HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (Melodia) Wladimir Sofronitzki Plays Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Sofronitsky (or Sofronitzky; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Софрони́цкий, Vladimir Sofronitskij; May 8 [O.S. April 25] 1901 – August 26, 1961) was a Soviet-Russian classical pianist, best known as an interpreter of the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, whose daughter he married.

Composer: Robert Schumann, Frederyk Chopin, Alexander Scriabin
Performer:
Vladimir Sofronitzky
Vinyl 1952-60
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Melodia
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 1.31 GB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI) Johann Strauss – Die Fledermaus (Gedda, Schwatzkopf, Karajan)

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Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Streich, Krebs, Kunz, et. al, all sparkle here in their roles, even in the dated sound world that EMI was able to present (under Legge and von Karajan) in what was (and still is, really) known as “Glorious”. Everyone here is spot on and authoritatively sung with great style and execution, which means of course “great fun” for us to listen to (and surely they had a grand time recording it also)! Suffice to say, though, that this is one of the very few recordings that remain at the top of the selection list for this wonderful comic operetta, J. Strauss’s crowning achievement. It’s a Keeper, for sure, and well worth seeking out.

Composer: Johann Strauss II
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzjopf, Nicolai Gedda, Rita Streich
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra London
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1955
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.18 GB
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Mozart – Don Giovanni (Vladimir Jurowski ,Gerald Finley,Anna Samuil ,Luca Pisaroni) (2010,Opera,2xDVD9)

 Mozart - Don Giovanni (Vladimir Jurowski ,Gerald Finley,Anna Samuil ,Luca Pisaroni) (2010,Opera,2xDVD9)
Mozart – Don Giovanni (Vladimir Jurowski ,Gerald Finley,Anna Samuil ,Luca Pisaroni) (2010,Opera,2xDVD9)

Composer:Mozart
Performer:Gerald Finley
Orchestra:Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Conductor:Vladimir Jurowski
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format: DVDVideo
Size: 12.67 GB
Recovery: +3%
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Mussorgsky//Rimsky-Korsakov/Borodin – Pictures At An Exhibition/Capriccio Espagnole/Polovetsian Dances (Muti/Roshdestwensky)

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You can always count on Riccardo Muti to give a strong performance of popular works. His performance of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece is near the top. His tempi for the various “pictures” are right on. Muti’s performance is excellent and he has the sound to carry it off, but the reading does lack the oomph of others like Reiner and especially Ormandy (the earlier recording with the Philadelphia Orchestra on Columbia/Sony). Muti begins Pictures as though he is warming up, with the latter pictures much more highly charged than those in the first half. By the time he arrives at The Great Gate of Kiev he and the Philadelphia Orchestra are in full swing. It’s a top-notch performance.
Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s recordings of the “Polovetsian Dances” by Borodin and The “Capriccio Espagnole” by Rimsky-Korsakov are powerful and impeccable interpretations and good companions to Mussorgsky’s “pictures”.

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Borodin
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris
Conductor: Riccardo Muti, Gennady Roshdestwensky
Vinyl 1972
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.24 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Johann Sebastian Bach – Matthäus-Passion (Jochum)

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New rip with a better vinyl
Jochum’s performance of this masterwork is, ihmo, one of the best you can get.
Bach’s St Matthew Passion is a sacred drama on an unprecedented scale. He created it as an integral part of the Good Friday Vespers in the strict Lutheran stronghold of Leipzig where it was first performed, perhaps as early as 1727. At their most fundamental, the disparate elements comprising Bach’s St Matthew Passion can be placed under distinct headings: the narrative element in which the Evangelist (tenor) and Christ (baritone) play the central role; a lyrical and contemplative element provided by the arias; a meditative and communal element provided by the chorales, the traditional hymn-tunes of Bach’s time; and the choruses which comment on events taking place emphasizing their significance with immense, at times almost overwhelming, power. The interdependence of these diverse components is only fully realized in a performance which comprehends Bach’s vast tableau in its entirety.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:
Niederländischer Rundfunkchor, Knabenchor Der St. Willibrords-Kirche Amsterdam, Marga Höffgen, Walter Berry, Franz Crass, Leo Ketelaars, John Van Kesteren, Agnes Giebel, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Concertgebouw Orchester Amsterdam
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Vinyl 1965
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 3.99 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (BIS) Jean Sibelius – Jungfrun I Tornet (The Maiden in the Tower), Karelia Suite Op. 11 (Järvi)

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Sibelius’ only opera, the one-act “The Maiden in the Tower”, is hobbled by a shallow Swedish libretto that’s basically a recounting of the Rapunzel myth. Like Kullervo and many other early works, it was well received initially by its Northern European audience, but Sibelius soon withdrew it to his desk drawer, discouraging further performances. It’s too bad that the text is so insipid, since there is some interesting music here: a passionate, even overwrought, prayer from the imprisoned Maiden to the Virgin Mary, twice soaring up to a High B. In the next scene the chorus of villagers sings the opera’s most memorable tune, a hymn to spring before they repudiate the Maiden, who they unjustly accuse of being the Bailiff’s prostitute. This scene has hints of the bass pedal points that became one of the composer’s most recognizable fingerprints. The Maiden’s sad prayer returns as an interlude before the scene with her fiancé that leads to the confrontation with the Bailiff and the all-too-neat ending in which the castle-owner’s wife observes the happenings and orders the Maiden freed and the Bailiff arrested.

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Performer: Mari-Ann Häggander,
Erland Hagegård, Tone Kruse, Jorma Hynninen, The Gothenburg Concert Hall Choir
Orchestra: The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Vinyl 1984
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: BIS
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.03 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Domenico Scarlatti – 33 Piano Sonatas (Zacharias)

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There are not only WAM’s & LvB’s piano sonatas, out there…
All those truly jewels compounding Domenico Scarlatti’s catalogue of keyboard sonatas – short pieces in one movement, greatly imbued with Iberian flavour and passionate rhythms – call for a gifted musician who must be able to naturally alternate melodic lines, sharply shade contrasts and lively use vivid tempos. Therefore only an agile-minded pianist can qualify for the task of interpreting Scarlatti’s sonatas at a masterful degree, a pianist who possesses a robust insight in what music means at its deepest level: feeling embodied in sound. Scarlatti proves a maestro of atmosphere demanding at a largest extent the soloist approaching his music.
Christian Zacharias is – for me – among the living pianists the most suitable to this music. He has all the required qualities as a super-class musician and actually he seems fond of playing this music, loving to polish the phrase up to its last consequences, extracting the right nuances and moods from his keyboard. In short, Christian Zacharias reigns supreme in the realm of clever virtuosity and spontaneous empathy with Scarlatti’s output.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:
Christian Zacharias
Vinyl 1979-1982(1985)
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 2.92 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Alban Berg – Wozzeck (Lear, Wunderlich, Fischer-Dieskau, Böhm)

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This is a great, classic studio recording of Berg’s first opera. I don’t know what I liked about the story, but I immediately loved the Mahlerian score, especially as presented in such a sympathetic recording. The warmth of both Böhm’s conducting and Fischer-Deiskau’s wonderful voice, and the chemistry of the two principles still comes through forty years later. True, Fischer-Deiskau is perhaps too sane and vocally balanced for his part,but his performance is still one of the greatest because of the genius of his vocal coloring. This studio version still holds its own due to the great performers and because the studio mix balances the voices with the orchestra perfectly, allowing us to hear all the vocal parts even in the loudest moments.

Composer: Alban Berg
Performer: Evelyn Lear, Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Schöneberger Sängerknaben, Gerhard Stolze, Fritz Wunderlich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra: Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Vinyl 1965
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 1.85 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Paganini, Dvorak, Bruch, Mendelssohn – Izthak Perlman plays 4 Violin Concerti

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Once I had the honor to see & hear Mr. Perlman during a rehearsal one day before a concert in Berlin. I was in my former life travelling technician and one day I was (again) in Berlin, shortly after the fall of the wall. The customer, where I had to repair a gigantic printer had almost become a friend through many years and I always asked him, when I was there, who was actually there and with which concerto…or which orchestra, which maestro. Mostly there was nothing or not interessant for me (I was around 1-2 times in a year there). But one fine day the Muses were very friendly to me and Itzhak gave the Beethoven Concerto. Knowing my love to music, my customer asked me, if I would gladly attend to the rehearsal. I couldn’t believe it…. He phoned with someone and I could hear in the almost empty hall the wonderful playing of Mr. Perlman. Lucky me!
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Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Niccoló Paganini, Antonin Dvorak, Max Bruch
Performer: Itzhak Perlman
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Lawrence Foster, Daniel Barenboim, André Previn
Vinyl 1972
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 2.9 GB
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Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Franco Zeffirelli; Paolo Carignani; Nina Stemme, Anita Hartig, Marco Berti, Alexander Tsymbalyuk) (2016,Opera,HDRip)

 Giacomo Puccini - Turandot (Franco Zeffirelli; Paolo Carignani; Nina Stemme, Anita Hartig, Marco Berti, Alexander Tsymbalyuk) (2016,Opera,HDRip)
Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Franco Zeffirelli; Paolo Carignani; Nina Stemme, Anita Hartig, Marco Berti, Alexander Tsymbalyuk) (2016,Opera,HDRip)

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer:Nina Stemme
Orchestra:Orchestra and Chorus of MetOpera
Conductor:Paolo Carignani
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDRip
Label:The Metropolitan Opera
Size:4.01 GB
Recovery: +3%
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