HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Two Suites For Two Pianos (Ashkenazy, Previn)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for another piano gem
Outstanding!!!!! Both, music and performances!!!
Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andre Previn give bold, exciting performances of these Rachnaninov showpieces. Every selection, in my opinion, is performed magnificently. Unless you are a devotee of other pianists in this repertoire, I highly recommend these recordings. Rachmaninov was a fabulous pianist and the two piano suites is truly a delight. Ashkenazy and Previn seem really in tune with one another and with the music – as if they’re having FUN with it.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy, André Previn
Vinyl (1975)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 893 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Klaas Bolt Plays The Arp Schnitger Organs of Uithuizen, Golindze and Nieuw Scheemda

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this rarity
Klaas Bolt (March 6, 1927 in Appingedam – April 11, 1990 in Haarlem) was a Dutch organist and improviser. He taught improvisation at the Sweelinck Conservatory (named for Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, a Dutch organist and composer of the Renaissance) in Amsterdam, where Masaaki Suzuki was among his students. Bolt was a proponent of the use of slow tempi when playing hymns. He played many hymns at his weekly evening hymn sings, which drew substantial audiences. He would typically improvise the hymn introductions at these events.

Composer: Vincent Lübeck, Samuel Scheidt, Georg Böhm, Georg Philipp Telemann, Georg Friedrich Händel, Georg Böhm, Heinrich Scheidemann, Jan Pieterz Sweelinck
Performer: Klaas Bolt
Vinyl (1969)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 10
Size: 961 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Bärenreiter-Musicaphon) Wolfgang Amaseus Mozart – Works For Two Pianos, Vol. 1 & 2 (Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky)

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For Trottar
The Kontarsky brothers were among the finest duo-pianist teams of their day, performing from the 1950’s through 1983, when Aloys suffered a debilitating stroke. They were champions of modern music, premiering works from Stockhausen, Berio, and Zimmerman among others, and made a number of fine records for Deutsche Grammophon over the course of their careers.

Composer: Wolfgang Amaseus Mozart
Performer: Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky
Vinyl (196?)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Bärenreiter-Musicaphon
DR-Analysis:
DR 14-15
Size: 1.68 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Sergei Rachmaninov – Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Dances (Previn)

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Thank you Jean-Luc for this rarity
I fell in love with Rachmaninov’s music at the age of 7 or 8, back in 1965-66, when I heard for the 1st time his marvellous 2nd Piano Concerto. Until today he has remained one of my favorite composer – togheter with LvB, WAM and JSB – and nobody interprets his orchestral music better than André Previn. This is an album every lover of Rachmaninov will want. His tone poem “The Isle of the Dead” and his last work, “Symphonic Dances” shine in splendid, luxuriant sound courtesy of the London Symphony Orchestra, who give their all. Add this to your collection, if you love me, otherwise you will go to hell 😀

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1976)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.08 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Teldec) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti No. 26 & 23 (Gulda, Harnoncourt)

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Please welcome, alongside with Anda, Brendel, Häbler…Mr. Gulda, in the club of the Giants-Mozart-Interpreters. Friedrich Gulda belonged to that lucky dinasty of this brilliant and talented austriac quartet pianists born between 1927 and 1935, together with Alfred Brendel, Georg Demus and Paul Badura Skoda.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Friedrich Gulda
Orchestra: Concertogebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Vinyl (1984)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Teldec
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.26 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Archiv) Georg-Friedrich Händel – Acis And Galatea (Gardiner)

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Many thanks to our benefactor from Michigan Lake area.
Gardiner’s 1978 recording with his newly founded English Baroque Soloists shows few signs of its age. Rolfe Johnson’s mellifluous Acis is still the best on disc.

Composer: Georg-Friedrich Händel
Performer: Willard White, Norma Burrowes, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Martyn Hill
Orchestra: The English Baroque Soloists
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Vinyl (1978)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 16
Size: 3.66 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Ansermet / OSR: Debussy / Ravel – La Mer / Prelude A L’Apres-Midi D’un Faune / Rapsodie Espagnole (UK pressing)

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# Composers: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: London Records | CS 6024
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (942MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (250MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Sony) Jonas Kaufmann – Nessun Dorma! – The Puccini Album

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For those of us who deeply admire the artistry of tenor Jonas Kaufmann for his Wagner roles and his recitals of lieder this recording comes with a bit of trepidation. Will this intensely musical artist make the Puccini roles as convincing as he has those of other composers or will he plunge and lurch into the Italianate style of belting we so often encounter in the opera house?

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Accademia Santa Cecilia Rome
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Vinyl (2015)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Sony
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.25 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (RCA) Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff Highlights (Arturo Toscanini)

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Many thanks to our friend Bob – Georgia on my mind 😀
There have been countless recordings of Verdi’s last opera. Many excellent. For example, von Karajan (with Tito Gobbi), Solti (with Geraint Evans), Bernstein (with Fischer-Dieskau), Giulini (with Renato Bruson), and more recently Davis (with Michele Pertusi). And even an English version, Daniel (with Andrew Shore). And they all have their unique qualities.
However, the benchmark remains Toscanini’s recording in 1950 with the NBC Symphony Orchestra on the RCA label. The cast may not be perfect, although Valdengo offers a first-rate interpretation. He also sang Iago in Toscanini’s 1947 NBC broadcast of Verdi’s Otello. Herva Nelli and Nan Merriman , also in that classic recording, reappear here. All the members of the cast perform admirably, and the ensembles, a crucial ingredient in this opera, are most effective. Cloe Elmo, as Mistress Quickly, is especially notable.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Giuseppe Valdengo, Antonio Madasi, Frank Guarrera, Gabor Carelli, John Carmen Rossi, Norman Scott
Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Vinyl (1950)
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.22 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Richard Wagner – Parsifal (Adam Fischer; Michael Volle, Stephen Milling, Angela Denoke, Johan Botha, Ryan Speedo Green, Boaz Daniel) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Richard Wagner - Parsifal (Adam Fischer; Michael Volle, Stephen Milling, Angela Denoke, Johan Botha, Ryan Speedo Green, Boaz Daniel) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Richard Wagner – Parsifal (Adam Fischer; Michael Volle, Stephen Milling, Angela Denoke, Johan Botha, Ryan Speedo Green, Boaz Daniel) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Composer:Richard Wagner
Performer:Johan Botha
Orchestra:Orchestra and Chorus of Wiener Staatsoper
Conductor:Christine Mielitz
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDRip
Label:Wiener Staatsoper
Size:5.91 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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