Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Franz Liszt – Piano Concerti No. 1 + 2 (Richter/Kondrashin)

A true Mercury-Recording, brought on 180g Virgin Vinyl to you by Speakers Corner from 2010
Since they were first issued, Sviatoslov Richter’s Liszt Piano Concerti have been widely admired as the finest performances available, and for most listeners they still are. Now they have been remastered by none other than Wilma Cozart Fine, Mercury Living Presence’s goddess of the sound console, and they have come up sounding better than ever. Even if you hate Liszt, hate concertos, hate pianos, hate Russians, hate music in general, you should own and treasure (or punish yourself regularly) with this recording. –David Hurwitz

# Composer: Franz Liszt
# Performer: Sviatoslav Richter
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Kyril Kondrashin
# Vinyl (1961/2010)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 1.48 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Franz Liszt had written an enomous piano works, including Rhapsodies, Waltzes, Préludes, Annees de Pelerinage, Etudes, Transcriptions, Symphonic Poems… And the number of works goes to the thousands. But he just wrote two concertos. I believe they are some of most beautiful concertos in classical.

When talk about Liszt, people often think about V. Horowitz, J. Bolet, E. Szegedi, or G. Cziffra. Even some famous pianists said “Noone can’t play Liszt like Horowitz”. It could be true, but not with these concertos. Richter had made a legendary record with outstanding technique. Comparing to Argerich, Cziffra and Horowitz, Richter played more dramatically and gently. Especially in concerto N. 1, Adagios, every notes like drops of crystal. Performed with Kiril Kondrashin and London Symphony Orchestra, this is a must have recording in your collection.

Analyzed folder: /192k Liszt – Piano Concerti No. 1+2 – Richter
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR12        -1.81 dB     -19.53 dB     A1 Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124 – 1. Allegro Maestoso.wav
DR14        -4.99 dB     -26.12 dB     A2 Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124 – 2. Quasi Adagio.wav
DR11        -3.22 dB     -19.74 dB     A3 Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124 – 3. Allegretto Vivace – Allegro Animato.wav
DR12        -0.20 dB     -16.77 dB     A4 Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124 – 4. Allegro Marziale Animato.wav
DR12        -1.70 dB     -18.15 dB     B1 Piano Concerto No.2 In A, S.125 – 1. Adagio Sostenuto Assai – Allegro Agitato Assai.wav
DR14        -5.27 dB     -25.82 dB     B2 Piano Concerto No.2 In A, S.125 – 2. Allegro Moderato.wav
DR11        -0.54 dB     -16.48 dB     B3 Piano Concerto No.2 In A, S.125 – 3. Allegro Deciso – Marziale Un Poco Meno Allegro.wav
DR10        -0.30 dB     -13.89 dB     B4 Piano Concerto No.2 In A, S.125 – 4. Allegro Animato.wav
Number of files:    8
Official DR value:    DR12



  • Composed By – Franz Liszt
  • Conductor – Kyril Kondrashin
  • Design [Cover] – George Maas
  • Engineer [Co-Engineer] – Robert Eberenz
  • Engineer [Recording] – C. R. Fine
  • Liner Notes – Irving Kolodin
  • Orchestra – London Symphony Orchestra
  • Piano – Sviatoslav Richter
  • Recorded By [Recording Director], Design [Cover] – Wilma Cozart
  • Supervised By [Musical Supervisor], Edited By [Film Editor], Photography By – Harold Lawrence
  • Transferred By [Film-To-Disc Transfer] – George Piros

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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50 thoughts on “Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Franz Liszt – Piano Concerti No. 1 + 2 (Richter/Kondrashin)”

  1. Thank you very much for this beautiful post! Can you image how great it sounds for me as I love Liszt, love concertos, love pianos, love Russians and love music in general.

      1. were there too many Russians in LSO of 1960?
        Richter himself was German, though Ukrainian born (from Zhitomir). Kondrashin… he had only Semitic roots.
        to find a lot of Russians there, it;s necessary to take microscope (or telescope – the choice is yours).
        maybe Liszt was Russian? very strange Russian surname ‘Liszt’, and even more strange Russian name ‘Ferenc’.

        wow! i’ve found one Russian there! liner notes author Irving Kolodin is, of course, of Russian origin.
        terrible Russians have come! they are everywhere!
        folks, don’t read his lines, if you hate Russians. but everything besides it seems to be OK.

        1. Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?(Hamlet, V.i)

        2. I wrote it thousand times, but I repeat it gladly….Not everything I write is mine. When I find some reviews on the web, that I consider to be like I would have written it for 90-95%, so I take that review…and sometime I add some of my thoughts.
          Indeed, this is not my review, but I found it fitting, in this time, where it seems that the russians are not welcomed in the world, due to the happenings in Ucraina and in general due to their President.

          What I wanted to reach, by using that (not mine) words, is that music wins over all forms of hate or disliking.

          And, as far as I know, Richter was a russian with German origins. Not Ucrainian, but russian. The father was a German who had to left the fatherland.

          But at the end, this is not important…Richter was a god of the piano, second only to “HIM”, the greatest of all pianists…. 😉

          1. you’re sure almost quite right, but allow me to quote one dialogue:
            – Ich bins Deutsch…
            – Also wie ich bin Chin…
            should i to put the names en toutes lettres?

            Alfredo, dear, please don’t take efforts to tell me about the events in my native Ukraine and Kiev. i have no need to read newspapers or watch the TV. i can simply come out from my home or glance out of my window to see the Ukrainian nazis marching in the streets of my town either with torches or with guns.
            the real life is the strongest enemy to any brain-born concept.
            and what have you written about some foreign president… i’ve forgotten whether you’ve mentioned Papua New Guinea, Eastern Timor or Somalia…
            it’s a normal civil war here. yes, quite a normal civil war after a coup d’etat which took place on February 22.
            don’t believe me? then visit Kiev and see everything with your own eyes.
            i have plenty of room for guests.

            and my only wish (sorry, in Russian, as thought):
            мир вашему дому.
            BTW, the Ukrainian translation differs from it in a single letter: ‘вашому’ instead of ‘вашему’

            1. I feel like I’ll do better to take my words back… Actually, if you’ll read again Mr. Hurwitz’s comment quoted by Alf, you’ll realize I was just playing a negation game … by replacing “hate” with “love”. So, actually you should not understand I do …unconditionally… love Russians. By chance I have a lot of Russian friends and probably even more Ukrainian friends. I’m a great admirer of the great Russian culture. I’m a great admirer of the great Ukrainian culture too. [Even for many foreigners it is not so easy to distinguish between them: e.(xempli) g.(ratia) – the difference between ‘вашому’ instead of ‘вашему’ might be huge for someone but might be easily neglected by somebody else]
              Apologizes but … I thought here we are talking only about music, without thinking about other possible meanings.
              As merry as it can be, I wish you A Merry Christmas!
              And above all … Mир вашoму дому!

  2. i like the later piano works of Liszt, written after his ordination to the priesthood.
    his concertos never captured my imagination completely, even as his Sonata does. the only Liszt concerto recording i own is that of Emil von Sauer with OSCC de Paris under the baton of Weingartner. the others came and went away like a summer rain or winter snow. so this recording has done twice. but now i have a real incentive to keep it in my collection. and it is not mentioned by our dear Alfredo Rachmaninov.
    the reason for this is the last name of the list. yes, this is George Piros.

    and cheers and lot of thanks again to Alfredo for this wonder.

    1. certainly so! i own a record of Richter playing ‘Pictures from an exhibition’ (live recording from the 158 Sofia recital) on the goode aulde 6-eye Columbia vinyl worn to the asphalt greyish state… it sounds much, much better than any CD release of it. and only 2 strong ticks…
      PHILIPS turned this gem into shit at all, alas.

  3. Hello friends!

    I am a new member of, and I feel like a kid in a candy store, this is truly fantastic!

    Is there a “how to” section where I can read all about the rules, the downloads, the uploads, etc. ?

    Thanks and happy holidays to everyone!


    1. Hi Ykarus, have a good flight 😉

      There is not too much to keep an eye on, maybe only that here, we are three rippers: The boss and owner of the blog, Mr. Whatever. He posts 90-95% rips of CDs, SACDs, DVDs, all on Filepost (music) and Datafile (Videos). Then there are TheNightOwl and me (Rachmaninov) who posts strictly vinyl rips in HD (24/96 and/or 24/192) on FileFactory. If you want to get the full “blow-you-up” effect of Download, better you get premium accounts on FP, FF and maybe DF….otherwise good luck as free users, with – sorry – some issues that here and then occours….but this is beyond our control.

      Have fun!

  4. Keep it up and always RACH-on!!! … oh and yes more 24 192 Mercurys please. Could some legendary Shade Dogs be next on your list? My heart races….

    The comments were awesome too… great music playing AND recording does stuff to people. Me thinks this Russian-edified bloody blog is the best musical thing on this whole wide web.

    Merry Christmas RACH & Co.

  5. I keep getting this message since early this morning while trying to download the first link. The others are fine.

    ” The server hosting this file is temporarily unavailable due to system maintenance. Please try again shortly. ”

    Would it be possible to get some info on why? Or maybe possibly reup the link?

  6. In relation to the above, on many posts, this is the only example, one file of several in a set, is coming with notice like below;

    “Server Maintenance

    The server hosting this file is temporarily unavailable due to system maintenance. Please try again shortly.
    Please contact support if you require further assistance.”

    This does not allow to download and unpack the entire recording. This “temporarily” takes forever (3 weeks in my case) and FileFactory support is not coming with any solution. Any known solution to this or the problem is on my side?

      1. Thank you Rachmaninov! It works now 🙂
        Another file of particular interest to me but still not accessible is part 8 from Phase 4 – collection 24/192. I have downloaded all file but this one #8. I will not open (showing the same message, every time I try). I have downloaded lower resolution version, as well, so I can listen and the music is timeless but it is so tempting to have it at its best… sound-wise. Thank you in advance, if possible. I definitely owe you something…
        Best regards,

          1. Thank you again. Being so encouraged thus far by the beauty of the music AND quality of the performance AND the sound from HD vinyl transfers, I started downloading everything here in a reverse chronological order. Unfortunately, I am finding, that the FileFactory is going through an intense phase of servers maintenance… on average, every 5 to 6 recordings cannot be downloaded in their entirety on one take. Plan to revisit those later.
            Thank you.

  7. Indeed, my list of ‘not-fully-downloadable’ records is growing… always one file from the set only, but enough to spoil the downloading of the whole recording, as it will not unpack properly. It could be servers, but… this is tactics used by the american agencies chasing illegal downloads, minimum work, maximum damage, I am not implying anything, but the only solution is to inquire FileFactory or re-upload. I survived hotfile, Sonicfile, fileserve, rapidshare, and 25 TB of music later, wonder who’s next?

    1. If the server is overbusy for free users, the best you can do is buying a premium account. If the server is under maintenance, all you can do is to try later again.
      I can only recommand: if a file is momentary not available, to go direct to the FF site a try there, just to know, if is it the “busy server” issue or the “maintenance” issue. Is not funny for me to write 100 times in a month always the same to our users… we are almost +30,000 here…

  8. Dear Mr. Rachmaninov,

    I do have FF premium account from the beginning. I do not have the time to even contemplate using a free account. The fee for premium users is negligible, as compared to the time I would need to download one file at the time, one after another in a couple of hours installments. Attached is a list of other non-downloadable files, as of now, and for example only:

    I will re-visit them in a couple of weeks to see if the servers are up and running, but I am afraid, somebody is purposefully cutting the links to stop downloadings. This is the common strategy of the american copyright protection agencies used to stop illegal downloading. Why they allegedly targeting FF it is not clear to me, as no copyrights are violated at FF in connection with site, as I understand. This is my last email on the issue and I will not take up more of your time. Thank you again for sharing your musical collection.

    1. I wish I could do something…..FF is one of the oldest and most reliable hosts. Has survived almost all others of the past and I hope, they will find a way to win also this battle.

  9. @JJ This does happen on FF from time to time. It is NOT like usenet where parts of files are sabotaged. FF just has maintenance or upgrades, and the particular server with the file part you want is down. Once I had a bunch of Rach downloads that I kept on hold for weeks, needing one part. Eventually they all came back online and I completed the downloads. Other than these patchy spots, FF is very reliable most of the time.

  10. Dear mr. Rachmaninov!
    Thank you so much for BEST Liszt ever! Interpretation and rip quality is just PERFECTION! Richter and Kondrashin realy great performers!!! 24-192 ruleZ!!! )

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