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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony Of A Thousand”) (Tennstedt)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc

This is one great recording of this great work. Without being too wordy. This recording will show you how good your system really is. Get it..It’s also a great performance as well. Barely seven minutes into the performance and we already experience a triumphant exultation–one beautiful soaring melody after another in this wonderful celebration of life.
Yes, there is great singing (all the soloists and choirs are magnificent!) but even more important are the absolutely GORGEOUS parts for the human voice. This is why the human voice is the greatest of all musical instruments. If you like beautiful singing at its passionate best, this is a performance you will return to frequently.
The “Symphony of a Thousand” (a poetic rather than literal title) was a Tennstedt specialty. The most admired part of his EMI Mahler cycle was this symphony; he recorded it in 1986, in fairly distant sound that exhibits a good deal of digital glassiness. The conductor was battling throat cancer, first diagnosed in 1985, which forced him to step down as pricnipal conductor of the London Phil. in 1987, having held the post for only four years. His returns to London thereafter were considered unique events, all the more fragile because of Tennstedt’s precarious health and last-minute cancellations. On this occasion the energy that he summons is monumental and one must say, heroic. Even Bernstein didn’t marshal the gigantic forces of the Mahler Eighth with such command and breadth, as if embracing a musical cosmos.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer:
London Philharmonic Choir, Tiffin School Boys’ Choir,  Elizabeth Connell, Edith Wiens, Felicity Lott, Trudeliese Schmidt, Nadine Denize, Richard Versalle, Jorma Hynninen, Hans Sotin
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
Vinyl 1986
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.71 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) Richard Strauss – Don Quixote (Tennstedt)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this live gem
1st class performance and a very good sound, although live recorded.
Klaus Tennstedt (June 6, 1926 – January 11, 1998) was a German conductor from Merseburg; he conducted such orchestras as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kiel Opera in Northern Germany; North German Radio Orchestra, in Hamburg; the Minnesota Orchestra; and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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Composer: Richard Strauss
Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra Of North German Broadcasting
Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
Vinyl (1980)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Norddeutscher Rundfunk
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 893 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 & 16/44 (EMI) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 5, Symphony 10 Adagio (Tennstedt)

front-small-boxset Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this great version of this masterpiece
In the music of Gustav Mahler, who demanded of his symphonies that they “contain the world,” the conductor Klaus Tennstedt found a kindred spirit. He found another in the corporate commitment of the London Philharmonic and became it’s chief conductor in 1983. The best orchestra for Mhaler’s work in the world, Tennstedt was proud to say and their studio cycle and later, even more intense recordings, were a “journey between the poles of triumph and catastrophe with a visionary zeal.” Tennstedt’s Mahler is of the old school; no “Mahler lite” here. The word which repeatedly came into my head while listening was “majestic”. His tempi are indeed often slow but by no means necessarily the slowest in comparison with other successful versions and his sense of the music’s architecture invariably means that he eschews any tendency to drag. The quality most associated with his interpretation is massiveness, a sense of great blocks of sound being manipulated into position to form a mighty edifice. Tennstedt called the London Philharmonic Orchestra “the best orchestra for Mahler in the world” and this Fifth is a great success.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
Vinyl (1979)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3:96 GB + 530 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

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