HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (Melodia) Wladimir Sofronitzki Plays Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Sofronitsky (or Sofronitzky; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Софрони́цкий, Vladimir Sofronitskij; May 8 [O.S. April 25] 1901 – August 26, 1961) was a Soviet-Russian classical pianist, best known as an interpreter of the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, whose daughter he married.

Composer: Robert Schumann, Frederyk Chopin, Alexander Scriabin
Performer:
Vladimir Sofronitzky
Vinyl 1952-60
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Melodia
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 1.31 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/192 (Murray Hill) Richard Wagner – Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Furtwängler)

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Historical recordings, Live from the Scala Of Milan 1950.
This is a fantastic Ring cycle. Sound concerns (and audience hacking/talking) keep it at 4 stars. Flagstad and Furtwangler alone would make this worth purchase, but add to that the majesterial Wotan of Ferdinand Frantz (not as noble as Hotter, but much more human), Svanholm and Lorenz as Siedgried, and Pernestorfer as Alberich and you have a major ensemble. (Pernestorfer was singing Benoit in Boheme as late as the 1970s). One problem is the cuts. Part of the great monologue in Act two of Walkure is cut (it can be found with Frantz/Furtwangler on two other recordings) and the central portion of the Siegfried / Wanderer scene is shortened – Svanholm shows why at the end of the opera. His duet is lunge as high as you can. But still, it is a great Ring.

Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: take a look at the box-pic
Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Scala Of Milan
Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
Vinyl 1950/197?
Number of discs: 11
Format: Flac
Label: Murray Hill
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 903 MB
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Server: FF

 

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Frederyk Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Davidovich/Marriner)

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All thanks for this gem go to Mats
It is agreeable to have a recording by Bella Davidovich of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 (known as No. 2) to put beside her account of his Concerto No. 2—called No. 1. This field tends to be dominated by Arrau and Rubinstein. On the latter’s RCA recording Ormandy is forceful in the speedy tuttis and the pianist is balanced well forward, his forte tone seeming rather hard. But Rubinstein’s reaction to the lyrical side of Chopin’s invention is such that one repeatedly feels he is revealing the very essence of this music with his precisions of tonal nuance and timing, above all in the Larghetto of course. Like Arrau, Davidovich has the advantage of a greatly superior piano sound, and Marriner gives her more shapely, less hard-driven, orchestral passages.

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Bella Davidovich
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl 1982
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 903 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Frederyk Chopin – 24 Preludes, Polonaise No. 6 (Geza Anda)

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All thanks for this Master go to Jean-Luc
Geza Anda is absolutely stunnig in this recital. His performance of the set of Preludes Op. 28 has no equal. I haven’t heard such structural cohesion, such architectural sound around every piece. The piano vibrates with orchestral texture. There’s poetry, passion, nostalgia, noblesse and sublime classical lyricism. Where does this put Anda in the great scheme? It’s difficult for me to say, in part because he died far to young to leave a legacy as long as others. I very much enjoy his recording and believe that he’s at the grand buffet with Rubinstein, Pollini, Richter, Arrau and few others.

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Geza Anda
Vinyl 1959(1965)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 1.55 GB
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Server: FF

 

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HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (Thorofon) Karlrobert Kreiten In Memoriam – Brahms, Chopin, Kreiten, Schoeck, Strauss

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Thank you Trottar for this important historical document
Karlrobert Kreiten was a German pianist, though holding Dutch citizenship his entire life due to his Dutch father. He was seen by Wilhelm Furtwängler and others as one of the most talented young pianists in Germany. Born in Bonn, his German mother was the classical singer Emmy Kreiten, née Liebergesell, who sang under the stage name Emmy Kreiten-Barido. His Dutch father Theo Kreiten, was a composer, concert pianist, and writer. The Kreiten family originated in the area of the Lower Rhineland, along the current Dutch-German border. He made his debut at the age of eleven with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major in a live broadcast. He was educated in Berlin by Claudio Arrau.
Historical recordings from 1934-38

Composer: Johannes Brahms, Frederyk Chopin, Johann Strauss, Ottmar Schoeck, Theo Kreiten
Performer: Karlrobert Kreiten
Vinyl (1934-38)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Thorofon
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 394 MB
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Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (Epic) Chopin/Liszt – Piano Concerti (Rosen/Pritchard)

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Many thanks to our friend Lemarquis for the vinyl
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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Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Hungaroton/Philips) Frederyk Chopin – The Waltzes (Kocsis)

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Many thanks to Trottar for the record
Kocsis’ rendition of the Waltzes captures the essence of these vivid compositions beyond another any pianist, including renditions of Rubinstein or Argerich that I have heard. They are soulful, mesmerizing and played with a gushing tempo that is more appropriate than any of the other recordings I have heard. If you had to preview one piece, simply listen to Waltz #7. Kocsis performs better than I have ever heard him: by turns playful, soulful, pyrotechnic, eloquently simple, and always impeccably lucid and effective. Each segment seems like a delightful musical gift.
It would be difficult to ask for more!

R.I.P. Maestro!

# Composer: Frederyk Chopin
# Performer: Zoltan Kocsis
# Vinyl (1983)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Hungaroton/Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 972 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Frederyk Chopin – Adam Harasiewicz plays Chopin

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Adam Harasiewicz is not well-known among most music lovers in the USA and only a bit more so in Europe. However, this Polish pianist is certainly well-known among pianophiles who have been seeking out his recordings for decades. He was born in 1932 and was the winner of the 1955 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, beating out such luminaries-to-be as Vladimir Ashkenazy and Fou Ts’ong. He has specialized in the music of Chopin throughout his career and is often ranked with such other Chopinists as Cortot, Rubinstein, Moravec, Pollini, Zimerman, Ohlsson and Stefan Askenase (the latter was his mentor). Harasiewicz’s style is less obviously ‘Romantic’ than some, or at least it was when he burst on the scene in the 1950s. His playing is lean, just a bit reticent and, dare I say it, aristocratic. And for all the precision and lack of schmaltz, his playing can convey the inner emotional content of the music convincingly; in this he reminds me a bit of Horowitz. He has a wide dynamic range from the softest sound imaginable to a grand roar, with all gradations in between. His rubato is organic, never feeling imposed on the music but arising from it. The Funeral March in Sonata No. 2, for instance, is not a trudge as it so often is in lesser hands, but a horror-stricken procession of half-lights and inexorability, relieved only by the tender middle section.

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Adam Harasiewicz
Orchestra: Vienna Symphonic Orchestra
Conductor: Heinrich Hollreiser
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 14
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: 12
Size: 13.99 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (RCA) Rachmaninoff Plays Chopin

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this historical document
What more can you say in front of these historical recordings? A master plays a master.
Pay attention: the occasional low noise (crackling) that you hear is from the origin recordings, from the original wax, not from this vinyl. This vinyl is a MINT (sealed) donation by Trottar

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Vinyl 1970 (1920-1930)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 503 MB
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Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Rainbow) Frederyk Chopin – Waltzes (Ingrid Haebler)

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Ingrid Haebler became one of the 20th Century’s leading interpreters of the Viennese classic piano composers. She came to the piano as a little girl, making her public debut in Salzburg at the age of eleven. She studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Vienna Academy, and the Geneva Conservatory. She also was a pupil of the French pianist Marguerite Long., She won two prizes in 1954, one in Geneva and one in a Schubert competition at Geneva. She won the Harriet Cohen Beethoven Medal in 1957. While she has toured widely, she has made her international reputation with her finely judged recorded performances. These include all of Mozart’s piano concertos, in two traversals of that cycle, all of Mozart’s piano sonatas, all of Schubert’s sonatas, and significant amount of the piano music of Haydn and Beethoven. In addition to these Vienna-linked composers, she has made notable Schumann and Chopin series as well. One reason her recordings are so effective is a reason she sometimes disappoints in person: Her playing is very intimate, creating a personal effect that can sound unassertive in the vastness of modern concert halls. On records, however, this same quality often makes a personal connection with the listener. Then the warmth, sensitivity, and quietly nuanced expressivity of her intepretations come into play.

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Ingrid Haebler
Vinyl (1960)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Rainbow
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 1.12 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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