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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Sergei Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky (Previn)


Thank you Jean-Luc for this gem

Captured in 32 bit/384 kHz
Film director Sergei Eisenstein was not deceived by Hitler’s ruse and saw the Nazi threat for what it was, a black faced lie, not to invade Russia. He brought out a film called Alexander Nevsky in 1938, telling of the 13th Century Russian hero, Prince Alexander and his campaign against the invading Teutonic Knights of Germany. The story, quite accurate at that, was a good parallel with the situation in 1938, and served as a slightly disguised warning to the Soviet people to be ready, when the Germans invaded Russia. Eisenstein was sure this was a certainty, despite Stalin’s insistance that the Führer could be trusted. So disillusioned was the Soviet leader when the German Army did attack, that he sequestered himself for 2-3 weeks in his Moscow area “dacha,” a sort of Communist “Camp David.” He refused to give defensive orders and hundreds of thousands of Soviets died in the initial days of this war. Stalin, at first, tried to suppress the Eisenstein film, but it was so popular that he relented…..

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: London Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Anna Reynolds
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl 1972
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.65 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Paganini, Dvorak, Bruch, Mendelssohn – Izthak Perlman plays 4 Violin Concerti

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Once I had the honor to see & hear Mr. Perlman during a rehearsal one day before a concert in Berlin. I was in my former life travelling technician and one day I was (again) in Berlin, shortly after the fall of the wall. The customer, where I had to repair a gigantic printer had almost become a friend through many years and I always asked him, when I was there, who was actually there and with which concerto…or which orchestra, which maestro. Mostly there was nothing or not interessant for me (I was around 1-2 times in a year there). But one fine day the Muses were very friendly to me and Itzhak gave the Beethoven Concerto. Knowing my love to music, my customer asked me, if I would gladly attend to the rehearsal. I couldn’t believe it…. He phoned with someone and I could hear in the almost empty hall the wonderful playing of Mr. Perlman. Lucky me!
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Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Niccoló Paganini, Antonin Dvorak, Max Bruch
Performer: Itzhak Perlman
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Lawrence Foster, Daniel Barenboim, André Previn
Vinyl 1972
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 2.9 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Camille Saint-Saens – Piano Concerti 2 & 4 (Collard, Previn)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beauty
Featuring the superb piano stylings of renowned French Pianist Jean-Phillippe Collard.
Saint Saëns, acclaimed for his sense of drama and ability to evoke mystery in his compositions, crafted five piano concertos over the course of his life, though only No. 2 garnered commercial success.Camille Saint-Saens’ sense of drama, his lyric runs, all make this listening experience highly recommended. I am fascinated by the way Saint-Saens creates rich variations of his themes as he takes us from movement to movement. Saint-Saens has the ability to develop ethereal melodies and variations on themes that are hypnotic and mystical. His piano runs are pushed for dramatic effect. The creative and amusing variations of his themes are pleasant and amusing.

Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Performer: Jean-Philippe Collard
Orchestra: Royal Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1987)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 863 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Two Suites For Two Pianos (Ashkenazy, Previn)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for another piano gem
Outstanding!!!!! Both, music and performances!!!
Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andre Previn give bold, exciting performances of these Rachnaninov showpieces. Every selection, in my opinion, is performed magnificently. Unless you are a devotee of other pianists in this repertoire, I highly recommend these recordings. Rachmaninov was a fabulous pianist and the two piano suites is truly a delight. Ashkenazy and Previn seem really in tune with one another and with the music – as if they’re having FUN with it.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy, André Previn
Vinyl (1975)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 893 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Sergei Rachmaninov – Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Dances (Previn)

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Thank you Jean-Luc for this rarity
I fell in love with Rachmaninov’s music at the age of 7 or 8, back in 1965-66, when I heard for the 1st time his marvellous 2nd Piano Concerto. Until today he has remained one of my favorite composer – togheter with LvB, WAM and JSB – and nobody interprets his orchestral music better than André Previn. This is an album every lover of Rachmaninov will want. His tone poem “The Isle of the Dead” and his last work, “Symphonic Dances” shine in splendid, luxuriant sound courtesy of the London Symphony Orchestra, who give their all. Add this to your collection, if you love me, otherwise you will go to hell 😀

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1976)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.08 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Camille Saint-Saens – Piano Concerti 3 & 5 (Collard, Previn)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beauty
Featuring the superb piano stylings of renowned French Pianist Jean-Phillippe Collard.
Saint Saëns, acclaimed for his sense of drama and ability to evoke mystery in his compositions, crafted five piano concertos over the course of his life, though only No. 2 garnered commercial success.Camille Saint-Saens’ sense of drama, his lyric runs, all make this listening experience highly recommended. I am fascinated by the way Saint-Saens creates rich variations of his themes as he takes us from movement to movement. Saint-Saens has the ability to develop ethereal melodies and variations on themes that are hypnotic and mystical. His piano runs are pushed for dramatic effect. The creative and amusing variations of his themes are pleasant and amusing.

Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Performer: Jean-Philippe Collard
Orchestra: Royal Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1987)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.21 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – All Piano Concerti (Ashkenazy/Previn)

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These are brilliant performances of Sergei Rachmaninov’s four piano concertos! Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy originally recorded them with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andre Previn at Kingsway Hall in London in 1972. Ashkenazy demonstrates superb artistry and musicianship on this box set, playing each concerto with extraordinary warmth and expressiveness. The LSO’s accompaniment is outstanding in both its poetry and precision. I found the slow movement of Concerto No. 3 to be particularly enjoyable for its depth of feeling. The sound is absolutely outstanding, aided by the warm ambience of Kingsway Hall. Awarded a three-star rating (signifying “an outstanding performance and recording in every way,”) by the “Penguin Guide to Compact Discs,” this set should not be missed my any fan of Rachmaninov’s music.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestre: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 3.03 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Previn / LSO: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 (“Babi Yar”) (2LP, 180g, UK pressing)

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# Composers: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
# Conductor: André Previn
# Vinyl (1980)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 16
# Label: Alto Records / EMI / His Master’s Voice | ASD 3911
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.43GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.22GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (324MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA) Heitor Villa-Lobos – Guitar Concerto + 5 Preludes (Bream/Previn)

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In one word: Fantastic ! Thank you very much Jean-Luc
This is a superb recording in every aspect, and as far as the preludes go, they are for me, a long time guitar aficionado, definitive.

# Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos
# Performer: Julian Bream
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: André Previn
# Vinyls (1971)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# Label: RCA
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Size: 1.7 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Feb. 5th 2015
Due to a short “buzz” noise, maybe caused while saving, please DL the file named “fixedB3” and replace the track B3

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Special HD-Vinyl 96/24 (EMI) Sergei Rachmaninov – The Bells/Vocalise

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Reposted, now with FF links

# Composer: Sergej Rachmaninov
# Performer: Sheila Armstrong, Robert Tear, John Shirley-Quirk
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: André Previn
# Vinyl (1976)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# ASIN: B00000DR1U
# Size: 822 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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London Symphony Orchestra: Previn – Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture (Hi-Q, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: André Previn
# Vinyl (1973 / 2011)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Hi-Q Records
# Size: 941MB (24/96) + 237MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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Previn/LSO – Ravel: Boléro / Daphnis et Chloé / Pavane pour une infant défunte (180g pressing)

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# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: André Previn
# Vinyl (1979 / 1978 / 2012)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Hi-Q Records
# Size: 831MB (24/96) + 212MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

Stunningly beautiful sound on this Hi-Q release.

I’ve got at least 6 different versions of Boléro, and I think this is my new favorite. The Daphnis et Chloé is breathtaking – my only complaint is that it’s not the complete ballet. Ravel fans, be sure to grab this one!

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