This pearl is brought to you by Jean-Luc Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal began their collaboration on Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow) with utopian ambitions. Unfortunately they weren’t the same ones. For Hofmannsthal, this would finally be the opera where his poetry would be illuminated by rather than buried under the music. For Strauss, this was to be his magnum opus, the self-proclaimed “last Romantic opera” that would cement his place in musical history. The gargantuan work that finally emerged after World War I for a 1919 premiere didn’t end up being quite what they expected, and was lengthy and demanding enormous orchestral and vocal force, even by Straussian standards…..
Composer: Richard Strauss
Performer: Leonie Rysanek, Paul Schoeffler, Christel Goltz, Kurt Böhme, Hans Hopf, Elisabeth Höngen Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker Conductor: Karl Böhm Vinyl (1957) Number of Discs: 4 Format: Flac Label: Decca DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 3.84 GB
# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
# Orchestra: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus
# Vinyl (1955 / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Records 87 and 88 of 100
# Size: 1.5GB (24/96) + 391MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP
Well, it’s been a long time coming, but at long last, here’s the big one. This was by far the most difficult and time-consuming Franklin Mint title that I’ve ripped so far. Most of them have been excellent pressings, with hardly anything to clean up. Not so with this one. Literally 1000s of pops and clicks to deal with.
Rippers of a lesser stature would’ve just started up ClickRepair on auto and let it fly… not me. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent on this one. Because of that, you may hear an occasional pop or click, but there shouldn’t be many. Considering the source material, I’m happy with the way it turned out.
This symphony concludes the Franklin Mint Beethoven cycle. Hope you’ve enjoyed the rips!
As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly. Continue reading →