HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Mussorgsky//Rimsky-Korsakov/Borodin – Pictures At An Exhibition/Capriccio Espagnole/Polovetsian Dances (Muti/Roshdestwensky)

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You can always count on Riccardo Muti to give a strong performance of popular works. His performance of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece is near the top. His tempi for the various “pictures” are right on. Muti’s performance is excellent and he has the sound to carry it off, but the reading does lack the oomph of others like Reiner and especially Ormandy (the earlier recording with the Philadelphia Orchestra on Columbia/Sony). Muti begins Pictures as though he is warming up, with the latter pictures much more highly charged than those in the first half. By the time he arrives at The Great Gate of Kiev he and the Philadelphia Orchestra are in full swing. It’s a top-notch performance.
Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s recordings of the “Polovetsian Dances” by Borodin and The “Capriccio Espagnole” by Rimsky-Korsakov are powerful and impeccable interpretations and good companions to Mussorgsky’s “pictures”.

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Borodin
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris
Conductor: Riccardo Muti, Gennady Roshdestwensky
Vinyl 1972
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.24 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Seraphim) Camille Saint-Saens – The 5 Piano Concerti (Ciccolini)

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The performances are elegant and powerful, beautifully played by Ciccolini and well supported by the orchestra under Baudo’s expert direction. Of special note is the exquiste recorded sound. Back in the early 70’s, this was considered one of the best engineered concerto recordings around, and it sounds great today. The balance between the piano and orchestra is superb; natural, spacious and clean.
Aldo Ciccolini comes from the Busoni school of pianism, which combines German intellectualism with Italianate lyricism; those who might think these qualities are unsuited to the music of Saint-Saens should spend some time listening to these marvelous accounts. The approach is quite deliberate at times, but it allows the music to unfold in a way that reveals hidden depths of expression, due in large part to Serge Baudo’s careful direction. All in all, the pairing of Ciccolini and Baudo is a fine choice for a complete set of these piano concertos.

Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini
Orchestra:  Orchestre de Paris
Conductor: Serge Baudo
Vinyl (1974)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Seraphim
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 3.3 GB
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The Berlioz Experience (10 CD box set, APE)

The Berlioz Experience (10 CD box set, APE)

The Berlioz Experience (10 CD box set, APE)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 10 CD box set
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B00008RWRJ
Size: 2.59 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Martinon: Debussy, Ravel – Orchestral Works (8 CD box set, FLAC)

Martinon: Debussy, Ravel - Orchestral Works (8 CD box set, FLAC)

Martinon: Debussy, Ravel – Orchestral Works (8 CD box set, FLAC)

Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
Conductor: Jean Martinon
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 8 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: EMI Classics
ASIN: B00006HM8X
Size: 2.34 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Original Album Classics: Isaac Stern (5 CD box set, APE)

Original Album Classics: Isaac Stern (5 CD box set, APE)

Original Album Classics: Isaac Stern (5 CD box set, APE)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 5 CD box set
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Sony Classical
ASIN: B002K8BJM8
Size: 1.13 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Bernstein: Beethoven – The Amnesty International Concert, Symphonies no.7, 9, Missa solemnis (6 CD box set, FLAC)

Bernstein: Beethoven - The Amnesty International Concert, Symphonies no.7, 9, Missa solemnis (6 CD box set, FLAC)

Bernstein: Beethoven – The Amnesty International Concert, Symphonies no.7, 9, Missa solemnis (6 CD box set, FLAC)

Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 6 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Decca
ASIN: B000TM0H5W
Size: 1.89 GB
Recovery: +3%
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20th Century Masterpieces (16 CD box set, APE)

20th Century Masterpieces (16 CD box set, APE)

20th Century Masterpieces (16 CD box set, APE)

Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 16 CD box set
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: EMI Classics
ASIN: B001DCQJUY
Size: 4.82 GB
Recovery: +3%
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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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HD-Vinyl Stereo 24/96 (DGG) Eduard Lalo – Symphonie Espagnole (Perlman/Barenboim)

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As great as other violinists on some outstanding “Symphonie Espagnole” recordings are, Perlman really goes to the front of the line in my opinion. His beautiful intonation, amazing technique, and feel for this music (not at all self-indulgent) are just about as perfect as one can hope to get. The acoustics and sound of this recording are just as glorious as is the playing. Highly recommended.

# Composer: Eduard Lalo, Hector Berlioz
# Performer: Itzhak Perlman
# Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
# Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
# Vinyl (1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 16
# Size: 789 MB
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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (EMI) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade (Rostropowitsch)

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This is really, really great. Bravo, Mr. Cello !
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# Composer: Nikolaj Rimsky-Korsakov
# Orchestra:  Orchestre de Paris
# Conductor: Mstistlaw Rostropowitsch
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# Label: EMI
# ASIN: B00000DOEG
# Size: 885 MB
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
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