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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
Scan: yes
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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
# Servers: File Factory

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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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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Claude Debussy – Images I / II – Children’s Corner (Michelangeli)

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One of Michelangeli’s supreme recordings! The Images books sublimely wrought, a pianist of excruciating gifts with his mystifying inner world fully alive, and beautifully intimate sonics that are a model of restraint. What more can you ask for? Find me another recorded version of the Images to rival this one.

# Composer: Claude Debussy
# Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
# Vinyl (1971)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# ASIN:
B000001G6F
# Size: 865 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

 

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Various Artists: Legendary Virtuoso Performances (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

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# Composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claude Debussy, Modest Moussorgsky
# Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
# Performers: NBC Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Horowitz
# Vinyl (1945/46 | 1950 | 1947 | 1953)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Records 45 and 46 of 100
# Size: 2.17GB (24/96) + 552MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

Each of the library cases in this 100LP collection has a title or theme to it. Volume 45 & 46 is entitled “Legendary Virtuoso Performances”. Three of the performances (Mozart: Symphony No. 41 In C Major “Jupiter”, Debussy: La Mer, and Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition) are by Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The other is a solo performance of Pictures at an Exhibition by Vladimir Horowitz.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, feel free to add them to the comments. Please include the album numbers from the master list with your requests.

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