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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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Seraphim) Camille Saint-Saens – The 5 Piano Concerti (Ciccolini)

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The performances are elegant and powerful, beautifully played by Ciccolini and well supported by the orchestra under Baudo’s expert direction. Of special note is the exquiste recorded sound. Back in the early 70’s, this was considered one of the best engineered concerto recordings around, and it sounds great today. The balance between the piano and orchestra is superb; natural, spacious and clean.
Aldo Ciccolini comes from the Busoni school of pianism, which combines German intellectualism with Italianate lyricism; those who might think these qualities are unsuited to the music of Saint-Saens should spend some time listening to these marvelous accounts. The approach is quite deliberate at times, but it allows the music to unfold in a way that reveals hidden depths of expression, due in large part to Serge Baudo’s careful direction. All in all, the pairing of Ciccolini and Baudo is a fine choice for a complete set of these piano concertos.

Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini
Orchestra:  Orchestre de Paris
Conductor: Serge Baudo
Vinyl (1974)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Seraphim
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 3.3 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Reference Recordings) Camille Saint-Saens – “Organ” Symphony No. 3 (Stern)

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Today is my birthday and this is my gift to you all
This is an exceptional performance of a great symphony. The Kansas City Symphony under Michael Stern present one of the finest recordings of Saint-Saens third Symphony available. Both conductor and organist achieve an optimal balance. You would not know this was not one of the top tier orchestras. Fine showcase for the great Casavant organ in Helzberg Hall.

Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Orchestra: Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Stern
Vinyl (2015)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Reference Recordings
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.35 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Poulenc, Saint-Saens – Les Animaux Modeles, Le Carnaval des Animaux (Pretre)

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In today’s zoological study are include Saint-Saens’ The Carnival of the Animals, without narration, that Pretre leads rather aggressively, and Poulenc’s nearly forgotten ballet, The Model Animals, which doesn’t try to be humorous or to evoke each animal with orchestral effects. It’s in Poulenc’s cheeky mixture of updated Offenbach and Charlie Chaplin movie music, with some undertones of worldly melancholy. If you didn’t know the title, you’d never suspect the work of being zoological.

Composer: Francis Poulenc, Camille Saint-Saëns
Orchestra: Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
Conductor: Georges Pretre
Vinyl (1963)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 971 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Saint-Saens/Lalo/Bruch – Cello Concertos (Fournier)

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Lalo’s concerto is not among my favorite ones, but Fournier is the only cellist who motivates me to listen it. That’s why I recommend you. Because somehow, this Op. seems to have been composed for this memorable artist.

# Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns, Max Bruch, Édouard Lalo
# Performer: Pierre Fournier
# Orchestra: Orchestre Lamoureux de Paris
# Conductor:
Jean Martinon
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 2.17 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Eiji Oue / Minnesota Orchestra – Mephisto & Co. (2LP, 45rpm, 200g pressing)

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# Composers: Anatoly Konstantinovich Liadov, Camille Saint-Saëns, Cesar Franck, Franz Liszt, Johann Strauss II, Malcolm Arnold, Modest Moussorgsky, Paul Dukas
# Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra
# Conductor: Eiji Oue
# Vinyl (1998 / 2014)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 16
# Label: Reference Recordings | RM-2510
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.96GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.45GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (377MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

There aren’t enough superlatives to adequately describe the sound quality on this album. If you’ve been considering checking out a 192k rip but weren’t sure which one to try… this is the one.

My first classical rip at 192k.

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Saint-Saens/Prokofiev – Carnival Of The Animals/Peter And The Wolf (Narrator: Loriot)

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Proud to offer you this very rare vinyl with the legendary comician Loriot
Traditionally, on 11, 11th at 11:11 o’clock (exactly in the minute I post this), in Germany is Carnival‘s start…therefore, here for you, the immense Loriot narrating The Carnival Of The Animals by Camille Saint-Saens and Peter And The Wolf by Sergeji Prokofiev…and tomorrow, nov. 12th is Loriot‘s birthday !

# Composer: Camille Saint-Saens, Sergeji Prokofiev
# Narrator: Loriot
# Performer: Gary Graffman, Julius Katchen
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra
# Conductor: Skitch Henderson, Daniel Barenboim
# Vinyl (1960-85)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN:
B000026L1H
# Size: 1.15 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

 

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Paray / DSO – Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op. 78 – “Organ” (180g pressing, from the 6LP box set)

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# Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
# Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Paul Paray
# Vinyl (1958 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Mercury Living Presence
# Size: 723MB (24/96) + 194MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

The fourth album in the second Mercury Living Presence 6LP box set.

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Great HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Paganini/Saint-Saens – Violin Concertos (Francescatti)

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# Composer: Niccoló Paganini, Camille Saint-Saens
# Performer: Zino Francescatti
# Orchestra: New York Philarmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra
# Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugene Ormandy
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Columbia
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B000026G8O
# Size: 1.02 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Decca) Bizet/Sarasate/Saint-Saens – Ruggiero Ricci/Pierino Gamba


Mint, never played…i had it “forgotten” for years – unopened –
Reissue on 180g from 1998 by Speakers Corner
Reposted, now with FF links

# Composer: George Bizet, Camille Saint-Saens, Pablo de Sarasate
# Performer: Ruggiero Ricci
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Pierino Gamba
# Vinyl (1959/1998)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 16
# ASIN: B0003JAJAY
# Size: 728 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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