HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto (Stern/Mehta)

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Isaac Stern, the master violinist, was one of the last great violinists of his generation and helped advance the careers of generations of musicians who followed, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Yo-Yo Ma.

# Composer: Johannes Brahms
# Performer: Isaac Stern
# Orchestra:
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Zubin Mehta
# Vinyl (1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Columbia
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# ASIN CD: not found

# Size: 870 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF


“Isaac was far more than a musician. He was a person who was outstanding in everything, whether thinking about politics, or business, or as a humanitarian,” Weill said.

Five-foot-6, rotund and with pudgy, dimpled hands, Stern commanded a rich tone and steady rhythm from his 18th century Guarneri violin. With his dynamo energy and fluid bow strokes, he was equally at home with the mathematical complexities of Bach, the fury of Beethoven, the passions of Brahms, and the convulsions of 20th century composers.

Stern was one of the most recorded classical musicians in history, making well over 100 recordings.

A supporter of Israel, tireless concertizer, teacher, and raconteur, Stern played well over 175 performances by the late 1990s at Carnegie Hall, America’s musical temple renowned for its acoustics. The hall was built by industrialist Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1891 with a concert conducted in part by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky.

In the late 1950s, as the city was planning Lincoln Center, a developer proposed razing Carnegie Hall and building a 44-story office tower with panels of bright red porcelain and diagonally placed windows. Life magazine in 1957 described the architect’s plan as “a strange-looking checkerboard.”

Using his prestige and his contacts among fellow artists and benefactors, Stern rallied the opposition, eventually securing legislation that enabled the city to acquire the building in 1960 for $5 million. “I talked a lot,” Stern told King. “It’s something I do very well. When you believe in something, you can move mountains. I knew that this could not disappear from the face of the Earth.”

Stern was born in 1920 in Ukraine in the fledgling Soviet Union. His parents brought him to America when he was 10 months old, settling in San Francisco. Believing that music was an essential ingredient to education, they started him on the piano at age 6. Two years later, after hearing a friend’s violin playing, he picked up the fiddle and wound up playing it for the rest of his life.

He studied at the San Francisco Conservatory and with Naoum Blinder, concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony and a violinist of the Russian school of playing. At 16, Stern attracted his first national attention, performing the Brahms Violin Concerto with Pierre Monteux conducting the San Francisco Symphony in a concert broadcast on national radio.

Seven years later, on Jan. 8, 1943, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in a recital produced by the impresario Sol Hurok. Performing with pianist Alexander Zakin, who became his longtime accompanist, Stern played Mozart, Bach, Szymanowski, Brahms, and Wieniawski.

He later played in countless places around the world: Iceland, Greenland, and the South Pacific for Allied troops during World War II; Moscow after Stalin’s death; Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus immediately after Israeli soldiers recaptured it in 1967; China after Washington restored full diplomatic relations in 1979. One country he refused to perform in was Germany, which he boycotted for years because of the Holocaust.

Through the American-Israel Cultural Foundation, Stern helped finance the studies of many Israeli performers, including Perlman and Zukerman. He also helped arrange for Ma to study with the great cellist Leonard Rose — Stern’s partner in the much recorded Istomin-Stern-Rose trio, along with the pianist Eugene Istomin.

At his peak, Stern would perform more than 200 concerts a year. He also played in the movies “Humoresque,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and on TV’s “Sesame Street.” The Academy Award-winning documentary “From Mozart to Mao” chronicled Stern’s performance and tutoring in China in 1979 after the Cultural Revolution.

Stern ended his boycott of Germany in 1999 for a nine-day teaching seminar, saying it was time to see how young German musicians were absorbing their musical heritage of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn.


Track Listing

Concerto In D Major For Violin And Orchestra, Op. 77
A I. Allegro Non Troppo 22:52
B1 II. Adagio 9:25
B2 III. Allegro Giocoso, Ma Non Troppo Vivace 7:46

Analyzed folder: /96kJoBr_ViCo_SteMeh/96k Brahms – Violin Concerto – Stern
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR15 -0.74 dB -21.70 dB A Brahms – Violin Concerto D-Major Op. 77 – Allegro Ma Non Troppo.wav
DR17 -4.53 dB -26.93 dB B1 Brahms – Violin Concerto D-Major Op. 77 – Adagio.wav
DR12 -0.54 dB -17.66 dB B2 Brahms – Violin Concerto D-Major Op. 77 – Allegro Gioco Ma Non Troppo Vivace.wav
Number of files: 3
Official DR value: DR15



  • Composed By – Brahms*
  • Conductor – Zubin Mehta
  • Orchestra – New York Philharmonic*
  • Producer – Andrew Kazdin
  • Violin – Isaac Stern

Ripping Infos

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  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

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24 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto (Stern/Mehta)”

  1. You did it again – Maestro !

    Have this LP – one of the best renditions of Brahms VC .

    Mes Hommages Monsieur !

    To everybody : GRAAB THIS !

    1. you know..every time i hear or read the question, who’s the best violinist of all times, in a hurry i have the name and the smile Stern’s in my heart and i don’t know why. They are all great: Oistrakh, Accardo, Heifetz, Szeryng…but for me personally, Isaac Stern is something special and particular. I was captured by his docu-movie “Von Mozart bis Mao” a journey through China in the 70ies, teaching playing violin to everybody – children and adults, with chinese alone musical culture or both, chinese & western….

      He was great, marvellous…to see how much love to music, how much love to humanity came out of his eyes, came out with his eternally smiling and beeing like happy…this was really great to me

    2. i tell you a little story…in a time as i was younger (and stupid) i used to “ruin” my records writing on the cover my name, the year i purchased the record and some votes, for recording and performance (good, very good and such nonsense)….

      Before posting this record (and many other too) i have to retouche in Photoshop the covers…originally there is for tech. the note good and for performance very good (including both, Metha and Stern).

      Some years later, probably after i watched “From Mozart to Mao”, i listened again this Brahms/Stern masterpiece and gave Mr. Stern, additionally, the note 10+


      1. Yes, very nice handwriting – somebody who has such a nice handwriting and can sing can never be a bad person !

        With me is D. Oistrach at the Throne than there is a no-mans land (void) and then come the others and not long ago, recently the appearance of some stupendous young women violinists (Geiger) like Julia Fischer, H. Hahn etc ..

        Great – still downloading – wonder if you left some cracks & crackles for me … 😛

        1. “Great – still downloading – wonder if you left some cracks & crackles for me …”

          surely, there is something for your pervert ears :)) (You know: always joking)

          Oh….for me personally, the charisma of an artist is even equal important to determinate his range in my own list of the best all times….not only the tech. skills.

          BTW….something you maybe cannot know: “Geiger” means violinist (male) – female is “Geigerin”

          Have fun after downloading 🙂

          1. Geehrte

            Deutsch ist nicht genau meine Muttersprache – aber fast getroffen, oder ?

            is plural : Geigerinen ? ( no dictionary at hand …) correct ? :mrgreen:

              1. Please do not count this one ,

                how can I know that you are not a woman ?

                We are all here in disguise … are we not ?

                I can trace your IP but not your sex …

                OK ? 😯

                1. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHHH…..this is great “I can trace your IP but not your sex …

                  OK ? 😯 ”

                  otherwise, my nick would be Rachmaninova 😉

                  I like your way the more i figh……ehm……have to do with you 😉

  2. Download finished – playing 1st wav with Fidelia –

    people grab this – this one is a KEEPER !!

    Everebody has overdone themselves Stern, Mechta, NY philharmonic and as always (nothing new) maestro RACHMANINOV !

    Rach if I would clean my house half so diligently as you do these rips I could eaisily open the cleanest pharmaceutical business in Europe !

    Either I am deaf or there are really no clicks, cracks or crackles.

    One of your Best Rips . Amen. 😯

    1. “Either I am deaf or there are really no clicks, cracks or crackles.”


      indeed, my friend, i used to treat my records as they all were my lovers, my concubines, my eyes and heart….

      Maybe this is the reason, why i wrote for some years my name and other shit on my records…i remember, i “lost” about 50-60 records and books, that i loaned (???) to friends and they never came back to me……then i started to handwrite my records and books

      1. No wonder you lost so many books & LPs

        Only Eskimo-s borrow their wives, books & LPs …

        I bet – you are not an Eskimo – why in Hell you behave like one.

        Please stop. It harms our interests here – no LPs coming back, means no rips here stop this habit pls ASAP. 😆

        1. normally i am (i was ?) a good, very gentle soul..all time of my life. In my other country (Italy) people say, a guy that’s too good is at the end the scornered one.

          OK, i lost some books and records (was too good) and some false friend…but i react in time before i went to a scornered guy

          I hope, you understand, what i mean…is a very hard job to understand the english of a (half) italian…pray for that you – never in your life – will listen to my “excellent” english…you would get a shock for you life 😉

          ASAP you too…..

          PS: what do you want from me, that i first digitalize…all concerts by LvB (Kempf, Schneiderhan, Ferras, Fournier) or “La Bohéme” (not Puccini’s one, but Leoncavallo’s one, really rare on records/CDs)

          1. You are right – good hearts always suffer but in the end they are GOOD an this is the only thing that really matters.

            As I said your english is perfect (I can understand almost everything :mrgreen: )

            Who cares, if you feel like it shoot “auf Deusch” or Italian I understand in both much more than I can write but do not blame your “bad english” which is fine…

            Now comes the best part : and the most torturous.

            What to digitize first ? And you pick good ones for me to choose between . Like between strawberry and blackberry ice-cream .
            Toss a coin – whatever turns will be a winner – just leave few clicks for me there… 😉

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