HD-Vinyls Mono 24/96 (Cetra) Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Cigna, Olivero, Merli)


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Here is the classic first recording ever of “Turandot!” Recorded in 1938, only fourteen years after Puccini’s death, it exemplifies the tradition of “Turandot” in the years shortly after its world premiere. “The Rough Guide to Opera” says that “this recording of ‘Turandot’ was the first and it remains one of the best. Made only eleven years after the premiere, there is an energy and vitality to the performance that has never been surpassed. Merli is a magnificent Calaf, and for sheer bravura and virility he is equalled only by Corelli — with whom he shares many stylistic similarities. Magda Olivero was very young at the time, and her portrayal of Liu captivates like no other (with the possible exception of Tebaldi). The only acquired taste is Gina Cigna in the title role; it’s a big, fruity soprano of sufficient weight and focus, . . . and her high notes are very bright on the ear. Ghione is a powerhouse, and subject to none of the sentimentality or indulgence that corrupts so many later recordings. A magnificent achievement, rich with history, vitality, and conviction.” As well, Luciano Neroni is a rich voiced Timur, and the Ping, Pang, and Pong team is splendid. This is a stunning performace which belongs in every collection, and it is not to be missed!

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Gina Cigna, Magda Olivero, Francesco Merli, Luciano Neroni
Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Torino della RAI
Conductor: Franco Ghione

Vinyl 1951
Number of Discs: 3

Format: Flac

Label: Cetra
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.13 GB
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Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (Voce) Errico Petrella – I Promessi Sposi (Highlights) (Magda Olivero)


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Errico Petrella (10 December 1813 – 7 April 1877) was born at Palermo, capital of the Kingdom of Sicily. A conservative of the Neapolitan school, he was the most successful Italian composer, second only to Verdi, during the 1850s and 1860s. He also earned the latter’s scorn for his compositional and dramatic crudities, which nonetheless played well on the stage. Petrella was a popular composer in his day, both of opera buffa and more serious work. His best opera, Jone, has considerable melodramatic force and vitality, and Petrella’s melodic style, though old-fashioned in comparison with Verdi’s operas of the 1850s, is still appealing. None of his early works, premiered between December 1829 and 1839, were particularly successful. It was not until Il carnevale di Venezia (Naples, Nuovo, 20 May 1851) that he really became noticed. Elena di Tolosa (Naples, Fondo, 12 August 1852) followed. Finally, in 1854, he took the Italian operatic world by storm with Marco Visconti (Naples, San Carlo, 1854). L’assedio di Leida (La Scala, 1856) was his fourth straight triumph, while Jone (La Scala, 1858) was a major event and remained in the repertory well into the 20th century. With two exceptions (La Contessa d’Amalfi and I Promessi Sposi) his operas during the 1860s generally failed.

Composer: Errico Petrella, Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer: Magda Olivero, Giuseppe Campora, Antonio Salvatori, Bimitri Nabokov
Orchestra: San Remo Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Farina
Vinyl 1973
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Voce
DR-Analysis: DR 10
Size: 1.51 GB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyls Mono 24/96 (Cetra) Peter Tchaikowsky – Mazeppa (Olivero, Bastianini)


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It’s in Italian, so what?
This is truly a magical performance, despite murky sound and being sung in Italian translation. Olivero embodies the role, her singing of the final lullaby will simply break your heart in two. Polari sings Andrei exquisitely. Christoff brings Slavic accents to his Italian portrayal of Kotchubey, entirely appropriate. What a joy to hear any bass role sung by such a voice! Bastiannini in the title role is his usual splendid self. Alas, the usual Italian 50s live-on-stage mono sound.
Adequately clear. But WHAT A PERFORMANCE!

Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
Performer: Magda Olivero, Boris Christoff, Ettore Bastianini

Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Firenze
Conductor: Jonel Perlea
Vinyl 1954 (1977)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: Cetra
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.51 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 Mono (Musical Masterpiece Society) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concerti No. 1 and 5 (Parikian)


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Manoug Parikian (15 September 1920 – 24 December 1987) was a British concert violinist and violin professor. He was born in Mersin to Armenian parents. He studied in London. Parikian made his solo début in 1947 and led several orchestras – the Liverpool Philharmonic, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Yorkshire Sinfonia from 1976 to 1978 – and was musical director of the Manchester Camerata from 1980 to 1984. He also led the English Opera Group Orchestra between 1949 and 1951, and participated in various Aldeburgh Festival concerts as a chamber musician as well as in opera productions.  He was an admired teacher at the Royal Academy of Music. He also championed contemporary composers, many of whom wrote works for him: examples include Thea Musgrave’s Colloquy (1960), Gordon Crosse’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Alexander Goehr’s Violin Concerto (1961–62) and Hugh Wood’s Violin Concerto. Benjamin Britten also composed for Parikian a cadenza to Mozart’s Adagio for Violin and Orchestra K261 in 1951.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Manoug Parikian
Orchestra: Philharmonic Society Orchestra Amsterdam
Conductor: Walter Goehr
Vinyl 1962
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: MMS
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 586 MB
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HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (DGG) Sviatoslav Richter Plays Schumann


I’m just going to say: Wow. Beautiful. Magnificent. I do not know what more a fan of classical piano music could want! If you are just beginning to discover classical piano players, Richter ranks up there with the best of all time. Many would say he was above all the others. Technique, strength, passion–it is all here.

Composer: Robert Schumann
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter
Vinyl 1958/1963
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 433 MB
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HD-Vinyls Mono 24/96 (Melodram) Francesco Cilea – Adriana Lecouvreur (Olivero, Corelli)


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I was never very interested in this opera (and I don’t remember, why, the hell…) although I am an opera lover. A friend, some +30 years ago, guided me through this work and so it was that I started to love “Adriana” and bought that friend’s version, the Decca one with Renata Tebaldi and Mario Del Monaco. Since then I love “Adriana”. This is a live performance from 1959 by two of my all time beloved singers: Magda Olivero and Franco Corelli. The sound here is acceptable, almost good. The cast is especially appealing in that it is Italian with the major roles taken by iconic stars in their prime. Beautiful and highly recommended. Also make sure to get the libretto that has a lot of historical information.

Composer: Francesco Cilea

Performer: Magda Olivero, Franco Corelli, Giulietta Simionato, Ettore Bastianini

Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo di Napoli

Conductor: Mario Rossi

Vinyl 1959
Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: Melodram
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.5 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (Odeon) Franz Liszt – Piano Concerti 1 & 2 (Trouard/Bigot)


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(from French Wikipedia, translated with google)


He won his first piano prize in 1933 at the Conservatoire de Paris, and a second prize for conducting in 1937. His teachers were André Bloch, Joseph Morpain, Victor Staub, Emil von Sauer, Marcel Dupré and Paul Dukas. Philippe Gaubert and Bruno Walter. His classmates are Maurice Baquet, Henri Betti, Paul Bonneau, Leo Chauliac, Henri Dutilleux, Louiguy and Pierre Spiers. He perfected his musical studies with Yves Nat, Sergei Rachmaninov, Manuel Infante, Maurice Ravel. He gave his first piano recital in 1935. He won the first Grand Prix Louis Diémer in 1939. Then began for him a great international career that will take him around the world: in France of course, but everywhere in Europe, England, Germany , Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland. He also plays in South America and North America (United States, Canada). He plays in recital, and with orchestra under the direction of the greatest conductors: Philippe Gaubert, Pierre Monteux, Eugene Bigot, André Cluytens, Pierre Dervaux, Richard Beck, Carl Schuricht … His repertoire is vast, from Bach to Dutilleux. He excels in Liszt, of which he holds not only the technique but also the spirit by filiation with Emil von Sauer.

Composer: Franz Liszt

Performer: Raymond Trouard

Orchestra: Association Artistique Des Concerts Colonne

Conductor: Eugene Bigot

Vinyl 1957
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Odeon
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 417 MB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (Odyssey) Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 2 – Weber – Konzertstück (Casadesus/Szell)


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This is truly an inspired version of these concertos. Szell and Casadesus work marvellously together to really bring these pieces to life. Casadesus is remarkably short on certain cadenzas, but, while this seems strange at first, the overall effect is to keep the pieces light and radiating a simple beauty. So often these concertos are overburdened with excessive ornamentation that detract from the overall effect of the music. Casadesus manages to ornament beautifully without losing the point of the music. It is brilliantly played and a joy to listen to.

Composer: Franz Liszt, Carl Maria von Weber
Performer: Robert Casadesus
Orchestra:  Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Szell
Vinyl 1952 (1978)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Odyssey

DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 362 MB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (DGG) Peter Tchaikowsky – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Cherkassky)


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For some listeners Shura Cherkassky will take some getting used to since he comes from the Romantic school of pianists who believed that the player was equally as important to the performance of music as the composer. This idea changed around the 1930s when the pianist was seen more as a performer and less as an interpreter. Mr. Cherkassky was somewhat unpredictable in his choice of tempi and on more than one occasion a concerto performance would find the Cherkassky and the orchestra in different places.
This recording here is among Shura Cherkassky’s best; his keyboard work is dazzling and well-supported by the Berlin Philharmonic. The Second Piano Concerto has had its supporters and detractors over the years but I have always found it stimulating and an antidote to the over-played First concerto. Shura Cherkassky plays the edition by Alexander Siloti which made some substantial cuts from Tchaikovsky’s original version.

Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
Performer: Shura Cherkassky
Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Richard Kraus
Vinyl 1961
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14

Size: 362 MB

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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Franz Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 1/Hungarian Fantasy (Geza Anda)


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Lucky man, who can say to have as many as possible recordings by Geza Anda.


Composer: Franz Liszt

Performer: Geza Anda

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor: Otto Ackermann

Vinyl 1958

Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC

Label: Columbia

DR-Analysis: DR 11

Size: 395 MB

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Server: FF
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Mono HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Ferenc Fricsay – Rehearse & Performance of Smetana’s “Moldovia” from “Ma Vlast (My Fatherland)”


Wow, what an exciting experience, to “sit” on the shoulder of Maestro Fricsay during a rehearse of “Moldovia” by Smetana. I never espected, that his German was this marvellous. You probably never heard such a recording. A pity only for the non Germanophones among you! Enjoy it anyway! The entire A and first half of B side is basically just the conductor instructing (and correcting) the orchestra with partially very creative language. Second half of B is the piece “Moldovia” itself.

Composer: Bedric Smetana
Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra of the South-German Broadcast
Conductor:
Ferenc Fricsay
Vinyl 1964

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 524 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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