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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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Antonio Vivaldi – The Six Concerti For Flute (Petri, Academy SMITF, Brown)

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Many thanks to our friend Mats for this wonderful record
It is a fine academic point whether these Op. 10 concertos were originally written for recorder or transverse flute. When the recorder is played with such brisk virtuosity and faultless intonation as Michala Petri consistently provides, only a dullard could ask for anything more. At a rather piping modern pitch (a sopranino recorder is used in Nos. 3, 4 and 6) and sympathetically accompanied by the ASMF, these concertos come over as fresh as paint on vinyl with just an occasional gargantuan breath from Petri to show that she is human.’

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Michala Petri
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
Conductrix: Iona Brown
Vinyl (1981)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Antonio Vivaldi – Concerti For Oboe (I Musici, Holliger, Bourgue)

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Many thanks to our friend Mats for this gem
What a pity that the oboe is featured so little in contemporary music. So much wonderful music was written for it in the Baroque era. Holliger is a genuine virtuoso, the kind of artist that never disappoints and the compositions by Vivaldi are melodic and inventive. This record is a first class level in any aspect.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: I Musici, Heinz Holliger, Maurice Bourgue
Vinyl (1980)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 793 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Antonio Vivaldi – Concerti For Oboe (I Musici, Holliger, Thunemann)

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Many thanks to our friend Mats for this gem
What a pity that the oboe is featured so little in contemporary music. So much wonderful music was written for it in the Baroque era. Holliger is a genuine virtuoso, the kind of artist that never disappoints and the compositions by Vivaldi are melodic and inventive. This record is a first class level in any aspect.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: I Musici, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Thunemann
Vinyl (1982)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 690 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Bizet, Jeux D’Enfants – Fauré, Dolly – Milhaud, Scaramouche (Kontarsky Brothers)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this rarity
When listening to this album, you are led into a different world. Slow pieces are played wonderfully delicately, the faster ones more powerful and with a lot of temperament. Super sound quality. Only to recommend!

Composer: Georges Bizet, Gabriel Fauré, Darius Milhaud
Performer: Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky
Vinyl (1959)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 884 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Harmonia Mundi) Olivier Messiaen – Quartet For The End Of Time (Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps – Gawriloff, Deinzer, Palm, Aloys Kontarsky)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this beauty
Quatuor pour la fin du temps, also known by its English title Quartet for the End of Time, was premiered in 1941. The piece is scored for clarinet (in B-flat), violin, cello, and piano; a typical performance of the complete work lasts about 50 minutes.
Messiaen was 31 years old when France entered World War II. He was captured by the German army in June 1940 and imprisoned in Stalag VIII-A, a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, Germany (now Zgorzelec, Poland). While in transit to the camp, Messiaen showed the clarinetist Henri Akoka, also a prisoner, the sketches for what would become Abîme des oiseaux. Two other professional musicians, violinist Jean le Boulaire and cellist Étienne Pasquier, were among his fellow prisoners, and after he managed to obtain some paper and a small pencil from a sympathetic guard (Carl-Albert Brüll, 1902-1989), Messiaen wrote a short trio for them; this piece developed into the Quatuor for the same trio with himself at the piano. The combination of instruments is unusual, but not without precedent: Walter Rabl had composed for it in 1896, as had Paul Hindemith in 1938.The quartet was premiered at the camp, outdoors and in the rain, on 15 January 1941. The musicians had decrepit instruments and an audience of about 400 fellow prisoners and guards. The cello was bought with donations from camp members. Messiaen later recalled: “Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension.”

Composer: Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Saschko Gawriloff, Hans Deinzer, Siegfried Palm, Aloys Kontarsky
Vinyl (1978)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Harmonia Mundi
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 960 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (World Record Club) Joseph Haydn – The Salomon (aka London) Symphonies, Nos. 3 & 4 – No. 95 In C Major – No. 96 In D Major (Beecham)

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Many thanks to our friend Lemarquis for the Sir
Haydn’s earlier “Salomon” (aka London) Symphonies are every bit as fine in every way, thereby making it practically perfect in every way. The playing of the Royal Philharmonic is colorful and immediately responsive to Beecham. Beecham himself is at the peak of his form: stylish, larger-than-life, deeply human, and wonderfully witty. Lawrence Collingswood captures their performances in warm, clear, and vividly colorful sound. And, of course, Haydn’s earlier “Salomon” (aka London) Symphonies are the absolute height of the Viennese High Classical Style: graceful, elegant, tasteful, tuneful, colorful, profoundly musical, and as good and deep and true as the greatest music ever written by anyone anywhere at anytime.

Composer: Joseph Haydn
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
Vinyl (1959)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: World Record Club
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 833 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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