Category Archives: 24bit/192kHz

HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Gustav Mahler • Symphony No. 1 “Titan” • Tennstedt


To my friends Jean-Luc and Trottar
Klaus Tennstedt is a Mahler conductor about whom opinions can be fiercely divided. There are those who decry his emotionality, and those who love it. I fall in the latter camp.
I have to admit that it had been probably a couple of years since I had listened live to Mahler’s First Symphony, and in hearing it here in this electric live performance by Tennstedt and the LPO I was struck anew with what a marvelous work it is. I know, maybe there are slightly better recorded performances overall — Solti, Kubelik and Bernstein come to mind — but coming back to the symphony after such a hiatus I was again reminded what a marvelous first Symphony it is, one in which Mahler broke all the rules and created a sui generis work of real power. Tennstedt’s emotionality is evident throughout, although the third movement seems slightly automatic in tone (and there are some momentary tuning problems with the ‘Bruder Jakob’ entry). The LPO brass really outdo themselves in the Stürmisch bewegt fourth movement. One finds oneself dodging the lightning strikes!
Audiophile factor & artistic factor: High!

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
Vinyl 1978
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 2.02 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky • Piano Concertos No. 2 • Postnikova/Rozhdestvensky


Many thanks to Urbanox for this gem
VictoriaPostnikova was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. She entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory at age six, studying with E.B. Musaelian. She graduated in 1967, having studied there and in postgraduate courses with Professor Yakov Flier. In 1965 she won a prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition. She subsequently also won prizes at the Leeds International Piano Competition in England, the Vianna da Motta International Music Competition in Lisbon, and the Fourth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Her repertoire is extremely broad, covering works by composers such as Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Rachmaninoff and from more contemporary periods music by Busoni, Ives, Britten, Shostakovich and Schnittke. One of her greatest accomplishments is her recording of Tchaikovsky’s complete piano works. She takes part in concerts, recordings and recitals at home and abroad with her conductor husband Gennady Rozhdestvensky, whom she married in 1969. She is also an accomplished chamber musician, having given recitals in the CIS and France with Yehudi Menuhin featuring the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas along with sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Bartók.

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:
Victoria Postnikova
Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1984
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.91 GB
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Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Toshiba) Tokyo String Ensemble • Super Strings • Respighi/The Beatles • Ancient dances and airs/4 Songs


Revisited after 7 years…..now with the benefits of the Black Bird
and the AR SP15 …and in 24/192
A Japanese superpressing, produced Direct-To-Disc. The Tokyo String Ensemble are artists from NHK Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kouichi Sugiyama
Audiophile factor & artistic factor: very high!

Composer: Ottorino Respighi, The Beatles
Performer: Tokyo Strings Ensemble
Vinyl 1977
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Toshiba
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.3 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca/London) Johannes Brahms • Piano Concerto No. 2 • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Böhm


Record provided by our friend Urbanox
The Brahms B flat concerto is a real treasure. Allow me to make a bold and personal statement: I have seldom heard any Brahms concerto performance (live or on record) which comes close to this recording in its grace and charm, and above all its understated yet overwhelming emotional power. Both the piano and orchestra playing are absolutely marvelous. However, what makes this recording so special was that some “miracle” seemed to have happened during the recording session: The piano and orchestra sounds are completely meshed with each other, and the music making seemed to come from a “whole”. The excellent sound engineering and masterful transfer all add to the whole experience. This is a performance by all together – artists, composer and Decca – to treasure for the eternity.

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Vinyl 1967/1988
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca/London
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.88 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • String Quartets KV 387 • KV 421 • Melos Quartett Stuttgart


Record generously provided by our friend Jean-Luc
I enthusiastically recommend this disk. These are first-rate performances very well recorded. The interpretation of the Melos Quartet is insightful. It isn’t intrusive but does illuminate the music and at the same time is very musical, as is the sweet tone these players produce. The Melos players bring coherence – and musicality – that aren’t there in some performances of other artists.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Melos Quartett Stuttgart
Vinyl 1977
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.14 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Berlin Classics) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Sato, Concerto Köln)


Many thanks to Urbanox for another audiophile gem
Great orchestra and outstanding violinist! A must have! Just listen to the violinist’s baroque ornamentation and improvisations! Unbelievable!
“Something new every moment.” If we are to believe Shunske Sato, leader of Concerto Koln and soloist on this sparkling new release of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” what is at the heart of this recording is the idea of freedom. Freedom, too, in more ways than one. True to the principles of historical performance practice, the ensemble delivers the vitality of spontaneous playing in Vivaldi’s music.
Audiophile factor & artistic factor:
very high!

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer & Conductor: Shunske Sato
Orchestra: Concerto Köln
Vinyl 2016
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Berlin Classics
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.6 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (CBS) Gustav Mahler – Songs Of A Wayfarer, Rückertlieder, Two Songs From Des Knaben Wunderhorn (von Stade)


Many thanks to Eddie for this classic!

Frederica Von Stade’s performance of the ‘Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen’ with the fine collaboration of Andrew Davis and the London Philharmonic Orchestra is a true gem. It is a matter of taste as to whether the mezzo or the baritone version is preferred, but with this illuminating interpretation by Von Stade the scales tip toward the mezzo soprano sound. Hers is a rich, glowing tone with impeccable enunciation of text. Both of these performances rank among the finest available on recordings. Highly Recommended.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer: Frederica von Stade
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Andrew Davis
Vinyl 1979
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 1.59 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA) Richard Strauss – Don Quixote, ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ Waltzes (Reiner)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this beauty
This is a very good reading of ‘Don Quixote’. The music is played nearly to perfection, and it is all done in a masterful fashion. To me, Strauss is about a sort of fireworks and indulgence of the orchestra, yet at the same time giving deep meaning through the music.

Composer: Richard Strauss
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Vinyl 1960 (1971)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.05 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Berlin Classics) Johann Sebastian Bach ‎– Brandenburgische Konzerte (Concerto Köln)


Many thanks to Urbanox for this audiophile gem
You can’t have enough Bach and you can’t have enough Brandenburg Concerti… This performance is one of the faster and a delicious audiophile discovery. With this recording let the Ensemble Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos shine in new splendor. For Concerto Köln wanted to include Bach’s compendium of Baroque orchestral literature only in the program, if the existing views could add new. So familiar terrain was re-measured and questions of sound and instrumentation made the starting point for the research. How should the continuo group be occupied in the various concerts, which trumpet is played in the second Brandenburg? What’s up with the “Flauti d’Echo” that Bach asks in the fourth concert, which gambles did he have for the sixth in his ear?
Audiophile factor & artistic factor: very high!

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra: Concerto Köln
Vinyl 2018
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: Berlin Classics
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.46 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (London/Decca) WAM-JSB – Sonatas K332-545-576-Two Cantatas (De Larrocha)


Many thanks to our generous friend Jean-Luc for this gem
Other pianists may be able to play the notes as well as she, but who else invests this music with the unmistakable style which is so instantly recognizable as being De Larrocha after hearing her play only a few bars? Is very easy to like De Larrocha; everything she does is done musically, so she brings out the character of the piece rather than grandstanding.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Alicia De Larrocha
Vinyl 1978
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca/London
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.97 GB
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