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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Jules Massenet – Werther (Carreras, von Stade, Davis)

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Many thanks to Bob for this Goethe gem
Now over 35 years old, this recording inspires in me the same affection and admiration as when I first heard it. Massenet is mildly scorned in some quarters; he had his fair share of flops and sometimes fell into a maudlin mode which smacks of trying too hard to please with easy sentimentality, but I am with Beecham regarding the beauties of his best operas (even if I would not go so far as to make frivolous, disparaging comparisons with Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos…). “Manon”, “Thais” and “Werther” are among my very favourite operatic entertainments for their sheer sumptuousness of sound, coherence as drama and distillation of French elegance.

Composer: Jules Massenet
Performer: José Carreras, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Allen

Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Vinyl 1981
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 2.42 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Complete Songs With Orchestra Including “Les Nuits D’Ete” (Davis)

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Now, really, the Berlioz-Davis-cycle is completed.
These works are unusual for different reasons. This is the only version of Nuits D’ete that I know that employs multiple soloists rather than one soprano or mezzo.
This is a wonderful peformance. Variety per se might not have worked with different soloists. But all four seem perfect to me. Sheila Armstrong had been a favorite singer since her “Let the Bright Seraphim ” near the end of Karl Richter’s “Samson”. She sings her two songs again with a bright clear soprano. Josephine Veasey sang much Berlioz including “Les Troyens” and captures the emotional depth of ‘Spectre”. I had not heard Frank Patterson before this recording, but he sings with a powerful and penetrating voice recalling the singer in “The Dead”, and John Shirley-Quirk is equally good, though his timbre might be an acquired taste-such as the one that hasn’t fully occurred for me in the case of Lelio. Its melange of spoken narrative soliloquy, tenor/piano Goethe lieder, baritone/male chorus Brigand’s aria et al contain (in my view)some quite
attractive music which dramatizes/animates thoughts/ideas of the narrator.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: John Shirley-Quirk, Sheila Armstrong, Frank Patterson, Josephine Veasey

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.17 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos No. 1 & 4 (Grumiaux)

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These recordings were, for many years, considered to be among the best available. This is delightful old-style Mozart (meaning not period instrument) played beautifully and with character by the artists. Arthur Grumiaux’s aristocratic style really shines through here. He does not follow the more romantic style that seems to be very popular these days (check out Perlman and Mutter’s recordings) and instead presents the music as it is intended to be. Some people may be turned off by this approach to the music, though, for it makes the music sound somewhat less impressive and perhaps slightly more dry. Nevertheless, Mozart’s elegant melodies really sing via Grumiaux’s treatment of the music. This is pure “Grandezza”.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Arthur Grumiaux
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Vinyl (1962)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 802 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Romeo Et Juliette (Colin Davis)

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After much searching for the Romeo et Juliette of my dreams, I ended up back here, with the very first recording of this piece I owned, along with much of the rest of the original Colin Davis Berlioz cycle. While other recordings have in my mind and ear superceded much of the Davis survey (excepting the colossal Les Troyens, and the Te Deum), this recording holds my attention just as it did 45 years ago. The London Symphony Orchestra was at a peak of performance and sound back in the late sixties, and here Davis has them in complete control. The choir is the estimable John Alldis Choir, and for me are the best of the best on this recording. The soloists are uniformly first class British singers from the era, and a special kudo to Robert Tear for sounding so French! In sum, there are other admirable recordings of this work, but for me this is the best, the definitive one.
(Alabamense, Amazon)

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: John Shirley-Quirk, Patricia Kern, Robert Tear

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Vinyl (1968)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.89 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos KV216 & KV219 (Grumiaux)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
These recordings were, for many years, considered to be among the best available. This is delightful old-style Mozart (meaning not period instrument) played beautifully and with character by the artists. Arthur Grumiaux’s aristocratic style really shines through here. He does not follow the more romantic style that seems to be very popular these days (check out Perlman and Mutter’s recordings) and instead presents the music as it is intended to be. Some people may be turned off by this approach to the music, though, for it makes the music sound somewhat less impressive and perhaps slightly more dry. Nevertheless, Mozart’s elegant melodies really sing via Grumiaux’s treatment of the music. This is pure “Grandezza”.

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Arthur Grumiaux
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 988 MB
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Rare HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) – Igor Stravinsky – Danse Concertantes/Dumbarton Oak/Concerto In D (Sir Colin Davis)

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Possibly the best Stravinsky chamber-orchestra-recording ever
Quite hard to find on vinyl

# Composer: Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Colin Davis

# Vinyl (1962/85)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B00000E44B
# Size: 953 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – Missa Solemnis (Sir Colin Davis)

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Many thanks to a special guy from the Michigan Lake for this vinyl-donation
This performance of the Missa Solemnis Op. 123 is inspired, rich of sensitiveness, deep, well balanced, but vivid and not obvious. Colin Davis smoothly matches the global vision and the richness of details.
R.I.P. well, Maestro!

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Singer: Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Robert Tear, Patricia Payne, Kurt Moll, Robert Lloyd
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
# Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
# Vinyl (1993)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B00000416J
# Size: 1.7 GB
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Sir Colin Davis / LSO – Berlioz: Ouvertüren (Dutch pressing)

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# Composer: Hector Berlioz
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
# Vinyl (1966)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Philips
# Size: 1.14GB (24/96) + 302MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
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