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The real ECM treasure


The real ECM treasure. Tyran Grillo mind blowing writings about every ECM recored ever released…

"For me, it says everything and more about how ECM has changed the recorded landscape and the musicians who so tirelessly work its soil. And because, fortunately, ECM shows no signs of slowing down (the label is, in fact, releasing more than ever), I will continue tilling right alongside them so long as there is music to be heard and those of us around to hear it."

Tyran Grillo, Summer 2015

Chris Maene & Daniel Barenboim concert grand NEW


Conceived and commissioned by Barenboim himself and Chris Maene, the Barenboim-Maene piano was developed and built by esteemed Belgian instrument maker Chris Maene, with support from Steinway & Sons. The new Barenboim-Maene piano combines the touch, stability, and power of a modern piano with the transparent sound quality and distinguishable colour registers of more historic instruments and, while it does not differ significantly in looks from a modern concert grand, most of its components – including the braces, the soundboard, the cast-iron frame, the bass strings, the keyboard and action – have been specially-designed and tailor made and the positioning of others, such as the hammers and strings is radically different.

Barenboim was inspired to create a new piano after playing Franz Liszt’s restored grand piano during a trip to Siena in September 2011. Struck by the vital differences in sound of an instrument constructed with straight, parallel strings rather than the diagonal crossed ones of a contemporary instrument, he set out to create a brand new instrument that combines the best of the old and the new and offers a real alternative for pianists and music-lovers in the 21st century.

Barenboim discussed his idea with Steinway & Sons who introduced him to Chris Maene, who had also wanted to create a brand new instrument inspired by the past, and the two maestri were able to combine their respective musical and technical expertise to begin work on their shared vision. Just 15 months ago, Barenboim’s personal technician Michel Brandjes tested several 19th-century historic grand pianos from Chris Maene’s collection and some of the remarkable replicas made by him. His findings and reflections on the sound of technical aspects of the instruments were discussed with Barenboim who then commissioned Maene to work a detailed concept for the new instrument which was then developed, constructed, tested and revealed today.

Merging Technologies NADAC NEW


Merging Technologies is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-resolution digital audio recording and editing systems including products that process PCM formats up to 24-bit/384kHz, including DXD, and DSD up to DSD256. Merging Technologies systems are used by top recording engineers around the world whose achievements are consistently recognised at the prestigious annual music industry Grammy® awards.  The bulk of the DSD downloads now available on the numerous specialist websites were recorded on Merging Technologies’ systems.

NADAC stands for Network Attached DAC, and will be delivered in two different versions, stereo and 8-channels.  Both variants have ¼” and mini-jack headphone outputs and the monitoring-grade headphone outputs can be configured to carry a different signal to the main output.  Merging Technologies was encouraged to produce NADAC because of the high praise their professional D/A converters have received from leading recording engineers. It uses the same technology and is built to the same exacting standards.

Many of those recording companies are in the forefront of providing a large catalogue of true Hi-Res Audio downloads. These are typically in DSD or DXD and many of them will feature the multichannel DSD files previously used for SACD releases.  Merging is forming a dynamic partnership with a growing number of these content providers, to jointly promote the benefits of the listening to the music as the artists intended. Special deals for NADAC purchasers will be announced as they are made available.  

Reference Recordings Marc Regnier Tempo do Brasil NEW


Grammy® nominated classical guitarist Marc Regnier has won the attention and respect of critics, producers, and musicians for over three decades as a performer, recording artist and educator. This unique artist has been described as that of “a master of his instrument” and “a musician of intelligence, lyricism and subtlety.” Since his concert debut at the age of fifteen, Regnier has performed and given master classes in major series and festivals in Canada, South America and throughout America from San Francisco to several solo performances at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall. Mr. Regnier has had the privilege of working with Grammy winning and nominated engineers and producers in his numerous recordings. This is his first release with Reference Recordings

Regnier is joined on this album by world-class musicians and dear friends Marco Sartor, guitar, Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano, Natalia Khoma, cello and Tacy Edwards, flute. Tempo Do Brasil is produced by six-time Grammy® nominees Marina and Victor Ledin,  and engineered by multiple Grammy® award-winning Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Music Recording and Scoring at Skywalker Sound.

In Marc Regnier’s own words: “ My goal was to include repertoire that demonstrated the various styles and moods of Brazilian music. It was also important to showcase the versatility and beauty of the guitar as a solo and ensemble instrument.  Naturally when selecting classical repertoire of Brazil, Heitor Villa-Lobos’ music is usually at the forefront.  He is described as “the single most significant creative figure in 20th century Brazilian art music”.  The challenge here was to present music that is not over recorded, which is impossible when speaking of Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Villa-Lobos’ most famous piece and a must to include in this CD.  Laurindo Almeida, Sergio Assad, Paulo Bellinati, Radames Gnattali and Baden Powell are all prominent Brazilian composers and performers, with Assad and Bellinati very active on the international stage today.”  

Boenicke Audio W5 speakers arrived


Boenicke Audio W5 speakers arrived finally for test and review at Mono & Stereo high-end audio magazine. More soon...

Audio Arts with Zellaton, FM Acoustics, CH Precision and Sperling


Audio Arts: Zellaton, FM Acoustics, CH Precision and Sperling system..

Gidon Kremer New seasons NEW


“Music as seasons: they are both part of our culture, our language for describing the pulse of life. This album of “new seasons” is evidence of that.” Gidon Kremer’a new album recorded with the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra here…

Olympica Collection classy new finishing


Piano black, Olympica follows the Homage sisters and goes for a classy new finishing. The classic “Sonus faber touch” of Olympica Collection will be represented by the natural walnut wood and graphite finishes. 

The new black finish is a strong innovation of this line, that maintains the link with Sonus faber tradition and looks to the future, with a stronger and more modern color. 

Natural leather on top and aluminum details, as well as the tweeter and reflex port will remain the distinctive features of the collection.

QUALIA & COMPANY INDIGO Line Gold Limited Version NEW


Preproduction model QUALIA & COMPANY INDIGO Line Gold Limited Version. This special version export for Middle east, China, Indonesia market. All Products made in japan.