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
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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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
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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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
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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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%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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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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Server: FF

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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
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (BIS) Italian Music For Lute And Chitarrone (Jakob Lindberg)

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Many many thanks to Mats for this gem
There’s an art to putting a release together, especially one for a solo instrument. With only two instrumental timbres, the tracks can blend together into an uninteresting blur. But change up styles too much, and the album can sound disjointed. Lutenist Jakob Lindberg is a past master of program sequencing and strikes a perfect balance between consistency and variety. Lindberg’s performances are impeccable as always. The album was beautifully recorded, with an intimate acoustic ideally suited to the lute. Lindberg’s thoughtful programming makes this an intriguing listen from start to finish.
Audiophile Factor: High!

Composer: Laurenzi Da Roma, Orlando Di Lasso, Simone Molinaro, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger, Alessandro Piccinini, Bellerfonte Castaldi
Performers: Jakob Lindberg
Vinyl (1979-80/1983)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: BIS
DR-Analysis: 11
Size: 1.56 GB
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Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – La Damnation De Faust (Veasey/Gedda/Davis)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for Nicolai Gedda, who died January 8th 2017

This recording is part of the historic Colin Davis Berlioz cycle made for Philips in the 1970s. La Damnation de Faust is not an opera; it is not meant for the stage. It is a concert work, not a theatrical piece. It can be adapted for the stage, of course, and has been very successfully many times. The male singers in this recording are hard to beat. Gedda in particular gives one of his best performances on record.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performers: Josephine Veasey, Richard Van Allan, Nicolai Gedda, Jules Bastin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl (1973)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: 16
Size: 2.53 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Franchetti – Germania (Jerkunica, Ventre, Caproni, Bruck – Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Palumbo) (2007, Opera, DVD5)

Franchetti - Germania (Jerkunica, Ventre, Caproni, Bruck - Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Palumbo) (2007, Opera, DVD5)

Franchetti – Germania (Jerkunica, Ventre, Caproni, Bruck – Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Palumbo) (2007, Opera, DVD5)

Composer:Alberto Franchetti
Performer:Ante Jerkunica
Orchestra:Deutsche Oper Berlin Choir and Orchestra
Conductor:Renato Palumbo
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD
Label:Deutsche Oper Berlin Choir and Orchestra
Size:4.37 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Joseph Haydn – Symphonies 93 – 104 (Dorati)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this fine collection

These performances have been a mainstay of the classical music world since they were first recorded and released (the recordings were made over a three and a half year period beginning in July 1969 and continuing through December 1972, with the first releases made on LP in 1970). Dorati’s project was just the second to record the complete Haydn symphonies, following Ernst Märzendorfer and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, in very limited release on LP and infrequently mentioned today.

Composer: Joseph Haydn
Orchestra: Philarmonia Hungarica
Conductor: Antal Dorati
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 6
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 6.02 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – 200 Years Edition, Box 8, Piano Works (14 LPs)

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This is Box No. 8 of the Bicentennial Beethoven Collection, published by Deutsche Grammophon 1970, to celebrate Beethoven’s 200th birthday with all his works on 12 Box-Sets/75 LPs.
In the last years I spent only for this Beethoven Edition around 500-550 EUR. If you think and feel, you want to contribute, any donation will be welcome. Thank you!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Geza Anda, Wilhelm Kempff, Jörg Demus, Norman Shetler
Number of Discs: 14/75
Format: Flac
Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 13.77 GB
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Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Johannes Brahms – The 4 Symphonies, Violin Concerto, Variation On A Theme By Haydn, 8 Hungarian Dances (Karajan, Ferras)

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A marvellous collection of some of Brahms’ major works. The records are in excellent condition, unbelievable after +50 years…and they seem to be genuine 1st pressings although this box is a special edition that came few years later than the single releases.
I grew up with this recording of the Brahms Violin concerto, and It has remained my favorite: warm, dramatic, and thoroughly natural in approach, Ferras and von Karajan have a perfect grasp of this concerto.
While maybe not the greatest interpreter of Brahms, Karajan delivers very well in his recordings of the symphonies. All four symphonies have plenty of power and lyricism. The Berlin Philharmonic is excellent as always. If you like your Brahms in a melancholy mode, lushly recorded and nuanced to the max,(and I do!), these Brahms’ Symphonies are for you. Karajan’s approach to these four Symphonies is evoking a variety of emotions that few other recordings do. It’s a fine experience.

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer: Christian Ferras
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1965)
Number of discs: 6
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 4.83 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Horenstein / LSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (UK pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1970)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Unicorn Records | RHS 302/303
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.61GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.77GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (436MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Since being bitten by “the Mahler bug,” I’ve been doing a lot of research.

Just about everything I’ve read said that this is the best performance of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony. This is new music to me, so I can’t make any comparisons yet, But I will say this. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The performance is exciting and the sound quality is stunning. Very highly recommended.

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Backhaus)

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If you are reading this review, chances are you are a classical record collector who owns multiple versions of all the Beethoven sonatas, perhaps multiple complete cycles by the likes of Schnabel, Kempff, Brendel, Gulda et. al. You are also probably wondering whether you should invest in another Beethoven cycle by a pianist whose name and legacy may be less familiar to you. The answer is: absolutely! Not even Schnabel probed more deeply behind the notes than Wilhelm Backhaus, and few have possessed the technical endurance at an advanced age to conquer the rugged peaks of the late sonatas (all but the *Hammerklavier* were taken down when Backhaus was in his seventies).

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus
Vinyl (19??)
Number of discs: 10
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 9.83 GB
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Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Telefunken) Paul Hindemith – Violin Sonatas (Edinger/Puchelt)

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Paul Hindemith (16 November 1895 – 28 December 1963) was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor. Notable compositions include his song cycle Das Marienleben (1923), Der Schwanendreher for Viola and Orchestra (1935), and opera Mathis der Maler (1938). Hindemith’s most popular work, both on record and in the concert hall, is probably the Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, written in 1943.

Composer: Paul Hindemith
Performer: Christiane Edinger, Gerhard Puchelt
Vinyl 1979
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Telefunken
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 1.0 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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F.Busoni – Doktor Faust (Hampson, Groissbock, Kunde;P.Jordan,Klaus Gruber) (2007, opera, 2хDVD9)

F.Busoni - Doktor Faust (Hampson, Groissbock, Kunde;P.Jordan,Klaus Gruber) (2007, opera, 2хDVD9)

F.Busoni – Doktor Faust (Hampson, Groissbock, Kunde;P.Jordan,Klaus Gruber) (2007, opera, 2хDVD9)

Composer:F.Busoni
Performer:Thomas Hampson
Orchestra:Orchester der Oper Zurich
Conductor: P.Jordan
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDVideo
Size:13.74 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles: English,French, German,Spanish
Server: datafile

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