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HD-Vinyl 192/96/44 (London) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 4/Luonnotar/Finlandia (Söderström/Ashkenazy)

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Another great THANK YOU to Jean-Luc for this gem
If sonic splendour were the sole criterion, Vladimir Ashkenazy’s Sibelius symphony cycle with the Philharmonia would win every prize going. Only the spectacularly natural results obtained by the BIS technicians for Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti SO come close to matching the lustrous realism of these truthfully balanced Decca productions (all except the First and Sixth benefit from the glowing acoustic of London’s much-missed Kingsway Hall). Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra recorded Sibelius’s symphonies and tone poem works in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and they are all excellent performances and highly regarded. I’ve had this particular disc for many years, and have enjoyed it greatly. Penguin continues to include these performances as one of their ‘recommended’ recordings, saying that ‘Ashkenazy by temperament brings out the expressive warmth, colour and drama of the composer rather than his Scandinavian chill, reflecting perhaps his Slavonic background”, going on to say that the recordings “are full and rich as well as brilliant, most of them still of demonstration quality. A rich and strong, consistently enjoyable cycle”. Penguin concludes that they are their top alternative recommendation, following the cycle from Colin Davis (Sir Colin Davis conducts Sibelius)

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vinyl 1981
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: London
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.85 GB/950 MB/211 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Songs, Volume 2 (Söderström/Ashkenazy)

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All thanks for these gems go to
Jean-Luc
Rachmaninov’s Songs are absolute classics that deserve to be in the collection of any and every music-lover – it just so transcends not only the boundaries of Lieder but also of all classical music, period! Yes, it may be expensive but it’s worth every last penny! Original keys or not, the quality of the artistry and the obvious devotion of the performers to every aspect of these glorious songs is so magisterial as to make most competition to be redundant (only singers like Vishñévskaja or Khvorostóvskiy can really consistently match Söderström in every last one of these Lieder!!). Do not hesitate to GET IT.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR12
Size: 797 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Songs, Volume 1 (Söderström/Ashkenazy)

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All thanks for these gems go to
Jean-Luc
Rachmaninov’s Songs are absolute classics that deserve to be in the collection of any and every music-lover – it just so transcends not only the boundaries of Lieder but also of all classical music, period! Yes, it may be expensive but it’s worth every last penny! Original keys or not, the quality of the artistry and the obvious devotion of the performers to every aspect of these glorious songs is so magisterial as to make most competition to be redundant (only singers like Vishñévskaja or Khvorostóvskiy can really consistently match Söderström in every last one of these Lieder!!). Do not hesitate to GET IT.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vinyl 1975
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR12
Size: 1.04 GB
Scan: yes
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