09/02/14

ECM Releases Mastered for iTunes Recordings

Fifteen initial titles include Jarrett, Corea, Iyer

ECM Records has announced that, effective immediately, its recordings will be available via Apple’s Mastered for iTunes. ECM chief Manfred Eicher supervised the remastering of the first group of 15 titles, listed below.

In a press release, Eicher said, “For the digital domain, the Mastered for iTunes format with its higher resolution makes it possible to get closer to the original production for each of the respective albums. With each mastering we’ve gone back to original sources. It was especially interesting, on the early titles, to work from the old analog sources and see what it is possible to reveal in the 24-bit medium. It is a great relief not to be limited by the digital compression of old and to discover the air, an essential component, in the music again.”

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Jan Garbarek
By Dragan Tasic
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Vijay Iyer
By Jimmy Katz
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Chick Corea
By Atael Weissman

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ECM plans to issue all its new releases in Mastered for iTunes format wherever possible. A further group of archival and deep catalogue recordings will be issued in October.

Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa
Steve Reich: Octet/Music For A Large Ensemble / Violin Phase
Jan Garbarek/Hilliard: Officium Novum
Bach/Poppen/Hilliard: Morimur
Kim Kashkashian: Kurtág/Ligeti
András Schiff: Goldberg Variations
Rolf Lislevand: Nuove Musiche
Lechner/Couturier: Moderato Cantabile
Keith Jarrett: Sleeper
Chick Corea: Return To Forever
Anouar Brahem: The Astounding Eyes Of Rita
Tord Gustavsen Quartet: Extended Circle
Vijay Iyer: Mutations
Jarrett/Garbarek/Haden: Carta De Amor
Mark Turner Quartet: Lathe Of Heaven

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