HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata (Scotto, Kraus, Bruson, Muti)

front-small-boxsetMany many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this precious gift
What Muti does in the party scene in the 1st act is unbelievable. His fast tempos fits extremely well. Scotto’s voice is, of course, quite different from Votto’s recording. I am very found of Scotto’s freshness on that recording. She went through this highly difficult score with an apparent easiness that is admirable. On this recording, she is more dense (her tone reminds me Cortubas or maybe it is vice-versa). Nevertheless, it is a wonderful accomplishment. Kraus sounds very similar as his Duke in the Rigoletto recording with Beverly Sills. Incredible fresh voice for his age. Bruson is okay. That duet on the second act is so beautiful that it is very hard to mess up.
Brand new box&vinyls, played here for the very 1st time.

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Renata Scotto, Alfredo Kraus, Renato Bruson
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Riccardo Muti
# Vinyl (1980)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 17
# Size: 2.54 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Mercury/Speakers Corner) Dmitri Shostakovich – Quartets No. 4 & 8 (Borodin String Quartet)

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All thanks for this brand new jewel go to Jean-Luc
The veteran Borodin Quartet was strongly associated with Dmitri Shostakovich’s string quartets over several decades. Their experience and skill shows strongly in these two quartets, which certainly rank among the finest of the composer. The performance from the Borodin Quartet is simply excellent, at times great, and the recorded sonics are audiophile-level, making for a compelling release.

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Performer: Borodin String Quartet
# Vinyl (1960/2009)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Mercury/Speakers Corner
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
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Size: 1.68 GB
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HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (EMI) A Liszt Recital – Alexander Brailowsky

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Many thanks to Trottar for this fine rendition
Alexander Brailowsky (16 February 1896 – 25 April 1976) was a Ukrainian/French pianist. He was a leading concert pianist in the years between the two World Wars.
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# Composer: Franz Liszt
# Performer: Alexander Brailowsky
# Vinyl (1952)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label:
EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 628 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Bela Bartok – Bluebeard’s Castle (in Hungarian) Ludwig, Berry, Kertesz

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Bartók’s lone opera has fared well on disc, and the Kertész is one of the best, even if it lacks the full bite and snap of singers emoting in their native language. Ludwig, a mezzo Judith, is convincing as a loving bride wishing to share her husband’s innermost secrets, and Berry is a patient Bluebeard, saddened by her inevitable consignment to oblivion behind the seventh door. They capture the private, intimate horrors at the core of the story. Kertész conducts brilliantly, drawing full, warm sounds from the LSO aided by Decca’s spectacular demonstration-quality engineering. Doráti (on Mercury, also with great sound but with native singers) may get closer to the spirit of Bartók’s sharp-edged score, but Kertész is in the same league.

# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Performers: Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Istvan Kertesz
# Vinyl (1965)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca

# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 2.3 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Giacomo Puccini – La Bohème (Freni/Gedda/Schippers)

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For me this Mimí of 1964 is better than the Decca-Mimí of 1973, with Pavarotti…and she is terrific fantastic in that release. All singers here could have been “only” decent, the orchestra too and the maestro too…I would have bought it anyway, 1000 times again and again, alone for beautiful Mirella and her fresh, angelic voice. People, get it, you never find a better Mirella Freni.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Mirella Freni, Nicolai Gedda, Mariella Adani, Mario Sereni
# Orchestra: Orchestra of the Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma
# Conductor: Thomas Schippers
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Angel (EMI)
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# Size: 2.19 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 1 (Ancerl)

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Due to an unknown reason, the begin of the 4th mov. was totally distorted. I don’t know why, how and when this happened. Anyway, I ripped the 4th mov. again. Please DL it following the well known link and replace the old track B1 with the new one. Thank you!

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Orchestra: Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Karel Ancerl
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: 
Supraphon
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 964 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Solti: Beethoven – 9 Symphonies (9 LP box set, FLAC, 24bit/192kHz)

Solti: Beethoven - 9 Symphonies (9 LP box set, FLAC)

Solti: Beethoven – 9 Symphonies (9 LP box set, FLAC)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Vinyl
Number of Discs: 9 LP box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: London
Size: 15.2 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: no
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Kitayenko: Shostakovich – The Symphonies (12 SACD box set, ISO)

Kitayenko: Shostakovich - The Symphonies (12 SACD box set, ISO)

Kitayenko: Shostakovich – The Symphonies (12 SACD box set, ISO)

Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
Performer: Marina Shaguch
Orchestra: Gürzenich-Orchester
Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 12 SACD box set
Format: ISO
Label: Capriccio
ASIN: B000B8QEVA
Size: 41.4 GB
Recovery: +3%
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The Decca Sound (50 CD box set, FLAC)

The Decca Sound (50 CD box set, FLAC)

The Decca Sound (50 CD box set, FLAC)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 50 CD box set
Format: FLAC (tracks+cue)
Label: Decca
ASIN: B005D51II0
Size: 15.8 GB
Recovery: +3%
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The Debussy Edition (18 CD box set, APE)

The Debussy Edition (18 CD box set, APE)

The Debussy Edition (18 CD box set, APE)

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Composer: Claude Debussy
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 18 CD box set
Format: APE (tracks)
Label: Decca
ASIN: B00742LLKU
Size: 3.5 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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