Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (MFSL) Giacomo Puccini – La Bohème (Freni/Pavarotti)

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Revisited with the benefit of Audio Research SP15 and in 24/192.
This is in my eyes (and ears) one of the few cases where the MFSL version is devasting better than the original.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov
Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1973)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: MFSL (Decca)
DR-Analysis: DR15
Size: 4.19 GB
Scan: yes
Server:
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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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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Hector Berlioz – Requiem (Shaw)

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As one would expect, Robert Shaw’s rendition of the Requiem is magnificently polished, with choral singing that is beyond compare. The drama is not quite as pronounced as with Davis and Munch, but the work’s majestic architecture stands clearly revealed. For once, Telarc’s thunderous, bass-heavy pickup adds something to the sonic picture. –Ted Libbey
Any one not familiar with Berlioz’ “Te Deum” should also give this careful consideration. I personally prefer the Te Deum over the Requiem and wonder why the two works are not equally known. This Shaw, although very very good, is (IHMO) slightly under the level of Davis, to call one, but technically is it one of the best (maybe THE best) among all releases of this underestimated masterwork. Friends of HiFi and owners of a very good equipment will find this absolutely amazing. Anyone who catches onto this neglected masterpiece should also investigate the Inbal (on Denon) and the Davis (on Philips).

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Atlanta Symphony Chorus, John Alder
OrchestraAtlanta Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Vinyl 1985
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.17 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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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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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA) Antonio Vivaldi – Le 4 Stagioni (Arr. for 3 Guitars) (Amsterdam Guitar Trio)

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I love transcriptions. They offer a new and ear-catching timbral view of the old warhorses, and a new kick to the old routine. Sometimes transcriptions can even be illuminating, and reveal things about the composition that weren’t apparent in the original, especially in the keyboard works of Bach, where assigning widely differentiated timbres to the different voices brings out the contrapuntal writing. As the Goldberg Variations, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has been a popular candidate for transcriptions.
Audiophile Factor: High!

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performers: Amsterdam Guitar Trio
Vinyl 1984
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 1.58 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Grumiaux / Sebök – Franck / Grieg Violin Sonatas (Dutch pressing)

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# Composer: Cesar Franck, Edvard Grieg
# Performers: Arthur Grumiaux / György Sebök
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Philips Records | 9500 568
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.93GB), 24-bit/96kHz (987MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (257MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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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 (10.1GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.04GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.28GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (BIS) Italian Music For Lute And Chitarrone (Jakob Lindberg)

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Many many thanks to Mats for this gem
There’s an art to putting a release together, especially one for a solo instrument. With only two instrumental timbres, the tracks can blend together into an uninteresting blur. But change up styles too much, and the album can sound disjointed. Lutenist Jakob Lindberg is a past master of program sequencing and strikes a perfect balance between consistency and variety. Lindberg’s performances are impeccable as always. The album was beautifully recorded, with an intimate acoustic ideally suited to the lute. Lindberg’s thoughtful programming makes this an intriguing listen from start to finish.
Audiophile Factor: High!

Composer: Laurenzi Da Roma, Orlando Di Lasso, Simone Molinaro, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger, Alessandro Piccinini, Bellerfonte Castaldi
Performers: Jakob Lindberg
Vinyl (1979-80/1983)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: BIS
DR-Analysis: 11
Size: 1.56 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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