Ansermet / OSR – Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (complete ballet) (Speakers Corner / Decca, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1959 / 1995)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Speakers Corner / Decca | SXL 2092/93
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.41GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.73GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (475MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

There are countless performances of The Nutcracker out there. This one has always been my favorite. Excellent performance, superb sound quality. What more can you ask for? If you’ve been looking for a copy of The Nutcracker, this is the one you want.

Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the US.

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Ansermet / OSR – Stravinsky: Symphony in C – Symphony in Three Movements (Speakers Corner / Decca, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1961 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Speakers Corner / Decca | SXL 2237
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.1GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.06GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (292MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

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Kertész / LSO – Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 (No. 4) op. 88, Scherzo Capriccioso op. 66 (180g, Speakers Corner / Decca)

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# Composer: Antonín Dvorák
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: István Kertész
# Vinyl (1963 / 2012)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Speakers Corner / Decca | SXL 6044
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.3GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.16GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (317MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

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Ansermet / OSR – Prokofiev: Classical Symphony (Speakers Corner / Decca, 180g pressing)

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# Composers: Serge Prokofiev, Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka, Alexander Borodin
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1961 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Speakers Corner / Decca | SXL 2292
# Size: 861MB (24/96) + 226MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

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Ansermet / OSR – Borodin: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3, Overture from “Prince Igor” (Speakers Corner / London, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Alexander Borodin
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1954 / 1996)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Speakers Corner / London | CS 6126
# Size: 1.1GB (24/96) + 308MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

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High-End Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Dame Joan Sutherland – The Art Of The Primadonna, Vol. 1 & 2

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If you are an opera lover and don’t own this…or don’t grab it, you are everything you want, but not an opera lover

# Composer: Vincenzo Bellini, Georg Friedrich Händel, Gioacchino Rossini, Thomas Arne, Charles Gounod, Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leo Delibes, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Ambroise Thomas
# Performer: Joan Sutherland
# Orchestra: Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
# Conductor: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
# Vinyls (1960)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B00004XQ8G
# Size: 2.25 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Ansermet / L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – The Sleeping Beauty (Speakers Corner, 3LP box set, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1959 / 2011)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Speakers Corner / Decca
# Size: 24/96kHz (2.76GB) and 16/44.1 (786MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

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Fricsay: Berliner Philharmoniker – Mozart: Concertos for Piano and Orchestra (Speakers Corner / Deutsche Grammophon, 180g mono pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
# Performer: Clara Haskil
# Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
# Vinyl (1958 / 2009)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Speakers Corner / Deutsche Grammophon
# Size: 564MB (24/96) + 137MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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Ansermet / Crespin / L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – Ravel: “Shéhérazade” / Berlioz: “Les Nuits d’Eté” (Speakers Corner / Decca, 180g pressing)

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# Composers: Maurice Ravel, Hector Berlioz
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
# Performer: Regine Crespin
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1964 / 2012)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Decca/Speakers Corner
# Size: 939MB (24/96) + 244MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

Phenomenal sound quality on this album. Be sure to read the review below for a detailed explanation on reading the deadwax numbers on Decca recordings. Continue reading

Skrowaczewski: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra – Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Ballet Suites Nos. 1 & 2 (Mercury Living Presence / Speakers Corner, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
# Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Stanisław Skrowaczewski
# Vinyl (1965 / 2004)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Mercury Living Presence / Speakers Corner
# Size: 1.12GB (24/96) + 288MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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