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ECM Releases Mastered for iTunes Recordings

Fifteen initial titles include Jarrett, Corea, Iyer

Jan Garbarek
Chick Corea

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.”

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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