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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Sergei Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky (Previn)


Thank you Jean-Luc for this gem

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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
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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
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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%
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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
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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
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Franklin Mint 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time (100 LP box set, 24 bit / 96 kHz, FLAC)

Franklin Mint 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time (100 LP box set, 24 bit / 96 kHz, FLAC)
Franklin Mint 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time (100 LP box set, 24 bit / 96 kHz, FLAC)

Vinyl LP
Number of Discs: 100 LP box set
Format: FLAC (tracks+m3u)
Label: Franklin Mint
ASIN: B0040BHKRQ
Size: 78.1 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Complete Songs With Orchestra Including “Les Nuits D’Ete” (Davis)

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Many thanks Trottar for this rarity

Now, really, the Berlioz-Davis-cycle is completed.
These works are unusual for different reasons. This is the only version of Nuits D’ete that I know that employs multiple soloists rather than one soprano or mezzo.
This is a wonderful peformance. Variety per se might not have worked with different soloists. But all four seem perfect to me. Sheila Armstrong had been a favorite singer since her “Let the Bright Seraphim ” near the end of Karl Richter’s “Samson”. She sings her two songs again with a bright clear soprano. Josephine Veasey sang much Berlioz including “Les Troyens” and captures the emotional depth of ‘Spectre”. I had not heard Frank Patterson before this recording, but he sings with a powerful and penetrating voice recalling the singer in “The Dead”, and John Shirley-Quirk is equally good, though his timbre might be an acquired taste-such as the one that hasn’t fully occurred for me in the case of Lelio. Its melange of spoken narrative soliloquy, tenor/piano Goethe lieder, baritone/male chorus Brigand’s aria et al contain (in my view)some quite
attractive music which dramatizes/animates thoughts/ideas of the narrator.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: John Shirley-Quirk, Sheila Armstrong, Frank Patterson, Josephine Veasey

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.17 GB
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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
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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
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/192 (Murray Hill) Richard Wagner – Der 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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