HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos KV216 & KV219 (Grumiaux)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
These recordings were, for many years, considered to be among the best available. This is delightful old-style Mozart (meaning not period instrument) played beautifully and with character by the artists. Arthur Grumiaux’s aristocratic style really shines through here. He does not follow the more romantic style that seems to be very popular these days (check out Perlman and Mutter’s recordings) and instead presents the music as it is intended to be. Some people may be turned off by this approach to the music, though, for it makes the music sound somewhat less impressive and perhaps slightly more dry. Nevertheless, Mozart’s elegant melodies really sing via Grumiaux’s treatment of the music. This is pure “Grandezza”.

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Arthur Grumiaux
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 988 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Frederik Chopin – The 14 Waltzes (Cziffra)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this beauty
Cziffra is and has always been a criminally neglected and underrated musician. His account is fresh, exciting, elegant and in no way inferior to any one in the world. In fact, he holds his own against any competition as far as the waltzes are concerned. One is tempted to actually dance to his reading of, say, the op. 69 valse, thereby reminding us of why these pieces were held by the composer to be waltzes, and not soothing lullabies. It should be strongly recommended for anyone interested in Chopin’s music.

# Composer: Frederik Chopin
# Performer: Gyorgy Cziffra
# Vinyl (196???)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 1.02 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl(Mono) 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana/Leoncavallo – I Pagliacci (Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi, Serafin)

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Leoncavallo’s and Mascagni’s short operas belong among the most popular works of the verismo . A great example of love, disappointment, betrayal, and death. Mascagni s beautiful music was made popular among opera novices through the Hollywood masterpiece “The Godfather III” . Leoncavallo’s sad and touching aria of Canio “Recitar, mentre preso dal delirio…” is one of the most beautiful arias in operatics. On this set, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi and Giuseppe Di Stefano, led by Tullio Serafin, deliver a breathtaking performance. Stunning!

# Composer: Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Pietro Mascagni
# Performer: Maria Meneghini-Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Rolando Panerai, Tito Gobbi
# Orchestra: Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala
# Conductor: Tullio Serafin
# Vinyl (1954)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI/Angel
# DR-Analysis: DR: 12
# Size: 1.62 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Brahms/Schumann – The Complete String Quartets (Quartetto Italiano)

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The quartet plays with simplicity, eloquence and with a lyrical tone that few can hope to match. Each of the movements is carefully crafted, and the playing is a window into the composer’s soul, as also the wonderful interplay between the members of the quartets. These are performances that combine eloquence and passion, and the sound quality is wonderful despite the intervening years. These performances are topnotch and set a standard that few even approach.

# Composer: Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann
# Performer – Quartetto Italiano
# Vinyl (1968-71)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 3.6 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Furtwängler / Berliner Philharmoniker – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 “Eroica” (mono, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
# Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
# Vinyl (2011)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: audite | 87.101 | Records 6B & 7A/B
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.68GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.30GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (337MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

This one is by request…

From the 14LP box set… Edition Wilhelm Furtwängler – RIAS recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic.

For this LP edition, we have taken the decision not to alter the great dynamic range of the original analogue tapes. This means that Furtwangler’s interpretations are made accessible to the listener with their original dynamics. However, alongside the ff passages, with no dynamic alteration, there are also very soft ppp passages during which background noise is audible. – from the back of the box

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Milstein / PSO – Violin Concertos – (Cisco, 180g promo pressing)

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# Composers: Antonin Dvořák, Alexander Glazounov
# Orchestras: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
# Conductors: William Steinberg
# Vinyl (1957 / 2002)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Cisco / Capitol | 00289 479 3760
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.95GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.01GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (302MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Heger, Rother: Wagner – Lohengrin (3 CD box set, APE)

Heger, Rother: Wagner – Lohengrin (3 CD box set, APE)

Heger, Rother: Wagner – Lohengrin (3 CD box set, APE)

Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: Jaro Prohaska, Walter Grossmann, Josef Greindl, Ludwig Hoffmann et al.
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
Conductor: Artur Rother, Robert Heger
Audio CD
SPARS Code: AAD
Number of Discs: 3 CD
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Preiser Records
ASIN: B0000023RA
Size: 0.98 GB
Recovery: +5%
Scan: no
Server: datafile
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