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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.

Please, pay attention: due to some errors on naming the last four Symphonies
(101 was actually 103, 102 was actually 104…and vice-versa)
I uploaded 5 archives with the symphonies 101-104 with the right names now. Please, DL them and replace the old files. Thank you!

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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Server: FileFactory

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Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Maurice Ravel – Bolero/Daphnis & Chloe/Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (Slatkin)


The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Maurice Ravel
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (Tracks)
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 17
Size: 1.38 GB
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Server: FF

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Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” (Slatkin)


The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (Tracks)
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.61 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Melodyia) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 8 (Kondrashin)


Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for another marvellous Shostakovich
This Symphony has always been regarded the centrepiece of a trilogy, beginning with the Fifth Symphony and ending with the Tenth. Written and accomplished in the brief of two months and just and few days, the score is further of what we might label a patriotic event or worse still a heartfelt homage in memory of Leningrad’ s fallen victims. As a matter of fact, the same day of the premiere on November 4th 1943, Ilya Ehrenburg had the bold courage to state and we cite “I had suddenly heard the voice of the ancient chorus in Greek tragedy”.

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
Vinyl 1972

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Melodyia
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1,19 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Nicoló Paganini – Violin Concerto No. 2 (Accardo)


This very well recorded disc effectively destroyed the competition when it first appeared and there have been no serious challenges since. Accardo plays with such consummate ease that is is difficult to imagine them being easily equalled, let alone bettered. Dutoit provides attentive support and the whole disc has excellent sound with good balance retained between soloist and orchestra. Paganini wrote 6 violin concertos of which by far the best known is the second which contains the melody known as ‘La Campanella’ used as the basis of the last movement. This is the best overall recording.
The performance by Accardo is simply flawless. He keeps his known style of simplicity and clarity. For example he doesn’t use any doubling of voice where others like Perlman does, or he prefer the pizzicato where some others stick with a staccato. Anyway, in my personal view of the Paganini stile’s, I think that Accardo’s is the closest I’ve heard.

Composer: Nicoló Paganini
Performer: Salvatore Accardo
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Vinyl 1977

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 1,13 GB
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Brutal HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Aaron Copland – Appalachian Spring/Rodeo/Fanfare For The Common Man (Lane)


The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Aaron Copland
Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Louis Lane
Vinyl 1982

Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 1.62 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2/Sigurd Jorsalfar (Karajan)


These are good, solid, typical recordings by Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. Although not necessarily fascinating performances, Karajan handles these lighter pieces well. The Berlin Philharmonic is, as always, in top form and provides a solid base for Karajan to work from, if it does exhibit the typical viscous string sound that typifies nearly all of their recordings with this conductor. Still, morning mood is lovely, the Hall of the Mountain King features some really exciting brass playing, and Aase’s death is touchingly played. Edvard Grieg’s music for Peer Gynt was written for a stage presentation of Ibsen’s verse-drama in 1876. He later organized the 23 various musical numbers into the two familiar suites.….

Composer: Edvard Grieg
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1973

Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.9 GB
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Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Joseph Haydn – Symphonies No. 60 & 67 (Dorati)



Many thanks to Jean-Luc for continuing the Haydn-Symphonies
Haydn was a remarkable composer. He has yet to be discovered by most listeners…I mean, REALLY discovered and relished. For after all, as the Kapellmeister to Prince Nicholas Esterhazy for so much of his lifetime, Haydn had to create entertainment for his Prince and his “occasions”. So Haydn wrote the music, repaired the instruments, saw to it his musicians were happy, and kept Prince Nicholas totally enthralled. For recreation Haydn would go on a royal hunt, a sport he dearly loved and which shows up in his music…

Composer: Joseph Haydn
Orchestra Philharmonia Hungarica
Conductor: Antal Dorati
Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1,01 GB

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Server: FF
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Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca/London) Hector Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique (Mehta)

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Zubin Mehta

Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (Tracks)
Label: Decca/London
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.89 GB
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Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Honegger/Shostakovich – Cello Concerti (Sadlo/Ancerl/Neumann)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
Ancerl and Sádlo recorded Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto in June 1968, just before the Russian invasion of Prague, in response to which the conductor took the painful decision to leave his homeland. The performance begins slightly heavily, with a deliberate tempo; the recording, warm to the point of slight boxiness, increases the feeling. Of course, one of the joys of hearing the Czech Phil either on disc or live is their wonderfully woody tone. Though here they seem unable to put a sharper edge on their playing, this is in keeping with Sádlo, who doesn’t see the first movement as very anguished. His (sadly uncredited) horn counterpart reinforces the impression by skipping along quite lightly.

Due to an unexpected digital error on track B2, please DL the fixed B2 and replace the old one.

Composer: Arthur Honegger, Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Miloš Sádlo
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl, Václav Neumann
Vinyl 1969 (1981)

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 904 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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