Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” (Slatkin)


The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 1

Format: Flac

Label:Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.61 GB
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Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Maurice Ravel – Bolero/Daphnis & Chloe/Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (Slatkin)


The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Maurice Ravel

Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 1

Format: Flac

Label:Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 17
Size: 1.38 GB
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Server: FF

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Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Peter Tchaikowsky – Romeo & Juliet/Nutcracker Suite (Maazel)


The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky

Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra

Conductor: Lorin Maazel

Vinyl 1981

Number of Discs: 1

Format: Flac

Label:Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.49 GB
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Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Joseph Jongen, Cesar Franck – Symphonie Concertante – Fantasie in A – Pastorale (Murray, De Waart)


I must say that I knew I would be a fan of this disc before I ever heard it. The repertory for organ and orchestra is depressingly small compared to other instruments, but this piece by Joseph Jongen certainly blows many of them out of the water. The combination of the organ with the orchestra is perfect, and there is such diversity in how various sounds merge that the listener will be excited each time s/he listens to this piece. Also, Michael Murray does a fantastic job of interpretting this masterpiece. He commands the Davies Hall instrument with finesse. The orchestra, directed by de Waart, is equally adept. It is a mind-blowing display of fantastic composition on Jongen’s part, and equally fantastic capability by the performers. Bravo!! Also, the Franck pieces are a nice addition.

Composer: César Franck, Joseph Jongen
Performer: Michael Murray
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Edo de Waart

Vinyl 1984
Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC

Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.16 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Nicoló Paganini – Violin Concerto No. 3 (Accardo/Dutoit)


The famous recordings of Paganini’s violin concerti by the great Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo and the LPO under Charles Dutoit has never left the catalogue, and no wonder. The performances are about the best around of music that’s apt to sound trivial in lesser hands, and the sound is excellent. There’s plenty of charm and real joy in music making in these performances, which present this music as music, not as virtuoso glitter.

Composer: Nicolò Paganini
Performer: Salvatore Accardo
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Vinyl 1975
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 17
Size: 1.8 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Hector Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique (Maazel)


Revisited after 5 years, now with the benefits of the Black Bird Gang and the Audio Research SP15…and in 24/192
The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Hector Berlioz

Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra

Conductor: Lorin Maazel

Vinyl 1982

Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC

Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.76 GB
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Artur Rubinstein – Schumann: Carnaval / Fantasiestücke (original US pressing, mono)


# Composer: Robert Schumann
# Performer: Artur Rubinstein
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | LM-2669
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.05GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.00GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (251MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca/London) Hector Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique (Mehta)


Back in the 1970s british Decca (London in the US market) was King Of The Hill in terms of production quality. Their vinyl didn’t tend to warp (as did RCA and occasionally Phillips), their pressings were generally silent, and most important – their recorded sonics were superb. Decca/London’s ability to capture orchestral sound through the somewhat (!) artificial multiple close miking technique lead purists to complain about solo woodwinds that overshadowed an entire string section, but few would contest the fact that the results sounded spectacular. Georg Solti and the CSO came to exemplify the Decca/London sound of this era, but Solti’s hard driving conducting has not aged well. His Mahler and Bruckner for example remain exciting sound spectaculars, but now, most – not all – of the CSO recordings from this era sound somewhat forced.


Composer: Hector Berlioz

Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Zubin Mehta

Vinyl 1982

Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC

Label: Decca/London
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.89 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Igor Stravinsky – Le Sacre Du Printemps (Karajan)


While the Austrian maestro Herbert Von Karajan (mostly known for covering the Austro-German repertoire) may appear to be the wrong fit for Stravinsky’s mysterious and barbaric “Rite of Spring”, I’d contend that if this recording is a fair representation, Karajan’s Stravinsky has it’s merits. This recording of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” is bold and bright, with an on-point delivery that is dramatic and intense, and it is being played by an orchestra that is world class in it’s precision and polish. The DG sound is, of course, as clear as crystal. Given that, I’d ask, what more would you want? There may be others such as Bernstein, Monteux and Stravinsky himself who’d interpret this music with, perhaps, a more authentic feel of understanding for the composer’s intent, but, even so, Karajan doesn’t fail to put on a good show.


Composer: Igor Stravinsky

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1964

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.33 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Liszt, J. Strauss, Brahms – Karajan Express: HUNGARY


This album too, is all about Maestro Herbert von Karajan, who takes us to a short voyage through the beautiful Hungary. Have fun!


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Composer: Franz Liszt, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

Vinyl (1960-1968) 1974

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 3.63 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Melodya) Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 4 (Kondrashin)


Many thanks to spew8712 for this gem

Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin was a Russian conductor. He was born in Moscow to a family of orchestral musicians. Having spent many hours at rehearsals, he made a firm decision at the age of 14 to become a conductor. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory from 1931 to 1936 under the conductor Boris Khaykin. Kondrashin began conducting in the Young People’s Theatre in Moscow in 1931, continuing in the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre three years later. He conducted at the Maliy Opera Theatre in Leningrad from 1938 to 1942 and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow from 1943. His performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No.1 attracted the composer’s attention and led to the formation of a firm friendship. In 1947 he was awarded the Stalin Medal.

Composer: Johannes Brahms

Orchestra: USSR Radio And Television Large Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kyrill Kondrashin


Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Melodya
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 1.48 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonatas For Piano And Cello Op. 69 and 102 (Fournier/Gulda)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this pearl
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 1960
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.87 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Franz Liszt – Works For Piano, Vol. 1 & 2 (Bolet)


Thank you very much to Trottar whose Vol. 2 accompains well my Vol. 1

Let’s get something straight in the beginning: Jorge Bolet is an apotheosis of ANTI-virtuoso approach to the music of Franz Liszt. That is precisely why he is the pianist who – with the obvious exception of Leslie Howard of course – has probably done most to raise Liszt’s reputation as a truly great composer, far removed from the once popular notion of meretricious dilettante. So if you like Liszt for virtuosity’s sake only, you may just as well skip this. Why Jorge Bolet stayed out of the spotlights for so long before taking up his -glorious- career? It was his devotion to Liszt. By then, in the 1950s, Liszt was still regarded as a B-composer (There are still people who tend to think so: I read someone who called Liszt `the father of all bar pianists’. Now, if you know a worse offence…). Only after Liszt’s reputation had increased, Bolet could enter his `Indian summer’, which lasted from about 1975 until his passing away in 1990. During this period, he was finally able to perform his favourite music as much as possible….

Composer: Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert
Performer: Jorge Bolet

Vinyl 1983
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 15/14
Size: 3.76 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI/Angel) Gustav Mahler – Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Schwarzkopf, Fischer-Dieskau, Szell)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for the wonderful Elisabeth&Dietrich
This performance is generally given top recommendation by Mahler devotees. Penguin, for example, says “Szell’s 1968 Kingsway Hall recording of ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ was a primary recommendation for three decades at premium price. Now it rightly joins EMI’s “Great Recordings of the Century’ and the careful remastering plus the lower price will surely extend its catalogue life for a considerable time to come. The superb singing of Schwarzkopf and Fischer-Dieskau is underpinned by the wonderfully sensitive playing from the LSO under Szell, who matches and even surpasses his achievement with his own Cleveland Orchestra in the Fourth Symphony.” Gramophone is equally complimentary, having given this their Gramophone award, saying in their 2012 Guide: “EMI’s classic recording made in 1968 more or less puts all rivals out of the court. Even those who find Schwarzkopf’s singing mannered will be hard pressed to find more persuasive versions of the female songs than she gives, while Fischer-Dieskau and Szell are in a class of their own most of the time.” “Also, few command the musical stage as Fischer-Dieskau does in a song such as ‘Revelge’, where every drop of irony and revulsion from the spectre of war is fiercely, grimly caught.”

Composer: Gustav Mahler

Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: George Szell


Vinyl 1968
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.97 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Itzhak Perlman Plays Fritz Kreisler


This compilation of Kreisler pieces is absolutely wonderful, and while not “deep” music, it is great for relaxing later in the evening, helping one to unwind from the day. Perlman’s technique is excellent, warm and very sympathetic–rich with a lilting melancholy that’s inherent in much of the music. He makes it sound so easy, as effortless as if he could be humming the tunes. As for his accompanist, Sanders is a supportive but accomplished partner. I recommend this recording very highly. The playing is as full of insidious charm and romantic almost to the point of sentimentality, which in my view is not a bad thing at all.

Composer: Antonín Dvořák, Fritz Kreisler, Isaac Albéniz, Manuel De Falla
Performer: Itzhak Perlman, Samuel Sanders
Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.79 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Peter Tchaikowsky – Symphony No. 4 (Maazel)


After almost seven years, finally revisited with the benefits of the Black Bird Gang and the Audio Research SP15….and in 192 kHz


The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!
You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Vinyl 1979
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.53 GB
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Oistrakh/PSONY – Shostakovitch: Violin Concerto, Op. 99 (original US pressing, mono)


# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovitch
# Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
# Orchestra: Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra Of New York
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Columbia Masterworks | ML 5077
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.30GB), 24-bit/96kHz (646MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (152MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Argo) Liszt/Schumann – Concerto Pathetique/Andante & Variations (Lucas/Ogdon)


Many thanks to Trottar for this audiophile genius
Twenty eight years since his death, the story of John Ogdon’s life in music has just been told in his first full-length biography entitled Piano Man. Charles Beauclerk, a friend of the Ogdon family, gives what I think is a fascinating, unflinching, and honest account of Ogdon’s astonishing virtuosity, his victory at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962, and his friendship with the other firebrands of New Music Manchester – Elgar Howarth, Alexander Goehr, Harrison Birtwistle, and Peter Maxwell Davies….
Audiophile factor & artistic factor: very high!

Composer: Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann
Performer: Brenda Lucas, John Ogdon
Vinyl 1972
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Argo
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 1.83 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Organ Works: Toccatas & Fugues (Koopman)


(An angry review from amazon – not my words (at least, not all this guy says is wrong)
After years of listening to almost plodding unimaginative endlessly legato French and American styles of ruining Bach’s organ music – music barely able to breathe, it’s refreshing to hear someone who can use staccato, marcato and ornamentation and play with panache and passion, and give this grand music the grand sound and life it deserves. So what about odd trills and a dropped pedal…..

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Performer: Ton Koopman

Vinyl 1984
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.81 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Nicoló Paganini – Violin Concerto No. 2 “La Campanella” (Accardo/Dutoit)


The famous recordings of Paganini’s violin concerti by the great Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo and the LPO under Charles Dutoit has never left the catalogue, and no wonder. The performances are about the best around of music that’s apt to sound trivial in lesser hands, and the sound is excellent. There’s plenty of charm and real joy in music making in these performances, which present this music as music, not as virtuoso glitter.

Composer: Nicolò Paganini
Performer: Salvatore Accardo
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Vinyl 1977
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 17
Size: 2.29 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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