Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Claude Debussy – Préludes Vol. 1 (Michelangeli)

Many thanks for this beauty to our friend Jean-Luc
I wish I could find adequate words to do justice to this recording but I doubt that anyone can. If you are familiar with the music, you probably already own this version. If not, you need to get yourself a copy. Words I could use would include masterful, elegant, brilliand and ultimately beautiful. Blissful! If you are someone unfamiliar with this music, this recording will win you over.

# Composer: Claude Debussy
# Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
# Vinyl (1984-1985)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Size: 1.62 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

To say Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli was a unique talent in the world of classical music is, by every stretch of the imagination, an understatement. Perhaps no pianist we’ve ever heard displayed so much stunning technical brilliance along with a genius for interpretive insight. These marvelous gifts are captured wonderfully on this cd of piano works by Claude Debussy. The Preludes Book One are deeply insightful readings that hold the listener in rapt moments of thoughtful introspection, though at times they can be ever so slighltly frenetic ( Michelangeli does have his idosyncracies from time to time). Michelangeli’s unique creative touch made him somewhat of a “Prophet” to the new art of Debussy.


  Préludes 1er Livre
A1 I. Danseuses De Delphes – Lent Et Grave 3:08
A2 II. Voiles – Modéré 4:24
A3 III. Le Vent Dans La Plaine – Animé 2:10
A4 IV. Les Sons Et Les Parfum Tournet Dans L’Air Du Soir – Modéré 3:34
A5 V. Les Collines D’Anacapri – Tres Modéré 3:15
A6 VI. Des Pas Sur La Neige – Triste Et Lent 4:50
A7 VII. Ce Qu’a Vu Vent D’Ouest – Animé Et Tumulteus 3:37
B1 VIII. La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin – Très Calme Et Doucement Expressif 2:42
B2 IX. La Sérénade Interrompue – Modérément Animé 2:37
B3 X. La Cathédrale Engloutie – Profundément Calme 6:50
B4 XI. La Danse De Puck – Capricieux Et Léger 3:06
B5 XII. Minstrels – Modéré 2:25

 Analyzed folder: /192k Debussy – Preludes Volume 1 – Michelangeli
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR16        -2.82 dB     -25.13 dB     A1  I. Danseuses De Delphes – Lent Et Grave.wav
 DR18        -3.33 dB     -27.62 dB     A2  II. Voiles – Modere.wav
 DR15        -2.12 dB     -22.38 dB     A3  III. Le Vent Dans La Plaine – Anime.wav
 DR14        -5.73 dB     -26.32 dB     A4  IV. Les Sons Et Les Parfum Tournet Dans L’Air Du Soir – Modere.wav
 DR13        -1.41 dB     -20.51 dB     A5  V. Les Collines D’Anacapri – Tres Modere.wav
 DR17        -11.06 dB     -33.98 dB     A6  VI. Des Pas Sur La Neige – Triste Et Lent.wav
 DR12        -0.92 dB     -17.23 dB     A7  VII. Ce Qu’a Vu Vent D’Ouest – Anime Et Tumulteus.wav
 DR17        -4.20 dB     -27.76 dB     B1  VIII. La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin – Tres Calme Et Doucement Expressif.wav
 DR15        -2.78 dB     -24.93 dB     B2  IX. La Serenade Interrompue – Moderement Anime.wav
 DR14        -0.53 dB     -20.55 dB     B3  X. La Cathedrale Engloutie – Profundement Calme.wav
 DR14        -4.06 dB     -22.57 dB     B4  XI. La Danse De Puck – Capricieux Et Leger.wav
 DR14        -2.12 dB     -21.24 dB     B5  XII. Minstrels – Modere.wav
 Number of files:    12
 Official DR value:    DR15


Ripping Infos


If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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23 thoughts on “Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Claude Debussy – Préludes Vol. 1 (Michelangeli)”

  1. Wow, I’m just speechless. I have checked my classical cd library only to discover I didn’t own a copy yet (I didn’t get on classical ’till 2 years ago). Thanks to your post I will actually hear this fine recording for the very first time!! So thanks again, dear Rach!

  2. I agree with WalkingDead, and I’m in a similar situation regarding Classical Music (in Portuguese we say “Música Clássica”, or if you want to be more precise “Música Erudita”: Scholar Music!)
    I really appreciate the selflessness of Michelangeli when playing Debussy. (Does this make sense?)

    thank you Rachmaninov

        1. I just bought the 3 chamber music masterworks that Debussy composed before dying prematurely in finest renditions, including the mysterious flute, viola and harp trio. Be patient..

  3. This book of preludes is one of the very first sets of piano music that really engaged me on an emotional as well as on an intelectual level. Thank you for posting an interpretation by the great Michelangeli!

  4. Dear Rach, there are no words to describe what you’ve done with this blog.
    I’m new here but trust me my real-debrid is hardly working…
    Anyway thank a lot for this Historical piece, same for the images by Michelangeli. These things are totally priceless.

    Thank a lot, knowing that words can’t transcribe the feelings your work is bringing… And apologize my english xD.

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