HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Giacomo Puccini – Madama Butterfly (Scotto/Bergonzi/Barbirolli)

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Maybe you know, my friends, that I’m not a fan of Mrs Scotto. But, hell, I must admit, she’s here totally into the role of the unhappy Cio-Cio-San, that she has touched me…Glad to have heard her on this beautiful set, that I only bought because of Bergonzi. I have never been so moved. I have some fine recordings of Butterfly — Tebaldi, Freni, Price — yet none have moved me as this one. They all have their fine points, and moving parts that bring one to tears, but this recording is so much more than the occasional fine moment. After I heard this opera twice in a row, I’m convinced, that this is the best “Butterfly” in the milky way.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Perform
er: Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Scotto, Rolando Panerai, Paolo Montarsolo ,Anna Di Stasio
# Orchestra: Orchestra E Coro Del Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma
# Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
# Vinyl (1967/1986)

# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: EMI

# ASIN: B000TGW1SY
# Size: 2.82 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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Bruno Walter / Columbia Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Bruno Walter
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1959 / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 71 of 100
# Size: 692MB (24/96) + 196MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

No conductor could have closer affinities with this genial yet gloriously vital symphony than Bruno Walter. Probably the most affectionately remembered maestro of recent times, he led the all-star west-coast Columbia Symphony Orchestra especially created for him in this characteristically Walterian Fourth. It was recorded in Hollywood, in February 1958, as part of his second cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies.

This symphony’s orchestration differs from the conventional specifications of the time (wind instruments in pairs, timpani and strings) only in calling for a single flute rather than a pair. The first and last movements are in sonata form, the second may be considered to be in either rondo or sonata form, and the third, while called Menuetto in the score, is actually a genuine Beethoven scherzo.

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Otto Klemperer / Philharmonia Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Otto Klemperer
# Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
# Vinyl (1953 / 1978)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 7 of 100
# Size: 980MB (24/96) + 261MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

All of Klemperer’s vaunted “Olympian” qualities were brought to bear in his phenomenal first recording of this work – regarded by many as the greatest of all symphonies – a reading as large-scaled and vital as the work itself. Majestic and powerful in the true classical sense, the listener becomes totally immersed in the compassion and affirmation of Beethoven’s vision.

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RR) Paul Chihara – The Tempest (The Performing Arts Orchestra)

front_small_boxsetAnother Reference Recordings sonical wonder. The 2nd Suite will blow you away (DR 17).
Pay attention: Danger to become an audiophile addict is very high!

# Composer: Paul Chihara
# Orchestra: The Performing Arts Orchestra of San Francisco
# Conductor: Jean-Luis Leroux
# Vinyl (1982)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 17
# Label: Reference Recordings
# ASIN: B00000156P
# Size: 1.17 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Vincenzo Bellini – I Puritani (Sutherland/Pavarotti/Bonynge)

front_small_boxsetMany thanks to our Bob for this fantastic gift
Maybe I get sentimental, when I get older and older, but I always send a kiss to heaven and cannot thank enough, if I can hear again the voices of Sutherland, Pavarotti, Ghiaurov and the music of Bellini. The sicilian wonder Bellini died too early (aged 34), but he conditioned and impressed the opera scene like no one other. His handful of operas are among the most beautiful you can find in the operatics world: Norma, I Capuleti E I Montecchi, La Sonnambula, Beatrice Di Tenda, I Puritani.

# Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
# Performers: Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Anita Caminada, Gian Carlo Luccardi, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Richard Bonynge
# Vinyl (1973/75)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: London (Decca)
# ASIN: B0000041SB
# Size: 3.45 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
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Nice YAMAHA amp to sell

I originally bought this unit on ebay for my son…I wanted to prepare and give him his first HiFi-Equipment. But I didn’t need to buy him a CD-player and speakers, because he signaled me clearly, that he’s very happy with his iPod and mp3…

(O.M.G.) 🙁

So, here for you, preferable someone within the European Union, a nice Yamaha AX-700, I think from somewhen end 80s/early 90s (?)As you can see on the images, is in a good shape for being this old. Only some light signs of usure on the front, top and sides.Here you can find all technical specifications you need

Important for the vinylists: it has a Phono-Input, switchable MM/MC…and also important for the upgrade: pre amp and main amp are separable.

The amp weights about 12 KG, so shipping cost is for Germany 12 EUR. For other countries, please ask or check it yourself on internet.

I don’t remember, how much I paid for the amp, one year ago…but I see/saw this amp on ebay all the time with prices between 140 and 200 EUR for similar conditions of the amp, so your price will be 120 EUR

This call will be visible until coming sunday…then I post the amp on ebay…or until the first of you has sent me a PM and paid via Paypal.

Good Luck!

EDIT:
Many thanks to the friend from South Europe, who bought this nice unit. Very appreciated the very fast payment…and the amp will be tomorrow (wednesday) on its way.

THANK YOU !






Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
# Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl (1958 / 1978)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 8 of 100
# Size: 857MB (24/96) + 220MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

This recording with Sir Thomas Beecham and the magnificent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was one of the most successful early stereo productions. While Beecham conducted all nine of the Beethoven symphonies, he did not record them all. However, the Second is the one with which he was most closely associated. He recorded it on three different occasions, each regarded as the outstanding version of its time.

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