HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concertos KV 595 & KV 365 (Elena & Emil Gilels)

Thank you Jean-Luc for this great recordings
This is probably the best 27th I’ve heard, with the great Russian pianist Emil Gilels at the pinnacle of his career. Here (and in K 365) the Vienna Philharmonic, led brilliantly by Karl Böhm, provides rich, colorful, authoritative support. In K 365, Mozart’s Double Concerto, Elena Gilels, a very talented player in her own right, joins her father. A lovely, mood-shifting composition for 2 pianos–is a great way to accompain this magical 27th. These 1970s recordings were superbly engineered, and the digital transfers are warm and vibrant. There’s good balance between piano(s) and orchestra, and nice stereo separation of the two pianos.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Elena Gilels, Emil Gilels
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Vinyl 1974
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR 15
Size: 1.11 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (World Record Club) Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 (Gilels/Szell)

All thanks for this gem go to Lemarquis
Gilels recorded Beethoven’s concertos three times, and the recordings with Szell are simply the best. Recordings are made in the 60’s, and Gilels was in his best “Beethoven-form” then. When he was younger, he preferred to super-virtuoso romantic pieces, but from 1950’s he started to play Beethoven more and more. These interpretations are quite plastic, Gilels plays this like Viennesse-classical pieces should be played: everything is clear, but nothing is exaggrerated. And sound is so Gilels-like: Bright and metallic (in a positive meaning!!)! Szell proves an excellent accompanist with his superb Cleveland orchestra. A conductor who was especially famous for his interpretations of Viennese-classics. Gilels gives room to delightful solos by flute/oboe here and there – one gets a feeling that this is a chamber orchestra playing with piano in it! Not just orchestra against the piano. The tonal range is marvellous.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Emil Gilels
Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: George Szell
Vinyl 1969(1971)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: World Record Club
DR 14
Size: 835 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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

# 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


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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Mono HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Melodia) Schumann/Haydn/LvB/Tchaikowsky – Piano Trios (Kogan Trio)

All thanks for these gems go to Trottar

Emil Gilels (1916-1985) could summon thunderous waves of sound from the keyboard, but was equally capable of melting tenderness and delicate nuance. This extraordinary box set brings together live chamber music performances made in Moscow and London from 1950 to 1958 with Gilels and other world-famous artists. Violinist Leonid Kogan, violist Rudolf Barshai, and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich were all among the greatest instrumentalists of their era, and their collaboration in these rare live recordings make this set indispensable to any collector.

# Composer: Robert Schumann, Josef Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Peter Tchaikowsky
# Performers: Leonid Kogan, Emil Gilels, Mstislaw Rostropovich
# Vinyls (1950-58)
# Format: Flac
# Number of discs: 2
# Label: Melodia
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 1.1 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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