. Georg solti’s reading of ‘parsifal’ is among the most thrilling experiences of this opera on record, moving from becalmed to frenzied. The evenness and strength of the cast is balanced with the brilliance of the Wiener Philharmoniker; with productions given the revered Decca touch, and recorded with the renowned Decca clarity and richness.
Wagner: Tannhäuser3 CD/Blu-rayDecca #ad - It was felt quite simply that Tannhäuser becomes an even greater work by virtue of the revisions. Shrink-wrapped. Recording operas in the Decca style, and especially in stereo, presented. Deluxe hardback edition with cd + libretti + blu-ray audio!who knew that Decca experimented with quadrophonic recording? No “quad” recording ever bore the traditional Decca FFSS trademark and Decca’s forays into quadrophonic recording have never-before been released – until now.
From the outset of decca’s recording project with Solti there was no doubt that this would be the version used, though under the umbrella-title of “Paris version” several choices still have to be made. Getting the sound right at the recording session has always been a hallmark of the Decca Sound. Tannhauser Presented in 5.
1 surround sound on one blu-ray audio disc and mastered at 24-bit/96khz from the never-before released 1970 experimental quadraphonic tapes • 3CDs + High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray disc containing the complete opera in 24-bit audio Deluxe hard-back edition with original cover• Includes libretto, German and French translations• Mastering from original analogue sources by former Decca engineer, and synopsis both with English, Paschal Byrne.
Wagner: Tannhäuser3 CD/Blu-ray #ad - Tannhauser – the paris editionthough popularity for wagner’s tannhauser in its original Dresden 1845 version spread rapidly, Wagner frequently felt drawn to make minor alterations to the score. The evenness and strength of the cast is balanced with the brilliance of the Wiener Philharmoniker and recorded with the renowned Decca clarity and richness.
In the autumn of 1969, decca began to experiment with quadraphonic sound, quietly and behind the scenes, first in its Hampstead studios, and the next spring in the Sofiensaal recording the Vienna Philharmonic, where the new miking techniques were employed to create a sense of movement in the different arrivals and departures of the Pilgrims.
Decca was to make the sound marketing decision not to issue any “quad” recordings – quadraphonic releases were a commercial failure due to the high production costs and the costs of the playback equipment, coupled with the technical limitations of cutting the extremely high frequencies into vinyl as well as tracking these without distortion.
Strauss: Salome 2 CD/Blu-ray AudioDecca #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Birgit nilsson and sir georg solti's recording of richard Strauss opera 'Salome' in Decca's Hardback Opera series is a benchmark recording that has been re-mastered into an ultra-high quality 96kHz/24-bit audio masterpiece. Packaged as a hardback book with detailed notes, with the libretto translated into French and English from the original German and photos from the recording sessions the 2 CD + Blu-Ray Audio set is a fitting monument to an epic collaboration.
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana/Leoncavallo: Pagliacci 2 CD/Blu-ray Audio ComboDeutsche Grammophon #ad - 2-cds + blu-ray audio disc, deluxe hardback edition presenting herbert von karajan’s glorious 1965 double-feature of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Fiorenza Cossotto Cavalleria and Giuseppe Taddei and Rolando Panerai Pagliacci; with both casts featuring the great Carlo Bergonzi in lead roles.
His graphic handling of orchestral texture brings the world of "Cavalleria" to life, with every nuance of light and color brought into focus in the playing of La Scala's orchestra. The forces of la scala, Milan respond wholeheartedly and the 1965 recording sounds well. Gramophone Shrink-wrapped. Bbc music magazine“conviction and insight instill this Pagliacci with excitement and real drama.
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana/Leoncavallo: Pagliacci 2 CD/Blu-ray Audio Combo #ad - Here she sings with exquisite pathos and dramatic intensity. The illustration of real love, life and hatred is portrayed in the interplay of Tonio, Silvio, Nedda and her husband Canio. Bergonzi brings instead an elegance that captures something of Turiddu's duplicitous charm. Shrink-wrapped.
Birgit Nilsson: The Great Live RecordingsSony #ad - As the celebrated german music critic Jürgen Kesting put it: Birgit Nilsson in the recording studio is like driving a Porsche in the back yard. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Taken in chronological order, two performances of elektra and the exciting turandot with franco corelli and Anna Moffo, two versions of Tristan und Isolde, including the Mets broadcast of Die Walküre conducted by Karajan, the Bayreuth Festival and the Vienna State Opera, these live recordings show the development of the voice of the century: from concert recordings in Stockholm to great performances at the Met, conducted by Leopold Stokowski.
Despite her legendary battles with star tenor Franco Corelli, Birgit Nilsson was one of a very few singers to be respected by all her colleagues, by conductors and directors and managers. Fortunately, there are many live recordings which show the real thing a phenomenal, larger-than-life voice. Unfortunately, there were seldom recording engineers around who had the expertise to do her voice justice, so it was mostly reduced to a normal size in the studio.
Birgit Nilsson: The Great Live Recordings #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Not even the loudest orchestra could drown her powerful voice. Theres nobody like her, no other singer I heard in my life, said Plácido Domingo who partnered her in several performances of Turandot. This centenary edition showcases nilsson in roles where she set a new vocal standard turandot, leonard bernstein, conducted by herbert von karajan, Karl Böhm, Salome and Elektra in exciting performances, Jon Vickers, Brünnhilde, Jess Thomas, Ramón Vinay, Isolde, and alongside other great singers like Anna Moffo, Astrid Varnay, Leopold Stokowski, Wolfgang Windgassen, Leonie Rysanek, Regina Resnik, Franco Corelli, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Eugen Jochum, Régine Crespin, Theo Adam and Martti Talvela.
Strauss: Elektra 2 CD/Blu-ray AudioDecca #ad - Shrink-wrapped. The hardback book includes the libretto, synopsis in English, French and German as well as session photos and more. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Decca continues the successful hardback Opera series with Richard Strauss epic 'Elektra' starring Birgit Nilsson with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Sir Georg Solti.
Gramophone magazine wrote: 'Undoubtedly one of the greatest performances ever on record'. Shrink-wrapped. This 2 cd + pure audio blu-ray disc presents this benchmark recording in re-mastered 96kHz/24-bit audio.
Holst: The Planets/R.Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra CD/Blu-Ray Audio ComboDeutsche Grammophon #ad - Just as with today’s 5. 1 surround sound standard, the goal of the quadraphonic format was to expand the sound using two additional speakers positioned behind the listener. Indeed, if there’s one recording that delivers all the complexity – and skill – of Holst’s great score it must be this one.
Musicweb International Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Deutsche grammophon was one of a few labels who embraced this new technology. Continuing our rediscovery of dg’s 1970s quadrophonic ambitions before anyone had even heard of surround sound, comes William Steinberg’s famous readings of Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra” and Holst’s “The Planets”, remastered at 24-bit/192kHz from the original 4-track tapes and presented on Blu-ray Audio in 4.
Holst: The Planets/R.Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra CD/Blu-Ray Audio Combo #ad - 0 surround + CD new stereo remastering. The booklet includes notes on the original concept and remasters – have a read of this great story. A new 4-channel mixing console design was used for making recordings and special omnidirectional microphones captured the ambient sound on additional channels. Indeed, following the original issue of steinberg’s and the BSO’s “The Planets”, Stereo Review was to comment that it “heralded a new era in recorded sound.
Though quadrophonic releases were a commercial failure at the time they were issued – due to the high production costs and the costs of the playback equipment, coupled with the technical limitations of cutting the extremely high frequencies into vinyl as well as tracking these without distortion – present-day technology allows us to return to the original tapes and use the Blu-ray Audio format to present these recordings in high definition surround.
Developed in the 1970s, Quadraphonic audio was the earliest consumer product recorded and presented in surround sound.
Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow- Sym Nos. 6 & 7 2 CDDeutsche Grammophon #ad - 4 & 11, nelsons and the bso continue the Grammy-winning cycle with SYMPHONIES NOS. 96. After the scandalously successful Sunday Times SYMPHONY NO. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. 6 & 7. 58a and the Festive Overture, Op. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. The symphonies are complemented by two other works by Shostakovich, the Suite from the Incidental Music to King Lear, Op.
5, 9 from 2016, 8, and the overbearing vividness The Guardian of the most recent SYMPHONIES NOS. Shrink-wrapped. 10 in 2015, the sheer expressive beauty Gramophone Magazine of SYMPHONIES NOS.
Verdi: Aida 2 CD/Blu-ray AudioDeluxe EditionDecca #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Deluxe hard-back edition with original cover. Decca marks the 90th birthday of Leontyne Price with the soprano leading cast conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Shrink-wrapped. Includes libretto, and synopsis both with English, German and French translations. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped.
Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Remastered in ultra-high quality 96kHz/24-bit audio from original analogue sources by former Decca Engineer Paschal Byrne. Presented on 2cds + high fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray disc containing the complete opera in 24-bit audio.
Mahler: 10 Symphonies 10 CD + Blu-ray AudioDeutsche Grammophon #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Half a century after release, Rafael Kubelík's recordings of Mahler's symphonies still remain reference recordings of the repertoire. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Kubelik passionately championed Mahler's music when it was still unfashionable to do so.
This was the first Mahler cycle to be performed and recorded by a German orchestra. Now dg is making these recordings available for the first time on Blu-ray audio in 24 bit / 96 kHz, and om 10 CDs. Shrink-wrapped. An original jacket collection.
Tristan Und Isolde 3 CD/Blu-RayDeluxe EditionDeutsche Grammophon #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Deluxe hard-back edition with original cover of this classic recording featuring Birgit Nilsson and Wolfgang Windgassen in Karl Böhm's incandescent reading. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. This set includes libretto in original German with English and French translations, plus synopsis in all three languages.
Shrink-wrapped. The 3cds are presented alongside a High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray disc containing the complete opera in 24-bit audio. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped.