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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Columbia) Grieg, Piano Concerto A-Minor – Rachmaninov, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Entremont/Ormandy)

Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
In the 1950s and 60s, CBS/Columbia (now Sony Classical) had the great fortune to have three of America’s best orchestras and their conductors on its recording roster — Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. More than a half-century later, only Leonard Bernstein remains a name that even the non-classical music world knows well. This particular disc features Ormandy and the Philadelphians with the great pianists Philippe Entremont (he was 23 years old on recording this in 1958) on the Grieg Piano Concerto, that’s often accompained by Rachmaninov’s “Paganini-Rhapsody”. When it comes to the “Rhapsody”, it will has to be either Curzon on Decca or this recording made decades ago. Just by knowing the orchestra (long considered the nation’s finest at the time) and the conductor (a major virtuoso to many critics), as well as the splendid performance on the piano, explains a lot of it.
Go ahead and look for others, but I definitely recommend this.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Edward Grieg
Philippe Entremont
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1958

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.89 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI) Edward Grieg/Franz Liszt – Piano Concerti – György Cziffra

Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this gem
Hungarian born György Cziffra was one of the most celebrated virtuosos of the post-war decades in Europe, noted for his powers of improvisation as a Liszt pianist. The Grieg Concerto is typical of Cziffra’s ‘mercurial quality’ while the Liszt Concerto is very much in the style with which Liszt ‘loved to astonish his adoring audiences’.
Cziffra’s legendary virtuosity and near-superhuman work ethic tended to overshadow the inner turmoil of a man who suffered deeply under the Nazi oppression, and then later from the post-war Hungarian regime, which eventually drove him into exile.

Composer: Edward Grieg, Franz Liszt
Performer: György Cziffra
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: André Vandernoot
Vinyl (1959)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 507 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Telarc) Bizet/Grieg – Carmen/Peer Gynt Suites (Slatkin)

Let me say, normally it doesn’t make sense to rip a digital vinyl that was produced in the late 70s (before the coming of CD) with PCM technology far under the 24bit-96Khz level. Othersides, why not? It sounds definitely much better from the vinyl than from the CD.

# Composer – George Bizet, Edward Grieg
# Orchestra – Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor – Leonard Slatkin

# Vinyl (1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: RCA
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 850 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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