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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)
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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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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)
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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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AOSMITF/Marriner – Vivaldi: 6 Double Concertos (Dutch pressing)


# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Philips Digital Classics | 6514 379
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.77GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.99GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (283MB)
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Ciccolini, Baudo, ODP – Saint-Saëns: The Five Piano Concertos & Septet for Trumpet, Strings and Piano (3LP, US pressing)


# Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
# Conductor: Serge Baudo
# Orchestra: Orchestre De Paris
# Performers: Aldo Ciccolini, Jean Laforge
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Seraphim Records / EMI / Capitol | SIC-6081
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (5.89GB), 24-bit/96kHz (3.26GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (878MB)
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Mravinsky/LPO – Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 “Pathetique” (Analogphonic, 3LP box set, 180g, German pressing)


# Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Conductor: Evgeny Mravinsky
# Orchestra: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Analogphonic | LP 43092
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (6.30GB), 24-bit/96kHz (3.48GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (921MB)
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Pressed at Pallas on 180g virgin vinyl.

Evgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra on this set of 1960 recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies.

Another outstanding Analogphonic Records release. Pressing quality was superb across all 6 sides of the box set, and the packaging was top-notch as well.

Very highly recommended!

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Artur Rubinstein – Schumann: Carnaval / Fantasiestücke (original US pressing, mono)


# Composer: Robert Schumann
# Performer: Artur Rubinstein
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | LM-2669
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.05GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.00GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (251MB)
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Oistrakh/PSONY – Shostakovitch: Violin Concerto, Op. 99 (original US pressing, mono)


# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovitch
# Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
# Orchestra: Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra Of New York
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Columbia Masterworks | ML 5077
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.30GB), 24-bit/96kHz (646MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (152MB)
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Karajan/BPO – Brahms: Die Symphonien (Analogphonic, 180g pressings, 4LP box set)


# Composer: Johannes Brahms
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Analogphonic | LP 43073
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (6.30GB), 24-bit/96kHz (3.48GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (921MB)
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This box was my first exposure to an Analogphonic Records release and it certainly will not be the last. Pressing quality was superb across all 8 sides, and the packaging was top-notch as well.

Very highly recommended!

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Quartetto Italiano ‎– Beethoven: String Quartets – Op. 74 and Op. 95 (original EU pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Philips ‎| 6500 180
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.93GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.07GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (294MB)
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Quartetto Italiano ‎– Beethoven: Works for String Quartet – Volume 4 (original EU pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Philips ‎| 6500 647
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.75GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.98GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (271MB)
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