Quad 80th Anniversary DSD Sampler (2016)

Cahn, Styn, Bigard, Ellington, Corelli, Rebay, Muhly

Arne Domnerus, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Jose Manuel Alvarez, Michala Petri, Brienn Perry - Vocals, Pedro Mateo Gonzalez

Thierry Fisher

Jeremy Kahn - Piano

Of all the British high-end hi-fi brands, Quad boasts the longest and most distinguished history. The company has been at the cutting edge of audio since 1936, continually pushing back the boundaries of performance with technologies both new and established. In 1953, the Quad II valve amplifier was launched, setting new standards for audio amplification, and three years later Quad invented the first full-range electrostatic speaker – later known as the legendary ESL 57.

Throughout the ensuing years, Quad products have continued to win worldwide acclaim, building a reputation for excellence that bears comparison with the most distinguished brands in any field. 80 years after its formation, Quad continues to be driven by the philosophy of its founder, Peter Walker, to produce “the closest approach to the original sound”. Its latest product line, Artera Series, incorporates a range of CD players and USB DACs that use state-of-the-art circuitry extending performance to ultra-high-resolution playback including the DSD audio format.

2016 is a huge milestone for the revered audio manufacturer as it marks its 80th anniversary. To celebrate 80 years of Quad, Native DSD has partnered with Quad to curate a selection of Audiophile music taking you on a unique journey through Jazz, Vocal, Guitar and Classical genres, in high-resolution DSD format.

For information on how to claim a free copy of this album for a limited time with your Quad purchase, please visit www.quad-hifi.co.uk or speak to your local authorised Quad retailer.

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Jose Manuel Alvarez

José Manuel Álvarez
Prize winner of the II International Joaquín Rodrigo Violin Competition (Madrid, 2004), “Primer Palau” International Competition (Barcelona, 2006) and XLI International Course of “Música en Compostela” (Santiago de Compostela, 1998). He also received the Honor Prize of the Ourense Conservatory, two Grand Prizes (in Violin and Chamber Music) at the Barcelona Conservatory and a Postgraduate degree with a final grade of “Distinction” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria).
His main teachers were Gaiané Pogossova (Oviedo), Agustín León Ara (Barcelona) and Maighread McCrann (Vienna). He also participated in International Master Classes with teachers such as Zakhar Bron, Valentin Erben, Igor Frolov, Lewis Kaplan, Ferenc Rados, Andreas Röhn, Donald Weilerstein and Antje Weithaas.
He performed in major concert halls of Austria, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom, and as a soloist with orchestras such as the Spanish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Balearic Symphony Orchestra and Galicia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He recorded for the Spanish Radio, Spanish Television and Catalonian Radio.
He was a member of the Joaquín Rodrigo Chamber Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Galicia Symphony Orchestra. As concertmaster, he has collaborated with the Galicia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Menorca Chamber Orchestra, among others. He was also founding member of the “Música en Compostela” String Quartet, specialized in performing music of Spanish composers.
He regularly teaches in different music courses in Spain and in Conservatories of Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, Ourense and the Catalonia College of Music (Barcelona). He is currently on the Faculty of the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands, where he is a Violin Professor.

 

Michala Petri

Michala Petri has performed more than 4000 concerts in the worlds leading festivals and Concert Halls,and has broken down the boundaries of her instrument, the recorder. 

Her repertoire spans works from the Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism and extends into contemporary and improvised music. It is precisely this versatility that lies behind her special appeal as an artist. 

Her collaboration in the 90s on two cds with Keith Jarrett, gave her a latent interest in the art of improvisation, which is partly required in Baroque music, though within the narrow borders of the rules of that time. The collaboration was initiated by Keith Jarrett, who heard Michala play in concert at New Yorks Lincoln Centre and suggested that they at some point played something together - which let to two albums of Bach Sonatas and Handel Sonatas. Recently she has taken up playing fully improvised concerts, amongst others with Benjamin Koppel and Carsten Dahl. 

She has received the Leonie Sonning Music Prize, Europa Musicale Soloist Prize, three times the German ECHO KLASSIK Award, amongst others. She has recorded more than 70 cds, several having been Grammy-nominated. 

Artists with whom she has collaborated include Keith Jarrett, Sir Neville Marriner, James Galway, Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Henryk Szeryng, Pinchas Zukermann, Maurice Andre, Joshua Bell, Mahan Esfahani and Claudio Abbado. Among composers having composed for her are Sir Malcolm Arnold, Gordon Jacob, Per Nørgaard, Vagn Holmboe, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Olav Anton Thommessen, Sunleif Rasmussen, Bent Sørensen, Steven Stucky, Joan Albert Amargos, Chen Yi, Bright Cheng, Ander and Thomas Koppel and Daniel Børtz. 

photo: Søren Solkær, from booklet

Pedro Mateo Gonzalez

Born in Avila in 1983, he started his musical studies in the Conservatory “Tomás Luis de Victoria”, where he graduated in guitar with Salvador Gómez and composition with Antonio Bernaldo de Quirós and Alejandro Moreno.
He subsequently studied in several institutions such as the “Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid”, with José Luis Rodrigo, the “Hochschule für Musik Köln”, with Roberto Aussel, the “Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca”, with Hugo Geller, and the “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt” in Weimar, with Thomas Müller-Pering, finishing his Degree with Honors, and the Extraordinary End of Studies prize. He carried out Post-graduate studies in the category of Konzertexam at the “Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf” in the class of professor Joaquín Clerch, ending with “Cum Laude” qualifications, and also with Ricardo Gallén, and Eliot Fisk in the University “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, Austria, where he was a recipient of several scholarships, including “La Caixa”, “Alexander von Humboldt Foundation”, and the Spanish Ministry for Culture.Pedro Mateo González currently teaches Guitar at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de las Islas Baleares, and he has been prize winner of several competitions, including the 2009 Boston Guitar Fest, the 66th edition of “Jeunesses musicales”, the VII International Guitar Competition “Ciudad de Coria”, the III “Miami´s Internacional Competition” and the VI “Anna Amalia Wettbewerb für junge Gitarristen” in Weimar (Germany).
He has performed in concert halls like the Jordan Hall in Boston, the Auditorio Nacional de Cuba, Jerusalem University, the Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid, the Spanish Embassies in Slovenia and Croatia, the Spanish Embassy in Vietnam, the Weimarer Gitarre-Verein in Germany…, teaches regularly t in different music courses and masterclasses at important Universities of Europe and America.
Having also performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Spanish Radio and Television, the Symphonic Orchestra of Castilla y León, and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Balearic Islands, with conductors like Alejandro Posadas, Adrián Leaper and Leo Brouwer, he has been broadcasted by the Spanish Television and Radio, Classical Radio of Slovenia and the Deutschland Radio Berlin.
He has recorded for Eudora and NAXOS and also played chamber music concerts next to outstanding musicians such as Pedro Chamorro (bandurria), José Manuel Losada (violin), Joaquin Riquelme (viola), André Cebrián (flute) and Mikhail Tsinman (violin).

 

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Quad 80th Anniversary DSD Sampler (2016)

Cahn, Styn, Bigard, Ellington, Corelli, Rebay, Muhly

Arne Domnerus, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Jose Manuel Alvarez, Michala Petri, Brienn Perry - Vocals, Pedro Mateo Gonzalez


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That Old Black Magic
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Mood Indigo
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