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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Melodya) Peter Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Zhukov)


Many thanks to Urbanox for this pearl

Igor Mikhaylovich Zhukov (31 August 1936 – 26 January 2018) was a Russian pianist, conductor and sound engineer. He was born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1936 but his family moved to Moscow in the following year. Four years later, they were evacuated to Vyatka (then known as Kirov) as a result of the Second World War. After the war, they returned to Moscow, where Zhukov studied in the Conservatory in 1955, studying first with Emil Gilels and then, in 1955, with Heinrich Neuhaus. He graduated in 1960, having won second prize in the Long-Thibaud Piano Competition in Paris. Apart from a career as a pianist, Zhukov also conducted his own ensemble, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra until his retirement from conducting in 1994, and was the pianist of the long-running Zhukov Piano Trio which was founded in 1963 and continued performing until 1980. (The other members were the violinist Grigory Feighin and cellist Valentin Feighin.) The trio was noted for its “Historic Concerts” which featured repertoire spanning the 17th to the 20th centuries. Zhukov made recordings on the Melodiya/CBS label, among others (e.g. the complete Scriabin sonatas). Zhukov also had a passionate interest in recording, and said of himself “I’m the best pianist among recording engineers, and the best recording engineer among pianists.”

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
Performer: Igor Zhukov
Orchestra: Moscow Radio Large Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1969
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Melodya
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 865 MB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Telarc) Peter Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker (Mackerras)


Excellent vinyl of the Nutcracker by the London Symphony Orchestra. 180 gram remastered recording. Two records. Timeless art by Maurice Sendak of “Where the wild things are” fame. Highly recommend if you want to relive the Nutcracker or just have a nice fancy diner with the music in the background. Sir Charles Mackerras has done the world of classical music a big, big favor. I have another, fantastic complete version of this ballet, but I can recommend this one, based on what hear on this terrific recording. Right from the start, Mackerras shows not only that he cares, but that he gets it. This work calls for light, rapid, and sonorous playing from all instrumental groups to capture the Christmassy, miniature feel of the work. The listener is even treated to a rifle shot and cannon blasts during “The Battle Between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” You can’t go wrong with picking this one up instead of another recording.

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
Vinyl 1986/2016

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.16 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Peter Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 In E Minor (Muti)

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Composed in 1888 the Fifth Symphony is generally considered to be the most attractive of Tchaikovsky’s major works. When he first began writing the symphony he was suffering from a deep depression. However, he moved to the countryside and his state of mind became much more relaxed, enjoying the peace and quiet, gaining a new-found pleasure from his garden. This E minor Symphony reflects all the violent and conflicting emotions that he was experiencing at the time of its composition.
 
Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 972 MB
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Super Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Foné) Il Cremonese Antonio Stradivari (Salvatore Accardo)

front-small-boxsetPlease welcome another  audiophile super-label: Fonè
I have read so much about the Italian super-label Fonè, so I thought, is time to hear the records, that so many HiFi lovers would never sell or give away. But I never expected it would be this hard to get the pearls that Signor Giulio Cesare Ricci (called Signoricci by the fans) produces, 100% analogue and very limited to 496 copies. Don’t ask me, why the hell 496 and not 500 😀  Finally I had luck and could get my hands on three of these black gold nuggets and….WOW ! My expectations weren’t disappointed.
Concerning this recording, I seldom heard the Stradivari as if it was played in my livingroom just for me. You can hear the violin breathing…
Audiophile factor: very high!

# Composer: Antonin Dvorak, Cécile Chaminade, Felix Mendelsshon, Fritz Kreisler, Isaac Albeniz, Johannes Brahms, Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov, Peter Tchaikovsky
# Performer: Laura Manzini, Salvatore Accardo
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Vinyl 2010(2015)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Foné

# DR-Analysis: DR 13
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Size: 2.07 GB
# Scan: Yes

# Server: FF
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 (MFSL/EMI) Peter Tchaikowsky – Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique” (Karajan)

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I am in no doubt that this is one of Karajan’s greatest recordings. He recorded this bleakest of symphonies many times and there is undoubtedly merit in the 50’s versions with the Philharmonia and the VPO, and the two accounts made with the BPO for DG in the 60’s and 70’s, but for many the finest remains this 1971 recording, also with the BPO, made in the warm acoustic of the Jesus-Christus Kirche in September 1971. It was originally released on LP in quadrophonic sound; the violins are still a bit shrill but otherwise we hear a deep, golden acoustic ideally suited to the sound Karajan’s orchestra made back then.

Audiophile factor: High!

# Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1972/1983)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: MFSL/EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 916 MB
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