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    Quote Originally Posted by frankreedy View Post
    Many thanks for the offer - I've found other sources for the short files. For information I've checked the following sets
    900 Years Hildegard von Bingen
    Claudio Abbado – Claudio Abbado - The RCA and Sony Album Collection
    Early Choral Music at Trinity College, Cambridge
    Frederica von Stade - The Complete Columbia Recital Albums
    Fritz Reiner - The Complete Chicago Symphony Recordings on RCA
    Gyorgi Ligeti Masterworks
    Pierre Boulez - The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Sir Malcolm Arnold: The Complete Conifer Recordings (Sony Classical Masters)
    Steven Isserlis: The Complete RCA Recordings
    James Galway – The Great Flute Concerto Edition
    Yo Yo Ma - The Classic Albums Collection
    Yuri Bashmet - The Complete RCA Recordings

    The short files I've found in addition to the Brandenburgs are:
    Abbado - Simon Boccanegra - Ei dorme! Quale sento ritegno?
    Galway - Tartini - Flute Concerto in G-1-Allegro non molto
    Galway - Quantz - Flute Concerto in C-1-Allegro
    Yo-Yo Ma - Walton Cello Concerto - 1st and 2nd movements
    I have a fair chuck of those - all the ones I have were downloaded as flac files.

    On the short ones that you mention, the times I see for my files are:
    Abbado - Simon Boccanegra: Ei dorme! Quale sento ritegno? 3:07
    Galway - Tartini: 1st movt 3:08
    Galway - Quantz: 1st movt 5:20
    Yo-Yo Ma - Walton: 1st movt 8:46, 2nd movt 6:27

    I think these all look like appropriate times, so I guess the evidence is building that the flacs are OK.
    BTW this prompted me to listen to the Walton (- not a work I've warmed to in the past, despite really liking his Violin and Viola concertos). It seemed to play correctly (although I still think it is not a patch on the Violin and Viola ones).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclectic Al View Post
    I have a fair chuck of those - all the ones I have were downloaded as flac files.

    On the short ones that you mention, the times I see for my files are:
    Abbado - Simon Boccanegra: Ei dorme! Quale sento ritegno? 3:07
    Galway - Tartini: 1st movt 3:08
    Galway - Quantz: 1st movt 5:20
    Yo-Yo Ma - Walton: 1st movt 8:46, 2nd movt 6:27

    I think these all look like appropriate times, so I guess the evidence is building that the flacs are OK.
    BTW this prompted me to listen to the Walton (- not a work I've warmed to in the past, despite really liking his Violin and Viola concertos). It seemed to play correctly (although I still think it is not a patch on the Violin and Viola ones).
    Yep, all my downloads were MP3s.

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    Interesting to find out about the site you are talking about. It does have every recording in FLAC for 7€, including the big sets.

    But instead of the mammoths, I wonder if I could purchase safely the Bruno Weil Haydn box and the Harnoncourt Early Mozart (if it's really worth the money).

    DHM is also part of the catalogue and has some sets like Italian Baroque Music, Cantus Koln, Freiburgerbarkoorchester for 10h/7€ each. But I have no idea about that repertoire. Only sure about the quality of the Bruno Weil.
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    I've specifically chosen the Harnoncourt box of Mozart's early symphonies as my main one, on CD ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helgi View Post
    I don't know if this has been mentioned already, but heads up with the big boxes: I found out there were some tracks missing from the Boulez box (I downloaded it one CD at a time). Typically the last track on a CD was missing, which would be very frustrating to discover in a few years when I actually listen to the stuff!

    So you need to go over all the files and track listings to make sure that nothing is missing, and then download the missing tracks manually.
    Well. I want to buy the Boulez complete box along the Weil Haydn. Will there be any problem if I download the FLAC files?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Granate View Post
    Well. I want to buy the Boulez complete box along the Weil Haydn. Will there be any problem if I download the FLAC files?
    I got the Boulez box (Complete Columbia album collection) and downloaded the flac files. It went OK for me (I think ) - subject to the usual issues with sorting out the tags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclectic Al View Post
    I got the Boulez box (Complete Columbia album collection) and downloaded the flac files. It went OK for me (I think ) - subject to the usual issues with sorting out the tags.
    Me too. Boulez fine, Glenn Gould fine, Reiner fine. Monteux fine (haven’t tried the Gluck). All flac

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    German Zweitausendeins has a sale with classical & jazz CD boxes /CDs for 2 Euros per unit (example Buxtehude complete organ works 6CD, 2 Euros)
    Postage within Europe is often around 10 Euros though

    https://www.zweitausendeins.de/ausge...0ca124b2b7db51

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    ^^

    They also sell many Medici arts historical releases for 2€ plus delivery. One of them is the very rare 1955 Beethoven Missa Solemnis by Otto Klemperer in Cologne, the only one I know that it counts with an organ playing. It's also my favourite Mono Missa Solemnis.

    I finished sorting out the FLAC files of the Haydn Symphonies played by Tafelmusik for Sony/Vivarte. Nothing missing, not even looking to the waveforms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathias Broucek View Post
    Monteux fine
    I noticed Supraphon has the Monteux Complete RCA Stereo download. Amazon has a RCA Complete Collection for a $20 download, but it looks like it's the Complete Stereo recordings and
    includes 78s and 1950s recordings. All these sets can get confusing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    German Zweitausendeins has a sale with classical & jazz CD boxes /CDs for 2 Euros per unit (example Buxtehude complete organ works 6CD, 2 Euros)
    Postage within Europe is often around 10 Euros though

    https://www.zweitausendeins.de/ausge...0ca124b2b7db51
    Just checked that one out. Only ship to EU countries - which now excludes the UK .

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    Down loaded this from Qobuz. I am collecting Vivaldi RV numbers. I'm up to 509 now. I was searching for works to add to my collection and came across the Mintz “Anna Maria” concertos which are volumes 6 and 7 of the set. Each volume is $8.99. But then I discovered that the whole 10 CD set was $7.99!!! Ultimately picked up 12 new RV numbers.

    This is an old set. The originals say 1998, but they sound older. Performance is non-HIP. No harpsichord or theorbo for the continuo – just a 'cello. Concert hall is very resonant and has a wolf tone on some of the tracks. I wouldn't recommend this set except at this price, why not!

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