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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Ashkenazy plays Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2, Sonata No. 2


Side A of this record offers a scintillating version of Chopin`s second concerto. Ashkenazy demonstrates a stunning command of the virtuoso sections of the outer movements. The second movement is a joy to behold: his heartfelt lingerings over the more ravishing parts of the middle movement evoke pure emotion beyond words. David Zinman and the excellent London players are on the same par as the pianist. On side B the Piano Sonata No. 2, a Nocturne and a Mazurka, all performed live, with energy and impressive techniques with a stunning “Marche Funèbre”. Over all, the sound quality is impeccable. A Chopin record to love!

Composer: Frederic Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:
David Zinman
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Pjotr Tchaikowsky – Ballett-Suite 1 – Nutcracker – Andante Cantabile – Capriccio Italien (Rostropovich)


Did you know, that Rostropovich was not only a 1st-class cellist, but also a very interesting conductor?

Composer: Pjotr Tchaikowsky
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor:
Mstislav Rostropovich
Vinyl 1979

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.69 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI) Francis Poulenc – Concert for Harpsichord ‘Champetre’ – Concert For 2 Pianos (Poulenc/Van De Wiele/Février)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for another amazing gem
The performances of these concertos by Francis Poulenc are amazing. The Concert champetre (1929) was written for Wanda Landowska and was a favorite piece of hers but she never recorded it despite the urgings of Poulenc. This recording of the Concert champetre was made in 1957 with Aimee van de Wiele as soloist, who gives an energetic performance along the lines of Landowska. The Concerto for two pianos (1932) has the composer and Jacques Fevrier as soloists, a combination that could not be more ideal as Poulenc had Fevirer and himself in mind when he wrote the music.

Composer: Francis Poulenc
Performer: Francis Poulenc, Jacques Février, Aimée Van De Wiele
Orchestra: Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire
Conductor: Georges Pretre

Vinyl 1962 (1972)

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.63 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Columbia) Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 (Ormandy/Serkin)


Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this masterpiece
Anyone who thinks Ormandy was the purveyor of the hearts and flowers of “The Philadelphia Sound” and not much else should be compelled to hear this Beethoven 4 with Serkin. It is truly one of the great 4ths; lyrical, unrushed, affectionately rendered, but with no indulgences at all. Serkin loved this concerto with every fiber of his being, but played no games with it. And–make no mistake–he was accompanied by a master. Of the many versions Serkin recorded during his life, this is surely the one to get.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra

Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1955
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Maria João Pires – Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 4 (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-7054-ND
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.67GB), 24-bit/96kHz (932MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (218MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

All albums should be this clean. Wow.

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Thorens) Berlioz/Davis – Bruckner/Haitink – Strauss/Sinopoli – Shostakovich/Kondrashin


Many thanks to our friend Urbanox for this rarity
This double album is a homage to the Staatskapelle. As intended and commissioned by the Thorens company. The Swiss turntables manufacturer cannot rival the Orchestra’s 460 years, but at 125 years of age, Thorens holds the record as the oldest company of the entertainment industry still in existence. These LPs are meant as a double birthday gift: to ourselves, but above all to our many friends around the world. For friends of the Staatskapelle, friends of Thorens and above all, for lovers of good-quality music reproduction. (Heinz Roher, CEO Thorens)

Composer: Hector Berlioz, Richard Strauss, Dmitri Shostakovich, Anton Bruckner
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Bernard Haitink, Kyrill Kondrashin
Vinyl 1974/1994/2001/2003 (2008)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: Thorens
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3.29GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Quartetto Italiano ‎– Beethoven: Works for String Quartet – Volume 3 (original EU pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Philips ‎| 6500 646
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.75GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.98GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (271MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Philips) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphonies No. 34 & 38 (Marriner)


Many thanks to our friend Dagote for the immortal Marriner
Trust Sir Neville Mariner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields to handle Mozart–whether early, middling, or late–with brio. Then add the technical excellence of Philips to the value inherent already in the great composer and one of the twentieth century’s finest houses for Baroque and Classical music. The result is of unsurpassable value. This is another great listening experience performed by The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, under Sir Neville Marriner. The interpretation is outstanding, though a little different than what we traditionally hear for Mozart.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.13 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (BIS) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21, Sinfonia Concertante (Scheja, Lydell, Sparf, Wedin)


Many thanks to our friend Dagote for this audiophile pearl
There are numerous accounts of the famous Elvira Madigan concerto, so called because the second movement is featured in the movie, but this performance is as fine as any, with Scheja absolutely sparkling at the keyboard and Wedin providing crisp, energetic backup. This is one of the sunniest pieces of music ever written, it will brighten up almost any mood. Who says, you always have to have only the best known artists and orchestras? Listen to this and be happy! Highly recommended!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Staffan Scheja, Nils-Erik Sparf, Bernt Lysell
Orchestra: The Stockholm Sinfonietta
Conductor: Jan-Olav Wedin
Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: BIS
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.42 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Rajski/PCPO – Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor Op. 67 (TACET, 180g, German pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: TACET Records | L 240
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.15GB), 24-bit/96kHz (657MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (169MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

I’ve often said that TACET can do no wrong. Check out this album and find out why!

And yes, side 2 plays backwards.

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 6 & 7 (Karajan)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for these Sibelius pearls
These are wonderful performances which have always been highly regarded. Karajan captures the immense gloom and introspection of the crystal, northern beauty of the 6th. Tapiola is intensely dramatic and breathtaking in its sweep. The 7th performance given here is one of the most awe inspired interpretations ever put to record. No conductor can convey the emotion which Herbert von Karajan can in this piece…
…listen to the trombone solo at the end and your hair will rise on the back of the neck…truly wonderful. The strings in the opening are beutiful…an awe inspired 7th with a tremendous 6. Strange that Sibelius never wrote another note after this for over a 30 year period…
Thanks Herbie..

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1968

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.94 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 5 (Karajan)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this splendid 5th
Sibelius’s music is folkish in origin, part of that turn of the 20th century revival of national origins, hence his nature worship. At this time many European artists were eschewing the Christianism of prior centuries and investigating the pagan, heathen origins of their regions, and of the continent, but this was all only a culmination of the Romantic movement begun by Beethoven, at least in music. Beethoven of course, like all the Germans, was idealistic and cast a long glance back to the Greeks, but it was this disruption of Christianity’s universalist stranglehold on the mind that began the liberation which made possible the much later nativist spirits like Sibelius. One can see this clearly in Brahms, Grieg, Wagner, Hugo Wolf, and even traces of it in modernists like Stravinsky and Bartok. The Jew Adorno for one particularly despised Sibelius, and that makes sense given the anti-native, universal nature of Judaism. This religious abstractionism of Judaism, written large in Christianity, won out in the modernist moment, for political reasons, and Sibelius dropped out all together.

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1964

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.89 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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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%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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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%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

The first classical rip with the new cart and preamp/ADC!

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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
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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