Reiner / CSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G (2LP, Classic Records, 180g test pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Performer: Lisa Della Casa
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Classic Records | LSC-2364
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.13GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.08GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (293MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

This is by far, the rarest and most expensive item I have ever shared here on boxset.

Test pressings are usually limited to 20-25 copies. They’re given to the artists/producers/etc to check things before doing a full press run – the very first copies produced. Occasionally, they will contain anomalies and end up being scrapped. More often than not, however, they are pristine with phenomenal sound. That is the case here.

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Reiner / CSO – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat, Op. 55 (“Eroica”) (original US pressing, mono)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1955)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | LM-1899
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.66GB), 24-bit/96kHz (811MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (197MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 8 – Solti

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for another gem
Mahler conducting has moved in a different direction from what we hear on this recording of the Seventh under Solti. Comparison with almost any other famous account — from Bernstein, Abbado, Boulez, or Tennstedt — reveals how extroverted and hyper-energized Solti is. The recording has been engineered for maximum detail, almost x-ray like, and any ambiguous or problematic aspects in the score are charged through, with forward momentum prevailing over anything else.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Solti
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 1.67 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 7 – Solti

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this beauty
Mahler conducting has moved in a different direction from what we hear on this recording of the Seventh under Solti. Comparison with almost any other famous account — from Bernstein, Abbado, Boulez, or Tennstedt — reveals how extroverted and hyper-energized Solti is. The recording has been engineered for maximum detail, almost x-ray like, and any ambiguous or problematic aspects in the score are charged through, with forward momentum prevailing over anything else.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Solti
Vinyl (1971/1976)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 1.55 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA Victrola) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 (Reiner)

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Thanks to our friend Lemarquis for this evergreen
Having collected a variety of Beethoven Symphony recordings over the years, incorporating a variety of interpretive approaches, I continue to enjoy this recording after all these years and lthought the sound is not the best. The sound opens up more, the brass have a burnished edge to them now. This is aggressive Beethoven, a valid approach to this monumental work. If you desire a more romantic and less assertive approach, there is always Giulini, Böhm or Bernstein to name a few, but I prefer this recording somewhat even to Kleiber’s celebrated VPO recording of the samesymphony. It’s an incredible value for the amount of music in such fine performances.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Vinyl (1959)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: RCA Victrola
DR-Analysis: DR 10
Size: 754 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls(Mono) 24/96 (RCA) Richard Strauss – Elektra (Highlights) (Inge Borkh, Fritz Reiner)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to Jean-Luc for the vinyl
Fritz Reiner’s fabled 1956 excerpts from Strauss’s Elektra not only live up to their legend via RCA’s superb “Living Stereo” remastering, but attest to the conductor’s unmatched synchronicity between his orchestra and, arguably, the most commanding, involved rendering of the title role and Orestes on disc. Inge Borkh’s powerful, laserlike timbre and intense vocal acting are beyond praise in the touching Recognition Scene.

Composer: Richard Strauss
Performer: Inge Borkh, Frances Yeend, Paul Schöffler
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Vinyl (1956)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 403 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures From An Exhibition (CSO/Solti)

front-small-boxsetDon’t be surprised by the title…even myself, I always thought, it is “at” and not “from”…but the correct translation from Russian is “from”. Anyway, this is another outstanding performance of the “Pictures”, that I omissed to post all the time.
Now it’s time to knee down in front of Maestro Solti. One of the better full orchestral Pictures to be found! Full of passion and energy. Solti, the Chicago Symphony, and the London engineers bring out all the color and life in this great piece. The combination with a delightful performance of Le Tombeau de Couperin is a good match. Couldn’t be better! Highly recommended!

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Maurice Ravel
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.85 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI) Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto (Perlman/Giulini)

front-small-boxsetCarlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005) and Itzhak Perlman collaborated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in this famous 1976 EMI recording. I have heard this criticized as having an overly slow Ist movement. Having listened to this, I do not find I overly slow, but rather a bit leisurely, giving the conductor, orchestra and soloist TIME to really interact and do some special touches with Brahms’ orchestration. II and III are definitely in the same league tempo wise, with many other recordings. The recorded sound is excellent and the Chicago Symphony plays with great authority and precision.

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer: Itzhak Perlman
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini

Vinyl (1977)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.61 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 6 (Solti)

front-small-boxset Many thanks to Jean-Luc for another Mahler/Solti masterpiece
Georg Solti was a conductor who always strived for excellence. Sometimes, he did not achieve his objective. However, more often than not, he did. In this Mahler Symphony No. 6, recorded shortly after he took command as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony, he hit a home run. Solti was never one to wallow, unlike Celibidache or Knappertsbusch. In his younger years, he was given the moniker “the screaming skull.” He was renowned for his ability to tackle complicated scores and was a regular both in the opera house and the symphony hall.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer: Yvonne Minton

Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Vinyl (1970)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3:61 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

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Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) G. Mahler – Symphony No. 5 (Solti)

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My friends, you know about all the things in life that are simply the truth and you cannot do anything but to accept it: sun rises up, every day – earth is not a plate – Sir Georg Solti and Decca made the best Wagner-cycle and Mahler-cycle on earth. Period!
New rip (2016) in 24/192

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Performer: Yvonne Minton
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti

# Vinyl (1970)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Decca

# DR-Analysis: DR 14
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Size: 3.23 GB
# Scan: Yes

# Server: FF
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