HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (DGG) Sviatoslav Richter Plays Schumann


I’m just going to say: Wow. Beautiful. Magnificent. I do not know what more a fan of classical piano music could want! If you are just beginning to discover classical piano players, Richter ranks up there with the best of all time. Many would say he was above all the others. Technique, strength, passion–it is all here.

Composer: Robert Schumann
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter
Vinyl 1958/1963
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 433 MB
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Artur Rubinstein – Schumann: Carnaval / Fantasiestücke (original US pressing, mono)


# Composer: Robert Schumann
# Performer: Artur Rubinstein
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | LM-2669
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.05GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.00GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (251MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Argo) Liszt/Schumann – Concerto Pathetique/Andante & Variations (Lucas/Ogdon)


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Twenty eight years since his death, the story of John Ogdon’s life in music has just been told in his first full-length biography entitled Piano Man. Charles Beauclerk, a friend of the Ogdon family, gives what I think is a fascinating, unflinching, and honest account of Ogdon’s astonishing virtuosity, his victory at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962, and his friendship with the other firebrands of New Music Manchester – Elgar Howarth, Alexander Goehr, Harrison Birtwistle, and Peter Maxwell Davies….
Audiophile factor & artistic factor: very high!

Composer: Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann
Performer: Brenda Lucas, John Ogdon
Vinyl 1972
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Argo
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 1.83 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Robert Schumann – Violin Sonatas 1 & 2 (Argerich/Kremer)


Can Martha Argerich do no wrong? I have so many of her recordings, and what seems to distinguish them is intensity of feeling. When she teams up with Mischa Maisky the results are wonderful, and here with Gidon Kremer no less so. Schumann found no greater solace than music-making with his pianist wife, Clara, and close friends in the reclusion of his home. So it was scarcely surprising that his thoughts should have reverted to chamber-music. The A minor Violin Sonata was written in 1851.

Composer: Robert Schumann
Performer: Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.85 GB

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Melodya) Sviatoslav Richter Plays Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Rachmaninov


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Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter (Russian: Святосла́в Теофи́лович Ри́хтер, tr. Sviatosláv Teofílovich Ríkhter; IPA: [svʲjətɐsˈlaf tʲɪɐˈfʲiləvʲɪtɕ ˈrʲixtər]; March 20 [O.S. March 7] 1915 – August 1, 1997) was a Soviet pianist known for the “depth of his interpretations, his virtuoso technique, and his vast repertoire.” He is generally regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.
I think, there is nothing more to say about Richter, that’s not been said.
Enjoy one of the greatest artists ever!

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:
Sviatoslav Richter
Vinyl 1983?

Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: Melodya
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.36 GB
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Mono HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) The Horowitz Collection


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Historical recordings from (I guess) the 40s/50s.
This box contains much of the best of Horowitz’s playing. He is at the top of his ability, and the recordings are just superb, not to mention the incredibly eclectic choice of works that he plays on this. It’s worth it just to hear him play the Chopin Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Karl Czerny, Muzio Clementi, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Camille Saint-Saëns, Moritz Moszkowski, Sergei Prokofiev, Samuel Barber, Alexander Scriabin, Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz

Vinyl 1963

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 1.16 GB
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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Vladimir Horowitz – Recordings from 1930-1951


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I give 5 stars for this boxset despite the old recording sound. Sound of piano itself is reasonably well for the day once you are used to the background noise, good enough to convey the subtlty and delicacy of his playing. Prokofiev’s Toccata is still fastest and most exciting on records, verging on super-human. Rachmaninov’s 3rd concerto is the best performance by Horowitz with more argency and intensity than his later recordings. The incandescent account of Liszt Sonata is one of the most compelling and beautiful along side Richter and Pogorelich’s classic accounts. Haydn and Scarlatti sonatas, Beethoven variations, Schumann’s Toccata, Chopin Etudes, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and so much more display Horowitz’ keen sense of tonal colours and mind blowing fluency of playing.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Albert Coates
Vinyl 1930-1951
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.74 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Various Composers – Vladimir Horowitz – The Studio Recordings New York 1985

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Schumann’s Kreisleriana was a Horowitz speciality. The interpretation here is freer, looser structurally than his 1969 recording. For me, the earlier version is still unmatched in its concentration and the laying bare of Schumann’s duality–in my opinion it remains Horowitz’s finest solo recording. But this 1985 version also has a lot going for it–the tempos are so flexible, without losing the basic meter; and the phrasing is just so “right.” Thus is it with the rest of the recording. This is some of Horowitz’s most romantic Scarlatti playing, almost as if Scarlatti were a baroque Chopin–not as outlandish as it seems, as Chopin adored Scarlatti’s music. The Liszt Valse Oubliee was another Horowitz specialty, he recorded it at least three times officially, this one is my favorite. Horowitz captures Liszt’s mystical eroticism in a way few others have matched. The Impromptu from 1872 is rarely played, and hearing it one understands the comment that Horowitz can get forty colors from a piano by striking two keys.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Schubert, Alexander Scriabin, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.37 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Various Composers – Horowitz In Moscow

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Can you figure out, what you are going to do, when you become 83 years old? Mr. Horowitz gave a legendary concert in Moscow, playing as beautiful as he maybe never did before. If you are reading this, I am sure you appreciate Horowitz and his music and have already listened to this famous recording. It is just as good as when it was recorded and is one of my favorite for piano music. In the unlikely case you are not familiar with Horowitz in Moscow, this is truly a gem and you should get it. If music can move you, this most certainly will, it is very pleasant.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Moritz Moszkowski
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.29 GB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (Melodia) Wladimir Sofronitzki Plays Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Sofronitsky (or Sofronitzky; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Софрони́цкий, Vladimir Sofronitskij; May 8 [O.S. April 25] 1901 – August 26, 1961) was a Soviet-Russian classical pianist, best known as an interpreter of the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, whose daughter he married.

Composer: Robert Schumann, Frederyk Chopin, Alexander Scriabin
Performer:
Vladimir Sofronitzky
Vinyl 1952-60
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Melodia
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 1.31 GB
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Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Turnabout) Robert Schumann – Carnaval, Op. 9 / Fantasia, Op. 17 (Abbey Simon)

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Abbey Simon has enjoyed a lengthy career as both concert pianist and teacher; although less well-known by the general public than more widely publicized performers, he has made a strong showing on recordings, especially for the Vox label. He has specialized in works of the Romantic and early twentieth-century periods, notably those by Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, and Ravel. In addition to an active performing career, Simon has distinguished himself as a pedagogue at several institutions and is the founder of a prestigious international piano competition. After private studies, Simon was awarded a scholarship to the Curtis Institute by the legendary pianist Josef Hofmann; he trained there from 1932 to 1940

Composer: Robert Schumann
Performer: Abbey Simon
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Turnabout
DR-Analysis: DR13
Size: 1.17 GB
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Various Artists – DG111: 6 Classic Recordings (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Franz Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann, Antonin Dvorák, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Gustav Mahler
# Orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
# Conductors: Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (2016)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11, DR 13, DR 11, DR 14, DR 12, DR 15
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 479 5449 1
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (13.3GB), 24-bit/96kHz (6.64GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.69GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Deutsche Grammophon is the world’s largest and most successful classical music label with a history stretching back to the dawn of recorded sound in 1898. The yellow label has always been synonymous with classical music, repertoire breadth and the greatest artist roster in the world.

This deluxe box set presents six of the label’s greatest albums on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. Presented with original artwork and pressed at Optimal in Germany, each release has been carefully mastered from original sources.

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Elektra/Nonesuch) Horszowski Plays Mozart, Schumann, Chopin

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Incredible: what you are listening to is the perfect playing of a 95 years old grandmaster.
Mieczyslaw Horszowski lived to the age of 101 and enjoyed the longest career in the history of the performing arts. He never achieved, or aspired to, the notoriety of his friends Arthur Rubinstein and Vladimir Horowitz. But in his last decade, he became something of a cult figure, his performances and recordings sought out by those curious about this last link to the Golden Age of Piano Playing, and those simply wondering whether someone so elderly could still move his fingers.

Composer: Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Mieczyslaw Horszowski
Vinyl (1988)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Elektra/Nonesuch
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.35 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Robert Schumann – Sonatas For Violin And Piano Op. 105, Op. 121 (Zenaty/Klansky)

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Often I wonder, what it is that defines the magistry of an artist in the eyes of the music lovers. And the answer is often, that you need the right portion of luck, the well known “ambiente” as there are the label name, the country where you come from, the right person that you meet at the right moment…maybe something more. No doubt about it, what can NOT be: the artistry offered here by Ivan Zenaty and Ivan Klansky. Thea are worth more than only a listen.

Composer: Robert Schumann
Performer: Ivan Zenaty, Ivan Klansky
Vinyl (1991)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.12 GB
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High-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Robert Schumann – Symphonische Etüden (Maurizio Pollini)

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When pure beauty enters the stage, all you can do is to be silent, to hear and to fall on your knees and (optional) to cry for happyness. Schumann and Pollini are reasons enough to do it.
What makes Pollini such a great interpreter of Schumann? Passion. Tension. Being alive to the forces of disintegration and chaos in the composer’s psyche; indeed: much as Moses raised the brazen serpent as a cure for pestilence, Pollini understands Schumann is reliant upon the orphic power of music to keep the darkness at bay.

# Composer: Robert Schumann
# Performer: Maurizio Pollini
# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size:  1.49 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Brahms/Schumann – The Complete String Quartets (Quartetto Italiano)

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The quartet plays with simplicity, eloquence and with a lyrical tone that few can hope to match. Each of the movements is carefully crafted, and the playing is a window into the composer’s soul, as also the wonderful interplay between the members of the quartets. These are performances that combine eloquence and passion, and the sound quality is wonderful despite the intervening years. These performances are topnotch and set a standard that few even approach.

# Composer: Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann
# Performer – Quartetto Italiano
# Vinyl (1968-71)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 3.6 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Rare HD-Vinyl 96/24 (BASF) Robert Schumann – Introduction & Allegro Appassionato – Piano Concerto (Frager)

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This rare, never on CD released recording with the extremely underrated Malcolm Frager is a real gem…and if you think you know well Schumann’s Concerto, Frager always gives you the feeling of hearing to it for the very first time.

# Composer: Robert Schumann
# Performer: Malcolm Frager

# Orchestra: Philarmonic State Orchestra of Hamburg
# Conductor: Marc Andreae
# Vinyls (1973)
# Format: Flac
# Number of discs: 1
# Label: BASF
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN CD: not found
# Size: 960 MB
# Scan: yes
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Mono HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Melodia) Schumann/Haydn/LvB/Tchaikowsky – Piano Trios (Kogan Trio)

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Emil Gilels (1916-1985) could summon thunderous waves of sound from the keyboard, but was equally capable of melting tenderness and delicate nuance. This extraordinary box set brings together live chamber music performances made in Moscow and London from 1950 to 1958 with Gilels and other world-famous artists. Violinist Leonid Kogan, violist Rudolf Barshai, and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich were all among the greatest instrumentalists of their era, and their collaboration in these rare live recordings make this set indispensable to any collector.

# Composer: Robert Schumann, Josef Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Peter Tchaikowsky
# Performers: Leonid Kogan, Emil Gilels, Mstislaw Rostropovich
# Vinyls (1950-58)
# Format: Flac
# Number of discs: 2
# Label: Melodia
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B000T4SX8I
# Size: 1.1 GB
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Lipatti / Schumann / Grieg / Karajan / Galliera – Piano Concertos in A Minor (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composers: Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann
# Conductors: Herbert von Karajan, Alceo Galliera
# Orchestra: The Philharmonia Orchestra
# Performers: Dinu Lipatti
# Vinyl (1947 / 1948 / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 79 of 100
# Size: 1.14GB (24/96) + 282MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

This one was by request.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly. Please include the album numbers from the master list with your requests.

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Various Artists: Legendary Chamber Music Performances II (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

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# Composers: Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann
# Performers: see below
# Vinyl (1965 / 1933 / 1963 / 1982)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Records 91 and 92 of 100
# Size: 1.99GB (24/96) + 517MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

This was by request. Hope you enjoy it.

All three works presented here are products of composers who were either pianists of outstanding ability, or who had a close affiliation with the instrument in youth. While Schumann himself was not a pianist, he combined criticism with composition, and in both, he expressed such personality and individuality that writers and composers have been challenged to equal the results for more than a hundred years.

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