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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
Performer:
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-Vinyls 24/192 (Columbia) Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 (Ormandy/Serkin)


Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this masterpiece
Anyone who thinks Ormandy was the purveyor of the hearts and flowers of “The Philadelphia Sound” and not much else should be compelled to hear this Beethoven 4 with Serkin. It is truly one of the great 4ths; lyrical, unrushed, affectionately rendered, but with no indulgences at all. Serkin loved this concerto with every fiber of his being, but played no games with it. And–make no mistake–he was accompanied by a master. Of the many versions Serkin recorded during his life, this is surely the one to get.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra

Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1955
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy ‎- Elijah (Ormandy)

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All thanks for this go to Bob
Premiered in Birmingham town hall in 1846, and a fixture of massed British choral societies ever since, Elijah is a prime culprit of George Bernard Shaw’s quip accusing Mendelssohn of “despicable oratorio-mongering”. But get a performance as fleet-footed and intelligent as this and all stodge and sanctimony are swept away. There is heft when it matters, in Yet Doth the Lord, and drama-charged recitatives from fulsome voiced soloists. But what’s more compelling is the nimbleness, the swift-moving parts. There are quick corners and shapely inner voices, subtle weft even in classic fat chorus numbers such as Blessed are the Men who Fear Him. Raspy period strings add God-fearing menace, the choir sound rich but luminous in detail.

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Performer:
Shirley Verrett, Jane Marsh, Richard Lewis, Tom Krause, Singing City Choir Of Philadelphia, The Columbus Boychoir
Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1974
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.85 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Ormandy / Philadelphia Orchestra – Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56 (“Scottish”) / Beethoven: Egmont Overture (1983, US pressing)

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# Composers: Felix Mendelssohn / Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
# Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
# Vinyl (1983)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: RCA Red Seal
# Size: 24/96kHz (1.00GB) and 16/44.1 (266MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: FF, FP

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Great HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Paganini/Saint-Saens – Violin Concertos (Francescatti)

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# Composer: Niccoló Paganini, Camille Saint-Saens
# Performer: Zino Francescatti
# Orchestra: New York Philarmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra
# Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugene Ormandy
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Columbia
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B000026G8O
# Size: 1.02 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Great Vinyl 16/44 Mono (CBS) Sibelius/Walton – Violin Concertos – Francescatti

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# Composer: Jean Sibelius, William Walton
# Performer: Zino Francescatti
# Orchestra: New York Philarmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra
# Conductor: Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy
# Vinyl (1965)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: CBS
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: not found
# Size: 162 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Ormandy / Reiner – Strauss Tone Poems (2LP, red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

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# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Orchestras: The Philadelphia Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductors: Eugene Ormandy and Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1954 & 1960 / 1978)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Records 15/16 of 100
# Size: 1.85GB (24/96) + 475MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

Each of the library cases in this 100LP collection has a title or theme to it. Volume 15 & 16 is entitled “Strauss Tone Poems” – a compilation of 3 classic works by Richard Strauss. Two of the performances are by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The other is by Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Purely in terms of sound quality, this set could possibly have the best sound yet. Absolutely spectacular.

As always, if anyone has requests for anything else in this set, please add them to the comments.

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