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Quartetto Italiano ‎– Beethoven: Works for String Quartet – Volume 2 (original EU pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Philips ‎| 6500 181
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (4.36GB), 24-bit/96kHz (2.16GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (581MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Maria João Pires – Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 5 (Japanese pressing)


# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Maria João Pires
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Denon Records | OX-7055-ND
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.48GB), 24-bit/96kHz (838MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (196MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI) Niccolò Paganini – Violin Concerti No. 1 & 2 (Menuhin)


A feast for heart & ears. Without any doubt, Paganini was the greatest violin virtuous ever lived. By the way: marvellous sound on this reissue!
Stunning album so beautifully played. As can be expected, there are music lovers who relish the technical details of Paganini’s violin concertos, and then there are those who find themselves ever-so-comfortable in the rich and lush romanticism of his quitessentially Italian expressiveness. You may freely count your servant in the latter category: in th eopinion of your servant, no one wrote more exquisitely romantic violin music (with the exception of Pablo de Sarasate) than Niccolo Paganini, and Yehudi Menuhin captures the essence of this romanticism at the highest levels of technicianship and expressive musicality!!! The cadenzas are from an older era, but they are no less technically demanding, and Yehudi Menuhin shows himself more than equal to the task. An absolute benchmark recording for all lovers of violin pyrotechnics, as well as violin students.
Highly recommended!

Composer: Niccolò Paganini
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Alberto Erede
Vinyl 1961

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 2.09 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI/Melodyia) Jean Sibelius – Symphonies No. 5 & 6 (Rozhdestvensky)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this pearl
Rozhdestvensky is one of the later Soviet conductors who was still young enough to have a lengthy post Soviet career. These Sibelius recordings are from the 1970s when he was in his 40s. One has to accept that the Soviet brass sections were always a bit blaring and intrusive. It adds excitement at climaxes but also can upset the musical balance. Bearing that in mind, Rozhdestvensky brings an exceptional lyrical impulse to these works combined with a consistent rhythmic impulse which keeps the music from becoming unfocused. In the Sixth symphony Rozhdestvensky does a particularly brilliant job with the first two movements. The opening with strings and woodwind is magically handled and the movement gently evolves out of that, building momentum without seeming to. The brass provide a blazing punctuation to the movement right before the final cadence. The second movement carries the listener to the edge of a Finnish forest where little noises and rustling trees disturb the solitude in evanescent fashion. The final two movements are excellent but not quite to the level of the earlier ones.

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1975/80

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI/Melodyia
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.19 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 (Karajan)


Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony is considered his most perfectly conceived, and it has remained among the most performed of his works. The immediate success of his Seventh certainly must have given Bruckner some much needed confidence over the fate of his music.

Composer: Anton Bruckner, Richard Strauss
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1975/77

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 3.2 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Melodyia) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 14 (Kondrashin)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
The 14th Symphony, a cycle of 11 songs, is a series of meditations of one sort or another on death (or immortality, dissent or loss of some sort), for solo bass and soprano voices, and scored for strings and percussion (made up of castanets, woodblock, three tom toms, whip, bells, vibraphone, xylophone, celesta). The songs are potent indeed, each being a microcosm of some type of pain. Kondrashin gets great playing from the orchestra, with the percussion startling with each of its aggressive entrances. The performance is excellent. Highly recommended.

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Eugenia Tselovalnik, Eugeni Nesterenko
Orchestra: Ensemble Of Soloists Of Moscow Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
Vinyl 1974

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Melodyia
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.86 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonatas For Piano & Cello Op. 5 No. 1 & 2 (Fournier, Gulda)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this wonderful 1st pressing
One of Pierre Fournier’s great recordings – arguably the best recording of this Cello work.. The recording was made when Fournier was at his technical peak, and partnered by the keenly-insightful Friedrich Gulda. They make sublime music together! Fournier first paired with Schnabel and later with Kempf. I’ve seen reviews to the effect that the Fournier – Gulda and Fournier – Kempf partnerships have equal merit and receive equally high praise. — But while it makes sense that Fournier and Kempf should make a natural partnership in musical temperament and style of play, Gulda partnering with Fournier might appear to be a surprising collaboration!… Until you hear them engage in a profound and brilliant (technically) conversation.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Pierre Fournier, Friedrich Gulda
Vinyl 1959

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.59 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 147, BWV 60 (Richter)


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Captured in 32 bit/384 kHz

Johann Sebastian Bach composed the church cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and mouth and deed and life), BWV 147, in 1723 during his first year as Thomaskantor, the director of church music in Leipzig.
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort (O eternity, you word of thunder), BWV 60 is a church cantata written in Leipzig for the 24th Sunday after Trinity, first performed on 7 November 1723.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Hertha Töpper, Kieth Engen, Ursula Buckel, Ernst Haefliger, John van Kesteren
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester, Solistengemeinschaft der Bachwoche Ansbach

Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1964

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.14 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (BASF) Georg Muffat ‎- Concertos & Suites (La Petite Bande)


Captured in 32 bit/384 kHz

Georg Muffat (1 June 1653 – 23 February 1704) was a Baroque composer and organist. He is most well known for the remarkably articulate and informative performance directions printed along with his collections of string pieces Florilegium Primum and Florilegium Secundum (First and Second Bouquets) in 1695 and 1698. Georg Muffat was born in Megève, Duchy of Savoy (now in France), of André Muffat (of Scottish descent) and Marguerite Orsyand. He studied in Paris between 1663 and 1669, where his teacher…

Composer: Georg Muffat
Orchestra: La Petite Bande
Vinyl 1975
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: BASF
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.14 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (L’Oiseau-Lyre) Georg Philipp Telemann – Double & Triple Concerti (Hogwood)


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This is one of the best recodings ever with this duo: AAM & Sir Christopher Hogwood. The sound quality of this recording is superb. The repertoire is magnificently selected for this group of concertos, including some less usual ones, as the Concerto Polonois. Hogwood and AAM exhibit a very precise and most melodic reading, with perfect tempi, according to the main features of the orchestra, besides the use of epoch instruments. The selection is so good that it’s hard to choose a preferred or a major piece. Known as a tremendously prolific composer, Georg Phillip Telemann paid the price for putting J. S. Bach on lower platforms at their times: after his death, Telemann became regarded as a “minor composer”. But nothing as giving time time. Here, we can hear some of the best Telemann in a very common baroque form: the double concerto. Strongly recommended.
Audiophile factor: very high!

Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra: The Academy Of Ancient Music
Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
Vinyl 1983
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: L’Oiseau-Lyre
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.15 GB
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