HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Antonio Vivaldi – The Six Concerti For Flute (Petri, Academy SMITF, Brown)

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It is a fine academic point whether these Op. 10 concertos were originally written for recorder or transverse flute. When the recorder is played with such brisk virtuosity and faultless intonation as Michala Petri consistently provides, only a dullard could ask for anything more. At a rather piping modern pitch (a sopranino recorder is used in Nos. 3, 4 and 6) and sympathetically accompanied by the ASMF, these concertos come over as fresh as paint on vinyl with just an occasional gargantuan breath from Petri to show that she is human.’

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Michala Petri
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
Conductrix: Iona Brown
Vinyl (1981)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Antonio Vivaldi – Concerti For Oboe (I Musici, Holliger, Bourgue)

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What a pity that the oboe is featured so little in contemporary music. So much wonderful music was written for it in the Baroque era. Holliger is a genuine virtuoso, the kind of artist that never disappoints and the compositions by Vivaldi are melodic and inventive. This record is a first class level in any aspect.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: I Musici, Heinz Holliger, Maurice Bourgue
Vinyl (1980)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 793 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Antonio Vivaldi – Concerti For Oboe (I Musici, Holliger, Thunemann)

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What a pity that the oboe is featured so little in contemporary music. So much wonderful music was written for it in the Baroque era. Holliger is a genuine virtuoso, the kind of artist that never disappoints and the compositions by Vivaldi are melodic and inventive. This record is a first class level in any aspect.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: I Musici, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Thunemann
Vinyl (1982)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 690 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Bizet, Jeux D’Enfants – Fauré, Dolly – Milhaud, Scaramouche (Kontarsky Brothers)

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When listening to this album, you are led into a different world. Slow pieces are played wonderfully delicately, the faster ones more powerful and with a lot of temperament. Super sound quality. Only to recommend!

Composer: Georges Bizet, Gabriel Fauré, Darius Milhaud
Performer: Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky
Vinyl (1959)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 884 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Harmonia Mundi) Olivier Messiaen – Quartet For The End Of Time (Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps – Gawriloff, Deinzer, Palm, Aloys Kontarsky)

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Quatuor pour la fin du temps, also known by its English title Quartet for the End of Time, was premiered in 1941. The piece is scored for clarinet (in B-flat), violin, cello, and piano; a typical performance of the complete work lasts about 50 minutes.
Messiaen was 31 years old when France entered World War II. He was captured by the German army in June 1940 and imprisoned in Stalag VIII-A, a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, Germany (now Zgorzelec, Poland). While in transit to the camp, Messiaen showed the clarinetist Henri Akoka, also a prisoner, the sketches for what would become Abîme des oiseaux. Two other professional musicians, violinist Jean le Boulaire and cellist Étienne Pasquier, were among his fellow prisoners, and after he managed to obtain some paper and a small pencil from a sympathetic guard (Carl-Albert Brüll, 1902-1989), Messiaen wrote a short trio for them; this piece developed into the Quatuor for the same trio with himself at the piano. The combination of instruments is unusual, but not without precedent: Walter Rabl had composed for it in 1896, as had Paul Hindemith in 1938.The quartet was premiered at the camp, outdoors and in the rain, on 15 January 1941. The musicians had decrepit instruments and an audience of about 400 fellow prisoners and guards. The cello was bought with donations from camp members. Messiaen later recalled: “Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension.”

Composer: Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Saschko Gawriloff, Hans Deinzer, Siegfried Palm, Aloys Kontarsky
Vinyl (1978)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Harmonia Mundi
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 960 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (World Record Club) Joseph Haydn – The Salomon (aka London) Symphonies, Nos. 3 & 4 – No. 95 In C Major – No. 96 In D Major (Beecham)

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Haydn’s earlier “Salomon” (aka London) Symphonies are every bit as fine in every way, thereby making it practically perfect in every way. The playing of the Royal Philharmonic is colorful and immediately responsive to Beecham. Beecham himself is at the peak of his form: stylish, larger-than-life, deeply human, and wonderfully witty. Lawrence Collingswood captures their performances in warm, clear, and vividly colorful sound. And, of course, Haydn’s earlier “Salomon” (aka London) Symphonies are the absolute height of the Viennese High Classical Style: graceful, elegant, tasteful, tuneful, colorful, profoundly musical, and as good and deep and true as the greatest music ever written by anyone anywhere at anytime.

Composer: Joseph Haydn
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
Vinyl (1959)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: World Record Club
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 833 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Richard Strauss – Elektra (Nilsson, Resnik, Solti)

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If ever there was a dysfunctional family, it was the one in this opera, based on a Greek tragedy but deeply imbued with the ideas of Sigmund Freud. The mother Clytemnestra (mezzo-soprano Regina Resnik) and her lover Aegisthus (tenor Gerhard Stolze) have murdered the father, Agamemnon, on his triumphant return from the Trojan War. They have an excuse: Agamemnon gave his daughter Iphigenia for a human sacrifice. Another daughter, Elektra (soprano Birgit Nilsson), burns for revenge, but as a woman in a patriarchal society, she must use her brother Orestes (baritone Tom Krause) to execute her plan. Nilsson’s portrayal is a high point of her career, and the whole brilliant production matches her performance. This is not easy listening, but it puts us in touch with dark realities dangerous to ignore, and the music (after you get used to it, which may take a while) has great power. –Joe McLellan

Composer: Richard Strauss
Performer: Birgit Nilsson, Regine Resnik, Marie Collier, Tom Krause
Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Vinyl (1967)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 2.26 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Chandos) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphonies 1 & 6 (Järvi)

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Dmitri Shostakovich, living during the harrowing days of the Stalin regime, wrote many of his works carefully, cleverly protesting the inhumanity of life under the cruel dictator. Neeme Järvi’s SNO account on Chandos is with no doubt the most powerful, implacable, shocking and devastating recorded performance ever done. Järvi’s wonderful approach is typical of the trenchant, uncompromising `Shostakovich sound’ that we only find in great Shostakovich conductors as he is. This spectacularly recorded disc from 1985 preserves a completely gripping delivery of the two symphonies. This is one of Jarvi’s most successful discs, even among the considerable number of high quality he made with this orchestra for Chandos. This is a clear example that for sheer involvement and edge of the seat excitement, this combination is hard to match when on this sort of top form.

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra: Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Vinyl (1985)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Chandos
DR-Analysis:
DR 16
Size: 1.24 GB
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Louis Thiry – Olivier Messiaen: Messe De La Pentecôte (French pressing)

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# Composer: Olivier Messiaen
# Performer: Louis Thiry
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Calliope Records | CAL 1927
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (908MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (223MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

“Louis Thiry is an extraordinary organist. An accomplished virtuoso, an all-round musician, with unequaled memory and skill: he may be classed among the heroes of music (he has given several fine performances of my most difficult organ works – in particular my “Messe de la Pentecôte”). All those who have heard and all those who will hear Louis Thiry can but admire him.”
Olivier Messiaen

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Camille Saint-Saens – Piano Concerti 3 & 5 (Collard, Previn)

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Featuring the superb piano stylings of renowned French Pianist Jean-Phillippe Collard.
Saint Saëns, acclaimed for his sense of drama and ability to evoke mystery in his compositions, crafted five piano concertos over the course of his life, though only No. 2 garnered commercial success.Camille Saint-Saens’ sense of drama, his lyric runs, all make this listening experience highly recommended. I am fascinated by the way Saint-Saens creates rich variations of his themes as he takes us from movement to movement. Saint-Saens has the ability to develop ethereal melodies and variations on themes that are hypnotic and mystical. His piano runs are pushed for dramatic effect. The creative and amusing variations of his themes are pleasant and amusing.

Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Performer: Jean-Philippe Collard
Orchestra: Royal Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1987)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.21 GB
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