Haendel / Ančerl / CPO: Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole / Ravel: Tzigane (Supraphon)

front-lalo
# Composers: Édouard Lalo, Maurice Ravel
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Supraphon | SUA ST 50615
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (923MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (248MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Continue reading

Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Argo) Antonio Vivaldi – La Stravaganza (Marriner)

front-small-boxset
Thank you very much Jean-Luc for this jewel

I doubt anyone reading this, regardless of how long or little a classical music listener or collector, would include Englishman Neville Marriner among his or her list of great conductors of any of the modern, romantic, classical or baroque eras. Yet, Marriner gracefully conducted music from all those times in recordings for Decca/London, many of which remain alive and in circulation today. I would make an argument that none of his recordings — and he has many great ones — are better than this recording of Antonio Vivaldi’s dozen violin concertos collectively known as Op, 4 and La Stravaganza.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. :(

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Alan Loveday, Carmel Kaine
Orchestra:  The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1975)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Argo
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 4.35 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

Continue reading

Neville Marriner / Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields – Twelve Grand Concertos, Op. 6 (3LP, original UK pressings)

front-post
# Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
# Orchestra: Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Decca Records | SXL 6369/6370/6371 | 1968
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (6.41GB), 24-bit/96kHz (2.92GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (896MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

R.I.P Maestro Marriner…

Handel’s concertos are one of the pinnacles of the Baroque concerto grosso, displaying a wealth of musical invention and enormous variety of instrumental sonorities.

These 3 albums were originally released individually.

Continue reading

Le Quatuor Danois – La musique de chambre de Mozart (exclusive 5LP compilation, French pressings)

gray-cover
# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performers: Le Quatuor Danois (with guests)
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 5
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Disques Valois | MB 706/746/747/756/759
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (10.2GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.12GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.36GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

I received this box from thelonious quite awhile ago. However, once I ripped it, I discovered that what was in the box was actually a combination of different albums by Le Quatuor Danois – all Mozart, but not the albums that were supposed to be in the box. Plus there were only 5 LPs instead of 6.

The artwork you see above is exclusive to this rip. Enjoy!

Continue reading

Chailly / GOL / Bollani – Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (fonè, 2LP, 180g pressing)

chailly-bollani-rhapsody-in-blue
# Composer: George Gershwin
# Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig
# Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: fonè Records | 050
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.05GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.51GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (392MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Quite possibly my new favorite version of “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Like all of the other fonè releases, sound quality is absolutely stunning.

Don’t miss this one!

Continue reading

Johnny Hodges – The Complete Johnny Hodges Sessions 1951-1955 (mono, 6LP box set)

box-front
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Mosaic Records | MR6-126
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (6.98MB), 24-bit/96kHz (3.50GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (0.99GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

The next in the series of Mosaic boxes. 24/192 is available this time!
Like the other Mosaic posts, this is a report from black circles..

Continue reading

Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Nights In The Gardens Of Spain/Harpsichord Concerto (Soriano/De Burgos)

front-small-boxset
Audiophile reissue from the 90s (180g, limited edition) from my own collection
Spanish critics have long hailed Gonzalo Soriano’s two recordings of Nights in the Gardens of Spain–this one from 1962 and an earlier effort with Ataulfo Argenta–as among the finest readings of the score ever committed to disc. It’s easy to see why. Soriano brings to bear a conception that is firm, detailed, and energetic and plays the piece with real flair. His partner on the podium, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, only 28 years old when the recording was made, sparks a magnificent account from the Paris Conservatory Orchestra: masculine, evocative, and glowingly ardent. For this most impressionistic of Falla’s scores, it’s an ideal sound.

Composer: Manuel De Falla
Performer: Gonzalo Soriano
Orchestra: Orchestre De La Socité Des Concerts Du Conservatoire
Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
Vinyl (1963)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: 15
Size: 1.55 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

Continue reading

Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Sheffield Lab) Richard Wagner – Music From Operas (Leinsdorf)

front-small-boxset
Audiophile gem (limited edition, direct-to-disc) from my own collection
The Sheffield/Leinsdorf sessions are well known among audiophiles, as they were originally recorded direct to disc, with a master tape safety backup. The frequency bandwidth is  exceptional. The performances of these Wagner selections are excellent. Sheffield Lab has been out of business for a few years, so I’d recommend that you grab this while it’s still available. Sheffield direct-to-disc recordings were THE hot demo records in every audio salon. After suffering through countless listening sessions featuring Lincoln Mayorga, Harry James, and Dave Grusin, I was thrilled when Sheffield actually released an orchestral recording–Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of excerpts from Wagner’s operas. Great music in great sound!

Composer: Richard Wagner
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Vinyl (1978)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Sheffield Lab
DR-Analysis: 15
Size: 1.19 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

Continue reading

Various Artists: The Decca Sound – Mono Years: The Birth of High Fidelity (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

decca-mono-600
# Composers: Igor Stravinsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Perez Turina, Edouard Lalo, Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov
# Orchestras: L’Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
# Conductors: Ernest Ansermet, Erich Kleiber, Eduard van Beinum, Ataulfo Argenta, Jean Martinon
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13, DR 12, DR 11, DR 12, DR 13, DR 13
# Label: Decca | 478 8027
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (8.28GB), 24-bit/96kHz (4.02GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.05GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

NEW FILES AT FF!

Continue reading

Fricsay / BP – Dvorák: Sinfonie Nr. 5 E-moll Op. 95 “From the New World” (German pressing)

front-ff
# Composer: Antonin Dvorak
# Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
# Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon ‎| 138 127 SLPM
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.74GB), 24-bit/96kHz (897MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (238MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Continue reading