Various Artists: The Decca Sound – Mono Years: The Birth of High Fidelity (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Igor Stravinsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Perez Turina, Edouard Lalo, Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov
# Orchestras: L’Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
# Conductors: Ernest Ansermet, Erich Kleiber, Eduard van Beinum, Ataulfo Argenta, Jean Martinon
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13, DR 12, DR 11, DR 12, DR 13, DR 13
# Label: Decca | 478 8027
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (8.28GB), 24-bit/96kHz (4.02GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.05GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Modest Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov (Christoff/Cluytens)

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This version is badly cut,and purists may sneer at the Rimsky-Korsakoff arrangement, but it has two things going for it. The first thing is Boris Christoff. The second thing is Boris Christoff. (He sings three roles in this recording, which is a little confusing, but what the heck!) Christoff, with a rich and powerful bass-baritone, was one of the 20th century’s leading exponents of the role of Boris Godunov. He is simply a force of nature in the title role, yet with the ability to shade his voice into heartrending beauty and sorrow. The rest of the cast is excellent. Andre Cluytens conducts with a terrific mix of power and sensitivity, and the quality of the recording is quite good. While this may not be everybody’s first choice, it belongs on every opera lover’s shelf simply because it gives us the chance to hear one of the greatest bass-baritones of the century in his signature role.

# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
# Performer: Dimitr Ouzounov, John Lanigan, Boris Christoff, Evelyn Lear, Ana Alexieva
# Orchestra: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
# Conductor: André Cluytens
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size:  4.2 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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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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