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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartets Op. 130 & Op. 133 (Quartetto Italiano)

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In the late quartets Beethoven continued to evolve many of his compositional techniques: he manages to add to the harmonic rules of before and does new things in the way of tonality and form. These quartets have a sound world all of their own, and create a small-scale effect quite different from the massive-sounding works that came before, such as the “Hammerklavier” sonata and the 9th Symphony. It would be fair to say that no other artist has ever mangaged to reach such spiritual heights. The Quartetto Italiano give superbly polished performances which are able to express the refined tones of these works. Compare their well-rehearsed renditions that come close to perfection with the more ruffled recordings of the Vegh Quartet, for example, and one really appreciates the way in which they are able to sustain the superhuman requirements of these pieces. With the Vegh team we hear 4 human beings, with these recordings we hear Beethoven’s unique vision.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Quartetto Italiano
Vinyl 1969
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.39 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartets Op. 131 (Quartetto Italiano)

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A great great “THANK YOU” to our friend Jean-Luc for this gift

In the late quartets Beethoven continued to evolve many of his compositional techniques: he manages to add to the harmonic rules of before and does new things in the way of tonality and form. These quartets have a sound world all of their own, and create a small-scale effect quite different from the massive-sounding works that came before, such as the “Hammerklavier” sonata and the 9th Symphony. It would be fair to say that no other artist has ever mangaged to reach such spiritual heights. The Quartetto Italiano give superbly polished performances which are able to express the refined tones of these works. Compare their well-rehearsed renditions that come close to perfection with the more ruffled recordings of the Vegh Quartet, for example, and one really appreciates the way in which they are able to sustain the superhuman requirements of these pieces. With the Vegh team we hear 4 human beings, with these recordings we hear Beethoven’s unique vision.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Quartetto Italiano
Vinyl 1969
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.64 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Argo) Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria RV 588 & RV 589 (Guest)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this outstanding gem
Another quality recording from time ago and at outstandingly good value offered by audiophile label Argo. Some aspects of the music are at a slower tempo than other recordings, which adds another level of interest when comparing artists. Highly recommended to add to your collection if you are a lover of choral music.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Choir Of St. John’s College Cambridge, Anne Wilkens, Lynda Russell, Patrizia Kwella, Kenneth Bowen

Orchestra: The Wren Orchestra
Conductor: Dr. George Guest
Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Argo
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.25 GB
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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (“Tragic”) (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 | 80.480
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.86GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.45GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (404MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Mass in H-Minor (Richter)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc
Bach’s majestically beautiful, deeply moving Mass in B Minor began life during the early months of 1733 as a 2 movement five-part Missa containing only a Kyrie and Gloria; often called “a Lutheran Mass” because Luther had reduced the Mass Ordinary to just those 2 sections for the Protestant service. The Missa was intended to enhance his authority with the Leipzig town council with whom he had been engaged in a ten-year long cold war regarding his conditions of service and his method of conducting his duties (not least of which was the onerous responsibility for teaching Latin, a task Bach despised and relegated to others). These 2 movements lasted nearly an hour in performance. Thus, they were far too long for performance in Protestant Leipzig but they were perfect for a festival service performance at the Catholic court in Dresden. There is no evidence …

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1961
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 2.53 GB
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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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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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Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Joseph Haydn/Luigi Boccherini – Cello Concerti (Du Pré/Barenboim)

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Jacqueline du Pré was one of the most outstanding cellist of our time.
It is a great sin, not to know, who she was. Click here ! or you will be damned forever.
When I heard the news that Jacqueline du Pré had passed away – 30 years ago – I was saddened. I’d never met her, or even seen one of her live performances. But I’ve heard her recordings, and completely was absorbed in the way she made her instrument come to life. I was hoping that her music could still stay alive. These old recordings with her husband as Conductor are a great tribute to her love of music and how it speaks to us. I’ve always enjoyed listening to the Haydn Cello Concerti, and the way they are performed with majesty in these recordings will always speak to me
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Composer: Joseph Haydn, Luigi Boccherini
Performer: Jacqueline du Pré

Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Vinyl 1967
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.88 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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