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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy ‎- Elijah (Frühbeck De Burgos)

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All thanks for this go to Bob
I love this beautifully performed version of Elijah. The pace was compelling with great balance between the admirable group of soloists and the outstanding chorus. I would strongly take issue with those who criticize Fischer Diskau whose performance was both lyrical and powerful. I am sure his accent is no worse than Mendelsson’s was!
This recording is in every way wonderful. Starting with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He IS Elijah to me. His singing is perfection. He has amazing phrasing and his diction makes it possible to understand the lovely, inspired libretto to this heavenly music. There are so many pieces that are ephemeral. Fischer-Dieskau does a great job of what I think of as compassionate, heartfelt singing. His interpretation sounds like the voice of God himself. It has a quality of kindness and yet he sounds just as convincing reprimanding the people of Baal. He is the true highlight of this recording.
That said, the rest of the cast is wonderful as well. Gwyneth Jones has a lovely, silvery voice that has a clarion bell-like tone that rings over the large orchestra with ease. She has occasional “misfire” but is a consistent performer. Dame Janet Baker and Nicolai Gedda both perform at a consistently lovely level. The orchestra and chorus are both wonderful.

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Performer:
Gwyneth Jones, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir, New Philharmonia Chorus
OrchestraNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
Vinyl 1974
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.9 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Nights In The Gardens Of Spain/Harpsichord Concerto (Soriano/De Burgos)

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Audiophile reissue from the 90s (180g, limited edition) from my own collection
Spanish critics have long hailed Gonzalo Soriano’s two recordings of Nights in the Gardens of Spain–this one from 1962 and an earlier effort with Ataulfo Argenta–as among the finest readings of the score ever committed to disc. It’s easy to see why. Soriano brings to bear a conception that is firm, detailed, and energetic and plays the piece with real flair. His partner on the podium, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, only 28 years old when the recording was made, sparks a magnificent account from the Paris Conservatory Orchestra: masculine, evocative, and glowingly ardent. For this most impressionistic of Falla’s scores, it’s an ideal sound.

Composer: Manuel De Falla
Performer: Gonzalo Soriano
Orchestra: Orchestre De La Socité Des Concerts Du Conservatoire
Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
Vinyl (1963)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: 15
Size: 1.55 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Two Violin Concerti (Menuhin)

front-small-boxsetEveryone knows Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E-Minor. But, what about his Concerto in D-Minor? The thirteen-year-old Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D minor remained unknown until a dealer in rare musical scores and books showed the manuscript to Yehudi Menuhin in 1951. The violinist bought it, edited the first published edition, gave the first modern performance in New York on 4th February 1952 and made the first record two days later. This was also his first appearance on disc as violinist-conductor. In the United States the recording was issued on LP coupled with the present version of the E minor Violin Concerto under Furtwängler, but the reciprocal arrangement between RCA Victor and HMV was breaking down and so, rather than wrestle with contractual problems, HMV simply set down the work again in London for the British market, on 2nd April 1953, with Sir Adrian Boult conducting. Towards the end of his career Menuhin made a further coupling of the two Mendelssohn Concertos under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.0 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Frühbeck De Burgos)

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This copy seems to be a promotional one, because of a sticker on the rear cover, “telling” that this is “Manufacturers Property Not For Sale”.
This recording was made shortly after Frühbeck de Burgos had lead the piece in concert with the New Philharmonia. The performance, which he conducted from memory, was hailed as a breakthrough in nuanced yet sometimes barbaric intensity. The chorus and soloists gave Frühbeck de Burgos everything he asked for in this recording. I highly recommend this recording.

# Composer: Carl Orff
# Performer: Lucia Popp, Gerhard Unger, Raymond Wolansky, John Noble
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
# Vinyl (1966)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 10
# ASIN CD: B000TENKPY

# Size: 2:36 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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