iFi Quad DSD Sampler Album (2016)

Avner Dorman, Herman, Bach, Mozart/Chopin

Smoke, Mirrors Percussion Ensemble, Thomas and Eva, Joachim Eijlander, Josep Colom

Native DSD music and iF i audio are proud to collaborate together with the latest DSD256fs sampler album t o celebrate the launch of the flagship Professional series. The first product, the Pro iCan is a professional studio grade headphone amplifier and an audiophile line-stage. The Native DSD music album contains 4 cherry-picked DSD 256 songs for you to enjoy. Why iFi and Native DSD? Its because we both bring out the best in each other .

iFi enjoys PCM and DSD , which is why the specially selected Burr-Brown chip was chosen as it keeps each format in its native state as it travels through the dac chipset. Both iFi and N tive DSD Music care passionately about the ultimate in sound quality and when it comes to DSD recordings, Native DSD Music continues to push the boundaries - with DSD256 recorded music in particular. This is why we made this album for you, the listener.

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Thomas and Eva

THOMAS & EVA
The duo Thomas & Eva consists of young talented musicians from Amsterdam. Jazz singer Eva Scholten (1986) completed her studies at the Jazz department of the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2010 and is active in a vocal-harmony group called .YesSister, JazzSister Thomas Baggerman (1988) is a self-taught gypsy jazz guitar player who started out playing with his own trio in that same year. Crossing paths in 2012 with the formation of their quartet called Eva sur Seine, their musical connection was evident from the first note. A musical love at first sight that only rarely happens.

 

Joachim Eijlander

Joachim Eijlander, born 1975, received his first cellolessons from the Czech cellist Jan Hollinger. After finishing his studies in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Berlin, he settled as a musician in Rotterdam. He performed with the most distinguished musicians like Inon Barnatan, Karl Leister and Zuill Bailey.

Joachim is co-founder of the Rubens Quartet, an internationally celebrated string quartet. With this ensemble, he performs all over the world. Joachim taught cello and chambermusic at various conservatories, music universities as well as international music festivals in Europe and the United States. Together with Anastasia Safonova, Joachim performs the sonata-repertoire for cello and piano.

Thanks to the “Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds”, the dutch national music instrument foundation, Joachim plays on a beautiful Gaetano Chiocchi cello (Padova 1870) and with an exceptional bow made by Nikolaus Kittel (St.Petersburg 1860).

Josep Colom

I was born in Barcelona in 1947. Unusually for that period in Spain, music was a big part of our everyday family life, as far back as I can remember. Thanks to this, and the unconditional emotional and financial support I received from my parents, who were not themselves professional musicians, I was able to choose my career path at an early age, and have enjoyed it ever since.

In my youth, I won a number of competitions. The Jaén and Santander International competitions (1977 and 1978 respectively) helped me begin to make a name for myself in Spain; many years later, the Spanish Ministry of Culture awarded me the National Music Prize, an accolade I’m particularly proud to have won because it represents the appreciation and endorsement of my colleagues in the profession. During the 1980s I gradually made more and more public appearances, and these days, as well as performing as a recital soloist and chamber musician, I play regularly with virtually all the Spanish orchestras under the baton of excellent conductors, at the country’s leading venues and festivals. I also play abroad quite frequently, especially in France, where I lived for a number of years during the 70s while studying at Paris’s École Normale de Musique, founded by Alfred Cortot. I’ve also made most of my recordings in France, for the Mandala label, with albums of music by composers as diverse as Brahms, Franck, Blasco de Nebra, Mompou and Falla, among others. RTVE has recently released both a DVD of a performance I gave of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto and a CD of works by Chopin, Debussy and Ravel – live recordings from the Radio Clásica archive issued as part of a series entitled Grandes pianistas españoles. Despite the occasional imperfection here and there, I prefer live recordings for the greater authenticity they offer.

Throughout my career many other musicians have influenced my artistic development. One in particular that I’d like to mention is the composer (and, at the time, pianist) Joan Guinjoán who, when I was only nineteen, helped me develop a much more rational and structured way of approaching music and performance.

My reserved, introverted temperament means I feel most at home in the world of recital and chamber music, although I’ve never wanted to forego the chance to enjoy the wonders of the concerto repertoire. I’m not going to try to list all the orchestras, conductors, quartets and other musicians with whom I’ve shared great moments of music-making, because inevitably I’d leave some of them out, but I value each and every one of them immensely.

Teaching has become an increasingly important part of my life. Coming into contact with younger musicians has enabled me to rediscover the great piano repertoire with renewed enthusiasm. As well as giving regular masterclasses, I’ve also taught at the University of Alcalá de Henares since its music department opened in 1990, and at the Saragossa Conservatory and Valencia’s Musikeon, while in September 2012 I took up a post at Barcelona’s Liceu Conservatory.

I consider it a great privilege to be able to make music, and I am grateful to all those who have made the effort over the years to come and share this daily miracle with me.

Josep Colom

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Avner Dorman
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Herman
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Bach
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