Ancerl / Ceska Filharmonie: Janacek: Sinfonietta / Taras Bulba (Supraphon, 1st pressing)

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# Composer: Leoš Janáček
# Orchestra: Česká Filharmonie
# Conductor: Karel Ančerl
# Vinyl
# 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.”

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High-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Previn)

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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
Vinyl (1975)
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.35 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Gioachino Rossini – Aureliano in Palmira (Mario Martone; Will Crutchfield; Jessica Pratt, Michael Spyres, Lena Belkina, Raffaella Lupinacci) (2014,Opera,HDTVRip)

Gioachino Rossini - Aureliano in Palmira (Mario Martone; Will Crutchfield; Jessica Pratt, Michael Spyres, Lena Belkina, Raffaella Lupinacci) (2014,Opera,HDTVRip)

Gioachino Rossini – Aureliano in Palmira (Mario Martone; Will Crutchfield; Jessica Pratt, Michael Spyres, Lena Belkina, Raffaella Lupinacci) (2014,Opera,HDTVRip)

Composer:Gioachino Rossini
Performer:Jessica Pratt
Orchestra:Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini
Conductor:Will Crutchfield
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDTVRip
Label:Unitel Classica
Size:8.92 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Erato) Isaac Albeniz – Iberia, Vol. 1, 2 (De Larrocha)

front-small-boxset 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
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

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Giordano – “Andrea Chenier” (Jose Carreras, Eva Marton, Piero Cappuccilli; Riccardo Chailly) (1985,opera live,DVD9)

Giordano - "Andrea Chenier" (Jose Carreras, Eva Marton, Piero Cappuccilli; Riccardo Chailly) (1985,opera live,DVD9)

Giordano – “Andrea Chenier” (Jose Carreras, Eva Marton, Piero Cappuccilli; Riccardo Chailly) (1985,opera live,DVD9)

Composer:Giordano
Performer:José Carreras
Orchestra:Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan
Conductor:Riccardo Chailly
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:6.78 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Two Violin Concerti (Menuhin)

front-small-boxsetEveryone 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
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Columbia) Johann Sebastian Bach – St. Matthew Passion (Klemperer)

front-small-boxset 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
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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High-End HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Chasing The Dragon) Antonio Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Interpreti Veneziani)

front-small-boxsetIn 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
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) WAM – Sonatas For Piano And Violin (Haebler/Szeryng)

front-small-boxsetAll 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
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

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Leonardo Vinci – Artaserse (Jaroussky, Cencic, Fagioli, Barna-Sabadus, Mynenko, Sancho,Diego Fasolis ,Silviu Purcarete) (2012,Opera,2xDVD9)

Leonardo Vinci - Artaserse (Jaroussky, Cencic, Fagioli, Barna-Sabadus, Mynenko, Sancho) Diego Fasolis (Silviu Purcarete) [2012, Opera, 2xDVD9]

Leonardo Vinci – Artaserse (Jaroussky, Cencic, Fagioli, Barna-Sabadus, Mynenko, Sancho) Diego Fasolis (Silviu Purcarete) [2012, Opera, 2xDVD9]

Composer:Leonardo Vinci
Performer:Philippe Jaroussky
Orchestra:Concerto Köln & Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera
Conductor:Diego Fasolis
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDVideo
Label:Erato Disques
Size:12.44 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:French, German, English, Italian
Server: datafile

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