HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” (Klemperer)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this gem

This recording of Mahler 2nd dates from 1961-1962, but dont be afraid about the sound quality because it is one of the most powerful old stereo you can find out there. And the performance is awesome…remember that this is Klemperer conducting, and conducting his favorite Mahler symphony. If you have to listen one reconding of Mahler’s 2nd for the first time this is the one you must hear. You will not be dissapointed, trust me.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hilde Rössel-Majdan
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra And Chorus
Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Vinyl (1963/1984)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.6 GB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Poulenc, Saint-Saens – Les Animaux Modeles, Le Carnaval des Animaux (Pretre)

 front-small-boxsetMany thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity (Poulenc)
In today’s zoological study are include Saint-Saens’ The Carnival of the Animals, without narration, that Pretre leads rather aggressively, and Poulenc’s nearly forgotten ballet, The Model Animals, which doesn’t try to be humorous or to evoke each animal with orchestral effects. It’s in Poulenc’s cheeky mixture of updated Offenbach and Charlie Chaplin movie music, with some undertones of worldly melancholy. If you didn’t know the title, you’d never suspect the work of being zoological.

Composer: Francis Poulenc, Camille Saint-Saëns
Orchestra: Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
Conductor: Georges Pretre
Vinyl (1963)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 971 MB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Concerto Op. 61 (Mutter, Karajan)

 front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Mats for this “six” at the lottery
(1) Take one of the greatest composers ever lived, (2) one of the most beautiful violin concertos, (3) a former wonder child at the violin, (4) one of the greatest orchestra directors, (5) one of the technically best recording of this work that I know and, at least, (6) trasfer this wonder to digital with the best possible equipment (SP15 and Black Bird) and… there you have the “six” 😀 Anne-Sophie is here 16 years old and simply wonderful phantastic !

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 965 MB
Scan: yes
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Gaetano Donizetti – Poliuto (Enrique Mazzola;Ana Maria Martinez, Michael Fabiano, Igor Golovatenko) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Gaetano Donizetti - Poliuto (Enrique Mazzola;Ana Maria Martinez, Michael Fabiano, Igor Golovatenko) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Gaetano Donizetti – Poliuto (Enrique Mazzola;Ana Maria Martinez, Michael Fabiano, Igor Golovatenko) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Composer:Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:Michael Fabiano
Orchestra:London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor:Enrique Mazzola
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDRip
Label:Glyndebourne Festival
Size:3.02 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: florenfile

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Le Nouveau Quatour Danois – Haydn: Quatours Op. 77 (mono, French pressing)

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# Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Disques Valois | MB 412
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.01GB), 24-bit/96kHz (803MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (228MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Franco Alfano – Cyrano de Bergerac (Plаcido Domingo, Sondra Radvanovsky; Michal Znaniecki, Patrick Fournillier) (2009,opera,DVD9)

Franco Alfano - Cyrano de Bergerac (Plаcido Domingo, Sondra Radvanovsky; Michal Znaniecki, Patrick Fournillier) (2009,opera,DVD9)

Franco Alfano – Cyrano de Bergerac (Plаcido Domingo, Sondra Radvanovsky; Michal Znaniecki, Patrick Fournillier) (2009,opera,DVD9)

Composer:Franco Alfano
Performer:Plácido Domingo
Orchestra:Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Conductor:Patrick Fournillier
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size: 7.8 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: florenfile

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Peter Tchaikowsky – Symphony No. 4 (Mrawinskij)

 front-small-boxsetAll thanks fly to Jean-Luc for providing this rare record
Recordings reveal Mravinsky to have an extraordinary technical control over the orchestra, especially over dynamics. He was also a very exciting conductor, frequently changing tempo in order to heighten the musical effect for which he was striving, often making prominent use of brass instrumentation. Surviving videos show that Mravinsky had a sober appearance at the podium, making simple but very clear gestures, often without a baton.

Composer: Peter Tschaikowsky
Orchestra: Leningrader Philharmonie
Conductor: Jewgenij Mrawinskij
Vinyl (1961)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 862 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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G. Rossini – Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Ferro, Bartoli) (1988, opera,DVD9)

G. Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Ferro, Bartoli) (1988, opera,DVD9)

G. Rossini – Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Ferro, Bartoli) (1988, opera,DVD9)

Composer:Gioacchino Rossini
Performer:David Kuebler
Orchestra:Radio Symphony orchestra Stuttgart
Conductor:Gabriel Ferro
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:7.51 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:no
Server: florenfile

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Seraphim) Frederyk Chopin – Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 (François)

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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.

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Pierre Barbizet, Samson François
Orchestra: Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte-Carlo
Conductor: Louix Fremaux
Vinyl (1965-67)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Seraphim
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 811 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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SUPER AUDIOPHILE HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Harmonia Mundi) La Folia (Paniagua)

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Pay attention: Complete new rip, in 192/24, with the new engines of 2013
…and now 2016 re-ripped again, with the new super-pre amp Audio Research SP15.

Composer: Various
Performer: Atrium Musicae Madrid
Conductor: Gregorio Paniagua
Vinyl (1982)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
DR-Analysis: DR 20
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Size: 1.69 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Rare HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Franz Schubert – Impromptus D946, D899 (Brigitte Engerer)

front-small-boxset Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this beauty
It took only some hours of testing with some friends here and online to test my new super pre-amp with integrated tube phono section, to come to the verdict that there is no basis for a fairly comparison. The SP15 is way-way better…so I come to you with my first rip this quickly.
Are you ashamed, because you never heard or read the name of this piano “virtuoso”? You are in good company. I doubt, the majority of classical lovers (me included) has ever heard of Brigitte Engerer. And this is a real pity…and a sin.

 

Composer: Franz Schubert
Performer: Brigitte Engerer
Vinyl (1983)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.11 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Hector Berlioz – Les Troyens (Kent Nagano; Catherine Naglestad, Elena Zhidkova, Torsten Kerl) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Hector Berlioz - Les Troyens (Kent Nagano; Catherine Naglestad, Elena Zhidkova, Torsten Kerl) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Hector Berlioz – Les Troyens (Kent Nagano; Catherine Naglestad, Elena Zhidkova, Torsten Kerl) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Composer:Hector Berlioz
Performer:Catherine Naglestad
Orchestra:Orchestra and Chorus of Staatsoper Hamburg
Conductor:Kent Nagano
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDRip
Label:Staatsoper Hamburg, Arte
Size:3.7 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Debussy, Ravel – String Quartets (Quartetto Italiano)

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The members of the Quartetto Italiano were together for so long that you can get a historic mono recording of the smae music on EMI. The Quartetto doesn’t try to sound airy, diaphanous, or particularly French. Instead, they give a presonal, uniquely phrased version that sounds as if each player is esponding from deep feelings about the music. That’s rare in performances of Debussy and Ravel, where the syle is more or less locked in. the miking is quite close, and although they lack the sheen of the Bertg Qt, the Quartetto Italiano deserves their reputaiton for making beautiful sounds.

Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
Performer: Quartetto Italiano
Vinyl (1966)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.08 GB
Scan: yes
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Dorati / LSO / Janis – Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 (original US pressing)

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# Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (1961)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Mercury Living Presence | SR 90283
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.52GB), 24-bit/96kHz (783MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (198MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Johann Strauss – Die Fledermaus (Stephen Lawless) (2002, operetta, BDRip 720p)

Johann Strauss - Die Fledermaus (Stephen Lawless) (2002, operetta, BDRip 720p)

Johann Strauss – Die Fledermaus (Stephen Lawless) (2002, operetta, BDRip 720p)

Composer:Johann Strauss
Performer:Pamela Armstrong
Orchestra:the London Philharmonic orchestra
Conductor:Vladimir Jurowski
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:BDRip
Size:9.42 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish, German
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI/HiQ Records) Edward Grieg – Peer Gynt-Suite (Beecham)

front-small-boxsetOne of the best recording of PG ever. Not all recordings have the singing and its done beautifully. Magical. Really emotional music. Sir Thomas Beecham’s influence on classical music during a span of several decades across the twentieth century was unparalleled. On this album he conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the most glorious performances of Peer Gynt music ever recorded. The version of Grieg music here is simply magnificent. Beautiful, sublime, deepest performance. The Lyric Suite is a true jewell of music. The version of Solvejg’s Song by the soprano Ilse Hollweg is marvelous simply. Enjoy this fine music.

Composer: Edvard Grieg
Performer: Ilse Hollweg,  Beecham Choral Society
Orchestra: Royal Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
Vinyl (1957/2009)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/HiQ Records
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.62 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Rare Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Smithsonian Institute) Johann Sebastian Bach – Six Partitas For Solo Harpsichord (Weaver)

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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 15
Size: 5.51 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Benjamin Britten – Gloriana (Colin Graham) (1984,opera,DVD9)

Benjamin Britten - Gloriana (Colin Graham) (1984,opera,DVD9)

Benjamin Britten – Gloriana (Colin Graham) (1984,opera,DVD9)

Composer:Benjamin Britten
Performer:Sarah Walker
Orchestra:Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera
Conductor:Mark Elder
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:7.92 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:no
Subtitles:German, English, Spanish, French
Server: datafile

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