HD-Vinyl Mono 24/192 (Murray Hill) Richard Wagner – Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Furtwängler)

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Historical recordings, Live from the Scala Of Milan 1950.
This is a fantastic Ring cycle. Sound concerns (and audience hacking/talking) keep it at 4 stars. Flagstad and Furtwangler alone would make this worth purchase, but add to that the majesterial Wotan of Ferdinand Frantz (not as noble as Hotter, but much more human), Svanholm and Lorenz as Siedgried, and Pernestorfer as Alberich and you have a major ensemble. (Pernestorfer was singing Benoit in Boheme as late as the 1970s). One problem is the cuts. Part of the great monologue in Act two of Walkure is cut (it can be found with Frantz/Furtwangler on two other recordings) and the central portion of the Siegfried / Wanderer scene is shortened – Svanholm shows why at the end of the opera. His duet is lunge as high as you can. But still, it is a great Ring.

Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: take a look at the box-pic
Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Scala Of Milan
Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
Vinyl 1950/197?
Number of discs: 11
Format: Flac
Label: Murray Hill
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 903 MB
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Ashkenazy/Kertesz/LSO – Mozart: Piano Concertos 8 & 9 (original UK pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: István Kertész
# Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Decca Records | SXL 6259
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.55GB), 24-bit/96kHz (794MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (189MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Frederyk Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Davidovich/Marriner)

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All thanks for this gem go to Mats
It is agreeable to have a recording by Bella Davidovich of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 (known as No. 2) to put beside her account of his Concerto No. 2—called No. 1. This field tends to be dominated by Arrau and Rubinstein. On the latter’s RCA recording Ormandy is forceful in the speedy tuttis and the pianist is balanced well forward, his forte tone seeming rather hard. But Rubinstein’s reaction to the lyrical side of Chopin’s invention is such that one repeatedly feels he is revealing the very essence of this music with his precisions of tonal nuance and timing, above all in the Larghetto of course. Like Arrau, Davidovich has the advantage of a greatly superior piano sound, and Marriner gives her more shapely, less hard-driven, orchestral passages.

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Bella Davidovich
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl 1982
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 903 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Frederyk Chopin – 24 Preludes, Polonaise No. 6 (Geza Anda)

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All thanks for this Master go to Jean-Luc
Geza Anda is absolutely stunnig in this recital. His performance of the set of Preludes Op. 28 has no equal. I haven’t heard such structural cohesion, such architectural sound around every piece. The piano vibrates with orchestral texture. There’s poetry, passion, nostalgia, noblesse and sublime classical lyricism. Where does this put Anda in the great scheme? It’s difficult for me to say, in part because he died far to young to leave a legacy as long as others. I very much enjoy his recording and believe that he’s at the grand buffet with Rubinstein, Pollini, Richter, Arrau and few others.

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Geza Anda
Vinyl 1959(1965)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 1.55 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Prokofieff – Symphony-Concerto/Respighi – Adagio Con Variazioni (Ancerl/Navarra)

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All thanks for this rarity go to Jean-Luc
Though the Symphony-Concerto is cast in the conventional three movements, their proportions are unusual: the outer movements are equal in duration, while the central movement is a vast, complex Scherzo replete with wild ideas and a thrilling extended cadenza. The work begins with a relatively slow movement that proceeds with the character of a march, propelled by an ascending four-note theme. The solo cellist…

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev, Ottorino Respighi
Performer:
André Navarra
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl
Vinyl 1966
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 921 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (BIS) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 2 (Järvi)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Mats
Here’s a performance of the Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in the same vein as Berglund’s Helsinki recording, also from the mid-’80s — mostly direct and straightforward, and based on my now extensive listening experience, often seemingly bordering on the impetuous. The allegretto first movement flies by with nary a ponderous moment, but with a great deal of sparkle, vim and vigor. The alacrity makes for a most effective transition to the dramatically downshifted andante second movement; here’s where Järvi and company…

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Vinyl 1984
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: BIS
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 1.8 GB
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Maria João Pires – Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 6 (Japanese pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Maria João Pires
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Denon Records | OX-7056-ND
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.55GB), 24-bit/96kHz (794MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (189MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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Vivaldi – Farnace – Opera national du Rhin (George Petrou,Max Emanuel Cencic, Mary Ellen Nesi, Ruxandra Donose) (2012, Opera, HDTVRip)

Vivaldi - Farnace - Opera national du Rhin (George Petrou,Max Emanuel Cencic, Mary Ellen Nesi, Ruxandra Donose) (2012, Opera, HDTVRip)
Vivaldi – Farnace – Opera national du Rhin (George Petrou,Max Emanuel Cencic, Mary Ellen Nesi, Ruxandra Donose) (2012, Opera, HDTVRip)

Composer:Vivaldi
Performer:Max Emanuel Cencic
Conductor:George Petrou
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDTVRip
Size:4.25 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Béla Bartók – Sonatas For Violin, Piano, Clarinet (Andersen/Etlík/Gertler)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc
Much like Brahms kept close company with Joseph Joachim, one of the greatest violinists of his day, so too did Bartók keep ties with luminaries of his time, including Szigeti, Menuhin, and André Gertler. Although Gertler did not have the distinction of having any of Bartók’s numerous works for violin dedicated to or written for him, he did have the honor of premiering several of Bartók’s compositions in Europe. Gertler was also the first violinist to undertake the massive task of recording the complete violin works in the 1960s. The sound quality throughout is generally quite good, a testament to the technicians who remastered the recordings. Given their professional ties, it would stand to reason that Gertler would have a deep understanding of Bartók’s music, and indeed his interpretations throughout capture every bit of the Hungarian flair.

Composer: Béla Bartók
Performer: Diane Andersen,
Milan Etlík, André Gertler
Vinyl 1965
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 920 MB
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