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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Columbia) Grieg, Piano Concerto A-Minor – Rachmaninov, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Entremont/Ormandy)


Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
In the 1950s and 60s, CBS/Columbia (now Sony Classical) had the great fortune to have three of America’s best orchestras and their conductors on its recording roster — Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. More than a half-century later, only Leonard Bernstein remains a name that even the non-classical music world knows well. This particular disc features Ormandy and the Philadelphians with the great pianists Philippe Entremont (he was 23 years old on recording this in 1958) on the Grieg Piano Concerto, that’s often accompained by Rachmaninov’s “Paganini-Rhapsody”. When it comes to the “Rhapsody”, it will has to be either Curzon on Decca or this recording made decades ago. Just by knowing the orchestra (long considered the nation’s finest at the time) and the conductor (a major virtuoso to many critics), as well as the splendid performance on the piano, explains a lot of it.
Go ahead and look for others, but I definitely recommend this.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Edward Grieg
Performer:
Philippe Entremont
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1958

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.89 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Columbia) Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 (Ormandy/Serkin)


Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this masterpiece
Anyone who thinks Ormandy was the purveyor of the hearts and flowers of “The Philadelphia Sound” and not much else should be compelled to hear this Beethoven 4 with Serkin. It is truly one of the great 4ths; lyrical, unrushed, affectionately rendered, but with no indulgences at all. Serkin loved this concerto with every fiber of his being, but played no games with it. And–make no mistake–he was accompanied by a master. Of the many versions Serkin recorded during his life, this is surely the one to get.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra

Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1955
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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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%
Scan: yes
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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%
Scan: yes
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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
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Super HD-Vinyl 192/24 (Telarc) Camille Saint-Saens – ‘Organ’ Symphony No. 3 (Ormandy/Murray)

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Revisited – complete new rip (2016) in 24/192 with the Black Bird Gang.
Pay Attention on track four: Sub Bass – take care of your equipement (Amp & Speakers)

Enjoy the beauty, the purity and the sheer “Grandezza” of a perfect recording. Without any doubt, this is sonically and performancing a masterpiece. Made in 1980, the sound (from an unusual venue for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Francis de Sales Church) remains “State Of The Art” 36 years later. It is, arguably, one of the very best recordings of the Philadelphia Orchestra ever made, irrespective of repertoire.

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s bass drum and organ’s bass pipes are terrific!

Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Performer: Michael Murray
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Number of discs: 1
Vinyl (1980)
ormat: Flac
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.35 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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100 Best Ballet (6 CD box set, FLAC)

100 Best Ballet (6 CD box set, FLAC)

100 Best Ballet (6 CD box set, FLAC)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 6 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: EMI Classics
ASIN: B001C0NN06
Size: 2 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: no
Server: datafile
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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%
Scan: yes
Server: datafile
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Great HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Paganini/Saint-Saens – Violin Concertos (Francescatti)

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# Composer: Niccoló Paganini, Camille Saint-Saens
# Performer: Zino Francescatti
# Orchestra: New York Philarmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra
# Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugene Ormandy
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Columbia
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B000026G8O
# Size: 1.02 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Great Vinyl 16/44 Mono (CBS) Sibelius/Walton – Violin Concertos – Francescatti

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# Composer: Jean Sibelius, William Walton
# Performer: Zino Francescatti
# Orchestra: New York Philarmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra
# Conductor: Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy
# Vinyl (1965)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: CBS
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: not found
# Size: 162 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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