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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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A very great THANK YOU to Trottar for this gem
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
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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

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All thanks for this beauty go to Trottar
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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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti KV 595 & KV 37 (Geza Anda)

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All thanks for this beauty go to Jean-Luc
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 1968(1973)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 911 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Melodya/Victor) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 15 (Kondrashin)

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All thanks for this beauty go to Jean-Luc
Kiril Kondrashin was the leader of the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in recordings from 1965 – 1975. Like Mravinsky’s Shostakovich, this is an authentic Russian interpretation, fast and raw. The recording quality is excellent for its time. Kondrashin knew Shostakovich personally and conducted the premieres of the Fourth Symphony (composed in 1936 but not publicly performed until 1961), the Thirteenth Symphony (1962) as well as the Second Violin Concerto (1967). The Fifteenth Symphony (1971) was not premiered by him; this version was recorded in 1974.

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
Vinyl (1974)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Melodya/Victor
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 803 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Kondrashin / MPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (USSR pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
# Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Мелодия | C 0813-16
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.06GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.54GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (429MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

OK, it’s official. I’m a rabid Mahler fan now. This was the performance that did it.

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Cecilia Bartoli – Mission (Agostino Steffani; Philippe Jaroussky, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis) (2012,opera baroque,DVD5)

Cecilia Bartoli - Mission (Agostino Steffani; Philippe Jaroussky, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis) (2012,opera baroque,DVD5)

Cecilia Bartoli – Mission (Agostino Steffani; Philippe Jaroussky, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis) (2012,opera baroque,DVD5)

Composer:Cecilia Bartoli
Performer:Philippe Jaroussky
Conductor:Diego Fasolis
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDVideo
Label:Decca
Size:4.22 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles: English,French, German, Italian, Spanish
Server: florenfile

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concerti (Brendel/Haitink)

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Oh friends, I’m experiencing at now a paradigm shift in my understanding of the LvB piano concerti, concerning the best interpreter, who ever recorded them. In the origin I had only the concerti with Pollini and (three of the five concerti) with Benedetti-Michelangeli and I was happy for many years. Both great pianists, both marvellous in their interpretations although a little different from each other. Then I heard Katchen and I was speechless… then Arrau, Rubinstein and – OMG – Kempff !!! I thought, never in life can another pianist reach the level of these five “gods”. Oh, how wrong I was! Thanks to Trottar and Jean-Luc I “discovered” in the last 3 years my love for Brendel, an artist who was well known to be, but I never estimated more than just a little – don’t ask me why. Two weeks ago I found out by accident that Brendel had recorded the concerti and I was like electrified. In such moments I don’t think twice or a second too long: seen and purchased was a single act. Please welcome the sixt “god” in the olymp of the LvB piano concerti interpreters.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Vinyl (1975-77)
Number of discs: 5
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.8GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concerti (Rubinstein/Leinsdorf)

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No one has quite the presence and panache and mastery of line of the wonderful Artur Rubinstein. And his piano sound is very distinctive and refreshing in spite of the age of his recordings. He has a way of holding one’s interest and delight through the special quality of understanding the drama of all he plays. “Rubinstein,” a prominent conductor once quipped, “is the only pianist you could wake up at midnight and ask to play any of the 38 major piano concertos.” Hyperbole aside, Rubinstein was indeed one of the most versatile and commanding of all virtuosos, and he left a series of recordings for piano and orchestra that are still big sellers decades later. These recordings, made in 1965-67, demonstrate Rubinstein was just as “on top” of these works technically as he was in the earlier set with Krips (1956) and much more “into” them musically. In addition, the playing is notably more alert and straightforward than in his later set with Barenboim (1975).

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Artur Rubinstein
Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Vinyl (1965-67)
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 3.31 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Jules Massenet – Manon (Cotrubas, Kraus)

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Thank you Bob for this gem
This Manon has long been overshadowed by great recordings with the likes of Beverly Sills, Victoria de Los Angeles, and Angela Gheorghiu as the opera’s title role. Ileana Cotrubas was a Romanian soprano famous for singing lighter roles, most notably a Violetta with Carlos Kleiber on Deutsche Grammophone. Cotrubas probes into Manon like no other and dazzles us with coloratura that the soprano could call her own. She also had an innocent quality about her voice which made her less lusty but more feminine than – for example – Maria Callas. These are the reasons why I like very much this recording of Manon.

Composer: Jules Massenet
Performer: Ileana Cotrubas, Alfredo Kraus, Gino Quillico, José van Dam
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Capitole de Toulouse
Conductor:
Michel Plasson
Vinyl (1982)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 16
Size: 2.89 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (Private Pressing) Giuseppe Verdi – Il Trovatore (Live 1941) Jussi Björling

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Thank you Bob for this historical gift
WOW, my friends….Jussi Björling as Manrico…is this great! I never thought one fine day I would listen to “my” Jussi in this role. My espectations were blown away. Without a doubt, after “THE” Manrico by Super-Mario Del Monaco, this is the most glorious one I have heard. And this in a Live-recording from 1941 (!!!)

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Jussi Björling, Norina Greco, Bruna Castagna, Nicola Moscona, Francesco Valentino
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera
Conductor:
Ferruccio Calusio
Vinyl (1941)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Private Pressing
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 1.32 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Harpsichord Concerti BWV 1055, 1056, 1057, 1058 (Trevor Pinnock)

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All thanks for this beauty go to Mats
Such classic 80’s recordings like this just don’t go out of style for the classical music lover. Masterful compositions from a truly towering composer and performed with equisite period artistry make this still a highly desirable recording. The vibrant and enthusiastic moods Pinnock and the English Concert produce would probably make Bach quite proud. The sound quality is extremely clear, bright and bold.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra: English Concert
Conductor: Simon Standage
Vinyl (1981)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 1.15 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti KV 425 & KV 459 (Geza Anda)

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All thanks for this beauty go to Jean-Luc
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 (1967)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 1.02 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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