Ivan Fischer
Lavinia Meijer
Olga Martynova
Oscar’s Motet Choir


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Opening Piece From Glassworks (from 33912) DSD64
Grave Metamorphoses for Cello and Piano (from YAR78876DSD) DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
Two Yuletide Pieces for Piano Solo (from HDDLTroy129) DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
Allegro Maestoso (from 23506) DSD64
Baubles, Bangles and Beads (from 2XHDRE1044) DSD64, DSD128
Invention (from Album for Children) (from CM0102006) DSD64
Rhapsody in Blue (version for piano) (from Wilson9231) DSD64
String Quartet - Quick, breathless (from YAR25670DSD) DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
Earth Wisdom (396 Hz) (from ANCD12) DSD64
Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) (Sung in Swedish) (from 812864019605) DSD64, DSD128

Total time: 01:17:29

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For the technical specifications of each track please navigate to the album page of the track by clicking on the trackname in the tracklisting. Then, on the album page you can check out the tech specs tab for the album which the track originates from.


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Original Recording Format

Release DateSeptember 2, 2016

Press reviews

SA-CD.Net (Track 6)

It turns out to be breathtakingly good. Although seemingly none of the pieces were written with the harpsichord in mind, they sound just right.

The tone of the French Von Nagel harpsichord is gorgeous – the deep notes sounding particularly magical. A disc veritably bulging with highlights – the Shostakovich Fugue in A minor, the Khachaturian, the Mendelssohn (Wow!), the Schubert, the Cramer (Wow!), the Schumann – especially Mignon.

Everything was selected by Olga – it’s a wonderful collection. I’ve played only the surround program. The sound quality is to die for.

Positive Feedback (Track 2)

The sonics are world class. DG, EMI, Decca, and BMG should take notice! Yarlung is here to stay. Performance A Sound A+

The Washington Post (Track 4)

A beautiful performance – majestic but intimate, sweeping but tender, carefully planned and brilliantly executed…

This is one of the best recordings of the ‘Resurrection’ Symphony ever made worthy to stand with the very different performances by Otto Klemperer and Leonard Bernstein.

The Absolute Sound (Track 8)

All of Matheson’s music has a bold, cinematic flair. His writing for solo violin is highly idiomatic and virtuosic; the orchestral contribution is extravagantly colorful. Matheson employs an advanced tonal syntax and confidently cites other styles as he makes his argument: the central Chaconne of the Concerto references the slow movement from Mahler’s Sixth Symphony and the energetic finale strongly suggests bluegrass.

The concerto recording scales the solo instrument correctly and the orchestral sonority is luminous. Times Alone captures the impressive dynamic power of soprano Laura Strickling and massive, dimensional piano sound.

Cygnus Review Magazine (Track 9)

Don’t you just love those magical moments in your life when you pick up a book, or hear a piece of music that touches your very core? It resonates so deeply within you that it gives the impression that the author/composer knows exactly how you are feeling/thinking/being at this particular time, and a connection is made through their words or music that simply ripples throughout your entire being.

Well, listening to this album was one of those moments. For me, this album is not to be explained but to be experienced and I truly do hope that your experience of this album is just as magical for you.

The Guardian (Track 5) 4 out of 5

This enthralling session by the late Bill Evans (a crucial pianistic influence on stars from McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock to Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, and Brad Mehldau) was recorded five days after a famous performance at the 1968 Montreux jazz festival by Evans, bassist Eddie Gomez, and drummer Jack DeJohnette.

Verve’s Montreux live recording won a Grammy, but this studio session has been in the vaults ever since. DeJohnette, who spent only six months with Evans (Some Other Time thus becomes only the second album to document the partnership) and would go on to play on Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew the next year, was a more elementally forceful drummer than the pianist usually employed – but his fire and his robust tenderness affected Evans’s attitude to drums from then on.

DeJohnette the cymbal textualist is in evidence on classics such as On Green Dolphin Street and In a Sentimental Mood, and the drummer’s more muscular intensity pushes the leader into controlled abandon on How About You? The album is not only exquisite jazz playing but a document of a step-change in the great Bill Evans’s trio conception. 4 Stars

Audiostream (Track 10)

When the choir, brass, and organ played together, the sonic result was spectacular given the bloom and dimensionality of the recording.

Audiophile Audition (Track 1)

All five movements of Glass’ 1988 Metamorphosis transcribe perfectly to harp (…) the harp brings out some sonorities in the music that are quite different from the piano. The dynamic range on some selections is quite wide, which you wouldn’t expect from a solo instrument. (…)

Classical Net (Track 3)

The lush opening measures of Nymphs and Satyrs require a suspension of disbelief: Hanson first intended the music for solo clarinet. The piece yet again is flat-out gorgeous, but its very lyricism militates against anyone dancing to it. As a composer, Hanson sings rather than dances. To me, it’s a tone poem in three short movements, the most delightful being the scherzo second movement.

NativeDSD Listener

The sound quality of this sampler is simply outstanding. Totally recommended to start in the DSD world.


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