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
Recovery: +3%
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Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca/London) Hector Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique (Mehta)


Back in the 1970s british Decca (London in the US market) was King Of The Hill in terms of production quality. Their vinyl didn’t tend to warp (as did RCA and occasionally Phillips), their pressings were generally silent, and most important – their recorded sonics were superb. Decca/London’s ability to capture orchestral sound through the somewhat (!) artificial multiple close miking technique lead purists to complain about solo woodwinds that overshadowed an entire string section, but few would contest the fact that the results sounded spectacular. Georg Solti and the CSO came to exemplify the Decca/London sound of this era, but Solti’s hard driving conducting has not aged well. His Mahler and Bruckner for example remain exciting sound spectaculars, but now, most – not all – of the CSO recordings from this era sound somewhat forced.


Composer: Hector Berlioz

Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Zubin Mehta

Vinyl 1982

Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC

Label: Decca/London
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.89 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Bernstein)


Whether it’s the famous catchy fanfare alone, or the entire symphonic poem of the famous “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, I really love this one. Lenny did a pretty great job with this one. I’ve heard other recordings of the same pieces, surely more than 10 different (and attended it live twice), including Ormandy and Karajan, but I still spend time listening to Bernstein’s recording although my favourite is that century recording by Fritz Reiner.  But it is the fanfare itself which I was most impressed of the piece. The brass was a bit “showy” but blaring enough, and the timpani sounded just fine and “gave weight”. And the summit of the fanfare always gives me goosebumps.

Composer: Richard Strauss
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 813 MB
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HD-Vinyl 192/96/44 (Columbia) Sergeji Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Entremont/Bernstein)

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A great THANK YOU to Jean-Luc for this gem
Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto is beautifully rendered by Entremont/Bernstein using great technique, patience, and control: in particular during the ‘Adagio’ as Bernstein wrings each orchestral note for all it’s worth, heightening the emotions wrought by Mr Entremont’s artistry. Then comes the beauty and intensity of the ‘Allegro’ (with it’s 3 beautiful passes through the theme which inspired popular music’s “Full Moon and Empty Arms” ramping up the intensity and density with each pass) with Entremont brilliant both there and in the cadenza. Considering Rachmaninov’s melancholy mood about the results of his first piano concerto, he more than recovered from it with this amazing “tour de force” composition and others. Absolutely brilliant and evocative, as presented here! The sound and presence are excellent. Bravo, Philippe and Lennie, and ladies and gentlemen of the orchestras! My Highest Recommendation!

Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov
Performer: Philippe Entremont
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Vinyl 1960/1966
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 1.76 GB/928 MB/225 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Schherazade (Bernstein)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
Many do not like Bernstein because of the dramatization he placed in the NYPO recordings. For a piece such as this, that drama brings out the real story behind the orchestration – Scheherezade entertaining her master, and thus saving her life, with wonderful stories. This recording from a few years ago is very good, if a little fast in Lenny’s interpretation. Wonderful music. Unfortunately there is a little “technical” error in the performance of the 4th pmovement. Do you hear it? Can you guess it? Keyword is: Cymbals at 7:20

# Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
# Orchestra – New York Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor – Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1959)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: columbia
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 990 MB
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Walter: Bruckner – Symphony no.4, Wagner – Tristan Und Isolde (APE)

Walter: Bruckner - Symphony no.4, Wagner - Tristan Und Isolde (APE)

Walter: Bruckner – Symphony no.4, Wagner – Tristan Und Isolde (APE)

Composer: Anton Bruckner, Richard Wagner
Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: APE (tracks)
Label: Urania
ASIN: B00005KAWD
Size: 290 MB
Recovery: +3%
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Bernstein: Tchaikovsky – The Complete Symphonies (5 CD box set, FLAC)

Bernstein: Tchaikovsky - The Complete Symphonies (5 CD box set, FLAC)

Bernstein: Tchaikovsky – The Complete Symphonies (5 CD box set, FLAC)

Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Composer: Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 5 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Sony
ASIN: B00008PW4A
Size: 1.62 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Bernstein conducts Bernstein (7 CD box set, FLAC)

Bernstein conducts Bernstein (7 CD box set, FLAC)

Bernstein conducts Bernstein (7 CD box set, FLAC)

Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 7 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B00006L76Y
Size: 1.93 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Anne-Sophie Mutter: ASM35 – The Complete Musician (40 CD box set, FLAC)

Anne-Sophie Mutter: ASM35 - The Complete Musician (40 CD box set, FLAC)

Anne-Sophie Mutter: ASM35 – The Complete Musician (40 CD box set, FLAC)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 40 CD box set
Format: FLAC (tracks+cue)
Label: Decca
ASIN: B004SEXBAK
Size: 9.98 GB
Recovery: +3%
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