Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concertos (Katchen/Gamba)


Revisited, with the benefit of the SP15 and in 24/192
Incredible find in a flea market, some years ago…for a few bucks!
 Decca recordings pressed by Mercury/Philips, almost NM!
The premature death of the genious US-American pianist (with Russian-Jewish origins) Julius Katchen in 1969 (due to leukaemia), at the age of 42 years, will never give an answer to the question about the best pianist of the last century. Anyway, he was one of the best!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Julius Katchen
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Pierino Gamba
Vinyl (1959-1964)
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac (tracks)
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 7.97 GB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Decca) Dvorak/Grieg – Serenade for Strings E-Dur/Holberg Suite (Marriner)


Reupped on request, now with FF links
Rivaled only by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Neville Marriner was one of the most important of the early figures who spearheaded the reawakening of modern interest in Baroque and early Classical music.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁

# Composer: Antonin Dvorak, Edvard Grieg
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Vinyl (1971)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Decca
# ASIN:
B00005UW4P
# Size: 895 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

 

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Super-High-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Tebaldi/Del Monaco)

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I thought, it’s time to revisit this jewel with the new rig, ripping it in 192/24, as gift for under your Xmas-tree
The best TOSCA ever – perfect in every way: performance, dramatic act, sound !

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, George London
# Orchestra: of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome
# Conductor: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size:  4.35 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Pay attention:
the track B7-C1 Act 2 – ‘Ov’e’ Angelotti’ – ‘Mario, tu qui’ was, however, “forgotten” by me to be loaded – please DL the track (separate file) and include it to your folder.

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Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) G. Mahler – Symphony No. 5 (Solti)

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My friends, you know about all the things in life that are simply the truth and you cannot do anything but to accept it: sun rises up, every day – earth is not a plate – Sir Georg Solti and Decca made the best Wagner-cycle and Mahler-cycle on earth. Period!
New rip (2016) in 24/192

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Performer: Yvonne Minton
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti

# Vinyl (1970)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Decca

# DR-Analysis: DR 14
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Size: 3.23 GB
# Scan: Yes

# Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Sutherland/Pavarotti)

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This is not the rip from 2010 and not from 2012 but a complete new rip (Oct. 2015) in 24/192
This is the best „Turandot“ you can find in this world, my friends. Maestro Mehta and the fabulous dream-team Sutherland/Pavarotti are not of this galaxy. Add the great and wonderful voice of Ghiaurov and an angelic Caballè, perfect choir, a speedy drive, perfect tempi and intonations….i could continue ’til Xmas……not at last the stunning audiophile sound.
You‘ll never find a better „Turandot“ – Sutherland was ideal for roles like the cruel chinese princess and Pavarotti was born only for the role of Calaf. Finally, Maestro Mehta was born only to create this “work of the century”.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé, Nicolai Ghiaurov
# Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Zubin Mehta
# Vinyl (1972)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 4.59 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergej Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Ashkenazy/Kondrashin)

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Thank you very much Jean-Luc
Beeing myself Rachmaninov 😉 I cannot comment properly….
OK, jokes apart, I want to give the ball to you all, because I’ve heard so many interpreters of Rachmaninov’s concerti, that I’m afraid, I wouldn’t be neutral. Let me say, this is a melanconic Rachmaninov played by a very young Ashkenazy and the sound is quiet good. Enjoy!

# Composer: Sergej Rachmaninov
# Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
# Orchestra: Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Kyril Kondrashin
# Vinyls (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.01 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Argo) Four Centuries of Organ Music – Simon Preston

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On demand, pictures of the booklet added, with information about the organs used for these recordings

# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Max Reger, Paul Hindemith, Charles Marie Widor, Cesar Franck, Olivier Messiaen, Louis Vierne, Franz Liszt, Henry Purcell, Peter Maxwell Davis, Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar
# Performer: Simon Preston
# Vinyls (1963-1970)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Argo
# DR-Analysis: DR: 11
# Size:
3.37 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Edward Grieg – Piano Concerto (Curzon)

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Reposted with FF links
Curzon delivers one of his best ‘performances’ of Grieg’s Piano Concerto, with plenty of drive, a touch of aristocracy and a believably ‘live’ sounding aural experience on disc. He was notoriously difficult to please and refused publication of many of his otherwise good recordings. This one was not a problem and that is a guide as to its musical quality. It achieved ‘reference’ status almost immediately and has never slipped from that position in the 60 years since which is a remarkable achievement.

# Composer: Edvard Grieg, César Franck, Henry Litolff
# Performer: Clifford Curzon
# Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Øivin Fjeldstad, Sir Adrian Boult
# Vinyl (1959)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 926 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (London) Jaques Offenbach – Gaité Parisienne (Munch)

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Reposted, now with FF links

# Composer: Jaques Offenbach
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Charles Munch
# Vinyl (1967)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR: 9
# Size: 917 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Rachmaninov/Dohnanyi – Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini/Variations On A Nursey Tune (Boult/Katchen)

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Complete new rip with the new rig and in 24/192
This disc couples two recordings made in 1959 at a time when Decca was at the forefront of recording technology. They also had on their rosta of soloists Julius Katchen who was perfectly attuned to these three pieces. Julius Katchen had an interesting combination of Russian heritage, an inexhaustible fund of energy both physical and mental, and a technique that overcame challenges with some apparent ease. This combination led him to make spectacularly exciting recordings of Liszt and these three works all of which respond so very well to his special brand of nonchalant bravura. In this he is also matched by the orchestra and Boult as conductor.

# Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov, Ernst von Dohnányi
# Pianist: Julius Katchen
# Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# ASIN:
not found
# Size: 1.73 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (London) Sergej Rachmaninov – Piano Sonata No. 2 (Ashkenazy)

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All thanks for this gift go to Jean-Luc
Ashkenazy’s performance of the 2nd Rachmaninov sonata is much more gratifying than Horowitz’s, in part because he plays the earlier version of this piece.
The Etudes are fantastic, played with sensitivity and with those deliberate and well-thought out interpretations which make Ahskenazy such a wonderful performer. He’s also able to play with amazing voicing, making the entire set sound amazingly clear from top to bottom.

# Composer: Sergej Rachmaninov
# Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
# Vinyl (1982)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.79 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) J. Brahms – Symphony No. 3 (Solti)

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Reposted, now with FF links

# Composer: Johannes Brahms
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1978)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN:
B0000041Z5
# Size: 911 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca/London) Jaques Loussier Trio play BACH – Vol. 1,2,3,4,5

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Bach goes Jazz
Bach’s works translate so well in other mediums. I have heard his stuff transcribed for harmonica to kazoo…and it always sounds fresh and as if it were meant for that specific media. These jazz transcription are “spot on”. Bach, as many will know, was especially renowned for his improvisational skills which would have been very apparent at this church. It is therefore fitting that Jacques Loussier, also known for his improvisational skills and especially as related to works of Bach, should perform this concert at the venue. Loussier’s superb touch on the piano and gift for arranging complicated classical pieces into light, though not lightweight, jazz renditions is simply sublime. All the pieces are familiar even to the untrained ear but will by no means short-change anyone in-the-know.

# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
# Performer:
Pierre Michelot, Christian Garros, Jacques Loussier
# Vinyl (1959-63)
# Number of discs: 5
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca, London
# DR-Analysis: DR 14/13/14/11/14
# Size: 3.03 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Stunning HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) – Georg Muffat – Florilegium Secundum (Academy Of Ancient Music)

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Magical, simply great !

R.I.P. Maestro, we will miss you!

# Composer: Georg Muffat
# Ensemble: Academy Of Ancient Music
# Director: Christopher Hogwood
# Vinyl (1982)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B00D97NZ3K
# Size: 1.03 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Price/Di Stefano/Karajan)

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Reposted, now with FF links
2 LPs from the desirable “Soria” serie of RCA Living Stereo.
This production was made 1962 by Decca for RCA.
You never believe this…got for 50 Cents from the flea market – vinyl in worst conditions, i did my very best

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Giuseppe Taddei
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyls (1962)

# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD:
B000E6EGZ0
# Size: 2.11 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

 

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Rare HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Riccardo Zandonai – Three Scenes From Francesca Da Rimini (Olivero/Del Monaco)

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Get this oustanding and ultra-rare recording, before the world goes down

Reup because of Magda’s death.
The Italian soprano Magda Olivero, one of the most prominent interpreters of the Italian verismo operatic tradition whose career spanned 50 years, has died at 104.
The news agency ANSA said Olivero died Monday, Sept. 8th 2014 in a Milan hospital, where she was admitted after a stroke last month.
The Milan opera house La Scala, where Olivero debuted in 1938, honored her memory with a moment of silence before a performance on Monday. La Scala described Olivero’s voice as charismatic, her acting as formidable and her intelligence as “ready and cutting until the end”.
Olivero took a break from performing after her 1941 marriage, returning to the stage in 1958 in the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur at the urging of the opera’s composer Francesco Cilea. It became one of her most memorable roles.

# Composer: Riccardo Zandonai
# Performer: Magda Olivero, Mario Del Monaco
# Orchestra: Orchestre National De L’Opera De Monte Carlo
# Conductor:
Nicola Rescigno
# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN:
not found
# Size: 899 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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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 24/96 (Decca) Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti, Mehta ‎– In Concert 1990

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Exactly 24 years ago, before the final match in Football World Championship Italia 1990, three old guys, (profession: opera singers) gave the birth to a legendary concert in Rome. They repeated it 1994 in USA, again with maestro Mehta and 1998 in France with maestro Levine.

# Composer: Augustin Lara, Eduardo di Capua, Ernesto De Curtis, Francesco Cilea, Franz Lehar, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Giacomo Puccini, Lalo Schifrin, Pablo Sorozabal, Salvatore Cardillo, Umberto Giordano, Vincenzo de Crescenzo,
# Performer: José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo
# Orchestra: Orchestra Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Del Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma
# Conductor: Zubin Mehta
# Vinyl 1990
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN:
B0000041XX
# Size: 1.45 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – Fidelio (Nilsson/Maazel)

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This is a “child” of the flea markets – vinyls are like new, but the libretto is missed. The lady said, this box was near untouched for more than 40 years. Played only twice. Got it for 1 EUR – Reposted, now with FF links
This is a thoroughly top notch recording! Birgit Nilsson makes, I feel, a great Leonora/Fidelio. The woman was a female Caruso!! As for McCracken’s Florestan, WOW!! What a sound!

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Birgit Nilsson, James McCracken, Kurt Böhme, Hermann Prey, Graziella Sciutti, Tom Krause
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel

# Vinyls (1960)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B0026RCAGC

# Size: 2.24 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Amilcare Ponchielli – La Gioconda (Tebaldi/Bergonzi/Merrill)

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Many thanks to our friend BOB for this beauty
I never quite realised how much I appreciate this recording until I saw Tebaldi singing “Suicidio!”. Her massive voice, which she was able to tune down when required and sing the warmest phrase, had matured by the mid 60s when she tackled the role on stage and made it ideal for this dangerous role. Combined with her commanding stage presence it’s no wonder she received such huge acclaim as Gioconda.

# Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli
# Performer: Carlo Bergonzi, Marilyn Horne, Nicola Ghiuselev, Oralia Dominguez, Renata Tebaldi, Robert Merrill
# Orchestra: Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma
# Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
# Vinyl 1967
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN:
not found
# Size: 3.14 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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