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Buidling a Classical Library - MUST HAVES!
Oh man, great performances plus audiophile sound? You know the old, cynical saying, right? Here's a vinyl list, countless glaring omissions, (none are my personal "must haves" anymore, and some are not my current favorite performances), but I've t... 
Extraordinary recordings on vinyl
Any of the later Harmonia Mundi recordings engineered by Pontrefract (sp) blow away even the "Golden Age" recordings listed above. For starters I'd recommend a non-collectable (inexpensive) gem: Haydn's "Zingarese, landler and Nocturnes." Fun, "ho... 
'Best' Rachmaninoff 3rd
Argerich absolutely nails a few riffs here and there but otherwise, she's too bangy. 
'Best' Rachmaninoff 3rd
The Wild/Horenstein performance is actually a famous Kenneth Wilkinson/Charles Gerhardt recording. The original Reader's Digest box set is TAS-listed. I humbly think it one of the best. Otherwise, apart from the cuts, I've never found a better per... 
top Mahler on vinyl
Set: Kubelik--came 20 years late to this cycle, but have fallen in love with Mahler all over again, very good with the music in between the "big moments." Sound is good but not demonstration quality.1: Kubelik/Walter/Muti2: Bernstein's DGG but $$$... 
Japanese pressings/thanks to unknown collector
Gorgeous, great packaging presentation, but in my experience, dull. At least with Classical. The exceptions include a stunning "Audio Clinic" of Janis' Prokofiev 3rd PC from Mercury spread over two sides--just stunning and surpassing even the SACD... 
Can you believe this?
Can totally believe it. I got rid of a certain audiophile best-seller TT and later stumbled upon a very well-kept Technics DL202 w/AT 130e cart. Was stunned as well, especially by tracking ability--100% flawless so far. Gives me 90% of the best-se... 
Choral Music Suggestions
Britten's Ceremony of Carols on Argo Lp is a wonderful piece and some of the solo work (with harp) is incredibly immediate, almost ghostly-real. Good, sometimes haunting tunes, too. Must have a really good tracking cart/arm for some of the high, f... 
Furtwangler's 9th on Arkipel.
Glad you like too. I have this on a Turnabout 2 Lp set. Seems to have more "there" there than even the SACD, taken from Melodiya? Lp's. Pity the choral distortion at points. Otherwise like it far better than the '51, with its agonizingly slow and ... 
Tracking force and Unipivot tonearms
Great news TZ, but honestly, for tracking ability and lack of inner groove "thinning" I prefer an old '80's Technics S arm and AT 130e to the VPI 9" w/Dyna cart, even the XX2. No, not as dynamic, not the same ultra-"black" backgrounds but otherwis... 
Tracking force and Unipivot tonearms
Tzh21y: congrats, but keep us informed, in the end I had good days and bad days, ultimately infuriating. 
Tracking force and Unipivot tonearms
That's unfortunate about the Denon cart's sound. I, too, miss the lower noise floor and greater dynamics of my Scoutmaster/Dyna compared to my thrift Technics but that's about it. The AT cart throws a warm, detailed and "big" sound in which I reve... 
Tracking force and Unipivot tonearms
Tzh21y: I, too, had very infuriating tracking issues with VPI arm and Dyna cart; split-second crackle during "hot" piano and vocal outbursts. I'm currently enjoying flawless tracking and negligible inner groove distortion using a vintage AT130e ca... 
Rachmaninoff Conc 2 Mercury Living Presence
Any time! I'm on the lookout for Simon/Slatkin Rachmaninoff on Vox with St Louis, having enjoyed Slatkin's Vox box of the Rachmaninoff Symphonies. They're not "high voltage" performances, but often lovely. What really caught my ear was the sound q... 
Rachmaninoff Conc 2 Mercury Living Presence
Rtilden: Thank you for your reply, I had a few "glasses" and in retrospect wasn't as articulate as I wanted to be. : ) I wish I could agree with you, but there's a place we can meet in middle, but more on that in a moment. IMHO, Wild doesn't stop ...