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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Complete Songs With Orchestra Including “Les Nuits D’Ete” (Davis)

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Now, really, the Berlioz-Davis-cycle is completed.
These works are unusual for different reasons. This is the only version of Nuits D’ete that I know that employs multiple soloists rather than one soprano or mezzo.
This is a wonderful peformance. Variety per se might not have worked with different soloists. But all four seem perfect to me. Sheila Armstrong had been a favorite singer since her “Let the Bright Seraphim ” near the end of Karl Richter’s “Samson”. She sings her two songs again with a bright clear soprano. Josephine Veasey sang much Berlioz including “Les Troyens” and captures the emotional depth of ‘Spectre”. I had not heard Frank Patterson before this recording, but he sings with a powerful and penetrating voice recalling the singer in “The Dead”, and John Shirley-Quirk is equally good, though his timbre might be an acquired taste-such as the one that hasn’t fully occurred for me in the case of Lelio. Its melange of spoken narrative soliloquy, tenor/piano Goethe lieder, baritone/male chorus Brigand’s aria et al contain (in my view)some quite
attractive music which dramatizes/animates thoughts/ideas of the narrator.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: John Shirley-Quirk, Sheila Armstrong, Frank Patterson, Josephine Veasey

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.17 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 8 – Solti

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Mahler conducting has moved in a different direction from what we hear on this recording of the Seventh under Solti. Comparison with almost any other famous account — from Bernstein, Abbado, Boulez, or Tennstedt — reveals how extroverted and hyper-energized Solti is. The recording has been engineered for maximum detail, almost x-ray like, and any ambiguous or problematic aspects in the score are charged through, with forward momentum prevailing over anything else.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Solti
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 1.67 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Romeo Et Juliette (Colin Davis)

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After much searching for the Romeo et Juliette of my dreams, I ended up back here, with the very first recording of this piece I owned, along with much of the rest of the original Colin Davis Berlioz cycle. While other recordings have in my mind and ear superceded much of the Davis survey (excepting the colossal Les Troyens, and the Te Deum), this recording holds my attention just as it did 45 years ago. The London Symphony Orchestra was at a peak of performance and sound back in the late sixties, and here Davis has them in complete control. The choir is the estimable John Alldis Choir, and for me are the best of the best on this recording. The soloists are uniformly first class British singers from the era, and a special kudo to Robert Tear for sounding so French! In sum, there are other admirable recordings of this work, but for me this is the best, the definitive one.
(Alabamense, Amazon)

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: John Shirley-Quirk, Patricia Kern, Robert Tear

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Vinyl (1968)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.89 GB
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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
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Size:7.77 GB
Recovery: +3%
Subtitles:English,Francais,Deutsch,Espanol
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Special HD-Vinyl 96/24 (EMI) Sergei Rachmaninov – The Bells/Vocalise

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# Composer: Sergej Rachmaninov
# Performer: Sheila Armstrong, Robert Tear, John Shirley-Quirk
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: André Previn
# Vinyl (1976)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# ASIN: B00000DR1U
# Size: 822 MB
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