Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Sheffield Lab) Richard Wagner – Music From Operas (Leinsdorf)

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Audiophile gem (limited edition, direct-to-disc) from my own collection
The Sheffield/Leinsdorf sessions are well known among audiophiles, as they were originally recorded direct to disc, with a master tape safety backup. The frequency bandwidth is  exceptional. The performances of these Wagner selections are excellent. Sheffield Lab has been out of business for a few years, so I’d recommend that you grab this while it’s still available. Sheffield direct-to-disc recordings were THE hot demo records in every audio salon. After suffering through countless listening sessions featuring Lincoln Mayorga, Harry James, and Dave Grusin, I was thrilled when Sheffield actually released an orchestral recording–Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of excerpts from Wagner’s operas. Great music in great sound!

Composer: Richard Wagner
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Vinyl (1978)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Sheffield Lab
DR-Analysis: 15
Size: 1.19 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Nilsson, Björling, Tebaldi, Leinsdorf)

front-small-boxset Many thanks to our friend Bob for this gem
Even though I prefer Sutherland over Nilsson in the role of Turandot, this is the BENCHMARK. Even though Pavarotti & Caballé with Sutherland, Fernandi & Schwarzkopf with Callas and Corelli & Scotto with Nilsson on the other album are excellent, Björling & Tebaldi are the pick of the litter! The role of Calàf as sung by Björling, is one of the most beautifully sung portrayals in recorded music (subjective, personal opinion). Tebaldi’s pianissimi are absolutely ethereal, easily rivaling Caballé and surpassing Scotto. For early “Living Stereo”, the sound is surprisingly spacious and clean. This I believe was Björling’s last complete opera recording; the Verdi Requiem closely following.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Birgit Nilsson, Jussi Björling, Renata Tebaldi
# Orchestra: Rome Opera House Orchestra
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 2.4 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Vinyls 16/44.1 (RCA) Richard Wagner – Lohengrin (Leinsdorf)


Never before – or after – have I heard that story of Grail told / sung so beautifully. No other tenor has got the potential this Hungarian had in both his voice itself as such and in his interpretation of this role: depth, warmth, sheer beauty, colour, heft, masculinity, humanity, style, musicality, phrasing – you name it, and let it be whatever – but it’s THERE.
Sorry, “only” 16 bit & 44.1 kHz – made for my personal joy many years ago, as i had no mind for HD
Reposted on demand, now with FF links

# Composer: Richard Wagner
# Singer: Sándor Kónya, Lucine Amara, Rita Gorr, William Dooley, Jerome Hines, Calvin Marsh
# Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyls (1965)
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B000009W7L
# Size:
1.1 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) Giacomo Puccini – Madama Butterfly (Price/Tucker)

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Still today after +50 years, this is – IHMO – the best recording (in technical sense) and the best performance of Cho-Cho-San “Butterfly”. If you always looked for a reason to love on your knees Leontyne Price, this is the right time to do it.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Singer: Leontyne Price, Richard Tucker, Rosalind Elias
# Orchestra: RCA Italiana Orchestra and Chorus
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B000G759L2
# Size: 2.0 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Milanov/Björling/Warren)

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Jussi Björling is one of the best Cavaradossi in all of the complete sets. His voice is much more beautiful than Giuseppe di Stefano, whose voice is almost some what strain on the top. Both artists are completely involved in their roles.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Singer: Zinka Milanov, Jussi Björling, Leonard Warren
# Orchestra: Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyl (1957)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B00000JMHB
# Size: 2.84 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Giuseppe Verdi – Un Ballo In Maschera (Price/Bergonzi)

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Many Many Thanks to a great donator for sending me this gem!

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performers: Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi, Robert Merrill, Ezio Flagello, Ferruccio Mazzoli, Shirley Verrett, Fernando Iacopucci, Piero De Palma, Reri Grist, Mario Basiola Jr.
# Orchestra: RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyls (1971)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B000003EQ0
# Size: 2.49 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) G. Verdi – Macbeth (Rysanek/Warren)


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# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Singer: Leonie Rysanek, Leonard Warren, Carlo Bergonzi
# Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyls (1959)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B000026MSH
# Size: 1.71 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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