HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Martha Argerich & Claudio Abbado – Complete Concerto Recordings (6 x 180g Remastered Vinyls)

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Many thanks to our friend Urbanox for this stunning box
With this special edition DG pays tribute to an extraordinary musical partnership. The 6LP box set collects all the concerto recordings made by pianist Martha Argerich with conductor Claudio Abbado over more than 45 years. Their final meeting on stage took place at the Lucerne Festival at Easter 2013, where they performed two Mozart concertos. This special occasion was recorded, and the release was not only highly praised but is also Deutsche Grammophon’s most successful release of 2014 so far.
Martha Argerich and Claudio Abbado got to know each other through Friedrich Gulda, with whom they both studied in the late 1950s. Their close collaboration in the studio began in 1967 with Argerich’s brilliant concerto-debut release of the Prokofiev Third and Ravel G major. Each recording since then has been a success, as much with the critics as on a commercial level.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt, Frederik Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, Peter Tchaikowsky, Sergej Prokofiev
Performer: Martha Argerich
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Vinyl 2015
Number of discs: 6
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 15/14/15/15/14/17
Size: 11.67 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Paganini, Dvorak, Bruch, Mendelssohn – Izthak Perlman plays 4 Violin Concerti

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Once I had the honor to see & hear Mr. Perlman during a rehearsal one day before a concert in Berlin. I was in my former life travelling technician and one day I was (again) in Berlin, shortly after the fall of the wall. The customer, where I had to repair a gigantic printer had almost become a friend through many years and I always asked him, when I was there, who was actually there and with which concerto…or which orchestra, which maestro. Mostly there was nothing or not interessant for me (I was around 1-2 times in a year there). But one fine day the Muses were very friendly to me and Itzhak gave the Beethoven Concerto. Knowing my love to music, my customer asked me, if I would gladly attend to the rehearsal. I couldn’t believe it…. He phoned with someone and I could hear in the almost empty hall the wonderful playing of Mr. Perlman. Lucky me!
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Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Niccoló Paganini, Antonin Dvorak, Max Bruch
Performer: Itzhak Perlman
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Lawrence Foster, Daniel Barenboim, André Previn
Vinyl 1972
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 2.9 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/192 (Murray Hill) Richard Wagner РDer Ring Des Nibelungen (Furtwängler)

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Historical recordings, Live from the Scala Of Milan 1950.
This is a fantastic Ring cycle. Sound concerns (and audience hacking/talking) keep it at 4 stars. Flagstad and Furtwangler alone would make this worth purchase, but add to that the majesterial Wotan of Ferdinand Frantz (not as noble as Hotter, but much more human), Svanholm and Lorenz as Siedgried, and Pernestorfer as Alberich and you have a major ensemble. (Pernestorfer was singing Benoit in Boheme as late as the 1970s). One problem is the cuts. Part of the great monologue in Act two of Walkure is cut (it can be found with Frantz/Furtwangler on two other recordings) and the central portion of the Siegfried / Wanderer scene is shortened – Svanholm shows why at the end of the opera. His duet is lunge as high as you can. But still, it is a great Ring.

Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: take a look at the box-pic
Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Scala Of Milan
Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
Vinyl 1950/197?
Number of discs: 11
Format: Flac
Label: Murray Hill
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 903 MB
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Server: FF

 

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Ashkenazy/Kertesz/LSO – Mozart: Piano Concertos 8 & 9 (original UK pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: István Kertész
# Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Decca Records | SXL 6259
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.55GB), 24-bit/96kHz (794MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (189MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Frederyk Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Davidovich/Marriner)

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All thanks for this gem go to Mats
It is agreeable to have a recording by Bella Davidovich of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 (known as No. 2) to put beside her account of his Concerto No. 2‚ÄĒcalled No. 1. This field tends to be dominated by Arrau and Rubinstein. On the latter’s RCA recording Ormandy is forceful in the speedy tuttis and the pianist is balanced well forward, his forte tone seeming rather hard. But Rubinstein’s reaction to the lyrical side of Chopin’s invention is such that one repeatedly feels he is revealing the very essence of this music with his precisions of tonal nuance and timing, above all in the Larghetto of course. Like Arrau, Davidovich has the advantage of a greatly superior piano sound, and Marriner gives her more shapely, less hard-driven, orchestral passages.

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Bella Davidovich
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl 1982
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 903 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

 

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Cl√©op√Ętre/Herminie (Baker/Davis)

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All thanks for another pearl to the Berlioz-Davis-cycle go to Trottar

La Mort de Cl√©op√Ętre (The Death of Cleopatra) was Berlioz’s third attempt to win the Prix de Rome from the Academie des Beaux-Arts. His first attempt in 1827 was La Mort d’Orph√©e, which failed to place. His second attempt in 1828 was Herminie, which took second place. Berlioz called La Mort de Cl√©op√Ętre “a lyric scene” for soprano and orchestra, setting a text by P.A. Vieillard. The vocal writing is extremely dramatic, but it ignores distinctions between recitative and aria, which infuriated the jury. The orchestral writing is lush and full, with extraordinary harmonies that likewise alienated the jury. La Mort de Cl√©op√Ętre was judged such a failure in the eyes of the Academie that it gave no first place prize that year. The following year, Berlioz won the Prix de Rome with his conservative La Mort de Sardanapale, but, having already composed his wildly experimental and incredibly wild Symphonie fantastique, he found that he no longer cared all that much about the Academie.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer:
Janet Baker
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1980
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 830 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Beatrice Et Benedict (Davis)

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All thanks for another pearl to complete the Berlioz-Davis-cycle go to Trottar

Dame Janet Baker and Robert Tear lead an outstanding cast in this classic recording of Berlioz’ operatic setting of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, under the baton of the distinguished Berlioz conductor Sir Colin Davis. Based on Shakespeare‚Äôs ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, the text is by the composer who finished composing the opera in 1862; it was first given its premi√®re later that year in Baden-Baden.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer:
Thomas Allen, Robert Lloyd, Jules Bastin, John Alldis Choir, Helen Watts, Janet Baker, Christiane Eda-Pierre, Robert Tear, Richard Van Allan
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1978
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 2.0 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Te Deum (Davis)

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Thank you Trottar for the last pearl of the Berlioz cycle
Colin Davis’s Berlioz cycle for Philips was a highly acclaimed, if not ambitious achievement forty years ago and many of his performances- including the Te Deum here- remain the reference to which all others have since aspired. His soloists are all remarkably good (especially tenor Franco Tagliavini in the Te Deum) and the Wandsworth School Boys Choir simply sing their hearts out. Davis tends to downplay the usual theatrics most conductors pepper their readings with though his restraint pays off famously with one of the most highly dramatic, emotionally charged interpretations ever recorded.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Franco Tagliavini, Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir, London Symphony Chorus
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1969
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 1.07 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – L’Enfance Du Christ (Davis)

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This is another fine pearl in this chain called “Davis-Berlioz-Cycle”.
Colin Davis, currently the grand old man of Berlioz conductors, has recorded the French romantic’s L’Enfance du Christ an amazing three times: first on L’oiseau-Lyre LPs (not issued on CD), then this one on Philips (frequently issued on LP and CD), and later on LSO Live (issued on CD with super audio surround sound capabilities). While not perhaps the most emotional Berlioz conducer in history, Davis’ more measured approach suits the more meditative L’Enfance. All three of his recordings are quite fine, but the sound quality gets slightly better with each newer edition. This sounds just splendid.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Janet Baker, Eric Tappy, Raimund Herincx, Philip Langridge, Thomas Allen, Joseph Rouleau, Jules Bastin, John Alldis Choir
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1977
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 17
Size: 1.88 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Requiem (Davis)

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Another precious pearl in this chain called “Davis-Berlioz-Cycle”.
Any one not familiar with Berlioz’ “Te Deum” should also give this careful consideration. I personally prefer the Te Deum over the Requiem and wonder why the two works are not equally known. This Davis is pretty much a standard version and not to be slighted. Reportedly, there is another Davis performance made for L.S.O. Live which may not yet have been released. Anyone who catches onto this neglected masterpiece should also investigate the Inbal (on Denon) and the Shaw (on Telarc).

Pay attention: due to an unexpected error on the file B1, I uploaded a corrected B1. DL it and replace the old one.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer:¬†Ronald Dowd, London Symphony Chorus, Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1970
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 1.85 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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