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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Honegger/Shostakovich – Cello Concerti (Sadlo/Ancerl/Neumann)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
Ancerl and Sádlo recorded Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto in June 1968, just before the Russian invasion of Prague, in response to which the conductor took the painful decision to leave his homeland. The performance begins slightly heavily, with a deliberate tempo; the recording, warm to the point of slight boxiness, increases the feeling. Of course, one of the joys of hearing the Czech Phil either on disc or live is their wonderfully woody tone. Though here they seem unable to put a sharper edge on their playing, this is in keeping with Sádlo, who doesn’t see the first movement as very anguished. His (sadly uncredited) horn counterpart reinforces the impression by skipping along quite lightly.

Due to an unexpected digital error on track B2, please DL the fixed B2 and replace the old one.

Composer: Arthur Honegger, Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Miloš Sádlo
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl, Václav Neumann
Vinyl 1969 (1981)

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 904 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Denon) Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 ‘From The New World’ (Neumann)


Neumann recorded Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony several times during his life. This one from 1982 is regarded to be the best one. Indeed a very good performance and the Denon Digital treatment fits perfectly to make this disc one of the best recordings of the Ninth, among the few very good and important recordings.

Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Denon
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.54 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Supraphon) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 7 (Neumann)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this splendid “Grandezza”
Vaclav Neumann (1920-95) was the first conductor behind the Iron Curtain to record all the Mahler symphonies. He did so with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, where he was kaepllmesiter from 1964-68, and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra of these recordings, where he gained greatest fame as chief conductor from 1968-90. Perhaps owing to the enforced mantra of Socialist reality in East Germany and Czechoslovakia during his time, beauty tends to replace neuroses in his recordings. Indeed, Neumann’s Mahler is about as far removed temperamentally as possible from the Mahler-as-neurotic standard of Bernstein, Solti, Tilson Thomas and others in the West. Instead, Neumann focuses on beauty of sound and orchestral execution. There is prodigious beauty here in this Symphony. The overall impression this left me is: beautiful. Not overly angsty, tortured Mahler; rather, Mahler led by a dedicated conductor and a fantastic Czech Orchestra.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra:  Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 3.14 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Antonin Dvorak – Rusalka (Neumann)

front-small-boxset Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this stunning beauty
I gather that this work is revered in Czeck republic. Dvorak’s early attempts at opera were poor, as he felt constrained to produce rather Wagnerian works, which ultimately came to be silly. When he returned to his folky inclinations, and Symphonic sensibilities, this was the result. Gabriela Benackova as Rusalka is in splendid voice here and Vera Soukupova sounds delightfully Slavonic as Jezibaba, the Witch. The music is amazing, even the libretto is moving…and the “Moon” aria by Rusalka (track A5) is among the most beautiful arias in operatics.

Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Performer: Wiesław Ochman, Richard Novák, Gabriela Beňačková-Čápová, Drahomíra Drobková
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Vinyl (1985)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3.14 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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