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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Bernstein)


Whether it’s the famous catchy fanfare alone, or the entire symphonic poem of the famous “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, I really love this one. Lenny did a pretty great job with this one. I’ve heard other recordings of the same pieces, surely more than 10 different (and attended it live twice), including Ormandy and Karajan, but I still spend time listening to Bernstein’s recording although my favourite is that century recording by Fritz Reiner.  But it is the fanfare itself which I was most impressed of the piece. The brass was a bit “showy” but blaring enough, and the timpani sounded just fine and “gave weight”. And the summit of the fanfare always gives me goosebumps.

Composer: Richard Strauss
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 813 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Johann Sebastian Bach – Four Flute Sonatas, Volume II (Shaffer/Malcolm/Gauntlett)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beautiful rarity

Shaffer was a very musical player who died of cancer before she was fifty and shortly after completing the Bach recording. Shaffer loved Bach and it shows. The lines develop beautifully and nothing is forced. Shaffer’s recording would be one to look for. Shaffer’s musicality and appropriate tone serve to highlight the major difficulties interpreting these works. Sound and style. The modern flute begs for vibrato. Without, it can sound like a tin pipe. But, Bach needs care. Some of the flutists rush through the lines, treating them as virtuoso vehicles. I’m no fan of a Baroque flute style played on a modern flute, but vibrato and intensity do not have to be switched on all the time. Many fine teachers and performers I know despair at the lack of subtlety and sophistication in modern flute playing. Grading the sound, a subtle use of vibrato, and the use of a true dynamic range need a lot more attention.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Elaine Shaffer, George Malcolm, Ambrose Gauntlett
Vinyl 1966
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 944 MB
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Abendroth: Bruckner – Symphony no.5, Beethoven – Symphony no.9 (2 CD, FLAC)

Abendroth: Bruckner - Symphony no.5, Beethoven - Symphony no.9 (2 CD, FLAC)

Abendroth: Bruckner - Symphony no.5, Beethoven - Symphony no.9 (2 CD, FLAC)

Composer: Anton Bruckner, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Tilla Briem, Diana Eustrati, Ludwig Suthaus, Karl Paul
Orchestra: Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig, Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin
Conductor: Hermann Abendroth
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Size: 462 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: no
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Abbado: Verdi – Simon Boccanegra (2 CD, APE)

Abbado: Verdi - Simon Boccanegra (2 CD, APE)

Abbado: Verdi - Simon Boccanegra (2 CD, APE)

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Jose Van Dam, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Jose Carreras, Antonio Savastano, Maria Fausta Gallamini, Mirella Freni, Giovanni Foiani, Piero Cappuccilli
Orchestra: La Scala Theater Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 2
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B000001GXJ
Size: 527 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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Abbado, Pollini: Bartok – Piano Concertos (FLAC)

Abbado, Pollini: Bartok - Piano Concertos (FLAC)

Abbado, Pollini: Bartok - Piano Concertos (FLAC)

Performer: Maurizio Pollini, Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Composer: Bela Bartok
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B000N4SJJW
Size: 201 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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Abbado: Mendelssohn – 5 Symphonies, 7 Overtures (4 CD box set, FLAC)

Abbado: Mendelssohn - 5 Symphonies, 7 Overtures (4 CD box set, FLAC)

Abbado: Mendelssohn - 5 Symphonies, 7 Overtures (4 CD box set, FLAC)

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Elizabeth Connell, Karita Mattila, Hans Peter Blochwitz
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 4 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B00005ONMP
Size: 1.27 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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Abbado: Bruckner – Symphony no.9 (FLAC)

Abbado: Bruckner - Symphony no.9 (FLAC)

Abbado: Bruckner - Symphony no.9 (FLAC)

Composer: Anton Bruckner
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Audio CD
Original Release Date: 2001
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B00005CDA0
Size: 266 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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Abbado: Bruckner – Symphony no.4 (FLAC)

Abbado: Bruckner - Symphony no.4 (FLAC)

Abbado: Bruckner - Symphony no.4 (FLAC)

Composer: Anton Bruckner
Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Lucerne Festival
ASIN: B002G8V7PQ
Size: 453 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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Abbado: Beethoven – The 9 Symphonies (5 CD box set, FLAC)

Abbado: Beethoven - The 9 Symphonies (5 CD box set, FLAC)

Abbado: Beethoven - The 9 Symphonies (5 CD box set, FLAC)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Gabriela Benackova, Marjana Lipovsek, Gosta Winbergh, Hermann Prey, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Walter Hagen-Groll
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 5 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Size: 1.46 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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Abbado: Beethoven – Symphonie no.9 (96kHz / 24bit, DVD-A, FLAC)

Abbado: Beethoven - Symphonie no.9 (96kHz / 24bit, DVD-A, FLAC)

Abbado: Beethoven – Symphonie no.9 (96kHz / 24bit, DVD-A, FLAC)

Performer: Violeta Urmana, Karita Mattila, Thomas Moser
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
DVD Audio
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B0000509TP
Size: 984 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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20th Century Masterpieces (16 CD box set, APE)

20th Century Masterpieces (16 CD box set, APE)

20th Century Masterpieces (16 CD box set, APE)

Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 16 CD box set
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: EMI Classics
ASIN: B001DCQJUY
Size: 4.82 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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Versailles – 200 Years of Music (20 CD box set, APE)

Versailles - 200 Years of Music (20 CD boxset, APE)

Versailles - 200 Years of Music (20 CD boxset, APE)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 20 CD box set
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Naxos
ASIN: B001HBX90O
Size: 5.17 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon: 111 Classic Tracks (6 CD box set, FLAC)

111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon: 111 Classic Tracks (6 CD box set, APE)

111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon: 111 Classic Tracks (6 CD box set, APE)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 6 CD box set
Format: FLAC (tracks+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B002DZX95S
Size: 1.65 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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111: The Collector’s Edition 2 (56 CD box set, APE)

111: The Collector's Edition 2 (56 CD box set, APE)

111: The Collector's Edition 2 (56 CD box set, APE)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 56 CD box set, Limited Edition
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B003TJY0W8
Size: 13.5 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon: 55 CD Anthology (55 CD box set, FLAC)

111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon: 55 CD Anthology (55 CD box set, FLAC)

111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon: 55 CD Anthology (55 CD box set, FLAC)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 55 CD box set, Collector’s Edition, Limited Edition
Format: FLAC (tracks+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B002DZX95I
Size: 14.7 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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