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Previn/LSO – Ravel: Boléro / Daphnis et Chloé / Pavane pour une infant défunte (180g pressing)

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# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: André Previn
# Vinyl (1979 / 1978 / 2012)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Hi-Q Records
# Size: 831MB (24/96) + 212MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

Stunningly beautiful sound on this Hi-Q release.

I’ve got at least 6 different versions of Boléro, and I think this is my new favorite. The Daphnis et Chloé is breathtaking – my only complaint is that it’s not the complete ballet. Ravel fans, be sure to grab this one!

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Ciccolini / Martinon / Orchestre de Paris – Ravel: Concerto in D for the Left Hand / Concerto in G (US SQ pressing)

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# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
# Performer: Aldo Ciccolini
# Conductor: Jean Martinon
# Vinyl (1975)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Angel / EMI
# Size: 822MB (24/96) + 199MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

This was the first time I had heard these compositions. The sound quality is excellent.

The album looked good, but the pressing and/or vinyl condition was another story. I will looking for a cleaner copy of this one. It’s not perfect, but I still highly recommend it.

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Fricsay: Berliner Philharmoniker – Mozart: Concertos for Piano and Orchestra (Speakers Corner / Deutsche Grammophon, 180g mono pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
# Performer: Clara Haskil
# Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
# Vinyl (1958 / 2009)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Speakers Corner / Deutsche Grammophon
# Size: 564MB (24/96) + 137MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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Ansermet / Crespin / L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – Ravel: “Shéhérazade” / Berlioz: “Les Nuits d’Eté” (Speakers Corner / Decca, 180g pressing)

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# Composers: Maurice Ravel, Hector Berlioz
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
# Performer: Regine Crespin
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1964 / 2012)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Decca/Speakers Corner
# Size: 939MB (24/96) + 244MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

Phenomenal sound quality on this album. Be sure to read the review below for a detailed explanation on reading the deadwax numbers on Decca recordings. Read more »

(HD Vinyl – 24/96) Wiener Philharmoniker / Leonard Bernstein ‎– Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43

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# Composer: Jean Sibelius
# Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
# Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1987)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon
# Size: 980MB (24/96) + 253MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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Skrowaczewski: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra – Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Ballet Suites Nos. 1 & 2 (Mercury Living Presence / Speakers Corner, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
# Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Stanisław Skrowaczewski
# Vinyl (1965 / 2004)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Mercury Living Presence / Speakers Corner
# Size: 1.12GB (24/96) + 288MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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Byron Janis / Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra – Pictures At An Exhibition (Mercury Living Presence / Speakers Corner, 2LP – 33/45rpm, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Modest Moussorgsky
# Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Performer: Byron Janis
# Vinyl (1959 / 1961 / 2005)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Mercury Living Presence / Speakers Corner
# Size: 1.41GB (24/96) + 357MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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Ernest Ansermet: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande – Stravinsky – Petrushka (Decca / Speakers Corner, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1993)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 16
# Label: Decca/Speakers Corner
# Size: 721MB (24/96) + 175MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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Ernest Ansermet: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande – Works By Ravel, Honegger & Dukas (Decca / Speakers Corner, 180g pressing)

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# Composers: Maurice Ravel, Arthur Honegger, Paul Dukas
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1963 / 1993)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Decca/Speakers Corner
# Size: 879MB (24/96) + 215MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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Holst: The Planets – Los Angeles Philharmonic: Zubin Mehta (Decca/Speakers Corner, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Holst
# Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
# Conductor: Zubin Mehta
# Vinyl (1971 / 1998)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Decca/Speakers Corner
# Size: 967MB (24/96) + 231MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

One of my favorite versions of The Planets, this was a particularly difficult album to clean up, due to all the extremely quiet passages. Still, I think it came out pretty well.

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