Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Denon) Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 ‘From The New World’ (Neumann)


Neumann recorded Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony several times during his life. This one from 1982 is regarded to be the best one. Indeed a very good performance and the Denon Digital treatment fits perfectly to make this disc one of the best recordings of the Ninth, among the few very good and important recordings.

Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Denon
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.54 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Solist-Musikverlag) Frankfurter Gitarren Duo – Virtuous Music of the 19th & 20th Century


Lay back and enjoy this beautiful music. No more words are needed.

Composer: Mauro Giuliani, Ferdinand Carulli, Emilio Pujol, Leo Brouwer, Amable Massis, Enrique Granados, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer: Michael Teuchert, Olaf van Gonnissen, Frankfurter Gitarren Duo
Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Solist-Musikverlag
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.63 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Bernstein)


Whether it’s the famous catchy fanfare alone, or the entire symphonic poem of the famous “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, I really love this one. Lenny did a pretty great job with this one. I’ve heard other recordings of the same pieces, surely more than 10 different (and attended it live twice), including Ormandy and Karajan, but I still spend time listening to Bernstein’s recording although my favourite is that century recording by Fritz Reiner.  But it is the fanfare itself which I was most impressed of the piece. The brass was a bit “showy” but blaring enough, and the timpani sounded just fine and “gave weight”. And the summit of the fanfare always gives me goosebumps.

Composer: Richard Strauss
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 813 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Johann Sebastian Bach – Four Flute Sonatas, Volume II (Shaffer/Malcolm/Gauntlett)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beautiful rarity

Shaffer was a very musical player who died of cancer before she was fifty and shortly after completing the Bach recording. Shaffer loved Bach and it shows. The lines develop beautifully and nothing is forced. Shaffer’s recording would be one to look for. Shaffer’s musicality and appropriate tone serve to highlight the major difficulties interpreting these works. Sound and style. The modern flute begs for vibrato. Without, it can sound like a tin pipe. But, Bach needs care. Some of the flutists rush through the lines, treating them as virtuoso vehicles. I’m no fan of a Baroque flute style played on a modern flute, but vibrato and intensity do not have to be switched on all the time. Many fine teachers and performers I know despair at the lack of subtlety and sophistication in modern flute playing. Grading the sound, a subtle use of vibrato, and the use of a true dynamic range need a lot more attention.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Elaine Shaffer, George Malcolm, Ambrose Gauntlett
Vinyl 1966
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 944 MB
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Abendroth: Bruckner – Symphony no.5, Beethoven – Symphony no.9 (2 CD, FLAC)

Abendroth: Bruckner - Symphony no.5, Beethoven - Symphony no.9 (2 CD, FLAC)
Abendroth: Bruckner - Symphony no.5, Beethoven - Symphony no.9 (2 CD, FLAC)

Composer: Anton Bruckner, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Tilla Briem, Diana Eustrati, Ludwig Suthaus, Karl Paul
Orchestra: Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig, Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin
Conductor: Hermann Abendroth
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Size: 462 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: no
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Abbado: Verdi – Simon Boccanegra (2 CD, APE)

Abbado: Verdi - Simon Boccanegra (2 CD, APE)
Abbado: Verdi - Simon Boccanegra (2 CD, APE)

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Jose Van Dam, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Jose Carreras, Antonio Savastano, Maria Fausta Gallamini, Mirella Freni, Giovanni Foiani, Piero Cappuccilli
Orchestra: La Scala Theater Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 2
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B000001GXJ
Size: 527 MB
Recovery: +3%
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Abbado, Pollini: Bartok – Piano Concertos (FLAC)

Abbado, Pollini: Bartok - Piano Concertos (FLAC)
Abbado, Pollini: Bartok - Piano Concertos (FLAC)

Performer: Maurizio Pollini, Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Composer: Bela Bartok
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B000N4SJJW
Size: 201 MB
Recovery: +3%
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Abbado: Mendelssohn – 5 Symphonies, 7 Overtures (4 CD box set, FLAC)

Abbado: Mendelssohn - 5 Symphonies, 7 Overtures (4 CD box set, FLAC)
Abbado: Mendelssohn - 5 Symphonies, 7 Overtures (4 CD box set, FLAC)

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Elizabeth Connell, Karita Mattila, Hans Peter Blochwitz
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 4 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B00005ONMP
Size: 1.27 GB
Recovery: +3%
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