Many thanks to our friend Bob for this rare gem This recording is truly faithful to Bellini’s written score, as no music is cut or greatly embellished. You wouldn’t really notice, however, as singers, conductor, and orchestra alike make this opera come alive with fire and beauty. Caballe was a justly celebrated Norma, with the vocal size and flexiblity demanded by this most challenging role. You can feel the emotions she must have felt and radiated on the stage listening to her. This is a great performance by a great artist.
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Montserrat Caballè, Placido Domingo, Ruggiero Raimondi, Fiorenza Cossotto
Orchestra: London PhilarmonicOrchestra
Conductor: Carlo Felice Cillario
Number of Discs: 3
Size: 3.11 GB
# Composers: Igor Stravinsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Perez Turina, Edouard Lalo, Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov
# Orchestras: L’Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
# Conductors: Ernest Ansermet, Erich Kleiber, Eduard van Beinum, Ataulfo Argenta, Jean Martinon
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13, DR 12, DR 11, DR 12, DR 13, DR 13
# Label: Decca | 478 8027
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (8.28GB), 24-bit/96kHz (4.02GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.05GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory
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
Complete new rip (Nov. 2015) from the audiophile MFSL record and in 24/192 Thank you very much to our friend Mats for this precious gift I have spent many years trying to find a version of “The Planets” by Holst that really sounds the way that I think it should. Solti has been my favorie conductor for many years and I knew that he would come thogugh. The first march brought out all the feeling of pride that it should and sipley served to show once again what a brilliant master Sir Georg Solti truly was. A grate recording and a tribute to a truly grate man.
# Composer: Gustav Holst
# Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: MFSL
# Size: 1.86 GB
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Many thanks to our friend HerbertKegel for this precious gift. A man who loves Mozart and plays his music, cannot be a bad politician 😉 Three Steinways – One London Philharmonic – Two Keyboard Virtuosos – One former Chancellor of West Germany. It’s a potent mixture. A pity, that it hadn’t the succes the other Helmut Schmidt recording (Bach on DGG) had.
EDIT Nov./9th/15: read just few minutes ago that health condition of former Chancellor Schmidt (96) has dramatically changed in the last hours. I’m afraid he’s goin’ to go
This is not the rip from 2010 and not from 2012 but a complete new rip (Oct. 2015) in 24/192 This is the best „Turandot“ you can find in this world, my friends. Maestro Mehta and the fabulous dream-team Sutherland/Pavarotti are not of this galaxy. Add the great and wonderful voice of Ghiaurov and an angelic Caballè, perfect choir, a speedy drive, perfect tempi and intonations….i could continue ’til Xmas……not at last the stunning audiophile sound. You‘ll never find a better „Turandot“ – Sutherland was ideal for roles like the cruel chinese princess and Pavarotti was born only for the role of Calaf. Finally, Maestro Mehta was born only to create this “work of the century”.
Reposted with FF links Curzon delivers one of his best ‘performances’ of Grieg’s Piano Concerto, with plenty of drive, a touch of aristocracy and a believably ‘live’ sounding aural experience on disc. He was notoriously difficult to please and refused publication of many of his otherwise good recordings. This one was not a problem and that is a guide as to its musical quality. It achieved ‘reference’ status almost immediately and has never slipped from that position in the 60 years since which is a remarkable achievement.
# Composer: Edvard Grieg, César Franck, Henry Litolff # Performer: Clifford Curzon # Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra # Conductor: Øivin Fjeldstad, Sir Adrian Boult # Vinyl (1959) # Number of Discs: 1 # Format: Flac # Label: Decca # DR-Analysis:DR 13 # Size:926 MB # Scan: yes # Server: FileFactory Continue reading →
Complete new rip with the new rig and in 24/192 This disc couples two recordings made in 1959 at a time when Decca was at the forefront of recording technology. They also had on their rosta of soloists Julius Katchen who was perfectly attuned to these three pieces. Julius Katchen had an interesting combination of Russian heritage, an inexhaustible fund of energy both physical and mental, and a technique that overcame challenges with some apparent ease. This combination led him to make spectacularly exciting recordings of Liszt and these three works all of which respond so very well to his special brand of nonchalant bravura. In this he is also matched by the orchestra and Boult as conductor.
# Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov, Ernst von Dohnányi # Pianist: Julius Katchen # Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra # Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult # Vinyl (1960) # Number of Discs: 1 # Format: Flac # Label: Decca # DR-Analysis: DR 15 # ASIN:not found # Size:1.73 GB # Scan: yes # Server: FileFactory