HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Franz Schubert – String Quintet C-Major (Amadeus Quartet, William Pleeth)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
This was recorded in one take.
Among the genre of Strings Quartets, there’s no other that reveals the quintessence of the post-romantic atmosphere like this Op. This is without any doubt one of the last masterpieces of Schubert. Written in 1828, it epitomizes and depicts the slight barrier between dream and reality, creating an illusionist atmosphere that leaves behind itself any the previous attempt. It’s such its kaleidoscopic conjunction of unsaid feelings and thoughts that may be regarded like a musical canvas which transcends by far the limits of its historical moment. The approach given by the Amadeus Quartet is intensely dramatic and powerfully convincing, specially in the First movement where they achieve a coherent structure of gelid mystery.

Composer: Franz Schubert
Performer: Amadeus Quartet, William Pleeth
Vinyl (1965)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: 15
Size: 998 MB
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Brendel, ASMF, Marriner – Mozart: Piano Concertos K. 450 & K. 467

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Performer: Alfred Brendel
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Philips | 6514 148
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.99GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.99GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (259MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Piggybacking on Alf’s recent Brendel posts..

For those not familiar with Brendel, his mastery of the keyboard is at a level that few will ever be able to reach. Here, though back in 1982, Brendel has already “owned” the works, playing each Mozart work with fluidity, precision, and smooth sonority. Brendel’s playing is a delight, and that is true regardless of how many other recordings you might have of the Mozart piano concertos.

The recording here by Philips is very good, and the trademark smooth and rich Philips recording characteristics are in full play. It is unlikely you’ll have much, if any at all, issues with the technical aspects of the recording itself.

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Gustav Mahler – Symphonies 1 & 9 (Ancerl)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
These classic Karel Ancerl recordings are, in my opinion, among the best accounts of Mahler’s symphonies that are available at present. The playing of the orchestra is outstanding, especially the brass department (note the typical horn vibrato) and the recording quality is very good for its age. But, above all, this set is to be treasured for Ancer’s superb interpretation, which is as good as an interpretation can be: moving, powerful, balanced, convincing, non-mainstream, and provoking.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Vinyl (1964-66)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: 15
Size: 2.55 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (L’Oiseau Lyre) WAM – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Serenata Notturna, Notturno, K.286 (Hogwood)

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Many thanks to Lemarquis for this fine gem
All 3 pieces on this disc are well played and recorded. The warhorse K.545 sounds fresh and clean here – the Salomon Quartet sounds light footed and wonderfully transparent. There is plenty of juice here. Hogwood’s rendition of the Notturno For Four Orchestras, K.286, is stunning beautiful, and is hands down the best version I’ve heard on record. The wind parts are captured vividly and the dialogue between the four orchestras is extremely well done. Many recordings of K.286 have problems with dynamics and space, but here you get the sense of an ample soundstage, in which the more distant forces seem quite distant, while those more immediate are much closer. It’s a delicate balance, and Hogwood succeeds where others have failed…..

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: The Academy Of Ancient Music
Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
Vinyl (1984)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: L’Oiseau Lyre
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 1.11 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) WAM – Piano Concerti 11 & 16 (Alfred Brendel/Neville Marriner)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for these additional concerts
The Brendel/Mozart recordings were highly esteemed at the time of their original release and have more or less been in circulation ever since. Although Brendel made new recordings of several of the concertos with Charles Mackerras, I haven’t heard them and don’t know if they’re preferable or merely supplemental to those in this package. Frankly, after having heard these marvellous performed recordings, I can hardly believe they are better in any way.

I think these words from Brendel himself will give listeners some insight into his approach to Mozart: …..

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1986)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 873 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) WAM – 13 Piano Concerti on 8 LPs (Alfred Brendel/Neville Marriner)

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The Brendel/Mozart recordings were highly esteemed at the time of their original release and have more or less been in circulation ever since. Although Brendel made new recordings of several of the concertos with Charles Mackerras, I haven’t heard them and don’t know if they’re preferable or merely supplemental to those in this package. Frankly, after having heard these marvellous performed recordings, I can hardly believe they are better in any way.

I think these words from Brendel himself will give listeners some insight into his approach to Mozart: …..

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1979)
Number of Discs: 8
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 7.87 GB
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Donizetti -L’Elisir d’Amore ( Pavarotti, Battle , John Copley) (1992, opera, DVD9)

Donizetti -L'Elisir d'Amore ( Pavarotti, Battle , John Copley) (1992, opera, DVD9)

Donizetti -L’Elisir d’Amore ( Pavarotti, Battle , John Copley) (1992, opera, DVD9)

Composer:Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:Luciano Pavarotti
Orchestra:Metropolitan Opera
Conductor:James Levine
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size: 7.56 GB
Recovery: +3%
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) WAM – Piano Concerti 14 and 24 – Geza Anda

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this treasure
Géza Anda’s interpretations of Mozart’s piano concertos are immortal classics that should not be overlooked. Granted, it is a crowded field, which include many excellent accounts (Perahia’s, for example). But these recordings – made in Salzburg – are fine examples of the rare moments in music making when a soloist and ensemble forms a coherent unit. Anda and his Salzburger team know Mozart by heart, and they perform these works with an unmatched dedication and sophistication. Technical brilliance is not the ultimate goal here; it is rather the music itself, how to let it flow with a balanced passion. This keeps the element of spontaneity, so crucial in Mozart’s music, alive and sparkling.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Geza Anda
Orchestra: Camerata Academica Of The Salzburg Mozarteum
Conductor: Geza Anda
Vinyl (1969)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 957 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) JSB – The Brandenburg Concerts (Walter/Wendy Carlos – Switched On Brandenburgs)

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No less than Glenn Gould proclaimed, “Carlos’s realization of the Fourth Brandenburg Concerto is, to put it bluntly, the finest performance of any of the Brandenburgs–live, canned, or intuited–I’ve ever heard.”
This a collection of all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos performed by
Wendy(Walter)Carlos on her Moog modular synthesizer. Concertos 1, 2, and 6 were recorded specifically for this album. Concertos 3, 4, and 5 had been previously released on Switched-On Bach, The Well-Tempered Synthesizer, and Switched-On Bach II respectively. The first movement of the Second Concerto had been recorded for the album By Request, released in 1975.
The Back-cover has a mis-print: The last Concerto is listed twice.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Wendy Carlos
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: 12
Size: 2.17 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Argo) Antonio Vivaldi – La Cetra (Brown)

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I’m still alive!!!!! I managed, however, to complete the rip before the problems and could now complete it (cleaning, pics, rars etc…) for publishing.

Thank you very much Jean-Luc for this jewel
As great as the Four Seasons is, the impression one gets sometimes that it is Vivaldi’s only masterpiece is terribly wrong. The concertos from La Cetra are every bit as fine, complex, tuneful, and captivating. These performances by the Academy are superb, with warm analogue sound. The violin solos are particularly beautiful. The best version of this set of Vivaldi concertos. Iona Brown surpasses almost everyone else when she plays baroque violin. Not on original instruments, but still the best.
“There is some wonderful music here; the later concertos are every bit the equal of anything in The Trial between Harmony and Invention (Il Cimento Dell’Armonia E Dell’Inventione), and they are played gloriously.” (The Penguin Guide)

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Iona Brown, Malcolm Latchem
Orchestra:  The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Iona Brown
Vinyl (1978)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Argo
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 4.85 GB
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