HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Wellington’s Victory, Marchs – Karajan


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I grew up listening to the LP version of this recording of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Wellington’s Victory, marveling over the percussion effects of Johann Nepommuk Malzel’s Panharmonicon. Wellington’s Victory or the Battle Symphony was composed in 1813 following the Battle of Vitoria. The music was an instant success and was Beethoven’s most popular works at the time. The music is divided into two parts: one to describe the battle and the other to express the liberation from French domination. One can hear the approach of the armies, the British represented by “Rule Britannia” and the French by “Marlbrouk s’en va-t-en Guerre.” The battle that follows is stormy with sounds of canon and musket fire, gradually falling into silence as the defeated French army withdraws. The victory music that follows contains all of the exuberance that one regards as pure Beethoven.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1969
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Rachmaninov – Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini – Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 2 (Van Cliburn)


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Recognition in Moscow propelled Cliburn to international prominence. The first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 was an event designed to demonstrate Soviet cultural superiority during the Cold War, after the USSR’s technological victory with the Sputnik launch in October 1957. Cliburn’s performance at the competition finale of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on April 13 earned him a standing ovation lasting eight minutes. When it was time to announce the winner, the judges were obliged to ask permission of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to give first prize to an American. “Is he the best?” Khrushchev asked. “Then give him the prize!” Cliburn returned home to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only time the honor has been accorded a classical musician. (Continue reading here)

Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov, Franz Liszt
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 12
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Orbis) Julian Von Karolyi Playes Liszt


Many thanks to Trottar for this gift
Hungarian-German Pianist Julian von Karolyi (19914-1993) studied with Erno Dohnanyi and Alfred Cortot. He excelled in the romantic repertoire and possessed a prodigious virtuoso technique. He was particularly known for his interpretations of Chopin and Liszt. Von Karolyi has recorded for both Deutsche Gramophone and Electrola. The main attraction is Karolyi’s playing, a combination of deeply probing intellect, an exquisite touch and discerning dynamics in the delicate moments, stupendous virtuosity, and musicianship of the highest level.

Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Julian Von Karolyi
Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Orbis
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.06 GB
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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 (RCA) Sergei Rachmaninov – Piaco Concerto No. 3 (Cliburn/Kondrashin)


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This recording is special. Its a living historical document that formed the basis of legend. The circumstances surrounding this competition, its occurrence in a specific time and place, and the outcomes, all are noteworthy. Like most historical documents, this one isn’t perfect. Nonetheless, the sound is quiet good. To be sure, the orchestra still sounds thin at times, intonation isn’t always the best. And Van Cliburn is hardly note-perfect either. But the performance is just electrifying, and the excitement, palpable. Van Cliburn delivers. But in the end one can really be blown away by the power and passion Van Cliburn put into the Rach 3…unbelievable for a 24 year old.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: Symphony Of The Air
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Vinyl 1958
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 12
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Grieg – Piano Concerto – Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Cliburn/Ormandy)


Many thanks to Janicius for this gift
Van Cliburn’s recordings of the Tchaikovsky First and Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concertos are legendary, but his performances of some of the other famous Romantic Concertos often get overlooked. These recordings of the Grieg and the 1st of Liszt Concerti by Cliburn, and conductor Eugene Ormandy leading the Philadelphia Orchestra, are outstanding. Van Cliburn is at his best on these Concerti, particularly on the Grieg, as he melds his “heart-on-sleeve” style with commanding technique and phrasing. Some may not like this style of playing, and sometimes it does not suit a particular piece (his Brahms First comes to mind), but here there is no question.

Composer: Edward Grieg, Franz Liszt
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1969
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 915 MB
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Borodin, Rimski Korsakoff – Symphony No.2 In B Minor, Cappricio, Espagnole, Tsar Saltan (1959) {Analogue Productions; Remastered, Ltd, 200g; 24-96} + 16-44


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This is a happy marriage between conductor and orchestra in the second symphony by Borodin. The orchestra was bristling with talent such as Gervase de Peyer on clarinet and Barry Tuckwell on horn and Hugh Maguire the leader of the London Symphony Orchestra until 59′ on Violin. The sound is very direct but the orchestra stands up very well to this. Martinon’s interpretation is refreshing and very up-beat.

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Composer: Alexander Borodin/ Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Orchestra:  London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Jean Martinon
Label: Analogue Productions ‎– AAPC 2298, RCA Victor Red Seal ‎– LSC-2298
Vinyl Release Date:  2017
Number of LPs: 1
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 200g Pressing
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 830MB / 216MB
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Elgar, Vaugn Williams – Enigma Variatons, The Wasps, Greensleeves, Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern (2013) {RR; Half-Speed Master 200g, 45RPM; HiRes} + Redbook

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The universe is not exactly desperate for more recordings of this repertoire, but this one, surprising as it might seem, is pretty excellent. Michael Stern and his Kansas City Symphony take to the music as if to the manner born. The Wasps, here given as the complete suite and not just the overture, is delightful. Perhaps the only slight miscalculation in the entire performance is the overly swift March Past of the Kitchen Utensils, which loses some of its comic swagger at Stern’s tempo. Otherwise the overture and (especially) the Ballet and Final Tableau offer pure enjoyment from start to finish. The Fantasia on Greensleeves, un-killable in just about any circumstances, sounds just fine as well.

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Orchestra:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Stern
Label: Reference Recordings
VinylRelase Date:  2013
Number of LPs: 2
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 200g Pressing, 45RPM
Format: Flac
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Size: 1,12 GB
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Beethoven, Bruno Walter ‎– Symphony No. 6 In F Major, Op. 68 (Pastorale) {Analogue Productions; 2LP, 45rpm, 200g, Remaster; 24-96} + 16-44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Analogue Productions has taken a classic and shaped it to make the premier reissue of this already illustrious LP. Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound mastered this album from the original analog tapes. The lacquer cuts were plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings. The Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on gatefold jacket has been upgraded handsomely by a series of rarely seen photos of Walter from the Sony Music Archives. Everything on this reissue shows quality. Released as 45rpm version as well one can argue this is the best possible version to get . A highly collectable and highly sonical “MUST Have” for the classic music lover.

Remastered by Ryan Smith

Composer: Ludwig Van Beethoven
Orchestra:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Label: Analogue Productions ‎– APC 077-45, Columbia Masterworks
Vinyl Release Date:  2017
Number of LPs: 2
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 45rpm, 200g Pressing
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 836MB / 244MB
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Prokofieff, Stravinsky‎ – Lieutenant Kije, Song Of The Nightingale (1958) {Classic Records; 4LP, S-Sided, 180g, 45rpm, Remaster, Ltd; 24-96} +16-44

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Most older listeners agree that Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite was ideal repertoire for Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With its big tunes, bright colors, bold harmonies, and unrelenting rhythms, Reiner and the Chicago — the pre-eminent Strauss performers in America at the time — excelled in Prokofiev’s Kiji. In this superb recording, Reiner and the Chicago are at the top of their form and their Kiji is witty, sassy, brave, ironic, and altogether hilarious.

Most older listeners, however, cannot agree that Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightingale was anything like the right repertoire for Reiner and the Chicago. With its spiky motifs, its primary colors, its hard harmonies, and its relentless rhythms, Reiner and the Chicago were seemingly out of their element. But although their approach is essentially Straussian, Reiner and the Chicago still excel at Stravinsky’s Nightingale. In this superb recordings, Reiner and the Chicago’s Nightingale is warm, lush, sweet, and even a little sexy, a sort of Salome à la Stravinsky.The complete recording sounds very direct emotionally grabbing and highly dynamic. This 4lp Remaster set is a of outstanding sonic quality and a Living Sterio landmark.

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Composer: Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev / Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Label: Classic Records 45 Series ‎LSC-2150-45, LSC-2150
Vinyl Release Date:  Unnkown
Number of LPs: 4
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 45rpm, Single Sided 180g Pressing
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 848MB / 242MB
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Moussorgsky ‎– A Night On Bare Mountain · Pictures At An Exhibition (2009) {Analogue Productions; 2Lp, 180g, 45rpm, Remastered; 24-96} + 16-44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recorded at Kingsway Hall and engineered by Kenneth Wilkinson, this record couples Moussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition with Night On Bare Mountain. It has long been considered among the greatest sounding records ever made. Perhaps most stunning about Power of the Orchestra are the effortless dynamics, which have been reviewed and raved about ever since the first RCA shaded dog. From the teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy gentle plucks of strings to the WHAM!! CRASH!! SLAM!! of a full orchestra without a bit of notice. It’s heart-stopping, jump-out-of-your-seat-type dynamics. The Power of the Orchestra – a more appropriate title there never was. But to hear it at 45 RPM…Oh! My! God! This thing’s got all the weight of an anchor but at the same time the clarity and airiness and sparkle of a feather. Nuance, a holographic soundstage, emotion to spare – this one’s got it all. A true reference. Power, indeed.

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Composer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: René Leibowitz
Label: Analogue Productions ‎– AAPC2659-45
Vinyl Release Date:  2009
Number of LPs: 2
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 45rpm, 180g Pressing
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 846MB / 218MB
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Falla – The Three Cornered Hat (Ansermet, L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Berganza) {ORG; US Reissue, Remaster, 2LP, 45rpm; HiRes}+ Redbook

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This timeless gem is performed by L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Ernest Ansermet.

This is a performance to be known as ‘one of the greats.’ The composition, Three-Cornered Hat was premiered by Ansermet, and with its lively rhythms, subtle narratives, dynamic development, and vivid contrast and tone-colors, this version is a masterly performance that none other appears able to exceed. The performance illustrates an ethnic taste that is rich in wild beauty in a truly vivid and dynamic way, while highlighting the lyricism of Falla’s music in a sophisticated, uncompromising manner. The solo singing by the young Berganza is also worth listening to.

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Composer: Manuel De Falla
Orchestra:  L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
Conductor: Ernest Ansemet
Label: Original Recordings Group, London Records
VinylRelase Date:  2011
Number of LPs: 2
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 180g Pressing, 45RPM
Format: Flac
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Size: 881MB / 259MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Melodyia) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 8 (Kondrashin)


Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for another marvellous Shostakovich
This Symphony has always been regarded the centrepiece of a trilogy, beginning with the Fifth Symphony and ending with the Tenth. Written and accomplished in the brief of two months and just and few days, the score is further of what we might label a patriotic event or worse still a heartfelt homage in memory of Leningrad’ s fallen victims. As a matter of fact, the same day of the premiere on November 4th 1943, Ilya Ehrenburg had the bold courage to state and we cite “I had suddenly heard the voice of the ancient chorus in Greek tragedy”.


Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin

Vinyl 1972
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Melodyia
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.19 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Joseph Haydn – Symphonies 93 – 104 (Dorati)


Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this fine collection
These performances have been a mainstay of the classical music world since they were first recorded and released (the recordings were made over a three and a half year period beginning in July 1969 and continuing through December 1972, with the first releases made on LP in 1970). Dorati’s project was just the second to record the complete Haydn symphonies, following Ernst Märzendorfer and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, in very limited release on LP and infrequently mentioned today.

Please, pay attention: due to some errors on naming the last four Symphonies 
(101 was actually 103, 102 was actually 104…and vice-versa), 
I uploaded 5 archives with the symphonies 101-104 with the right names now. Please, DL them and replace the old files. Thank you!

Composer: Joseph Haydn

Orchestra: Philarmonia Hungarica

Conductor: Antal Dorati

Vinyl 1972
Number of Discs: 6
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 6.02 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Franz Liszt – The Piano Concerti (Dichter/Previn)


Many thanks to our friend Trottar for another little known “Virtuoso” of piano
Misha Dichter (born September 27, 1945) is a classical pianist who was born in Shanghai to Polish-Jewish parents who fled Europe at the outbreak of World War II.
Misha Dichter moved with his family to Los Angeles, California, at the age of two, and began studying piano at the age of five. He studied with Aube Tzerko, a pupil of Artur Schnabel, which established a concentrated practice regimen and intensive approach to musical analysis; and composition and analysis with Leonard Stein, a disciple of Arnold Schoenberg. He attended the Juilliard School in New York and studied with Rosina Lhevinne. While enrolled at the Juilliard School, Misha Dichter won the Silver medal at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, an accomplishment which …

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Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Misha Dichter

Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 741 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Joseph Haydn – Symphonies No. 88 & 104 (Klemperer)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this black gold
Otto Klemperer takes Haydn very seriously. While some might find his approach overly deliberate and lacking in vitality and humor, I find it profound. He recognizes Haydn as the great master whom he was. And the orchestral playing is perfectly balanced and extremely beautiful. The Haydn symphony recordings, with outstanding performances under Otto Klemperer’s baton, have been seen as immortal classics ever since their first release on LPs.

Composer: Joseph Haydn

Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Otto Klemperer

Vinyl 1965
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.1 GB
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Mravinsky/LPO – Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 “Pathetique” (Analogphonic, 3LP box set, 180g, German pressing)


# Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Conductor: Evgeny Mravinsky
# Orchestra: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Analogphonic | LP 43092
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (6.30GB), 24-bit/96kHz (3.48GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (921MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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# Servers: File Factory

Pressed at Pallas on 180g virgin vinyl.

Evgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra on this set of 1960 recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies.

Another outstanding Analogphonic Records release. Pressing quality was superb across all 6 sides of the box set, and the packaging was top-notch as well.

Very highly recommended!

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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%
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# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2/Sigurd Jorsalfar (Karajan)


These are good, solid, typical recordings by Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. Although not necessarily fascinating performances, Karajan handles these lighter pieces well. The Berlin Philharmonic is, as always, in top form and provides a solid base for Karajan to work from, if it does exhibit the typical viscous string sound that typifies nearly all of their recordings with this conductor. Still, morning mood is lovely, the Hall of the Mountain King features some really exciting brass playing, and Aase’s death is touchingly played. Edvard Grieg’s music for Peer Gynt was written for a stage presentation of Ibsen’s verse-drama in 1876. He later organized the 23 various musical numbers into the two familiar suites.….

Composer: Edvard Grieg
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1973
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG

DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.9 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Joseph Haydn – Symphonies No. 60 & 67 (Dorati)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for continuing the Haydn-Symphonies
Haydn was a remarkable composer. He has yet to be discovered by most listeners…I mean, REALLY discovered and relished. For after all, as the Kapellmeister to Prince Nicholas Esterhazy for so much of his lifetime, Haydn had to create entertainment for his Prince and his “occasions”. So Haydn wrote the music, repaired the instruments, saw to it his musicians were happy, and kept Prince Nicholas totally enthralled. For recreation Haydn would go on a royal hunt, a sport he dearly loved and which shows up in his music…


Composer: Joseph Haydn
Orchestra:  Philharmonia Hungarica
Conductor: Antal Dorati

Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca

DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.01 GB
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