# Composer: Leoš Janáček
# Orchestra: Česká Filharmonie
# Conductor: Karel Ančerl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Supraphon | SV 8026
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.82GB), 24-bit/96kHz (950MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (267MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory
This rare first pressing came to me without a “proper” cover. According to the seller, “All these ex-communist country record covers were made of cheap paper. Not laminated like UK or cardboard covers. This was a standard cover with no additional information mentioned on front or back cover. This kind of cover was in use with the early large red or blue stereo labels. Later issues became nice laminated multi language covers, similar as the UK SAX or ASD albums.”
Revisited with the whole Black Bird gang…new rip in 192k from March 2016 Being somewhat of a fanatic about Carmina Burana, I have had occasion to listen to several recordings of these songs…and I own around 10 different versions on vinyl and CDs. This recording is, without a doubt, the best one there. From the opening of ‘O Fortuna’, where the silence speaks as eloquently as the crash of the music, through the solos of the sorpranos at the end, which makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up, it is so clear and pure, the performance is superb.
Composer: Carl Orff
Performer: Sheila Armstrong, Gerald English, Thomas Allen
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: André Previn
Format: FLAC (tracks)
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.35 GB
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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for these magnificent pearls Note: Some years later, the two volumes of “Iberia” were integrated in a cycle of four LPs, named Works For Piano (L’Oeuvre Pour Piano) with a different cover. Maybe you see them named that way. They are identical with these two. These recordings are of truly top notch piano playing which undeniably surpasses either of Larrocha’s other two recordings of Iberia because of it’s supreame technical mastery, rhythmic vitality and corloristic wizardry and ease of these fiendishly difficult, yet beautiful works. Complaints about sound quality in this recording are irrelevant, especially since it is not that pronounced. Besides, one who listens to the great recordings of Cortot, Rachmaninov, Hoffman, etc. knows the value of the actual performance over the sound quality.
Composer: Isaac Albeniz
Performer: Alicia De Larrocha Vinyl (1962-63) Number of Discs: 2 Format: Flac Label: Erato DR-Analysis: DR 12 Size: 1.57 GB
Orchestra:Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Subtitles:English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese
Everyone knows Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E-Minor. But, what about his Concerto in D-Minor? The thirteen-year-old Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D minor remained unknown until a dealer in rare musical scores and books showed the manuscript to Yehudi Menuhin in 1951. The violinist bought it, edited the first published edition, gave the first modern performance in New York on 4th February 1952 and made the first record two days later. This was also his first appearance on disc as violinist-conductor. In the United States the recording was issued on LP coupled with the present version of the E minor Violin Concerto under Furtwängler, but the reciprocal arrangement between RCA Victor and HMV was breaking down and so, rather than wrestle with contractual problems, HMV simply set down the work again in London for the British market, on 2nd April 1953, with Sir Adrian Boult conducting. Towards the end of his career Menuhin made a further coupling of the two Mendelssohn Concertos under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos Vinyl (1972) Number of Discs: 1 Format: Flac Label: EMI DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 1.0 GB
All thanks for tis gem go to our friend Jean-Luc The real test of greatness, both in content and in performance is the effect of repeated hearing–especially repeated hearing without focused concentration. After a while, both the art and the artistry of a recording like this make themselves felt in an undeniable way. Most important of all, the effect of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is to immerse the listener in the feelings and philosophies of an event that forms the foundation of western culture. This recording of the St. Matthew Passion captures all the feeling and emotion present in the Biblical passages upon which it is based. It is an excellent recording to use for study due to its extremely slow tempo. The tempo, however, unfortunately makes it rather tedious if you do not love the piece before listening to this recording. The final chorus, “Wir setzen uns,” is magnificently done, as is the opening chorus. The soloists are superb, and Klemperer certainly knows how to make one wait for a chord to resolve. All in all, it’s simply amazing.
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Sir Peter Pears, Sir Geraint Evans, Wilfred Brown, Nicolai Gedda, Walter Berry, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig Choir: Boys Of The Hampstead Parish Church Choir Chorus Master: Martindale Sidwell, Wilhelm Pitz Orchestra: Philharmonia Choir And Orchestra Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Vinyl (1962) Number of Discs: 4.5 Format: Flac Label: Columbia DR-Analysis: DR 16 Size: 4.62 GB
In creating this direct cut album, we had to overcome many challenges. Because the album had to be recorded “as live” I had to first find a piece of music which would be the perfect lenght. Obviously, I found the answer in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Next came the musicians and I was so lucky to have the opportunity of bringing over from Venice, the leading Venetian chamber orchestra, Interpreti Veneziani. Finally, I has to find a recording studio which not only had a superb sounding space, it also had to have an engineer versed in the black art of cutting live vinyl. Well, have we succeded? Please judge yourself, for I hope you have as much fun in listening as we had in cutting this disc (Mike Valentine) Audiophile Alert: The highest possible level!
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Giacobbe Stevanato
Orchestra: Interpreti Veneziani Vinyl (2015) Number of Discs: 1 Format: Flac Label: Chasing The Dragon (180g Direct To Vinyl Cut) DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 1.55 GB
All thanks for tis gem go to our friend Jean-Luc These recordings dating from 1969 to 1975, were acclaimed by the critics at the time, and are still considered benchmark interpretations even in this age of period practice. Szeryng and Haebler, both great artists in their own right, combine beautifully. One can scarcely imagine these works being played any better than this. The balance between the instruments is nearly always perfect. There is no sense that either of the two musicians is trying either to outplay or to underplay the other. They seem to share a unified vision. Both perform with exquisite finish and beautiful tone, coupled with classical restraint–just what is required for this music. Fluid dialog and good balance between two great soloists who do enjoy playing together and go deep into Mozart’s music.
Friends, I can only say: to let go these WAM-Sonatas will be the greatest sin in your live. And…by the way, get everything you can find of super-vilionist Szeryng.
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Ingrid Haebler, Henryk Szeryng Vinyl (1969-75) Number of Discs: 6 Format: Flac Label: Philips DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 5.88 GB
Carlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005) and Itzhak Perlman collaborated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in this famous 1976 EMI recording. I have heard this criticized as having an overly slow Ist movement. Having listened to this, I do not find I overly slow, but rather a bit leisurely, giving the conductor, orchestra and soloist TIME to really interact and do some special touches with Brahms’ orchestration. II and III are definitely in the same league tempo wise, with many other recordings. The recorded sound is excellent and the Chicago Symphony plays with great authority and precision.
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer: Itzhak Perlman
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini Vinyl (1977) Number of Discs: 1 Format: Flac Label: EMI DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 1.61 GB
Many thanks to our friend Rumpwagger for these pearls Samson François (1924-1970) is considered one of the most important French pianists of the 20th century. His unique sense of improvisation, which is the trademark of his recordings, blossomed even more in concert. Those who had the chance to attend his concerts recall a very special experience.
Samson François’s extravagant lifestyle, good looks, and passionate but highly disciplined playing, gave him a cult status as a pianist. He had a heart attack on the concert stage in 1968. His early death followed only two years later. He was only 46 years old. François himself said “never play simply to play well” and, in a remark clearly inspired by his jazz influences, “It must be that there is never the impression of being obliged to play the next note.”
Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Samson François Vinyl (1953-54) Number of Discs: 2 Format: Flac Label: EMI/Angel DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 985 MB
Giovanni Simone Mayr – Medea in Corinto (Alistair Miles, Ramon Vargas, Nadja Michael; Ivor Bolton; Hans Neuenfels) (2010,Opera,2xDVD9)
Composer:Giovanni Simone Mayr
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:2
For those who love the greatest and grandest of voices, Mario Lanza was the benchmark. He was the standard by which all tenors and singers should measure themselves. His versatility and ability to cross over from opera to popular music, and his ability to bring classical opera to the common person through his movies. The emotion and passion that he transmitted is incomparable. This collection represents him well and is an investment for those who want to know the best and brightest of stars in the world of music.
Composer: many different
Performer: Mario Lanza Vinyl (1964) Number of Discs: 1 Format: Flac Label: Hör Zu/Teldec DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 985 MB
Thank you Trottar for these great vinyls Noël Lee (December 25, 1924 – July 15, 2013) was an American classical pianist and composer living in Paris, France.
Born in 1924 in Nanjing, China, Lee studied music in Lafayette, Indiana, then attended Harvard University, studying with Walter Piston, Irving Fine, and Tillman Merritt and was also a student at the Longy School of Music in the early 1940s. Following World War II, he traveled to Paris where he studied music with Nadia Boulanger and was a friend of Douglas Allanbrook. He composed orchestral, chamber, piano, vocal, and film music. In addition, he completed several unfinished piano works by Franz Schubert, and composed cadenzas for piano concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. He was also well known for his piano accompaniment.
Composer: Maurice Ravel Performer: Noel Lee Vinyl (1967) Number of Discs: 2 Format: FLAC Label: Valois DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 1.96 GB Scan: yes Server: FileFactory
This pearl is brought to you by Jean-Luc Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal began their collaboration on Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow) with utopian ambitions. Unfortunately they weren’t the same ones. For Hofmannsthal, this would finally be the opera where his poetry would be illuminated by rather than buried under the music. For Strauss, this was to be his magnum opus, the self-proclaimed “last Romantic opera” that would cement his place in musical history. The gargantuan work that finally emerged after World War I for a 1919 premiere didn’t end up being quite what they expected, and was lengthy and demanding enormous orchestral and vocal force, even by Straussian standards…..
Composer: Richard Strauss
Performer: Leonie Rysanek, Paul Schoeffler, Christel Goltz, Kurt Böhme, Hans Hopf, Elisabeth Höngen Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker Conductor: Karl Böhm Vinyl (1957) Number of Discs: 4 Format: Flac Label: Decca DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 3.84 GB
Nigel Kennedy is as many know a wild musician, a force of nature. I saw him live early in the 90s and it was a very exciting experience for me, I knew him until then only under the etiquette of a punk, wild and eccentric musician. I learned to know a phantastic and lovely musician who deserves the full possible respect. His seriousity and smiling during the whole concert was astonishing.
This interpretation of the Four Seasons is quite “different” from the standard interpretation. Nigel Kennedy has added his personal touch giving the music a completely refreshed aspect. The dominating character of Kennedy’s violin gives out the appropriate tension in movements like the Presto from “L’estate” or the allegro from “L’inverno”. His interpretation is frantic, filling the listener with energy and vigor. And at movements like the adagio from “L’estate” the listener comes across a tender and delicate violin. This recording defiantly deserves a place at your music collection.
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Nigel Kennedy Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra Vinyl (1989) Number of Discs: 1 Format: Flac Label: EMI DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 1.56 GB
Another marvellous label, that came out in the last years with a row of impressive, outstanding recordings, is Tacet.
Long live the tube! This release in the “transistor-free” series by Tacet is another musical jewel. The music that Tonmeister Andreas Spreer with his nostalgic, exquisite recording technique, using nothing but tube microphones and tube amplifiers, has conjured onto the disc boasts a naturalness, warmth and vividness we thought had disappeared forever and had almost forgotten. Here a violin still sounds like a violin. Although I have around 20 different versions of Vivaldi’s Seasons and Carmignola is the King of them, this one is a “MUST”. I love it, when little known ensembles and soloists make turning pale etablished and well known “superstars”. Give this recording a chance, you will love it. Audiophile factor: Very high!
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Daniel Gaede Orchestra: Polish Chamber Philarmonic Orchestra Vinyl (2008) Number of Discs: 1 Format: Flac Label: Tacet (180g) DR-Analysis: DR 12 Size: 1.55 GB
Giuseppe Verdi – Un giorno di Regno (Loncosolo, Antonacci, Porta, Bordogna, Marianelli; Pier Luigi Pizzi; Donato Renzetti) (2012,Opera,DVD9)
Orchestra:Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
This is a crazy “thing” I tell you…I never saw this before. Normally you start listening a record positioning the needle at the beginning, in the outer dead wax. Here you start the record positioning the needle in the inner dead wax 😀 As stated on the cover, you play this Ravel backwards. Much more than just a gimmick, this album boasts outstanding sound quality and stellar performances. See the information from the label below for more details on the production. (Many thanks to TheNightOwl, who allows me to use his text) Audiophile factor: Very high!
Composer: Maurice Ravel Orchestra: Netherlands Philarmonic Orchestra Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Vinyl (2013) Number of Discs: 1 Format: Flac Label: Tacet (180g Limited Edition) DR-Analysis: DR 17 Size: 1.06 GB + 148 MB