Category Archives: 24bit/96kHz

HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Bernstein)


Whether it’s the famous catchy fanfare alone, or the entire symphonic poem of the famous “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, I really love this one. Lenny did a pretty great job with this one. I’ve heard other recordings of the same pieces, surely more than 10 different (and attended it live twice), including Ormandy and Karajan, but I still spend time listening to Bernstein’s recording although my favourite is that century recording by Fritz Reiner.  But it is the fanfare itself which I was most impressed of the piece. The brass was a bit “showy” but blaring enough, and the timpani sounded just fine and “gave weight”. And the summit of the fanfare always gives me goosebumps.

Composer: Richard Strauss
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 813 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Johann Sebastian Bach – Four Flute Sonatas, Volume II (Shaffer/Malcolm/Gauntlett)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beautiful rarity

Shaffer was a very musical player who died of cancer before she was fifty and shortly after completing the Bach recording. Shaffer loved Bach and it shows. The lines develop beautifully and nothing is forced. Shaffer’s recording would be one to look for. Shaffer’s musicality and appropriate tone serve to highlight the major difficulties interpreting these works. Sound and style. The modern flute begs for vibrato. Without, it can sound like a tin pipe. But, Bach needs care. Some of the flutists rush through the lines, treating them as virtuoso vehicles. I’m no fan of a Baroque flute style played on a modern flute, but vibrato and intensity do not have to be switched on all the time. Many fine teachers and performers I know despair at the lack of subtlety and sophistication in modern flute playing. Grading the sound, a subtle use of vibrato, and the use of a true dynamic range need a lot more attention.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Elaine Shaffer, George Malcolm, Ambrose Gauntlett
Vinyl 1966
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 944 MB
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Franklin Mint 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time (100 LP box set, 24 bit / 96 kHz, FLAC)

Franklin Mint 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time (100 LP box set, 24 bit / 96 kHz, FLAC)
Franklin Mint 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time (100 LP box set, 24 bit / 96 kHz, FLAC)

Vinyl LP
Number of Discs: 100 LP box set
Format: FLAC (tracks+m3u)
Label: Franklin Mint
ASIN: B0040BHKRQ
Size: 78.1 GB
Recovery: +3%
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Joseph Haydn – Complete Piano Trios, Vol. 3 (Beaux Arts Trio)

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All thanks for this beauty go to Jean-Luc
The first and only recording made of the entire piano trios, performed by the legendary Beaux Arts Trio. Haydn’s piano trios deserve far more attention than they receive. As music lovers know, they are every bit as rewarding as his symphonies and string quartets, and also very numerous. They are not, however, true trios as we understand the term now. Essentially, Haydn took the sonata for violin and piano and added a cello part to strengthen the weak bass of contemporary pianos. This doesn’t inhibit the quality of the music in any way, but it has prevented modern piano trios from taking them up since the cellist usually wants something more exciting to do. All praise, then, to the Beaux Arts Trio for understanding that musical quality is more important than instrumental display. –David Hurwitz

Composer: Joseph Haydn
Performer
: Beaux Arts Trio
Vinyl 1977
Number of discs: 5
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 4.66 GB
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Bernstein/NYP – Bernstein Conducts Haydn (US pressing)

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# Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
# Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
# Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Columbia Masterworks | M 34126
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.90GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.48GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (416MB)
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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (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 13
# Label: audite Records | 80.476
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.90GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.48GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (416MB)
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Jules Massenet – Werther (Carreras, von Stade, Davis)

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Many thanks to Bob for this Goethe gem
Now over 35 years old, this recording inspires in me the same affection and admiration as when I first heard it. Massenet is mildly scorned in some quarters; he had his fair share of flops and sometimes fell into a maudlin mode which smacks of trying too hard to please with easy sentimentality, but I am with Beecham regarding the beauties of his best operas (even if I would not go so far as to make frivolous, disparaging comparisons with Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos…). “Manon”, “Thais” and “Werther” are among my very favourite operatic entertainments for their sheer sumptuousness of sound, coherence as drama and distillation of French elegance.

Composer: Jules Massenet
Performer: José Carreras, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Allen

Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Vinyl 1981
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 2.42 GB
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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (“Tragic”) (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 | 80.480
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.86GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.45GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (404MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Mass in H-Minor (Richter)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc
Bach’s majestically beautiful, deeply moving Mass in B Minor began life during the early months of 1733 as a 2 movement five-part Missa containing only a Kyrie and Gloria; often called “a Lutheran Mass” because Luther had reduced the Mass Ordinary to just those 2 sections for the Protestant service. The Missa was intended to enhance his authority with the Leipzig town council with whom he had been engaged in a ten-year long cold war regarding his conditions of service and his method of conducting his duties (not least of which was the onerous responsibility for teaching Latin, a task Bach despised and relegated to others). These 2 movements lasted nearly an hour in performance. Thus, they were far too long for performance in Protestant Leipzig but they were perfect for a festival service performance at the Catholic court in Dresden. There is no evidence …

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1961
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 2.53 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata (Moffo, Tucker, Merrill)

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All thanks for the beautiful Anna go to Astoler
Once in a lifetime a star is born that has it all – the talent, the looks, the musicality, and the technique. Moffo was just that. I read that before her auto accident which left her with a crushing back pain, impairing her singing, she had to be seen to be believed. Well, with the time-machine is still on the backburner, listening to the old restored recordings is the only way to experience the art of the bygone era. Her Violetta has it all – gorgeous voice with shimmering top notes and strong low register, amazing precise coloratura, and most importantly vulnerability and humanity. Her diction is very clear, every word is heard without any strain, and she conveys a strong sense of being completely ensnared in her character’s plight. I really think Moffo is one of the very best Violetta on record.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill
Orchestra: Rome Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Fernando Previtali
Vinyl 1961
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.41 GB
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