HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Backhaus)

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A very great THANK YOU to Trottar for this gem
If you are reading this review, chances are you are a classical record collector who owns multiple versions of all the Beethoven sonatas, perhaps multiple complete cycles by the likes of Schnabel, Kempff, Brendel, Gulda et. al. You are also probably wondering whether you should invest in another Beethoven cycle by a pianist whose name and legacy may be less familiar to you. The answer is: absolutely! Not even Schnabel probed more deeply behind the notes than Wilhelm Backhaus, and few have possessed the technical endurance at an advanced age to conquer the rugged peaks of the late sonatas (all but the *Hammerklavier* were taken down when Backhaus was in his seventies).

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus
Vinyl (19??)
Number of discs: 10
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 9.83 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concerti (Brendel/Haitink)

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Oh friends, I’m experiencing at now a paradigm shift in my understanding of the LvB piano concerti, concerning the best interpreter, who ever recorded them. In the origin I had only the concerti with Pollini and (three of the five concerti) with Benedetti-Michelangeli and I was happy for many years. Both great pianists, both marvellous in their interpretations although a little different from each other. Then I heard Katchen and I was speechless… then Arrau, Rubinstein and – OMG – Kempff !!! I thought, never in life can another pianist reach the level of these five “gods”. Oh, how wrong I was! Thanks to Trottar and Jean-Luc I “discovered” in the last 3 years my love for Brendel, an artist who was well known to be, but I never estimated more than just a little – don’t ask me why. Two weeks ago I found out by accident that Brendel had recorded the concerti and I was like electrified. In such moments I don’t think twice or a second too long: seen and purchased was a single act. Please welcome the sixt “god” in the olymp of the LvB piano concerti interpreters.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Vinyl (1975-77)
Number of discs: 5
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.8GB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concerti (Rubinstein/Leinsdorf)

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No one has quite the presence and panache and mastery of line of the wonderful Artur Rubinstein. And his piano sound is very distinctive and refreshing in spite of the age of his recordings. He has a way of holding one’s interest and delight through the special quality of understanding the drama of all he plays. “Rubinstein,” a prominent conductor once quipped, “is the only pianist you could wake up at midnight and ask to play any of the 38 major piano concertos.” Hyperbole aside, Rubinstein was indeed one of the most versatile and commanding of all virtuosos, and he left a series of recordings for piano and orchestra that are still big sellers decades later. These recordings, made in 1965-67, demonstrate Rubinstein was just as “on top” of these works technically as he was in the earlier set with Krips (1956) and much more “into” them musically. In addition, the playing is notably more alert and straightforward than in his later set with Barenboim (1975).

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Artur Rubinstein
Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Vinyl (1965-67)
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 3.31 GB
Scan: yes
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Reiner / CSO – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat, Op. 55 (“Eroica”) (original US pressing, mono)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1955)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | LM-1899
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.66GB), 24-bit/96kHz (811MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (197MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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Kempff – Beethoven – Piano Sonatas No. 29 & 30 (German pressing)

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# Composers: Ludwug van Beethoven
# Performer: Wilhelm Kempff
# Vinyl (1965)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft | 138 944 SLPM
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.29GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.12GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (274MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Ansermet / OSR – Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 & No. 8 (mono, original UK pressing)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1956)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: London Records | LL 1493
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.72GB), 24-bit/96kHz (844MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (208MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Sir Neville Marriner & The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

front-small-boxsetLife President of the Academy, Sir Neville Marriner began his career as a violinist, playing first in a string quartet and trio, then in the London Symphony Orchestra. It was during this period that he founded the Academy, with the aim of forming a top-class chamber ensemble from London’s finest players. Beginning as a group of friends who gathered to rehearse in Sir Neville’s front room, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in 1958.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. :(

Composer: Antonin Dvorak, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Edvard Grieg, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Faure, Georg Friedrich Haendel, Johann Pachelbel, Leopold Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Luigi Boccherini, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, Tommaso Albinoni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.72 GB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Rudolf Serkin Live At Carnegie Hall

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this gem
One of the greatest pianists of all time. His interpretations are deep and sound like the composers’ intentions. Anybody who heard and knew this Master knows that whatever he tackled is today embossed in the Temple of the finest, most honest, keyboard and chamber music ever recorded. No wonder he became Adolf Busch’s son-in-law. His “Republic of Equals” in Marlboro was never really a ‘Republic”–it was his Kingdom (but not Empire). Amazing how his son Peter carried forward this tradition of musical honesty and virtuosity…..

Composer: Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Vinyl (1978)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 1.79 GB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (FSM) Ludwig van Beethoven – All Piano Sonatas (Brendel)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this marvellous set
Brendel is rightly considered an expert on Beethoven (Schubert and Mozart), because unlike many other “high-class” pianists who play only on speed, Brendel gives the listener the opportunity to enjoy Beethoven. Very clear and emotional, as one would expect for a romantic composers.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Vinyl (1970?)
Number of Discs: 12
Format: Flac
Label: FSM
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 11.94 GB
Scan: yes
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Various Artists: The Decca Sound – Mono Years: The Birth of High Fidelity (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# 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

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