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Borodin, Rimski Korsakoff – Symphony No.2 In B Minor, Cappricio, Espagnole, Tsar Saltan (1959) {Analogue Productions; Remastered, Ltd, 200g; 24-96} + 16-44

This is a happy marriage between conductor and orchestra in the second symphony by Borodin. The orchestra was bristling with talent such as Gervase de Peyer on clarinet and Barry Tuckwell on horn and Hugh Maguire the leader of the London Symphony Orchestra until 59′ on Violin. The sound is very direct but the orchestra stands up very well to this. Martinon’s interpretation is refreshing and very up-beat.

Remastered by Willem Makkee

Composer : Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin/Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky Korsakov
Orchestra :  London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Label : Analogue Productions-RCA Victor Red Seal – Living Stereo Series
Vinyl Relase Date :  2017
Number of LP’s : 1
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch,  200g Pressing, Limited Edition, Remastered
File Format : Flac
Resolution : 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size : 830MB / 216MB
Scans : yes
Server : FF

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Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concerti (Katchen/Gamba)


My Xmas-gift to you all !
After 4 years revisited with the sonic benefits of Black Bird and Audio Research SP15
…and in 24/192

The premature death of the genious US-American pianist (with Russian-Jewish origins) Julius Katchen in 1969 (leukaemia), at the age of 42 years, will never give an answer to the question about the best pianist of the last century. Anyway, he was one of the best!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Julius Katchen
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Pierino Gamba
Vinyl 1959-1964
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Label: Decca
Size: 7.97 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI/Angel) Gustav Mahler – Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Schwarzkopf, Fischer-Dieskau, Szell)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for wonderful Elisabeth&Dietrich
This performance is generally given top recommendation by Mahler devotees. Penguin, for example, says “Szell’s 1968 Kingsway Hall recording of ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ was a primary recommendation for three decades at premium price. Now it rightly joins EMI’s “Great Recordings of the Century’ and the careful remastering plus the lower price will surely extend its catalogue life for a considerable time to come. The superb singing of Schwarzkopf and Fischer-Dieskau is underpinned by the wonderfully sensitive playing from the LSO under Szell, who matches and even surpasses his achievement with his own Cleveland Orchestra in the Fourth Symphony.” Gramophone is equally complimentary, having given this their Gramophone award, saying in their 2012 Guide: “EMI’s classic recording made in 1968 more or less puts all rivals out of the court. Even those who find Schwarzkopf’s singing mannered will be hard pressed to find more persuasive versions of the female songs than she gives, while Fischer-Dieskau and Szell are in a class of their own most of the time.” “Also, few command the musical stage as Fischer-Dieskau does in a song such as ‘Revelge’, where every drop of irony and revulsion from the spectre of war is fiercely, grimly caught.”

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: George Szell
Vinyl 1968

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.97 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Dorati / LSO / Szeryng – Mendelssohn / Schumann: Violin Concertos (original US pressing)


# Composers: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy / Robert Schumann
# Orchestra: The London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Performer: Henryk Szeryng
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Mercury Living Presence | SR 90406
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.11GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.18GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (325MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Ashkenazy plays Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2, Sonata No. 2


Side A of this record offers a scintillating version of Chopin`s second concerto. Ashkenazy demonstrates a stunning command of the virtuoso sections of the outer movements. The second movement is a joy to behold: his heartfelt lingerings over the more ravishing parts of the middle movement evoke pure emotion beyond words. David Zinman and the excellent London players are on the same par as the pianist. On side B the Piano Sonata No. 2, a Nocturne and a Mazurka, all performed live, with energy and impressive techniques with a stunning “Marche Funèbre”. Over all, the sound quality is impeccable. A Chopin record to love!

Composer: Frederic Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:
David Zinman
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Sergei Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky (Previn)


Thank you Jean-Luc for this gem

Captured in 32 bit/384 kHz
Film director Sergei Eisenstein was not deceived by Hitler’s ruse and saw the Nazi threat for what it was, a black faced lie, not to invade Russia. He brought out a film called Alexander Nevsky in 1938, telling of the 13th Century Russian hero, Prince Alexander and his campaign against the invading Teutonic Knights of Germany. The story, quite accurate at that, was a good parallel with the situation in 1938, and served as a slightly disguised warning to the Soviet people to be ready, when the Germans invaded Russia. Eisenstein was sure this was a certainty, despite Stalin’s insistance that the Führer could be trusted. So disillusioned was the Soviet leader when the German Army did attack, that he sequestered himself for 2-3 weeks in his Moscow area “dacha,” a sort of Communist “Camp David.” He refused to give defensive orders and hundreds of thousands of Soviets died in the initial days of this war. Stalin, at first, tried to suppress the Eisenstein film, but it was so popular that he relented…..

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: London Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Anna Reynolds
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl 1972
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.65 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Vladimir Horowitz – Recordings from 1930-1951


All thanks for this historic set go to Trottar
I give 5 stars for this boxset despite the old recording sound. Sound of piano itself is reasonably well for the day once you are used to the background noise, good enough to convey the subtlty and delicacy of his playing. Prokofiev’s Toccata is still fastest and most exciting on records, verging on super-human. Rachmaninov’s 3rd concerto is the best performance by Horowitz with more argency and intensity than his later recordings. The incandescent account of Liszt Sonata is one of the most compelling and beautiful along side Richter and Pogorelich’s classic accounts. Haydn and Scarlatti sonatas, Beethoven variations, Schumann’s Toccata, Chopin Etudes, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and so much more display Horowitz’ keen sense of tonal colours and mind blowing fluency of playing.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Albert Coates
Vinyl 1930-1951
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.74 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Abbado, Pollini: Bartok – Piano Concertos (FLAC)

Abbado, Pollini: Bartok - Piano Concertos (FLAC)

Abbado, Pollini: Bartok - Piano Concertos (FLAC)

Performer: Maurizio Pollini, Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Composer: Bela Bartok
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B000N4SJJW
Size: 201 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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Abbado: Mendelssohn – 5 Symphonies, 7 Overtures (4 CD box set, FLAC)

Abbado: Mendelssohn - 5 Symphonies, 7 Overtures (4 CD box set, FLAC)

Abbado: Mendelssohn - 5 Symphonies, 7 Overtures (4 CD box set, FLAC)

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Elizabeth Connell, Karita Mattila, Hans Peter Blochwitz
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 4 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B00005ONMP
Size: 1.27 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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20th Century Masterpieces (16 CD box set, APE)

20th Century Masterpieces (16 CD box set, APE)

20th Century Masterpieces (16 CD box set, APE)

Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 16 CD box set
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: EMI Classics
ASIN: B001DCQJUY
Size: 4.82 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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