HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Mussorgsky//Rimsky-Korsakov/Borodin – Pictures At An Exhibition/Capriccio Espagnole/Polovetsian Dances (Muti/Roshdestwensky)

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You can always count on Riccardo Muti to give a strong performance of popular works. His performance of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece is near the top. His tempi for the various “pictures” are right on. Muti’s performance is excellent and he has the sound to carry it off, but the reading does lack the oomph of others like Reiner and especially Ormandy (the earlier recording with the Philadelphia Orchestra on Columbia/Sony). Muti begins Pictures as though he is warming up, with the latter pictures much more highly charged than those in the first half. By the time he arrives at The Great Gate of Kiev he and the Philadelphia Orchestra are in full swing. It’s a top-notch performance.
Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s recordings of the “Polovetsian Dances” by Borodin and The “Capriccio Espagnole” by Rimsky-Korsakov are powerful and impeccable interpretations and good companions to Mussorgsky’s “pictures”.

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Borodin
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris
Conductor: Riccardo Muti, Gennady Roshdestwensky
Vinyl 1972
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.24 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Ansermet / OSR – Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (UK pressing)

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# Composers: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Borodin
# Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1961)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Decca | SXL 2268
# Size: 1.14GB (24/96) + 311MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

This one is an experiment, and as such, I would like your feedback. I’ve been using iZoTope RX2 as part of my workflow for quite some time now and figured it was time to try using the newer version – RX3.

This particular rip has been hanging around for quite some time. The album was in less than stellar condition (contrary to what was advertised when I bought it), and so I never got around to processing it.

This post was cleaned up using nothing but RX3 (manually, of course) and overall, I’m pretty pleased with the way it came out – especially considering the condition it was in when I started. Hopefully, the good folks at Speakers Corner will get around to releasing this at some point.

Until then, hope you enjoy this rip…

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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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Special Vinyl 16/44 (Melodja) Virgilijus Kęstutis Noreika – Operų Arijos (Opera Arias)

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Oh friends, what a marvellous, beautiful voice.
Many Thanks to our friend Takaji for providing this pearl.

# Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky, Alexander Borodin, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Giacomo Puccini, Gaetano Donizetti, Francesco Cilea
# Performer: Virgilijus Kęstutis Noreika
# Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow State Opera Theatre
# Conductor: B. Chaikin
# Vinyl (1974)

# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Melodja
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# ASIN CD: Not found

# Size: 203 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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