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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Bernstein)


Whether it’s the famous catchy fanfare alone, or the entire symphonic poem of the famous “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, I really love this one. Lenny did a pretty great job with this one. I’ve heard other recordings of the same pieces, surely more than 10 different (and attended it live twice), including Ormandy and Karajan, but I still spend time listening to Bernstein’s recording although my favourite is that century recording by Fritz Reiner.  But it is the fanfare itself which I was most impressed of the piece. The brass was a bit “showy” but blaring enough, and the timpani sounded just fine and “gave weight”. And the summit of the fanfare always gives me goosebumps.

Composer: Richard Strauss
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 813 MB
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Bernstein/NYP – Bernstein Conducts Haydn (US pressing)

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# Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
# Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
# Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Columbia Masterworks | M 34126
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.90GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.48GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (416MB)
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HD-Vinyl 192/96/44 (Columbia) Sergeji Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Entremont/Bernstein)

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A great THANK YOU to Jean-Luc for this gem
Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto is beautifully rendered by Entremont/Bernstein using great technique, patience, and control: in particular during the ‘Adagio’ as Bernstein wrings each orchestral note for all it’s worth, heightening the emotions wrought by Mr Entremont’s artistry. Then comes the beauty and intensity of the ‘Allegro’ (with it’s 3 beautiful passes through the theme which inspired popular music’s “Full Moon and Empty Arms” ramping up the intensity and density with each pass) with Entremont brilliant both there and in the cadenza. Considering Rachmaninov’s melancholy mood about the results of his first piano concerto, he more than recovered from it with this amazing “tour de force” composition and others. Absolutely brilliant and evocative, as presented here! The sound and presence are excellent. Bravo, Philippe and Lennie, and ladies and gentlemen of the orchestras! My Highest Recommendation!

Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov
Performer: Philippe Entremont
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Vinyl 1960/1966
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 1.76 GB/928 MB/225 MB
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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
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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-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.3 (Bernstein)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this very rare live gem.
Leonard Bernstein more or less owned this symphony, and both this and his earlier Sony recording are superb. He was one of the few conductors who wasn’t afraid of the musical insanity that Mahler unleashes in the first movement (a collision between two marches of very different character), and the New York Philharmonic is one of the few orchestras in the world with the stamina to carry the whole thing off. This is the longest symphony ever written that’s in the international repertoire, but listening to Bernstein’s way with it, you’d never guess. –David Hurwitz

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Contralto: Christa Ludwig
# Orchestra: New York Philarmonic Orchestra
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Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1989)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
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Size: 1.97 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.6/Kindertotenlieder (Bernstein)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this very rare live gem.
This is truly one of the greatest albums in the pantheon of symphonic recordings. Bernstein made some exemplary recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, several of them being Mahler works, yet something truly magical, truly cosmic and truly devastating happened when the VPO played this symphony under Leonard Bernstein. Unlike some of Bernstein’s other recordings in which his histrionic approach, his extreme tempi choices, and his extensive use of rubato can be jarring or distracting, in this work these qualities are entirely appropriate and seem to be organic and seamless.

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Baritone: Thomas Hampson
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
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Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1989)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
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Size: 2.27 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.5 (Bernstein)

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Mahler’s Fifth was one of the pieces Leonard Bernstein owned. This interpretation is broader than the one he recorded with the New York Philharmonic in the early 1960s, but it’s little changed in feeling. It is, however, far more polished and a good deal more persuasive. The recording, like all of Bernstein’s later Mahler cycle, was made live; here, he and the Vienna Philharmonic give a gripping performance full of telling nuance, intensely expressive yet thoroughly controlled. It’s a reading both Dionysiac and “Bachic”–as in J. S. Bach, not Bacchus–one in which the impetuous energy of the score is transmitted to the fullest degree, but not at the expense of the extraordinary (for Mahler) contrapuntal detail. Most remarkable of all, perhaps, is Bernstein’s sureness of touch, his ability to realize the many little expressive gestures that no longer merely draw attention to themselves the way they used to, but add up to something miraculous. The Philharmonic players, with him all the way, contribute many wonderful touches, especially the strings. The recording, made not in Vienna but in Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, is solid and has remarkable impact. While the bass is a bit diffuse and the sound stage not the clearest, the image is reasonably detailed and well balanced, the atmosphere good. –Ted Libbey.

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
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Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1988)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
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Size: 1.48 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.4 (Bernstein)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this very rare live gem.
Leonard Bernstein’s earlier recording of this symphony for Sony was, and remains, one of the best. This new one, however, really is something special. As in his recording of the First with this orchestra, Bernstein’s tempos have markedly speeded up, especially in the slow movement. He seems to have really discovered the secret of the music’s essential innocence, and he now knows exactly when to make a point and when to just let the music speak naturally. The use of a boy soprano in the finale is unique but not unexpected. Mahler himself thought about it but opted for an adult soprano because he believed that this would prove less limiting to future performances of the work. He was right, of course, but so is Bernstein for letting us hear the composer’s original thoughts in such a pure and enjoyable form. –David Hurwitz

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Child Soprano: Helmut Wittek
# Orchestra: Concertogebouworkest Amsterdam
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Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1988)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 17
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Size: 1.12 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.9 (Bernstein)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this very rare live gem.
There is no arguing that this is an hyper-emotional performance. Too much, however, has been made of Bernstein departing from the score or suffering from ‘romantic’ interpretations etc. Ultimately the test of a performance is if it lives, and this one most definitely does. In fact, Bernstein’s Mahler recordings speak with the composers voice so clearly and consummately that it transcends the barrier of music. There are many very musical versions of Mahler 9 out there, with delicate textures and glowing sonorities and the such. But this recording is more than music; it becomes an actual testament of life and death, something that defies description. Bernstein astutely pointed out that at the end of the ninth one can actually experience the sensation of dying.

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Concertogebouworkest Amsterdam
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Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1986)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 16
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Size: 1.69 GB
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Beethoven – Fidelio (Janowitz, Kollo, Popp, Sotin, Bernstein, Wiener Staatsoper,Otto Schenk) (2007, opera, DVD9)

Beethoven - Fidelio (Janowitz, Kollo, Popp, Sotin, Bernstein, Wiener Staatsoper,Otto Schenk) (2007, opera, DVD9)
Beethoven – Fidelio (Janowitz, Kollo, Popp, Sotin, Bernstein, Wiener Staatsoper,Otto Schenk) (2007, opera, DVD9)

Composer:Beethove
Performer:Rene Kollo
Orchestra: Wiener Staatsoper
Conductor:Leonard Bernstein
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Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size: 7.57 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Subtitles:Deutsch, English, Francais, Castellano, Chinese
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