Ansermet / OSR: Debussy / Ravel – La Mer / Prelude A L’Apres-Midi D’un Faune / Rapsodie Espagnole (UK pressing)

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# Composers: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: London Records | CS 6024
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (942MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (250MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Claude Debussy – Preludes, Book 2 – Walter Gieseking

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Most looking at Gieseking’s Debussy recordings for EMI already know what it’s about; Gieseking’s interpretations have been seminal since their original release, if not without controversy. Whether you feel that nobody has done them better, or you have quibbles with his approach, these are indeed recordings that everyone moderately interested in Debussy or even classical music should at least hear.

Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Walter Gieseking
Vinyl (1954)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 301 MB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Claude Debussy – Preludes, Book 1 – Walter Gieseking

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this gem
Most looking at Gieseking’s Debussy recordings for EMI already know what it’s about; Gieseking’s interpretations have been seminal since their original release, if not without controversy. Whether you feel that nobody has done them better, or you have quibbles with his approach, these are indeed recordings that everyone moderately interested in Debussy or even classical music should at least hear.

Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Walter Gieseking
Vinyl (1954)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 326 MB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Claude Debussy – Images 1 & 2 – Pour Le Piano – Estampes – Walter Gieseking

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this gem
Most looking at Gieseking’s Debussy recordings for EMI already know what it’s about; Gieseking’s interpretations have been seminal since their original release, if not without controversy. Whether you feel that nobody has done them better, or you have quibbles with his approach, these are indeed recordings that everyone moderately interested in Debussy or even classical music should at least hear.

Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Walter Gieseking
Vinyl (1954)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 464 MB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Claude Debussy – Children’s Corner – Suite Bergamasque – Walter Gieseking

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Most looking at Gieseking’s Debussy recordings for EMI already know what it’s about; Gieseking’s interpretations have been seminal since their original release, if not without controversy. Whether you feel that nobody has done them better, or you have quibbles with his approach, these are indeed recordings that everyone moderately interested in Debussy or even classical music should at least hear.

Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Walter Gieseking
Vinyl (1954)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: 12
Size: 293 MB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Claude Debussy – 15 Piano Pieces – Walter Gieseking

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this gem
Most looking at Gieseking’s Debussy recordings for EMI already know what it’s about; Gieseking’s interpretations have been seminal since their original release, if not without controversy. Whether you feel that nobody has done them better, or you have quibbles with his approach, these are indeed recordings that everyone moderately interested in Debussy or even classical music should at least hear.

Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Walter Gieseking
Vinyl (1954)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 514 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Debussy, Ravel – String Quartets (Quartetto Italiano)

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The members of the Quartetto Italiano were together for so long that you can get a historic mono recording of the smae music on EMI. The Quartetto doesn’t try to sound airy, diaphanous, or particularly French. Instead, they give a presonal, uniquely phrased version that sounds as if each player is esponding from deep feelings about the music. That’s rare in performances of Debussy and Ravel, where the syle is more or less locked in. the miking is quite close, and although they lack the sheen of the Bertg Qt, the Quartetto Italiano deserves their reputaiton for making beautiful sounds.

Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
Performer: Quartetto Italiano
Vinyl (1966)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.08 GB
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Arthur Grumiaux & István Hajdu – Violinsonaten (mono, Dutch pressing, promo copy)

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# Composers: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Fauré
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Philips | A 02264 L
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.01GB), 24-bit/96kHz (803MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (228MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (MFSL) Debussy/ Ravel – La Mer/Prélude À L’après-midi D’un Faune/Boléro (Karajan)

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Many thanks to my friend Mats for this audiophile gift
What makes Karajan such a superb French conductor isn’t just precision and clarity, two virtues we associate with this genre, but his poetic imaginaiton. Where Boulez is crystalline and sparkling in La Mer, Karajan is romantic and delicate. He expresses the music in long sweeps of feeling, but each bar is full of color and nuance. As familiar as La Mer is, to go beyond mere scene-painting (wind, waves, foam, etc.) is difficult. To my ears, Karajan’s interpretation rises to the very top, but you must be able to open your ears to it, since this isn’t Munch-Ansermet-Boulez.

# Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1968)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: MFSL
# DR-Analysis: DR 16
# Size: 1.88 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Claude Debussy – Préludes Vol. 1 (Michelangeli)

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Many thanks for this beauty to our friend Jean-Luc
I wish I could find adequate words to do justice to this recording but I doubt that anyone can. If you are familiar with the music, you probably already own this version. If not, you need to get yourself a copy. Words I could use would include masterful, elegant, brilliand and ultimately beautiful. Blissful! If you are someone unfamiliar with this music, this recording will win you over.

# Composer: Claude Debussy
# Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
# Vinyl (1984-1985)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Size: 1.62 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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