HD-Vinyl 192/24 (Decca) Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 9 ‘The Great’ (Kertesz)

For a momentary “last” time, many thanks to our Onkle for this beauty
The Schubert “Great” is a major enterprise compared to all that preceded it, and here Kertesz competes with Bruno Walter, Toscanini, Furtwangler, and Klemperer, to name only a few renowned conductors whose Ninths are acclaimed.

# Composer: Franz Schubert
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Istvan Kertesz
# Vinyl (1962)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B00000E4OJ
# Size: 1.78 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


Finally, the “GREAT” : I am tempted to let this one-word caption stand for and by itself. (Why try to describe the ineffible?) Still, I will say that this ain’t no “cooly-chiselled, classical” approach to the GREAT (as Philip Hart described Reiner’s live GREAT). It is BIG, full-bodied and leisurely, but it never lacks underpinning rhythmic tension. This is all-important in the GREAT which, unlike Schubert’s other Symphonies, has no real points of “repose”. Still, the sheer tonal beauty of the Viennese, especially in the second movement, almost conjures up an illusiuon of such “repose” while remaining IN TEMPO : amazing ! In fact, Furtwangler has almost met his match. (Still, to this writer, there remains no greater GREAT than Furtwangler’s 1942 Berlin performance – on disc, vinyl, tape, or cylindrical foil for that matter). Van Beinum’s live 1950 Concertgebouw is closer to the “classicizing” approach, while still remaining true to the spirit of this symphony. Szell took an even more “classical” take on the GREAT with his magnificent Cleveland Orchestra – adding an exciting (if rather nasty) “edge” to the proceedings. (One of Szell’s fascinating theories was that Schumann, not Schubert, really invented the “Romantic” symphony. Did this perhaps compel him to “classicize” the Schubert GREAT, after the fact? And would this render the UNFINISHED “un-Romantic” – or at least “pre-Romantic”?)


Track Listing

  Schubert: Symphony No. 9 “The Great C-Major”
A1   Andante (Allegro Ma Non Troppo)    
A2   Andante Con Moto    
B1   Scherzo (Allegro Vivace)    
B2   Finale (Allegro Vivace)    

Analyzed folder: /192kSch_S9_Ker/192k Schubert – Symphony No. 9 – Kertesz
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR12 -0.55 dB -17.90 dB A1 Schubert – Symphony No. 9 ‘The Great’ – 1, Andante-Allegro Ma Non Troppo.wav
DR14 -1.01 dB -21.06 dB A2 Schubert – Symphony No. 9 ‘The Great’ – 2, Andante Con Moto.wav
DR15 -0.80 dB -20.76 dB B1 Schubert – Symphony No. 9 ‘The Great’ – 3, Scherzo (Allegro Vivace).wav
DR12 -1.08 dB -17.44 dB B2 Schubert – Symphony No. 9 ‘The Great’ – 4, Finale (Allegro Vivace).wav
Number of files: 4
Official DR value: DR13


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • 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 iZotope, 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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26 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 192/24 (Decca) Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 9 ‘The Great’ (Kertesz)”

  1. Ladies and gentleman, with this last record we have reached the end of the marvelous series of rips our Rachmaninov made of the most precious part of my little vinyl collection, for me and for all of us. I deeply hope you, music lovers from all over the world, have been as pleased as I have been myself with this fantastic work. All the performances are in my opinion among the best of all time and I believe the glorious rips Rachmaninov made render them in the finest sonic quality available on the planet on a digital format. It’s been a great joy for me to share them with all of you. May music accompanies your life. Be well.

    Here’s the list of my vinyls Rachmaninov ripped :

    1 – Brahms : Violin Concerto by Szeryng and Dorati, Mercury Living Presence SR90308 (RFR1 Original Pressing)

    2 – Brahms : Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 3 by Katchen/Suk/Starker, Decca SXL 6387 (Original Pressing)

    3 – Brahms : Piano Trio No. 2 & Cello Sonata No. 2 by Katchen/Suk/Starker, Decca SXL 6589 (Original Pressing)

    4 – Schubert : String Quintet & Quartettsatz by Weller Quartet, Decca SXL 6481 (Original Pressing)

    5 – Brahms : Cello Sonatas by Starker and Sebok, Speaker Corner (sealed), reedition of Mercury Living Presence SR90392

    6 – Brahms : Cello Sonatas by Fournier and Firkusny, Deutsche Grammophon SLPM 139119 (Original Pressing)

    7 – Sibelius : Violin Concerto by Ferras and Karajan, Deutsche Grammophon SLPM 138961 (Original Pressing)

    8 – Beethoven : Violin Concerto by Ferras and Karajan, Deutsche Grammophon SLPM 139021 (Original German Pressing for international market)

    9 – Beethoven : Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 by Kempff and Leitner, Deutsche Grammophon SLPM 138775 (Original Pressing)

    10 – Schubert : Symphony No. 9 by Kertesz, Decca SXL 6089 (Third Pressing)

    11 – Bartok : Miraculous Mandarin suite & Music for strings percussion and celesta by Solti, Decca SXL 6111 (Second pressing)

    12 – Bartok : Concerto for orchestra & Dance suite by Solti, Decca SXL 6212 (Second Pressing)

    13 – Dvorak : Cello Concerto by Starker and Dorati, Speaker Corner (not sealed but never played), reedition of Mercury Living Presence SR90303

    14 – Brahms : Double Concerto by Szeryng, Starker and Haitink, Philips SAL 6500137 (Original Pressing)

    15 – Brahms : Violin Sonatas by Katchen and Suk, London reissue CS 6549 (English Pressing for American market)

    16 – Sibelius : Violin Concerto & Prokofiev : Violin Concerto No. 2 by Szeryng and Rozhdestvensky. Philips Sal.3571 (Original English Pressing)

    1. Mon ami, it was a great pleasure for me, first because of the great works by those great maestri…and last-but-not-least because of the splendid sound of the recordings.
      We can repeat on every time in the future this kind of voyage of the highest sonic art 😉

  2. The brief review above is very interesting. The VPO is superb and Kertesz is masterful.

    But most telling is the Alf factor:
    the clarity, the spaciousness, the capturing of all the dynamics of the orchestra are just phenomenally beautiful.

    Again; I salute you for your art in audio sonics.
    This makes me want to hear MORE!
    The second movement just started with its march rhythm; Rivals Prokofiev’s march made famous by Alfred Hitchcock.
    GREATis a very apt term for this work on every front!
    Thanks from a very grateful music lover!

      1. You’re most welcome my friend.
        The croissant was actually quite schmalzy ! (I would have said “chewy” instead but I couldn’t resist to this particular word “schmalzy”) 😉

  3. I have yet to listen to the great Furtwängler’s version in 1942 (I own one from 1953 that slightly disappointed the huge Furtwängler fan I am). But till that day, Kertesz remains, maybe in addition to Wand conducting Berlin in 1995, my favorite in the “Great” symphony (The Wiener Philharmoniker is really magical here). Moreover, I’m literally rediscovering this well known performance thanks to the beautiful Rachmaninov’s rendition. Rediscovering what you already knew by heart is a very rewarding feeling. Thanks !

  4. Great performance and astonishing good sound, and again it’s evident the masterful conducting of the so unjustly neglected Kertesz. What a wonderful Andante!
    Many thanks, Onkle and Rachmaninov!

  5. And it’s been a great joy to listen to Rach’s fantastic rips of your lovely collection Onkle. I had no idea that digital rips could sound so clear yet retain the warmth and depth of the vinyl source before I happened on this site. Many many thanks to the both of you for your efforts.

  6. Thank you both Rachmaninov and onkle for sharing this wonderful music with such passion and attention to the detail. I will chekc Onkle’s list and make sur I didn’t miss out any of this ripped vinyls! Cheers from Paris

  7. Thank you Onklle for all of the records of timeless performances which you generously shared with us, but also thanks to Rachmaninov for bringing us lush, rich and crystal clear sound with his rips. Wish you all the best!

  8. Thank you! This is a standard interpretation. I know the one which is better – it was by Furtwaengler, but the sound quality is very poor there. Decca sound is the best!

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