Category Archives: 180 gram

Prokofieff, Stravinsky‎ – Lieutenant Kije, Song Of The Nightingale (1958) {Classic Records; 4LP, S-Sided, 180g, 45rpm, Remaster, Ltd; 24-96} +16-44

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Most older listeners agree that Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite was ideal repertoire for Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With its big tunes, bright colors, bold harmonies, and unrelenting rhythms, Reiner and the Chicago — the pre-eminent Strauss performers in America at the time — excelled in Prokofiev’s Kiji. In this superb recording, Reiner and the Chicago are at the top of their form and their Kiji is witty, sassy, brave, ironic, and altogether hilarious.

Most older listeners, however, cannot agree that Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightingale was anything like the right repertoire for Reiner and the Chicago. With its spiky motifs, its primary colors, its hard harmonies, and its relentless rhythms, Reiner and the Chicago were seemingly out of their element. But although their approach is essentially Straussian, Reiner and the Chicago still excel at Stravinsky’s Nightingale. In this superb recordings, Reiner and the Chicago’s Nightingale is warm, lush, sweet, and even a little sexy, a sort of Salome à la Stravinsky.The complete recording sounds very direct emotionally grabbing and highly dynamic. This 4lp Remaster set is a of outstanding sonic quality and a Living Sterio landmark.

Remastered by Bernie Grundman

Composer: Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev / Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Label: Classic Records 45 Series ‎LSC-2150-45, LSC-2150
Vinyl Release Date:  Unnkown
Number of LPs: 4
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 45rpm, Single Sided 180g Pressing
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 848MB / 242MB
Scans: yes
Server: FF

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Moussorgsky ‎– A Night On Bare Mountain · Pictures At An Exhibition (2009) {Analogue Productions; 2Lp, 180g, 45rpm, Remastered; 24-96} + 16-44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recorded at Kingsway Hall and engineered by Kenneth Wilkinson, this record couples Moussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition with Night On Bare Mountain. It has long been considered among the greatest sounding records ever made. Perhaps most stunning about Power of the Orchestra are the effortless dynamics, which have been reviewed and raved about ever since the first RCA shaded dog. From the teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy gentle plucks of strings to the WHAM!! CRASH!! SLAM!! of a full orchestra without a bit of notice. It’s heart-stopping, jump-out-of-your-seat-type dynamics. The Power of the Orchestra – a more appropriate title there never was. But to hear it at 45 RPM…Oh! My! God! This thing’s got all the weight of an anchor but at the same time the clarity and airiness and sparkle of a feather. Nuance, a holographic soundstage, emotion to spare – this one’s got it all. A true reference. Power, indeed.

Remastered by George Marino

Composer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: René Leibowitz
Label: Analogue Productions ‎– AAPC2659-45
Vinyl Release Date:  2009
Number of LPs: 2
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 45rpm, 180g Pressing
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 846MB / 218MB
Scans: yes
Server: FF

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Falla – The Three Cornered Hat (Ansermet, L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Berganza) {ORG; US Reissue, Remaster, 2LP, 45rpm; HiRes}+ Redbook

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This timeless gem is performed by L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Ernest Ansermet.

This is a performance to be known as ‘one of the greats.’ The composition, Three-Cornered Hat was premiered by Ansermet, and with its lively rhythms, subtle narratives, dynamic development, and vivid contrast and tone-colors, this version is a masterly performance that none other appears able to exceed. The performance illustrates an ethnic taste that is rich in wild beauty in a truly vivid and dynamic way, while highlighting the lyricism of Falla’s music in a sophisticated, uncompromising manner. The solo singing by the young Berganza is also worth listening to.

Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!
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Composer: Manuel De Falla
Orchestra:  L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
Conductor: Ernest Ansemet
Label: Original Recordings Group, London Records
VinylRelase Date:  2011
Number of LPs: 2
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 180g Pressing, 45RPM
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 881MB / 259MB
Scans: yes
Server: FF

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

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

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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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Telarc) Peter Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker (Mackerras)


Excellent vinyl of the Nutcracker by the London Symphony Orchestra. 180 gram remastered recording. Two records. Timeless art by Maurice Sendak of “Where the wild things are” fame. Highly recommend if you want to relive the Nutcracker or just have a nice fancy diner with the music in the background. Sir Charles Mackerras has done the world of classical music a big, big favor. I have another, fantastic complete version of this ballet, but I can recommend this one, based on what hear on this terrific recording. Right from the start, Mackerras shows not only that he cares, but that he gets it. This work calls for light, rapid, and sonorous playing from all instrumental groups to capture the Christmassy, miniature feel of the work. The listener is even treated to a rifle shot and cannon blasts during “The Battle Between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” You can’t go wrong with picking this one up instead of another recording.

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
Vinyl 1986/2016

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.16 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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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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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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