HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Franck, Debussy, Ravel – Violin Sonatas (Mintz, Bronfman)

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The three works make a very attractive and logical coupling, as they bring together the three outstanding French sonatas of their time. The Franck, the work of a mature composer towards the end of his composing life is dated 1886, the Debussy sonata from 1917 was his last completed work and Ravel’s sonata of 1927, while not being his last work, is still one of his mature years.
Beyond those considerations the three works inhabit very different worlds from each other. The Ravel piece is by far the most ‘abstract’ in its musical considerations while the Franck offers a deeply Romantic vision. The Debussy sonata inhabits a world somewhere in between with its impressionist form of expression.
The performances given by Mintz and Bronfman are exquisitely drawn with clearer lines and less heaviness than is often heard with other artists. Those who are familiar with Mintz’s equally exquisite and finely drawn disc of the Prokofiev violin concertos recorded with Abbado will immediately know what is meant by that description. Nothing is overstated but every detail is there to be heard and makes full impact. Rather like make use of a sabre rather than a two-handed double edged sword to make an analogy.

Composer: Cesar Franck, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
Performer: Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR15
Size: 1.09 GB
Scan: yes
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Ansermet / OSR: Debussy / Ravel – La Mer / Prelude A L’Apres-Midi D’un Faune / Rapsodie Espagnole (UK pressing)

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# Composers: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: London Records | CS 6024
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (942MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (250MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Haendel / Ančerl / CPO: Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole / Ravel: Tzigane (Supraphon)

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# Composers: Édouard Lalo, Maurice Ravel
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Supraphon | SUA ST 50615
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (923MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (248MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Eterna) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition/Night On Bald Mountain (Markevitch)

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Igor Markevitch always had by this piece a very special affinity, having therefore an absolute domain of its whole significance; as a matter of fact, every time he conducted this hyper known work he added new, smart and significant details of expression, that enriched and ennobled still more the status of this composition. Markevitch directed this performance with dark poetry (The catacombs, and Baba Yaga), zealous and almost imperceptible accents carefully sculpted in the score.
This version to my mind must be included among the most pyramidal readings ever made. You will not find optimistic brightness, or radiant expressiveness, but a fervent Elegy in memory of Victor Hartman. So, please, take into account this memorable choice at the moment you demand a major and even most penetrating result.
 
Composer: Modest P. Mussorgsky
Orchestra:  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Vinyl (1974)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Eterna
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 867 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Maurice Ravel – Piano Concerto In G Major / Piano Concerto In D Major For The Left Hand (François/Cluytens)

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Samson François (1924-1970) is considered one of the most important French pianists of the 20th century. His unique sense of improvisation, which is the trademark of his recordings, blossomed even more in concert. Those who had the chance to attend his concerts recall a very special experience.
Precisely why he’s is not better known in the United States (or known at all for that matter) is a mystery. On this album he plays Ravel with absolute mastery, refusing to prettify any of the jazz rhythms in the G major concerto, and by so doing, bringing out all of its toughness…..

Composer: Maurice Ravel
Performer: Samson François
Orchestra: The Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Conductor: André Cluytens
Vinyl (1960)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 799 MB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures From An Exhibition (CSO/Solti)

front-small-boxsetDon’t be surprised by the title…even myself, I always thought, it is “at” and not “from”…but the correct translation from Russian is “from”. Anyway, this is another outstanding performance of the “Pictures”, that I omissed to post all the time.
Now it’s time to knee down in front of Maestro Solti. One of the better full orchestral Pictures to be found! Full of passion and energy. Solti, the Chicago Symphony, and the London engineers bring out all the color and life in this great piece. The combination with a delightful performance of Le Tombeau de Couperin is a good match. Couldn’t be better! Highly recommended!

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Maurice Ravel
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.85 GB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Debussy, Ravel – String Quartets (Quartetto Italiano)

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The members of the Quartetto Italiano were together for so long that you can get a historic mono recording of the smae music on EMI. The Quartetto doesn’t try to sound airy, diaphanous, or particularly French. Instead, they give a presonal, uniquely phrased version that sounds as if each player is esponding from deep feelings about the music. That’s rare in performances of Debussy and Ravel, where the syle is more or less locked in. the miking is quite close, and although they lack the sheen of the Bertg Qt, the Quartetto Italiano deserves their reputaiton for making beautiful sounds.

Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
Performer: Quartetto Italiano
Vinyl (1966)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.08 GB
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Arthur Grumiaux & István Hajdu – Violinsonaten (mono, Dutch pressing, promo copy)

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# Composers: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Fauré
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Philips | A 02264 L
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.01GB), 24-bit/96kHz (803MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (228MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Telefunken) Maurice Ravel – Piano Works (Noel Lee)

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Noël Lee (December 25, 1924 – July 15, 2013) was an American classical pianist and composer living in Paris, France.
Born in 1924 in Nanjing, China, Lee studied music in Lafayette, Indiana, then attended Harvard University, studying with Walter Piston, Irving Fine, and Tillman Merritt and was also a student at the Longy School of Music in the early 1940s. Following World War II, he traveled to Paris where he studied music with Nadia Boulanger and was a friend of Douglas Allanbrook. He composed orchestral, chamber, piano, vocal, and film music. In addition, he completed several unfinished piano works by Franz Schubert, and composed cadenzas for piano concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. He was also well known for his piano accompaniment.

Composer: Maurice Ravel
Performer: Noel Lee
Vinyl (1967)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: Valois
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.96 GB
Scan: yes
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 & 16/44 (Tacet) Maurice Ravel – oreloB (Bolero & La Valse)

front-small-boxsetThis is a crazy “thing” I tell you…I never saw this before. Normally you start listening a record positioning the needle at the beginning, in the outer dead wax. Here you start the record positioning the needle in the inner dead wax 😀 As stated on the cover, you play this Ravel backwards.
Much more than just a gimmick, this album boasts outstanding sound quality and stellar performances. See the information from the label below for more details on the production. (Many thanks to TheNightOwl, who allows me to use his text)
Audiophile factor: Very high!

Composer: Maurice Ravel
OrchestraNetherlands Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
Vinyl (2013)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Tacet (180g Limited Edition)
DR-Analysis: DR 17
Size: 1.06 GB + 148 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

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