Many thanks to our friend Lemarquis for this treasure Ingrid Haebler became one of the 20th Century’s leading interpreters of the Viennese classic piano composers. She came to the piano as a little girl, making her public debut in Salzburg at the age of eleven. She studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Vienna Academy, and the Geneva Conservatory. She also was a pupil of the French pianist Marguerite Long., She won two prizes in 1954, one in Geneva and one in a Schubert competition at Geneva. She won the Harriet Cohen Beethoven Medal in 1957. While she has toured widely, she has made her international reputation with her finely judged recorded performances. These include all of Mozart’s piano concertos, in two traversals of that cycle, all of Mozart’s piano sonatas, all of Schubert’s sonatas, and significant amount of the piano music of Haydn and Beethoven. In addition to these Vienna-linked composers, she has made notable Schumann and Chopin series as well. One reason her recordings are so effective is a reason she sometimes disappoints in person: Her playing is very intimate, creating a personal effect that can sound unassertive in the vastness of modern concert halls. On records, however, this same quality often makes a personal connection with the listener. Then the warmth, sensitivity, and quietly nuanced expressivity of her intepretations come into play.
Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Ingrid Haebler
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 1.12 GB
Many thanks to our friend Trottar for these rare Sonatas If you are a – ahem – “normal” clarinet player, then you are probably of the Daniel Bonade (Philadelphia)/Robert Marcellus (Cleveland) school of clarinet playing that abhors all vibrato outside of jazz. This is a shame, because, in the hands of a skilled artist, vibrato on a clarinet can be every bit as pleasant as it is on a flute or an oboe. That being the case, Richard Stoltzman offers us a recording here that is definitely “outside the box”. This is a Brahms Sonatas for the general public, not for clarinetists with preconceived notions. And I am very thankful, because he gives us here a performance that is wonderfully, refreshingly UNtraditional (from a clarinetist’s point of view). However, I suspect that Brahms would have been immensely pleased with this set. (I wonder, after all, would Brahms have disapproved of vibrato by a violist performing the viola transcriptions? I think not.)
For those of you who are not interested in “correct” clarinet playing, rest assured that you will hear playing that is wonderfully refined, tasteful, adventurous, playful, expressive, and heartfelt from two absolutely world-class, amazing artists at the height of their powers on this recording. Nobody should have the slightest hesitation about hearing this album except for, ahem, tradition-minded clarinetists.
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer: Richard Goode, Richard Stoltzman
Number of Discs: 1
Label: RCA DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 831 MB
Many thanks to our friend Jean Luc for this beautiful promo copy
Géza Anda’s interpretations of Mozart’s piano concertos are immortal classics that should not be overlooked. Granted, it is a crowded field, which include many excellent accounts (Perahia’s, for example). But these recordings – made in Salzburg – are fine examples of the rare moments in music making when a soloist and ensemble forms a coherent unit. Anda and his Salzburger team know Mozart by heart, and they perform these works with an unmatched dedication and sophistication. Technical brilliance is not the ultimate goal here; it is rather the music itself, how to let it flow with a balanced passion. This keeps the element of spontaneity, so crucial in Mozart’s music, alive and sparkling.
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Geza Anda
Orchestra: Camerata Academica des Salzburger Mozarteums Conductor: Geza Anda
Number of Discs: 1
Label: DGG DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 883 MB
Today is my birthday and this is my gift to you all This is an exceptional performance of a great symphony. The Kansas City Symphony under Michael Stern present one of the finest recordings of Saint-Saens third Symphony available. Both conductor and organist achieve an optimal balance.You would not know this was not one of the top tier orchestras. Fine showcase for the great Casavant organ in Helzberg Hall.
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens Orchestra: Kansas City Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Michael Stern Vinyl (2015) Number of Discs: 1 Format: Flac Label: Reference Recordings DR-Analysis: DR 15 Size: 1.35 GB Scan: yes Server: FF
Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem Only one word: WONDERFUL!
Composer: Jean Philippe Rameau Performer: Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen, Wieland Kuijken, Sigiswald Kuijken
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Telefunken DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 2.01 GB
Orchestra:San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Size: 1.86 GB
# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Performer: Gina Bachauer
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Mercury Living Presence | SR-90381 | 1964
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.88GB), 24-bit/96kHz (973MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (245MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory
This was another of those albums that looked clean, but was fairly noisy when actually listening to it. After considerable cleanup work, I’m happy to say that it gets TheNightOwl’s seal of approval. Nice warm MLP sound. Enjoy!
Many thanks to our friend Trottar 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
Number of Discs: 2
Label: EMI DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 3:13 GB
Not the 2011-rip. Revisited (2016) with the Black Bird Gang and theSP15 In the 90s Klavier Records from USA reissued many wonderful recordings from the 60s and 70s that were formerly published by EMI. The records came in strong limited edition on 180 gramm vinyl. This stunning sounding recording let you easily imagine, why EMI records from that era are desperately searched and wanted by collectors worldwide. Fun-factor & Audiophile-factor: both very high!
Composer: Jules Massenet Orchestra: Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Louis Fremaux Vinyl (EMI 1973/Klavier 1995) Number of Discs: 1 Format: Flac (tracks) Label: Klavier Records (EMI) DR-Analysis: DR 12 Size: 1.66 GB Scan: yes Server: FF