HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Gustav Mahler – Symphonies 1 & 9 (Ancerl)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
These classic Karel Ancerl recordings are, in my opinion, among the best accounts of Mahler’s symphonies that are available at present. The playing of the orchestra is outstanding, especially the brass department (note the typical horn vibrato) and the recording quality is very good for its age. But, above all, this set is to be treasured for Ancer’s superb interpretation, which is as good as an interpretation can be: moving, powerful, balanced, convincing, non-mainstream, and provoking.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Vinyl (1964-66)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: 15
Size: 2.51 GB
Scan: yes
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Haendel / Ančerl / CPO: Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole / Ravel: Tzigane (Supraphon)

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# Composers: Édouard Lalo, Maurice Ravel
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Supraphon | SUA ST 50615
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (923MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (248MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Antonin Dvorak – Violin Concerto/Romance For Violin (Suk)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to Jean-Luc for this rare gem
The painful new of Suk’s death in 2011 made me rethink about this cruel statement; with his absence has dissapeared the last of the great exponents of the giants of the violin of the Great Middle Europe tradition. This school persisted on the fact to acquire personal expression, character and then the technique. That was the secret we may distinguish Heifetz sound, Stern sound, Nevue sound, Milstein sound, Rabin or Menuhin sounds. And Joseph Suk also belonged to this old school. This version of Dvorak violin concerto still remains among the supreme and until this date – unsurpassed performance – along the musical literature.
In memory of this legendary artist.

Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Performer: Josef Suk
Orchestra: Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Vinyl (1962)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 860 MB
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Ancerl / Ceska Filharmonie: Janacek: Sinfonietta / Taras Bulba (Supraphon, 1st pressing)

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# Composer: Leoš Janáček
# Orchestra: Česká Filharmonie
# Conductor: Karel Ančerl
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Supraphon | SV 8026
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.82GB), 24-bit/96kHz (950MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (267MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

This rare first pressing came to me without a “proper” cover. According to the seller, “All these ex-communist country record covers were made of cheap paper. Not laminated like UK or cardboard covers. This was a standard cover with no additional information mentioned on front or back cover. This kind of cover was in use with the early large red or blue stereo labels. Later issues became nice laminated multi language covers, similar as the UK SAX or ASD albums.”

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Leoš Janáček – Glagolská Mše/Glagolitic Mass (Karel Ančerl)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this rare work
Supraphon is overselling by calling all of is recorded output gold, but there are many arresting performances in the series. This one of the Glagolitic Mass, released in 1963, is one of them. It wasn’t in Ancerl’s nature to be as raw and fierce in this score as Kubelik and others have been. He is often lyrical and tender. Fortunately for him, he has a soprano and tenor who encompass their treacherous parts without screaming. The Czech chorus is the best-sounding, most idiomatic and comfortable that I’ve ever heard. The Czech Phil. is more rustic — or is it ragged? — than several of the international orchestras who have recorded the work, but they too sound completely at home. I agree with the original Gramophone critic who found the organist too tame for his wild obligatto outburst. The same reviewer compared the late Mass with the Sinfonietta written just before it when Janacek was 72 and entering his miraculous late phase, which he called a “new jet from my soul”: The Mass displays “the same brightness and pungency of timbre, the same fertile, vigorous way of building whole movements from a single motif.”

Composer: Leoš Janáček
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Karel Ančerl
Vinyl (1966)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 10
Size: 807 MB
Scan: Pics are from the WEB since the record came without cover
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 1 (Ancerl)

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Due to an unknown reason, the begin of the 4th mov. was totally distorted. I don’t know why, how and when this happened. Anyway, I ripped the 4th mov. again. Please DL it following the well known link and replace the old track B1 with the new one. Thank you!

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Orchestra: Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Karel Ancerl
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: 
Supraphon
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 964 MB
# Scan: yes
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