Wiener Philharmoniker: Decca – The Orchestral Edition (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Richard Wagner, Gustav Holst, Anton Bruckner, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss II, Otto Nicolai, Emik Nikolaus Von Reznicek, Richard Heuberger, Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestras: Wiener Philharmoniker
# Conductors: Sir Georg Solti, Herbert von Karajan, Willi Boskovsky, Karl Münchinger, Zubin Mehta, George Szell
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12, DR 14, DR 14, DR 13, DR 13, DR 15
# Label: Decca | 478 7464
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (12.5GB), 24-bit/96kHz (6.27GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.63GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Do I even need to say anything about this box set?

It’s the Wiener Philharmoniker. The performances speak for themselves.

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Boult / NPO – Holst: The Planets (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composers: Gustav Holst
# Orchestra: The New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
# Vinyl (1967 / 1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society | Record 28 of 100
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.06GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.04GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (285MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

It’s been almost two years since I posted anything from the Franklin Mint classical collection. This one is by request.

The Planets is one of my all-time favorite classical works. Breathtaking sound quality, a (mostly) great pressing, and an thrilling performance make this one of the best Planets around.

Highly recommended, whether you’re a Planets fan or not.

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Holst/Händel/Bach (Fennell)

front-small-boxsetIt is rare these days to hear an ensemble sound as if they actually enjoy what they are playing. This album has that sound. There are technically better recordings, but none (that I have heard) with the “musicallity” that Fennell brings out. The horn “rip” in Suite in F positively has a grin on it! These are musicians, not instrumental technicians. Such a wonderful difference. And when Fennell “unchains” the big drum, oh boy, you better pray to have bought very good speakers and amps.

# Composer: Gustav Holst, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach
# Orchestra: The Cleveland Symphonic Winds
# Conductor: Frederick Fennell
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Vinyl (1978)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Telarc
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 1.68 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Mehta / LAPO – Holst: The Planets (2LP, ORG 45rpm 180g pressing)

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# Composers: Gustav Holst
# Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
# Choir: Los Angeles Master Chorale (directed by Roger Wagner)
# Conductor: Zubin Mehta
# Vinyl (1971 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Original Recordings Group / London
# Size: 1.01GB (24/96) + 267MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory / File Post

One of my all-time favorites…

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Holst: The Planets – Los Angeles Philharmonic: Zubin Mehta (Decca/Speakers Corner, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Holst
# Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
# Conductor: Zubin Mehta
# Vinyl (1971 / 1998)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Decca/Speakers Corner
# Size: 967MB (24/96) + 231MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

One of my favorite versions of The Planets, this was a particularly difficult album to clean up, due to all the extremely quiet passages. Still, I think it came out pretty well.

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