HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Concerto Op. 61 (Mutter, Karajan)

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Many thanks to our friend Mats for this “six” at the lottery

(1) Take one of the greatest composers ever lived, (2) one of the most beautiful violin concertos, (3) a former wonder child at the violin, (4) one of the greatest orchestra directors, (5) one of the technically best recording of this work that I know and, at least, (6) trasfer this wonder to digital with the best possible equipment (SP15 and Black Bird) and… there you have the “six” 😀 Anne-Sophie is here 16 years old and simply wonderful phantastic !

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 965 MB
Scan: yes
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 (MFSL/EMI) Peter Tchaikowsky – Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique” (Karajan)

front-small-boxsetThousand thanks to our friend Mats for this gem
I am in no doubt that this is one of Karajan’s greatest recordings. He recorded this bleakest of symphonies many times and there is undoubtedly merit in the 50’s versions with the Philharmonia and the VPO, and the two accounts made with the BPO for DG in the 60’s and 70’s, but for many the finest remains this 1971 recording, also with the BPO, made in the warm acoustic of the Jesus-Christus Kirche in September 1971. It was originally released on LP in quadrophonic sound; the violins are still a bit shrill but otherwise we hear a deep, golden acoustic ideally suited to the sound Karajan’s orchestra made back then.

Audiophile factor: High!

# Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1972/1983)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: MFSL/EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 916 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier (Karajan, Telemondial) (1984,Opera,DVD9)

Richard Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier (Karajan, Telemondial) (1984,Opera,DVD9)

Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier (Karajan, Telemondial) (1984,Opera,DVD9)

Composer:Richard Strauss
Performer:Agnes Baltsa
Orchestra:Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Conductor:Herbert von Karajan
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:4.8 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles: English, French, German
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (MFSL) Debussy/ Ravel – La Mer/Prélude À L’après-midi D’un Faune/Boléro (Karajan)

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Many thanks to my friend Mats for this audiophile gift
What makes Karajan such a superb French conductor isn’t just precision and clarity, two virtues we associate with this genre, but his poetic imaginaiton. Where Boulez is crystalline and sparkling in La Mer, Karajan is romantic and delicate. He expresses the music in long sweeps of feeling, but each bar is full of color and nuance. As familiar as La Mer is, to go beyond mere scene-painting (wind, waves, foam, etc.) is difficult. To my ears, Karajan’s interpretation rises to the very top, but you must be able to open your ears to it, since this isn’t Munch-Ansermet-Boulez.

# Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1968)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: MFSL
# DR-Analysis: DR 16
# Size: 1.88 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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Ruggero Leoncavallo – Pagliacci, Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana (Vickers, Kabaivanska, Stasio, Glossop, Guelfi, Cecchele, Cossotto) (1968,DVD9)

Ruggero Leoncavallo - Pagliacci, Pietro Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana (Vickers, Kabaivanska, Stasio, Glossop, Guelfi, Cecchele, Cossotto) (1968,DVD9)

Ruggero Leoncavallo – Pagliacci, Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana (Vickers, Kabaivanska, Stasio, Glossop, Guelfi, Cecchele, Cossotto) (1968,DVD9)

Composer:Ruggero Leoncavallo ,Pietro Mascagni
Performer:Raina Kabaivanska,Anna di Stasio
Orchestra:Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Conductor:Herbert von Karajan
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:7.74 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana/Leoncavallo – I Pagliacci (Cossotto, Bergonzi, Taddei, Karajan)

front-small-boxsetMany many thanks to Gabi79 for this precious gift
What do you get if you sing Verismo like Belcanto? Right, you get such beautiful pearls like this one. Leoncavallo’s and Mascagni’s short operas belong among the most popular works of the verismo . A great example of love, disappointment, betrayal, and death. Mascagni s beautiful music was made popular among opera novices through the Hollywood masterpiece “The Godfather III” . Leoncavallo’s sad and touching aria of Canio “Recitar, mentre preso dal delirio…” is one of the most beautiful arias in operatics.

# Composer: Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Pietro Mascagni
# Performer: Joan Carlyle, Fiorenza Cossotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Giangiacomo Guelfi, Giuseppe Taddei
# Orchestra: Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1966)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 3.13 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Franz Liszt – Mazeppa, Hung. Rhapsodies 4+5, Hung. Fantasy for Piano & Orchestra (Karajan, Cherkassky)

front-small-boxsetHerbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonics offer a great selection of the pianist/composer’s works aside from his Concertos on this record. But for me the star of this set is not Herbie but pianist Shura Cherkassky, one of the last great “romantic” pianists. An enormously popular figure at the dawn of the LP era, Cherkassky has slipped into obscurity half a century later.

# Composer: Franz Liszt
# Performer: Shura Cherkassky
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 1.09 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Mutter/Karajan)

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For those who prefer their baroque music on modern instruments, this wonderful performance by Anne-Sophie Mutter stands out as one of the best in a vast number of other good choices. Karajan leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a sensuous, ultra-romanticzed performance of this overplayed warhorse, and Anne-Sophie’s youthful exuberance shines through.

# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 883 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem (Karajan)

front_small_boxsetPay attention: completely re-ripped, for Joe, with the new Black Bird and in 24/192
A single word: “majesty” and a second word: “tenderness”, in front of death and in the look of God … This is what we hear here, much better than in most other versions. After studying several Mozart-Requiem performances I realized that this one is the most inspired and the closest to the Mozart rithym and sensibility. Better performed even than others directed also by Herbert v. Karajan. You can listen to other Mozart-Requiem versions, but once you listen to this one, you will not want another!

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Wilma Lipp, Walter Berry, Anton Dermota

# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1963/65)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# ASIN: B000001GBY
# Size: 2.19 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Richard Strauss – Ein Heldenleben/A Hero’s Life (Karajan)

front_small_boxsetIf you are looking for a definitive version of “Ein Heldenleben” this is the one, so beatifully recorded and phrases are just fantastic and clean. The powerful berlin philharmonic orchestra has never been so huge and strong as in this recording. A must have.

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Angel (EMI)
# ASIN: B000002S8C
# Size: 893 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
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