HD-Vinyl 24/96 (L’Oiseau Lyre) WAM – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Serenata Notturna, Notturno, K.286 (Hogwood)

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Many thanks to Lemarquis for this fine gem
All 3 pieces on this disc are well played and recorded. The warhorse K.545 sounds fresh and clean here – the Salomon Quartet sounds light footed and wonderfully transparent. There is plenty of juice here. Hogwood’s rendition of the Notturno For Four Orchestras, K.286, is stunning beautiful, and is hands down the best version I’ve heard on record. The wind parts are captured vividly and the dialogue between the four orchestras is extremely well done. Many recordings of K.286 have problems with dynamics and space, but here you get the sense of an ample soundstage, in which the more distant forces seem quite distant, while those more immediate are much closer. It’s a delicate balance, and Hogwood succeeds where others have failed…..

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: The Academy Of Ancient Music
Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
Vinyl (1984)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: L’Oiseau Lyre
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 1.11 GB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Decca/Argo) Vivaldi – L’Estro Armonico – Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields (Marriner)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this gem
For a while in the mid-70s, this was the only available version of Vivaldi’s opus 3 concerti. This is one of the version (the very first was an obscure Italian release from the 70s I owned on cassette) from which I learned how wonderful this music was. And it IS wonderful…among Vivaldi’s best of his numbered opuses. It has tremendous atmosphere (recording acoustic helps) and luminosity. There is a lightness mostly throughout with beautiful solo contributions especially from Alan Loveday and Carmel Kaine (who also feature in Vivaldi’s La Stravaganza with ASMF-a ‘must-listen!’ that I will post next).

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. :(

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Alan Loveday, Carmel Caine, Iona Brown, Ronald Thomas, Roy Gillard, Christopher Hogwood, Colin Tilney, Cecil James
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1973)

Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca/Argo
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.02GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (L’Oiseau-Lyre) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Hogwood)

front-small-boxsetThis version of Vivaldi’s Seasons may be unique, because of four different soloists, who each one interpretes one of the four Seasons.
Like biting the perfect apple, it leaves you stunned. Dialing in the taste before you eat this common fruit, you are amazed when expectations are exceeded. Whether it is the original instruments, multiple violin soloists, or trying to envision how Vivaldi intended the Seasons to sound, the sound of this Seasons is exceptionally bright and the dramatic intensity was more than I had remembered.

# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Alison Bury, Catherine Mackintosh, Christopher Hirons, John Holloway
# Orchestra: Academy Of Ancient Music
# Conductor:
Christopher Hogwood
# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: L’Oiseau-Lyre
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.56 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Stunning HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) – Georg Muffat – Florilegium Secundum (Academy Of Ancient Music)

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Magical, simply great !

R.I.P. Maestro, we will miss you!

# Composer: Georg Muffat
# Ensemble: Academy Of Ancient Music
# Director: Christopher Hogwood
# Vinyl (1982)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B00D97NZ3K
# Size: 1.03 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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