HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Sergeji Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Richter)

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.

# Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov
# Pianist: Svjatoslav Richter
# Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra of the National Philarmony Warsaw
# Conductor: Stanislav Vislocki
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 2.04 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

There is nearly unanimous consensus that Richter’s 1959 recording of the Rachmaninov 2nd rises to a height challenged only by the composer himself. Richter’s ability to play the fastest passagework while moving from soft to loud and back again is breathtaking–speed doesn’t change his control over dynamics one bit. But that’s to pick out a single aspect of a performance that is by turns noble, lyrical, passionate, and poetic. One could spend the whole performance marveling just at the independence of Richter’s two hands. He rescues this thrice-familiar work from its fulsome reputation.
It was Rachmaninov who seduced me into classical music. It was my first hearing of Richter’s earlier version that hooked me forever on both Rachmaninov and classical music. When I hear this version I inevitably feel the profoundest exhileration run through my veins. I don’t find Richter’s version sentimental, perhaps darkly romantic, but rather a stirring and stimulating encounter. I remember lying in bed as a young man and listening to this concerto (Richter’s earlier version) and being totally absorbed and distant from all else. My musical taste is eclectic but if I had to choose only one type of music, it would be classical music, and that would be largely due to Rachmaninov and Richter. This piece breathes with an emotional intelligence unafraid to go over the edge, and then some. So far, Richter’s interpretations remain at the top of the chart in interpretation and execution.


Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester C-Moll Op. 18
A1 Moderato 11:00
A2 Adagio Sostenuto 11:55
B1 Allegro Scherzando 11:34
B2 Nr. 12 C-Dur Op. 32 Nr. 1 1:10
B3 Nr. 13 B-Moll Op. 32 Nr. 2 3:05
B4 Nr. 3 B-Dur Op. 23 Nr. 2 3:14
B5 Nr. 5 D-Dur Op. 23 Nr. 4 4:21
B6 Nr. 6 G-Moll Op. 23 Nr. 5 3:38
B7 Nr. 8 C-Moll Op. 23 Nr. 7 2:20

Analyzed folder: /192k Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Richter)
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR10        -0.87 dB     -17.00 dB     A1 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra C-Minor Op. 18 – 1. Moderato.wav
DR12        -0.98 dB     -19.84 dB     A2 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra C-Minor Op. 18 – 2. Adagio Sostenuto.wav
DR12        -0.76 dB     -17.93 dB     B1 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra C-Minor Op. 18 – 3. Allegro Scherzando.wav
DR10        -2.65 dB     -16.23 dB     B2 Prelude Nr. 12 C-Major Op. 32 Nr. 1.wav
DR12        -4.83 dB     -22.65 dB     B3 Prelude Nr. 13 B-Minor Op. 32 Nr. 2.wav
DR11        -1.88 dB     -15.37 dB     B4 Prelude Nr. 3 B-Major Op. 23 Nr. 2.wav
DR15        -3.67 dB     -25.00 dB     B5 Prelude Nr. 5 D-Major Op. 23 Nr. 4.wav
DR10        -2.74 dB     -17.45 dB     B6 Prelude Nr. 6 G-Minor Op. 23 Nr. 5.wav
DR12        -2.39 dB     -17.88 dB     B7 Prelude Nr. 8 C-Minor Op. 23 Nr. 7.wav
Number of files:    9
Official DR value:    DR12


Ripping Infos


If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
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Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
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13 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Sergeji Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Richter)”

  1. Another recording enhancement Triumph, Rach.
    I love this concerto from the first time I ever heard it with Van Cliburn on the same RCA CD as the Tchaikovsky No. 1 with which he won the First International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 with Kiril Kondrashin. My RCA Recording of the Rachmaninoff 2 is with Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony.

    Thanks for a beautiful job on your namesake!

  2. I have this LP but it’s very noisy after so many years. The shellacs from the 1929 performance by Rachmaninoff himself sound better than my Richter LP.

    I can enjoy the Richter performance again.
    Many thanks for the rip!!

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