Monthly Archives: October 2017

Mono HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Ferenc Fricsay – Rehearse & Performance of Smetana’s “Moldovia” from “Ma Vlast (My Fatherland)”


Wow, what an exciting experience, to “sit” on the shoulder of Maestro Fricsay during a rehearse of “Moldovia” by Smetana. I never espected, that his German was this marvellous. You probably never heard such a recording. A pity only for the non Germanophones among you! Enjoy it anyway! The entire A and first half of B side is basically just the conductor instructing (and correcting) the orchestra with partially very creative language. Second half of B is the piece “Moldovia” itself.

Composer: Bedric Smetana
Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra of the South-German Broadcast
Conductor:
Ferenc Fricsay
Vinyl 1964

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 524 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI) Frederic Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Pollini/Kletzki)


The young Maurizio Pollini exploded on to the classical music scene in 1960 with this outstanding and moving account of Chopin’s Piano Concerto #1, which has since attained legendary status. That golden period of classical music was crowded with stellar piano virtuosi who were already internationally renowned for their technique, musical individuality, and decades of Chopin recitals: Rubinstein, Horowitz, Arrau, Weissenberg, and Richter are towering examples. All these artists commanded not just respect, but reverence.

Composer: Frederic Chopin
Performer: Maurizio Pollini
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra London
Conductor: Paul Kletzki
Vinyl 1960
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.45 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Intercord) A Bach-Box


A big “thank you” for this gem flights to our friend Dagote  😀
Friends, don’t let distract you by the fact, that you probably don’t know a single name of the artists on this box. To go over these recordings would be a sin. Believe me when I tell you, these efforts are 1st class, from the 1st to the last. And the sound is very good. Enjoy!

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra: Württembergisches Kammerorchester, Bachcollegium Stuttgart, Süddeutsche Kammer-Philharmonie
Vinyl 19??
Number of Discs: 5
Format: FLAC
Label: Intercord
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.54 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concerti No. 3 & 5 (Mutter/Karajan)


15 years old “Wonder Child” Anne Sophie Mutter and the “Old Man” – just to paraphrase a famous novel by Hemingway – was the best story that life could be able to write at its time. It is a blessed relief to turn to this famous recording. Even after all these decades, it continues to astound. The young soloist plays fierily and poetically in turns. My celebrated Herbie soup-o-meter did not beep once for its duration. The Berlin Philharmonic, judiciously scaled down, is galvanised by the endeavour. Oh, listen to the deified double basses of this once-great ensemble as they ruminate expansively at 7’11” ff in the Adagio of K 219 – this is opulence. Indeed, both works momentarily appear to be greater than what they are. The warm analogue recording is simply beautiful.
Longevity has been accrued by this endeavour. I cannot say the same for a certain mangy old wolf in this domain whose ululations will soon be lost to the winds.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:
 Anne-Sophie Mutter
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor:
Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.2 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Ramin Djawadi – Westworld: Selections from the HBO Series – Season 1 (180g blood red vinyl)


# Composers: various
# Performers: Ramin Djawadi, Vitamin String Quartet
# Orchestra: Czech Film Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Water Tower Music | WTM39875
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.56GB), 24-bit/96kHz (872MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (218MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

And now for something a little more contemporary…

Ramin Djawadi is an Iranian-German composer, probably best known for his score for HBO’s popular television series Game of Thrones. He also covered all of the songs you hear interpreted into the old-timey clang of the player piano (aside from the two tracks here by the Vitamin String Quartet).

Hearing these compositions without their signature vocalists is really jarring and it always seems to take a moment while watching the show to place exactly what it is you are hearing. But I guess that is perfect for a show that is all about probing uncanniness and the authenticity of what appears to be laid out before you.

Give it a try. You might just be surprised…

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Ashkenazy plays Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2, Sonata No. 2


Side A of this record offers a scintillating version of Chopin`s second concerto. Ashkenazy demonstrates a stunning command of the virtuoso sections of the outer movements. The second movement is a joy to behold: his heartfelt lingerings over the more ravishing parts of the middle movement evoke pure emotion beyond words. David Zinman and the excellent London players are on the same par as the pianist. On side B the Piano Sonata No. 2, a Nocturne and a Mazurka, all performed live, with energy and impressive techniques with a stunning “Marche Funèbre”. Over all, the sound quality is impeccable. A Chopin record to love!

Composer: Frederic Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:
David Zinman
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Pjotr Tchaikowsky – Ballett-Suite 1 – Nutcracker – Andante Cantabile – Capriccio Italien (Rostropovich)


Did you know, that Rostropovich was not only a 1st-class cellist, but also a very interesting conductor?

Composer: Pjotr Tchaikowsky
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor:
Mstislav Rostropovich
Vinyl 1979

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.69 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Giuseppe Verdi ‎- La Forza Del Destino (Price/Merrill/Tucker)


Another big “thank you” for this gem flights to our Chicago friend 😀
Fortunately we have two wonderful Forza’s with Leontyne Price–a later one (and one more readily available) with Placido Domingo, Sherill Milnes, Fiorenza Cosotta and Gabriel Bacquier, conducted by James Levine, and this earlier one from 1965. While the later one is an excellent recording, the earlier one takes the cake.
Conducted by Thomas Schippers, whose career was tragically cut short by cancer, it bursts forth with an energy and enthusiasm that just can’t be surpassed. The cast is an American Who’s Who of opera in the mid-’60s. Leontyne Price was not yet 40 when she recorded Leonora on this recording, and she brings to the production the skill and dramatic ability of a mature artist but with a voice still with the bloom of youth and freshness. The combination is incredible.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Leontyne Price, Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill, Shirley Verrett, Giorgio Tozzi, Ezio Flagello
Orchestra:  RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Thomas Schippers

Vinyl 1965

Number of Discs: 4
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.54 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI) Francis Poulenc – Concert for Harpsichord ‘Champetre’ – Concert For 2 Pianos (Poulenc/Van De Wiele/Février)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for another amazing gem
The performances of these concertos by Francis Poulenc are amazing. The Concert champetre (1929) was written for Wanda Landowska and was a favorite piece of hers but she never recorded it despite the urgings of Poulenc. This recording of the Concert champetre was made in 1957 with Aimee van de Wiele as soloist, who gives an energetic performance along the lines of Landowska. The Concerto for two pianos (1932) has the composer and Jacques Fevrier as soloists, a combination that could not be more ideal as Poulenc had Fevirer and himself in mind when he wrote the music.

Composer: Francis Poulenc
Performer: Francis Poulenc, Jacques Février, Aimée Van De Wiele
Orchestra: Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire
Conductor: Georges Pretre

Vinyl 1962 (1972)

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.63 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca/London) Giuseppe Verdi ‎- Macbeth (Nilsson/Taddei/Schippers)


A huge “thank you” for this gem flights to our Chicago friend 😀
The acclaimed legendary Swedish dramatic Wagnerian soprano Birgit Nilsson, (1918-2005), made her official debut in 1947 at the Stockholm opera as Lady Macbeth. After just three days notice to replace an ailing colleague she had actually debuted in the same house one year earlier as Agathe in Der Freischutz. There were only four or so Verdian roles suited for her special abilities; Turandot, Aida, Lady Macbeth and Amelia. She once refused to learn Norma saying that it had “two many little notes”. She also once said that “Turandot made me rich, Isolde made me famous”. However there are apparently no recordings of any of her staged performances of Lady Macbeth, just this studio recording of excerpts made in London in 1964 under the brilliant conducting of Thomas Schippers.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Birgit Nilsson, Giuseppe Taddei, Bruno Prevedi
Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Accademia Santa Cecilia of Rome
Conductor: Thomas Schippers

Vinyl 1965

Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca/London
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.53 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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