_Composers – Bach

Bach / Three Organ Concerti After Vivaldi / Noehren

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  • This rare Urania recording has superb sound on both sides
  • Both sides are rich and Tubey Magical, yet clear and transparent
  • This is the right sound for these well known works for the organ
  • The performance is lively; Noehren plays these pieces with gusto

A wonderful recording of Bach concerti for the organ. Very natural sound from this vintage recording.

Side One

A+++, hard to fault really.

Side Two

A+++, with a big and very solid bottom end. (more…)

JS Bach / Voilin Concertos / Igor and David Oistrakh – Reviewed in 2008

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From 2008:

This Minty looking Deutsche Grammophon LP has rich, smooth sound. We didn’t have any other copies to compare it to, but we’ve played enough DG LPs around here to know that the average DG record is nothing to get excited about.

Nowadays we would not be able to sell a record such as this. Without a proper cleaning and shootout, no record can go up on the site.  It’s the only way we know of to guarantee that the quality would be superior to whatever pressing you have or have heard.

The Jacques Loussier Trio – Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

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  • This jazzy, innovative interpretation of three of Bach’s most famous works boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout – exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Baroque genius meets jazz pioneer in this unique confluence of musical conventions
  • Full-bodied and warm, exactly the way you want your vintage analog to sound – the piano is surprisingly real here, solid and dynamic
  • Born from his love of classical works and improvisation, Loussier “loved to play the music, but add my own notes, expanding the harmonies and playing around with that music,” and the results should be interesting to fans of jazz and classical music alike

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Debussy / Clair de Lune on Stereo Treasury

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The STS is not impressive on the few we’ve played, for no reason other than they are simply not that sonically impressive. British vinyl, British mastering, just not especially good sound. Save your money. (more…)

Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

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  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides 
  • These sides are incredibly rich, sweet and full-bodied yet still very clean, clear and spacious; Demo Disc sound throughout!
  • I can’t imagine a more beautiful record, both in terms of the programme and the sound; this record is a wonderful example of what the Decca recording engineers (Kenneth Wilkinson in this case) were able to capture on tape
  • This is the exact same recording as the famous Living Stereo Clair De Lune, LSC-2326, but with a couple of extra tracks included

Transparent and spacious, wide and naturally staged, clean yet rich, with zero coloration, there is nothing here to fault. Nearly Triple Plus all the way. So relaxed and natural you will soon find yourself lost in the music. (more…)

Beethoven/ ’Kreutzer’ Sonata & Bach/ Concerto… / Heifetz – Our Shootout Winner from 2009

More of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven 

More Beethoven/ ’Kreutzer’ Sonata & Bach/ Concerto… / Heifetz 

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame

This beautiful 1S/1S first pressing in excellent condition has DEMONSTRATION QUALITY SOUND — on both sides!

This is the kind of record on which the RCA reputation is based. They’re not kidding — this is truly LIVING STEREO SOUND at its best.

The immediacy and clarity of the violin are state of the art. I don’t know of a better sounding violin recording. And on this copy both sides are out of this world. (more…)

JS Bach / Two and Three Part Inventions / Glenn Gould

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  • Bach’s Inventions returns to the site with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one – fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Amazingly natural “you are there” sound – the room and the piano sound exactly the way I’ve heard them in real life, so what more can you ask for?
  • “The little 2 and 3 part creations last just a couple minutes each and present a wealth of creativity from the mind of Johann Sebastian, expertly enunciated by the most technically complete Bach pianist of the century.” Larry VanDeSande
  • 4 1/2 stars: “For many, the albums Glenn Gould recorded for Columbia between 1955 and 1981 are documents of unalloyed genius, particularly in his imaginative and masterful performances of Bach’s keyboard works.”

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Bach and Liszt / Organ Music / Richter – CS 6172

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame

You can feel the cool air in the hall! Some audiophiles buy organ records to show off their subwoofers. Records like this can do that but records this good have musical qualities far beyond simple demonstrations of bass reproduction. Karl Richter understands this music perfectly and makes it come alive in a way I’ve never heard any other musician.

For those of you who think technology marches on — which of course it does in some ways — this 1954 recording shows that they could capture the authentic sound of the real instrument with the equipment of the day. Maybe they could even capture it better back in those days. I certainly can’t think of a better organ record than this, and musically I don’t think there are too many organists in Richter’s class.

All in all, practically the best of its kind, if not THE best.

JS Bach / Sonatas & Partitas For Solo Violin / Martzy – Reviewed in 2012

More of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach  

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame

This Minty British “Sitting Angel” pressing has Super Hot Stamper sound on side two, reproducing accurately the sound of a solo violin in what sounds to us like a fairly lively and resonant rehearsal hall. Perhaps accurately is not the right word, since obviously none of us have ever set foot in whatever room the music was recorded in. “Realistic” might be a better choice in that regard, since the sound is believable for what we would expect that room might have contributed to the sound we hear on the pressing in hand.

Interestingly, the sound on side two is a tad better than side one — the violin is more present and warm, the room less resonant (in a good way). (more…)