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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Ouvertures (Karajan)

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Recorded when the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan were in their plush phase, but under a full head of steam, these polished performances of the Beethoven overtures are a visceral delight. The sensuous, bass-heavy textures and glistening gut-strung string playing are still something to marvel at. So are the outstanding solos in the winds and the potent proclamations of the brass, which had become impressively secure at this point in Karajan’s reign, even though their tuning was still problematic. At times the treatment may seem just a bit Prussian and overbearing, and premeditated in effect rather than spontaneous. But the Olympian grandeur of the conceptions and the sense of festive sweep Karajan brings to the readings make this a set one can live with. The sound is boomy in the louder passages, but there is excellent atmosphere in the quiet ones. –Ted Libbey

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra:  Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.76 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concerti No. 4 & 5 (Schneiderhan)

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Wolfang Schneiderhan is -undeniably – one of the master violinists in Mozart. His intonation is extremely evocative, his phrasing has that naïf touch so lovable in these works. Mozart doesn’t demand fierceness but delicacy and slender elegance and finesse. The Fourth Concerto is one the most relevant examples of superb musicality and austere sobriety.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Wolfgang Schneiderhan
Orchestra:  Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the NDR
Conductor: Hans Schmidt-Hisserstedt
Vinyl 1961/1980?
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.93 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (MFSL) Giacomo Puccini – La Bohème (Freni/Pavarotti)

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Revisited with the benefit of Audio Research SP15 and in 24/192.
This is in my eyes (and ears) one of the few cases where the MFSL version is devasting better than the original.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov
Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1973)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: MFSL (Decca)
DR-Analysis: DR15
Size: 4.19 GB
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HD-Vinyls(Mono) 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 (Böhm)

front-small-boxsetFriends, this definitely the better recording of his two recordings (that other one is from early 70s). For me one of the best 5th ever recorded. Period.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Vinyl (1953)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 324 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Antonio Vivaldi – L’Estro Armonico – (Berliner Philarmoniker)

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This is one of the version from which I learned how wonderful this music was. And it IS wonderful…among Vivaldi’s best of his numbered opuses.
This disproves the accusation that Vivaldi wrote the same concerto hundreds of times: even though strings are the only sonority (enlivened here by varied continuo), the combinations of one, two, and four violin soloists provide endlessly different colours which the members of the Berlin  Philarmonic Orchestra fully exploit.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: members of the Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra

Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.49 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Frederik Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Askenase)

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The playing of Stefan Askenase (1896-1985) was a marvel of tender poetry, subtle rubato, and lucid clarity. If your models for piano playing are the cool efficiency of Pollini or the theatrical thunder of Horowitz, you may find Askenase’s manner too polite and small-scale. But if you prefer delicate shimmer and sparkle to empty glitter, and if you are seeking lyric grace of enormous subtlety, then Askenase is a must-hear.

# Composer: Frederik Chopin
# Performer: Stefan Askenase
# Orchestra:
Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Leopold Ludwig
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 956 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Fricsay)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beautiful 1st pressing
There are so many good recordings of the ninth that we will all have our personal favourite. Someone will go for technical mastery, others for emotional control and resonance for self. My preference depends in part on my mood at the time. I keep coming back to the old recordings of the late 50’s. Klemperer with Hans Hotter in London in November 1957 and this recording from the same year with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Ferenc Fricsay. The latter is a DG recording and is technically superior to my ‘Testament’ effort from London. Both are wonderful but in different ways and the history of each production plays its part.

# Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra:  Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 3.61 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Franz Liszt – Mazeppa, Hung. Rhapsodies 4+5, Hung. Fantasy for Piano & Orchestra (Karajan, Cherkassky)

front-small-boxsetHerbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonics offer a great selection of the pianist/composer’s works aside from his Concertos on this record. But for me the star of this set is not Herbie but pianist Shura Cherkassky, one of the last great “romantic” pianists. An enormously popular figure at the dawn of the LP era, Cherkassky has slipped into obscurity half a century later.

# Composer: Franz Liszt
# Performer: Shura Cherkassky
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 1.09 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No. 5 (9) From The New World (Fricsay)

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Merry Christmas everybody !!!!
Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc

It is very difficult to maintain the serene objectivity and required tact when we are talking about Ferenc Fricsay. Specially when we have to mention one of the most reminded and well known Symphonic works that for so many years has engaged and captivated the great audiences all over the whole world. What Fricsay achieved with the hundred musicians of the Berlin was simply incredible. The performance is filled of undeniable vitality, sweeping energy, stylized phrasing and mercurial passion. Such evidence of fervor and emotive conviction to be true, I have never listened in any other recording recorded previously and pitifully recently.

# Composer: Antonin Dvorak
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
# Vinyl (1960, 2nd pressing 1966?)
# Number of discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis:
DR 12
# Size: 1.68 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Herbert von Karajan – Dances by Brahms & Dvorak

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Reposted – now with FF links
This is one of those recordings that should be in everyone’s music library. The Dvorak Slavonic Dances here are played with immaculate accuracy and beauty. It is a shame Karajan never recorded the complete works. The Hungarian Dances by Brahms are wonderfully performed. Karajan had a way of bringing out these minute melodic structures that simply “make” the music. The sound can be placed in the demonstration bracket and the performances themselves will not likely be out-matched anytime in the near future – truly classic performances deserving to be in every collector’s library.

# Composer: Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1959)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 831 MB
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