Karajan/BPO – Brahms: Die Symphonien (Analogphonic, 180g pressings, 4LP box set)


# Composer: Johannes Brahms
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Analogphonic | LP 43073
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (6.30GB), 24-bit/96kHz (3.48GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (921MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

This box was my first exposure to an Analogphonic Records release and it certainly will not be the last. Pressing quality was superb across all 8 sides, and the packaging was top-notch as well.

Very highly recommended!

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Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Telarc) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concerti (Serkin/Ozawa)


Dedicated to Trottar, Jean-Luc …and our friend Bob may he still be among us
Sometime life never helps you. Even, when you think, you have the Beethoven’s Concerti performed by the best pianists ever lived/living, such like Brendel, Pollini, Benedetti-Michelangeli, Kempff, Backhaus, Arrau, Katchen and others… and hardly you can admit another more in your private league, then it happens. And you think, how fool must I have been all the time, for not have discovered that treasure in time. So happened to me with Serkin.
Welcome, Signor Rodolfo!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Vinyl 1981-84
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 7.63 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – “Haffner” Serenade (Kubelik)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this great 1st pressing
The serenade for orchestra in D major, K. 250 (248b), popularly known as the Haffner Serenade, is a serenade by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart named for the Haffner family. Mozart’s friend and contemporary Sigmund Haffner the Younger commissioned the serenade to be used in the course of the festivities before the wedding of his sister Marie Elisabeth Haffner and her intended, Franz Xaver Spaeth. The Serenade was first played on 21 July 1776, on the eve of the wedding. It is in eight movements.
The second, third and fourth movements feature prominent violin solos. Indeed, the rondeau (the fourth movement) has been arranged for solo violin and used as a popular virtuoso piece. It is assumed that the Marcia K. 249 was intended as entrance and exit music together with this Serenade.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: Sinfonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Vinyl 1963
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13

Size: 1,99 GB

Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concertos (Katchen/Gamba)


Revisited, with the benefit of the SP15 and in 24/192
Incredible find in a flea market, some years ago…for a few bucks!
 Decca recordings pressed by Mercury/Philips, almost NM!
The premature death of the genious US-American pianist (with Russian-Jewish origins) Julius Katchen in 1969 (due to leukaemia), at the age of 42 years, will never give an answer to the question about the best pianist of the last century. Anyway, he was one of the best!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Julius Katchen
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Pierino Gamba
Vinyl (1959-1964)
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 7.97 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Telarc) Peter Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker (Mackerras)


Excellent vinyl of the Nutcracker by the London Symphony Orchestra. 180 gram remastered recording. Two records. Timeless art by Maurice Sendak of “Where the wild things are” fame. Highly recommend if you want to relive the Nutcracker or just have a nice fancy diner with the music in the background. Sir Charles Mackerras has done the world of classical music a big, big favor. I have another, fantastic complete version of this ballet, but I can recommend this one, based on what hear on this terrific recording. Right from the start, Mackerras shows not only that he cares, but that he gets it. This work calls for light, rapid, and sonorous playing from all instrumental groups to capture the Christmassy, miniature feel of the work. The listener is even treated to a rifle shot and cannon blasts during “The Battle Between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” You can’t go wrong with picking this one up instead of another recording.

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
Vinyl 1986/2016

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.16 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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