HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Requiem (Davis)

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Another precious pearl in this chain called “Davis-Berlioz-Cycle”.
Any one not familiar with Berlioz’ “Te Deum” should also give this careful consideration. I personally prefer the Te Deum over the Requiem and wonder why the two works are not equally known. This Davis is pretty much a standard version and not to be slighted. Reportedly, there is another Davis performance made for L.S.O. Live which may not yet have been released. Anyone who catches onto this neglected masterpiece should also investigate the Inbal (on Denon) and the Shaw (on Telarc).

Pay attention: due to an unexpected error on the file B1, I uploaded a corrected B1. DL it and replace the old one.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Ronald Dowd, London Symphony Chorus, Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1970
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 1.85 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Benvenuto Cellini (Davis)

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All thanks for this gem go to our friend Trottar
Sir Colin Davis is the reason for the way we look at the music of Hector Berlioz. He made the music come alive. I own – with the precious contribution by two donators from this blog –  the complete cycle of Davis recordings. It wonderful to hear this opera performed as Berlioz would have wanted in 1834. My eyes were opened to the beauty of this forgotten stage work. A MUST for a lover of Hector Berlioz. His operas were pushed aside in the 19th century only to flower in the 20th century. His name has been re-stored in the world in the Opera. A true equal to Verdi, Wagner, Strauss plus the other greats. A truly gifted artist. Berlioz was a rare genius, generally unappreciated in his own day, but now fully recovered. The late Colin Davis has much to do with that, and this wonderful recording was an important part of that rebirth. Especially the fabulous multi-lingual tenor, Nicolai Gedda, offers here a clinic on superb French style and diction, not to mention unsurpassed beauty of shading and tone. The entire cast I judge to be excellent, the story fun and filled with vocal frolic, the orchestra unbeatable.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Nicolai Gedda, Hugues Cuénod, Derek Blackwell, Christiane Eda-Pierre, Janine Reiss, Jane Berbié, Jules Bastin
Orchestra: B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1972
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3:12 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Les Troyens (Davis)

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All thanks for this gem go to our friend from Chicago
This was the first complete (and now there is an even MORE complete Davis recording) set of this wonderful opera. Before Beecham and Davis recorded it, this opera had to undergo a very large-scale demystification process. The myths surrounding this opera were bigger than the opera itself, and nowhere half as noble. Rumor had it that the opera was “impossible”. It is not impossible, and it is certainly not as difficult to stage as any of the Wagner operas. But Berlioz had few real champions, while Wagner had legions. So the “impossible” was really a prejudice, and it took conductors like Beecham, Munch, and Davis to bring Berlioz back from the crypt of obscurity. And what we rediscovered was a titan of music.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Josephine Veasey, Jon Vickers, Berit Lindholm
Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1970
Number of discs: 5
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 4.86 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – La Damnation De Faust (Veasey/Gedda/Davis)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for Nicolai Gedda, who died January 8th 2017

This recording is part of the historic Colin Davis Berlioz cycle made for Philips in the 1970s. La Damnation de Faust is not an opera; it is not meant for the stage. It is a concert work, not a theatrical piece. It can be adapted for the stage, of course, and has been very successfully many times. The male singers in this recording are hard to beat. Gedda in particular gives one of his best performances on record.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performers: Josephine Veasey, Richard Van Allan, Nicolai Gedda, Jules Bastin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl (1973)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: 16
Size: 2.53 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 + 16/44 (Philips) WAM – Violin Concerto K. 211 / Sinfonia Concertante K. 364

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Guranteed to do two things. First, this disk will transform all skeptics into Mozart devotees. Second, it will be one of your favorite most frequently played disks. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante is one of his most beautiful works, and here it gets one of the most remarkable performances I’ve ever heard. It has the sort of joy and expressiveness you can only find in a live performance. The Violin Concerto, if not quite as good, is still a stellar rendition which underlines once more what a first class violinist Arthur Grumiaux was.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Arthur Grumiaux, Arrigo Pelliccia
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis

Vinyl (1964)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.02 GB + 275 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – The Piano Concertos (Haebler)

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A gigantic “thank you” to our friend Jean-Luc for this gift
Ingrid Haebler knows that Mozart should be played with taste and not bombast. She refuses to make the music maudlin by adding grace notes or trills which aren’t in the score; instead, she plays it as it is written and lets it speak for itself (forgive the cliché). Listening to her play, you can see how well she understands Mozart’s famous statement: “Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” This is music from heaven. All the wonderful Piano Concertos are here on twelve discs. All are excellent. They are beautiful to listen to. It is the work and inspiration of a genius. If you want to go to heaven without leaving your House, then listen to this music.

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Ingrid Haebler, Ludwig Hoffmann (Lp 12), Sas Bunge (tracks: W1 – W3)
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Alceo Galliera (LPs 1, 2, 11, 12), Colin Davis (LPs 4, 6, 7, 9), Witold Rowicki (LPs 3, 5, 6, 8)
# Vinyl (1965-69)
# Number of Discs: 12
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
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Size: 13.14 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Jean Sibelius – Violin Concerto (Salvatore Accardo/Sir Colin Davis)

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This was unexpected to me, when I first saw this record. Accardo and Sibelius? WOW, come here to daddy 😉 Enjoy !!!

# Composer: Jean Sibelius
# Performer: Salvatore Accardo
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
# Vinyl (1979)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN:
B00004Z32V
# Size: 1.15 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Davis / LSO – Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39 and 40 (Dutch pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Colin Davis
# Vinyl (1962 / 1973)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Philips ‎| 6500 559
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.3GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.16GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (317MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

Thanks to wormwood for donating the album for this post!

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