Great Vinyl mono 16/44.1 (DGG) Sergeji Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Richter/Wisłocki)

# Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov
# Performer: Svjatoslav Richter
# Orchestra: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor:
Stanisław Wisłocki
# Vinyl (1959)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
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# Size: 137 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Although the late Sviatoslav Richter spent his later years concentrating on Bach, Beethoven, and Haydn, he never completely abandoned the music of his native country. His reading of Rachmaninov’s most popular concerto, captured in fine late-’50s stereo, is one of the most glorious ever recorded. Richter’s amazing technique is completely up to the demands of Rachmaninov’s difficult writing, and he plays the heart-on-sleeve melodies with such refined intensity that they never sound sentimental. This performance is a truly amazing example of great pianism, very strongly supported by the fine orchestra and its little-known conductor.  –Leslie Gerber

Analyzed folder: /44k(mono)Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 – Richter
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR11        -3.08 dB     -19.40 dB     A1.wav
DR15        -5.03 dB     -25.22 dB     A2.wav
DR12        -0.73 dB     -18.48 dB     B1.wav
DR9        -2.31 dB     -15.31 dB     B2.wav
DR12        -4.27 dB     -22.29 dB     B3.wav
DR11        -1.46 dB     -14.98 dB     B4.wav
DR16        -2.82 dB     -24.46 dB     B5.wav
DR10        -1.85 dB     -16.68 dB     B6.wav
DR11        -1.89 dB     -17.36 dB     B7.wav
Number of files:    9
Official DR value:    DR12

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Denon DL 103 (loaned)
  • NEW! Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

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.

  • 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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19 thoughts on “Great Vinyl mono 16/44.1 (DGG) Sergeji Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Richter/Wisłocki)

    • First of all, of course, myself (I mean Rachmaninov) 😉
      OK, no jokes: there are so many excellent pianists, but if I would be forced to take only one, I would be in a dilemma: Katchen or Richter.

          • Thanks, but I did not mean to push you for that. All I wanted to say is that to me he is a synthesis of both. His Chopin’s concertos are really something (I much prefer those which he conducted…). His Rachmaninov is my preferred version as well…

            Thank you very much for this website. I cannot thank you enough. I would re-activate my Paypal soon (in process. day or two from today- for security reasons of the website…I did not use it for a long time…), and start to make a monthly contribution as a stronger evidence of thanks…You are really too kind!

    • There can be various reasons…is a known fact, that many recordings of “its” time were made in mono AND stereo in the same time, but the stereo version was released only several years later….this is only one of the reasons. Another can be, that there was never a stereo version, so the stereo version you mention is an electronic-srtereo effect…
      frankly, I don’t know. But, what’s the matter? If it sounds good is good and OK, don’t you mean?;)

  1. Many thanks to you Mr. Rach! Still not sure who I prefer on Rach.2 between Wild and Richter… may be they are just complementary on their visions of this masterpiece.

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