Alexander Brailowsky – Chopin: Polonaises (original US pressing, mono)

# Composer: Frédéric Chopin
# Performer: Alexander Brailowsky
# Vinyl (1961)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Columbia Masterworks | ML 5705
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.62GB), 24-bit/96kHz (813MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (199MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Track listing:

Side One
01 – Poloniase In A Major, Op. 40, NO. 1 (“Military”) (1838)
02 – Polonaise In F-Sharp Minor, Op. 44 (1840-41)
03 – Poloniase In A-Flat Major, Op. 53 (1842)

Side Two
04 – Polonaise In C Minor, Op. 40, NO. 2 (1838-39)
05 – Polonaise In E-Flat Minor, Op. 26, No. 2 (1834-35)
06 – Polonaise In B-Flat Major, Op. 71, No. 2 (1828)
07 – Polonaise In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 1 (1834-35)

Alexander Brailowsky – piano

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Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Music Hall MMF-7.1
– Music Hall Cruise Control 2.0
– Music Hall cork mat
Ortofon 2M Mono SE
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
RME Hammerfall 9632 ADC

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18 thoughts on “Alexander Brailowsky – Chopin: Polonaises (original US pressing, mono)”

  1. Huge sound with full body, deep basses and above all a true live feeling !
    Not to mention the high grade performance..
    Indeed very few pianists give satisfying renditions of these absolute masterpieces.

      1. I do prefer the mono : in stereo I lose the live feeling, microphones seems to have been put in another part of the recording hall, the piano sounds much backward in the stage and the stereo effect is imperceptible. The stereo LP having been released 5 years later the mono one, the right question is : was it really a true stereo recording ?

          1. I also think it’s so. But I know, there were many labels, in the beginning of the stereo era, that made many recordings in stereo but releasing them in mono, because of a lack of believing in stereophony. They released the stereo version some years later, when stereophony won over monophony

  2. Steve,
    I concur with JL here: “full sound” and a marvelous performance free of sloppy finger work. It is deliberately perfect. Brailowsky shines, as does your Hi Def rip.
    It is hard for me to hear this for the first time and catch all this. It is a luxurious performance musically and audio graphically.

    This rendition satisfies both mind and complete soul.

    Thanks very much for this one.

    1. On additional thing:
      I’m listening right this minute on VLC the 24/192 piece on Windows 10.
      It is a glorious sound.
      I hope the Spanish speaking friend who asked Alf about VLC sees this and tries it in 24/192.
      He’ll love it if he can get it to work properly.
      Bob again

        1. I didn’t take down the 24/96 rip, so I do not refer to a complete oranges with oranges comparison.
          The gentleman who inquired from Alf about VLC was concerned mostly with the fact he couldn’t get VLC to play 192., as I recall.
          Sorry: I’m not much help on the comparison of which you ask, Jean-Luc. Moreover, I do not have a hi-line stereo. I listen on my ISUS desk computer tower sound card (a fairly good one), but the two Bose speakers are awfully small.

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