Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Igor Stravinsky – Le Sacre Du Printemps (Maazel)


The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. Compare this rip with the rip I posted with Maestro Karajan: both are beautiful performances, but when the HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound, you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy! Take care in the 2nd Part, after 7 minutes, when the “famous” eleven drum hits come to your ears.

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: Igor Stravinsky

Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra

Conductor: Lorin Maazel

Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Telarc

DR-Analysis: DR 17
Size: 
1.23 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (MFP) Joseph Haydn – Symphonies No. 97 & 98 (Szell)

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All thanks for this go to Lemarquis
Though he could be something of a tyrant as a conductor (cut as he was from the same cloth as Arturo Toscanini), there is no question that the twenty-four seasons that George Szell spent as the music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, from 1946 until his death in July 1970, molded that once-provincial ensemble into an orchestra that rivalled its counterparts in Vienna and Berlin. Franz Joseph Haydn was one of those composers he put a special emphasis on, as can be evidenced on this recording.

Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: George Szell
Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: MFP
DR-Analysis: DR12
Size: 1.14 GB
Scan: yes
Server:
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante, Exultate Jubilate (Szell)

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The ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ in E flat for violin and viola, K364, is an iconic work for many Mozart lovers, and arguably the greatest music he wrote in Salzburg. Yet, frustratingly, we know nothing about its origins. Apart from a sketch for the first-movement cadenza, the autograph has disappeared. Neither Mozart nor any of his contemporaries ever mentioned the work. It seems fair to assume that, inspired by the sinfonie concertanti he had encountered in Paris and Mannheim, he composed it, in summer or autumn 1779, for himself to play with the Salzburg court Konzertmeister Antonio Brunetti. But this remains guesswork.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Abraham Skernick, Rafael Druian, Judith Raskin
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: George Szell
Vinyl (1965)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 976 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 8 (Szell)

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One of the greatest misconceptions about George Szell is that, while he was able to drill orchestras into incomparable playing, his interpretations were metronomic and lacked imagination. What a load of tosh.
George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra were long known for becoming one of the greatest orchestras of the 20th century. Using balance, precision and a desire for perfection, Szell was able to achieve results very few orchestras in the world could hope to achieve. While Szell was often portrayed in the media and society as cold or dictator like, his leadership resulted in the Cleveland Orchestra producing some of the finest Mozart, Bruckner, Beethoven and Haydn recordings ever made.

Composer: Anton Bruckner, Richard Wagner
Orchestra:  Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Szell
Vinyl (1969)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: 12
Size: 2.04 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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George Szell / The Cleveland Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl) – NEW RIP!

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
# Conductor: George Szell
# Vinyl (1964? / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society | Record 87 of 100
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.03GB), 24-bit/96kHz (541MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (154MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Shortly before the holidays last year, I got a PM letting me know that there was a skip in the second movement of this rip. The original was done almost two years ago and grabbed over 250 times. No one had said a word till now.

Normally, I would just copy/paste a fix and repost that track. Unfortunately (for me), that wasn’t possible, because I had changed my cart and preamp since then. A copy/paste job would most likely be noticeable. So what’s a ripper to do? Re-rip the entire symphony with the new gear, of course!

So, for anyone who may be interested, here’s a brand new rip (now available in 24/192 too).

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition (Maazel)

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A heartly “thank you” to our friend Mats for this gift
Ihmo this is one of the very very few performances (if not the only one) that comes very close to the millenium-recording by Fritz Reiner from 1958. Perfect in any way: tempi, coordination, dramatical atmosphere, sound. Don’t ask me why a digital production, presumably made with 16bit/44.1kHz technology, sounds ways better from vinyl than from CD. I don’t know. Try and believe.

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolaj Rimsky-Korsakov, Maurice Ravel
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Vinyl (1979)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
# Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.51 GB
Scan: yes
Server: Fi
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The Debussy Edition (18 CD box set, APE)

The Debussy Edition (18 CD box set, APE)

The Debussy Edition (18 CD box set, APE)

All thanks fly to Simone_

Composer: Claude Debussy
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 18 CD box set
Format: APE (tracks)
Label: Decca
ASIN: B00742LLKU
Size: 3.5 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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Schumann Gold (2 CD, FLAC)

Schumann Gold (2 CD, FLAC)

Schumann Gold (2 CD, FLAC)

Composer: Robert Schumann
Performer: Nelson Freire, Malcolm Martineau, Bryn Terfel, Paul Gulda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christoph Eschenbach, Ivo Pogorelich, Brigitte Fassbaender, Irwin Gage, Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Vladimir Horowitz, Fritz Wunderlich, Hubert Giesen, Lynn Harrell, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gidon Kremer, Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg, Maria João Pires
Orchestra: Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Hagen Quartett, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, The Cleveland Orchestra, Beaux Arts Trio, Monteverdi Choir
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner, Leonard Bernstein, Andre Previn, Rafael Kubelik, Georg Solti, Neville Marriner, Herbert von Karajan
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 2 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B0038Q3ULE
Size: 550 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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Mozart Adagios (2 CD, FLAC)

Mozart Adagios (2 CD, FLAC)

Mozart Adagios (2 CD, FLAC)

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Decca
ASIN: B00000IIZZ
Size: 587 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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Maazel: Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet (2 CD, FLAC)

Maazel: Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet (2 CD, FLAC)

Maazel: Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet (2 CD, FLAC)

Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC (tracks+m3u)
Label: Decca
ASIN: B000007OTR
Size: 586 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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Maazel: Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on a Bare Mountain (FLAC)

Maazel: Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on a Bare Mountain (FLAC)

Maazel: Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on a Bare Mountain (FLAC)

Composer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Telarc
ASIN: B000003CSH
Size: 144 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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Maazel: Gershwin – Porgy and Bess (3 CD box set, FLAC)

Maazel: Gershwin - Porgy and Bess (3 CD box set, FLAC)

Maazel: Gershwin – Porgy and Bess (3 CD box set, FLAC)

Composer: George Gershwin
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 3 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Decca
ASIN: B0000041QM
Size: 841 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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Katie & Marielle Labeque: Piano Fantasy, Music for Two Pianos (6 CD box set, FLAC)

Katie & Marielle Labeque: Piano Fantasy, Music for Two Pianos (6 CD box set, FLAC)

Katie & Marielle Labeque: Piano Fantasy, Music for Two Pianos (6 CD box set, FLAC)

Performer: Katia and Marielle Labèque
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly, Seiji Ozawa
Composer: Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak, Georges Bizet, Gabriel Faure, Maurice Ravel
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 6 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Philips
ASIN: B00008CLIF
Size: 1.21 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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Emil Gilels – Complete EMI Recordings (9 CD box set, FLAC)

EMI Icon: Emil Gilels - Complete EMI Recordings (9 CD box set, FLAC)

EMI Icon: Emil Gilels - Complete EMI Recordings (9 CD box set, FLAC)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 9 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: EMI Classics
ASIN: B003D0ZNXS
Size: 2.24 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Hector Berlioz – Requiem (Maazel)

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# Composer: Hector Berlioz
# Performer: Kenneth Riegel
# Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel
# Vinyls (1979)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B000052484
# Size: 1.69 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (CBS) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures at an exhibition (Szell)

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Maybe you know this: you find, totally unespected, a wonderful performance, unknown to you…and you realise, the music technicians had a bad day on recording. Light distortions on highs.

# Composer: Modest Pjotr Mussorgsky, Anatole Liadow
# Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
# Conductor: Georg Szell
# Vinyl (1973)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: CBS
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B000003CSH

# Size: 818 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Wagner/Szell/Cleveland Orchestra – Great Orchestral Highlights from The Ring of the Nibelungs (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

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# Composers: Richard Wagner
# Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
# Conductor: George Szell
# Vinyl (1968 / 1980)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 47 of 100
# Size: 1.02GB (24/96) + 288MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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