HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Bärenreiter-Musicaphon) Wolfgang Amaseus Mozart – Works For Two Pianos, Vol. 1 & 2 (Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky)

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The Kontarsky brothers were among the finest duo-pianist teams of their day, performing from the 1950’s through 1983, when Aloys suffered a debilitating stroke. They were champions of modern music, premiering works from Stockhausen, Berio, and Zimmerman among others, and made a number of fine records for Deutsche Grammophon over the course of their careers.

Composer: Wolfgang Amaseus Mozart
Performer: Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky
Vinyl (196?)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Bärenreiter-Musicaphon
DR-Analysis:
DR 14-15
Size: 1.68 GB
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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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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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-Vinyls Stereo 24/96 (DGG) Debussy/Ravel – Piano Music For 4 Hands (Aloys & Alfons Kontarsky)

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Fabulous music, fabulous recording, fabulous performance. The Kontarsky brothers were strong technicians, intuitive partners, and had a great feel for Impressionistic music. The recorded sound is also superb.

# Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
# Performer: Aloys & Alfons Kontarsky
# Vinyl (1973/77)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 16
# Size: 2.13 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – 200 Years Edition, Box 3, Chamber Music For Wind Instruments (5 LPs)

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This is Box No. 3 of the Bicentennial Beethoven Collection, published by Deutsche Grammophon 1970, to celebrate Beethoven’s 200th birthday with all his works on 12 Box-Sets/75 LPs.
In the last years I spent only for this Beethoven Edition around 500-550 EUR. If you think and feel, you want to contribute, any donation will be welcome. Thank you!

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Aloys Kontarsky, Karl-Heinz Zöller, Klaus Thunemann, Thomas Brandis, Siegbert Ueberschaer, Jörg Demus, Gerd Seifert
# Orchestra: Members of the Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra, Droloc Quartet
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 5/75
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 3.77 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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