HD-Vinyls 96/24 (DGG) Antonin Dvorak – Stabat Mater (Kubelik)

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Dvorák’s solemnly lyrical setting of the Stabat Mater is one of the glories of 19th-century choral music, and this has always been regarded as one of its finest performances. Rafael Kubelík had few equals in this repertoire, and he knew just how to achieve the maximum of expression with a minimum of hesitation and dragging–critical in a work that is largely meditation and sorrowful reflection. A twofer price, this is the version to have. –David Hurwitz

# Composer: Antonin Dvorak
# Performer: John Shirley-Quirk, Elmar Schloter, Anna Reynolds, Wieslaw Ochman, Edith Mathis
# Orchestra: Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl (1977)

# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# ASIN CD: B000001GY2

# Size: 1.5 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Ansermet / OSR – Borodin: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3, Overture from “Prince Igor” (Speakers Corner / London, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Alexander Borodin
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1954 / 1996)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Speakers Corner / London | CS 6126
# Size: 1.1GB (24/96) + 308MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

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Reiner / CSO ‎– Rimsky-Korsakoff: Scheherazade (200g, Analogue Productions)

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# Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1960 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Analogue Productions / RCA Living Stereo | AAPC 2446 / LSC-2446
# Size: 24/96kHz (977MB) and 16/44.1 (247MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Ravel/Berlioz – Scheherazade/Nuits d’été

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Oh friends, what a wonderful and delicate work
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Régine Crespin was an artist of sensitivity, breathtaking vocal effects and one who knew when to step offstage to spend the remainder of her luminous career teaching younger singer her craft. Gone 2007, aged 80, she’s still missed, but for those who treasure her memory, this recording is a must.

# Composer: Maurice Ravel, Hector Berlioz
# Performer: Règine Crespin
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)

# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# ASIN: B000FG5PHM

# Size: 938 MB
# Scan: yes

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (London) Leo Delibes – Highlights from Sylvia & Coppelia (Ansermet)

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Like most Ansermet performances with his beloved Suisse Romande Orchestra, these 1957/59 readings are precise and well-articulated, engineered to perfection and captured in glorious golden-age stereo.

# Composer: Leo Delibes
# Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1957/59)
# Number of discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B00005HW1Z
# Size: 978 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Mono HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Mercury) Luigi Cherubini – Medea (Callas)

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This is one of Callas’ most famous roles. Callas was born to play monumentally tragic, misunderstood characters such as the mythical Medea who was driven to such depths of despair by her husband’s betrayal that she killed their joint children just to punish him. I do not imply any naive emotional parallels to Callas’ own tragic and misunderstood life, but the strength of Callas’ characterization of Medea in this opera is certainly remarkable.

# Composer: Luigi Cherubini
# Performer: Maria Meneghini Callas, Alfredo Giacommotti, Elvira Galassi, Giuseppe Modesti, Lidia Marimpietri, Miriam Pirazzini, Mirto Picchi, Renata Scotto
# Orchestra: Orchestra of the Teatro Alla Scala di Milano
# Conductor: Tullio Serafin
# Vinyls (1957)
# Format: Flac
# Number of discs: 3
# Label: Mercury
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B00000630T
# Size: 1.26 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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It’s upgrade time for TheNightOwl… The fundraiser is now closed

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Hello Friends,

Over the last couple years, several of you have made a donation to me in support of my vinyl rips. Some of you have been kind and generous enough to donate several times. I’d like to send a sincere thank you to each of you for your support – especially to those who have donated more than once. Hopefully, you’re all enjoying the rips.

Now, with your help, I’d like to take them to the next level…

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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Decca) Hector Berlioz – Harold in Italy (Maazel)

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Never released on CD, great recording, hard to find.

# Composer: Hector Berlioz
# Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel
# Vinyls (1978)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN CD: not found

# Size: 745 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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(half)HD-Vinyl 16/96 (EMI) Franz Liszt – “Dante” Symphony (Masur)

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Great works by Liszt and well played by the orchestra. It’s a nice switch from his usual piano compositions. Put this right up there with the other classical musical masters. Definitely buy this album – you won’t be disappointed.

# Composer: Franz Liszt
# Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
# Conductor: Kurt Masur
# Vinyl (1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B000002SCL

# Size: 834 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – The Nine Symphonies + Interview: Solti about Beethoven (in German)

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This is a broad, powerful, heavy-duty Beethoven symphony cycle, free of idiosyncracy, that can stand as a benchmark to measure against more unconventional interpretations, a kind of golden mean of Beethoven. Decca’s spacious sonics foregrounds Solti’s attention to orchestral detail; all the sections, particularly the low strings and the winds can be heard to beautiful effect. Solti’s tempos are expansive, and as befits a great opera conductor, incident rules over architecture.

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Yvonne Minton, Pilar Lorengar, Martti Talvela, Stuart Burrows
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
# Vinyls (1975)
# Format: Flac
# Number of discs: 10
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B000T9QF8S
# Size: 8.4 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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