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Rachmaninov wrote four concerti for the instrument, but the middle two are by far the best known (and best loved) of the four. For many years, the 2nd Piano Concerto, largely thanks to its “Full Moon and Empty Arms” theme in the final movement, was more popular with audiences and listeners than the 3rd. But, thanks largely to the dramatized travails of the Australian pianist David Helfgott in the movie “Shine,” the race, as it were, is much closer. The 3rd definitely places much higher technical demands on the soloist.
# Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov
# Performer: Byron Janis
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (1961)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Mercury
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.46 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Byron Janis, at his prime (as he is in these performances), was one of the finest pianists of his generation. (If the latest generation of classical music listeners is unfamiliar with his abilities, it certainly isn’t due to the magnificent support that the Mercury label provided for him through most of those years. More likely, the unfamiliarity is due to a very steep decline in his concertizing activities once he was stricken with psoriatic arthritis in the early ’70s.) A prodigious technician, Janis was also able to infuse his playing with finely-honed lyricism when called for; he was definitely not a subscriber to today’s “Bang Bang” (or “Clang Clang” if you will) school of pianism. (Interestingly, he was the first private student that Vladimir Horowitz took on [and Horowitz only had a few such students]. While he undoubtedly learned well from Horowitz, I believe that his ability to combine technical prowess with lyricism was innate.)
Analyzed folder: /192k Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 3 – Byron Janis
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -1.03 dB -18.99 dB A Piano Concerto No. 3, In D Minor, Op. 30 – Allegro Non Tanto.wav
DR13 -4.82 dB -22.62 dB B1 Piano Concerto No. 3, In D Minor, Op. 30 – Intermezzo – Adagio.wav
DR13 -1.84 dB -19.35 dB B2 Piano Concerto No. 3, In D Minor, Op. 30 – Finale – Alla Breve.wav
Number of files: 3
Official DR value: DR13
- Composed By – Rachmaninov
- Conductor – Antal Dorati
- Design [Cover Design] – George Maas
- Orchestra – London Symphony Orchestra, The
- Photography By – Henry Ries
- Piano – Byron Janis
- Producer [Recording Director] – Wilma Cozart
- Recording Supervisor [Musical Director] – Harold Lawrence
- Sleeve Notes – Henry Jaques
- Technician [Associate Technical Supervisor] – Robert Eberenz
- Technician [Technical Supervisor] – C. R. Fine
- Transferred By [Film-To-Lacquer-Transfer], Lacquer Cut By – George Piros
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: Audio Technica AT 33 E MC
- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Vintage (1979) Luxman L-55A
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
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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