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HD-Vinyls Stereo 24/96 (Decca) Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana (Suliotis/Del Monaco)

front-small-boxsetOnce I had the London Stereo Original release, but ripped it only in 16/44 and sold it. Then, last year I found the Original in Mono and made a 24/96 rip.
Now, “finalmente” I found the Original Stereo 1st Pressing that I offer here to you in 24/96

# Composer: Pietro Mascagni
# Performer: Elena Suliotis, Mario Del Monaco, Tito Gobbi
# Orchestra:  Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome
# Conductor: Silvio Varviso
# Vinyl (1967)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 1.85 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Francis Poulenc – Gloria, Organ Concerto (Carteri/Duruflé/Pretre)

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All thanks for this gift go to Jean-Luc
These recordings of Poulenc’s concerto for Organ, Strings and Percussion and his heavenly GLORIA will be for a looong time hard to beat. The organist for the concerto was none other than MAURICE DURUFLE’ the last great french classical organist/composer. The wonder of the GLORIA is the solo by coluratura Rosanna Carteri, the Italian soprano who has such a wonderful voice. POULENC was in attendance at that performance!

# Composer: Francis Poulenc
# Performer: Rosanna Carteri, Maurice Duruflé
# Orchestra: French National Radio Orchestra
# Conductor: Georges Pretre
# Vinyl (1962)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
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Size: 1.04 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Argo) Four Centuries of Organ Music – Simon Preston

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On demand, pictures of the booklet added, with information about the organs used for these recordings

# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Max Reger, Paul Hindemith, Charles Marie Widor, Cesar Franck, Olivier Messiaen, Louis Vierne, Franz Liszt, Henry Purcell, Peter Maxwell Davis, Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar
# Performer: Simon Preston
# Vinyls (1963-1970)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Argo
# DR-Analysis: DR: 11
# Size:
3.37 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Bela Bartok – Piano Concertos No. 2 + 3 (Anda/Fricsay)

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Dedicated to Jean-Luc
Ferenc Fricsay was noted for his interpretations of Bartok and Mozart (and even wrote a book about the two composers). Fricsay and Anda were graduates of the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Budapest, where their teachers included Bartok and Kodaly. The performance is lyrical where lyricism is called for, and full of driving rhythms that are exciting without being crass.

# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Performer: Geza Anda
# Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin
# Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
# Vinyl (1961)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
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Size: 2.02 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Ariel Ramirez – Misa Criolla/Navidad Nuestra (José Carreras)

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This excellent album is something to treasure. If you ever buy only one CD with Jose Carreras, this one might just be the one!!!
Although this was recorded just before the treatment for leukemia started (I believe Carreras already knew about it), it was the perfect choice at that time. His voice retains it’s beautiful pureness throughout, which no one can match, and he doesn’t need to force his instrument. Listen to some of the phrasing, especially when he is singing pianissimo in the slow passages, it’s almost unbelievebly beautiful. The way he “speaks” the words and the depth of emotion, he is inside the music, inside the the words. That the composer was present (playing the piano) does of course add to the glorious result of these sacred pieces.

# Composer: Ariel Ramirez
# Performer: José Carreras
# Vinyl (1988)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
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Size: 1.6 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Bela Bartok – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Anda/Fricsay)

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Dedicated to Jean-Luc
Ferenc Fricsay was noted for his interpretations of Bartok and Mozart (and even wrote a book about the two composers). Fricsay and Anda were graduates of the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Budapest, where their teachers included Bartok and Kodaly. The performance is lyrical where lyricism is called for, and full of driving rhythms that are exciting without being crass.

# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Performer: Geza Anda
# Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin
# Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
# Vinyl (1961)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
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Size: 1.86 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Holst/Händel/Bach (Fennell)

front-small-boxsetIt is rare these days to hear an ensemble sound as if they actually enjoy what they are playing. This album has that sound. There are technically better recordings, but none (that I have heard) with the “musicallity” that Fennell brings out. The horn “rip” in Suite in F positively has a grin on it! These are musicians, not instrumental technicians. Such a wonderful difference. And when Fennell “unchains” the big drum, oh boy, you better pray to have bought very good speakers and amps.

# Composer: Gustav Holst, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach
# Orchestra: The Cleveland Symphonic Winds
# Conductor: Frederick Fennell
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Vinyl (1978)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Telarc
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 1.68 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Saint-Saens/Lalo/Bruch – Cello Concertos (Fournier)

front-small-boxsetPierre Fournier is an incredible cellist and these performances of the concertos by Saint-Saens and Lalo are magical. Another added bonus to this recording is the inclusion of Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra”.
Lalo’s concerto is not among my favorite ones, but Fournier is the only cellist who motivates me to listen it. That’s why I recommend you. Because somehow, this Op. seems to have been composed for this memorable artist.

# Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns, Max Bruch, Édouard Lalo
# Performer: Pierre Fournier
# Orchestra: Orchestre Lamoureux de Paris
# Conductor:
Jean Martinon
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 2.17 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (L’Oiseau-Lyre) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Hogwood)

front-small-boxsetThis version of Vivaldi’s Seasons may be unique, because of four different soloists, who each one interpretes one of the four Seasons.
Like biting the perfect apple, it leaves you stunned. Dialing in the taste before you eat this common fruit, you are amazed when expectations are exceeded. Whether it is the original instruments, multiple violin soloists, or trying to envision how Vivaldi intended the Seasons to sound, the sound of this Seasons is exceptionally bright and the dramatic intensity was more than I had remembered.

# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Alison Bury, Catherine Mackintosh, Christopher Hirons, John Holloway
# Orchestra: Academy Of Ancient Music
# Conductor:
Christopher Hogwood
# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: L’Oiseau-Lyre
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.56 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG Archiv) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Standage/Pinnock)

front-small-boxsetIt’s impossible to count, how many recordings of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are there out in the world. Among them, also impossible to count, many excellent and 1st class performances. Everyone of us has his favourite(s). I own about 2 dozens of the 4 Seasons on Discs, mostly on vinyl and this is one of the few I would place in the 4 Seasons Olymp, togheter with the performance of Hogwood, the super one of Carmignola, Mutter’s and very few others.

# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Simon Standage
# Orchestra: The English Concert
# Conductor:
Trevor Pinnock
# Vinyl (1982)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG Archiv
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.49 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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