HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.6/Kindertotenlieder (Bernstein)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this very rare live gem.
This is truly one of the greatest albums in the pantheon of symphonic recordings. Bernstein made some exemplary recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, several of them being Mahler works, yet something truly magical, truly cosmic and truly devastating happened when the VPO played this symphony under Leonard Bernstein. Unlike some of Bernstein’s other recordings in which his histrionic approach, his extreme tempi choices, and his extensive use of rubato can be jarring or distracting, in this work these qualities are entirely appropriate and seem to be organic and seamless.

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Baritone: Thomas Hampson
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
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Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1989)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
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Size: 2.27 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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Massenet – Manon (Piotr Beczala,Anna Netrebko, David Pittsinger; Fabio Luisi; Laurent Pelly) (2012,Opera,HDTVRip)

Massenet - Manon (Piotr Beczala,Anna Netrebko, David Pittsinger; Fabio Luisi; Laurent Pelly) (2012,Opera,HDTVRip)

Massenet – Manon (Piotr Beczala,Anna Netrebko, David Pittsinger; Fabio Luisi; Laurent Pelly) (2012,Opera,HDTVRip)

Composer:Massenet
Performer:Anna Netrebko
Orchestra:Chorus and Orchestra of the New York opera house
Conductor:Fabio Luisi
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDTVRip
Size:7.34 GB
Recovery: +3%
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.5 (Bernstein)

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Mahler’s Fifth was one of the pieces Leonard Bernstein owned. This interpretation is broader than the one he recorded with the New York Philharmonic in the early 1960s, but it’s little changed in feeling. It is, however, far more polished and a good deal more persuasive. The recording, like all of Bernstein’s later Mahler cycle, was made live; here, he and the Vienna Philharmonic give a gripping performance full of telling nuance, intensely expressive yet thoroughly controlled. It’s a reading both Dionysiac and “Bachic”–as in J. S. Bach, not Bacchus–one in which the impetuous energy of the score is transmitted to the fullest degree, but not at the expense of the extraordinary (for Mahler) contrapuntal detail. Most remarkable of all, perhaps, is Bernstein’s sureness of touch, his ability to realize the many little expressive gestures that no longer merely draw attention to themselves the way they used to, but add up to something miraculous. The Philharmonic players, with him all the way, contribute many wonderful touches, especially the strings. The recording, made not in Vienna but in Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, is solid and has remarkable impact. While the bass is a bit diffuse and the sound stage not the clearest, the image is reasonably detailed and well balanced, the atmosphere good. –Ted Libbey.

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
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Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1988)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
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Size: 1.48 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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Massenet – Manon (Fleming,Alvarez) Paris (2000,Opera,DVD5+DVD9)

Massenet - Manon (Fleming,Alvarez) Paris  (2000,Opera,DVD5+DVD9)

Massenet – Manon (Fleming,Alvarez) Paris (2000,Opera,DVD5+DVD9)

Composer:Massenet
Performer:Renee Fleming
Orchestra: The Paris National Opera
Conductor:Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:11.2 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano
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Richard Wagner – Das Rheingold (Simon Rattle; Tomasz Konieczny, Michaela Schuster, Mikhail Petrenko, Olga Bezsmertna, Ileana Tonca, Boaz Daniel, Ulrike Helzel) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Richard Wagner - Das Rheingold (Simon Rattle; Tomasz Konieczny, Michaela Schuster, Mikhail Petrenko, Olga Bezsmertna, Ileana Tonca, Boaz Daniel, Ulrike Helzel) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Richard Wagner – Das Rheingold (Simon Rattle; Tomasz Konieczny, Michaela Schuster, Mikhail Petrenko, Olga Bezsmertna, Ileana Tonca, Boaz Daniel, Ulrike Helzel) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Composer:Richard Wagner
Performer:Tomasz Konieczny
Orchestra:Orchestra and Chorus of Wiener Staatsoper
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDRip
Label:Wiener Staatsoper
Size:3.57 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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Verdi – Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio (Abdrazakov – Abel,Ignacio Garcia) (2007,Opera,DVD9)

Verdi - Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio (Abdrazakov - Abel,Ignacio Garcia) (2007,Opera,DVD9)

Verdi – Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio (Abdrazakov – Abel,Ignacio Garcia) (2007,Opera,DVD9)

Composer:Verdi
Performer:Marianne Cornetti
Orchestra:Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias
Conductor:Coro de Bilbao
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size: 7.88 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Server: datafile

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Verdi – Les Vepres siciliennes (I Vespri siciliani) (Volle, Hymel, Haroutounian, Schrott, Antonio Pappano,Stefan Herheim) (2013,Opera,HDRip-AVC )

 Verdi - Les Vepres siciliennes (I Vespri siciliani) (Volle, Hymel, Haroutounian, Schrott, Antonio Pappano,Stefan Herheim) (2013,Opera,HDRip-AVC )

Verdi – Les Vepres siciliennes (I Vespri siciliani) (Volle, Hymel, Haroutounian, Schrott, Antonio Pappano,Stefan Herheim) (2013,Opera,HDRip-AVC )

Composer:Verdi
Performer:Michael Volle
Orchestra:Choir and orchestra of Covent Garden
Conductor:Antonio Pappano
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:BDRip-AVC
Size:6.83 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:English, French, German, Italian, Spanish,RUSSIAN
Server: datafile

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Antonio Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Silverstein/Ozawa)

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Thank you very much to our friend Mats for this precious gift
Vivaldi’s spirit must have been with the symphony when they recorded this. I have about 20 versions of Vivaldi’s 4 seasons and this is one of the best overall performance/recording. For example. the tight driven strings that break into the lazy beginning of the Summer section are awe inspiring. I had never really paid that much attention to that part until I heard this. My hat”s off also to the recording artists as this record is not overly awash in waltzy-smaltzy concert hall reverb. It is dynamic and tight! File this under “one of the top ten” performances of the seasons.

I just read of Mr. Silvertein’s death, Nov. 21.2015
R.I.P. Maestro! :(

# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Joseph Silverstein
# Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor:
Seiji Ozawa
# Vinyl (1983)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Telarc
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
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Size: 1.58 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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Super Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (MFSL/Decca) L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Solti)

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Not the old rip but a new one, with the current engines and in 24/192
Thousand thanks to our friend Mats for this gem, that I once owned
Right from the opening, you know this one is going to be special. Solti definitely has listened to a lot of Furtwangler in preparation to confront Beethoven and his 9th Symphony. The tempos are broad in the opening movement and especially spacious in the adagio. Solti is not a questing, spiritual conductor like Wilhelm Furtwangler was and that’s most readily felt in the adagio where Solti’s communicate powers are not in the same league as that of the great german maestro.

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
# Singer:Pilar Lorengar, Yvonne Minton, Stuart Burrows, Martti Talvela
# Vinyl (1972/198?)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: MFSL/Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size:
2.93 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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Vincenzo Bellini – La Sonnambula (Evelino Pido, Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Florez) (2009,Opera, Sat stream 1080i)

Vincenzo Bellini - La Sonnambula (Evelino Pido, Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Florez) (2009,Opera, Sat stream 1080i)

Vincenzo Bellini – La Sonnambula (Evelino Pido, Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Florez) (2009,Opera, Sat stream 1080i)

Composer:Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:Juan Diego Flórez
Orchestra:Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor: Evelino Pidò
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:Sat stream
Size:9.77 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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