Monthly Archives: April 2014

HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Richard Strauss – Ein Heldenleben/A Hero’s Life (Karajan)

front_small_boxsetIf you are looking for a definitive version of “Ein Heldenleben” this is the one, so beatifully recorded and phrases are just fantastic and clean. The powerful berlin philharmonic orchestra has never been so huge and strong as in this recording. A must have.

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Angel (EMI)
# ASIN: B000002S8C
# Size: 893 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Richard Strauss – Death And Transfiguration/Four Last Songs (Karajan/Janowitz)

front_small_boxsetGundula Janowitz had a very beautiful voice that critics like to describe as “creamy,” whatever that means. Strauss had a life-long love affair with the soprano voice. He even married one–not just the voice, the whole woman, of course. His Four Last Songs constitute his dying tribute, and they are probably the most hedonistically gorgeous vocal works in existence. Herbert vo Karajan was a Strauss specialist, as was Janowitz, and together they contrive to perform the songs about as perfectly as they ever have been.

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Performer: Gundula Janowitz

# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# ASIN: B000001GQF
# Size: 970 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto (Richter)

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“Look” how great MONO can sound – Re-upload, now with FF links
If you want to judge a pianist’s versatility, listen to his or her recording of the Schumann Piano Concerto. It requires virtually everything a pianist should have to offer: poetry, virtuosity, expansive expression alternating with poised restraint.

# Composer: Robert Schumann
# Performer: Sviatoslav Richter
# Orchestra:  Symphony Orchestra of the National Philarmony Warsaw

# Conductor: Witold Rowicki
# Vinyl (1960)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B000001GQS

# Size: 1.04 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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George Szell / The Cleveland Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: George Szell
# Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
# Vinyl (1962 / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 87 of 100
# Size: 553MB (24/96) + 157MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

Ever since I started posting rips from the Franklin Mint collection, people have been asking me to post a complete FM cycle of the Beethoven symphonies. Right before I upgraded the cartridge and preamp, I ripped all nine of them, with the full intent of posting them. Well, one thing led to another and they never got posted. Time to do something about that…

These will be posted on an “as I have time” basis, but I should have them all up fairly soon. Starting with Symphony No. 1 (of course), I’ll be posting them one by one on the front page. Each time I post a new one, I’ll bump the post to the top of the home page. As you would probably expect, the recordings will vary in sound quality. Some will be stereo, some will be mono. But all of them are highly listenable in their own right.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Richard Strauss – Salome (Nilsson)

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Reposted, now with FF links
I can only say… WOWOWOWOW !!!!!!!!!
Don’t remember anymore, if it is from a German Decca box or English Decca box or US London box. Through the years I had them all. Actually I ha
ve the London box, where the pictures are from. The rip is suspected to be from the German box.

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Performer:  Birgit Nilsson, Eberhard Wächter, Gerhard Stolze, Grace Hoffmann, Waldemar Kmentt
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DECCA/London
# DR-Analysis: DR14
# ASIN: B000E6EH04
# Size: 1.95 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Antonin Dvorak – Requiem (Kertesz)

front_small_boxsetDvorak’s Requiem should be as well-known as those of Verdi, Brahms, Berlioz, and Mozart. Though it is not as tuneful as the Verdi, it is powerful, lyrical, and dramatic. This recording came out on LP in the early ’70s and has been hailed as the definitive one almost since it appeared. The sound is superb, and the newcomer to this music, on hearing this, is bound to wonder why this piece is not better-known. I wonder why every time I hear it.

# Composer: Antonin Dvorak
# Performer: Erzsébet Komlóssy, Pilar Lorengar, Robert Ilosfalvy, Tom Krause
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Istvan Kertesz
# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Label: EMI Angel
# ASIN: B00AM5RD44
# Size: 1.88 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Decca) Gioacchino Rossini – Stabat Mater (Kertesz)

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Powerful soloists in bel canto voice render this recording, one to be remembered. Every phrase and idea sung coherently, without tendency toward “musical mush.” Have heard several other recordings that have disappointed both listener and choirister. I am always on the lookout for music that broadens my horizons, and this quirky and irresistable piece is a wonderful discovery. A bonus is hearing Pavarotti again!

# Composer:  Gioacchino Rossini
# Performers: Pilar Lorengar, Yvonne Minton, Luciano Pavarotti, Hans Sotin
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
# Conductor: Istvan Kertesz
# Vinyls (1972)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B0000041MB

# Size: 1.05 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Reiner / CSO ‎– Pictures at an Exhibition (200g, Analogue Productions)

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# Composers: Modest Moussorgsky, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1957 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Analogue Productions / RCA Living Stereo | AAPC 2201 / LSC-2201
# Size: 24/96kHz (730MB) and 16/44.1 (177MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

Another outstanding Living Stereo release from Analogue Productions…

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time for a new ADC – the fundraiser is now closed!

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Hello Friends,

As of today, the fundraiser is closed. We have reached our goal – THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED!!!!

Your support is appreciated more than you know. I’ll be ordering the card in the morning.

I can hardly wait to hear how my rips sound at 192k!

Thanks again!

TheNightOwl

Super HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Charles Gounod – Roméo et Juliette (Freni/Corelli)

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Reposted, now with FF links
This is maybe the best possible tragic-love story by Shakespeare you will ever listen to. Young Mirella Freni and Franco Corelli (oh, what a dream-team) weep all doubts away. When you have listened to the grandious sounding opening sequence of this opera, you’ll be sure: this is the best “Romeo and Juliet” on earth.

# Composer: Charles Gounod
# Performer: Mirella Freni, Franco Corelli, Xavier Depraz, Elaine Lubin
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# Orchestra: Paris National Opera Theater Orchestra
# Conductor: Alain Lombard
# Vinyl (1968)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: EMI

# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN:
B000002S5T
# Size: 2.65 GB
# Scan: yes

# Server: FileFactory
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem (Barenboim)

front_small_boxsetThis recording is a gorgeous performance of Mozart’s excellent Requiem. Sheila Armstrong, the soprano, has a shimmering, pure, beautiful, above all a Mozartian voice – she shines in this recording. Baker has a rich voice that she uses with intelligence. Nicolai Gedda is radiant in the tenor role and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is at his considerable finest as the baritone. Daniel Barenboim conducts extremely well, and gets great singing and playing from his chorus and orchestra.

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Sheila Armstrong, Janet Baker
# Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
# Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
# Vinyl (1972)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 10
# Label: EMI Angel
# ASIN: B00AM5RD44
# Size: 1.22 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
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Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra: Carlo Rizzi – Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye (180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
# Vinyl (2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Tacet
# Size: 661MB (24/96) + 159MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: FileFactory, FilePost

My first classical rip with the new cartridge and preamp!

The companion piece to oréloB. Yet another beautifully recorded album from Tacet…

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Frühbeck De Burgos)

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This copy seems to be a promotional one, because of a sticker on the rear cover, “telling” that this is “Manufacturers Property Not For Sale”.
This recording was made shortly after Frühbeck de Burgos had lead the piece in concert with the New Philharmonia. The performance, which he conducted from memory, was hailed as a breakthrough in nuanced yet sometimes barbaric intensity. The chorus and soloists gave Frühbeck de Burgos everything he asked for in this recording. I highly recommend this recording.

# Composer: Carl Orff
# Performer: Lucia Popp, Gerhard Unger, Raymond Wolansky, John Noble
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
# Vinyl (1966)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 10
# ASIN CD: B000TENKPY

# Size: 2:36 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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High-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Jeton) Biber/Torelli/Corelli/Grossi – Barocke Trompetenkonzerte

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This is not the rip from 2011. Complete new rip with all the nice toys of 2013 and FF links

# Composer: Heinrich I. F. Biber, Arcangelo Corelli, Giuseppe Torelli, Andrea Grossi
# Performer: Reinhold Friedrich
# Vinyl (1980)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Jeton
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: never on CD

# Size: 1.03 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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