Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Nights In The Gardens Of Spain/Harpsichord Concerto (Soriano/De Burgos)

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Audiophile reissue from the 90s (180g, limited edition) from my own collection
Spanish critics have long hailed Gonzalo Soriano’s two recordings of Nights in the Gardens of Spain–this one from 1962 and an earlier effort with Ataulfo Argenta–as among the finest readings of the score ever committed to disc. It’s easy to see why. Soriano brings to bear a conception that is firm, detailed, and energetic and plays the piece with real flair. His partner on the podium, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, only 28 years old when the recording was made, sparks a magnificent account from the Paris Conservatory Orchestra: masculine, evocative, and glowingly ardent. For this most impressionistic of Falla’s scores, it’s an ideal sound.

Composer: Manuel De Falla
Performer: Gonzalo Soriano
Orchestra: Orchestre De La Socité Des Concerts Du Conservatoire
Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
Vinyl (1963)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: 15
Size: 1.55 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Sheffield Lab) Richard Wagner – Music From Operas (Leinsdorf)

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Audiophile gem (limited edition, direct-to-disc) from my own collection
The Sheffield/Leinsdorf sessions are well known among audiophiles, as they were originally recorded direct to disc, with a master tape safety backup. The frequency bandwidth is  exceptional. The performances of these Wagner selections are excellent. Sheffield Lab has been out of business for a few years, so I’d recommend that you grab this while it’s still available. Sheffield direct-to-disc recordings were THE hot demo records in every audio salon. After suffering through countless listening sessions featuring Lincoln Mayorga, Harry James, and Dave Grusin, I was thrilled when Sheffield actually released an orchestral recording–Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of excerpts from Wagner’s operas. Great music in great sound!

Composer: Richard Wagner
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Vinyl (1978)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Sheffield Lab
DR-Analysis: 15
Size: 1.19 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Vincenzo Bellini – Norma (Caballè, Domingo, Raimondi, Cossotto)

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Many thanks to our friend Bob for this rare gem
This recording is truly faithful to Bellini’s written score, as no music is cut or greatly embellished. You wouldn’t really notice, however, as singers, conductor, and orchestra alike make this opera come alive with fire and beauty. Caballe was a justly celebrated Norma, with the vocal size and flexiblity demanded by this most challenging role. You can feel the emotions she must have felt and radiated on the stage listening to her. This is a great performance by a great artist.

Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Montserrat Caballè, Placido Domingo, Ruggiero Raimondi, Fiorenza Cossotto
Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Felice Cillario
Vinyl (1973)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 3.11 GB
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Verdi – Il Trovatore ( Daniele Gatti, Anna Netrebko, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Francesco Meli, Placido Domingo, Riccardo Zanellato ) (2014, Opera, HDTVRip)

Verdi - Il Trovatore ( Daniele Gatti, Anna Netrebko, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Francesco Meli, Placido Domingo, Riccardo Zanellato ) (2014, Opera, HDTVRip)

Verdi – Il Trovatore ( Daniele Gatti, Anna Netrebko, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Francesco Meli, Placido Domingo, Riccardo Zanellato ) (2014, Opera, HDTVRip)

Composer:Verdi
Performer:Anna Netrebko
Conductor:Daniele Gatti
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDTVRip
Size: 11.49 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Various Artists: The Decca Sound – Mono Years: The Birth of High Fidelity (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Igor Stravinsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Perez Turina, Edouard Lalo, Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov
# Orchestras: L’Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
# Conductors: Ernest Ansermet, Erich Kleiber, Eduard van Beinum, Ataulfo Argenta, Jean Martinon
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13, DR 12, DR 11, DR 12, DR 13, DR 13
# Label: Decca | 478 8027
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (8.28GB), 24-bit/96kHz (4.02GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.05GB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – All Piano Concerti (Ashkenazy/Previn)

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These are brilliant performances of Sergei Rachmaninov’s four piano concertos! Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy originally recorded them with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andre Previn at Kingsway Hall in London in 1972. Ashkenazy demonstrates superb artistry and musicianship on this box set, playing each concerto with extraordinary warmth and expressiveness. The LSO’s accompaniment is outstanding in both its poetry and precision. I found the slow movement of Concerto No. 3 to be particularly enjoyable for its depth of feeling. The sound is absolutely outstanding, aided by the warm ambience of Kingsway Hall. Awarded a three-star rating (signifying “an outstanding performance and recording in every way,”) by the “Penguin Guide to Compact Discs,” this set should not be missed my any fan of Rachmaninov’s music.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestre: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 3.03 GB
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Fricsay / BP – Dvorák: Sinfonie Nr. 5 E-moll Op. 95 “From the New World” (German pressing)

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# Composer: Antonin Dvorak
# Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
# Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon ‎| 138 127 SLPM
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.74GB), 24-bit/96kHz (897MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (238MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Jean-Philippe Rameau – Suite For Trumpet – Les Paladins

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Many thanks to our friend Robbie52 for this rarity

Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
Orchestre: Orchestre De Chambre De Jean-Louis Petit
Conductor: Jean-Louis Petit
Vinyl (1965)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 11
Size: 755 MB
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Accardo / OCI – Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (fonè, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Orchestra: Orchestra de Camera Italiana
# Conductor: Salvatore Accardo
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: fonè Records | 064
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.70GB), 24-bit/96kHz (884MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (242MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Various Artists – The Originals: Legendary Recordings from the Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, Gustav Holst, Carl Orff, Richard Strauss, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra,
# Conductors: Claudio Abbado, William Steinberg, Eugen Jochum, Herbert von Karajan, Jewgenij Mrawinskij
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12, DR 14, DR 12, DR 12
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 479 3760
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (11.6GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.83GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.46GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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This is one of the best classical box sets I’ve heard. Outstanding performances, stunning sound quality, and perfect pressings. Enjoy!

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