Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (‘Resurrection’) (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 | 80.402
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.17GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.57GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (397MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (BIS) Jean Sibelius – Jungfrun I Tornet (The Maiden in the Tower), Karelia Suite Op. 11 (Järvi)

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All thanks for this audiophile rarity go to Mats
Sibelius’ only opera, the one-act “The Maiden in the Tower”, is hobbled by a shallow Swedish libretto that’s basically a recounting of the Rapunzel myth. Like Kullervo and many other early works, it was well received initially by its Northern European audience, but Sibelius soon withdrew it to his desk drawer, discouraging further performances. It’s too bad that the text is so insipid, since there is some interesting music here: a passionate, even overwrought, prayer from the imprisoned Maiden to the Virgin Mary, twice soaring up to a High B. In the next scene the chorus of villagers sings the opera’s most memorable tune, a hymn to spring before they repudiate the Maiden, who they unjustly accuse of being the Bailiff’s prostitute. This scene has hints of the bass pedal points that became one of the composer’s most recognizable fingerprints. The Maiden’s sad prayer returns as an interlude before the scene with her fiancé that leads to the confrontation with the Bailiff and the all-too-neat ending in which the castle-owner’s wife observes the happenings and orders the Maiden freed and the Bailiff arrested.

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Performer: Mari-Ann Häggander,
Erland Hagegård, Tone Kruse, Jorma Hynninen, The Gothenburg Concert Hall Choir
Orchestra: The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Vinyl 1984
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: BIS
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.03 GB
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Server: FF

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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (‘Titan’) (2LP, 180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: audite Records | 80.467
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.98GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.00GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (267MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Of all the different Mahler Firsts I’ve heard, I think this is my new favorite.

The review below says it all.. “If you love Mahler, you must hear this no matter how many other Firsts you may have in your collection. Artistic quality: 10   Sound quality: 10″

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HD-Vinyl 192/96/44 (London) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 4/Luonnotar/Finlandia (Söderström/Ashkenazy)

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Another great THANK YOU to Jean-Luc for this gem
If sonic splendour were the sole criterion, Vladimir Ashkenazy’s Sibelius symphony cycle with the Philharmonia would win every prize going. Only the spectacularly natural results obtained by the BIS technicians for Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti SO come close to matching the lustrous realism of these truthfully balanced Decca productions (all except the First and Sixth benefit from the glowing acoustic of London’s much-missed Kingsway Hall). Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra recorded Sibelius’s symphonies and tone poem works in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and they are all excellent performances and highly regarded. I’ve had this particular disc for many years, and have enjoyed it greatly. Penguin continues to include these performances as one of their ‘recommended’ recordings, saying that ‘Ashkenazy by temperament brings out the expressive warmth, colour and drama of the composer rather than his Scandinavian chill, reflecting perhaps his Slavonic background”, going on to say that the recordings “are full and rich as well as brilliant, most of them still of demonstration quality. A rich and strong, consistently enjoyable cycle”. Penguin concludes that they are their top alternative recommendation, following the cycle from Colin Davis (Sir Colin Davis conducts Sibelius)

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vinyl 1981
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: London
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.85 GB/950 MB/211 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 192/96/44 (Columbia) Sergeji Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Entremont/Bernstein)

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A great THANK YOU to Jean-Luc for this gem
Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto is beautifully rendered by Entremont/Bernstein using great technique, patience, and control: in particular during the ‘Adagio’ as Bernstein wrings each orchestral note for all it’s worth, heightening the emotions wrought by Mr Entremont’s artistry. Then comes the beauty and intensity of the ‘Allegro’ (with it’s 3 beautiful passes through the theme which inspired popular music’s “Full Moon and Empty Arms” ramping up the intensity and density with each pass) with Entremont brilliant both there and in the cadenza. Considering Rachmaninov’s melancholy mood about the results of his first piano concerto, he more than recovered from it with this amazing “tour de force” composition and others. Absolutely brilliant and evocative, as presented here! The sound and presence are excellent. Bravo, Philippe and Lennie, and ladies and gentlemen of the orchestras! My Highest Recommendation!

Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov
Performer: Philippe Entremont
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Vinyl 1960/1966
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 1.76 GB/928 MB/225 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Ashkenazy/Kertesz/LSO – Mozart: Piano Concertos 8 & 9 (original UK pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: István Kertész
# Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Decca Records | SXL 6259
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.55GB), 24-bit/96kHz (794MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (189MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Frederyk Chopin – 24 Preludes, Polonaise No. 6 (Geza Anda)

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All thanks for this Master go to Jean-Luc
Geza Anda is absolutely stunnig in this recital. His performance of the set of Preludes Op. 28 has no equal. I haven’t heard such structural cohesion, such architectural sound around every piece. The piano vibrates with orchestral texture. There’s poetry, passion, nostalgia, noblesse and sublime classical lyricism. Where does this put Anda in the great scheme? It’s difficult for me to say, in part because he died far to young to leave a legacy as long as others. I very much enjoy his recording and believe that he’s at the grand buffet with Rubinstein, Pollini, Richter, Arrau and few others.

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Geza Anda
Vinyl 1959(1965)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 1.55 GB
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Server: FF

 

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (BIS) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 2 (Järvi)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Mats
Here’s a performance of the Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in the same vein as Berglund’s Helsinki recording, also from the mid-’80s — mostly direct and straightforward, and based on my now extensive listening experience, often seemingly bordering on the impetuous. The allegretto first movement flies by with nary a ponderous moment, but with a great deal of sparkle, vim and vigor. The alacrity makes for a most effective transition to the dramatically downshifted andante second movement; here’s where Järvi and company…

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Vinyl 1984
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: BIS
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 1.8 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

 

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Maria João Pires – Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 6 (Japanese pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Maria João Pires
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Denon Records | OX-7056-ND
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.55GB), 24-bit/96kHz (794MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (189MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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