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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Cléopâtre/Herminie (Baker/Davis)

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All thanks for another pearl to the Berlioz-Davis-cycle go to Trottar

La Mort de Cléopâtre (The Death of Cleopatra) was Berlioz’s third attempt to win the Prix de Rome from the Academie des Beaux-Arts. His first attempt in 1827 was La Mort d’Orphée, which failed to place. His second attempt in 1828 was Herminie, which took second place. Berlioz called La Mort de Cléopâtre “a lyric scene” for soprano and orchestra, setting a text by P.A. Vieillard. The vocal writing is extremely dramatic, but it ignores distinctions between recitative and aria, which infuriated the jury. The orchestral writing is lush and full, with extraordinary harmonies that likewise alienated the jury. La Mort de Cléopâtre was judged such a failure in the eyes of the Academie that it gave no first place prize that year. The following year, Berlioz won the Prix de Rome with his conservative La Mort de Sardanapale, but, having already composed his wildly experimental and incredibly wild Symphonie fantastique, he found that he no longer cared all that much about the Academie.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer:
Janet Baker
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1980
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 830 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Beatrice Et Benedict (Davis)

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All thanks for another pearl to complete the Berlioz-Davis-cycle go to Trottar

Dame Janet Baker and Robert Tear lead an outstanding cast in this classic recording of Berlioz’ operatic setting of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, under the baton of the distinguished Berlioz conductor Sir Colin Davis. Based on Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, the text is by the composer who finished composing the opera in 1862; it was first given its première later that year in Baden-Baden.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer:
Thomas Allen, Robert Lloyd, Jules Bastin, John Alldis Choir, Helen Watts, Janet Baker, Christiane Eda-Pierre, Robert Tear, Richard Van Allan
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1978
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 2.0 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Barbirolli / NPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (original UK pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
# Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: His Master’s Voice | ASD 2518-9
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.62GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.81GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (478MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – L’Enfance Du Christ (Davis)

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This is another fine pearl in this chain called “Davis-Berlioz-Cycle”.
Colin Davis, currently the grand old man of Berlioz conductors, has recorded the French romantic’s L’Enfance du Christ an amazing three times: first on L’oiseau-Lyre LPs (not issued on CD), then this one on Philips (frequently issued on LP and CD), and later on LSO Live (issued on CD with super audio surround sound capabilities). While not perhaps the most emotional Berlioz conducer in history, Davis’ more measured approach suits the more meditative L’Enfance. All three of his recordings are quite fine, but the sound quality gets slightly better with each newer edition. This sounds just splendid.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Janet Baker, Eric Tappy, Raimund Herincx, Philip Langridge, Thomas Allen, Joseph Rouleau, Jules Bastin, John Alldis Choir
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1977
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 17
Size: 1.88 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy ‎- Elijah (Frühbeck De Burgos)

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All thanks for this go to Bob
I love this beautifully performed version of Elijah. The pace was compelling with great balance between the admirable group of soloists and the outstanding chorus. I would strongly take issue with those who criticize Fischer Diskau whose performance was both lyrical and powerful. I am sure his accent is no worse than Mendelsson’s was!
This recording is in every way wonderful. Starting with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He IS Elijah to me. His singing is perfection. He has amazing phrasing and his diction makes it possible to understand the lovely, inspired libretto to this heavenly music. There are so many pieces that are ephemeral. Fischer-Dieskau does a great job of what I think of as compassionate, heartfelt singing. His interpretation sounds like the voice of God himself. It has a quality of kindness and yet he sounds just as convincing reprimanding the people of Baal. He is the true highlight of this recording.
That said, the rest of the cast is wonderful as well. Gwyneth Jones has a lovely, silvery voice that has a clarion bell-like tone that rings over the large orchestra with ease. She has occasional “misfire” but is a consistent performer. Dame Janet Baker and Nicolai Gedda both perform at a consistently lovely level. The orchestra and chorus are both wonderful.

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Performer:
Gwyneth Jones, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir, New Philharmonia Chorus
OrchestraNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
Vinyl 1974
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.9 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Matthäus-Passion (Richter)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc
Karl Richter’s performance makes the text real for me. If I’m going to spend 3.5 hours listening to the central message of Christianity then I want it done by people who at least give the impression of meaning what they sing. Karl Richter & Co. make me believe they believe what they sing by the reverence with which they convey the meaning of the text….

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen,
Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, Matti Salminen, Peter Schreier
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1980
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 4.08 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Debussy/Fauré/Duparc – A French Song Recital (Janet Baker, Gerald Moore)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar

Composer: Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Henri Duparc
Performer: Janet Baker, Gerald Moore
Vinyl (1970)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 1.01 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Benjamin Britten – Owen Wingrave (Luxon, Britten,Nigel Douglas) (2009,Opera,DVD9)

Benjamin Britten - Owen Wingrave (Luxon, Britten,Nigel Douglas) (2009,Opera,DVD9)

Benjamin Britten – Owen Wingrave (Luxon, Britten,Nigel Douglas) (2009,Opera,DVD9)

Composer:Benjamin Britten
Performer:Benjamin Luxon
Orchestra:English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:Benjamin Britten
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format: DVD Video
Label:
Size:7.77 GB
Recovery: +3%
Subtitles:English,Francais,Deutsch,Espanol
Server: florenfile

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Vincenzo Bellini – I Capuleti E I Montecchi (Sills/Baker/Gedda)

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Many many thanks to our friend Bob for this great and rare pearl

Bellini’s opera “I Capuleti E i Montechi” is unfortunately overshadowed by the more famous Charles Gounod French opera Romeo et Juliette. This Italian bel canto work is rarely staged and even rarely recorded. It’s a pity really because this is a terrific opera, even if highly edited and even if Bellini tinkered with the play. It’s a gem of bel canto opera, full of beautiful melodies, dramatic passions and arias and ensembles that are linked together like a chain of gold. It is a glorious opera when it is performed by the right singers. Recorded in the late 60’s, it stars soprano Beverly Sills and mezzo soprano Janet Baker, both at the height of their powers as singers. In the tenor role (not that of Romeo, but Tebaldo) is Nicolai Gedda.

# Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
# Performer: Beverly Sills, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè
# Vinyl (1976)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI/Angel
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 2.77 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem (Barenboim)

front_small_boxsetThis recording is a gorgeous performance of Mozart’s excellent Requiem. Sheila Armstrong, the soprano, has a shimmering, pure, beautiful, above all a Mozartian voice – she shines in this recording. Baker has a rich voice that she uses with intelligence. Nicolai Gedda is radiant in the tenor role and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is at his considerable finest as the baritone. Daniel Barenboim conducts extremely well, and gets great singing and playing from his chorus and orchestra.

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Sheila Armstrong, Janet Baker
# Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
# Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
# Vinyl (1972)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 10
# Label: EMI Angel
# ASIN: B00AM5RD44
# Size: 1.22 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
FF

 

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