Monthly Archives: December 2017

HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Columbia) Joseph Haydn – Symphonies No. 88 & 104 (Klemperer)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this black gold
Otto Klemperer takes Haydn very seriously. While some might find his approach overly deliberate and lacking in vitality and humor, I find it profound. He recognizes Haydn as the great master whom he was. And the orchestral playing is perfectly balanced and extremely beautiful. The Haydn symphony recordings, with outstanding performances under Otto Klemperer’s baton, have been seen as immortal classics ever since their first release on LPs.

Composer: Joseph Haydn
Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Vinyl 1965

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1,1 GB
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HD-Vinyls (Mono) 24/96 (DGG) Sviatoslav Richter Plays Schumann


I’m just going to say: Wow. Beautiful. Magnificent. I do not know what more a fan of classical piano music could want! If you are just beginning to discover classical piano players, Richter ranks up there with the best of all time. Many would say he was above all the others. Technique, strength, passion–it is all here.

Composer: Robert Schumann
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter
Vinyl 1958/1963

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 433 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Gustav Mahler – Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Schwarzkopf, Fischer-Dieskau, Szell)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for the beautiful Elisabeth
This performance is generally given top recommendation by Mahler devotees. Penguin, for example, says “Szell’s 1968 Kingsway Hall recording of ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ was a primary recommendation for three decades at premium price. Now it rightly joins EMI’s “Great Recordings of the Century’ and the careful remastering plus the lower price will surely extend its catalogue life for a considerable time to come. The superb singing of Schwarzkopf and Fischer-Dieskau is underpinned by the wonderfully sensitive playing from the LSO under Szell, who matches and even surpasses his achievement with his own Cleveland Orchestra in the Fourth Symphony.” Gramophone is equally complimentary, having given this their Gramophone award, saying in their 2012 Guide: “EMI’s classic recording made in 1968 more or less puts all rivals out of the court. Even those who find Schwarzkopf’s singing mannered will be hard pressed to find more persuasive versions of the female songs than she gives, while Fischer-Dieskau and Szell are in a class of their own most of the time.” “Also, few command the musical stage as Fischer-Dieskau does in a song such as ‘Revelge’, where every drop of irony and revulsion from the spectre of war is fiercely, grimly caught.”

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: George Szell
Vinyl 1968

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 942 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Joseph Haydn – Missa In Tempore Belli (Kubelik)

 
Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this fine 1st pressing
Haydn composed this mass at Eisenstadt in August 1796, at the time of Austria’s general mobilisation into war. Four years into the European war that followed the French Revolution, Austrian troops were doing badly against the French in Italy and Germany, and Austria feared invasion. Reflecting the troubled mood of his time, Haydn integrated references to battle in the Benedictus and Agnus Dei movements. The Mass was first performed on 26 December 1796, in the Piarist Church of Maria Treu in Vienna.
Haydn was a deeply religious man, who appended the words “Praise be to God” at the end of every completed score. As Kapellmeister to the Prince Nikolaus II Esterházy, Haydn’s principal duty in the last period of his life, beginning in 1796, was the composition of an annual mass to honour the name day of Prince Nicholas’ wife, Princess Maria Hermenegild, 8 September, the birth of the Blessed Virgin. In a final flowering of his genius, he faithfully completed six magnificent masses (with increasingly larger orchestras) for this occasion. Thus Missa in Tempore Belli was performed at the family church, the Bergkirche, at Eisenstadt on 29 September 1797 ….
(continue reading on Wikipedia)

Composer: Joseph Haydn
Orchestra: Sinfonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Vinyl 1964

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.53 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Franz Liszt – The Piano Concerti (Dichter/Previn)


Many thanks to our friend Trottar for another little known “Virtuoso” of piano
Misha Dichter (born September 27, 1945) is a classical pianist who was born in Shanghai to Polish-Jewish parents who fled Europe at the outbreak of World War II.
Misha Dichter moved with his family to Los Angeles, California, at the age of two, and began studying piano at the age of five. He studied with Aube Tzerko, a pupil of Artur Schnabel, which established a concentrated practice regimen and intensive approach to musical analysis; and composition and analysis with Leonard Stein, a disciple of Arnold Schoenberg. He attended the Juilliard School in New York and studied with Rosina Lhevinne. While enrolled at the Juilliard School, Misha Dichter won the Silver medal at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, an accomplishment which …
(continue reading on Wikipedia)

Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Misha Dichter
Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl 1982

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 741 MB
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Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Peter Tchaikowsky – Romeo & Juliet/Nutcracker Suite (Maazel)


The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Vinyl 1981

Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.49 GB
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Server: FF

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Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Peter Tchaikowsky – Symphony No. 4 (Maazel)


After almost seven years, finally revisited with the benefits of the Black Bird Gang and the Audio Research SP15….and in 192 kHz
The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Vinyl 1979

Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.53 GB
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Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Franz Liszt – Works For Piano, Vol. 1 & 2 (Bolet)


Thank you very much to Trottar whose Vol. 2 accompains well my Vol. 1

Let’s get something straight in the beginning: Jorge Bolet is an apotheosis of ANTI-virtuoso approach to the music of Franz Liszt. That is precisely why he is the pianist who – with the obvious exception of Leslie Howard of course – has probably done most to raise Liszt’s reputation as a truly great composer, far removed from the once popular notion of meretricious dilettante. So if you like Liszt for virtuosity’s sake only, you may just as well skip this. Why Jorge Bolet stayed out of the spotlights for so long before taking up his -glorious- career? It was his devotion to Liszt. By then, in the 1950s, Liszt was still regarded as a B-composer (There are still people who tend to think so: I read someone who called Liszt `the father of all bar pianists’. Now, if you know a worse offence…). Only after Liszt’s reputation had increased, Bolet could enter his `Indian summer’, which lasted from about 1975 until his passing away in 1990. During this period, he was finally able to perform his favourite music as much as possible….

Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Jorge Bolet
Vinyl 1983

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 15/14
Size: 3.76 GB
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Josef Suk / Jan Panenka – Violin Sonatas, Berceuse (Czech reissue)


# Composers: César Franck, Francis Poulenc, Gabriel Fauré
# Performers: Josef Suk / Jan Panenka
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Supraphon | SUA ST 50879
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.87GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.04GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (284MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Joseph Haydn – Symphonies 93 – 104 (Dorati)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this fine collection

These performances have been a mainstay of the classical music world since they were first recorded and released (the recordings were made over a three and a half year period beginning in July 1969 and continuing through December 1972, with the first releases made on LP in 1970). Dorati’s project was just the second to record the complete Haydn symphonies, following Ernst Märzendorfer and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, in very limited release on LP and infrequently mentioned today.

Please, pay attention: due to some errors on naming the last four Symphonies
(101 was actually 103, 102 was actually 104…and vice-versa)
I uploaded 5 archives with the symphonies 101-104 with the right names now. Please, DL them and replace the old files. Thank you!

Composer: Joseph Haydn
Orchestra: Philarmonia Hungarica
Conductor: Antal Dorati
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 6
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 6.02 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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