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)
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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)
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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)
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“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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Maria João Pires – Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 7 (Japanese pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Maria João Pires
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Denon Records | OX-7057-ND
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.57GB), 24-bit/96kHz (789MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (186MB)
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Ansermet / OSR – Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 & No. 8 (mono, original UK pressing)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1956)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: London Records | LL 1493
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.72GB), 24-bit/96kHz (844MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (208MB)
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Brendel, ASMF, Marriner – Mozart: Piano Concertos K. 450 & K. 467

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Performer: Alfred Brendel
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Philips | 6514 148
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.99GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.99GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (259MB)
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Piggybacking on Alf’s recent Brendel posts..

For those not familiar with Brendel, his mastery of the keyboard is at a level that few will ever be able to reach. Here, though back in 1982, Brendel has already “owned” the works, playing each Mozart work with fluidity, precision, and smooth sonority. Brendel’s playing is a delight, and that is true regardless of how many other recordings you might have of the Mozart piano concertos.

The recording here by Philips is very good, and the trademark smooth and rich Philips recording characteristics are in full play. It is unlikely you’ll have much, if any at all, issues with the technical aspects of the recording itself.

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Haendel / Ančerl / CPO: Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole / Ravel: Tzigane (Supraphon)

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# Composers: Édouard Lalo, Maurice Ravel
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Supraphon | SUA ST 50615
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (923MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (248MB)
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Neville Marriner / Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields – Twelve Grand Concertos, Op. 6 (3LP, original UK pressings)

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# Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
# Orchestra: Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Decca Records | SXL 6369/6370/6371 | 1968
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (6.41GB), 24-bit/96kHz (2.92GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (896MB)
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R.I.P Maestro Marriner…

Handel’s concertos are one of the pinnacles of the Baroque concerto grosso, displaying a wealth of musical invention and enormous variety of instrumental sonorities.

These 3 albums were originally released individually.

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Le Quatuor Danois – La musique de chambre de Mozart (exclusive 5LP compilation, French pressings)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performers: Le Quatuor Danois (with guests)
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 5
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Disques Valois | MB 706/746/747/756/759
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (10.2GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.12GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.36GB)
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I received this box from thelonious quite awhile ago. However, once I ripped it, I discovered that what was in the box was actually a combination of different albums by Le Quatuor Danois – all Mozart, but not the albums that were supposed to be in the box. Plus there were only 5 LPs instead of 6.

The artwork you see above is exclusive to this rip. Enjoy!

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Chailly / GOL / Bollani – Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (fonè, 2LP, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: George Gershwin
# Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig
# Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: fonè Records | 050
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.05GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.51GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (392MB)
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Quite possibly my new favorite version of “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Like all of the other fonè releases, sound quality is absolutely stunning.

Don’t miss this one!

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