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Mono HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Turnabouts) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – The Magic Flute (Beecham)


Many thanks to Bob for another rarity
Pyramids crumble into step-pyramids before being reduced by the elements into knolls and then dust in wait for another Cheops to be enthroned, reign and die.
This Magic Flute is a pyramid which Beecham, Lord of the Pills, raised majestically in 1937. Notwithstanding the passage of decades and onslaught of Period Practice, its capstone is still in place; its lining of limestone is pristine and overall it shows every sign of defying time for the foreseeable future and beyond. What an achievement! There is no better sung Magic Flute on record. Nearby, the pyramids of the post-war Karajan (EMI) and Furtwangler performances are keeping pace with it. The contribution of one Fritz Wunderlich is keeping Karl Bohm’s pyramid in the game. Further afield and despondent in ruination, one can view the knolls of Pale Bill Christie (Erato), Jeggy (DG) and Karajan (DG) whose Tamino, Francisco Araiza, is as gritty as the sands of Giza. To varying degrees, they served their day.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Tiana Lemnitz, Erna Berger, Irma Beike, Helge Roswaenge, Gerhard Hüsch, Wilhelm Strienz

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
Vinyl 1963 (1937)

Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: Turnabouts
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 1.06 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI/HiQ Records) Edward Grieg – Peer Gynt-Suite (Beecham)

front-small-boxsetOne of the best recording of PG ever. Not all recordings have the singing and its done beautifully. Magical. Really emotional music. Sir Thomas Beecham’s influence on classical music during a span of several decades across the twentieth century was unparalleled. On this album he conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the most glorious performances of Peer Gynt music ever recorded. The version of Grieg music here is simply magnificent. Beautiful, sublime, deepest performance. The Lyric Suite is a true jewell of music. The version of Solvejg’s Song by the soprano Ilse Hollweg is marvelous simply. Enjoy this fine music.

Composer: Edvard Grieg
Performer: Ilse Hollweg,  Beecham Choral Society
Orchestra: Royal Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
Vinyl (1957/2009)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/HiQ Records
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.62 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
# Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl (1958 / 1978)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 8 of 100
# Size: 857MB (24/96) + 220MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

This recording with Sir Thomas Beecham and the magnificent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was one of the most successful early stereo productions. While Beecham conducted all nine of the Beethoven symphonies, he did not record them all. However, the Second is the one with which he was most closely associated. He recorded it on three different occasions, each regarded as the outstanding version of its time.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.

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Beecham / RPO – Music for Peer Gynt (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Edvard Grieg
# Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
# Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
# Performers: Beecham Choral Society, Ilse Hollweg
# Vinyl (1957 / 1980)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 66 of 100
# Size: 857MB (24/96) + 220MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything from the Franklin Mint collection, so I figured I might as well continue the recent “Peer Gynt-o-rama” (thanks to AlKat for coining that phrase!) with this performance.

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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Particular HD-Vinyls 96/24 (RCA) Giacomo Puccini – La Bohéme (De Los Angeles/Björling/Merrill)

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Thank you Bob, for this precious gift ! Reposted, now on FF

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Singers: Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill a. o.
# Orchestra: RCA Victor Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
# Vinyl (1956)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA
# ASIN: B001PQMPWE
# Size: 1.07 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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