Please welcome another audiophile super-label: Fonè I have read so much about the Italian super-label Fonè, so I thought, is time to hear the records, that so many HiFi lovers would never sell or give away. But I never expected it would be this hard to get the pearls that Signor Giulio Cesare Ricci (called Signoricci by the fans) produces, 100% analogue and very limited to 496 copies. Don’t ask me, why the hell 496 and not 500 😀 Finally I had luck and could get my hands on three of these black gold nuggets and….WOW ! My expectations weren’t disappointed. Concerning this recording, I seldom heard the Stradivari as if it was played in my livingroom just for me. You can hear the violin breathing…
Audiophile factor: very high!
To Jean-Luc My friends, you know about all the things in life that are simply the truth and you cannot do anything but to accept it: sun rises up, every day – earth is not a plate – Sir Georg Solti and Decca made the best Wagner-cycle and Mahler-cycle on earth. Period! New rip (2016) in 24/192
Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this rarity The waltzes were written for piano four hands (i.e. duet), and were also arranged for piano solo by the composer, in two different versions – difficult and simplified. The three versions were published at the same time, and sold well, contrary to the composer’s expectations. The waltzes were written while the composer lived in Vienna, a city where he would permanently settle in 1872. They were intended as a tribute to the waltz dance form which had become especially fashionable in his adopted city. György Sebők was an internationally renowned pianist and Distinguished Professor at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. He was known worldwide as a soloist with major orchestras, a recitalist on four continents, a recording artist, and for his master classes, visiting professorships, and the Swiss music festival he organized in Ernen.
# Composer: Johannes Brahms
# Performer: György Sebök
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Erato DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 385 MB
Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this rarity Even Peter Katin cannot quite rescue the first two Liebestraume from the trunk in the attic, but his playing of number three is lovely, transforming its slightly saccharine quality to lyricism. The Rigoletto Paraphrase is gay and delightful. The supreme warhorse, the Hungarian Rhapsody #2, is played so differently and so magnificently that it almost defies description. The textures in the “Lassu” portion are very lean and rapid. There is no grand, rhetorical lingering over each phrase. The ‘Friss” has an astounding drive that banishes all thoughts of the circus. It must be heard. The Rhapsody #15, the Racoczy March from Berlioz “Damnation of Faust”, is again very tight but exciting.
# Composer: Franz Liszt
# Performer: Peter Katin
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Decca/Ace Of Clubs DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 396 MB
All thanks for this pearl go to our friendJean-Luc “Together with Stravinsky’s ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’ , Ravel’s ‘Daphnis and Chloë’ and the Tchaikovsky dance masterpieces ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘The Nutcracker’, this disc of Stravinsky’s Petrouchka takes its place among the series of definitive recorded documentations of ballet masterpieces undertaken by Antal Dorati and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra for Mercury Living Presence.
# Composer: Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Mercury DR-Analysis: DR 12 Size: 1.3 GB
Many 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
Number of Discs: 3
Label: EMI/Angel DR-Analysis: DR 11 Size: 2.81 GB
Many 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
Number of Discs: 2.5
Label: Smithsonian Institution DR-Analysis: DR 12 Size: 3.94 GB
# 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
Orchestra:Orchestra & Coro dal Teatro Regio di Torino
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Subtitles:Francais, English, Русские