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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
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Honegger/Shostakovich – Cello Concerti (Sadlo/Ancerl/Neumann)


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Ancerl and Sádlo recorded Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto in June 1968, just before the Russian invasion of Prague, in response to which the conductor took the painful decision to leave his homeland. The performance begins slightly heavily, with a deliberate tempo; the recording, warm to the point of slight boxiness, increases the feeling. Of course, one of the joys of hearing the Czech Phil either on disc or live is their wonderfully woody tone. Though here they seem unable to put a sharper edge on their playing, this is in keeping with Sádlo, who doesn’t see the first movement as very anguished. His (sadly uncredited) horn counterpart reinforces the impression by skipping along quite lightly.
Due to an unexpected digital error on track B2, please DL the fixed B2 and replace the old one.

Composer: Arthur Honegger, Dmitri Shostakovich

Performer: Miloš Sádlo

Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl, Václav Neumann

Vinyl 1969 (1981)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Supraphon

DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 904 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Béla Bartók – Violin Concerto No. 2 (Gertler/Ančerl)


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Andre Gertler was a close friend of Bartok and between 1925 and 1938 joined Bartok for a long sequence of joint concerts featuring many first performances of Bartok’s compositions. Clearly the two men had a close and sustained artistic relationship and Gertler’s empathy with Bartok’s vision cannot be missed in this recording. The performance is less indulgent than many others in terms of maintaining steady and forward moving tempos. At the same time the approach to the melodic line is more lyrical and the aggressive effect in certain passages as delivered by other players is therefore lessened. The last movement brings a clearer sense of the ‘dance’ element. In total, this performance simply feels ‘right’ in a way that often eludes other recordings.

Composer: Béla Bartók

Performer: André Gertler

Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl
Vinyl 1965

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 14
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Denon) Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 ‘From The New World’ (Neumann)


Neumann recorded Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony several times during his life. This one from 1982 is regarded to be the best one. Indeed a very good performance and the Denon Digital treatment fits perfectly to make this disc one of the best recordings of the Ninth, among the few very good and important recordings.

Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Denon
DR-Analysis: DR 15
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Ančerl / CPO: Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (Supraphon)

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# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
# Conductor: Karel Ančerl
# Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Supraphon | E 1317
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (923MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (248MB)
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Prokofieff – Symphony-Concerto/Respighi – Adagio Con Variazioni (Ancerl/Navarra)

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Though the Symphony-Concerto is cast in the conventional three movements, their proportions are unusual: the outer movements are equal in duration, while the central movement is a vast, complex Scherzo replete with wild ideas and a thrilling extended cadenza. The work begins with a relatively slow movement that proceeds with the character of a march, propelled by an ascending four-note theme. The solo cellist…

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev, Ottorino Respighi
Performer:
André Navarra
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl
Vinyl 1966
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
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Haendel / Ančerl / CPO: Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole / Ravel: Tzigane (Supraphon)

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# Composers: Édouard Lalo, Maurice Ravel
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Supraphon | SUA ST 50615
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Antonin Dvorak – Rusalka (Neumann)

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I gather that this work is revered in Czeck republic. Dvorak’s early attempts at opera were poor, as he felt constrained to produce rather Wagnerian works, which ultimately came to be silly. When he returned to his folky inclinations, and Symphonic sensibilities, this was the result. Gabriela Benackova as Rusalka is in splendid voice here and Vera Soukupova sounds delightfully Slavonic as Jezibaba, the Witch. The music is amazing, even the libretto is moving…and the “Moon” aria by Rusalka (track A5) is among the most beautiful arias in operatics.

Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Performer: Wiesław Ochman, Richard Novák, Gabriela Beňačková-Čápová, Drahomíra Drobková
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Vinyl (1985)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3.14 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Leoš Janáček – Glagolská Mše/Glagolitic Mass (Karel Ančerl)

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Supraphon is overselling by calling all of is recorded output gold, but there are many arresting performances in the series. This one of the Glagolitic Mass, released in 1963, is one of them. It wasn’t in Ancerl’s nature to be as raw and fierce in this score as Kubelik and others have been. He is often lyrical and tender. Fortunately for him, he has a soprano and tenor who encompass their treacherous parts without screaming. The Czech chorus is the best-sounding, most idiomatic and comfortable that I’ve ever heard. The Czech Phil. is more rustic — or is it ragged? — than several of the international orchestras who have recorded the work, but they too sound completely at home. I agree with the original Gramophone critic who found the organist too tame for his wild obligatto outburst. The same reviewer compared the late Mass with the Sinfonietta written just before it when Janacek was 72 and entering his miraculous late phase, which he called a “new jet from my soul”: The Mass displays “the same brightness and pungency of timbre, the same fertile, vigorous way of building whole movements from a single motif.”

Composer: Leoš Janáček
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Karel Ančerl
Vinyl (1966)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 10
Size: 807 MB
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Richter: Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto no.1, Grand Sonata op.37 (APE)

Richter: Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto no.1, Grand Sonata op.37 (APE)
Richter: Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto no.1, Grand Sonata op.37 (APE)

Composer: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Urania
ASIN: B00022XOE0
Size: 301 MB
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