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Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concertos (Katchen/Gamba)


Revisited, with the benefit of the SP15 and in 24/192
Incredible find in a flea market, some years ago…for a few bucks!
 Decca recordings pressed by Mercury/Philips, almost NM!
The premature death of the genious US-American pianist (with Russian-Jewish origins) Julius Katchen in 1969 (due to leukaemia), at the age of 42 years, will never give an answer to the question about the best pianist of the last century. Anyway, he was one of the best!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Julius Katchen
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Pierino Gamba
Vinyl (1959-1964)
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac (tracks)
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 7.97 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Die Wiener Philharmoniker Spielen Strauss (Boskovsky)


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
For many years, Willi Boskovsky led the Vienna Philharmonics during the famous New Year’s concerts. Violinist and conductor, he had this “Viennese Blood” essential to understand the music of Strauss and know how to mark the dynamics in the most accurate way. Willi Boskovsky was born in Vienna. He, and the great Vienna Philharmonics of which he served as concertmaster for forty years, thoroughly assimilated the essence of the Strauss idiom. All of the most famous waltzes by Johann Strauss I & II are included on this box. Also some of the finest waltzes by his talented brother, Joseph.

Composer: Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss (Father), Joseph Strauss
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Willy
Boskovsky
Vinyl 1974

Number of Discs: 6
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 5.33 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Johann Sebastian Bach – 6 Sonatas and Partitas For Solo Violin BWV 1001-1006 (Henryk Szeryng)


Many many thanks to our Jean-Luc for this gigantic gem
This is just pure Bach, renditions of violin sonatas and partitas done by a master. The recording is exceptionally clear. There is no background sound whatsoever, which adds to the purity. A superior performance of this beautiful music. Learning the whole of Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin is a remarkable feat. Playing them with such perfect sensitivity and expression falls squarely in the realm of the superhuman. Even after repeated listenings, certain movements of this recording bring a lump to my throat and make my heart flutter. Violinists especially, I think, will discover special meaning and beauty in this recording. However, anyone who listens to classical music will find this recording to be one of the jewels of their record collection.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Henryk Szeryng
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 5.11 GB
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Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Columbia) Grieg, Piano Concerto A-Minor – Rachmaninov, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Entremont/Ormandy)


Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
In the 1950s and 60s, CBS/Columbia (now Sony Classical) had the great fortune to have three of America’s best orchestras and their conductors on its recording roster — Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. More than a half-century later, only Leonard Bernstein remains a name that even the non-classical music world knows well. This particular disc features Ormandy and the Philadelphians with the great pianists Philippe Entremont (he was 23 years old on recording this in 1958) on the Grieg Piano Concerto, that’s often accompained by Rachmaninov’s “Paganini-Rhapsody”. When it comes to the “Rhapsody”, it will has to be either Curzon on Decca or this recording made decades ago. Just by knowing the orchestra (long considered the nation’s finest at the time) and the conductor (a major virtuoso to many critics), as well as the splendid performance on the piano, explains a lot of it.
Go ahead and look for others, but I definitely recommend this.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Edward Grieg
Performer:
Philippe Entremont
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1958

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.89 GB
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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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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Roberto Szidon Plays Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Prokofiev


Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this hidden gem
Roberto Szidon (21 September 1941 – 21 December 2011) was a Brazilian classical pianist who had an international performing and recording career, and settled in Germany.
Szidon was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1941. He gave his first concert at age 9 in his home town. He then studied composition with Karl Faust, and continued his pianistic studies in the United States with Ilona Kabos and Claudio Arrau.
Szidon played with many renowned orchestras. In 1977 he completed a Southern Africa tour. He was the soloist at the premiere of Camargo Guarnieri’s Piano Concerto No. 4, in Porto Alegre, on 6 September 1972.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:
Roberto Szidon
Vinyl 1969

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.05 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Melodya) Sviatoslav Richter Plays Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Rachmaninov


Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this hidden gem
Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter (Russian: Святосла́в Теофи́лович Ри́хтер, tr. Sviatosláv Teofílovich Ríkhter; IPA: [svʲjətɐsˈlaf tʲɪɐˈfʲiləvʲɪtɕ ˈrʲixtər]; March 20 [O.S. March 7] 1915 – August 1, 1997) was a Soviet pianist known for the “depth of his interpretations, his virtuoso technique, and his vast repertoire.” He is generally regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.
I think, there is nothing more to say about Richter, that’s not been said.
Enjoy one of the greatest artists ever!

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:
Sviatoslav Richter
Vinyl 1983?

Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: Melodya
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.36 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI) Frederic Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Pollini/Kletzki)


The young Maurizio Pollini exploded on to the classical music scene in 1960 with this outstanding and moving account of Chopin’s Piano Concerto #1, which has since attained legendary status. That golden period of classical music was crowded with stellar piano virtuosi who were already internationally renowned for their technique, musical individuality, and decades of Chopin recitals: Rubinstein, Horowitz, Arrau, Weissenberg, and Richter are towering examples. All these artists commanded not just respect, but reverence.

Composer: Frederic Chopin
Performer: Maurizio Pollini
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra London
Conductor: Paul Kletzki
Vinyl 1960
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.45 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Intercord) A Bach-Box


A big “thank you” for this gem flights to our friend Dagote  😀
Friends, don’t let distract you by the fact, that you probably don’t know a single name of the artists on this box. To go over these recordings would be a sin. Believe me when I tell you, these efforts are 1st class, from the 1st to the last. And the sound is very good. Enjoy!

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra: Württembergisches Kammerorchester, Bachcollegium Stuttgart, Süddeutsche Kammer-Philharmonie
Vinyl 19??
Number of Discs: 5
Format: FLAC
Label: Intercord
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.54 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concerti No. 3 & 5 (Mutter/Karajan)


15 years old “Wonder Child” Anne Sophie Mutter and the “Old Man” – just to paraphrase a famous novel by Hemingway – was the best story that life could be able to write at its time. It is a blessed relief to turn to this famous recording. Even after all these decades, it continues to astound. The young soloist plays fierily and poetically in turns. My celebrated Herbie soup-o-meter did not beep once for its duration. The Berlin Philharmonic, judiciously scaled down, is galvanised by the endeavour. Oh, listen to the deified double basses of this once-great ensemble as they ruminate expansively at 7’11” ff in the Adagio of K 219 – this is opulence. Indeed, both works momentarily appear to be greater than what they are. The warm analogue recording is simply beautiful.
Longevity has been accrued by this endeavour. I cannot say the same for a certain mangy old wolf in this domain whose ululations will soon be lost to the winds.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:
 Anne-Sophie Mutter
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor:
Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.2 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Quartetto Italiano ‎– Beethoven: String Quartets – Op. 74 and Op. 95 (original EU pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Philips ‎| 6500 180
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.93GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.07GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (294MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Quartetto Italiano ‎– Beethoven: Works for String Quartet – Volume 4 (original EU pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Philips ‎| 6500 647
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.75GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.98GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (271MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Ramin Djawadi – Westworld: Selections from the HBO Series – Season 1 (180g blood red vinyl)


# Composers: various
# Performers: Ramin Djawadi, Vitamin String Quartet
# Orchestra: Czech Film Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Water Tower Music | WTM39875
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.56GB), 24-bit/96kHz (872MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (218MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

And now for something a little more contemporary…

Ramin Djawadi is an Iranian-German composer, probably best known for his score for HBO’s popular television series Game of Thrones. He also covered all of the songs you hear interpreted into the old-timey clang of the player piano (aside from the two tracks here by the Vitamin String Quartet).

Hearing these compositions without their signature vocalists is really jarring and it always seems to take a moment while watching the show to place exactly what it is you are hearing. But I guess that is perfect for a show that is all about probing uncanniness and the authenticity of what appears to be laid out before you.

Give it a try. You might just be surprised…

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Ashkenazy plays Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2, Sonata No. 2


Side A of this record offers a scintillating version of Chopin`s second concerto. Ashkenazy demonstrates a stunning command of the virtuoso sections of the outer movements. The second movement is a joy to behold: his heartfelt lingerings over the more ravishing parts of the middle movement evoke pure emotion beyond words. David Zinman and the excellent London players are on the same par as the pianist. On side B the Piano Sonata No. 2, a Nocturne and a Mazurka, all performed live, with energy and impressive techniques with a stunning “Marche Funèbre”. Over all, the sound quality is impeccable. A Chopin record to love!

Composer: Frederic Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:
David Zinman
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Pjotr Tchaikowsky – Ballett-Suite 1 – Nutcracker – Andante Cantabile – Capriccio Italien (Rostropovich)


Did you know, that Rostropovich was not only a 1st-class cellist, but also a very interesting conductor?

Composer: Pjotr Tchaikowsky
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor:
Mstislav Rostropovich
Vinyl 1979

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.69 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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