The Beaux Arts Trio – Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor (‘In Memory of a Great Artist’), Op. 50 (original pressing)

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# Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Philips – 6500 132
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.66GB), 24-bit/96kHz (860MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (227MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Sure, the performance is missing the optional 8th variation, but this is still a beautiful piece of music.

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartets Op. 132 (Quartetto Italiano)

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A great great “THANK YOU” to our friend Jean-Luc for this gift

In the late quartets Beethoven continued to evolve many of his compositional techniques: he manages to add to the harmonic rules of before and does new things in the way of tonality and form. These quartets have a sound world all of their own, and create a small-scale effect quite different from the massive-sounding works that came before, such as the “Hammerklavier” sonata and the 9th Symphony. It would be fair to say that no other artist has ever mangaged to reach such spiritual heights. The Quartetto Italiano give superbly polished performances which are able to express the refined tones of these works. Compare their well-rehearsed renditions that come close to perfection with the more ruffled recordings of the Vegh Quartet, for example, and one really appreciates the way in which they are able to sustain the superhuman requirements of these pieces. With the Vegh team we hear 4 human beings, with these recordings we hear Beethoven’s unique vision.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Quartetto Italiano
Vinyl 1967
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.83 GB
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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (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 14
# Label: audite Records | 80.465
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.82GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.42GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (376MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Ouvertures (Karajan)

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Recorded when the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan were in their plush phase, but under a full head of steam, these polished performances of the Beethoven overtures are a visceral delight. The sensuous, bass-heavy textures and glistening gut-strung string playing are still something to marvel at. So are the outstanding solos in the winds and the potent proclamations of the brass, which had become impressively secure at this point in Karajan’s reign, even though their tuning was still problematic. At times the treatment may seem just a bit Prussian and overbearing, and premeditated in effect rather than spontaneous. But the Olympian grandeur of the conceptions and the sense of festive sweep Karajan brings to the readings make this a set one can live with. The sound is boomy in the louder passages, but there is excellent atmosphere in the quiet ones. –Ted Libbey

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra:  Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.76 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Supraphon) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 7 (Neumann)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this splendid “Grandezza”
Vaclav Neumann (1920-95) was the first conductor behind the Iron Curtain to record all the Mahler symphonies. He did so with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, where he was kaepllmesiter from 1964-68, and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra of these recordings, where he gained greatest fame as chief conductor from 1968-90. Perhaps owing to the enforced mantra of Socialist reality in East Germany and Czechoslovakia during his time, beauty tends to replace neuroses in his recordings. Indeed, Neumann’s Mahler is about as far removed temperamentally as possible from the Mahler-as-neurotic standard of Bernstein, Solti, Tilson Thomas and others in the West. Instead, Neumann focuses on beauty of sound and orchestral execution. There is prodigious beauty here in this Symphony. The overall impression this left me is: beautiful. Not overly angsty, tortured Mahler; rather, Mahler led by a dedicated conductor and a fantastic Czech Orchestra.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra:  Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 3.14 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concerti No. 4 & 5 (Schneiderhan)

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Wolfang Schneiderhan is -undeniably – one of the master violinists in Mozart. His intonation is extremely evocative, his phrasing has that naïf touch so lovable in these works. Mozart doesn’t demand fierceness but delicacy and slender elegance and finesse. The Fourth Concerto is one the most relevant examples of superb musicality and austere sobriety.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Wolfgang Schneiderhan
Orchestra:  Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the NDR
Conductor: Hans Schmidt-Hisserstedt
Vinyl 1961/1980?
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.93 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Various Composers – Vladimir Horowitz – The Studio Recordings New York 1985

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Schumann’s Kreisleriana was a Horowitz speciality. The interpretation here is freer, looser structurally than his 1969 recording. For me, the earlier version is still unmatched in its concentration and the laying bare of Schumann’s duality–in my opinion it remains Horowitz’s finest solo recording. But this 1985 version also has a lot going for it–the tempos are so flexible, without losing the basic meter; and the phrasing is just so “right.” Thus is it with the rest of the recording. This is some of Horowitz’s most romantic Scarlatti playing, almost as if Scarlatti were a baroque Chopin–not as outlandish as it seems, as Chopin adored Scarlatti’s music. The Liszt Valse Oubliee was another Horowitz specialty, he recorded it at least three times officially, this one is my favorite. Horowitz captures Liszt’s mystical eroticism in a way few others have matched. The Impromptu from 1872 is rarely played, and hearing it one understands the comment that Horowitz can get forty colors from a piano by striking two keys.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Schubert, Alexander Scriabin, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.37 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Various Composers – Horowitz In Moscow

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Can you figure out, what you are going to do, when you become 83 years old? Mr. Horowitz gave a legendary concert in Moscow, playing as beautiful as he maybe never did before. If you are reading this, I am sure you appreciate Horowitz and his music and have already listened to this famous recording. It is just as good as when it was recorded and is one of my favorite for piano music. In the unlikely case you are not familiar with Horowitz in Moscow, this is truly a gem and you should get it. If music can move you, this most certainly will, it is very pleasant.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Moritz Moszkowski
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.29 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartets Op. 127 & Op. 135 (Quartetto Italiano)

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A great great “THANK YOU” to Jean-Luc for this 1st pressing

In the late quartets Beethoven continued to evolve many of his compositional techniques: he manages to add to the harmonic rules of before and does new things in the way of tonality and form. These quartets have a sound world all of their own, and create a small-scale effect quite different from the massive-sounding works that came before, such as the “Hammerklavier” sonata and the 9th Symphony. It would be fair to say that no other artist has ever mangaged to reach such spiritual heights. The Quartetto Italiano give superbly polished performances which are able to express the refined tones of these works. Compare their well-rehearsed renditions that come close to perfection with the more ruffled recordings of the Vegh Quartet, for example, and one really appreciates the way in which they are able to sustain the superhuman requirements of these pieces. With the Vegh team we hear 4 human beings, with these recordings we hear Beethoven’s unique vision.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Quartetto Italiano
Vinyl 1968
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.5 GB
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Suk / PKO – Mozart: Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra (5LP box set, EU pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: Prague Chamber Orchestra
# Performer: Josef Suk
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 5
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Eurodisc Records ‎| 85 962 XK
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (10.0GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.07GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.36GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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