Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition (Maazel)

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A heartly “thank you” to our friend Mats for this gift
Ihmo this is one of the very very few performances (if not the only one) that comes very close to the millenium-recording by Fritz Reiner from 1958. Perfect in any way: tempi, coordination, dramatical atmosphere, sound. Don’t ask me why a digital production, presumably made with 16bit/44.1kHz technology, sounds ways better from vinyl than from CD. I don’t know. Try and believe.

# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolaj Rimsky-Korsakov, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel
# Vinyl (1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
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Size: 1.51 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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Toscanini / NSO – Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Franck: Psyché and Eros (mono, US pressing)

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# Composers: Modest Moussorgsky, Cesar Franck
# Orchestras: NBC Symphony Orchestra
# Conductors: Arturo Toscanini
# Vinyl (1954)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Red Seal | LM 1838
# Size: Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.13GB), 24-bit/96kHz (723MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (186MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

There’s no such thing as too many versions of Pictures at an Exhibition, right?

Surprisingly deep bass on this album – timid woofers beware!

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (MFSL) Debussy/ Ravel – La Mer/Prélude À L’après-midi D’un Faune/Boléro (Karajan)

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Many thanks to my friend Mats for this audiophile gift
What makes Karajan such a superb French conductor isn’t just precision and clarity, two virtues we associate with this genre, but his poetic imaginaiton. Where Boulez is crystalline and sparkling in La Mer, Karajan is romantic and delicate. He expresses the music in long sweeps of feeling, but each bar is full of color and nuance. As familiar as La Mer is, to go beyond mere scene-painting (wind, waves, foam, etc.) is difficult. To my ears, Karajan’s interpretation rises to the very top, but you must be able to open your ears to it, since this isn’t Munch-Ansermet-Boulez.

# Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1968)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: MFSL
# DR-Analysis: DR 16
# Size: 1.88 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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Super HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Telarc) Maurice Ravel – Bolero/Daphne Et Chloé (Slatkin)

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If you ever wanted to buy a new HiFi-Equipment, because you can’t see your actual one anymore, this is the right time: turn on your volume knob and wait for the police 😉 By the way, the works on this recordings are excellent.

# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
# Vinyl (1980)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Telarc
# DR-Analysis:
DR: 14
# Size: 688 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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High-End HD-Vinyls 192/24 (Analogue Productions 200g) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition (Reiner)

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Almost no post-processing, so you can say, this rip is raw…and has a better DR (12)
Brand new vinyl, played here for the 1st time
Ladies and Gentlemen, here is the mother of all „Pictures“ recordings. At today, no other „Pictures“ production was able to beat Maestro Reiner and his Chicago Symphony Orchestra: good speed, real dramatical atmosphere, perfect tempo and a magnificent sound. This Analogue Productions Reissue on 200g is the best sounding version I ever heard.

# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
#Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1957/2013)
# Number of discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA/Analogue Productions
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD:
B00IS994MA
# Size: 1.4 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Reiner / CSO ‎– Pictures at an Exhibition (200g, Analogue Productions)

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# Composers: Modest Moussorgsky, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1957 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Analogue Productions / RCA Living Stereo | AAPC 2201 / LSC-2201
# Size: 24/96kHz (730MB) and 16/44.1 (177MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

Another outstanding Living Stereo release from Analogue Productions…

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Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra: Carlo Rizzi – Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye (180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
# Vinyl (2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Tacet
# Size: 661MB (24/96) + 159MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: FileFactory, FilePost

My first classical rip with the new cartridge and preamp!

The companion piece to oréloB. Yet another beautifully recorded album from Tacet…

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Riccardo Muti / The Philadelphia Orchestra – Pictures at an Exhibition / The Firebird (Suite, 1919) (Hi-Q Records, 180g pressing)

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# Composers: Modest Moussorgsky, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
# Conductor: Riccardo Muti
# Vinyl (1960 / 2010)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Hi-Q Records | HIQLP013
# Size: 1GB (24/96) + 261MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

Another outstanding release from Hi-Q records. Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original analog master tapes, and featuring the original artwork.

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Ansermet / L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – L’Enfant Et Les Sortileges (180g pressing, from the 6LP box set)

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# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Choir: The Motet Choir of Geneva
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1955 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Decca | SXL 2400
# Size: 868MB (24/96) + 232MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

The first album in the second Decca Sound 6LP box set.

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Cluytens / PCO – The Complete Orchestral Works of Maurice Ravel (180g, 4LP box set)

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# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
# Conductor: André Cluytens
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: EMI Testament
# Size: 3.81GB (24/96) + 996MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

Testament has revived this classic title from the EMI catalog using only the original EMI master tapes, cut onto lacquer at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios and mastered using full analog techniques throughout production.

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