HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Antonio Vivaldi/Thomas Wilbrandt – The Electric V. (The 4 Seasons)


Revisited, after 6 years…now with the benefits of the Black Bird and the AR SP15…and in 24/192
Wilbrandt adds to the two concertos, and has written variations on them, using synthesizers and taped sounds in addition to the Philharmonia Orchestra. Still, Vivaldi’s masterpiece is very much present in this unique work; Wilbrandt has expanded it and taken it to new heights of ecstasy. Someone once said that writing about music is akin to dancing about architecture. There just aren’t words to properly convey the experience. This disc especially leaves me struggling for words. Wilbrandt illuminates, expands, and opens up Vivaldi’s original work without detracting from it in any way. Portions remind me of Isao Tomita’s genius on his classical albums, but this is definitely not a Tomita knock-off. It is unique, beautiful, and an album I never would want to be without.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi, Thomas Wilbrandt
Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 3.3 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Wellington’s Victory, Marchs – Karajan


Many thanks to Eddie for this
I grew up listening to the LP version of this recording of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Wellington’s Victory, marveling over the percussion effects of Johann Nepommuk Malzel’s Panharmonicon. Wellington’s Victory or the Battle Symphony was composed in 1813 following the Battle of Vitoria. The music was an instant success and was Beethoven’s most popular works at the time. The music is divided into two parts: one to describe the battle and the other to express the liberation from French domination. One can hear the approach of the armies, the British represented by “Rule Britannia” and the French by “Marlbrouk s’en va-t-en Guerre.” The battle that follows is stormy with sounds of canon and musket fire, gradually falling into silence as the defeated French army withdraws. The victory music that follows contains all of the exuberance that one regards as pure Beethoven.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1969
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 723 MB
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Ciccolini, Baudo, ODP – Saint-Saëns: The Five Piano Concertos & Septet for Trumpet, Strings and Piano (3LP, US pressing)


# Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
# Conductor: Serge Baudo
# Orchestra: Orchestre De Paris
# Performers: Aldo Ciccolini, Jean Laforge
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Seraphim Records / EMI / Capitol | SIC-6081
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (5.89GB), 24-bit/96kHz (3.26GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (878MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Michael Murray – Encores À La Française • The Organ At Symphony Hall, Boston


Michael Murray is a consummate artist. He’s solid, not flashy. He has deep understanding of the music, he has beautiful technique and his pedal technique is second to none. He has played and recorded widely and is one of the great organists of our time. You can’t go wrong with anything he does. He plays music, not just notes.

Audiophile factor & artistic factor: High!

Composer: César Franck, Marcel Dupré, Louis Couperin, Eugène Gigout, Charles-Marie Widor, Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis Vierne, Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens
Performer: Michael Murray

Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC

Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.56 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Rachmaninov – Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini – Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 2 (Van Cliburn)


Many thanks to Janicius for this gift
Recognition in Moscow propelled Cliburn to international prominence. The first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 was an event designed to demonstrate Soviet cultural superiority during the Cold War, after the USSR’s technological victory with the Sputnik launch in October 1957. Cliburn’s performance at the competition finale of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on April 13 earned him a standing ovation lasting eight minutes. When it was time to announce the winner, the judges were obliged to ask permission of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to give first prize to an American. “Is he the best?” Khrushchev asked. “Then give him the prize!” Cliburn returned home to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only time the honor has been accorded a classical musician. (Continue reading here)

Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov, Franz Liszt
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 945 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Orbis) Julian Von Karolyi Playes Liszt


Many thanks to Trottar for this gift
Hungarian-German Pianist Julian von Karolyi (19914-1993) studied with Erno Dohnanyi and Alfred Cortot. He excelled in the romantic repertoire and possessed a prodigious virtuoso technique. He was particularly known for his interpretations of Chopin and Liszt. Von Karolyi has recorded for both Deutsche Gramophone and Electrola. The main attraction is Karolyi’s playing, a combination of deeply probing intellect, an exquisite touch and discerning dynamics in the delicate moments, stupendous virtuosity, and musicianship of the highest level.

Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Julian Von Karolyi
Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Orbis
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.06 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI) Antonio Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Kennedy)

Revisited … now with the benefit of the valve-phono-stage of the AR SP15
Nigel Kennedy is as many know a wild musician, a force of nature. I saw him live early in the 90s and it was a very exciting experience for me, I knew him until then only under the etiquette of a punk, wild and eccentric musician. I learned to know a phantastic and lovely musician who deserves the full possible
respect. His seriousity and smiling during the whole concert was astonishing. This interpretation of the Four Seasons is quite “different” from the standard interpretation. Nigel Kennedy has added his personal touch giving the music a completely refreshed aspect. The dominating character of Kennedy’s violin gives out the appropriate tension in movements like the Presto from “L’estate” or the allegro from “L’inverno”. His interpretation is frantic, filling the listener with energy and vigor. And at movements like the adagio from “L’estate” the listener comes across a tender and delicate violin. This recording defiantly deserves a place at your music collection.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Nigel Kennedy
Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
Vinyl 1989
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.56 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Domenico Scarlatti, Antonio Soler – Piano Sonatas (De Larrocha)


Many thanks to our generous friend Jean-Luc for the vinyl
This is a classic recording, both in terms of the performance and the recorded sound itself…AdL’s radiance is captured perfectly. The two composers on this record are great Baroque voices from Spain and Italy, all of whom write to ADL’s strengths. She plays them at perfect tempi, with agility, rhythmic elan, power and beauty. Soler may be the least well known bur does not deserve to be, an early voice from Larrocha’s Spain.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Antonio Soler
Performer: Alicia De Larrocha
Vinyl 1981
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.11 GB
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Franklin Mint 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time (100 LP box set, 24 bit / 96 kHz, FLAC)

Franklin Mint 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time (100 LP box set, 24 bit / 96 kHz, FLAC)

Franklin Mint 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time (100 LP box set, 24 bit / 96 kHz, FLAC)

Vinyl LP
Number of Discs: 100 LP box set
Format: FLAC (tracks+m3u)
Label: Franklin Mint
ASIN: B0040BHKRQ
Size: 78.1 GB
Recovery: +3%
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HD-Vinyls Mono 24/96 (Cetra) Peter Tchaikowsky – Mazeppa (Olivero, Bastianini)


Many thanks to Budachris for this fine rarity
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)


Many thanks to Urbanox for this rarity
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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Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca/London) Alfredo Catalani – La Wally (Tebaldi/Del Monaco)


Revisited, after 7 years, now with the benefits of the Black Bird Gang and the AR SP15…and in 192k
La Wally was premiered at a time when Italian verismo was emerging, but this opera was not a part of that school. Rather, it reflected its composer’s interest in the works of Wagner and other figures of the late Romantic period. Although it is seldom performed outside of Europe (especially in Italy), the work is known to many opera enthusiasts through its Act One aria for the heroine, “Ebben?…Ne andrò lontana,” a haunting reverie on the theme of traveling alone and far from home. The aria, aside from its popularity as a concert piece among prominent spinto and dramatic sopranos, was introduced to viewers of the cult movie “Diva”.

Composer: Alfredo Catalani

Performer: Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, Justino Diaz, Piero Cappuccilli
Orchestra: Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra

Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Vinyls 1969
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: London (Decca)
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 4.58 GB

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Sergei Rachmaninov – Piaco Concerto No. 3 (Cliburn/Kondrashin)


Many thanks to Janicius for this gift
This recording is special. Its a living historical document that formed the basis of legend. The circumstances surrounding this competition, its occurrence in a specific time and place, and the outcomes, all are noteworthy. Like most historical documents, this one isn’t perfect. Nonetheless, the sound is quiet good. To be sure, the orchestra still sounds thin at times, intonation isn’t always the best. And Van Cliburn is hardly note-perfect either. But the performance is just electrifying, and the excitement, palpable. Van Cliburn delivers. But in the end one can really be blown away by the power and passion Van Cliburn put into the Rach 3…unbelievable for a 24 year old.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: Symphony Of The Air
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Vinyl 1958
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 856 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Mozart – Piano Sonatas K311, K330, Fantasia K397 – Haydn – Andante and Variations in F Minor (De Larrocha)


Many thanks to our generous friend Jean-Luc for the vinyl
This disc demonstrates the unique characteristics of De Larrocha’s pianism which made her the beloved musician she became: her flawless sense of rhythm, perfectly judged rubato, beautiful tone, brilliant technique, and her non-excessive tempos. Although some other pianists’ technique is superior to De Larrocha, there’s just something about de Larrocha’s playing that I’ve always found very endearing. Other pianists may be able to play the notes as well as she, but who else invests this music with the unmistakable style which is so instantly recognizable as being De Larrocha after hearing her play only a few bars?

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn
Performer: Alicia De Larrocha
Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.98 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Grieg – Piano Concerto – Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Cliburn/Ormandy)


Many thanks to Janicius for this gift
Van Cliburn’s recordings of the Tchaikovsky First and Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concertos are legendary, but his performances of some of the other famous Romantic Concertos often get overlooked. These recordings of the Grieg and the 1st of Liszt Concerti by Cliburn, and conductor Eugene Ormandy leading the Philadelphia Orchestra, are outstanding. Van Cliburn is at his best on these Concerti, particularly on the Grieg, as he melds his “heart-on-sleeve” style with commanding technique and phrasing. Some may not like this style of playing, and sometimes it does not suit a particular piece (his Brahms First comes to mind), but here there is no question.

Composer: Edward Grieg, Franz Liszt
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1969
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 915 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Mozart – Piano Sonatas No. 4 & 8 – Beethoven – 7 Bagatelles (De Larrocha)


Many thanks to our generous friend Jean-Luc for the vinyl
Although she was best known for her performances of Spanish music, the great pianist Alicia de Larrocha (1923 – 2009) also was a renowned performer of Mozart and Beethoven. This is a fine recording to hear in itself for those wanting this particular combination of Mozart and Beethoven piano works. The recording also is valuable for admirers of Alicia de Larrocha, and it helps to expand and preserve her legacy.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alicia De Larrocha
Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.91 GB
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Borodin, Rimski Korsakoff – Symphony No.2 In B Minor, Cappricio, Espagnole, Tsar Saltan (1959) {Analogue Productions; Remastered, Ltd, 200g; 24-96} + 16-44


R.I.P. SPEARO MY FRIEND, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!

This is a happy marriage between conductor and orchestra in the second symphony by Borodin. The orchestra was bristling with talent such as Gervase de Peyer on clarinet and Barry Tuckwell on horn and Hugh Maguire the leader of the London Symphony Orchestra until 59′ on Violin. The sound is very direct but the orchestra stands up very well to this. Martinon’s interpretation is refreshing and very up-beat.

Remastered by Millem Makkee, Pressed at Quality Record Pressings

Composer: Alexander Borodin/ Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Orchestra:  London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Jean Martinon
Label: Analogue Productions ‎– AAPC 2298, RCA Victor Red Seal ‎– LSC-2298
Vinyl Release Date:  2017
Number of LPs: 1
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 200g Pressing
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 830MB / 216MB
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Elgar, Vaugn Williams – Enigma Variatons, The Wasps, Greensleeves, Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern (2013) {RR; Half-Speed Master 200g, 45RPM; HiRes} + Redbook

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R.I.P. SPEARO MY FRIEND, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!

The universe is not exactly desperate for more recordings of this repertoire, but this one, surprising as it might seem, is pretty excellent. Michael Stern and his Kansas City Symphony take to the music as if to the manner born. The Wasps, here given as the complete suite and not just the overture, is delightful. Perhaps the only slight miscalculation in the entire performance is the overly swift March Past of the Kitchen Utensils, which loses some of its comic swagger at Stern’s tempo. Otherwise the overture and (especially) the Ballet and Final Tableau offer pure enjoyment from start to finish. The Fantasia on Greensleeves, un-killable in just about any circumstances, sounds just fine as well.

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Orchestra:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Stern
Label: Reference Recordings
VinylRelase Date:  2013
Number of LPs: 2
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 200g Pressing, 45RPM
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 1,12 GB
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Beethoven, Bruno Walter ‎– Symphony No. 6 In F Major, Op. 68 (Pastorale) {Analogue Productions; 2LP, 45rpm, 200g, Remaster; 24-96} + 16-44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Analogue Productions has taken a classic and shaped it to make the premier reissue of this already illustrious LP. Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound mastered this album from the original analog tapes. The lacquer cuts were plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings. The Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on gatefold jacket has been upgraded handsomely by a series of rarely seen photos of Walter from the Sony Music Archives. Everything on this reissue shows quality. Released as 45rpm version as well one can argue this is the best possible version to get . A highly collectable and highly sonical “MUST Have” for the classic music lover.

Remastered by Ryan Smith

Composer: Ludwig Van Beethoven
Orchestra:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Label: Analogue Productions ‎– APC 077-45, Columbia Masterworks
Vinyl Release Date:  2017
Number of LPs: 2
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 45rpm, 200g Pressing
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 836MB / 244MB
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Prokofieff, Stravinsky‎ – Lieutenant Kije, Song Of The Nightingale (1958) {Classic Records; 4LP, S-Sided, 180g, 45rpm, Remaster, Ltd; 24-96} +16-44

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Most older listeners agree that Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite was ideal repertoire for Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With its big tunes, bright colors, bold harmonies, and unrelenting rhythms, Reiner and the Chicago — the pre-eminent Strauss performers in America at the time — excelled in Prokofiev’s Kiji. In this superb recording, Reiner and the Chicago are at the top of their form and their Kiji is witty, sassy, brave, ironic, and altogether hilarious.

Most older listeners, however, cannot agree that Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightingale was anything like the right repertoire for Reiner and the Chicago. With its spiky motifs, its primary colors, its hard harmonies, and its relentless rhythms, Reiner and the Chicago were seemingly out of their element. But although their approach is essentially Straussian, Reiner and the Chicago still excel at Stravinsky’s Nightingale. In this superb recordings, Reiner and the Chicago’s Nightingale is warm, lush, sweet, and even a little sexy, a sort of Salome à la Stravinsky.The complete recording sounds very direct emotionally grabbing and highly dynamic. This 4lp Remaster set is a of outstanding sonic quality and a Living Sterio landmark.

Remastered by Bernie Grundman

Composer: Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev / Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Label: Classic Records 45 Series ‎LSC-2150-45, LSC-2150
Vinyl Release Date:  Unnkown
Number of LPs: 4
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 45rpm, Single Sided 180g Pressing
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 848MB / 242MB
Scans: yes
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