G.Puccini – “Madame Butterfly” (Madama Butterfly, Freni, Domingo, Ludwig. Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker) (1974, Film -opera)

 G.Puccini -  "Madame Butterfly" (Madama Butterfly, Freni, Domingo, Ludwig. Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker) (1974, Film -opera)

G.Puccini – “Madame Butterfly” (Madama Butterfly, Freni, Domingo, Ludwig. Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker) (1974, Film -opera)

Composer:Giacomo Puccini
Performer:Mirella Freni
Conductor:Herbert von Karajan
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD-5
Size:4.37 GB
Recovery: +3%
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – 200 Years Edition, Box 9, The Masses (3 LPs)

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This is Box No. 9 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 (Missa Solemnis): Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Walter Berry, Wiener Singverein
Performer (Messe C-Dur): Gundula Janowitz, Julia Hamari, Elmar Schloter, Horst Laubenthal, Ernst Gerold Schramm
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker (Missa Solemnis), Münchener Bach-Chor Und Bach-Orchester (Messe C-Dur)
Conductor: , Karl Richter (Messe C-Dur), Herbert von Karajan (Missa Solemnis)
Number of Discs: 3/75

Format: Flac
Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.59 GB
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Fritz Wunderlich – Leben und Legende (Life and Legend,Thomas Stahler) (2006,Opera & Documentary,DVDRip-AVC)

Fritz Wunderlich - Leben und Legende (Life and Legend,Thomas Stahler) (2006,Opera & Documentary,DVDRip-AVC)

Fritz Wunderlich – Leben und Legende (Life and Legend,Thomas Stahler) (2006,Opera & Documentary,DVDRip-AVC)

Composer:Fritz Wunderlich
Performer:Christa Ludwig
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDRip-AVC
Label:SRF, ORF & DG / Germany
Size: 1.61 GB
Recovery: +3%
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Columbia) Johann Sebastian Bach – St. Matthew Passion (Klemperer)

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The real test of greatness, both in content and in performance is the effect of repeated hearing–especially repeated hearing without focused concentration. After a while, both the art and the artistry of a recording like this make themselves felt in an undeniable way. Most important of all, the effect of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is to immerse the listener in the feelings and philosophies of an event that forms the foundation of western culture. This recording of the St. Matthew Passion captures all the feeling and emotion present in the Biblical passages upon which it is based. It is an excellent recording to use for study due to its extremely slow tempo. The tempo, however, unfortunately makes it rather tedious if you do not love the piece before listening to this recording. The final chorus, “Wir setzen uns,” is magnificently done, as is the opening chorus. The soloists are superb, and Klemperer certainly knows how to make one wait for a chord to resolve. All in all, it’s simply amazing.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Sir Peter Pears, Sir Geraint Evans, Wilfred Brown, Nicolai Gedda, Walter Berry, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig
Choir: Boys Of The Hampstead Parish Church Choir

Chorus Master: Martindale Sidwell, Wilhelm Pitz
Orchestra: Philharmonia Choir And Orchestra
Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Vinyl (1962)

Number of Discs: 4.5
Format: Flac
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 4.62 GB
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Mozart – Cosi fan tutte (Karl Bоhm,Gundula Janowitz,Christa Ludwig,Luigi Alva) (1970,Opera,HDTVRip)

Mozart - Cosi fan tutte (Karl Bоhm,Gundula Janowitz,Christa Ludwig,Luigi Alva) (1970,Opera,HDTVRip)

Mozart – Cosi fan tutte (Karl Bоhm,Gundula Janowitz,Christa Ludwig,Luigi Alva) (1970,Opera,HDTVRip)

Composer:Mozart
Performer:Gundula Janowitz
Conductor:Karl Böhm
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Number of Discs:1
Format:
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Size:6.83 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.3 (Bernstein)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this very rare live gem.
Leonard Bernstein more or less owned this symphony, and both this and his earlier Sony recording are superb. He was one of the few conductors who wasn’t afraid of the musical insanity that Mahler unleashes in the first movement (a collision between two marches of very different character), and the New York Philharmonic is one of the few orchestras in the world with the stamina to carry the whole thing off. This is the longest symphony ever written that’s in the international repertoire, but listening to Bernstein’s way with it, you’d never guess. –David Hurwitz

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Contralto: Christa Ludwig
# Orchestra: New York Philarmonic Orchestra
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Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1989)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
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Size: 1.97 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Klemperer)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beatiful vinyl
If you haven’t heard this ninth or its live counterpart, you haven’t heard Beethoven’s ninth at its very best. The difference consists partly in the fact that Klemperer lets the trombones and percussion play as they should, according to the score – i.e. clearly audible. Most other conductors tend to ignore this. On the present recording, the result is just amazing. The recording quality is very fine, despite its age. It is far better than many other, later recordings (e.g., Karajan’s). Compared with the live version from Testament.

# Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer:  Hans Hotter, Christa Ludwig, Aase Nordmo Lövberg, Waldemar Kmentt
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Otto Klemperer
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Columbia
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 1.56 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Bela Bartok – Bluebeard’s Castle (in Hungarian) Ludwig, Berry, Kertesz

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Bartók’s lone opera has fared well on disc, and the Kertész is one of the best, even if it lacks the full bite and snap of singers emoting in their native language. Ludwig, a mezzo Judith, is convincing as a loving bride wishing to share her husband’s innermost secrets, and Berry is a patient Bluebeard, saddened by her inevitable consignment to oblivion behind the seventh door. They capture the private, intimate horrors at the core of the story. Kertész conducts brilliantly, drawing full, warm sounds from the LSO aided by Decca’s spectacular demonstration-quality engineering. Doráti (on Mercury, also with great sound but with native singers) may get closer to the spirit of Bartók’s sharp-edged score, but Kertész is in the same league.

# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Performers: Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Istvan Kertesz
# Vinyl (1965)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca

# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 2.3 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Giuseppe Verdi – Requiem (Giulini)

front_small_boxsetEven though the corruption of the Heirarchy, mainly about power, put him off the Church, and made it difficult for him to believe, Verdi expresses here his faith, or longing for faith. The Giulini recording of Verdi’s “Requiem” has long been a favorite of many listeners, both for the conducting and the quality of the soloists, most of whom were at the peak of their careers.

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Nicolai Gedda, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Christa Ludwig
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# Label: EMI Angel
# ASIN: B00AM5RD44
# Size: 1.84 GB
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# Server:
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) An Evening Of Brahms’ Songs (Ludwig/Bernstein)

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I watched this on TV somewhen in the 1980s and was floored by it. I’m surprised there’s no DVD of such a winner as this. Must be some kind of contractual problem. Pity. LB was usually a superb pianist and accompanist, and, of course, Christa Ludwig was/is a great singer of Brahms or of almost anything. What I saw was a lovely program of well-known and lesser-known Brahms songs performed to perfection, not showy, but touching. I’d say that if you have a turntable, take a chance on this disc.

# Composer: Johannes Brahms
# Performer: Christa Ludwig, Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1977)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Columbia
# ASIN: B000001GR0
# Size: 965 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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