HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Ludwig van Beethoven – Triple Concerto (Karajan, Oistrakh, Richter, Rostropovich)

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56, more commonly known as the Triple Concerto, was composed in 1803 and later published in 1804 under Breitkopf & Härtel. The choice of the three solo instruments effectively makes this a concerto for piano trio and the only concerto Beethoven ever wrote for more than one solo instrument. This album was recorded at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, on 15-17 September 1969. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted on this release by Herbert von Karajan and includes the impressive talents of David Oistrakh on violin, Mstislav Rostropovich on cello and Sviatoslav Richter on piano.

# Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: David Oistrakh, Svjatoslav Richter, Mstislaw Rostropovich
# Orchestra:  Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1970)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 1.43 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


A wonderful version of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. These pieces are superb. David Oistrakh (violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) and Sviatoslav Richter (piano) make a dynamic team with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the Triple Concerto. All of Beethoven’s passion and power shine through admirably.

Sometimes, maybe once in a decade, maybe once in a lifetime, a confluence of great solo artists, a great conductor, and a great orchestra produces a genuinely instant classic. Such was the case when violinist David Oistrakh, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, and pianist Sviatoslav Richter performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in 1969 with Maestro Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. It’s hard to imagine this performance of the Triple Concerto ever being topped, given of the sheer magnitude of the talent involved. What’s more, it continues to be one of the best-recorded versions of the music you’ll find.

Although Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in C major for piano, violin, cello and orchestra, Op. 56 (1804), never impressed critics as much as his violin and piano concertos did, concertgoers have long enjoyed it for its delicious melodies and memorable tunes, especially its soaring first movement and sweet Largo. In an impassioned reading from three of the twentieth-century’s greatest musicians and one of its most-celebrated conductors, the piece couldn’t fail. The music is, as you probably know, actually a kind of orchestrated chamber trio, a sinfonia concertante where the several instruments oppose the orchestra and each other, a style that had passed out of vogue by Beethoven’s time but one into which Beethoven injected new life.

The Berlin Philharmonic sounds, as always, magnificent, and Karajan avoids glamorizing or over-romanticizing the score. When the cello, the violin, and then the piano make their entrance in the first movement, we can see immediately this going to be a gentle, relaxed Triple Concerto, with no want of beauty or expression. The performance is responsive and spacious, yet we can still appreciate the full force of the great orchestra making itself known, reminding us that no matter how easygoing the interpretation may be, it’s still an interpretation on the grandest scale. You’re not going to get this kind of sound from a chamber ensemble or a period-instruments group.

As to the soloists, remarkably, they play as though they had worked together for years. None of the three men attempts to upstage the others, and their instruments complement one another perfectly, almost producing three variations of the same instrument (or four if you count the orchestra, which also blends in flawlessly). Naturally, the cello most often takes the lead, yet Rostropovich never actually dominates; it’s a genuinely shared experience.


  Konzert Für Klavier, Violine, Violoncello Und Orchester C-Dur Op. 56 “Tripelkonzert”
A 1. Satz: Allegro 17:58
B1 2. Satz: Largo 5:36
B2 3. Satz: Rondo Alla Polacca 13:04

Analyzed folder: /192k LvB – Triple Concerto – Rostropovich, Richter, Oistrakh, Karajan
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -1.08 dB     -21.04 dB     A LvB – Triple Concerto For Cello, Violin, Piano and Orchestra – 1. Allegro.wav
DR14        -6.41 dB     -26.48 dB     B1 LvB – Triple Concerto For Cello, Violin, Piano and Orchestra – 2. Largo.wav
DR14        -1.31 dB     -20.59 dB     B2 LvB – Triple Concerto For Cello, Violin, Piano and Orchestra – 3. Rondo Alla Polacca.wav
Number of files:    3
Official DR value:    DR14


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.
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.

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28 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Ludwig van Beethoven – Triple Concerto (Karajan, Oistrakh, Richter, Rostropovich)

  1. how intriguing!
    i once wanted to listen to Furtwängler’s rendition of the Triple…
    Maestro has conducted it some times, and once in Edinburgh the soloist team and the orchestra were all all-Italian (Michelangeli, de Vito, Mainardi, Santa Cecilia), but damned BBC board and technicians simply ceased to record it. alas.
    only a time machine could help. have one for rental?

  2. Much appreciated, as is all your work no matter if I download it or not. Your passion for music is second to none, not even mine 🙂 your rips make good days better.

  3. Fantastic rip! Much more “musical” & better than even the Japan HQ version & the 2011-12 EMI Hi-res remaster! Thanks again Rach!

  4. Dear Steve
    Thnaks a lot for your work and for share with us

    This server FileFactory is deficient, the link of:


    Is broken

    With Datafile server we did not have problems. I think it is better

    Regards from South America

    • Hi friend, welcome.
      You are making a lot of confusion 😀

      1 – Whatever, this is the nick of the blog’s owner, he posts mostly CDs and he worked formerly with FilePost, now only with DataFile. All unavailable posts on FilePost will be moved to DataFile…is only a matter of time.

      2 – TheNightOwl, this is Steve, he posts only vinyls and on FileFactory

      3 – Me too, Rachmaninov (Alf), I only post vinyls and on FileFactory.

      When you are on the main page, you see above the post the nick of the ripper, who has posted it.

      By the way….this posts (Beethoven and Bartok) are from me, Rachmaninov.

      Part 1 of the Bartok Concerto works perfectly. You may get the advice of too high loads and no free slots? Upgrade (buy) premium account or be patient, until you can DL.

      thank you.

  5. Hello Alf

    Please receive my apologies for this confusion.

    I have premium account od Datafile and File Factory, Thanks for your hints about I need wait until the server has less traffic.

    Best regards

  6. Hello again, Alf

    This is the message we receive from FileFactory server:

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  7. Hi Rach. Thanks for all your posts.
    Unfortunately, here is the message from FileFactory server, part 1.
    It looks it is not only maintenance and try later…

    Server Failed
    This file is no longer available due to an unexpected server error. If you are the owner of this file, it will need to be re-uploaded.

    Best from Jules

  8. Again, a million thanks, what a team-up of geniouses, this must be a once-in-a-lifetime recording.
    Is the first file online?…. Or should I just wait, it writes that “the file failed”

  9. I downloaded wonderful parts 2 & 3. I am waiting
    for the queue to deliver part 1 for reuploading.
    I am hoping that I can buy dataFile. I have reapplied for PREMIUM from dataFile 34 times with no results.
    John Duffy , USA

  10. Thanks as always Rachmaninov for sharing such a high quality transfer.
    Interesting to note that in his documentary, Richter complained of this session that Karajan and Rostropovitch ”ganged up” on he and Oistrach, not letting him play as he felt was necessary. At one point he said to Karajan “Oh, I am German”. To which Karajan replied “If you are German then I am a Chinese!”.
    Must have been quite an “ambience” during the recording sessions 🙂

    • eheheheh…indeed Richter was of German origins. Once I saw a docu in Russian with German undertitles about him. At a certain point of the docu he spoke about his childhood and about how lazy he was in the school. He visited as child a German School, the teacher was a German lady and once she spoke to the pupils, attesting to each one, one after the other, her note for the scored school year. At the end she said in a funny tone (and Richter narrated it in a funny Russian-German) ” yes, I love you all altlhough you are a little too lazy. But Richter…oh, Richter stinks before laziness “

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