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Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concertos (Katchen/Gamba)


Revisited, with the benefit of the SP15 and in 24/192
Incredible find in a flea market, some years ago…for a few bucks!
 Decca recordings pressed by Mercury/Philips, almost NM!
The premature death of the genious US-American pianist (with Russian-Jewish origins) Julius Katchen in 1969 (due to leukaemia), at the age of 42 years, will never give an answer to the question about the best pianist of the last century. Anyway, he was one of the best!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Julius Katchen
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Pierino Gamba
Vinyl (1959-1964)
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac (tracks)
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 7.97 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Telarc) Peter Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker (Mackerras)


Excellent vinyl of the Nutcracker by the London Symphony Orchestra. 180 gram remastered recording. Two records. Timeless art by Maurice Sendak of “Where the wild things are” fame. Highly recommend if you want to relive the Nutcracker or just have a nice fancy diner with the music in the background. Sir Charles Mackerras has done the world of classical music a big, big favor. I have another, fantastic complete version of this ballet, but I can recommend this one, based on what hear on this terrific recording. Right from the start, Mackerras shows not only that he cares, but that he gets it. This work calls for light, rapid, and sonorous playing from all instrumental groups to capture the Christmassy, miniature feel of the work. The listener is even treated to a rifle shot and cannon blasts during “The Battle Between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” You can’t go wrong with picking this one up instead of another recording.

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
Vinyl 1986/2016

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.16 GB
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Repaired. Grandma also.

HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Die Wiener Philharmoniker Spielen Strauss (Boskovsky)


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
For many years, Willi Boskovsky led the Vienna Philharmonics during the famous New Year’s concerts. Violinist and conductor, he had this “Viennese Blood” essential to understand the music of Strauss and know how to mark the dynamics in the most accurate way. Willi Boskovsky was born in Vienna. He, and the great Vienna Philharmonics of which he served as concertmaster for forty years, thoroughly assimilated the essence of the Strauss idiom. All of the most famous waltzes by Johann Strauss I & II are included on this box. Also some of the finest waltzes by his talented brother, Joseph.

Composer: Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss (Father), Joseph Strauss
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Willy
Boskovsky
Vinyl 1974

Number of Discs: 6
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 5.33 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Johann Sebastian Bach – 6 Sonatas and Partitas For Solo Violin BWV 1001-1006 (Henryk Szeryng)


Many many thanks to our Jean-Luc for this gigantic gem
This is just pure Bach, renditions of violin sonatas and partitas done by a master. The recording is exceptionally clear. There is no background sound whatsoever, which adds to the purity. A superior performance of this beautiful music. Learning the whole of Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin is a remarkable feat. Playing them with such perfect sensitivity and expression falls squarely in the realm of the superhuman. Even after repeated listenings, certain movements of this recording bring a lump to my throat and make my heart flutter. Violinists especially, I think, will discover special meaning and beauty in this recording. However, anyone who listens to classical music will find this recording to be one of the jewels of their record collection.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Henryk Szeryng
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 5.11 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Fortuna) Patrick Ball – The Celtic Harp, Vol. 1-4


“Is there anything sadder in this world of ours than poverty of words?”
— an Irish storyteller
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This statement may seem to us today a curious one to make, as we can all immediately think of something infinitely more sad. Yet, the man who made it was not speaking lightly, nor was he speaking figuratively. He lived in an Ireland which was cruelly burdened by poverty and oppression, where sadnesses and deprivations were legion. Yet, to him the lack of words was an unimaginable loss. For in words, in stories nurtured and spoken, he not only found light and warmth, laughter and exaltation, he found the very continuation of his culture, of his land, of himself.”
—Patrick Ball

Composer: Various
Performer: Patrick Ball
Vinyl 1982/1983/1985/1992
Number of Discs: 4
Format: FLAC
Label: Fortuna
DR-Analysis: DR 11/11/12/11

Size: 1.66 GB/1.76 GB/1.97 GB/1.8 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Richard Strauss – Four Last Songs (Schwarzkopf)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this splendid gem
Schwarzkopf’s version of the Four Last Songs represents the closest the human voice comes to perfection, in an astounding piece of music that touches the deepest reaches of the soul. Her rendition of the single phrase “so tief im Abendrot” in the fourth song is incomparably sublime, even ecstatic. I don’t believe any other soprano will ever come close to her in interpreting this work. To me, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf with George Szell conducting, sings in the definitive heavenly recording of Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs and other lieder from 1966 and 1969 recordings.

Composer: Richard Strauss
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: George Szell
Vinyl 1966
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.56 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Ouvertures and Intermezzi (Karajan/Mutter)


The album is all about Maestro Herbert von Karajan, who did most of his recording during the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties with DG but always keep his ties open with EMI, having signed a contract with them all the way back in the Forties. He continued working with EMI almost exclusively through the Fifties and sporadically thereafter. While the earliest overtures and intermezzi contained on this album derive from 1960 and 1976, most of it is from the early 80’s.
Due to a digital error, please, DL track A1 again and replace the old one.

Composer: Jules Massenet, Luigi Cherubini, Carl Maria von Weber, Franz Schmidt, Giacomo Puccini, Engelbert Humperdinck, Pietro Mascagni

Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1981

Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC

Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.22 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Columbia) Grieg, Piano Concerto A-Minor – Rachmaninov, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Entremont/Ormandy)


Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
In the 1950s and 60s, CBS/Columbia (now Sony Classical) had the great fortune to have three of America’s best orchestras and their conductors on its recording roster — Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. More than a half-century later, only Leonard Bernstein remains a name that even the non-classical music world knows well. This particular disc features Ormandy and the Philadelphians with the great pianists Philippe Entremont (he was 23 years old on recording this in 1958) on the Grieg Piano Concerto, that’s often accompained by Rachmaninov’s “Paganini-Rhapsody”. When it comes to the “Rhapsody”, it will has to be either Curzon on Decca or this recording made decades ago. Just by knowing the orchestra (long considered the nation’s finest at the time) and the conductor (a major virtuoso to many critics), as well as the splendid performance on the piano, explains a lot of it.
Go ahead and look for others, but I definitely recommend this.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Edward Grieg
Performer:
Philippe Entremont
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1958

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.89 GB
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Server: FF
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 9 (Giulini)


Don’t be afraid of the slow tempi; Giulini is one of those conductors of genius who can make it work, and sometimes even convince you that it’s better their way, which he does in the first and fourth movements. I agree with other reviewers that he could have brought out more of the parodistic qualities of the second and third movements, but that is small potatoes compared to his attention to musical detail, and the controlled passion in his interpretation. Giulini also had a knack for getting precisely the sound he wanted out of any orchestra, even if they were used to playing differently, and much as I like Solti I prefer the sound Giulini coaxes here from the CSO.

Composer: Franz Schubert
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
Vinyl 1977
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13

Size: 2.17 GB

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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Franz Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 1/Hungarian Fantasy (Geza Anda)


Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this rarity

Lucky man, who can say to have as many as possible recordings by Geza Anda.


Composer: Franz Liszt

Performer: Geza Anda

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor: Otto Ackermann

Vinyl 1958

Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC

Label: Columbia

DR-Analysis: DR 11

Size: 395 MB

Scan: yes

Server: FF
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Robert Schumann – Violin Sonatas 1 & 2 (Argerich/Kremer)


Can Martha Argerich do no wrong? I have so many of her recordings, and what seems to distinguish them is intensity of feeling. When she teams up with Mischa Maisky the results are wonderful, and here with Gidon Kremer no less so. Schumann found no greater solace than music-making with his pianist wife, Clara, and close friends in the reclusion of his home. So it was scarcely surprising that his thoughts should have reverted to chamber-music. The A minor Violin Sonata was written in 1851.

Composer: Robert Schumann
Performer: Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.85 GB

Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Clarinet Concerto KV 622, Bassoon Concerto KV 191 (Böhm, Prinz, Zeman)


It was Mozart who demonstrated once and for all that the concerto could be just as weighty a medium as the symphony. It is a pity that his achievement was not heeded more comprehensively. I have often thought that the likes of Beethoven, Brahms et al would have been more-rounded figures if they had composed a concerto for woodwind. Imagine a bassoon concerto by the Master of Leviathans – Anton Bruckner. Richard Strauss, composer of the Alpine Symphony & Ein Heldenleben, showed that it could be done with his chaste contribution to the repertoire. Provided he dropped all the claptrap – no hammer-blows of fate or cowbells or portentous sub-texts – a clarinet concerto by Mahler would be a fascinating prospect.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Vinyl 1974/84
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13

Size: 977 MB

Scan: yes
Server: FF
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