Artur Rubinstein – Schumann: Carnaval / Fantasiestücke (original US pressing, mono)


# Composer: Robert Schumann
# Performer: Artur Rubinstein
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | LM-2669
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.05GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.00GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (251MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Van Cliburn – Tschaikowsky: Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester Nr. 1 b-moll, Op. 23 (German pressing, mono)


# Composer: Peter Tschaikowsky
# Conductor: Kyrill Kondraschin
# Orchestra: Symphonie-Orchester
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Red Seal ‎| LM-2252
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.18GB), 24-bit/96kHz (580MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (143MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Reiner / CSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G (2LP, Classic Records, 180g test pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Performer: Lisa Della Casa
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Classic Records | LSC-2364
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.13GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.08GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (293MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

This is by far, the rarest and most expensive item I have ever shared here on boxset.

Test pressings are usually limited to 20-25 copies. They’re given to the artists/producers/etc to check things before doing a full press run – the very first copies produced. Occasionally, they will contain anomalies and end up being scrapped. More often than not, however, they are pristine with phenomenal sound. That is the case here.

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Toscanini / NSO – Respighi: The Pines … The Fountains Of Rome (original US pressing, mono)

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# Composer: Ottorino Respighi
# Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
# Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1953)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | LM-1768
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.23GB), 24-bit/96kHz (618MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (162MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

The definitive recording of these works by a conductor that knew the composer well.

It is mono but it is superb both in performance and reproduction.

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Reiner / CSO – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat, Op. 55 (“Eroica”) (original US pressing, mono)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1955)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | LM-1899
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.66GB), 24-bit/96kHz (811MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (197MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Artur Rubinstein – The Chopin Scherzos (original US pressing)

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# Composer: Frédéric Chopin
# Performer: Artur Rubinstein
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Red Seal | LSC-2368
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.57GB), 24-bit/96kHz (809MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (201MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Toscanini / NSO – Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Franck: Psyché and Eros (mono, US pressing)

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# Composers: Modest Moussorgsky, Cesar Franck
# Orchestras: NBC Symphony Orchestra
# Conductors: Arturo Toscanini
# Vinyl (1954)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Red Seal | LM 1838
# Size: Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.13GB), 24-bit/96kHz (723MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (186MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

There’s no such thing as too many versions of Pictures at an Exhibition, right?

Surprisingly deep bass on this album – timid woofers beware!

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Reiner / CSO ‎– Pictures at an Exhibition (200g, Analogue Productions)

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# Composers: Modest Moussorgsky, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1957 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Analogue Productions / RCA Living Stereo | AAPC 2201 / LSC-2201
# Size: 24/96kHz (730MB) and 16/44.1 (177MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

Another outstanding Living Stereo release from Analogue Productions…

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Reiner / CSO ‎– Rimsky-Korsakoff: Scheherazade (200g, Analogue Productions)

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# Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1960 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Analogue Productions / RCA Living Stereo | AAPC 2446 / LSC-2446
# Size: 24/96kHz (977MB) and 16/44.1 (247MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

Yes, the sound quality on this one is every bit as spectacular as it says in all the reviews.

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Fiedler / Farrell / Boston Pops – Grieg: Peer Gynt (Cisco, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Edvard Grieg
# Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra
# Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
# Vinyl (1959 / 2006)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Cisco Music
# Size: 924MB (24/96) + 241MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: FileFactory, FilePost

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Ormandy / Philadelphia Orchestra – Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56 (“Scottish”) / Beethoven: Egmont Overture (1983, US pressing)

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# Composers: Felix Mendelssohn / Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
# Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
# Vinyl (1983)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: RCA Red Seal
# Size: 24/96kHz (1.00GB) and 16/44.1 (266MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: FF, FP

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Fiedler / Boston Pops: Offenbach – Gaite Parisienne (original US pressing, mono)

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# Composers: Jacques Offenbach, Giacomo Meyerbeer
# Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra
# Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
# Vinyl (1954)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: RCA Red Seal
# Size: (24/96kHz) 1.1GB, (16/44.1) 311MB
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

This one is by request..

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