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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Eterna) Johann Sebastian Bach – Das Orgelbüchlein BWV 599-644 (Köbler)

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The Orgelbüchlein (“Little Organ Book”) BWV 599−644 is a collection of 46 chorale preludes for organ written by Johann Sebastian Bach. All but three of them were composed during the period 1708–1717, while Bach was court organist at the ducal court in Weimar. The remaining three, along with a short two-bar fragment, were added in 1726 or later, after Bach’s appointment as cantor at the Thomasschule in Leipzig. The collection was originally planned as a set of 164 chorale preludes spanning the whole liturgical year. The chorale preludes form the first of Bach’s masterpieces for organ with a mature compositional style in marked contrast to his previous compositions for the instrument. Although each of them takes a known Lutheran chorale and adds a motivic accompaniment, Bach explored a wide diversity of forms in the Orgelbüchlein. Many of the chorale preludes…
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Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Robert Köbler
Vinyl 1968 (1976)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Eterna
DR-Analysis:
DR 10
Size: 1.74 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Melodiya/Columbia) Sergei Prokofiev – The Stone Flower (Rozhdestvensky)

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The Stone Flower ballet is contemporaneous with the opera The Story of a Real Man. It was his last ballet and as you can see from the timings is on an ambitious scale inviting comparison with Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet. The year was 1948. Prokofiev had put aside thoughts of setting Pushkin’s The Stone Guest in favour of a subject with nationalist resonance. Folk material was required by the invitation of Zhdanov’s ‘spirit of the times’; an invitation not to be denied. The hero of the ballet is the artist Danilo. His ‘grail’ is the stone flower hidden somewhere in the caverns of the Copper Mountain. He needs it as the raw material for a malachite vase. The supernatural Mistress of the Copper Mountain guards the flower. Danilo finds it but is enchanted by the Mistress. Katerina rescues Danilo and the flower is won. The villainous bailiff, Severyan, is consigned to the earth

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Orchestra: Bolshoi Thater Orchestra Moscow
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1974
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Melodiya/Columbia
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 2.91 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Barbirolli / NPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (original UK pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
# Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: His Master’s Voice | ASD 2518-9
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.62GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.81GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (478MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (World Record Club) Franz Schubert – Richter Plays Schubert

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All thanks for this go to Lemarquis

In the world of great pianos sonatas by composers ranging from Beethoven to Prokofiev, Schubert’s 21 Sonatas are too often neglected. Schubert’s late piano sonatas are some of the greatest piano compositions and no pianist helped us realize this more than Sviatoslav Richter. No pianist has blended the classical, melodic, sensitive and dark elements to be found in Schubert’s music better than he did. Richter performed over half of the sonatas, and here he plays the sonata in A-Major D. 664. In addition the wonderful ‘Wanderer’ fantasy.

Composer: Franz Schubert
Performer: Sviatoslav
Richter
Vinyl 1963
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: World Record Club
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 901 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 51 & 202 (Richter)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc

Karl Richter and Bach are like a close encounter. Very easy to notice the perfect match between the composer and de conductor. Splendorous orcherstra and singer. Maria Stader who is radiant. Richter was considered to be somewhat of an old-school romantic by the auntentic instrumentation crowd back in the 70s and 80s. I thought similarly at the time, and even felt a little guilty for liking these recordings as much as I did. Now older (and presumably a little wiser), I’ve decided that Richter was, in many respects, ahead of his time.
Some of his performances have never been bettered.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Maria Stader
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1959
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 10
Size: 485 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Vincenzo Bellini – I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Christof Loy; Fabio Luisi; Joyce DiDonato, Olga Kulchynska, Alexei Botnarciuc, Benjamin Bernheim, Roberto Lorenzi) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

 Vincenzo Bellini - I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Christof Loy; Fabio Luisi; Joyce DiDonato, Olga Kulchynska, Alexei Botnarciuc, Benjamin Bernheim, Roberto Lorenzi) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Vincenzo Bellini – I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Christof Loy; Fabio Luisi; Joyce DiDonato, Olga Kulchynska, Alexei Botnarciuc, Benjamin Bernheim, Roberto Lorenzi) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:Joyce DiDonato
Orchestra:Orchestra Philharmonia Zürich and Opera House Orchestra
Conductor:Fabio Luisi
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDRip
Label:Arte
Size:2.46 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Eterna) Johan Sebastian Bach – Edward Power Biggs at the Schuke Organ of the Thomas Church in Leipzig

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Bach reigns supreme on the organ, without question. Lovers of music, even lovers specifically of organ music, often have trouble naming any composer of organ music except J.S. Bach. His mastery is undeniable, his legacy amazing, his influence immeasurable. All of his organ works are technical marvels but can also hold deep emotional resonance. The works recorded here are some of the most famous of Bach’s: the Passacaglia and fugue, the “Great” prelude and fugue in g, the C Major prelude and fugue, and of course the Toccata and Fugue in d minor. This recording presents material which makes a great introduction to Bach’s organ music (which it was for me, several years ago) – but don’t be fooled: even if you have much experience with this kind of music the performances recorded here are worth hearing. I happen to think that Biggs is one of the greatest organists of our century, and this recording will tell you why.

Composer: Johan Sebastian Bach
Performer:
Edward Power Biggs
Vinyl 1970 (1974)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Eterna
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 870 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Wergo) Boris Blacher (Contemporary/Modern Classical Works)

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All thanks for this interesting record go to Trottar

Boris Blacher (19 January [O.S. 6 January] 1903 – 30 January 1975) was a German composer and librettist. He was born when his parents were living within a Russian-speaking community in the Manchurian town of Niuzhuang (hence the use of the Julian calendar on his birth record). He spent his first years in China and in the Asian parts of Russia, and in 1919, he eventually came to live in Harbin. In 1922, after finishing school, he went to Berlin where he began to study architecture and mathematics. Two years later, he turned to music and studied composition with Friedrich Koch. His career was interrupted by National Socialism. He was accused of writing degenerate music and lost his teaching post at the Dresden Conservatory. His career resumed after 1945, and he later became president of the Academy of Arts, Berlin, and is today regarded as one of the most influential music figures of his time. His students include Aribert Reimann, Isang Yun, Maki Ishii, Fritz Geißler, Giselher Klebe, Heimo Erbse, Richard Aaker Trythall, Klaus Huber, Francis Burt (de), Gottfried von Einem, Kalevi Aho and Richard Wernick. Blacher was married to the pianist Gerty Blacher-Herzog (de). They had four children including the German actress Tatjana Blacher and the international violinist Kolja Blacher (de). He died in Berlin in 1975, aged 72.

Composer: Boris Blacher
Performer:
The University Of Illinois Opera Group, Fritz Winckel, Ernst Haefliger, Gerty Herzog
Conductor: Ludwig Zirner
Vinyl 1963-66
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Wergo
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 853 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 56 & 82 (Richter)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc

Richter was considered to be somewhat of an old-school romantic by the auntentic instrumentation crowd back in the 70s and 80s. I thought similarly at the time, and even felt a little guilty for liking these recordings as much as I did. Now older (and presumably a little wiser), I’ve decided that Richter was, in many respects, ahead of his time.
Some of his performances have never been bettered. The greatest cantata and the greatest performance is BWV 56 with Fischer-Dieskau. Earlier Fi-Di’s recordings of BWV 56 are excellent too, but this 1969 version with Richter excels by the gloomy and solemn final chorale.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1968-69
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 917 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Te Deum (Davis)

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Thank you Trottar for the last pearl of the Berlioz cycle
Colin Davis’s Berlioz cycle for Philips was a highly acclaimed, if not ambitious achievement forty years ago and many of his performances- including the Te Deum here- remain the reference to which all others have since aspired. His soloists are all remarkably good (especially tenor Franco Tagliavini in the Te Deum) and the Wandsworth School Boys Choir simply sing their hearts out. Davis tends to downplay the usual theatrics most conductors pepper their readings with though his restraint pays off famously with one of the most highly dramatic, emotionally charged interpretations ever recorded.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Franco Tagliavini, Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir, London Symphony Chorus
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1969
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 1.07 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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