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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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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Danacord) Richard Wagner – Lohengrin (Live MET 1950) (Melchior, Traubel, Varnay, Stiedry)

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A great “THANK YOU” to Bob for this rarity

Lauritz Melchior (20 March 1890 – 19 March 1973) was a Danish-American opera singer. He was the pre-eminent Wagnerian tenor of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s and has since come to be considered the quintessence of his voice type. Late in his career, Melchior appeared in movie musicals and on radio and television. He also made numerous recordings.

Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: Lauritz Melchior, Helen Traubel, Astrid Varnay
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Stiedry
Vinyl 1950/1983
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Danacord
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.9 GB
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Quatuor Végh – Bartók: Les Quatuors – Tome II: Quatuor Nos 3 & 4 (original pressing)

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# Composer: Béla Bartók
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 16
# Label: Astrée | AS 68
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.43GB), 24-bit/96kHz (737MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (198MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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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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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
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 881MB / 259MB
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The Beaux Arts Trio – Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor (‘In Memory of a Great Artist’), Op. 50 (original pressing)

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# Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Philips – 6500 132
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.66GB), 24-bit/96kHz (860MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (227MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Sure, the performance is missing the optional 8th variation, but this is still a beautiful piece of music.

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Complete Songs With Orchestra Including “Les Nuits D’Ete” (Davis)

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Many thanks Trottar for this rarity

Now, really, the Berlioz-Davis-cycle is completed.
These works are unusual for different reasons. This is the only version of Nuits D’ete that I know that employs multiple soloists rather than one soprano or mezzo.
This is a wonderful peformance. Variety per se might not have worked with different soloists. But all four seem perfect to me. Sheila Armstrong had been a favorite singer since her “Let the Bright Seraphim ” near the end of Karl Richter’s “Samson”. She sings her two songs again with a bright clear soprano. Josephine Veasey sang much Berlioz including “Les Troyens” and captures the emotional depth of ‘Spectre”. I had not heard Frank Patterson before this recording, but he sings with a powerful and penetrating voice recalling the singer in “The Dead”, and John Shirley-Quirk is equally good, though his timbre might be an acquired taste-such as the one that hasn’t fully occurred for me in the case of Lelio. Its melange of spoken narrative soliloquy, tenor/piano Goethe lieder, baritone/male chorus Brigand’s aria et al contain (in my view)some quite
attractive music which dramatizes/animates thoughts/ideas of the narrator.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: John Shirley-Quirk, Sheila Armstrong, Frank Patterson, Josephine Veasey

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.17 GB
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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (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 | 80.465
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.82GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.42GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (376MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Joseph Haydn – Complete Piano Trios, Vol. 2 (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: 4.29 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Samuel Barber – Vanessa (Steber, Elias, Tozzi, Gedda, Resnik)

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Vanessa is an American opera in three (originally four) acts by Samuel Barber, opus 32, with an original English libretto by Gian-Carlo Menotti. It was composed in 1956–1957 and was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 15, 1958 under the baton of Dimitri Mitropoulos in a production designed by Cecil Beaton and directed by Menotti. Barber revised the opera in 1964, reducing the four acts to the three-act version most commonly performed today.

Composer: Samuel Barber
Performer: Eleanor Steber, Rosalind Elias, Giorgio Tozzi, Nicolai Gedda, Regina Resnik
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
Vinyl 19??
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.4 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Melodia) Frederyk Chopin – 24 Etudes/Fantasy Op. 49/Scherzo Op. 39 (Slobodyanek)

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Alexander Slobodyanik (Ukrainian: Олекса́ндр Слободя́ник, Oleksandr Slobodyanyk; 5 September 1941 – 10 August 2008) was a classical pianist from Ukraine. He enjoyed a prodigious international career spanning over five decades. He made his debut tour to the United States in 1968 which included a recital at Carnegie Hall, which was highly praised by critics, recognizing him as a leader of his generation. Following his American debut, Slobodyanik returned regularly for tours of the United States and Canada until 1979, when the cultural agreement…

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Alexander Slobodyanek
Vinyl 1971
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Melodia
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 1.51 GB
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