Werner Haas – Claude Debussy: Complete Works for Piano solo (5LP box set, Dutch pressing)

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# Composer: Claude Debussy
# Performer: Werner Haas
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 5
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Philips Records | 6770 036
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz 24-bit/192kHz (10.1GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.04GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.28GB)
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Werner Haas was a German pianist especially known for his interpretations of French repertory, particularly the works of Debussy and Ravel. He was better known in Europe than in the Americas, where he never performed live. His many admirers assert that had his life not been tragically cut short, he would likely have achieved recognition as one of the finest pianists of his time.

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Horenstein / LSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (UK pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1970)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Unicorn Records | RHS 302/303
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.61GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.77GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (436MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Since being bitten by “the Mahler bug,” I’ve been doing a lot of research.

Just about everything I’ve read said that this is the best performance of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony. This is new music to me, so I can’t make any comparisons yet, But I will say this. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The performance is exciting and the sound quality is stunning. Very highly recommended.

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Kondrashin / MPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (USSR pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
# Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Мелодия | C 0813-16
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.06GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.54GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (429MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

OK, it’s official. I’m a rabid Mahler fan now. This was the performance that did it.

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Toscanini / NSO – Respighi: The Pines … The Fountains Of Rome (original US pressing, mono)

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# Composer: Ottorino Respighi
# Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
# Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1953)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | LM-1768
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.23GB), 24-bit/96kHz (618MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (162MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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# Servers: File Factory

The definitive recording of these works by a conductor that knew the composer well.

It is mono but it is superb both in performance and reproduction.

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Reiner / CSO – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat, Op. 55 (“Eroica”) (original US pressing, mono)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1955)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | LM-1899
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.66GB), 24-bit/96kHz (811MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (197MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Tchaikovsky / Szell: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestra: Alexander Brailowsky
# Conductor: George Szell
# Vinyl (1962 / 1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society | Record 39 of 100
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.60GB), 24-bit/96kHz (834MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (222MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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# Servers: File Factory

It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted anything from the Franklin Mint classical collection, so I figured it’s time to do something about that. This one is by request.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.

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Alexander Brailowsky – Chopin: Polonaises (original US pressing, mono)

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# Composer: Frédéric Chopin
# Performer: Alexander Brailowsky
# Vinyl (1961)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Columbia Masterworks | ML 5705
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.62GB), 24-bit/96kHz (813MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (199MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Kempff – Beethoven – Piano Sonatas No. 29 & 30 (German pressing)

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# Composers: Ludwug van Beethoven
# Performer: Wilhelm Kempff
# Vinyl (1965)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft | 138 944 SLPM
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.29GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.12GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (274MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Ansermet / OSR: Debussy / Ravel – La Mer / Prelude A L’Apres-Midi D’un Faune / Rapsodie Espagnole (UK pressing)

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# Composers: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: London Records | CS 6024
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (942MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (250MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Louis Thiry – Olivier Messiaen: Messe De La Pentecôte (French pressing)

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# Composer: Olivier Messiaen
# Performer: Louis Thiry
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Calliope Records | CAL 1927
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (908MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (223MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

“Louis Thiry is an extraordinary organist. An accomplished virtuoso, an all-round musician, with unequaled memory and skill: he may be classed among the heroes of music (he has given several fine performances of my most difficult organ works – in particular my “Messe de la Pentecôte”). All those who have heard and all those who will hear Louis Thiry can but admire him.”
Olivier Messiaen

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