Barbirolli / NPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (original UK pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
# Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: His Master’s Voice | ASD 2518-9
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.62GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.81GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (478MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy ‎- Elijah (Frühbeck De Burgos)

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All thanks for this go to Bob
I love this beautifully performed version of Elijah. The pace was compelling with great balance between the admirable group of soloists and the outstanding chorus. I would strongly take issue with those who criticize Fischer Diskau whose performance was both lyrical and powerful. I am sure his accent is no worse than Mendelsson’s was!
This recording is in every way wonderful. Starting with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He IS Elijah to me. His singing is perfection. He has amazing phrasing and his diction makes it possible to understand the lovely, inspired libretto to this heavenly music. There are so many pieces that are ephemeral. Fischer-Dieskau does a great job of what I think of as compassionate, heartfelt singing. His interpretation sounds like the voice of God himself. It has a quality of kindness and yet he sounds just as convincing reprimanding the people of Baal. He is the true highlight of this recording.
That said, the rest of the cast is wonderful as well. Gwyneth Jones has a lovely, silvery voice that has a clarion bell-like tone that rings over the large orchestra with ease. She has occasional “misfire” but is a consistent performer. Dame Janet Baker and Nicolai Gedda both perform at a consistently lovely level. The orchestra and chorus are both wonderful.

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Performer:
Gwyneth Jones, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir, New Philharmonia Chorus
OrchestraNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
Vinyl 1974
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.9 GB
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Various Artists: Phase 4 Stereo Concert Series (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Antonin Dvořák, Bernard Herrmann, Georges Bizet, Miklós Rózsa, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff, Xian Xinghai, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestras: New Philharmonia Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductors: Antal Dorati, Bernard Herrmann, Charles Münch, Miklós Rózsa, Leopold Stokowski, Elgar Howarth
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13, DR 12, DR 12, DR 13, DR 12, DR 11
# Label: Phase 4 / Decca | 00289 479 1387
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (11.5GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.84GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.56GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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From the Decca website:

In the 1960s Decca pioneered the use of a multi 10-channel console mixer which created recordings with an unprecedented sense of spatial realism and movement – Phase 4 Stereo. Following in the footsteps of Decca’s highly-successful label heritage sets (The Decca Sound, Mercury Living Presence), this generous selection of the very best of Phase 4 promises to amaze a new generation of fans.

Two of the titles included in the set are on the TAS List – the Holy Grail of vinyl fidelity. This is a list of recordings recommended by The Absolute Sound magazine under the direction of Harry Pearson. Those two titles are The Fantasy Film World of Bernard Herrmann and Miklós Rózsa: Music From Ben Hur.

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Giuseppe Verdi – Aida (Caballé, Domingo, Muti)

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Behind the pyramids and the elephants, the long lines of prisoners of war and of slaves carrying booty, the choral shouts of “Glory to Egypt,” and the splendid brass sounding the Triumphal March, Aida is the story of a love triangle: Aida, an Ethiopian princess who has become a slave in Egypt; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radamès, the Egyptian general they both love (Aida secretly). There are ironies and conflicts: How can she love a man who is the enemy of her country, but who says he has fought and conquered for the sake of her love? It is suitable only for the biggest opera houses and therefore demands voices capable of great power as well as emotional expressiveness. Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, and Fiorenza Cossotto provide such voices, and Ricardo Muti conducts with a sense of drama and dynastic glory. –Joe McLellan

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Montserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo, Fiorenza Cossotto, Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov
Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Vinyl (1974)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.82 MB
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Münch / NPO – Bizet: Carmen & L’Arlésienne Suites (180g pressing)

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# Composer: Georges Bizet
# Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Charles Münch
# Vinyl (1967 / 2014)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Phase 4 / Decca | PFS 4128
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.90GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.98GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (305MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Dorati / NPO – Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E minor “From the New World” (180g pressing)

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# Composer: Antonin Dvořák
# Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Doráti
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Phase 4 / Decca | PFS 4128
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.78GB), 24-bit/96kHz (934MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (274MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Giacomo Puccini – Manon Lescaut (Caballé/Domingo)

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Many thanks to our friend from Lake Michigan.
Puccini’s Manon Lescaut is an Italian lyric tragedy drama. The opera is centered on Manon Lescaut (Montserrat Caballé), a beautiful young girl about to be sent to a convent. When Chevalier Des Grieux (Placido Domingo) sees her the flame of passion between them is ignited. Manon’s life is a winding one: seduced by riches that ultimately trigger her downfall but ultimately finding redemption in Des Grieux’s love for her. Conductor Bruno Bartoletti leads the New Philharmonia Orchestra as they traverse Puccini’s gorgeous melodies that permeate the opera, from Manon’s poignant arias to the lush orchestral score.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Montserrat Caballé, Noel Mangin, Placido Domingo, Robert Tear, Vicente Sardinero
# Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Conductor:
Bruno Bartoletti
# Vinyl (1972)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
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Size: 2.19 GB
# Scan: yes
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Yehudi Menuhin – The Violinist (10 CD box set, APE)

Yehudi Menuhin - The Violinist (10 CD box set, APE)

Yehudi Menuhin – The Violinist (10 CD box set, APE)

Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 10 CD box set
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: EMI Classics
ASIN: B0000BWTKJ
Size: 3.08 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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Sawallisch: Mendelssohn – Complete Symphonies (3 CD, APE)

Mendelssohn: Complete Symphonies (3CD boxset, APE)

Mendelssohn: Complete Symphonies (3CD boxset, APE)

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
Audio CD
SPARS Code: A-D
Number of Discs: 3 CD
Format: APE (tracks)
Label: Philips
ASIN: B00000E4UN
Size: 920 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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Piano Masterworks: The World’s Favourite Piano Classics (50 CD box set, APE)

Piano Masterworks: The World's Favourite Piano Classics (50 CD box set, APE)

Piano Masterworks: The World’s Favourite Piano Classics (50 CD box set, APE)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 50 CD box set
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Decca
ASIN: B001AAKE7S
Size: 10.8 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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