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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Mass in H-Minor (Richter)

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Bach’s majestically beautiful, deeply moving Mass in B Minor began life during the early months of 1733 as a 2 movement five-part Missa containing only a Kyrie and Gloria; often called “a Lutheran Mass” because Luther had reduced the Mass Ordinary to just those 2 sections for the Protestant service. The Missa was intended to enhance his authority with the Leipzig town council with whom he had been engaged in a ten-year long cold war regarding his conditions of service and his method of conducting his duties (not least of which was the onerous responsibility for teaching Latin, a task Bach despised and relegated to others). These 2 movements lasted nearly an hour in performance. Thus, they were far too long for performance in Protestant Leipzig but they were perfect for a festival service performance at the Catholic court in Dresden. There is no evidence …

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1961
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 2.53 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Alban Berg – Wozzeck (Lear, Wunderlich, Fischer-Dieskau, Böhm)

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This is a great, classic studio recording of Berg’s first opera. I don’t know what I liked about the story, but I immediately loved the Mahlerian score, especially as presented in such a sympathetic recording. The warmth of both Böhm’s conducting and Fischer-Deiskau’s wonderful voice, and the chemistry of the two principles still comes through forty years later. True, Fischer-Deiskau is perhaps too sane and vocally balanced for his part,but his performance is still one of the greatest because of the genius of his vocal coloring. This studio version still holds its own due to the great performers and because the studio mix balances the voices with the orchestra perfectly, allowing us to hear all the vocal parts even in the loudest moments.

Composer: Alban Berg
Performer: Evelyn Lear, Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Schöneberger Sängerknaben, Gerhard Stolze, Fritz Wunderlich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra: Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Vinyl 1965
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 1.85 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Matthäus-Passion (1958) (Richter)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc
This is not the 1980 release I posted last Easter. This is a 1st pressing of Richter’s recording from 1958
Karl Richter’s performance makes the text real for me. If I’m going to spend 3.5 hours listening to the central message of Christianity then I want it done by people who at least give the impression of meaning what they sing. Karl Richter & Co. make me believe they believe what they sing by the reverence with which they convey the meaning of the text….

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1958
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.81 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 56 & 82 (Richter)

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Richter was considered to be somewhat of an old-school romantic by the auntentic instrumentation crowd back in the 70s and 80s. I thought similarly at the time, and even felt a little guilty for liking these recordings as much as I did. Now older (and presumably a little wiser), I’ve decided that Richter was, in many respects, ahead of his time.
Some of his performances have never been bettered. The greatest cantata and the greatest performance is BWV 56 with Fischer-Dieskau. Earlier Fi-Di’s recordings of BWV 56 are excellent too, but this 1969 version with Richter excels by the gloomy and solemn final chorale.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1968-69
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 917 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 80 & 140 (Richter)

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Richter was considered to be somewhat of an old-school romantic by the auntentic instrumentation crowd back in the 70s and 80s. I thought similarly at the time, and even felt a little guilty for liking these recordings as much as I did. Now older (and presumably a little wiser), I’ve decided that Richter was, in many respects, ahead of his time. Gardiner’s recordings over time have become more romanticized and are probably the closest to these stylisticly. The main difference is that Gardiner tends to conceive these as choral works with accompaniment, while Richter seems to place less emphasis on the choir, creating more of a balance between the orchestra and choir.
Some of his performances have never been bettered. These have supperb soloists (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, and Peter Schreier), albeit perhaps a little bit operatic for current tastes, but not too much so.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Edith Mathis, Peter Schreier,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Trudeliese Schmidt
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1977-78-79
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.25 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 1 & 4 (Richter)

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Karl Richter IS the mandatory performer of Bach’s sacred works.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1969
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 961 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy ‎- Elijah (Frühbeck De Burgos)

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I love this beautifully performed version of Elijah. The pace was compelling with great balance between the admirable group of soloists and the outstanding chorus. I would strongly take issue with those who criticize Fischer Diskau whose performance was both lyrical and powerful. I am sure his accent is no worse than Mendelsson’s was!
This recording is in every way wonderful. Starting with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He IS Elijah to me. His singing is perfection. He has amazing phrasing and his diction makes it possible to understand the lovely, inspired libretto to this heavenly music. There are so many pieces that are ephemeral. Fischer-Dieskau does a great job of what I think of as compassionate, heartfelt singing. His interpretation sounds like the voice of God himself. It has a quality of kindness and yet he sounds just as convincing reprimanding the people of Baal. He is the true highlight of this recording.
That said, the rest of the cast is wonderful as well. Gwyneth Jones has a lovely, silvery voice that has a clarion bell-like tone that rings over the large orchestra with ease. She has occasional “misfire” but is a consistent performer. Dame Janet Baker and Nicolai Gedda both perform at a consistently lovely level. The orchestra and chorus are both wonderful.

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Performer:
Gwyneth Jones, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir, New Philharmonia Chorus
OrchestraNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
Vinyl 1974
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.9 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Matthäus-Passion (Richter)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc
Karl Richter’s performance makes the text real for me. If I’m going to spend 3.5 hours listening to the central message of Christianity then I want it done by people who at least give the impression of meaning what they sing. Karl Richter & Co. make me believe they believe what they sing by the reverence with which they convey the meaning of the text….

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen,
Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, Matti Salminen, Peter Schreier
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1980
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 4.08 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – 200 Years Edition, Box 12, Choral Music (7 LPs)

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This is Box No. 12 of the Bicentennial Beethoven Collection, published by Deutsche Grammophon 1970, to celebrate Beethoven’s 200th birthday with all his works on 12 Box-Sets/75 LPs.
In the last years I spent only for this Beethoven Edition around 500-550 EUR. If you think and feel, you want to contribute, any donation will be welcome. Thank you!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wiener Singverein, Elizabeth Harwood, James King, Franz Crass, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jörg Demus, Karl Engel, Andreas Röhn
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
Conductor: Bernhard Klee, Ferdinand Leitner
Number of Discs: 7/75

Format: Flac
Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 6.1 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantata BWV 78 & Magnificat BWV 243 (Karl Richter)

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Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Hertha Töpper, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Maria Stader, Ernst Haefliger
OrchestraMünchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl (1961)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 1.15 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Various Artists – The Originals: Legendary Recordings from the Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, Gustav Holst, Carl Orff, Richard Strauss, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra,
# Conductors: Claudio Abbado, William Steinberg, Eugen Jochum, Herbert von Karajan, Jewgenij Mrawinskij
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12, DR 14, DR 12, DR 12
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 479 3760
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (11.6GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.83GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.46GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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This is one of the best classical box sets I’ve heard. Outstanding performances, stunning sound quality, and perfect pressings. Enjoy!

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Columbia) Johann Sebastian Bach – St. Matthew Passion (Klemperer)

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The real test of greatness, both in content and in performance is the effect of repeated hearing–especially repeated hearing without focused concentration. After a while, both the art and the artistry of a recording like this make themselves felt in an undeniable way. Most important of all, the effect of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is to immerse the listener in the feelings and philosophies of an event that forms the foundation of western culture. This recording of the St. Matthew Passion captures all the feeling and emotion present in the Biblical passages upon which it is based. It is an excellent recording to use for study due to its extremely slow tempo. The tempo, however, unfortunately makes it rather tedious if you do not love the piece before listening to this recording. The final chorus, “Wir setzen uns,” is magnificently done, as is the opening chorus. The soloists are superb, and Klemperer certainly knows how to make one wait for a chord to resolve. All in all, it’s simply amazing.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Sir Peter Pears, Sir Geraint Evans, Wilfred Brown, Nicolai Gedda, Walter Berry, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig
Choir: Boys Of The Hampstead Parish Church Choir

Chorus Master: Martindale Sidwell, Wilhelm Pitz
Orchestra: Philharmonia Choir And Orchestra
Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Vinyl (1962)

Number of Discs: 4.5
Format: Flac
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 4.62 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Richard Strauss – Elektra (Borkh, Böhm)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
This studio recording of Elektra is valuable on many counts, but most importantly, it preserves Inge Borkh’s legendary interpretation of the role in good sound and likewise documents the conducting of Karl Böhm, a personal friend of Richard Strauss’s who attended the composer’s own rehearsals of this same opera in his youth. It is difficult to name any Elektra set a “benchmark” or “recording of reference,” but suffice it to say that this one should be in the library of anyone who enjoys this opera — and it would make a perfectly good introduction, as well.

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Performer: Inge Borkh, Jean Madeira, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

# OrchestraSächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
# Conductor
Karl Böhm
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR: 11
# Size: 1.04 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

 

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Fricsay)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beautiful 1st pressing
There are so many good recordings of the ninth that we will all have our personal favourite. Someone will go for technical mastery, others for emotional control and resonance for self. My preference depends in part on my mood at the time. I keep coming back to the old recordings of the late 50’s. Klemperer with Hans Hotter in London in November 1957 and this recording from the same year with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Ferenc Fricsay. The latter is a DG recording and is technically superior to my ‘Testament’ effort from London. Both are wonderful but in different ways and the history of each production plays its part.

# Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra:  Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 3.61 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 14 (Haitink)

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Despite the fact that there are multiple recordings of Shostakovich’s deeply moving Symphony No. 14, this recording is unique in the quality of performance: Bernard Haitink conducts his Concertgebouw Orchestra and elected to use non-Slavic singers Julia Varady and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau who in turn sing the poems in their original languages rather than the Russian translations used in the original premiere. The effect is staggeringly beautiful and if one must choose a single recording of this symphony, this would be the one that captures the essence of Shostakovich’s vision.

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Performers: Julia Varády, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
# Orchestra: Concertogebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
# Conductor: Bernard Haitink
# Vinyl (1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label:
Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 16
# Size: 950 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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