HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Richard Strauss – Elektra (Nilsson, Resnik, Solti)

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Many thanks to Trottar for his generosity
If ever there was a dysfunctional family, it was the one in this opera, based on a Greek tragedy but deeply imbued with the ideas of Sigmund Freud. The mother Clytemnestra (mezzo-soprano Regina Resnik) and her lover Aegisthus (tenor Gerhard Stolze) have murdered the father, Agamemnon, on his triumphant return from the Trojan War. They have an excuse: Agamemnon gave his daughter Iphigenia for a human sacrifice. Another daughter, Elektra (soprano Birgit Nilsson), burns for revenge, but as a woman in a patriarchal society, she must use her brother Orestes (baritone Tom Krause) to execute her plan. Nilsson’s portrayal is a high point of her career, and the whole brilliant production matches her performance. This is not easy listening, but it puts us in touch with dark realities dangerous to ignore, and the music (after you get used to it, which may take a while) has great power. –Joe McLellan

Composer: Richard Strauss
Performer: Birgit Nilsson, Regine Resnik, Marie Collier, Tom Krause
Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Vinyl (1967)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 2.26 GB
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Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls(Mono) 24/96 (EMI) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 (Furtwängler)

front-small-boxsetWilhelm Furtwängler’s last recording of Beethoven’s immortal Symphony No.5 with the Vienna Philharmonic stands out among his many others.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
Vinyl (1954)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 353 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.6/Kindertotenlieder (Bernstein)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this very rare live gem.
This is truly one of the greatest albums in the pantheon of symphonic recordings. Bernstein made some exemplary recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, several of them being Mahler works, yet something truly magical, truly cosmic and truly devastating happened when the VPO played this symphony under Leonard Bernstein. Unlike some of Bernstein’s other recordings in which his histrionic approach, his extreme tempi choices, and his extensive use of rubato can be jarring or distracting, in this work these qualities are entirely appropriate and seem to be organic and seamless.

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Baritone: Thomas Hampson
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
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Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1989)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
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Size: 2.27 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.5 (Bernstein)

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Mahler’s Fifth was one of the pieces Leonard Bernstein owned. This interpretation is broader than the one he recorded with the New York Philharmonic in the early 1960s, but it’s little changed in feeling. It is, however, far more polished and a good deal more persuasive. The recording, like all of Bernstein’s later Mahler cycle, was made live; here, he and the Vienna Philharmonic give a gripping performance full of telling nuance, intensely expressive yet thoroughly controlled. It’s a reading both Dionysiac and “Bachic”–as in J. S. Bach, not Bacchus–one in which the impetuous energy of the score is transmitted to the fullest degree, but not at the expense of the extraordinary (for Mahler) contrapuntal detail. Most remarkable of all, perhaps, is Bernstein’s sureness of touch, his ability to realize the many little expressive gestures that no longer merely draw attention to themselves the way they used to, but add up to something miraculous. The Philharmonic players, with him all the way, contribute many wonderful touches, especially the strings. The recording, made not in Vienna but in Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, is solid and has remarkable impact. While the bass is a bit diffuse and the sound stage not the clearest, the image is reasonably detailed and well balanced, the atmosphere good. –Ted Libbey.

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
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Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1988)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
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Size: 1.48 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Mutter/Karajan)

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For those who prefer their baroque music on modern instruments, this wonderful performance by Anne-Sophie Mutter stands out as one of the best in a vast number of other good choices. Karajan leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a sensuous, ultra-romanticzed performance of this overplayed warhorse, and Anne-Sophie’s youthful exuberance shines through.

# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 883 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Decca) Hector Berlioz – Romeo & Juliet (Maazel)

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Reposted, now with FF links

# Composer: Hector Berlioz
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel
# Vinyl (1973)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Size: 929 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Price/Di Stefano/Karajan)

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Reposted, now with FF links
2 LPs from the desirable “Soria” serie of RCA Living Stereo.
This production was made 1962 by Decca for RCA.
You never believe this…got for 50 Cents from the flea market – vinyl in worst conditions, i did my very best

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Giuseppe Taddei
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyls (1962)

# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD:
B000E6EGZ0
# Size: 2.11 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

 

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – Fidelio (Nilsson/Maazel)

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This is a “child” of the flea markets – vinyls are like new, but the libretto is missed. The lady said, this box was near untouched for more than 40 years. Played only twice. Got it for 1 EUR – Reposted, now with FF links
This is a thoroughly top notch recording! Birgit Nilsson makes, I feel, a great Leonora/Fidelio. The woman was a female Caruso!! As for McCracken’s Florestan, WOW!! What a sound!

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Birgit Nilsson, James McCracken, Kurt Böhme, Hermann Prey, Graziella Sciutti, Tom Krause
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel

# Vinyls (1960)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B0026RCAGC

# Size: 2.24 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Richard Strauss – Salome (Nilsson)

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Reposted, now with FF links
I can only say… WOWOWOWOW !!!!!!!!!
Don’t remember anymore, if it is from a German Decca box or English Decca box or US London box. Through the years I had them all. Actually I ha
ve the London box, where the pictures are from. The rip is suspected to be from the German box.

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Performer:  Birgit Nilsson, Eberhard Wächter, Gerhard Stolze, Grace Hoffmann, Waldemar Kmentt
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DECCA/London
# DR-Analysis: DR14
# ASIN: B000E6EH04
# Size: 1.95 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Le Nozze Di Figaro (Della Casa, Siepi, Gueden, Corena – Kleiber)

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Erich Kleiber’s 1955 Vienna Figaro marked the first complete recording of what is arguably Mozart’s greatest opera. What a performance! Cesare Siepi and Alfred Poell bring Figaro and the Count, respectively, to life, and play off each other, as do the female principals. Hilde Gueden’s sweet and straightforward Susanna stands out, along with Fernando Corena’s deliciously idiomatic Bartolo (his is still the best Act I Vengeance aria on disc). Kleiber’s well-drilled Viennese musicians are an integral part of the ensemble. The legendary conductor’s sense of proportion, transition, and rightness of tempo still rings true after all these years. –Jed Distler

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Singer: Lisa
Della Casa, Cesare Siepi, Hilde Gueden, Fernando Corena
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Erich
Kleiber
# Vinyl (1955)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR15
# ASIN: B00000JXZB
# Size: 3.71 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
FF

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