HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Mercury/Speakers Corner) Prokofiev/Rachmaninov – Piano Concertos (Janis/Kondrashin)

All thanks for this brand new jewel go to Jean-Luc
Prokofiev’s Third was one of the concertos that appeared in the Richard Dreyfuss movie “The Competition,” and Byron Janis’s performance is generally considered to be more than competition-worthy. In fact, many consider it the best ever, also a function of Kirill Kondrashin’s inspired accompaniments. Janis’s performance is a bit slower than usual, not because he lacks energy or technique, but rather because he actually takes the time to play all of those notes and make something musically satisfying out of them. It’s a very personal interpretation, carried through with blazing conviction; and the coupling, Rachmaninov’s early First Concerto (Sergej was 17 years old), is equally stunning. –David Hurwitz

# Composer: Sergej Prokofiev, Sergej Rachmaninov
# Performer: Byron Janis
# Orchestra: Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Kyril Kondrashin
# Vinyl (1962/2009)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Mercury/Speakers Corner
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 2.07 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


This is in my opinion the best version of the Prokofiev’s third piano concerto available and is alone the reason to purchase this disc.

Both the Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev concertos were recorded in Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow on June of 1962. The recording was made 3-4 weeks after the historical concert on May 13, 1962 in which after being invited by the soviet government, Janis agreed to play with the Moscow Philharmonic under the great Kyril Kondrashin in a special concert in which he would play three “different” piano concertos back to back.

That night, Byron Janis played the Rachmaninoff’s first piano concerto, the Schumann concerto and closed with a spectacular account of Prokofiev’s third. The story tells that the audience went absolutely crazy and clapped, shouted and praised Janis for over 20 minutes without stopping. After such a response, Janis and Kondrashin decided to play as an encore the third movement of Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto (this is not included in the disc). That night was an unforgettable musical event.

Madame Lina Prokofiev, Prokofiev’s widow, who was present in the concert hall that nigh was moved to tears after listening Janis play her late husband’s third piano concerto and stated that she was deeply moved by the inspired interpretation.

The recorded sound is pretty good and the interpretation is unparalleled.
The Rachmaninov first is on the same league with excellent piano playing and phenomenal orchestral support.


  Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No 3 In C Major, Opus 26 26:49
A1 1. Andante – Allegro 8:56
A2 2. Tema Con Variazione 8:56
A3 3. Allegro Ma Non Troppo 8:57
  Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No 1 In F Sharp Minor, Opus 1 24:51
B1 1. Vivace 11:59
B2 2. Andante 5:38
B3 3. Allegro Vivace 7:14


Analyzed folder: /192k Rachmaninov-Prokofieff – Piano Concertos – Janis, Kondrashin
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR11        -0.57 dB     -16.35 dB     A1 Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Opus 26 – 1, Andante – Allegro.wav
DR11        -1.67 dB     -18.33 dB     A2 Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Opus 26 – 2, Tema con variazione.wav
DR11        -1.73 dB     -16.91 dB     A3 Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Opus 26 – 3, Allegro ma non troppo.wav
DR11        -0.84 dB     -16.84 dB     B1 Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Opus 1- 1, Vivace.wav
DR9        -4.66 dB     -19.55 dB     B2 Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Opus 1- 2, Andante.wav
DR11        -0.89 dB     -16.16 dB     B3 Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Opus 1- 3, Allegro vivace.wav
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR11



  • Composed By – Sergei Prokofiev (tracks A1 to A3), Sergei Rachmaninov (tracks B1 to B3)
  • Conductor – Kyril Kondrashin
  • Engineer – C. Robert Fine
  • Engineer [Associate] – Robert Eberenz
  • Orchestra – Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Piano – Byron Janis
  • Producer [Recording Director, Cd Producer] – Wilma Cozart Fine
Recorded at Bolshoi Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Moscow:
8-9/6/1962 (tracks A1 to A3), 13/6/1962 (tracks B1 to B3)

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14 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Mercury/Speakers Corner) Prokofiev/Rachmaninov – Piano Concertos (Janis/Kondrashin)

  1. More Living Stereo in 35mm… @ 24 192 no less.

    RACH, you (Jean-Luc too!!!) continue to spoil us with their treasure trove.

    More awesomeness from RACH as always. Please keep up the hi-rez rips of primo audiophile offerings coming… can’t wait!!!


  2. Beautiful rendition of two masterpieces from the piano repertoire. Behind the inestimable artistic value of those historical recordings, made during the cold war, they speak about a fascinate symbiosis between America’s recording industry supremacy and Russia’s supremacy on classical music composition and interpretation. All my love all who leave us such a great heritage. Last but not least, my thanks goes to Jean-Luc and Rach for such a great present.

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