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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca/London) Johannes Brahms • Piano Concerto No. 2 • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Böhm


Record provided by our friend Urbanox
The Brahms B flat concerto is a real treasure. Allow me to make a bold and personal statement: I have seldom heard any Brahms concerto performance (live or on record) which comes close to this recording in its grace and charm, and above all its understated yet overwhelming emotional power. Both the piano and orchestra playing are absolutely marvelous. However, what makes this recording so special was that some “miracle” seemed to have happened during the recording session: The piano and orchestra sounds are completely meshed with each other, and the music making seemed to come from a “whole”. The excellent sound engineering and masterful transfer all add to the whole experience. This is a performance by all together – artists, composer and Decca – to treasure for the eternity.

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Vinyl 1967/1988
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca/London
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.88 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Backhaus)

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A very great THANK YOU to Trottar for this gem
If you are reading this review, chances are you are a classical record collector who owns multiple versions of all the Beethoven sonatas, perhaps multiple complete cycles by the likes of Schnabel, Kempff, Brendel, Gulda et. al. You are also probably wondering whether you should invest in another Beethoven cycle by a pianist whose name and legacy may be less familiar to you. The answer is: absolutely! Not even Schnabel probed more deeply behind the notes than Wilhelm Backhaus, and few have possessed the technical endurance at an advanced age to conquer the rugged peaks of the late sonatas (all but the *Hammerklavier* were taken down when Backhaus was in his seventies).

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus
Vinyl (19??)
Number of discs: 10
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 9.83 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (Decca) Johann Sebastian Bach – English Suite No. 6/French Suite No. 5 (Backhaus)

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Many thanks to joediaprile for this rarity
Indeed a rarity as far as Wilhelm Backhaus was well known as an excellent beethoven and Brahms interpreter. Let float the music through your ears and heart twice, before you give your verdict.

# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
# Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus
# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR: 12
# Size: 454 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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