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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%
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Francis Poulenc – La Musique De Chambre (Fournier, Le Quintette À Vent De Paris, Menuhin)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this marvellous set
Francis Poulenc had throughout his life a predilection for wind instruments. He composed for the winds at the very beginning (sonata for 2 clarinets) at the very end of his career (sonatas for clarinet and piano, for oboe and piano). But this did not prevent him from producing during the Second World War two magnificent sonatas for violin and piano and cello and piano (each dedicated to Ginette Neveu and Pierre Fournier). His music

Composer: Francis Poulenc
Performer: Pierre Fournier, Le Quintette À Vent De Paris, Yehudi Menuhin
Vinyl 1973

Number of Discs: 4
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.5 GB
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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

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Gustav Holst – The Hymn Of Jesus (Boult)


Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst; 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of other works across a range of genres, although none achieved comparable success. His distinctive compositional style was the product of many influences, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss being most crucial early in his development. The subsequent inspiration of the English folksong revival of the early 20th century, and the example of such rising modern composers as Maurice Ravel, led Holst to develop and refine an individual style.

Composer: Gustav Holst
Orchestra: B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Vinyl 1962

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 875 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (CBS) Maurice Ravel – Complete Works For Solo Piano (Entremont)


Many thanks to Trottar for this gem
Philippe Entremont was born in Reims to musical parents, his mother being a Grand Prix pianist and his father an operatic conductor. Philippe first received piano lessons from his mother at the age of six. His father introduced him to the world of chamber and orchestral music. He studied in Paris with Marguerite Long, and entered the Conservatoire de Paris. He won prizes in sight-reading at age 12, chamber-music aged 14, and piano at 15. He became Laureat at the international Long-Thibaud Competition at the age of 16. In the following year he won a prize in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, and then began his career of serious concert-giving at the piano.

Composer: Maurice Ravel
Performer: Philippe Entremont, Dennis Lee
Vinyl 1975

Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.83 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Peter Tchaikowsky – Ouverture 1812, Capriccio Italien, Hamlet, Marche Slave (Bernstein)


Many thanks to our friend Dagote for the vinyl
Since the Israel Philharmonic usually plays as a second line orchestra, i never
took this issue seriously. But after listening disastrous readings of those works by Dudamel, i decided to give Lenny a chance, and.. what a big surprise, can this orchestra play! Those are thrilling and first line performances of this basic tchaikovskian repertoire. First of all, a superb and breathtaking Hamlet, that is with no doubt one of the best on record. Lenny explore every texture, note and detail from the score, taking advantage of some wide tempi, delivering a fantastic and unforgettable rendition, comparable to his late Romeo & Juliet with the NYPO. Then we have a very compelling Marche Slave, powerful and energetic, perhaps not so excellent as his old NYPO recording for CBS, but still a very good one. Finally, the Capriccio Italien and 1812 that are delivered with swaggering virtuosity and panache; cannon salvoes, bells and processional brass approach overkill, but with Lenny before a live audience anything could happen, and often did!

Pay attention: due to a converting error, the tracks B1 and B2 were corrupted. Now everything’s OK. Please, DL again.

Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Vinyl 1985
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 877 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Gustave Charpentier – Louise (Sills,Gedda)


Many thanks to our friend Bob for this rarity
At 3 hours long, Charpentier’s all but forgotten Louise is a great opera. If only singers like Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna can revive this opera on a studio recording! The ligher, more elegant, French-style voices of Beverly Sills and Nicolai Gedda make this particular version a lot like Massenet’s Manon. Rudel conducts with a mixture of dramatic realism, romance and bubbly music. Sills is past her prime but can still sing a difficult role like Louise with a style that is uniquely her own and with undying commitment. Jose Van Dam and Mignon Dunn are fine as the “baritone” father and “mezzo” mother, making their roles as convincingly real as possible, though mostly lyrical. This is a fine opera and you shouldn’t hesitate to buy it if you are a fan of any of the singers.

Composer: Gustave Charpentier
Performer: Beverly Sills,  Nicolai Gedda, José Van Dam, Mignon Dunn
Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Théâtre National De L’Opéra
Conductor: Julius Rudel
Vinyl 1978
Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3.76 GB
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Quatuor Végh – Bartók: Les Quatuors – Tome III: Quatuor Nos 5 & 6 (French pressing)


# Composer: Béla Bartók
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Astrée | AS 69
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.40GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.23GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (318MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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The Végh Quartet was a Hungarian string quartet founded in 1940 and led by its first violinist Sándor Végh for 40 years. The quartet was based in Budapest until it departed Hungary in 1946. It is particularly known for its recordings of the Beethoven (recorded twice – 1952 mono and 1972-4 stereo) and Bartók cycles. The quartet disbanded in 1980.

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Van Cliburn – Tschaikowsky: Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester Nr. 1 b-moll, Op. 23 (German pressing, mono)


# Composer: Peter Tschaikowsky
# Conductor: Kyrill Kondraschin
# Orchestra: Symphonie-Orchester
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Red Seal ‎| LM-2252
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.18GB), 24-bit/96kHz (580MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (143MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Vladimir Horowitz – Recordings from 1930-1951


All thanks for this historic set go to Trottar
I give 5 stars for this boxset despite the old recording sound. Sound of piano itself is reasonably well for the day once you are used to the background noise, good enough to convey the subtlty and delicacy of his playing. Prokofiev’s Toccata is still fastest and most exciting on records, verging on super-human. Rachmaninov’s 3rd concerto is the best performance by Horowitz with more argency and intensity than his later recordings. The incandescent account of Liszt Sonata is one of the most compelling and beautiful along side Richter and Pogorelich’s classic accounts. Haydn and Scarlatti sonatas, Beethoven variations, Schumann’s Toccata, Chopin Etudes, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and so much more display Horowitz’ keen sense of tonal colours and mind blowing fluency of playing.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Albert Coates
Vinyl 1930-1951
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.74 GB
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