Riccardo Muti / The Philadelphia Orchestra – Pictures at an Exhibition / The Firebird (Suite, 1919) (Hi-Q Records, 180g pressing)

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# Composers: Modest Moussorgsky, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
# Conductor: Riccardo Muti
# Vinyl (1960 / 2010)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Hi-Q Records | HIQLP013
# Size: 1GB (24/96) + 261MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

Another outstanding release from Hi-Q records. Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original analog master tapes, and featuring the original artwork.

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (London/Decca) Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana (Simionato/Del Monaco)

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Ladies & gentlemen: simply, the greatest opera singer of all times – Mario Del Monaco

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# Composer: Pietro Mascagni
# Performer: Giulietta Simionato, Mario Del Monaco, Cornell Mac Neil
# Orchestra: Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia
# Conductor: Tullio Serafin
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 1.5
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B000026FUW
# Size: 1.38 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Ruggiero Leoncavallo – I Pagliacci (Del Monaco/Tucci)

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Stop looking for “I Pagliacci” – this is the best and will be the best for the next 1000 years
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# Composer: Ruggiero Leoncavallo
# Performer: Gabriella Tucci, Mario Del Monaco, Cornell Mac Neil
# Orchestra: Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia
# Conductor: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 1.5
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN CD: B000026FUW
# Size: 1.33 GB
# Scan: yes

# Server: FileFactory

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London Symphony Orchestra: Previn – Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture (Hi-Q, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: André Previn
# Vinyl (1973 / 2011)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Hi-Q Records
# Size: 941MB (24/96) + 237MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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Dvorak/Smetana/Karajan – Symphony #9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (“From the New World”) / The Moldau (180g pressing)

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# Composers: Antonin Dvorak, Bedrick Smetana
# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1959 / 2012)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Hi-Q Records
# Size: 1.08GB (24/96) + 295MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

Stunningly beautiful sound on this Hi-Q release.

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Previn/LSO – Ravel: Boléro / Daphnis et Chloé / Pavane pour une infant défunte (180g pressing)

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# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: André Previn
# Vinyl (1979 / 1978 / 2012)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Hi-Q Records
# Size: 831MB (24/96) + 212MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

Stunningly beautiful sound on this Hi-Q release.

I’ve got at least 6 different versions of Boléro, and I think this is my new favorite. The Daphnis et Chloé is breathtaking – my only complaint is that it’s not the complete ballet. Ravel fans, be sure to grab this one!

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