Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 4 In G Major (Solti)

front-small-boxset Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beauty
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! Solti does a very fine job here, and having heard many other recordings of the 4th Symphony I still place this disc near the top. Of course, the exquisite music, especially the third movement,is the real focus here, but Solti does a admirable job. To me, this is one of Mahler’s greatest works, rivalling the 5th & 9th Symphonies, or, Das Lied von der Erde.
Highly recommended.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer: Violin [Solo] – Steven Staryk, Soprano Vocals [Solo] – Sylvia Stahlman

Vinyl (1961)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 2.0 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

Continue reading

Paray / DSO – Paray Conducts Wagner (180g pressing)

cover6-front
# Composer: Richard Wagner
# Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Paul Paray
# Vinyl (1961 / 2015)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Mercury Living Presence | 478 8058
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.95GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.00GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (289MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Continue reading

HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Joaquin Rodrigo – Concierto En Modo Galante, Concierto De Estio

front-small-boxsetAll thanks for this very rarity go to Mats
If anyone is under the illusion that Rodrigo composed only for the guitar, then here’s an immediate corrective: a cello concerto and a violin concerto, each as fine as their more famous sibling (In fact Rodrigo wasn’t even a guitarist- but sssh, don’t tell anyone!!). The Concierto de estio, for Violin and Orchestra is the older piece on this record, having been written in 1943. It wears its debt to the past lightly- there are occasional hints at a Vivaldian model, but the Spanish flavour is all Rodrigo’s own. Like the cello concerto, Rodrigo’s orchestral writing is crystalline and uncluttered. Mikhail Ovrutsky clearly relishes the filigree solo part. The Concierto in Modo Galante inhabits the same sort of sound world as the better known Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre: 18th century gentility, formal dances and etiquette. The cello can sing clearly above the economical orchestration.

Composer: Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer: Agustin Leon Ara, Robert Cohen
Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:
Enrique Batiz
Vinyl (1982)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 906 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

Continue reading

HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Mario Lanza – Famous Neapolitan Songs

front-small-boxsetFor Bob from Georgia
The great Mario Lanza at his very best. Sad to think that with in a year of recording this album (Originally titled ‘Mario’) he would be dead.

Composer: many differents
Performer: Mario Lanza
Vinyl (1959?)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 833 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

Continue reading

Johann Strauss – Die Fledermaus (Placido Domingo) (1984,Operetta,DVD9)

Johann Strauss - Die Fledermaus (Placido Domingo) (1984,Operetta,DVD9)

Johann Strauss – Die Fledermaus (Placido Domingo) (1984,Operetta,DVD9)

Composer:Johann Strauss
Performer:Hermann Prey
Conductor:Placido Domingo
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:7.6 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:no
Server: datafile

Continue reading

Münch / NPO – Bizet: Carmen & L’Arlésienne Suites (180g pressing)

front-3
# Composer: Georges Bizet
# Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Charles Münch
# Vinyl (1967 / 2014)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Phase 4 / Decca | PFS 4128
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.90GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.98GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (305MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Continue reading

HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Mario Lanza – His Greatest Hits From Operettas And Musicals

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Bob for these gems
One of the most beautiful voices ever, unfortunately gone too early at the age of 38. Famous conductor Arturo Toscanini made that statement. Arturo heard Caruso and all the rest of the best tenors and said Mario Lanza was the greatest of all. I know that comment will always be debateable. However, after listening to this whole box set I’m inclined to believe Lanza was among the best tenors of the 20th century. I think this guy came into life with such a huge heart and luckily the voice gorgeous enough to project it. 
Mario Lanza had a voice you only hear once in a lifetime. There really are no records which do him justice…they just couldn’t capture it with the equipment they had. This compilation is nice, though. A pleasant reminder of what he was.

Composer: many differents
Performer: Mario Lanza
Vinyl (195???)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.57 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

Continue reading

R.Strauss – Ariadne auf Naxos (J.Norman,Bodo Igesz) (1988,opera,DVD9)

R.Strauss - Ariadne auf Naxos (J.Norman,Bodo Igesz) (1988,opera,DVD9)

R.Strauss – Ariadne auf Naxos (J.Norman,Bodo Igesz) (1988,opera,DVD9)

Composer:R.Strauss
Performer:Jessye Norman
Orchestra:The Metropoliten Opera Chour & Orchestra
Conductor:James Levine
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:7.78 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:English,Francais,Espanol,Chinese,Сastellano
Server: datafile

Continue reading

Kleiber / LPO – Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 “Pastoral” (mono, 180g pressing)

cover2-front
# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Erich Kleiber
# Vinyl (1951 / 2015)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Decca | 478 7464
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.40GB), 24-bit/96kHz (719MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (212MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Continue reading

Mozart – Die Zauberflote (Pierre Audi,Riccardo Muti, Rene Pape, Christian Gerhaher, Paul Groves) (2006,opera, HDTVRip)

Mozart - Die Zauberflote (Pierre Audi,Riccardo Muti, Rene Pape, Christian Gerhaher, Paul Groves) (2006,opera, HDTVRip)

Mozart – Die Zauberflote (Pierre Audi,Riccardo Muti, Rene Pape, Christian Gerhaher, Paul Groves) (2006,opera, HDTVRip)

Composer:Mozart
Performer:Rene Pape
Orchestra:The Vienna Philharmonic orchestra
Conductor:Riccardo Muti
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDTVRip
Size:3.54 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

Continue reading

Purcell – Dido and Aeneas (William Christie, Malena Ernman,Deborah Warner) (2010,Opera/Vocal,DVD9)

Purcell - Dido and Aeneas (William Christie, Malena Ernman,Deborah Warner) (2010,Opera/Vocal,DVD9)

Purcell – Dido and Aeneas (William Christie, Malena Ernman,Deborah Warner) (2010,Opera/Vocal,DVD9)

Composer:Purcell
Performer:Malena Ernman
Conductor:William Christie
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format: DVD Video
Size:5.29 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano
Server: datafile

Continue reading

Benjamin Britten – Death in Venice (Stephen Lawless) (2002, Opera,DVD9)

Benjamin Britten - Death in Venice (Stephen Lawless) (2002, Opera,DVD9)

Benjamin Britten – Death in Venice (Stephen Lawless) (2002, Opera,DVD9)

Composer:Benjamin Britten
Performer:Robert Tear
Orchestra:The London Sinfonietta
Conductor:Graeme Jenkins
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:7.15 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:no
Server:florenfile

Continue reading

HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Melodyia) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 5 & 1st Mov. Symphony No. 10 (Kondrashin/Rozhdestvensky)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this
Perhaps this particular Mahler recording from Kondrashin is mainly for fans of the conductor. Because of some faster tempi that most of you (and me) are not familiar with. All in all is a good performance, don’t missunderstand me. But it should not be one’s only recording of Mahler 5 in one’s collection, to be sure. However, given the rarity of recordings from Soviet-era Russia of Mahler 5, that makes this recording of some historic interest. But the main reason to have this album is the 1st mov. of the 10th Symphony, performed in a marvellous way by Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: USSR Symphony Orchestra (5), Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (10)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin(5), Gennady Rozhdestvensky(10)
Vinyl (1974 and 1971)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Melodyia
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.7 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

Continue reading

Doráti / Philharmonia Hungarica – Wienerwalzer Paprika (180g pressing)

cover2-front
# Composers: Emil Waldteufel, Erno Dohnányi, Imre Kálman, Josef Lanner, Josef Strauss
# Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Mercury Living Presence | 478 8058
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.98GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.01GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (274MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Continue reading

Richard Wagner – Lohengrin (Frey, Studer, Schneider,Werner Herzog) (2008, Opera,2xDVD9)

Richard Wagner - Lohengrin (Frey, Studer, Schneider,Werner Herzog) (2008, Opera,2xDVD9)

Richard Wagner – Lohengrin (Frey, Studer, Schneider,Werner Herzog) (2008, Opera,2xDVD9)

Composer:Richard Wagner
Performer:Paul Frey
Orchestra:Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Conductor:Peter Schneider
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:2
Format:DVD Video
Size:13.7 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:no
Subtitles:Deutsch,English,Francais,Espanol,Chinese
Server: datafile

Continue reading

Rare Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Smithsonian Institute) Johann Sebastian Bach – 6 Sonatas For Violin And Harpsichord/2 Sonatas For Violin And Basso Continuo

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Booksaregood for these gems
Enjoy another audiophile pearl from the Smithsonian Institution.
From their webpage: “In its efforts to realize the concept of a ‘Living Museum,’ the Smithsonian Institution has launched a campaign to bring new dynamics to the place of music in the museum . . . It is our hope that through the offerings of the Smithsonian Collection of Recordings we are encouraging other museums to tear down the barricades that now stand between the musical artifacts in their collections, and the performers and listeners among their supporters. Similarly, we hope to encourage American musicians to broaden their knowledge of and expertise in the performance practices of the past.
James Morris, Director, Smithsonian Division of Performing Arts (1978)

Audiophile factor: very high!

# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
# Performer: James Weaver, Sonya Monosoff, Judith Davidoff
Vinyl (1978)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Smithsonian Institution
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 4.9 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

Continue reading

Richard Wagner – Tristan und Isolde (Gotz Friedrich) (1993,opera,2DVD9)

Richard Wagner - Tristan und Isolde (Gotz Friedrich) (1993,opera,2DVD9)

Richard Wagner – Tristan und Isolde (Gotz Friedrich) (1993,opera,2DVD9)

Composer:Richard Wagner
Performer:Rene Kollo
Orchestra:Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Conductor:Jiri Kout
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:13.92 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:no
Subtitles:English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Server: datafile

Continue reading

Doráti / MSO – Respighi: Roman Festivals – Church Windows (mono, 180g pressing)

cover1-front
# Composer: Ottorino Respighi
# Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Mercury Living Presence | 478 8058
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.98GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.01GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (274MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Continue reading

Thomas Ades – The Tempest (Simon Keenlyside, Audrey Moon, Isabel Leonard, Alek Shrader, Robert Lepage, Thomas Adеs) (2012, Opera, HDTVRip)

 Thomas Ades - The Tempest (Simon Keenlyside, Audrey Moon, Isabel Leonard, Alek Shrader, Robert Lepage, Thomas Adеs) (2012, Opera, HDTVRip)

Thomas Ades – The Tempest (Simon Keenlyside, Audrey Moon, Isabel Leonard, Alek Shrader, Robert Lepage, Thomas Adеs) (2012, Opera, HDTVRip)

Composer:Thomas Adès
Performer:Simon Keenlyside
Orchestra: Chorus and orchestra of the New York Opera house
Conductor:Thomas Adès
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDTVRip
Label:МЕТ
Size:6.19 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

Continue reading

Bizet – Carmen (Julia Migenes, Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, Faith Esham) (1984,film-Opera,DVD5)

Bizet - Carmen (Julia Migenes, Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, Faith Esham) (1984,film-Opera,DVD5)

Bizet – Carmen (Julia Migenes, Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, Faith Esham) (1984,film-Opera,DVD5)

Composer:Bizet
Performer:Plácido Domingo
Orchestra:Orchestre National de France
Conductor:Lorin Maazel
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD
Size:4.34 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: florenfile

Continue reading