This one is a beaut! It is a 24-bit/44.1 kHz transcription using high-end analog equipment of a performance by Sigiswald Kuijken on baroque violin of J.S. Bach's first sonata and partita for solo violin. The violin was made by Giovanni Grancino circa 1700 and has been restored to baroque specifications.
The recording was engineered by Dr. Thomas Gallia, Paul Dery, and Monika Werner at Artimino Villa dei Medici in December 1981, and released as part of a 3LP set by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi in 1983 (DHL 20401.03). The CD reissue is long out of print, and used copies sell for lamentably high prices.
This is a very clear and clean recording in a moderately resonant space, bringing out every nuance of the violin's timbre. The LP is in immaculate condition, and there is virtually no tracking distortion at all. The torrent includes a zip archive with scans of the booklet notes in French from the LP set. I hope eventually to transcribe the other two LPs, so stay tuned.
I have recently uploaded five other 24-bit LP transcriptions of comparable quality, and will be doing more in the near future. You can find them by clicking on my user id.
Equipment used for A/D conversion: Lyra Helikon phono cartridge, Linn LP12/Lingo turntable, Linn Ittok tonearm, Audioquest LeoPard tonearm cable, PS Audio PS2 preamplifier, Kimber PBJ interconnect, M-Audio Audiophile USB A/D converter.
01 - Sonata I in g, BWV 1001
Adagio - Fuga. Allegro - Siciliano - Presto
02 - Partita I in b, BWV 1002
Allemande - Double - Courante - Double. Presto - Sarabande - Double - Tempo di Bourrée - Double
NOTE: To the best of my knowledge, this recording is not currently available commercially. If you know otherwise, please let me know ASAP, as I do not wish any artists to be deprived of the royalties that they so richly deserve.