HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Franck, Debussy, Ravel – Violin Sonatas (Mintz, Bronfman)

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The three works make a very attractive and logical coupling, as they bring together the three outstanding French sonatas of their time. The Franck, the work of a mature composer towards the end of his composing life is dated 1886, the Debussy sonata from 1917 was his last completed work and Ravel’s sonata of 1927, while not being his last work, is still one of his mature years.
Beyond those considerations the three works inhabit very different worlds from each other. The Ravel piece is by far the most ‘abstract’ in its musical considerations while the Franck offers a deeply Romantic vision. The Debussy sonata inhabits a world somewhere in between with its impressionist form of expression.
The performances given by Mintz and Bronfman are exquisitely drawn with clearer lines and less heaviness than is often heard with other artists. Those who are familiar with Mintz’s equally exquisite and finely drawn disc of the Prokofiev violin concertos recorded with Abbado will immediately know what is meant by that description. Nothing is overstated but every detail is there to be heard and makes full impact. Rather like make use of a sabre rather than a two-handed double edged sword to make an analogy.

Composer: Cesar Franck, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
Performer: Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR15
Size: 1.09 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (The Record Society) Chamber Music – Soloists Of The Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra

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Composer: Michael Haydn, Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Ignaz Pleyel, Gioacchino Rossini
Performer: Soloists Of The Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
Vinyl 19??
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: The Record Society
DR-Analysis: DR14
Size: 1.03 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia/World Record Club) Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Gelber)

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The Argentinean pianist Bruno Leonardo Gelber was born in 1941. At the age of seven, he was stricken with poliomyelitis and confined to bed for a year. This didn’t prevent him, at the age of twenty, from winning a scholarship to travel to Paris to study with the great pedagogue Marguerite Long. That same year, 1961, he won third prize in the Long-Thibaud Competition. His subsequent concert career has taken him all over the world.

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer: Bruno-Leonardo Gelber
Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Franz-Paul Decker
Vinyl 1964/1977
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Columbia/World Record Club
DR-Analysis: DR13
Size: 957 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Turnabout) Robert Schumann – Carnaval, Op. 9 / Fantasia, Op. 17 (Abbey Simon)

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Abbey Simon has enjoyed a lengthy career as both concert pianist and teacher; although less well-known by the general public than more widely publicized performers, he has made a strong showing on recordings, especially for the Vox label. He has specialized in works of the Romantic and early twentieth-century periods, notably those by Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, and Ravel. In addition to an active performing career, Simon has distinguished himself as a pedagogue at several institutions and is the founder of a prestigious international piano competition. After private studies, Simon was awarded a scholarship to the Curtis Institute by the legendary pianist Josef Hofmann; he trained there from 1932 to 1940

Composer: Robert Schumann
Performer: Abbey Simon
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Turnabout
DR-Analysis: DR13
Size: 1.17 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Songs, Volume 2 (Söderström/Ashkenazy)

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Rachmaninov’s Songs are absolute classics that deserve to be in the collection of any and every music-lover – it just so transcends not only the boundaries of Lieder but also of all classical music, period! Yes, it may be expensive but it’s worth every last penny! Original keys or not, the quality of the artistry and the obvious devotion of the performers to every aspect of these glorious songs is so magisterial as to make most competition to be redundant (only singers like Vishñévskaja or Khvorostóvskiy can really consistently match Söderström in every last one of these Lieder!!). Do not hesitate to GET IT.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR12
Size: 797 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Songs, Volume 1 (Söderström/Ashkenazy)

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Rachmaninov’s Songs are absolute classics that deserve to be in the collection of any and every music-lover – it just so transcends not only the boundaries of Lieder but also of all classical music, period! Yes, it may be expensive but it’s worth every last penny! Original keys or not, the quality of the artistry and the obvious devotion of the performers to every aspect of these glorious songs is so magisterial as to make most competition to be redundant (only singers like Vishñévskaja or Khvorostóvskiy can really consistently match Söderström in every last one of these Lieder!!). Do not hesitate to GET IT.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vinyl 1975
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR12
Size: 1.04 GB
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Kondrashin / MPO – Rachmaninov: Three Russian Songs / Symphonic Dances (original USSR pressing)

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# Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin and Yevgeny Svetlanov
# Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
# Chorus: Bolshoi Theater Chorus
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Melodiya / EMI / His Master’s Voice | ASD 2488
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.62GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.81GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (478MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonatas For Violin And Piano No. 5 & 9 (Menuhin)

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Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin, Hephzibah Menuhin
Vinyl 1959
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR13
Size: 1.17 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (MFP) Joseph Haydn – Symphonies No. 97 & 98 (Szell)

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Though he could be something of a tyrant as a conductor (cut as he was from the same cloth as Arturo Toscanini), there is no question that the twenty-four seasons that George Szell spent as the music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, from 1946 until his death in July 1970, molded that once-provincial ensemble into an orchestra that rivalled its counterparts in Vienna and Berlin. Franz Joseph Haydn was one of those composers he put a special emphasis on, as can be evidenced on this recording.

Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: George Szell
Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: MFP
DR-Analysis: DR12
Size: 1.14 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Cléopâtre/Herminie (Baker/Davis)

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La Mort de Cléopâtre (The Death of Cleopatra) was Berlioz’s third attempt to win the Prix de Rome from the Academie des Beaux-Arts. His first attempt in 1827 was La Mort d’Orphée, which failed to place. His second attempt in 1828 was Herminie, which took second place. Berlioz called La Mort de Cléopâtre “a lyric scene” for soprano and orchestra, setting a text by P.A. Vieillard. The vocal writing is extremely dramatic, but it ignores distinctions between recitative and aria, which infuriated the jury. The orchestral writing is lush and full, with extraordinary harmonies that likewise alienated the jury. La Mort de Cléopâtre was judged such a failure in the eyes of the Academie that it gave no first place prize that year. The following year, Berlioz won the Prix de Rome with his conservative La Mort de Sardanapale, but, having already composed his wildly experimental and incredibly wild Symphonie fantastique, he found that he no longer cared all that much about the Academie.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer:
Janet Baker
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1980
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 830 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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