HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Frederyk Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Davidovich/Marriner)

All thanks for this gem go to Mats
It is agreeable to have a recording by Bella Davidovich of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 (known as No. 2) to put beside her account of his Concerto No. 2—called No. 1. This field tends to be dominated by Arrau and Rubinstein. On the latter’s RCA recording Ormandy is forceful in the speedy tuttis and the pianist is balanced well forward, his forte tone seeming rather hard. But Rubinstein’s reaction to the lyrical side of Chopin’s invention is such that one repeatedly feels he is revealing the very essence of this music with his precisions of tonal nuance and timing, above all in the Larghetto of course. Like Arrau, Davidovich has the advantage of a greatly superior piano sound, and Marriner gives her more shapely, less hard-driven, orchestral passages.

Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Bella Davidovich
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl 1982
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR 14
Size: 903 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF


Also like Arrau, she does not push ahead so insistently in the Maestoso, though her accentuation in some parts of the development section is too regular. There are good perceptions here, but the slow movement and finale are more completely satisfying, especially the melancholy rhapsodizing of the former. There is a charming piquancy, also, to the rondo, but this issue clearly is not going to supplant Rubinstein or Arrau and one can only wonder at so many pianists being recorded again and again in the same few concertos. This reading of the Krakowiak, however, deserves every success. Here the only rival is Arrau’s far too portentous performance, which is included in the above-mentioned boxed set, and Davidovich plays the introduction with striking purity and freshness; note her shading of the quintuplets which lead into the Allegro. Marriner projects a dancelike vigour in the tuttis and the keyboard’s almost unrelenting semiquavers are played with much grace.’


  Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21
A1 Maestoso 14:40
A2 Larghetto 9:39
B1 Vivace 8:44
  Krakowiak, Concert Rondo In F, Op. 14
B2 Introduction (Andantino Quasi Allegretto – Molto Allegro) – Rondeau (Allegro Non Troppo) 14:32

 Analyzed folder: /96k Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 – Davidovic, Marriner
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR14        -0.85 dB     -19.94 dB     A1 Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor – Maestoso.aif
 DR15        -3.14 dB     -23.76 dB     A2 Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor – Larghetto.aif
 DR14        -1.13 dB     -19.54 dB     B1 Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor – Vivace.aif
 DR15        -1.05 dB     -20.12 dB     B2 Krakowiak, Concert Rondo In F, Op. 14 – Introduction (Andantino Quasi Allegretto – Molto Allegro) – Rondeau (Allegro Non Troppo).aif
 Number of files:    4
 Official DR value:    DR14

Ripping Info


  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • 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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10 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Frederyk Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Davidovich/Marriner)

  1. Davidovich is a fine accomplished keyboard technician and does a beautiful job of the first two tracks. Haven’t gotten to the others yet.
    But a big thank you for such a satisfying rendition, both artistically, and audio enhancement.
    Good job, Alf!

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