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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Vladimir Horowitz – Recordings from 1930-1951


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I give 5 stars for this boxset despite the old recording sound. Sound of piano itself is reasonably well for the day once you are used to the background noise, good enough to convey the subtlty and delicacy of his playing. Prokofiev’s Toccata is still fastest and most exciting on records, verging on super-human. Rachmaninov’s 3rd concerto is the best performance by Horowitz with more argency and intensity than his later recordings. The incandescent account of Liszt Sonata is one of the most compelling and beautiful along side Richter and Pogorelich’s classic accounts. Haydn and Scarlatti sonatas, Beethoven variations, Schumann’s Toccata, Chopin Etudes, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and so much more display Horowitz’ keen sense of tonal colours and mind blowing fluency of playing.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Albert Coates
Vinyl 1930-1951
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.74 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Various Composers – Vladimir Horowitz – The Studio Recordings New York 1985

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Schumann’s Kreisleriana was a Horowitz speciality. The interpretation here is freer, looser structurally than his 1969 recording. For me, the earlier version is still unmatched in its concentration and the laying bare of Schumann’s duality–in my opinion it remains Horowitz’s finest solo recording. But this 1985 version also has a lot going for it–the tempos are so flexible, without losing the basic meter; and the phrasing is just so “right.” Thus is it with the rest of the recording. This is some of Horowitz’s most romantic Scarlatti playing, almost as if Scarlatti were a baroque Chopin–not as outlandish as it seems, as Chopin adored Scarlatti’s music. The Liszt Valse Oubliee was another Horowitz specialty, he recorded it at least three times officially, this one is my favorite. Horowitz captures Liszt’s mystical eroticism in a way few others have matched. The Impromptu from 1872 is rarely played, and hearing it one understands the comment that Horowitz can get forty colors from a piano by striking two keys.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Schubert, Alexander Scriabin, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.37 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Various Composers – Horowitz In Moscow

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Can you figure out, what you are going to do, when you become 83 years old? Mr. Horowitz gave a legendary concert in Moscow, playing as beautiful as he maybe never did before. If you are reading this, I am sure you appreciate Horowitz and his music and have already listened to this famous recording. It is just as good as when it was recorded and is one of my favorite for piano music. In the unlikely case you are not familiar with Horowitz in Moscow, this is truly a gem and you should get it. If music can move you, this most certainly will, it is very pleasant.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Moritz Moszkowski
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Martha Argerich & Claudio Abbado – Complete Concerto Recordings (6 x 180g Remastered Vinyls)

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Many thanks to our friend Urbanox for this stunning box
With this special edition DG pays tribute to an extraordinary musical partnership. The 6LP box set collects all the concerto recordings made by pianist Martha Argerich with conductor Claudio Abbado over more than 45 years. Their final meeting on stage took place at the Lucerne Festival at Easter 2013, where they performed two Mozart concertos. This special occasion was recorded, and the release was not only highly praised but is also Deutsche Grammophon’s most successful release of 2014 so far.
Martha Argerich and Claudio Abbado got to know each other through Friedrich Gulda, with whom they both studied in the late 1950s. Their close collaboration in the studio began in 1967 with Argerich’s brilliant concerto-debut release of the Prokofiev Third and Ravel G major. Each recording since then has been a success, as much with the critics as on a commercial level.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt, Frederik Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, Peter Tchaikowsky, Sergej Prokofiev
Performer: Martha Argerich
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Vinyl 2015
Number of discs: 6
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 15/14/15/15/14/17
Size: 11.67 GB
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HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (Epic) Chopin/Liszt – Piano Concerti (Rosen/Pritchard)

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Everything Charles Rosen has recorded is informed with his pristine clear technique and a sharp mind driving the fingers. No swooning here but lots to admire in his Chopin and Liszt.
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Composer: Frederyk Chopin, Franz Liszt
Performer: Charles Rosen
Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
Conductor: John Pritchard
Vinyl (1966)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Epic
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 496 MB
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Various Artists – The Originals: Legendary Recordings from the Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# 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

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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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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI) Edward Grieg/Franz Liszt – Piano Concerti – György Cziffra

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Hungarian born György Cziffra was one of the most celebrated virtuosos of the post-war decades in Europe, noted for his powers of improvisation as a Liszt pianist. The Grieg Concerto is typical of Cziffra’s ‘mercurial quality’ while the Liszt Concerto is very much in the style with which Liszt ‘loved to astonish his adoring audiences’.
Cziffra’s legendary virtuosity and near-superhuman work ethic tended to overshadow the inner turmoil of a man who suffered deeply under the Nazi oppression, and then later from the post-war Hungarian regime, which eventually drove him into exile.

Composer: Edward Grieg, Franz Liszt
Performer: György Cziffra
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: André Vandernoot
Vinyl (1959)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 507 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Seraphim) Franz Liszt – Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (François)

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Samson François (1924-1970) is considered one of the most important French pianists of the 20th century. His unique sense of improvisation, which is the trademark of his recordings, blossomed even more in concert. Those who had the chance to attend his concerts recall a very special experience.

Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Samson François
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Constantin Silvestri

Vinyl (1962)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Seraphim
DR-Analysis: DR 10
Size: 889 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Franz Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsodies Vol. 1 & 2 (François)

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Samson François (1924-1970) is considered one of the most important French pianists of the 20th century. His unique sense of improvisation, which is the trademark of his recordings, blossomed even more in concert. Those who had the chance to attend his concerts recall a very special experience.
Samson François’s extravagant lifestyle, good looks, and passionate but highly disciplined playing, gave him a cult status as a pianist. He had a heart attack on the concert stage in 1968. His early death followed only two years later. He was only 46 years old.

François himself said “never play simply to play well” and, in a remark clearly inspired by his jazz influences, “It must be that there is never the impression of being obliged to play the next note.”

Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Samson François

Vinyl (1953-54)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 985 MB
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Argerich / Abbado: Complete Concerto Recordings (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart, London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Claudio Abbado
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15, DR 14, DR 15, DR 14, DR 14, DR 16
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 0289 479 4548
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (12.0GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.96GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.44GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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Absolutely STUNNING sound quality on this box set!

Especially LP6!!

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