Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Toshiba) Tokyo String Ensemble • Super Strings • Respighi/The Beatles • Ancient dances and airs/4 Songs


Revisited after 7 years…..now with the benefits of the Black Bird
and the AR SP15 …and in 24/192
A Japanese superpressing, produced Direct-To-Disc. The Tokyo String Ensemble are artists from NHK Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kouichi Sugiyama
Audiophile factor & artistic factor: very high!

Composer: Ottorino Respighi, The Beatles
Performer: Tokyo Strings Ensemble
Vinyl 1977
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Toshiba
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.3 GB
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Barbirolli/SOA/ASQ – Barbirolli Conducts English String Music (Hi-Q Records, 180g pressing)


# Composers: Sir Edward Elgar, Vaughan Williams
# Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
# Orchestra: Sinfonia Of London
# Performers: Allegri String Quartet
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Hi-Q Records | HIQLP005
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.75GB), 24-bit/96kHz (994MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (258MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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# Servers: File Factory

This famous LP was recorded at the Kingsway Hall, London on 10-11 May 1962, except for the Tallis Fantasia which was recorded in the sonorous acoustic of the medieval Temple Church in the City of London a week later. The latter venue was suggested by the American composer and conductor Bernard Herrmann, a friend and admirer of Barbirolli since Sir John’s years in New York. “Herrmann insisted that ‘it must be done in a stone building not a studio’. So Herrmann suggested the Temple Church. The recording session was started at midnight to avoid traffic noise”.

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca/London) Johannes Brahms • Piano Concerto No. 2 • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Böhm


Record provided by our friend Urbanox
The Brahms B flat concerto is a real treasure. Allow me to make a bold and personal statement: I have seldom heard any Brahms concerto performance (live or on record) which comes close to this recording in its grace and charm, and above all its understated yet overwhelming emotional power. Both the piano and orchestra playing are absolutely marvelous. However, what makes this recording so special was that some “miracle” seemed to have happened during the recording session: The piano and orchestra sounds are completely meshed with each other, and the music making seemed to come from a “whole”. The excellent sound engineering and masterful transfer all add to the whole experience. This is a performance by all together – artists, composer and Decca – to treasure for the eternity.

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Vinyl 1967/1988
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca/London
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.88 GB
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Klemperer/PO – Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 “Romantic” (Hi-Q Records, 180g pressing)


# Composer: Anton Bruckner
# Conductor: Otto Klemperer
# Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Hi-Q Records | HIQLP057
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.17GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.20GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (323MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

This is one of four LPs that EMI/Columbia released for Otto Klemperer’s 80th birthday in 1965. Bruckner’s Symphonies were relatively unknown to the record-buying public in the 1960s, when complete cycles, like Bernard Haitink’s were still in the process of being recorded.

Klemperer uses the Nowak edition of 1953, based on the 1886 revision of the score and gives and idiosyncratic interpretation, with outer movements faster than you would expect from this conductor, that nonetheless preserves the architecture of symphony, captured in vintage EMI/Kingsway Hall sound.

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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI) Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Concerto (Menuhin/Furtwängler)


Made when Menuhin was 37, this recording catches him at his incomparable peak. His technique is effortless, smooth, and almost perfect, but it is his tone that is truly breathtaking in its intensity, radiance, purity, and personal expressiveness. The low register glows warmly, while the top has a celestial shimmer. Playing from deep inside the music, he emphasizes the music, making it dreamy, warm, urgent, ecstatic, ethereal, and almost too romantic. The Concerto, has …..

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra

Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
Vinyl 1953
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 406 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Unicorn Records) Andrzej Panufnik – Sinfonia Sacra, Sinfonia Rustica (Panufnik)


These performances have the benefit of performance with the composer himself conducting. Sinfonia Sacra and Sinfonia Rustica were recorded in the mid 1960s and the sound quality is showing its age. Even so the performances are spirited. These early symphonies express more overt Polish nationalism than his later works but show his skills in the tight organisation of material. Rustica uses folk like material throughout but this is harmonically stretched – possibly as far as he could go under the Polish communist regime. Sinfonia Sacra is a stirring piece and his most famous – celebrating Polish nationhood and Catholic faith. Although there are reservations about the sound quality this stands as an excellent survey of his earlier symphonies so comes warmly recommended.

Composer: Andrzej Panufnik
Orchestra: Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra

Conductor: Andrzej Panufnik
Vinyl 1967
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Unicorn Records
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 916 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • String Quartets KV 387 • KV 421 • Melos Quartett Stuttgart


Record generously provided by our friend Jean-Luc
I enthusiastically recommend this disk. These are first-rate performances very well recorded. The interpretation of the Melos Quartet is insightful. It isn’t intrusive but does illuminate the music and at the same time is very musical, as is the sweet tone these players produce. The Melos players bring coherence – and musicality – that aren’t there in some performances of other artists.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Melos Quartett Stuttgart
Vinyl 1977
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.14 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Milko Kelmen – Composé, Floréal, Changeant, Hommage á Heinrich Schütz, Surprise (Alfons & Alois Kontarsky)


The Kontarsky Brothers for my friend Trottar
“Hommage à Heinrich Schütz,” a choral work written in 1964, was inspired by study of motels by Schütz. The basic idea of the composition is the evolution from speech sounds to mixtures of sung tone organized vertically and horizontally, and back again to the wide spectrum of sound produced by whispering.

Composer: Milko Kelmen
Performer:  Yvonne Cianella, Siegfried Palm, Saschko Gawriloff, Alfons & Alois Kontarsky
Orchestra: Südwestfunk Orchester, Norddeutscher Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Westdeutscher Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Gächinger Kantorei, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin
Conductor: Ernest Bour, Jochem Slothuwer, Christoph von Dohnány, Helmut Rilling, Milko Kelmen
Vinyl 1967
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 983 MB
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Karajan/PO ‎– Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suites Nos 1 & 2 / Carmen Suite No 1 (Hi-Q Records, 180g pressing)


# Composer: Georges Bizet
# Conductor: Herbert Von Karajan
# Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Hi-Q Records | HIQLP027
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.61GB), 24-bit/96kHz (908MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (243MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Although associated mainly with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan was effectively (though never officially) the chief conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra (which EMI Producer Walter Legge had founded in 1945) from 1948 to 1954 and built the orchestra into one of the finest in the world. Although Karajan signed to Deutsche Grammophon in 1959, he would return to EMI in future years for occasional projects.

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Berlin Classics) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Sato, Concerto Köln)


Many thanks to Urbanox for another audiophile gem
Great orchestra and outstanding violinist! A must have! Just listen to the violinist’s baroque ornamentation and improvisations! Unbelievable!
“Something new every moment.” If we are to believe Shunske Sato, leader of Concerto Koln and soloist on this sparkling new release of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” what is at the heart of this recording is the idea of freedom. Freedom, too, in more ways than one. True to the principles of historical performance practice, the ensemble delivers the vitality of spontaneous playing in Vivaldi’s music.
Audiophile factor & artistic factor:
very high!

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer & Conductor: Shunske Sato
Orchestra: Concerto Köln
Vinyl 2016
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Berlin Classics
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.6 GB
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