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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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Various Artists – DG111: 6 Classic Recordings (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Franz Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann, Antonin Dvorák, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Gustav Mahler
# Orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
# Conductors: Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (2016)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11, DR 13, DR 11, DR 14, DR 12, DR 15
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 479 5449 1
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (13.3GB), 24-bit/96kHz (6.64GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.69GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Deutsche Grammophon is the world’s largest and most successful classical music label with a history stretching back to the dawn of recorded sound in 1898. The yellow label has always been synonymous with classical music, repertoire breadth and the greatest artist roster in the world.

This deluxe box set presents six of the label’s greatest albums on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. Presented with original artwork and pressed at Optimal in Germany, each release has been carefully mastered from original sources.

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Richard Wagner – Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg (Karajan)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to Trottar for this treasure
Despite his disdain for some of the sillier aspects of grand opera, H.L. Mencken once said that “Die Meistersinger” was the greatest single work of art of western civilization–and to many, his hyperbole is forgivable when one contemplates the well-crafted structure of this most human of Wagner’s music dramas. Of all recordings of Wagner’s sole comedy, this one under the baton of Karajan at his prime has perhaps the best-balanced cast. The clear, youthful tones of Donath in the role of Eva must be close to Wagner’s ideal for the role, while Adam makes a compassionate Sachs–though not quite as resonant as one would wish. Kollo’s impetuous style is appropriate to the character of the lovestruck Walther. The orchestral playing has the clarity and transparency that is the trademark of the Karajan style, perhaps most appropriate in this, Wagner’s happiest work.
–Christian C. Rix

Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: Peter Schreier, Helen Donath, Theo Adam, Kurt Moll, René Kollo, Karl Ridderbusch, Ruth Hesse, Geraint Evans
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1971)
Number of Discs: 5
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 5.18 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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

 front-small-boxsetMany 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
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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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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Richard Strauss – Death And Transfiguration/Four Last Songs (Karajan/Janowitz)

front_small_boxsetGundula Janowitz had a very beautiful voice that critics like to describe as “creamy,” whatever that means. Strauss had a life-long love affair with the soprano voice. He even married one–not just the voice, the whole woman, of course. His Four Last Songs constitute his dying tribute, and they are probably the most hedonistically gorgeous vocal works in existence. Herbert vo Karajan was a Strauss specialist, as was Janowitz, and together they contrive to perform the songs about as perfectly as they ever have been.

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Performer: Gundula Janowitz

# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# ASIN: B000001GQF
# Size: 970 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 5 / Kindertotenlieder (Ludwig/Karajan)

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Herbert von Karajan came to Mahler in a round-about way. His affinity with Richard Strauss and Anton Bruckner was life-long. Mahler he came to only after exploring the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern. Released in the mid-seventies this, his first Mahler recording is extraordinary. It is the only Mahler Symphony recorded by Karajan abd the BPO in the Jesus Christus Kirche and not in the Berlin Philharmonie. This brings a presence and warmth to the recorded sound not achieved by the engineers until much later in the Philharmonie.

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Performer: Christa Ludwig
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1975)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# ASIN: B000001GR0
# Size: 2.01 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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