Monthly Archives: September 2017

Mono HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Private Records) Christoph Willibald Gluck – Paride Ed Elena (Ricciarelli, Bonisolli)


Many thanks to Bob for this rarity
The text and the music for the Dramma per musica Paride ed Elena probably originated in Vienna between 1768 and 1770: details of the genesis of the work are not known. Calzabigi may have started the text-book after the premiere of Alceste (December 26th, 1767) and wrote it aloud a letter to Antonio Greppi, already before December 12th, 1768, while Gluck had begun composing at that time, but probably not earlier than in the first months of 1770. The premiere took place on Saturday, November 3rd, 1770 at the Vienna Burgtheater in honor of Peter Leopold, Archduke of Austria and Grand Duke of Tuscany.

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Performer: Katia Ricciarelli, Franco Bonisolli, Valeria Mariconda

Orchestra: Orchestra of the Settimana Musicale Senese
Conductor: Piero Bellugi
Vinyl 1973

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: Private Records
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 1.06 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Rajski/PCPO – Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor Op. 67 (TACET, 180g, German pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: TACET Records | L 240
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.15GB), 24-bit/96kHz (657MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (169MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

I’ve often said that TACET can do no wrong. Check out this album and find out why!

And yes, side 2 plays backwards.

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 6 & 7 (Karajan)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for these Sibelius pearls
These are wonderful performances which have always been highly regarded. Karajan captures the immense gloom and introspection of the crystal, northern beauty of the 6th. Tapiola is intensely dramatic and breathtaking in its sweep. The 7th performance given here is one of the most awe inspired interpretations ever put to record. No conductor can convey the emotion which Herbert von Karajan can in this piece…
…listen to the trombone solo at the end and your hair will rise on the back of the neck…truly wonderful. The strings in the opening are beutiful…an awe inspired 7th with a tremendous 6. Strange that Sibelius never wrote another note after this for over a 30 year period…
Thanks Herbie..

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1968

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.94 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 5 (Karajan)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this splendid 5th
Sibelius’s music is folkish in origin, part of that turn of the 20th century revival of national origins, hence his nature worship. At this time many European artists were eschewing the Christianism of prior centuries and investigating the pagan, heathen origins of their regions, and of the continent, but this was all only a culmination of the Romantic movement begun by Beethoven, at least in music. Beethoven of course, like all the Germans, was idealistic and cast a long glance back to the Greeks, but it was this disruption of Christianity’s universalist stranglehold on the mind that began the liberation which made possible the much later nativist spirits like Sibelius. One can see this clearly in Brahms, Grieg, Wagner, Hugo Wolf, and even traces of it in modernists like Stravinsky and Bartok. The Jew Adorno for one particularly despised Sibelius, and that makes sense given the anti-native, universal nature of Judaism. This religious abstractionism of Judaism, written large in Christianity, won out in the modernist moment, for political reasons, and Sibelius dropped out all together.

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1964

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.89 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Eterna) Fryderyk Chopin – Piano Concert No. 2 (Rubinstein/Wallenstein)


The sounds coming off this disc is among the most beautiful ever committed to a mechanical recording device. No, I don’t mean the recorded sound — I mean the sound produced by a living human musician on his piano. This includes such items that no microphone technique can efface, however poor it may be: impeccable legato, perfect phrasing, living inside the music with your imagination, bringing it to life in vibrant splendour. The actual sound coming out of your loudspeakers may not be as luminous when you compare them to a modern rexording. But this is music-making, not record making! This is Chopin, not musical wallpaper. You have to engage your heart together with your ears, or you’ll lose the plot!. Since Rubinstein’s recordings are made so long ago, the recording quality certainly will not be as sophisticated as the present but if we can concentrate on his musicality, his beautiful tone color, performances that has virtuosity but the most important thing brought forward is making music, it is a joy and inspiring to listen to him being an artist and not simply a mechanic. There is no one “correct” way to interpret any piece of music, you just have to find the performance that you like the most but Rubinstein’s performances certainly rank right up there for many people. You don’t have to be musically educated to enjoy art, just listen, look, and react the way you feel. Enjoy!

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Performer: Artur Rubinstein
Orchestra: Symphony Of The Air Orchestra
Conductor: Alfred Wallenstein
Vinyl 1959/1975

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: ETERNA
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 797 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Eterna) Fryderyk Chopin – Piano Concert No. 1 (Rubinstein/Skrowaczewski)


Rubinstein recorded the Chopin Concertos numerous times. This version of Chopin’s first Concerto is the most successful of Rubinstein’s several versions, partly thanks to the sensitive accompaniment of the New London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Tempos are well-judged, phrasing is supple and natural, virtuosity is there, but not for its own sake. Since Rubinstein’s recordings are made so long ago, the recording quality certainly will not be as sophisticated as the present but if we can concentrate on his musicality, his beautiful tone color, performances that has virtuosity but the most important thing brought forward is making music, it is a joy and inspiring to listen to him being an artist and not simply a mechanic. There is no one “correct” way to interpret any piece of music, you just have to find the performance that you like the most but Rubinstein’s performances certainly rank right up there for many people. You don’t have to be musically educated to enjoy art, just listen, look, and react the way you feel. Enjoy!

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Performer: Artur Rubinstein
Orchestra: New Symphony Orchestra London
Conductor: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Vinyl 1961/1975

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: ETERNA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 773 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Quartetto Italiano ‎– Beethoven: Works for String Quartet – Volume 2 (original EU pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Philips ‎| 6500 181
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (4.36GB), 24-bit/96kHz (2.16GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (581MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Francis Poulenc – La Musique De Chambre (Fournier, Le Quintette À Vent De Paris, Menuhin)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this marvellous set
Francis Poulenc had throughout his life a predilection for wind instruments. He composed for the winds at the very beginning (sonata for 2 clarinets) at the very end of his career (sonatas for clarinet and piano, for oboe and piano). But this did not prevent him from producing during the Second World War two magnificent sonatas for violin and piano and cello and piano (each dedicated to Ginette Neveu and Pierre Fournier). His music

Composer: Francis Poulenc
Performer: Pierre Fournier, Le Quintette À Vent De Paris, Yehudi Menuhin
Vinyl 1973

Number of Discs: 4
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.5 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Maria João Pires – Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 5 (Japanese pressing)


# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Maria João Pires
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Denon Records | OX-7055-ND
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.48GB), 24-bit/96kHz (838MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (196MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

The first classical rip with the new cart and preamp/ADC!

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI) Niccolò Paganini – Violin Concerti No. 1 & 2 (Menuhin)


A feast for heart & ears. Without any doubt, Paganini was the greatest violin virtuous ever lived. By the way: marvellous sound on this reissue!
Stunning album so beautifully played. As can be expected, there are music lovers who relish the technical details of Paganini’s violin concertos, and then there are those who find themselves ever-so-comfortable in the rich and lush romanticism of his quitessentially Italian expressiveness. You may freely count your servant in the latter category: in th eopinion of your servant, no one wrote more exquisitely romantic violin music (with the exception of Pablo de Sarasate) than Niccolo Paganini, and Yehudi Menuhin captures the essence of this romanticism at the highest levels of technicianship and expressive musicality!!! The cadenzas are from an older era, but they are no less technically demanding, and Yehudi Menuhin shows himself more than equal to the task. An absolute benchmark recording for all lovers of violin pyrotechnics, as well as violin students.
Highly recommended!

Composer: Niccolò Paganini
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Alberto Erede
Vinyl 1961

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 2.09 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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