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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
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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
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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
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# 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
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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
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# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Mercury) Joaquin Rodrigo – Conciertos Aranjuez y Andaluz (Los Romeros)

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Many thanks for this beauty to our friend Jean-Luc
If you want to taste the guitar-playing delights offered up by the Romero family or if you want a fine historical record of this remarkable musical dynasty, then this is the record for you! Jointly and severally, the Romeros do their stuff here: Celedonio (the pater familias), and his sons Ángel, Celín, and Pepe. To back them up the San Antonio Symphony, in one of its very earliest major-label recordings, does its damnedest under the baton of Victor Alessandro–with truly fine results.

# Composer: Joaquin Rodrigo
# Performer: Angel  Romero, Los Romeros
# Orchestra: San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Victor Alessandro
# Vinyl (1967)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Mercury
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
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Size: 1.84 GB
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# Server: FileFactory

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