Pablo Casals / Marlboro Festival Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Pablo Casals
# Orchestra: Marlboro Festival Orchestra
# Vinyl (1967 / 1978)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 8 of 100
# Size: 543MB (24/96) + 155MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
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Arturo Toscanini / New York Philharmonic – Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
# Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
# Vinyl (1936 / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 72 of 100
# Size: 663MB (24/96) + 164MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
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If ever there has been a quintessential musical expression of sheer energy, it is in Beethoven’s unflaggingly dynamic Seventh Symphony. And among all its famous interpreters, surely no one has matched the extraordinary, always tautly controlled drive of Arturo Toscanini at the height of his powers in 1936.

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Vinyls 16/44.1 (RCA) Richard Wagner – Lohengrin (Leinsdorf)


Never before – or after – have I heard that story of Grail told / sung so beautifully. No other tenor has got the potential this Hungarian had in both his voice itself as such and in his interpretation of this role: depth, warmth, sheer beauty, colour, heft, masculinity, humanity, style, musicality, phrasing – you name it, and let it be whatever – but it’s THERE.
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# Composer: Richard Wagner
# Singer: Sándor Kónya, Lucine Amara, Rita Gorr, William Dooley, Jerome Hines, Calvin Marsh
# Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyls (1965)
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B000009W7L
# Size:
1.1 GB
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Vinyls 16/44.1 (Decca) Richard Wagner – Der fliegende Holländer (Dorati)


London and Rysanek sung their roles for a long time until London lost the use of one his vocal chords and while singing at the Met. I’ve heard the competition and none measure up to this recording.
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# Composer: Richard Wagner
# Singer: Leonie Rysanek, Giorgio Tozzi, George London
# Orchestra: Royal Opera House Covent Garden
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyls (196o)
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B000023ZF6
# Size:
695 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 4 (CSO/Giulini)

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The Giulini/CSO performance of the Brahms 4th is, in my opinion, the finest, and certainly my undeniable favorite, of all time. I like the tempos, the playing, the artist’s concept, and the dark, melancholy Brahms sound that CMG inevitably evinces from whatever orchestra he is leading. The CSO was a great instrument, period, and certainly a great one for him. But truthfully I have not heard him conduct a Brahms symphony with an orchestra that did not sound like the best Brahms orchestra.

# Composer: Johannes Brahms
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
# Vinyl (1969)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B0002VEQFM

# Size: 812 MB
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