Walter / CSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (US pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Bruno Walter
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Columbia Masterworks | M2L 676
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.88GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.38GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (359MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (MFP) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 (Walter)

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Walter’s Eroica, recorded in January 1958 and his third studio recording after those he made in 1941 and 1949 with the New York Phil, is an excellent “traditional” reading. It may be exceptionable to call it that, because that kind of interpretive approach wasn’t dominant before World War II; it became more so after. Tempos are almost always on the slow side, a far cry not only from Beethoven’s controversially fast metronome marks but even from what the tempo indications at the beginning of the outer movements seem to suggest: “Allegro con brio” (1st movement), “Allegro molto” (finale).

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Vinyl 1959
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: MFP
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.08 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (MFP) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies No. 1 & No. 2 (Walter)

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Even Bruno Walter, who in old age was a softer conductor than anyone before or since, didn’t dare to swathe Haydn in romantic velvet. But Beethoven’s Sym. 1 and 2 gave him that opportunity. These cross-over works from the world of Haydn can be successfully played as heroic precursors (by Klemperer, Karajan and Bernstein, for example), but Walter strives to make them sunny and carefree, and his approach works.
In their way, these symphonies are the ideal introduction to Walter’s notions about Beethoven.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Vinyl 1959
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: MFP
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.24 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Bruno Walter: The Edition (39 CD box set, FLAC)

Bruno Walter: The Edition (39 CD box set, FLAC)

Bruno Walter: The Edition (39 CD box set, FLAC)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 39 CD box set
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Sony Classical
ASIN: B00BNZN27E
Size: 11.3 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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Franklin Mint 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time (100 LP box set, 24 bit / 96 kHz, FLAC)

Franklin Mint 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time (100 LP box set, 24 bit / 96 kHz, FLAC)

Franklin Mint 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time (100 LP box set, 24 bit / 96 kHz, FLAC)

Vinyl LP
Number of Discs: 100 LP box set
Format: FLAC (tracks+m3u)
Label: Franklin Mint
ASIN: B0040BHKRQ
Size: 78.1 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Server: datafile
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Bruno Walter / Columbia Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Bruno Walter
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1958 / 1980)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 59 of 100
# Size: 866MB (24/96) + 238MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

The melodious “Pastoral” symphony takes on added meaning in light of the circumstances in which Beethoven composed it – a time when he was experiencing great emotional torment. He had started losing his hearing in his late twenties. The loss was progressive, causing him deep despair. Seeking to ease his sorrows with long walks in the fields and forests, he jotted down musical ideas. From these, he created a number of masterpieces – among them his Sixth Symphony.

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Bruno Walter / Columbia Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Bruno Walter
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1959 / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 71 of 100
# Size: 692MB (24/96) + 196MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

No conductor could have closer affinities with this genial yet gloriously vital symphony than Bruno Walter. Probably the most affectionately remembered maestro of recent times, he led the all-star west-coast Columbia Symphony Orchestra especially created for him in this characteristically Walterian Fourth. It was recorded in Hollywood, in February 1958, as part of his second cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies.

This symphony’s orchestration differs from the conventional specifications of the time (wind instruments in pairs, timpani and strings) only in calling for a single flute rather than a pair. The first and last movements are in sonata form, the second may be considered to be in either rondo or sonata form, and the third, while called Menuetto in the score, is actually a genuine Beethoven scherzo.

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Rare Vinyls 16/44.1 mono (CBS) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – 6 Piano Concertos (Serkin)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Rudolf Serkin
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Marlboro Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Alexander Schneider, Georg Szell
# Vinyl (1957-58)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: CBS
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN:
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# Size: 480 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (Philips) Shostakovich/Ravel – Piano Concertos (Bernstein)

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Don’t be surprised by the not-as-good-as-normally quality of the sound – this is a Columbia recording from 1959. Philips, sonically ways superior than CBS, was here only the distributor.
When you hear to the 2nd mov. of Shostakovich’s concerto, don’t forget to breath…that beautiful it is.

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich, Maurice Ravel
# Performer: Leonard Bernstein
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra, New York Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyls (1959)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 10
# Size: 411 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Walter/CSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 1 In D Major “The Titan” (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Bruno Walter
# Vinyl (1961 / 1980)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 60 of 100
# Size: 1.04GB (24/96) + 284MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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