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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Richard Wagner – Tristan Und Isolde (Vickers, Ludwig, Karajan)


Many thanks to our friend from Lake Michigan for this gem
This is one of the most popular modern recordings of the opera though partly by default as there haven’t been many and the consensus is that the most recent ones lack the great singers of the past. It somewhat lags behind Böhm’s and Furtwängler’s in popularity and critical esteem though I think it’s nearly as good. Most of the criticism has been directed at the conducting. I’ll get to that but first I want to discuss the lead singers.

Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: Jon Vickers, Helga Dernesch, Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1972

Number of Discs: 5
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 5.03 GB
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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Danacord) Richard Wagner – Lohengrin (Live MET 1950) (Melchior, Traubel, Varnay, Stiedry)

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A great “THANK YOU” to Bob for this rarity

Lauritz Melchior (20 March 1890 – 19 March 1973) was a Danish-American opera singer. He was the pre-eminent Wagnerian tenor of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s and has since come to be considered the quintessence of his voice type. Late in his career, Melchior appeared in movie musicals and on radio and television. He also made numerous recordings.

Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: Lauritz Melchior, Helen Traubel, Astrid Varnay
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Stiedry
Vinyl 1950/1983
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Danacord
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.9 GB
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Richard Wagner – Parsifal (Adam Fischer; Michael Volle, Stephen Milling, Angela Denoke, Johan Botha, Ryan Speedo Green, Boaz Daniel) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Richard Wagner - Parsifal (Adam Fischer; Michael Volle, Stephen Milling, Angela Denoke, Johan Botha, Ryan Speedo Green, Boaz Daniel) (2015,Opera,HDRip)
Richard Wagner – Parsifal (Adam Fischer; Michael Volle, Stephen Milling, Angela Denoke, Johan Botha, Ryan Speedo Green, Boaz Daniel) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Composer:Richard Wagner
Performer:Johan Botha
Orchestra:Orchestra and Chorus of Wiener Staatsoper
Conductor:Christine Mielitz
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDRip
Label:Wiener Staatsoper
Size:5.91 GB
Recovery: +3%
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 8 (Szell)

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One of the greatest misconceptions about George Szell is that, while he was able to drill orchestras into incomparable playing, his interpretations were metronomic and lacked imagination. What a load of tosh.
George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra were long known for becoming one of the greatest orchestras of the 20th century. Using balance, precision and a desire for perfection, Szell was able to achieve results very few orchestras in the world could hope to achieve. While Szell was often portrayed in the media and society as cold or dictator like, his leadership resulted in the Cleveland Orchestra producing some of the finest Mozart, Bruckner, Beethoven and Haydn recordings ever made.

Composer: Anton Bruckner, Richard Wagner
Orchestra:  Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Szell
Vinyl (1969)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: 12
Size: 2.04 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Sir Neville Marriner & The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

front-small-boxsetLife President of the Academy, Sir Neville Marriner began his career as a violinist, playing first in a string quartet and trio, then in the London Symphony Orchestra. It was during this period that he founded the Academy, with the aim of forming a top-class chamber ensemble from London’s finest players. Beginning as a group of friends who gathered to rehearse in Sir Neville’s front room, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in 1958.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁

Composer: Antonin Dvorak, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Edvard Grieg, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Faure, Georg Friedrich Haendel, Johann Pachelbel, Leopold Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Luigi Boccherini, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, Tommaso Albinoni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.72 GB
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Richard Wagner – Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen (Pinchas Steinberg , Jorge Lavelli) (2012,Opera,BDRip-AVC 1080)

Richard Wagner - Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen (Pinchas Steinberg , Jorge Lavelli) (2012,Opera,BDRip-AVC 1080)
Richard Wagner – Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen (Pinchas Steinberg , Jorge Lavelli) (2012,Opera,BDRip-AVC 1080)

Composer:Richard Wagner
Performer:Torsten Kerl
Orchestra:Toulouse Capitol National Orchestra
Conductor:Pinchas Steinberg
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Number of Discs:1
Format:BDRip-AVC
Size:12 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Sheffield Lab) Richard Wagner – Music From Operas (Leinsdorf)

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Audiophile gem (limited edition, direct-to-disc) from my own collection
The Sheffield/Leinsdorf sessions are well known among audiophiles, as they were originally recorded direct to disc, with a master tape safety backup. The frequency bandwidth is  exceptional. The performances of these Wagner selections are excellent. Sheffield Lab has been out of business for a few years, so I’d recommend that you grab this while it’s still available. Sheffield direct-to-disc recordings were THE hot demo records in every audio salon. After suffering through countless listening sessions featuring Lincoln Mayorga, Harry James, and Dave Grusin, I was thrilled when Sheffield actually released an orchestral recording–Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of excerpts from Wagner’s operas. Great music in great sound!

Composer: Richard Wagner
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Vinyl (1978)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Sheffield Lab
DR-Analysis: 15
Size: 1.19 GB
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Various Artists: Mercury Living Presence 3 (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Franz Lehár, Imre Kálman, Erno Dohnányi, Emil Waldteufel, Josef Lanner, Josef Strauss, Ernest Bloch, Cesar Franck, Arthur Sullivan, Ottorino Respighi, Charles Gounod, Richard Wagner
# Orchestras: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble
# Conductors: Antal Doráti, Howard Hanson, Paul Paray, Frederick Fennell
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12, DR 12, DR 15, DR 13
# Label: Mercury | 478 8058
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (10.3GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.24GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.42GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Wiener Philharmoniker: Decca – The Orchestral Edition (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Richard Wagner, Gustav Holst, Anton Bruckner, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss II, Otto Nicolai, Emik Nikolaus Von Reznicek, Richard Heuberger, Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestras: Wiener Philharmoniker
# Conductors: Sir Georg Solti, Herbert von Karajan, Willi Boskovsky, Karl Münchinger, Zubin Mehta, George Szell
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12, DR 14, DR 14, DR 13, DR 13, DR 15
# Label: Decca | 478 7464
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (12.5GB), 24-bit/96kHz (6.27GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.63GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Do I even need to say anything about this box set?

It’s the Wiener Philharmoniker. The performances speak for themselves.

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Richard Wagner – Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg (Karajan)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to Trottar for this treasure
Despite his disdain for some of the sillier aspects of grand opera, H.L. Mencken once said that “Die Meistersinger” was the greatest single work of art of western civilization–and to many, his hyperbole is forgivable when one contemplates the well-crafted structure of this most human of Wagner’s music dramas. Of all recordings of Wagner’s sole comedy, this one under the baton of Karajan at his prime has perhaps the best-balanced cast. The clear, youthful tones of Donath in the role of Eva must be close to Wagner’s ideal for the role, while Adam makes a compassionate Sachs–though not quite as resonant as one would wish. Kollo’s impetuous style is appropriate to the character of the lovestruck Walther. The orchestral playing has the clarity and transparency that is the trademark of the Karajan style, perhaps most appropriate in this, Wagner’s happiest work.
–Christian C. Rix

Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: Peter Schreier, Helen Donath, Theo Adam, Kurt Moll, René Kollo, Karl Ridderbusch, Ruth Hesse, Geraint Evans
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1971)
Number of Discs: 5
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 5.18 GB
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