Author Archives: TheNightOwl

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)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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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)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Ramin Djawadi – Westworld: Selections from the HBO Series – Season 1 (180g blood red vinyl)


# Composers: various
# Performers: Ramin Djawadi, Vitamin String Quartet
# Orchestra: Czech Film Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Water Tower Music | WTM39875
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.56GB), 24-bit/96kHz (872MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (218MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

And now for something a little more contemporary…

Ramin Djawadi is an Iranian-German composer, probably best known for his score for HBO’s popular television series Game of Thrones. He also covered all of the songs you hear interpreted into the old-timey clang of the player piano (aside from the two tracks here by the Vitamin String Quartet).

Hearing these compositions without their signature vocalists is really jarring and it always seems to take a moment while watching the show to place exactly what it is you are hearing. But I guess that is perfect for a show that is all about probing uncanniness and the authenticity of what appears to be laid out before you.

Give it a try. You might just be surprised…

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Maria João Pires – Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 4 (Japanese pressing)


# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Maria João Pires
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Denon Records | OX-7054-ND
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.67GB), 24-bit/96kHz (932MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (218MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

All albums should be this clean. Wow.

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Quartetto Italiano ‎– Beethoven: Works for String Quartet – Volume 3 (original EU pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Philips ‎| 6500 646
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.75GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.98GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (271MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Rajski/PCPO – Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor Op. 67 (TACET, 180g, German pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: TACET Records | L 240
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.15GB), 24-bit/96kHz (657MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (169MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

I’ve often said that TACET can do no wrong. Check out this album and find out why!

And yes, side 2 plays backwards.

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Quartetto Italiano ‎– Beethoven: Works for String Quartet – Volume 2 (original EU pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Philips ‎| 6500 181
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (4.36GB), 24-bit/96kHz (2.16GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (581MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Maria João Pires – Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 5 (Japanese pressing)


# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Maria João Pires
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Denon Records | OX-7055-ND
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.48GB), 24-bit/96kHz (838MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (196MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

The first classical rip with the new cart and preamp/ADC!

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Check it out – upgrades for TheNightOwl across the board!

I’ve got big news for all of you. As most of you already know, I recently upgraded to a new cartridge – the Ortofon Quintet Black S.

What most of you don’t know is that, last month, my wonderful wife bought me a new PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter (preamp/ADC) for my birthday! This is going to mean upgrades across the board.

The SimAudio preamp I’ve been using on the mono rig is being replaced by the AVID Pellar that I’ve been using on the stereo rig. The NPC will take the place of the Pellar on the stereo rig.

The first rip with the new rig was just posted at black circles. The first classical rip will be appearing here shortly.

I’m VERY happy with the sound of everything now. Hope you will be too!

Quatuor Végh – Bartók: Les Quatuors – Tome III: Quatuor Nos 5 & 6 (French pressing)


# Composer: Béla Bartók
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Astrée | AS 69
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.40GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.23GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (318MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

The Végh Quartet was a Hungarian string quartet founded in 1940 and led by its first violinist Sándor Végh for 40 years. The quartet was based in Budapest until it departed Hungary in 1946. It is particularly known for its recordings of the Beethoven (recorded twice – 1952 mono and 1972-4 stereo) and Bartók cycles. The quartet disbanded in 1980.

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Van Cliburn – Tschaikowsky: Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester Nr. 1 b-moll, Op. 23 (German pressing, mono)


# Composer: Peter Tschaikowsky
# Conductor: Kyrill Kondraschin
# Orchestra: Symphonie-Orchester
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Red Seal ‎| LM-2252
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.18GB), 24-bit/96kHz (580MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (143MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Bernstein/NYP – Bernstein Conducts Haydn (US pressing)

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# Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
# Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
# Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Columbia Masterworks | M 34126
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.90GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.48GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (416MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (2LP, 180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: audite Records | 80.476
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.90GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.48GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (416MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (“Tragic”) (2LP, 180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: audite Records | 80.480
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.86GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.45GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (404MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Quatuor Végh – Bartók: Les Quatuors – Tome II: Quatuor Nos 3 & 4 (original pressing)

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# Composer: Béla Bartók
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 16
# Label: Astrée | AS 68
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.43GB), 24-bit/96kHz (737MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (198MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

The Végh Quartet was a Hungarian string quartet founded in 1940 and led by its first violinist Sándor Végh for 40 years. The quartet was based in Budapest until it departed Hungary in 1946. It is particularly known for its recordings of the Beethoven (recorded twice – 1952 mono and 1972-4 stereo) and Bartók cycles. The quartet disbanded in 1980.

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