HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Johann Sebastian Bach – 6 Sonatas and Partitas For Solo Violin BWV 1001-1006 (Henryk Szeryng)


Many many thanks to our Jean-Luc for this gigantic gem
This is just pure Bach, renditions of violin sonatas and partitas done by a master. The recording is exceptionally clear. There is no background sound whatsoever, which adds to the purity. A superior performance of this beautiful music. Learning the whole of Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin is a remarkable feat. Playing them with such perfect sensitivity and expression falls squarely in the realm of the superhuman. Even after repeated listenings, certain movements of this recording bring a lump to my throat and make my heart flutter. Violinists especially, I think, will discover special meaning and beauty in this recording. However, anyone who listens to classical music will find this recording to be one of the jewels of their record collection.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Henryk Szeryng
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 5.11 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Fortuna) Patrick Ball – The Celtic Harp, Vol. 1-4


“Is there anything sadder in this world of ours than poverty of words?”
— an Irish storyteller
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This statement may seem to us today a curious one to make, as we can all immediately think of something infinitely more sad. Yet, the man who made it was not speaking lightly, nor was he speaking figuratively. He lived in an Ireland which was cruelly burdened by poverty and oppression, where sadnesses and deprivations were legion. Yet, to him the lack of words was an unimaginable loss. For in words, in stories nurtured and spoken, he not only found light and warmth, laughter and exaltation, he found the very continuation of his culture, of his land, of himself.”
—Patrick Ball

Composer: Various
Performer: Patrick Ball
Vinyl 1982/1983/1985/1992
Number of Discs: 4
Format: FLAC
Label: Fortuna
DR-Analysis: DR 11/11/12/11

Size: 1.66 GB/1.76 GB/1.97 GB/1.8 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Richard Strauss – Four Last Songs (Schwarzkopf)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this splendid gem
Schwarzkopf’s version of the Four Last Songs represents the closest the human voice comes to perfection, in an astounding piece of music that touches the deepest reaches of the soul. Her rendition of the single phrase “so tief im Abendrot” in the fourth song is incomparably sublime, even ecstatic. I don’t believe any other soprano will ever come close to her in interpreting this work. To me, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf with George Szell conducting, sings in the definitive heavenly recording of Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs and other lieder from 1966 and 1969 recordings.

Composer: Richard Strauss
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: George Szell
Vinyl 1966
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.56 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Columbia) Grieg, Piano Concerto A-Minor – Rachmaninov, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Entremont/Ormandy)


Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
In the 1950s and 60s, CBS/Columbia (now Sony Classical) had the great fortune to have three of America’s best orchestras and their conductors on its recording roster — Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. More than a half-century later, only Leonard Bernstein remains a name that even the non-classical music world knows well. This particular disc features Ormandy and the Philadelphians with the great pianists Philippe Entremont (he was 23 years old on recording this in 1958) on the Grieg Piano Concerto, that’s often accompained by Rachmaninov’s “Paganini-Rhapsody”. When it comes to the “Rhapsody”, it will has to be either Curzon on Decca or this recording made decades ago. Just by knowing the orchestra (long considered the nation’s finest at the time) and the conductor (a major virtuoso to many critics), as well as the splendid performance on the piano, explains a lot of it.
Go ahead and look for others, but I definitely recommend this.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Edward Grieg
Performer:
Philippe Entremont
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1958

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.89 GB
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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
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Roberto Szidon Plays Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Prokofiev


Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this hidden gem
Roberto Szidon (21 September 1941 – 21 December 2011) was a Brazilian classical pianist who had an international performing and recording career, and settled in Germany.
Szidon was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1941. He gave his first concert at age 9 in his home town. He then studied composition with Karl Faust, and continued his pianistic studies in the United States with Ilona Kabos and Claudio Arrau.
Szidon played with many renowned orchestras. In 1977 he completed a Southern Africa tour. He was the soloist at the premiere of Camargo Guarnieri’s Piano Concerto No. 4, in Porto Alegre, on 6 September 1972.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:
Roberto Szidon
Vinyl 1969

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.05 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Melodya) Sviatoslav Richter Plays Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Rachmaninov


Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this hidden gem
Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter (Russian: Святосла́в Теофи́лович Ри́хтер, tr. Sviatosláv Teofílovich Ríkhter; IPA: [svʲjətɐsˈlaf tʲɪɐˈfʲiləvʲɪtɕ ˈrʲixtər]; March 20 [O.S. March 7] 1915 – August 1, 1997) was a Soviet pianist known for the “depth of his interpretations, his virtuoso technique, and his vast repertoire.” He is generally regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.
I think, there is nothing more to say about Richter, that’s not been said.
Enjoy one of the greatest artists ever!

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:
Sviatoslav Richter
Vinyl 1983?

Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: Melodya
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.36 GB
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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
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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 1975
Number of Discs: 5
Format: FLAC
Label: Intercord
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.54 GB
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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
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