Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (‘Resurrection’) (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 | 80.402
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.17GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.57GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (397MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (‘Titan’) (2LP, 180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: audite Records | 80.467
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.98GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.00GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (267MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Of all the different Mahler Firsts I’ve heard, I think this is my new favorite.

The review below says it all.. “If you love Mahler, you must hear this no matter how many other Firsts you may have in your collection. Artistic quality: 10   Sound quality: 10″

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Ashkenazy/Kertesz/LSO – Mozart: Piano Concertos 8 & 9 (original UK pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: István Kertész
# Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Decca Records | SXL 6259
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.55GB), 24-bit/96kHz (794MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (189MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Maria João Pires – Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 6 (Japanese pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Maria João Pires
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Denon Records | OX-7056-ND
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.55GB), 24-bit/96kHz (794MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (189MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Kondrashin / MPO – Rachmaninov: Three Russian Songs / Symphonic Dances (original USSR pressing)

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# Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin and Yevgeny Svetlanov
# Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
# Chorus: Bolshoi Theater Chorus
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Melodiya / EMI / His Master’s Voice | ASD 2488
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.62GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.81GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (478MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Barbirolli / NPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (original UK pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
# Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: His Master’s Voice | ASD 2518-9
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.62GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.81GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (478MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Werner Haas / Noël Lee – Integrale De L’Oeuvre Pour Piano A Quatre Mains Et Pour Deux Mains (French pressing)

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# Composer: Claude Debussy
# Performers: Werner Haas, Noël Lee
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Philips Records / Collection Trésors Classiques ‎| 6500 173
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.99GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.98GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (247MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Shortly after the Werner Haas – Claude Debussy: Complete Works for Piano solo (5LP) box set was released, Philips released a 6LP version including the 5 albums from the previous set, plus this one.

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Walter / CSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (US pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Bruno Walter
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Columbia Masterworks | M2L 676
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.88GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.38GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (359MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Reiner / CSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G (2LP, Classic Records, 180g test pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Performer: Lisa Della Casa
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Classic Records | LSC-2364
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.13GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.08GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (293MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

This is by far, the rarest and most expensive item I have ever shared here on boxset.

Test pressings are usually limited to 20-25 copies. They’re given to the artists/producers/etc to check things before doing a full press run – the very first copies produced. Occasionally, they will contain anomalies and end up being scrapped. More often than not, however, they are pristine with phenomenal sound. That is the case here.

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