About Rachmaninov

I was born for the music. Music was my first love and will be the last.... (John Miles)

HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Antonio Vivaldi – La Cetra – Raglan Baroque Players (Huggett/Kraemer)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
This is the 1st recording on baroque instruments of the twelve violin concertos. Vivaldi’s 12 concertos Opus 9 was his last set of published concertos. They were dedicated to the Emperor Charles VI, which indicates that Vivaldi thought they were excellent works as he probably saw Charles VI as a prospective employer. They are typical of Vivaldi with virtuosic outer movements and lyrical slow movements. The chamber organ replaces the usual harpsichord in the continuo, which softens the music and makes the added lute very effective in the slow movements. The playing by the under-rated Monica Huggett with the Raglan Baroque is excellent. Not only is Monica Huggett’s violin-playing a real revelation, the basso continuo is equally brilliant with, amongst other things, some marvellous theorbo accompaniments.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Alison Bury, Monica Huggett
Orchestra: Raglan Baroque Players
Conductor: Nicholas Kraemer
Vinyl (1987)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 2.35 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) Richard Strauss – Don Quixote (Tennstedt)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this live gem
1st class performance and a very good sound, although live recorded.
Klaus Tennstedt (June 6, 1926 – January 11, 1998) was a German conductor from Merseburg; he conducted such orchestras as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kiel Opera in Northern Germany; North German Radio Orchestra, in Hamburg; the Minnesota Orchestra; and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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Composer: Richard Strauss
Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra Of North German Broadcasting
Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
Vinyl (1980)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Norddeutscher Rundfunk
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 893 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Eurodisc) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti 5,6,8,14 (Schmidt, Masur)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for another 1st class pianist
The outstanding East German pianist Annerose Schmidt recorded all the Mozart Piano Concerti with Kurt Masur in the early seventies. I’ve spent the last several days immersed in Annerose Schmidt’s Mozart and I’ve come to adore her approach to this music. She is direct, bold, virtuosic – if you like Geza Anda’s 1960’s Concerti you’ll like what Schmidt does here. This is Mozart playing with no mincing around, no pulling back, but still with something perhaps a bit feminine about them in a phrasing flexibility. What wonderful playing.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Annerose Schmidt
Orchestra: Dresden Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Kurt Masur
Vinyl (1975)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Eurodisc
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.56 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Two Suites For Two Pianos (Ashkenazy, Previn)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for another piano gem
Outstanding!!!!! Both, music and performances!!!
Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andre Previn give bold, exciting performances of these Rachnaninov showpieces. Every selection, in my opinion, is performed magnificently. Unless you are a devotee of other pianists in this repertoire, I highly recommend these recordings. Rachmaninov was a fabulous pianist and the two piano suites is truly a delight. Ashkenazy and Previn seem really in tune with one another and with the music – as if they’re having FUN with it.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy, André Previn
Vinyl (1975)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 893 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Klaas Bolt Plays The Arp Schnitger Organs of Uithuizen, Golindze and Nieuw Scheemda

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this rarity
Klaas Bolt (March 6, 1927 in Appingedam – April 11, 1990 in Haarlem) was a Dutch organist and improviser. He taught improvisation at the Sweelinck Conservatory (named for Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, a Dutch organist and composer of the Renaissance) in Amsterdam, where Masaaki Suzuki was among his students. Bolt was a proponent of the use of slow tempi when playing hymns. He played many hymns at his weekly evening hymn sings, which drew substantial audiences. He would typically improvise the hymn introductions at these events.

Composer: Vincent Lübeck, Samuel Scheidt, Georg Böhm, Georg Philipp Telemann, Georg Friedrich Händel, Georg Böhm, Heinrich Scheidemann, Jan Pieterz Sweelinck
Performer: Klaas Bolt
Vinyl (1969)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 10
Size: 961 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Bärenreiter-Musicaphon) Wolfgang Amaseus Mozart – Works For Two Pianos, Vol. 1 & 2 (Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky)

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For Trottar
The Kontarsky brothers were among the finest duo-pianist teams of their day, performing from the 1950’s through 1983, when Aloys suffered a debilitating stroke. They were champions of modern music, premiering works from Stockhausen, Berio, and Zimmerman among others, and made a number of fine records for Deutsche Grammophon over the course of their careers.

Composer: Wolfgang Amaseus Mozart
Performer: Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky
Vinyl (196?)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Bärenreiter-Musicaphon
DR-Analysis:
DR 14-15
Size: 1.68 GB
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Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Sergei Rachmaninov – Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Dances (Previn)

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Thank you Jean-Luc for this rarity
I fell in love with Rachmaninov’s music at the age of 7 or 8, back in 1965-66, when I heard for the 1st time his marvellous 2nd Piano Concerto. Until today he has remained one of my favorite composer – togheter with LvB, WAM and JSB – and nobody interprets his orchestral music better than André Previn. This is an album every lover of Rachmaninov will want. His tone poem “The Isle of the Dead” and his last work, “Symphonic Dances” shine in splendid, luxuriant sound courtesy of the London Symphony Orchestra, who give their all. Add this to your collection, if you love me, otherwise you will go to hell 😀

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1976)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.08 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Teldec) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti No. 26 & 23 (Gulda, Harnoncourt)

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Please welcome, alongside with Anda, Brendel, Häbler…Mr. Gulda, in the club of the Giants-Mozart-Interpreters. Friedrich Gulda belonged to that lucky dinasty of this brilliant and talented austriac quartet pianists born between 1927 and 1935, together with Alfred Brendel, Georg Demus and Paul Badura Skoda.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Friedrich Gulda
Orchestra: Concertogebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Vinyl (1984)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Teldec
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.26 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Archiv) Georg-Friedrich Händel – Acis And Galatea (Gardiner)

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Many thanks to our benefactor from Michigan Lake area.
Gardiner’s 1978 recording with his newly founded English Baroque Soloists shows few signs of its age. Rolfe Johnson’s mellifluous Acis is still the best on disc.

Composer: Georg-Friedrich Händel
Performer: Willard White, Norma Burrowes, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Martyn Hill
Orchestra: The English Baroque Soloists
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Vinyl (1978)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 16
Size: 3.66 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Sony) Jonas Kaufmann – Nessun Dorma! – The Puccini Album

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For those of us who deeply admire the artistry of tenor Jonas Kaufmann for his Wagner roles and his recitals of lieder this recording comes with a bit of trepidation. Will this intensely musical artist make the Puccini roles as convincing as he has those of other composers or will he plunge and lurch into the Italianate style of belting we so often encounter in the opera house?

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Accademia Santa Cecilia Rome
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Vinyl (2015)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Sony
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.25 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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