HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff (Gobbi/Karajan)

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This Karajan Falstaff has much to recommend it: Fedora Barbieri’s Mistress Quickly is a force of nature, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, only slightly affected, is a liquid, appealing Alice Ford, and Luigi Alva and the young Anna Moffo are ideal as the young lovers, Fenton and Nanetta. But the star–as it should be–is Tito Gobbi in the title role. As is usual with this great singing actor, his characterization comes from within–his is a Falstaff born to be deflated, arrogant and self-deluding on a level that is actually funny. And the nice surprise is what good voice Gobbi’s in–he’s in charge of all of his vocal colors here and he uses all of them well. Karajan’s touch is light and, yes, funny, and he treats the opera as the divine ensemble work it is, all leading up to a superb final scene. A good time is had by all–listeners included. –Robert Levine.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Anna Moffo, Fedora Barbieri, Tito Gobbi, Rolando Panerai, Luigi Alva, Nicola Zaccaria
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1961
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 17
Size: 2.33 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Melodya) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 4 (Rozhdestvensky)

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Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra recorded the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius between 1969 and 1974, in remarkably fresh analog sound that’s simply outstanding. Thanks to Melodiya’s original high recording standards, the performances have wide open dimensions, credible physical presence, vibrant timbres, and crisp details that are almost finely preserved. Rozhdestvensky was widely respected for his sympathetic interpretations of Sibelius’ music, and rather than treat the symphonies as cerebral or idiosyncratic essays, he gave them intensely focused and connected readings that always feel as organic and substantial as Sibelius intended them. The Moscow musicians play with alert rhythms (essential in the changing tempos of the later symphonies) and pungent sonorities that give the music a wonderful sense of being performed for the first time, though intonation is an occasional problem in the woodwinds, and the brass are decidedly assertive. In terms of its musical merits, this set has serious competition from the excellent recordings that Colin Davis made with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Lorin Maazel recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, around the same period. As insightful and valuable documents of Sibelius’ symphonies, all three deserve consideration and have fans, but purely in terms of sound, the Rozhdestvensky is a clear winner.

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leningrad Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1960-1975
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Melodya
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.04 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Melodya) Jean Sibelius – Symphonies 3 & 7 (Rozhdestvensky)

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Rozhdestvensky is one of the later Soviet conductors who was still young enough to have a lengthy post Soviet career. These Sibelius recordings however date from the 1960s and 70s when he was in his 30s and 40s. They have an original conception even though there can inconsistent orchestral execution. One also has to accept that the Soviet brass sections were always a bit blaring and intrusive. It adds excitement at climaxes but also can upset the musical balance. Bearing that in mind, the interpretations, especially the Symphony 7, deserve to be in the collection of Sibelians. Rozhdestvensky brings an exceptional lyrical impulse to these works…

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1975
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Melodya
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 960 MB
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Grumiaux / Sebök – Franck / Grieg Violin Sonatas (Dutch pressing)

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# Composer: Cesar Franck, Edvard Grieg
# Performers: Arthur Grumiaux / György Sebök
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Philips Records | 9500 568
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.93GB), 24-bit/96kHz (987MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (257MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Franz Schubert/Ludwig van Beethoven – “Trout”-Quintet/Piano Quartet (Budapest String Quartet)

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The Budapest String Quartet for over thirty years was reguarded as simply “the” string quartet. For over a decade they were the string quartet in residence at the Library of Congress. They used Strads from the Library’s collection. They performed the entire Beethoven cycle every year they were there. All these performances were recorded. The 1952 performances were released on columbia from those cycles. This stereo really captures the sound of the instruments.
The “Trout” is a lovely piece, the warmth of the sound is present, but what counts is the life and energy and thought that seem to have gone into every bar. The variety of dynamics and texture, the adjustments of pacing bespeak a total commitment to the music here, and it’s just harrowing in places. The lyrical gestures are fleeting, and the obsessive drive of the faster passages, contrasted with the eerie character of the slower ones is just gripping. It’s just an outstanding recording.

Composer: Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Budapest String Quartet, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Julius Levine, Joseph Roisman, Boris Kroyt, Mischa Schneider
Vinyl 1950(1963)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.22 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Les Troyens (Davis)

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This was the first complete (and now there is an even MORE complete Davis recording) set of this wonderful opera. Before Beecham and Davis recorded it, this opera had to undergo a very large-scale demystification process. The myths surrounding this opera were bigger than the opera itself, and nowhere half as noble. Rumor had it that the opera was “impossible”. It is not impossible, and it is certainly not as difficult to stage as any of the Wagner operas. But Berlioz had few real champions, while Wagner had legions. So the “impossible” was really a prejudice, and it took conductors like Beecham, Munch, and Davis to bring Berlioz back from the crypt of obscurity. And what we rediscovered was a titan of music.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Josephine Veasey, Jon Vickers, Berit Lindholm
Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1970
Number of discs: 5
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 4.86 GB
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Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata (Natalie Dessay, Charles Castronovo, Ludovic Tezier; Jean-François Sivadier; Louis Langree ) (2012, Opera, DVD9)

Giuseppe Verdi - La Traviata (Natalie Dessay, Charles Castronovo, Ludovic Tezier; Jean-François Sivadier; Louis Langree )  (2012, Opera, DVD9)
Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata (Natalie Dessay, Charles Castronovo, Ludovic Tezier; Jean-François Sivadier; Louis Langree ) (2012, Opera, DVD9)

Composer:Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:Natalie Dessay
Orchestra:London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:Louis Langree
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDVideo
Label:Virgin Classics
Size:7.51 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Werner Haas – Claude Debussy: Complete Works for Piano solo (5LP box set, Dutch pressing)

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# Composer: Claude Debussy
# Performer: Werner Haas
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 5
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Philips Records | 6770 036
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (10.1GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.04GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.28GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Werner Haas was a German pianist especially known for his interpretations of French repertory, particularly the works of Debussy and Ravel. He was better known in Europe than in the Americas, where he never performed live. His many admirers assert that had his life not been tragically cut short, he would likely have achieved recognition as one of the finest pianists of his time.

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (World Record Club) Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 (Gilels/Szell)

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Gilels recorded Beethoven’s concertos three times, and the recordings with Szell are simply the best. Recordings are made in the 60’s, and Gilels was in his best “Beethoven-form” then. When he was younger, he preferred to super-virtuoso romantic pieces, but from 1950’s he started to play Beethoven more and more. These interpretations are quite plastic, Gilels plays this like Viennesse-classical pieces should be played: everything is clear, but nothing is exaggrerated. And sound is so Gilels-like: Bright and metallic (in a positive meaning!!)! Szell proves an excellent accompanist with his superb Cleveland orchestra. A conductor who was especially famous for his interpretations of Viennese-classics. Gilels gives room to delightful solos by flute/oboe here and there – one gets a feeling that this is a chamber orchestra playing with piano in it! Not just orchestra against the piano. The tonal range is marvellous.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Emil Gilels
Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: George Szell
Vinyl 1969(1971)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: World Record Club
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 835 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti KV 271 & KV 39 (Geza Anda)

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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
Vinyl 1970
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 920 MB
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