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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%
Scan: yes
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Tchaikovsky / Szell: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestra: Alexander Brailowsky
# Conductor: George Szell
# Vinyl (1962 / 1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society | Record 39 of 100
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.60GB), 24-bit/96kHz (834MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (222MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted anything from the Franklin Mint classical collection, so I figured it’s time to do something about that. This one is by request.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.

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Boult / NPO – Holst: The Planets (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composers: Gustav Holst
# Orchestra: The New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
# Vinyl (1967 / 1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society | Record 28 of 100
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.06GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.04GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (285MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

It’s been almost two years since I posted anything from the Franklin Mint classical collection. This one is by request.

The Planets is one of my all-time favorite classical works. Breathtaking sound quality, a (mostly) great pressing, and an thrilling performance make this one of the best Planets around.

Highly recommended, whether you’re a Planets fan or not.

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George Szell / The Cleveland Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl) – NEW RIP!

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
# Conductor: George Szell
# Vinyl (1964? / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society | Record 87 of 100
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.03GB), 24-bit/96kHz (541MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (154MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Shortly before the holidays last year, I got a PM letting me know that there was a skip in the second movement of this rip. The original was done almost two years ago and grabbed over 250 times. No one had said a word till now.

Normally, I would just copy/paste a fix and repost that track. Unfortunately (for me), that wasn’t possible, because I had changed my cart and preamp since then. A copy/paste job would most likely be noticeable. So what’s a ripper to do? Re-rip the entire symphony with the new gear, of course!

So, for anyone who may be interested, here’s a brand new rip (now available in 24/192 too).

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.

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Wilhelm Furtwängler / Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus – Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
# Orchestra: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus
# Vinyl (1955 / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Records 87 and 88 of 100
# Size: 1.5GB (24/96) + 391MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but at long last, here’s the big one. This was by far the most difficult and time-consuming Franklin Mint title that I’ve ripped so far. Most of them have been excellent pressings, with hardly anything to clean up. Not so with this one. Literally 1000s of pops and clicks to deal with.

Rippers of a lesser stature would’ve just started up ClickRepair on auto and let it fly… not me. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent on this one. Because of that, you may hear an occasional pop or click, but there shouldn’t be many. Considering the source material, I’m happy with the way it turned out.

This symphony concludes the Franklin Mint Beethoven cycle. Hope you’ve enjoyed the rips!

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.
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Pablo Casals / Marlboro Festival Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Pablo Casals
# Orchestra: Marlboro Festival Orchestra
# Vinyl (1967 / 1978)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 8 of 100
# Size: 543MB (24/96) + 155MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.
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Arturo Toscanini / New York Philharmonic – Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
# Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
# Vinyl (1936 / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 72 of 100
# Size: 663MB (24/96) + 164MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

If ever there has been a quintessential musical expression of sheer energy, it is in Beethoven’s unflaggingly dynamic Seventh Symphony. And among all its famous interpreters, surely no one has matched the extraordinary, always tautly controlled drive of Arturo Toscanini at the height of his powers in 1936.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.
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Bruno Walter / Columbia Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Bruno Walter
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1958 / 1980)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 59 of 100
# Size: 866MB (24/96) + 238MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

The melodious “Pastoral” symphony takes on added meaning in light of the circumstances in which Beethoven composed it – a time when he was experiencing great emotional torment. He had started losing his hearing in his late twenties. The loss was progressive, causing him deep despair. Seeking to ease his sorrows with long walks in the fields and forests, he jotted down musical ideas. From these, he created a number of masterpieces – among them his Sixth Symphony.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.
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George Szell / The Cleveland Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: George Szell
# Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
# Vinyl (1963 / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 71 of 100
# Size: 638MB (24/96) + 175MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.

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Bruno Walter / Columbia Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Bruno Walter
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1959 / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 71 of 100
# Size: 692MB (24/96) + 196MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

No conductor could have closer affinities with this genial yet gloriously vital symphony than Bruno Walter. Probably the most affectionately remembered maestro of recent times, he led the all-star west-coast Columbia Symphony Orchestra especially created for him in this characteristically Walterian Fourth. It was recorded in Hollywood, in February 1958, as part of his second cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies.

This symphony’s orchestration differs from the conventional specifications of the time (wind instruments in pairs, timpani and strings) only in calling for a single flute rather than a pair. The first and last movements are in sonata form, the second may be considered to be in either rondo or sonata form, and the third, while called Menuetto in the score, is actually a genuine Beethoven scherzo.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.

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