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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
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Label: Telarc
Size: 7.63 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Organ Works: Toccatas & Fugues (Koopman)



(An angry review from amazon – not my words (at least, not all this guy says is wrong)
After years of listening to almost plodding unimaginative endlessly legato French and American styles of ruining Bach’s organ music – music barely able to breathe, it’s refreshing to hear someone who can use staccato, marcato and ornamentation and play with panache and passion, and give this grand music the grand sound and life it deserves. So what about odd trills and a dropped pedal. Go back to Karl Richter, Marie Claire Alain or E. Power Biggs if you want to hear some flubs, and even Peter Hurford on occasion – a far more imaginative player than most but still far short of Koopman – misses a few. Buy this disk, and give any other performance of these pieces a comparison with any other celebrated organist and you’ll hear what I mean. Compare only Koopman’s elegantly ornamented interpretation of the Adagio from the Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue, and you’ll immediately hear it.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ton
Koopman
Vinyl 1984

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.81 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Pay Attention!


HD-Vinyl 24/192-96 & Redbook (DGG) New Year’s Concert 1980 (Maazel)


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Many thanks to Dagote for this classic!
The Vienna Philharmonic is one of my favorite orchestras, if only because they play the music of the Johann Strauss dynasty as well as no other orchestra in the world. I often get the impression that this music was written and arranged especially for this orchestra with its wonderful wind instruments sound.

Composer: Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss (Father), Joseph Strauss, Jacques Offenbach, Carl Michael Ziehrer
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Lorin
Maazel
Vinyl 1980

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 2.41 GB/1.27 GB/323 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Happy New Year!

HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Die Wiener Philharmoniker Spielen Strauss (Boskovsky)


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
For many years, Willi Boskovsky led the Vienna Philharmonics during the famous New Year’s concerts. Violinist and conductor, he had this “Viennese Blood” essential to understand the music of Strauss and know how to mark the dynamics in the most accurate way. Willi Boskovsky was born in Vienna. He, and the great Vienna Philharmonics of which he served as concertmaster for forty years, thoroughly assimilated the essence of the Strauss idiom. All of the most famous waltzes by Johann Strauss I & II are included on this box. Also some of the finest waltzes by his talented brother, Joseph.

Composer: Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss (Father), Joseph Strauss
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Willy
Boskovsky
Vinyl 1974

Number of Discs: 6
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 5.33 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Nicolò Paganini – Violin Concerto No. 6 (Accardo/Dutoit)


The entire DG Paganini Accardo – Dutoit/LSO is a winner in all regards. The analog sound has the most extraordinary bass capture. Tonally accurate, clear, robust, natural – no need to fret over a digital master. Accardo never fails to impress with violin virtuosity and fingering skill. Never a jerky bow change or under-phrased musical statements, always a shimmering tone, steady, rich, well-controlled. The technical demands Paganini wrote for the violinist of intonation and bowing techniques are handled with ease by the “old-school” classically trained Accardo. Dutoit and the London Phil in top form. This disc or the entire set or collected separately belong in anyone’s collection lacking these titles.

Composer: Nicolò Paganini
Performer: Salvatore Accardo
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Vinyl 1974
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
DR-Analysis: DR 17
Label: DGG
Size: 1.53 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (Odeon) Franz Liszt – Piano Concerti 1 & 2 (Trouard/Bigot)


Many thanks to Trottar for this rarity
(from French Wikipedia, translated with google)
He won his first piano prize in 1933
at the Conservatoire de Paris, and a second prize for conducting in 1937. His teachers were André Bloch, Joseph Morpain, Victor Staub, Emil von Sauer, Marcel Dupré and Paul Dukas. Philippe Gaubert and Bruno Walter. His classmates are Maurice Baquet, Henri Betti, Paul Bonneau, Leo Chauliac, Henri Dutilleux, Louiguy and Pierre Spiers. He perfected his musical studies with Yves Nat, Sergei Rachmaninov, Manuel Infante, Maurice Ravel. He gave his first piano recital in 1935. He won the first Grand Prix Louis Diémer in 1939. Then began for him a great international career that will take him around the world: in France of course, but everywhere in Europe, England, Germany , Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland. He also plays in South America and North America (United States, Canada). He plays in recital, and with orchestra under the direction of the greatest conductors: Philippe Gaubert, Pierre Monteux, Eugene Bigot, André Cluytens, Pierre Dervaux, Richard Beck, Carl Schuricht … His repertoire is vast, from Bach to Dutilleux. He excels in Liszt, of which he holds not only the technique but also the spirit by filiation with Emil von Sauer.

Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Raymond Trouard
Orchestra: Association Artistique Des Concerts Colonne
Conductor: Eugene Bigot
Vinyl 1957
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Label: Odeon
Size: 417 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Itzhak Perlman Plays Fritz Kreisler


This compilation of Kreisler pieces is absolutely wonderful, and while not “deep” music, it is great for relaxing later in the evening, helping one to unwind from the day. Perlman’s technique is excellent, warm and very sympathetic–rich with a lilting melancholy that’s inherent in much of the music. He makes it sound so easy, as effortless as if he could be humming the tunes. As for his accompanist, Sanders is a supportive but accomplished partner. I recommend this recording very highly. The playing is as full of insidious charm and romantic almost to the point of sentimentality, which in my view is not a bad thing at all.

Composer: Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Itzhak Perlman, Samuel Sanders
Vinyl 1976
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Label: EMI
Size: 1.79 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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


My Xmas-gift to you all !
After 4 years revisited with the sonic benefits of Black Bird and Audio Research SP15
…and in 24/192

The premature death of the genious US-American pianist (with Russian-Jewish origins) Julius Katchen in 1969 (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
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Label: Decca
Size: 7.97 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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