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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • String Quartets KV 387 • KV 421 • Melos Quartett Stuttgart


Record generously provided by our friend Jean-Luc
I enthusiastically recommend this disk. These are first-rate performances very well recorded. The interpretation of the Melos Quartet is insightful. It isn’t intrusive but does illuminate the music and at the same time is very musical, as is the sweet tone these players produce. The Melos players bring coherence – and musicality – that aren’t there in some performances of other artists.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Melos Quartett Stuttgart
Vinyl 1977
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.14 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (London/Decca) WAM-JSB – Sonatas K332-545-576-Two Cantatas (De Larrocha)


Many thanks to our generous friend Jean-Luc for this gem
Other pianists may be able to play the notes as well as she, but who else invests this music with the unmistakable style which is so instantly recognizable as being De Larrocha after hearing her play only a few bars? Is very easy to like De Larrocha; everything she does is done musically, so she brings out the character of the piece rather than grandstanding.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Alicia De Larrocha
Vinyl 1978
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca/London
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.97 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) WAM-JSB – Sonata K331-Chaconne (De Larrocha)


Many thanks to our generous friend Jean-Luc for this gem
Aside from Ms. De Larrocha’s eminently superior abilities on the piano, this album is a beautiful testament to her extraordinary gifts. We miss you Alicia, thankfully, you are always here for your most devoted followers. There are but a handful of artists who can claim iconoclastic status as a performer and master of their instruments, Alicia is one. Everything she does is done musically, so she brings out the character of the piece rather than grandstanding.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ferruccio Busoni
Performer: Alicia De Larrocha
Vinyl 1975
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.99 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 Mono (Musical Masterpiece Society) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concerti No. 1 and 5 (Parikian)


Many thanks to Urbanox for this rarity
Manoug Parikian (15 September 1920 – 24 December 1987) was a British concert violinist and violin professor. He was born in Mersin to Armenian parents. He studied in London. Parikian made his solo début in 1947 and led several orchestras – the Liverpool Philharmonic, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Yorkshire Sinfonia from 1976 to 1978 – and was musical director of the Manchester Camerata from 1980 to 1984. He also led the English Opera Group Orchestra between 1949 and 1951, and participated in various Aldeburgh Festival concerts as a chamber musician as well as in opera productions.  He was an admired teacher at the Royal Academy of Music. He also championed contemporary composers, many of whom wrote works for him: examples include Thea Musgrave’s Colloquy (1960), Gordon Crosse’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Alexander Goehr’s Violin Concerto (1961–62) and Hugh Wood’s Violin Concerto. Benjamin Britten also composed for Parikian a cadenza to Mozart’s Adagio for Violin and Orchestra K261 in 1951.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Manoug Parikian
Orchestra: Philharmonic Society Orchestra Amsterdam
Conductor: Walter Goehr
Vinyl 1962
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: MMS
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 586 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Mozart – Piano Sonatas K311, K330, Fantasia K397 – Haydn – Andante and Variations in F Minor (De Larrocha)


Many thanks to our generous friend Jean-Luc for the vinyl
This disc demonstrates the unique characteristics of De Larrocha’s pianism which made her the beloved musician she became: her flawless sense of rhythm, perfectly judged rubato, beautiful tone, brilliant technique, and her non-excessive tempos. Although some other pianists’ technique is superior to De Larrocha, there’s just something about de Larrocha’s playing that I’ve always found very endearing. Other pianists may be able to play the notes as well as she, but who else invests this music with the unmistakable style which is so instantly recognizable as being De Larrocha after hearing her play only a few bars?

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn
Performer: Alicia De Larrocha
Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.98 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Mozart – Piano Sonatas No. 4 & 8 – Beethoven – 7 Bagatelles (De Larrocha)


Many thanks to our generous friend Jean-Luc for the vinyl
Although she was best known for her performances of Spanish music, the great pianist Alicia de Larrocha (1923 – 2009) also was a renowned performer of Mozart and Beethoven. This is a fine recording to hear in itself for those wanting this particular combination of Mozart and Beethoven piano works. The recording also is valuable for admirers of Alicia de Larrocha, and it helps to expand and preserve her legacy.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alicia De Larrocha
Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.91 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Clarinet Concerto KV 622, Bassoon Concerto KV 191 (Böhm, Prinz, Zeman)


It was Mozart who demonstrated once and for all that the concerto could be just as weighty a medium as the symphony. It is a pity that his achievement was not heeded more comprehensively. I have often thought that the likes of Beethoven, Brahms et al would have been more-rounded figures if they had composed a concerto for woodwind. Imagine a bassoon concerto by the Master of Leviathans – Anton Bruckner. Richard Strauss, composer of the Alpine Symphony & Ein Heldenleben, showed that it could be done with his chaste contribution to the repertoire. Provided he dropped all the claptrap – no hammer-blows of fate or cowbells or portentous sub-texts – a clarinet concerto by Mahler would be a fascinating prospect.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Vinyl 1974/84
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13

Size: 977 MB

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – “Haffner” Serenade (Kubelik)


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The serenade for orchestra in D major, K. 250 (248b), popularly known as the Haffner Serenade, is a serenade by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart named for the Haffner family. Mozart’s friend and contemporary Sigmund Haffner the Younger commissioned the serenade to be used in the course of the festivities before the wedding of his sister Marie Elisabeth Haffner and her intended, Franz Xaver Spaeth. The Serenade was first played on 21 July 1776, on the eve of the wedding. It is in eight movements.
The second, third and fourth movements feature prominent violin solos. Indeed, the rondeau (the fourth movement) has been arranged for solo violin and used as a popular virtuoso piece. It is assumed that the Marcia K. 249 was intended as entrance and exit music together with this Serenade.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: Sinfonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Vinyl 1963
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13

Size: 1,99 GB

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concerti No. 3 & 5 (Mutter/Karajan)


15 years old “Wonder Child” Anne Sophie Mutter and the “Old Man” – just to paraphrase a famous novel by Hemingway – was the best story that life could be able to write at its time. It is a blessed relief to turn to this famous recording. Even after all these decades, it continues to astound. The young soloist plays fierily and poetically in turns. My celebrated Herbie soup-o-meter did not beep once for its duration. The Berlin Philharmonic, judiciously scaled down, is galvanised by the endeavour. Oh, listen to the deified double basses of this once-great ensemble as they ruminate expansively at 7’11” ff in the Adagio of K 219 – this is opulence. Indeed, both works momentarily appear to be greater than what they are. The warm analogue recording is simply beautiful.
Longevity has been accrued by this endeavour. I cannot say the same for a certain mangy old wolf in this domain whose ululations will soon be lost to the winds.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:
 Anne-Sophie Mutter
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor:
Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.2 GB
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Mono HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) The Horowitz Collection


Many thanks to Trottar for This historical document
Historical recordings from (I guess) the 40s/50s.
This box contains much of the best of Horowitz’s playing. He is at the top of his ability, and the recordings are just superb, not to mention the incredibly eclectic choice of works that he plays on this. It’s worth it just to hear him play the Chopin Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Karl Czerny, Muzio Clementi, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Camille Saint-Saëns, Moritz Moszkowski, Sergei Prokofiev, Samuel Barber, Alexander Scriabin, Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz

Vinyl 1963

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 1.16 GB
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