Monthly Archives: January 2016 - Page 2

Mozart – Cosi fan tutte (Karl Bоhm,Gundula Janowitz,Christa Ludwig,Luigi Alva) (1970,Opera,HDTVRip)

Mozart - Cosi fan tutte (Karl Bоhm,Gundula Janowitz,Christa Ludwig,Luigi Alva) (1970,Opera,HDTVRip)

Mozart – Cosi fan tutte (Karl Bоhm,Gundula Janowitz,Christa Ludwig,Luigi Alva) (1970,Opera,HDTVRip)

Composer:Mozart
Performer:Gundula Janowitz
Conductor:Karl Böhm
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:
Label:
Size:6.83 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Giacomo Puccini – Madame Butterfly (De Los Angeles/Björling)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Bob for this masterpiece
Certain recorded Butterflys are considered to be definitive, with Toti dal Monte, Maria Callas and Renata Scotto leading the pack. Because of the strong competition, this 1955 recording does not automatically come to mind as a classic Butterfly performance. That is too bad because Victoria de los Angeles, in her second recording of the opera, is wonderfully natural in the title role. While she may not plumb the depths of the part in the way that some other sopranos have, her voice, while still carrying the drama and Butterfly’s pathos, sounds more youthful than that of many of her competitors.
I think this was Jussi Björling’s last complete opera recording; it may well be one of his best. His aristocratic style is just as valid as the more impetuous interpretation of Giuseppe di Stefano, De Los Angeles’ first recorded Pinkerton.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling, Piero De Palma, Miriam Pirazzini, Mario Sereni
# Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Opera House, Rome
# Conductor: Gabriele Santini
Vinyl (1955)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 2.81 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Rare Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Smithsonian Institute) Johann Sebastian Bach – The Brandenburg Concerti – Smithsonian Institution

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Booksaregood for these gems
Truly a marvellous rendition of the Brandenburg Concerti. These recordings are excellent. Use original instruments of the period, recorded without the use of multiple microphones, which aides the intimate sound stage of the chamber music period and has nice presentation and decent liner notes.
Sonically, they are superb, with a simple, clean sound that will reward those who have their speakers set up correctly in their designated listening room. The Smithsonian even went thru the effort of not cutting the grooves too narrow for better sound quality and hence the reason for only five of the six albums having music on them. They also did NOT include “fodder” material ( non-Brandenburg ) to make up the last side.
Enjoy with a bottle of wine.

Audiophile factor: very high!

# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
# Orchestra: Aston Magna
# Conductor: Albert Fuller
Vinyl (1978)
Number of Discs: 2.5
Format: Flac
Label: Smithsonian Institution
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 3.94 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Collins / LSO: Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Jean Sibelius
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Anthony Collins
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13, DR 12, DR 14, DR 14, DR 14, DR 14
# Label: Decca | 0289 478 8497
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (8.75GB), 24-bit/96kHz (4.19GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.04GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Jules Massenet – Werther (Roberto Alagna, Kate Aldrich – David Alagna, Frederico Alagna – Alain Guingal) (2014, Opera, DVD9)

Jules Massenet - Werther (Roberto Alagna, Kate Aldrich - David Alagna, Frederico Alagna - Alain Guingal) (2014, Opera, DVD9)

Jules Massenet – Werther (Roberto Alagna, Kate Aldrich – David Alagna, Frederico Alagna – Alain Guingal) (2014, Opera, DVD9)

Composer:Jules Massenet
Performer:Roberto Alagna
Orchestra:Orchestra & Coro dal Teatro Regio di Torino
Conductor:Alain Guingal
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDVideo
Size:7.52 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:Francais, English, Русские
Server: datafile

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Mozart – Don Giovanni (Skovhus, Ketelsen, Opolais, Petersen, Avemo, Balzer, Bizic,Louis Langrée ) (2010,2013, Opera, 2xDVD9)

Mozart - Don Giovanni (Skovhus, Ketelsen, Opolais, Petersen, Avemo, Balzer, Bizic,Louis Langrée ) (2010,2013, Opera, 2xDVD9)

Mozart – Don Giovanni (Skovhus, Ketelsen, Opolais, Petersen, Avemo, Balzer, Bizic,Louis Langrée ) (2010,2013, Opera, 2xDVD9)

Composer:Mozart
Performer:Bo Skovhus
Orchestra:Chorus Freiburger Barockorchester
Conductor:Louis Langrée
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDVideo
Label:Bel Air Classiques/France
Size:12.5 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:French, English, German, Spanish, Italian
Server: datafile

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Richard Strauss – Elektra (Herlitzius, Pieczonka, Meier, Esa-Pekka Salonen,Patrice Chereau) (2013,Opera,DVD9)

Richard Strauss - Elektra (Herlitzius, Pieczonka, Meier, Esa-Pekka Salonen,Patrice Chereau) (2013,Opera,DVD9)

Richard Strauss – Elektra (Herlitzius, Pieczonka, Meier, Esa-Pekka Salonen,Patrice Chereau) (2013,Opera,DVD9)

Composer:Richard Strauss
Performer:Evelyn Herlitzius
Orchestra:Orchestre de Paris
Conductor:Esa-Pekka Salonen
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDVideo
Label:BelAir Classiques
Size:7.18 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:French, German, Spanish, Italian, English
Server: datafile

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Rossini – Otello (Cecilia Bartoli, John Osborne; Muhai Tang) Zurich (2012,Opera,DVD9)

Rossini - Otello (Cecilia Bartoli, John Osborne; Muhai Tang) Zurich (2012,Opera,DVD9)

Rossini – Otello (Cecilia Bartoli, John Osborne; Muhai Tang) Zurich (2012,Opera,DVD9)

Composer:Gioachino ROSSINI
Performer:John Osborn
Orchestra:Orchestra La Scintilla
Conductor:Muhai Tang
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDVideo
Label:Decca
Size:7.41 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Sonatas Volumes 2, 3, 5 (Oistrakh/Oborin)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for these gems
No one even came close to recording the Beethoven Sonatas as well as Oistrakh and Oborin, the two play as though they were one.
While one can argue that the tempos may stray from Beethoven’s markings, I dare you to try to find a recording more full of emotion and warmth and that is the most important element to me. Music means nothing if it has no feeling even if it is perfectly executed. The melodies soar like they should and Beethoven would have no choice but to smile if he heard these performances.
It may be true that some or even many of Oistrakh’s recordings do not sound unlike a performance in a tin can, that is simply not the case here.

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Violin – David Oistrakh, Piano – Lev Oborin
Vinyl (1962)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 15, 14, 14
Size: 2.76 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Moussorgski – Boris Godounov ( Jerzy Semkow, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Donald Kash,Gabriel Sade ) (1999,Opera,VHSRip)

Moussorgski - Boris Godounov ( Jerzy Semkow, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Donald Kash,Gabriel Sade ) (1999,Opera,VHSRip)

Moussorgski – Boris Godounov ( Jerzy Semkow, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Donald Kash,Gabriel Sade ) (1999,Opera,VHSRip)

Composer:Moussorgski
Performer:Ferruccio Furlanetto
Orchestra:Boys ‘ choir of the Church of the Resurrection then the leadership of Carmelo Picon
Conductor:Jerzy Semkow
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDVideo
Size:3.92 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 (MFSL/EMI) Peter Tchaikowsky – Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique” (Karajan)

front-small-boxsetThousand thanks to our friend Mats for this gem
I am in no doubt that this is one of Karajan’s greatest recordings. He recorded this bleakest of symphonies many times and there is undoubtedly merit in the 50’s versions with the Philharmonia and the VPO, and the two accounts made with the BPO for DG in the 60’s and 70’s, but for many the finest remains this 1971 recording, also with the BPO, made in the warm acoustic of the Jesus-Christus Kirche in September 1971. It was originally released on LP in quadrophonic sound; the violins are still a bit shrill but otherwise we hear a deep, golden acoustic ideally suited to the sound Karajan’s orchestra made back then.

Audiophile factor: High!

# Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1972/1983)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: MFSL/EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 916 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Mercury) Richard Strauss – “Rosenkavalier”-Suite/Till Eulenspiegen (Dorati)

front-small-boxsetThousand thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
In this one superlative disk you can hear why Dorati was considered one of Strauss’s greatest interpreters. Throughout his career, from the days of the Ballet Russe in the ’30s and ’40s to the Detroit Symphony recordings of the ’70s and ’80s, Dorati followed Strauss scholarship closely and shared his admiration of Strauss with audiences in stunning and communicative performances. These are from his Minneapolis years and the performances are knockouts. The maestro plays fair by the composer, but there’s an almost operatic type of scene organization that allows him to build drama and lead us through the ebbs and tides of Straussian psychology.

Audiophile factor: High

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
Vinyl (1958)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Mercury
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 1.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Anders Öhrwall / Stockholm Bach Choir / SRSO – Händel: Messiah – A Live Recording (3LP, Swedish pressing)

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# Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
# Orchestra: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Anders Öhrwall
# Vinyl (1982)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Proprius Musik | 7871-73
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (5.28GB), 24-bit/96kHz (2.68GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (776MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Britten – The Turn of the Screw (Steuart Bedford) (2003,Opera,DVD5)

Britten - The Turn of the Screw (Steuart Bedford) (2003,Opera,DVD5)

Britten – The Turn of the Screw (Steuart Bedford) (2003,Opera,DVD5)

Composer:Britten.B
Performer:Menai Davies
Orchestra:Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:Steuart Bedford
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format: DVD-Video
Size:4.26 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Server: florenfile

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Debussy – Chute de la maison Usher ( Lawrence Foster, Scott Hendricks, Steven McRae, Nicholas Cavallier, Johannes Stepanek, John Graham-Hall, Gary Avis, Katia Pellegrino, Leanne Benjamin ) (2006,Opera-ballet,DVD5)

Debussy - Chute de la maison Usher ( Lawrence Foster, Scott Hendricks, Steven McRae, Nicholas Cavallier, Johannes Stepanek, John Graham-Hall, Gary Avis, Katia Pellegrino, Leanne Benjamin ) (2006,Opera-ballet,DVD5)

Debussy – Chute de la maison Usher ( Lawrence Foster, Scott Hendricks, Steven McRae, Nicholas Cavallier, Johannes Stepanek, John Graham-Hall, Gary Avis, Katia Pellegrino, Leanne Benjamin ) (2006,Opera-ballet,DVD5)

Composer:Debussy
Performer:Scott Hendricks
Orchestra:Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:Lawrence Foster
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDVideo
Size:3.89 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:German, English, French
Server: florenfile

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