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Audiophile and Rare Classical LPs

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Sheffield Labs

BRAHMS, Johannes - Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
CHOPIN, Frederic - Mazurka #13, Op. 17/4
HANDEL, George Frideric - Air with Variations in B Flat Major

MAYORGA, Lincoln - Piano

Sheffield Labs - 04 Unopened

"I regard this recording as producing just about the most realistic piano sound I have heard on a record." - Gramophone


WAGNER, Richard
"Die Walkure: Ride of the Valkyries"
"Gotterdammerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music"
"Siegfried: Forest Murmurs"
"Tristan und Isolde": Prelude to Act I

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra - LEINSDORF, Erich

Sheffield Labs - 07 Unopened

Grammy nomination for Engineering Excellence

Stereophile Record2Die4

"(Deep breath!) The most convincing representation of orchestral sound I have ever heard on record … musically I know of no better sounding orchestral record of anything." - The Absolute Sound


PROKOFIEV, Sergei - Ballet Music "Romeo & Juliet"

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra - LEINSDORF, Erich

Sheffield Labs - 08 Unopened

"SIMPLY STUPENDOUS, with staggering dynamic range. This is an absolute must addition to every record collector's library." - Stereophile

"This is likely to be the best sounding recording of a first class symphony orchestra that has ever been produced. The performance is superb." - Stereopus


ALBENIZ, Isaac - "Torre Bermeja"
BACH, Johann Sebastian - Partita #2 "Chaconne", BWV 1003
LA MAZA, Eduardo Sainz De - "Campanas del Alba"
TURINA, Joaquin - "Fandanguillo", Op. 36

NEWMAN, Michael - Guitar

Sheffield Labs - 10 Unopened

"THE SOUND is quite stunning … his performance is remarkable." - Stereo Review

"You should buy this one, no matter what it costs because it is absolutely electrifying and unforgettable." - British Columbia's Western Living

"Simply gorgeous! The finest guitar record ever! Buy it!! - Stereophile


Italian Pleasures - Music from the Golden Age of the Guitar

CARULLI, Ferdinando - "Petit Duo Nocturne", Op. 90/3
GIULIANI, Mauro - Introduction, Theme, Variations & Polonaise, Op. 65
LEGNANI, Luigi - Introduction, Theme, Variations & Finale, Op. 64

NEWMAN, Michael - Guitar
OTTMAN, Laura - Guitar
Sequoia String Quartet

Sheffield Labs - 16 Unopened

"The tonal accuracy of this album makes it a reference standard … and few recordings can be found with as much true musical nuance." - Billboard


DVORAK, Antonin - "Romantic Pieces", Op. 75
STRAUSS, Richard - Sonata, Op. 18

STEINHARDT, Arnold - Violin
MAYORGA, Lincoln - Piano

Sheffield Labs - 18 Unopened

"As usual, this is a superlative recording … The program is most enjoyable … This must be considered a Top-of-the-Pile recordings." - Stereophile


SCHUBERT, Franz - Piano Sonata #20, D. 959

ROSE, Jerome - Piano

Sheffield Labs - 19 Unopened


GRIEG, Edvard - "Four Lyric Pieces"
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus - Serenade #11, K. 375

Chicago Symphony Winds

Sheffield Labs - 22 Unopened


DEBUSSY, Claude - Prelude to "The Afternoon Of A Faun"
STRAVINSKY, Igor - Suite "Firebird" (1910 Version)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra - LEINSDORF, Erich

Sheffield Labs - 24 Unopened

Other recordings may have a more lush string tone, deeper bass, more cavernous acoustics, more "exciting" balances, more vivid imaging. No matter. This simply miked direct-disc recording (a Blumlein pair of Coles/BBC ribbons was used) is simply the most real recorded orchestral sound I have ever experienced." - John Atkinson, Stereophile Record2Die4


Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs

Also see Mobile Fidelity Popular LPs

ELGAR, Edward - "Sanguine Fan"
Fantasy & Fugue in C minor
Symphonic Study "Falstaff", Op. 68

London Philharmonic Orchestra - BOULT, Sir Adrian

Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs/EMI - 2-501 (2LPs)

RESPIGHI, Ottorino
"Feste Romane"
"Pines of Rome"

Cleveland Orchestra - MAAZEL, Lorin

Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs/London - 1-507 Unopened


TCHAIKOVSKY, Piotr Ilyich - Symphony #6 "Pathetique", Op. 74

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - KARAJAN, Herbert von

Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs/EMI - 1-512 Unopened


"La Mer"
Prelude to "The Afternoon Of A Faun"
RAVEL, Maurice - "Bolero"

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - KARAJAN, Herbert von

Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs/EMI - 1-513



MUSSORGSKY, Modest - "Pictures at an Exhibition"
STRAVINSKY, Igor - Suite "Firebird"

Philadelphia Orchestra - MUTI, Riccardo

Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs/EMI - 1-520 Cutout

RACHMANINOFF, Sergei - Symphony #2, Op. 27
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - TEMIRKANOV, Yuri

Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs/EMI - 1-521 Unopened

SIBELIUS, Jean - "Four Legends" from the "Kalevala", Op. 22

Philadelphia Orchestra - ORMANDY, Eugene

Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs/EMI - 1-523 Cutout
upper right corner cutoff and notch cut in outer edge - does not have inner cardboard sleeve

MOERAN, Ernest John - Symphony in G minor

English Sinfonia Orchestra - DILKES, Neville

Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs/EMI - 1-524 Cutout
upper right corner cutoff and notch cut in inner edge - does not have inner cardboard sleeve

Also see Mobile Fidelity Popular LPs


HANDEL, George Frideric - "Messiah"
Jennifer Vyvyan, soprano
Monica Sinclair, mezzo
Jon Vickers, tenor
Giorgio Tozzi, bass

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus - BEECHAM, Sir Thomas

RCA Victor Limited Edition (Shaded Dog) - LD6409 (4LPs) 2:41:18 John Pfeiffer, engineer

This set is in very good shape with a little wear on the outside edges and the outer box is a bit concave. The inner box is split slightly on one inner edge. The spine appears to be gold-embossed leather over wood, as shown in the side view. Booklet is beautiful and in excellent condition. Full color plates are included along with the libretto, an essay on Messiah by Beecham, and an article on Handel's work. Only 1000 of these sets were issued.
"Equally reviled and adored, Messiah as orchestrated by Sir Eugene Goossens and led by Beecham is an amazing aural spectacle, and a superb performance as well (actually, it has recently come to light that Beecham threw out Goossens' work and orchestrated it himself). The orchestra is huge, with piccolos, harps, extra brass, and enough cymbals for the 1812 Overture; tempos are broad, the mood is one of dramatic awe, the singers and players are excellent. Definitely not 'historically informed', but what a great experience!" - Robert Levine on CD version.
CD version is a Stereophile Record2Die4.
Front View Edge View
Booklet View

PROKOFIEV, Sergei - Symphony #5, Op. 100

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra - SLATKIN, Leonard

RCA Teldec - ARC1-5035

Audiophile Pressing - Manufactured on Teldec vinyl from Europadisk, Ltd.

TCHAIKOVSKY, Piotr Ilyich - Piano Concerto #1, Op. 23

CLIBURN, Van - Piano
RCA Symphony Orchestra - KONDRASHIN, Kirill

RCA - LM2252

Opus 3

BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van - Sonata #3, Op. 69
GLASER, Werner Wolf - "Duo Per Albena"
SIBELIUS, Jean - "Malinconia", Op. 20

OJEBO, Par - Cello
ZAHARIEVA, Albena - Piano

Opus 3 - 8011

Created two decades ago by Jan-Eric Persson, this company continues to produce discs of exceptional quality. Persson uses the classic stereo microphone setup described by Alan Blumlein, and the result is a 3-dimensional image that is startlingly revealing.


London Phase 4

DEBUSSY, Claude - "The Engulfed Cathedral"
MUSSORGSKY, Modest - "Pictures at an Exhibition"

New Philharmonia Orchestra - STOKOWSKI, Leopold

London Phase 4 - SPC21006


LISZT, Franz - Concertos #1 & 2

DAVIS, Ivan - Piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - DOWNES, Edward

London Phase 4 - SPC21081 Cutout

notch cut in lower right corner

DVORAK, Antonin - Symphony #9 "New World", Op. 95

New Philharmonia Orchestra - DORATI, Antal

London Phase 4 - SPC21025 Cutout

DUKAS, Paul - "Sorcerers' Apprentice"
LISZT, Franz - Symphonic Poem #3 "Les Preludes"
SAINT-SAENS, Camille - "Bacchanale" from "Samson & Delilah"
SIBELIUS, Jean - "Finlandia", Op. 26

London Philharmonic Orchestra - HERRMANN, Bernard

London Phase 4 - SPC21173 Cutout

top right corner cut off


"An American In Paris"
"Rhapsody In Blue"

BERNSTEIN, Leonard - Piano
Columbia Symphony Orchestra - BERNSTEIN, Leonard

Columbia - ML5413 Unopened

Piano Concerto #2, Op. 18
Prelude, Op. 3/2
2 Preludes, Op. 23/3, 6

ENTREMONT, Philippe - Piano

Columbia - ML5481 Unopened

LP is still in original sealed plastic -->

Overtures to "HMS Pinafore", "Mikado", "Patience", "The Gondoliers", "The Pirates Of Penzance" & "The Yeoman of the Guard"

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - ALWYN, Kenneth

Disc 2 - ROSSINI, Gioachino
Overtures to "Barber of Seville", "The Thieving Magpie" & "William Tell"
VERDI, Giuseppe
Overtures to "La forza del destino" & "La traviata"

London Festival Orchestra - GIBSON, Sir Alexander

Columbia - S2M5029 (2LPs) Unopened


LPs are still in original sealed plastic separated by a piece of cardboard in sleeve - views above are front and back of single outer sleeve

"Arabesques" #1 & 2
"Clair de Lune" from "Suite Bergamasque"
"L'ile joyeuse"
"La plus que lente"
"Reflets dans l'eau"
8 Preludes Book I #1, 9-12 & Book II #3, 6, 12

ENTREMONT, Philippe - Piano

Columbia - ML5614

"Rhapsody in Blue"
"An American in Paris"

LEVANT, Oscar - Piano
Philadelphia Orchestra - ORMANDY, Eugene
Philharmonic-Symphony Society of N.Y. - RODZINSKY, Artur
Columbia CL700


Jan August Plays Great Piano Hits

Cumana, Sunrise Serenade, Warsaw Concerto, Misirlou, Rachmaninoff PC2, Till The End Of Time, Tchaikowsky Out, Canadian Sunrise, Autumn Leaves, Near You, Malaguena, Grieg PC

Mercury MG20513 Mono

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