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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (BIS) Italian Music For Lute And Chitarrone (Jakob Lindberg)

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Many many thanks to Mats for this gem
There’s an art to putting a release together, especially one for a solo instrument. With only two instrumental timbres, the tracks can blend together into an uninteresting blur. But change up styles too much, and the album can sound disjointed. Lutenist Jakob Lindberg is a past master of program sequencing and strikes a perfect balance between consistency and variety. Lindberg’s performances are impeccable as always. The album was beautifully recorded, with an intimate acoustic ideally suited to the lute. Lindberg’s thoughtful programming makes this an intriguing listen from start to finish.
Audiophile Factor: High!

Composer: Laurenzi Da Roma, Orlando Di Lasso, Simone Molinaro, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger, Alessandro Piccinini, Bellerfonte Castaldi
Performers: Jakob Lindberg
Vinyl (1979-80/1983)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: BIS
DR-Analysis: 11
Size: 1.56 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – La Damnation De Faust (Veasey/Gedda/Davis)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for Nicolai Gedda, who died January 8th 2017

This recording is part of the historic Colin Davis Berlioz cycle made for Philips in the 1970s. La Damnation de Faust is not an opera; it is not meant for the stage. It is a concert work, not a theatrical piece. It can be adapted for the stage, of course, and has been very successfully many times. The male singers in this recording are hard to beat. Gedda in particular gives one of his best performances on record.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performers: Josephine Veasey, Richard Van Allan, Nicolai Gedda, Jules Bastin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl (1973)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: 16
Size: 2.53 GB
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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.

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
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – 200 Years Edition, Box 8, Piano Works (14 LPs)

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This is Box No. 8 of the Bicentennial Beethoven Collection, published by Deutsche Grammophon 1970, to celebrate Beethoven’s 200th birthday with all his works on 12 Box-Sets/75 LPs.
In the last years I spent only for this Beethoven Edition around 500-550 EUR. If you think and feel, you want to contribute, any donation will be welcome. Thank you!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Geza Anda, Wilhelm Kempff, Jörg Demus, Norman Shetler
Number of Discs: 14/75
Format: Flac
Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 13.77 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Johannes Brahms – The 4 Symphonies, Violin Concerto, Variation On A Theme By Haydn, 8 Hungarian Dances (Karajan, Ferras)

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A marvellous collection of some of Brahms’ major works. The records are in excellent condition, unbelievable after +50 years…and they seem to be genuine 1st pressings although this box is a special edition that came few years later than the single releases.
I grew up with this recording of the Brahms Violin concerto, and It has remained my favorite: warm, dramatic, and thoroughly natural in approach, Ferras and von Karajan have a perfect grasp of this concerto.
While maybe not the greatest interpreter of Brahms, Karajan delivers very well in his recordings of the symphonies. All four symphonies have plenty of power and lyricism. The Berlin Philharmonic is excellent as always. If you like your Brahms in a melancholy mode, lushly recorded and nuanced to the max,(and I do!), these Brahms’ Symphonies are for you. Karajan’s approach to these four Symphonies is evoking a variety of emotions that few other recordings do. It’s a fine experience.

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer: Christian Ferras
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1965)
Number of discs: 6
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 4.83 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Backhaus)

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A very great THANK YOU to Trottar for this gem
If you are reading this review, chances are you are a classical record collector who owns multiple versions of all the Beethoven sonatas, perhaps multiple complete cycles by the likes of Schnabel, Kempff, Brendel, Gulda et. al. You are also probably wondering whether you should invest in another Beethoven cycle by a pianist whose name and legacy may be less familiar to you. The answer is: absolutely! Not even Schnabel probed more deeply behind the notes than Wilhelm Backhaus, and few have possessed the technical endurance at an advanced age to conquer the rugged peaks of the late sonatas (all but the *Hammerklavier* were taken down when Backhaus was in his seventies).

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus
Vinyl (19??)
Number of discs: 10
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 9.83 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Telefunken) Paul Hindemith – Violin Sonatas (Edinger/Puchelt)

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Paul Hindemith (16 November 1895 – 28 December 1963) was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor. Notable compositions include his song cycle Das Marienleben (1923), Der Schwanendreher for Viola and Orchestra (1935), and opera Mathis der Maler (1938). Hindemith’s most popular work, both on record and in the concert hall, is probably the Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, written in 1943.

Composer: Paul Hindemith
Performer: Christiane Edinger, Gerhard Puchelt
Vinyl 1979
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Telefunken
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 1.0 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti KV 595 & KV 37 (Geza Anda)

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Géza Anda’s interpretations of Mozart’s piano concertos are immortal classics that should not be overlooked. Granted, it is a crowded field, which include many excellent accounts (Perahia’s, for example). But these recordings – made in Salzburg – are fine examples of the rare moments in music making when a soloist and ensemble forms a coherent unit. Anda and his Salzburger team know Mozart by heart, and they perform these works with an unmatched dedication and sophistication. Technical brilliance is not the ultimate goal here; it is rather the music itself, how to let it flow with a balanced passion. This keeps the element of spontaneity, so crucial in Mozart’s music, alive and sparkling.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Geza Anda
Orchestra: Camerata Academica Des Salzburger Mozarteums
Conductor: Geza Anda
Vinyl 1968(1973)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 911 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Melodya/Victor) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 15 (Kondrashin)

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All thanks for this beauty go to Jean-Luc
Kiril Kondrashin was the leader of the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in recordings from 1965 – 1975. Like Mravinsky’s Shostakovich, this is an authentic Russian interpretation, fast and raw. The recording quality is excellent for its time. Kondrashin knew Shostakovich personally and conducted the premieres of the Fourth Symphony (composed in 1936 but not publicly performed until 1961), the Thirteenth Symphony (1962) as well as the Second Violin Concerto (1967). The Fifteenth Symphony (1971) was not premiered by him; this version was recorded in 1974.

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
Vinyl (1974)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Melodya/Victor
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 803 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concerti (Brendel/Haitink)

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Oh friends, I’m experiencing at now a paradigm shift in my understanding of the LvB piano concerti, concerning the best interpreter, who ever recorded them. In the origin I had only the concerti with Pollini and (three of the five concerti) with Benedetti-Michelangeli and I was happy for many years. Both great pianists, both marvellous in their interpretations although a little different from each other. Then I heard Katchen and I was speechless… then Arrau, Rubinstein and – OMG – Kempff !!! I thought, never in life can another pianist reach the level of these five “gods”. Oh, how wrong I was! Thanks to Trottar and Jean-Luc I “discovered” in the last 3 years my love for Brendel, an artist who was well known to be, but I never estimated more than just a little – don’t ask me why. Two weeks ago I found out by accident that Brendel had recorded the concerti and I was like electrified. In such moments I don’t think twice or a second too long: seen and purchased was a single act. Please welcome the sixt “god” in the olymp of the LvB piano concerti interpreters.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Vinyl (1975-77)
Number of discs: 5
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.8GB
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