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Haha... they're based in the town where I live. It's a physical store - well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.

 

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Nice. Presto is actually a really good site and has rather decent prices for CDs. More competition is good!

 

Yes, I've found in many cases that they are less with shipping from the UK than other sources, e.g., Amazon, are from here in the US with free shipping. They've previously had downloads available of many of their CDs, but at a maximum 16/44.1 resolution, so this is a welcome development. I've already got my eye on the Weilerstein performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto.

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Yes, I've found in many cases that they are less with shipping from the UK than other sources, e.g., Amazon, are from here in the US with free shipping. They've previously had downloads available of many of their CDs, but at a maximum 16/44.1 resolution, so this is a welcome development. I've already got my eye on the Weilerstein performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto.

Before you get the Weilerstein, check out Isserlis/Harding on Hyperion. Both are really good, but my preference would be for the latter. A bit more nuanced.

 

DvoYák: Cello Concertos - CDA67917 - Antonín DvoYák (1841-1904) - Hyperion Records - MP3 and Lossless downloads

 

Back to topic: Presto by the way is also an excellent source for getting reviews on pretty much every album they have, plus if you click on the hyperlink of a certain oevre, it will give you recommendations from Gramophone, Penguin, BBC etc.

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Dvorak Cello Concerto

 

Before you get the Weilerstein, check out Isserlis/Harding on Hyperion. Both are really good, but my preference would be for the latter. A bit more nuanced.

 

To continue the OT digression, I have to admit I haven't heard those two, but a fantastic performance is by Jacqueline Du Pre with Celibidache conducting the Swedish Radio Sym. Both cellist and conductor play with romantic passion, yet are more lively and rhythmically alert than in the later recording with husband Barenboim as conductor. (Don't be dissuaded by the slow, spiritual conductor Celibidache became later.)

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Are these authentic hi rez files? I was looking at some DG albums and wondered if they are original 96/24 resolution. Do other websites also sell the same downloads or are these exclusive to Presto Classical?

I know that many historic recordings by DG were transferred in a major archiving effort to 24/96 digital, I believe in the early 2000s.

 

The downloads that Presto are selling are mainly recent recordings that have been available at other sites in 24/96 already; e.g I bought the recent Cosi fan Tutte and Schumann symphony cycle by Nezet Seguin on DG as 24/96 from Qobuz. I never questioned whether those are true highres, but could run a quick scan with Audacity when I get back home.

 

Do you have any reason to doubt that these are legit?

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An interesting site with good info about music but I get that with Universal titles:

(Sorry, download not available in your country)

 

Which country? (I have a sinking feeling it could be the US.)

 

 

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Which country? (I have a sinking feeling it could be the US.)

 

Right, the downloads not available in US. At least for the ones I checked. But seems like a very nice site.

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Right, the downloads not available in US. At least for the ones I checked. But seems like a very nice site.

 

That happens with most of the third party sites. The good news is the ones connected to or run by the record labels themselves (like Native DSD and Pentatone) have no geographic restrictions so anyone in the world can buy all of the classical music titles listed on those sites.

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Are these authentic hi rez files? I was looking at some DG albums and wondered if they are original 96/24 resolution. Do other websites also sell the same downloads or are these exclusive to Presto Classical?

Here's the spectrum from the overture of Cosi fan tutte with Nezet-Seguin, downloaded from Qobuz in 24/96, and probably identical to this one:

 

Presto Classical - Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588 - DG: 4790641 (CD or download) - Buy online

 

Looks like true highres to me. By the way, DR13.

 

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Thanks for the graphic. I purchased Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850 and Mozart : Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K459, both 96/24. The Schubert Piano Sonata has no useful information above 12kHz probably because it is solo piano but the Mozart Piano Concerto has information up to 30kHz.

And are the performances any good? I must admit that I'm not a big fan of late Barenboim (technically challenged) or Uchida.

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