HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – La Damnation De Faust (Veasey/Gedda/Davis)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for Nicolai Gedda, who died January 8th 2017

This recording is part of the historic Colin Davis Berlioz cycle made for Philips in the 1970s. La Damnation de Faust is not an opera; it is not meant for the stage. It is a concert work, not a theatrical piece. It can be adapted for the stage, of course, and has been very successfully many times. The male singers in this recording are hard to beat. Gedda in particular gives one of his best performances on record.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performers: Josephine Veasey, Richard Van Allan, Nicolai Gedda, Jules Bastin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl (1973)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: 16
Size: 2.53 GB
Scan: yes
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Horenstein / LSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (UK pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1970)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Unicorn Records | RHS 302/303
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.61GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.77GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (436MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Since being bitten by “the Mahler bug,” I’ve been doing a lot of research.

Just about everything I’ve read said that this is the best performance of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony. This is new music to me, so I can’t make any comparisons yet, But I will say this. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The performance is exciting and the sound quality is stunning. Very highly recommended.

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Tchaikovsky / Szell: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestra: Alexander Brailowsky
# Conductor: George Szell
# Vinyl (1962 / 1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society | Record 39 of 100
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.60GB), 24-bit/96kHz (834MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (222MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted anything from the Franklin Mint classical collection, so I figured it’s time to do something about that. This one is by request.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Sergei Rachmaninov – Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Dances (Previn)

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Thank you Jean-Luc for this rarity
I fell in love with Rachmaninov’s music at the age of 7 or 8, back in 1965-66, when I heard for the 1st time his marvellous 2nd Piano Concerto. Until today he has remained one of my favorite composer – togheter with LvB, WAM and JSB – and nobody interprets his orchestral music better than André Previn. This is an album every lover of Rachmaninov will want. His tone poem “The Isle of the Dead” and his last work, “Symphonic Dances” shine in splendid, luxuriant sound courtesy of the London Symphony Orchestra, who give their all. Add this to your collection, if you love me, otherwise you will go to hell 😀

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1976)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.08 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti No. 9 & 17 (Serkin/Abbado)

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This new WAM-Serkin-Abbado gem was provided by Jean-Luc
The best composer who ever lived and a superb team of pianist, conductor, and orchestra make this a solid gold winner.
Comparing Serkin with his earlier recordings of Mozart’s concertos, you might detect a bit more freedom or panache in the running passages of the first movement and a bit more light and shade in the cadenzas, and the sound is here more present and warmer. Serkin and Abbado don’t shirk or prettify them. There’s plenty of humor and really no reservations about the playing at all.
And a word about Abbado — this was before he started paying attention to historically informed performance, and it’s a full-blooded account worthy of Szell or Bohm, though in better sound. I’ve seen Abbado criticized for over-refinement, but there’s none of that here. The playing has weight, energy, and beauty — as vigorous old-style Mozart as you could wish for, and marvelously attentive to the soloist, as Abbado almost always was in his concerto recordings. Very good work all round!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Vinyl (1982)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.26 GB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti No. 21 & 23 (Serkin/Abbado)

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The best composer who ever lived and a superb team of pianist, conductor, and orchestra make this a solid gold winner.
Comparing Serkin with his earlier recordings of Mozart’s concertos, you might detect a bit more freedom or panache in the running passages of the first movement and a bit more light and shade in the cadenzas, and the sound is here more present and warmer. Serkin and Abbado don’t shirk or prettify them. There’s plenty of humor and really no reservations about the playing at all.
And a word about Abbado — this was before he started paying attention to historically informed performance, and it’s a full-blooded account worthy of Szell or Bohm, though in better sound. I’ve seen Abbado criticized for over-refinement, but there’s none of that here. The playing has weight, energy, and beauty — as vigorous old-style Mozart as you could wish for, and marvelously attentive to the soloist, as Abbado almost always was in his concerto recordings. Very good work all round!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Vinyl (1983)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.12 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti No. 8 & 27 (Serkin/Abbado)

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The best composer who ever lived and a superb team of pianist, conductor, and orchestra make this a solid gold winner.
Comparing Serkin with his earlier recordings of Mozart’s concertos, you might detect a bit more freedom or panache in the running passages of the first movement and a bit more light and shade in the cadenzas, and the sound is here more present and warmer. Serkin and Abbado don’t shirk or prettify them. There’s plenty of humor and really no reservations about the playing at all.
And a word about Abbado — this was before he started paying attention to historically informed performance, and it’s a full-blooded account worthy of Szell or Bohm, though in better sound. I’ve seen Abbado criticized for over-refinement, but there’s none of that here. The playing has weight, energy, and beauty — as vigorous old-style Mozart as you could wish for, and marvelously attentive to the soloist, as Abbado almost always was in his concerto recordings. Very good work all round!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Vinyl (1984)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.1 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti No. 19 & 25 (Serkin/Abbado)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this pearl

The best composer who ever lived and a superb team of pianist, conductor, and orchestra make this a solid gold winner.
Comparing Serkin with his earlier recordings of Mozart’s concertos, you might detect a bit more freedom or panache in the running passages of the first movement and a bit more light and shade in the cadenzas, and the sound is here more present and warmer. Serkin and Abbado don’t shirk or prettify them. There’s plenty of humor and really no reservations about the playing at all.
And a word about Abbado — this was before he started paying attention to historically informed performance, and it’s a full-blooded account worthy of Szell or Bohm, though in better sound. I’ve seen Abbado criticized for over-refinement, but there’s none of that here. The playing has weight, energy, and beauty — as vigorous old-style Mozart as you could wish for, and marvelously attentive to the soloist, as Abbado almost always was in his concerto recordings. Very good work all round!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Vinyl (1984)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.23 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – All Piano Concerti (Ashkenazy/Previn)

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These are brilliant performances of Sergei Rachmaninov’s four piano concertos! Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy originally recorded them with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andre Previn at Kingsway Hall in London in 1972. Ashkenazy demonstrates superb artistry and musicianship on this box set, playing each concerto with extraordinary warmth and expressiveness. The LSO’s accompaniment is outstanding in both its poetry and precision. I found the slow movement of Concerto No. 3 to be particularly enjoyable for its depth of feeling. The sound is absolutely outstanding, aided by the warm ambience of Kingsway Hall. Awarded a three-star rating (signifying “an outstanding performance and recording in every way,”) by the “Penguin Guide to Compact Discs,” this set should not be missed my any fan of Rachmaninov’s music.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestre: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 3.03 GB
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Various Artists – The Originals: Legendary Recordings from the Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, Gustav Holst, Carl Orff, Richard Strauss, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra,
# Conductors: Claudio Abbado, William Steinberg, Eugen Jochum, Herbert von Karajan, Jewgenij Mrawinskij
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12, DR 14, DR 12, DR 12
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 479 3760
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (11.6GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.83GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.46GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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This is one of the best classical box sets I’ve heard. Outstanding performances, stunning sound quality, and perfect pressings. Enjoy!

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