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Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Hector Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique (Maazel)


The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Lorin Maazel

Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (Tracks)
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.76 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Bizet/Grieg – Carmen & Peer Gynt Suites (Slatkin)


Revisited after exactly 5 years, now with the benefits of the Black Bird Gang and the Audio Research SP15… and in 192 kHz
The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: George Bizet, Edward Grieg
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

Vinyl 1979
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (Tracks)
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.59 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Mono HD-Vinyls 24/96 (CBS) Franz Liszt – Raymond Trouard ‎– Récital De Piano N°2


Many thanks to Trottar (who else?) for this beautiful rarity
(from French Wikipedia, translated with google)
He won his first piano prize in 1933
at the Conservatoire de Paris, and a second prize for conducting in 1937. His teachers were André Bloch, Joseph Morpain, Victor Staub, Emil von Sauer, Marcel Dupré and Paul Dukas. Philippe Gaubert and Bruno Walter. His classmates are Maurice Baquet, Henri Betti, Paul Bonneau, Leo Chauliac, Henri Dutilleux, Louiguy and Pierre Spiers. He perfected his musical studies with Yves Nat, Sergei Rachmaninov, Manuel Infante, Maurice Ravel. He gave his first piano recital in 1935. He won the first Grand Prix Louis Diémer in 1939. Then began for him a great international career that will take him around the world: in France of course, but everywhere in Europe, England, Germany , Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland. He also plays in South America and North America (United States, Canada). He plays in recital, and with orchestra under the direction of the greatest conductors: Philippe Gaubert, Pierre Monteux, Eugene Bigot, André Cluytens, Pierre Dervaux, Richard Beck, Carl Schuricht … His repertoire is vast, from Bach to Dutilleux. He excels in Liszt, of which he holds not only the technique but also the spirit by filiation with Emil von Sauer.

Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Raymond Trouard
Vinyl 19??

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 581 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (IPG) Franz Liszt – Piano Concerti No. 1 and 2 (Clidat, Norrington)


Many thanks to Trottar for another rarity
France Clidat was a French pianist renowned for her interpretations of the works of Franz Liszt, a great many of which she recorded, and Erik Satie, whose complete piano works she recorded. In 1948, at age 15, France Clidat played Henri Sauguet’s Concerto in A minor in Geneva under the conductor Ernest Ansermet. She studied at the Paris Conservatory with Lazare Lévy, Maurice Hewitt, Alexis Roland-Manuel, Norbert Dufourcq, and Robert Siohan and received first prize in piano in 1950, at the age of 18. She later studied with Emil Gilels and Lélia Gousseau. At the Budapest International Competition in September 1956, she won the Franz Liszt Prize, a prize that had not been awarded since 1937. She later performed in many venues around the world. After a recital at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Bernard Gavoty, reviewer for Le Figaro, dubbed her “Madame Liszt”. She was also called “the Ambassadress of the French piano” and she was named alongside Monique Haas, Cécile Ousset, Robert Casadesus and Philippe Entremont as outstanding representatives of the French piano school. (Continue on Wikipedia)

Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: France Clidat
Orchestra: Orchestre De La Residence De La Haye
Conductor: Roger Norrington
Vinyl 1976

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: IPG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 781 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Honegger/Shostakovich – Cello Concerti (Sadlo/Ancerl/Neumann)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
Ancerl and Sádlo recorded Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto in June 1968, just before the Russian invasion of Prague, in response to which the conductor took the painful decision to leave his homeland. The performance begins slightly heavily, with a deliberate tempo; the recording, warm to the point of slight boxiness, increases the feeling. Of course, one of the joys of hearing the Czech Phil either on disc or live is their wonderfully woody tone. Though here they seem unable to put a sharper edge on their playing, this is in keeping with Sádlo, who doesn’t see the first movement as very anguished. His (sadly uncredited) horn counterpart reinforces the impression by skipping along quite lightly.

Composer: Arthur Honegger, Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Miloš Sádlo
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl, Václav Neumann
Vinyl 1969 (1981)

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 904 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Stravinsky/Borodin – The Firebird – Ouverture and Polovetsian Dances from “Prince Igor” (Shaw)


The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Igor Stravinsky, Alexander Borodin
Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.62 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Igor Stravinsky – La Sacre Du Printemps (Maazel)


The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. Compare this rip with the rip I posted with Maestro Karajan: both are beautiful performances, but when the HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound, you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy! Take care in the 2nd Part, after 7 minutes, when the “famous” eleven drum hits come to your ears.

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Vinyl 1980

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 17
Size: 1.23 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Igor Stravinsky – La Sacre Du Printemps (Karajan)


While the Austrian maestro Herbert Von Karajan (mostly known for covering the Austro-German repertoire) may appear to be the wrong fit for Stravinsky’s mysterious and barbaric “Rite of Spring”, I’d contend that if this recording is a fair representation, Karajan’s Stravinsky has it’s merits. This recording of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” is bold and bright, with an on-point delivery that is dramatic and intense, and it is being played by an orchestra that is world class in it’s precision and polish. The DG sound is, of course, as clear as crystal. Given that, I’d ask, what more would you want? There may be others such as Bernstein, Monteux and Stravinsky himself who’d interpret this music with, perhaps, a more authentic feel of understanding for the composer’s intent, but, even so, Karajan doesn’t fail to put on a good show.

Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1964

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.33 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Béla Bartók – Violin Concerto No. 2 (Gertler/Ančerl)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this precious vinyl
Andre Gertler was a close friend of Bartok and between 1925 and 1938 joined Bartok for a long sequence of joint concerts featuring many first performances of Bartok’s compositions. Clearly the two men had a close and sustained artistic relationship and Gertler’s empathy with Bartok’s vision cannot be missed in this recording. The performance is less indulgent than many others in terms of maintaining steady and forward moving tempos. At the same time the approach to the melodic line is more lyrical and the aggressive effect in certain passages as delivered by other players is therefore lessened. The last movement brings a clearer sense of the ‘dance’ element. In total, this performance simply feels ‘right’ in a way that often eludes other recordings.

Composer: Béla Bartók
Performer: André Gertler
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl
Vinyl 1965

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 726 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (PYE Nixa) Michele Campanella Plays Franz Liszt


Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this rarity
Franz Liszt was a virtuoso pianist, an amazing composer and brought many innovations to classical piano music. He was the first to introduce the solo recital and provided more independence to musicians raising the artistic level of concert performances. Liszt brought even more freedom to pianists by creating a completely new piano technique that allowed playing fast and brilliantly at the same time. Transcriptions and paraphrases played a special role in Liszt’s professional life. Unlike others pianists of his time, he never viewed transcriptions as tools for showing off his virtuoso abilities. Liszt transcribed works of others in order to promote music of not very well known composers to the public .….

Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Michele Campanella
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: PYE Nixa
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 951 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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