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Brailowsky’s is still the definitive interpretation of these Chopin masterpieces. The spirit, emotionality, and technical excellence with which these polonnaises and other beloved Chopin piano works are rendered is irresistible. Does he pound the piano? Oh, yes! I wouldn’t have it any other way.
# Composer: Frederyk Chopin
# Performer: Alexander Brailowsky
# Vinyl (195?)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: CBS
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B0000027B5
# Size: 978 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Alexander Brailowsky (16 February 1896 – 25 April 1976) was a Ukrainian/French pianist. He was a leading concert pianist in the years between the two World Wars.
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The Polonaise originates from the sixteenth century, with the coronation of Henri of Valois as the King of Poland in 1574. From that time on, the polonaise became a regular feature of coronation festivities in Poland. In this monarchy, whose king was elected, as a president of a republic, it became an established custom to welcome a new ruler with a procession of nobles. It became a majestic display of beautiful costumes and precious jewels. Thus, the processional dance known as the Polonaise was born for such ceremonial occasions.
From Poland, the polonaise was “carried” to France and later to other European countries, where it attracted many great composers such as J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, F. Couperin, W.A. Mozart, C.M. Weber, L. van Beethoven and many others. However, it was Fryderyk Chopin who elevated the polonaise to the highest form of art, which became a new form in composition – a heroic tone poem.
In Aleksander Brailowsky’s performances, they become a monumental group of compositions, where irresistible dynamics and rich inventions are molded into perfect artistic expression, in spite of some of them being played a little bit too fast in sections where a slower tempo would be more suitable. In the Polonaise in C-minor, Op. 40, No. 2 for instance, in the middle section the tempo becomes extremely fast. Due to an excessive use of the sustaining pedal, the playing becomes unclear and loses the processional feeling and rhythm of the polonaise despite the great technical control.
Analyzed folder: /Volumes/HDMUSIC/ TO DO – Classical/96k Chopin – Polonaises – Brailowsky
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR11 -0.45 dB -13.58 dB A1 Poloniase In A Major, Op. 40, No. 1.wav
DR11 -1.17 dB -16.24 dB A2 Polonaise In F-Sharp Minor, Op. 44.wav
DR11 -1.04 dB -14.42 dB A3 Poloniase In A-Flat Major, Op. 53.wav
DR12 -1.45 dB -16.84 dB B1 Polonaise In C Minor, Op. 40, No. 2.wav
DR12 -1.23 dB -18.50 dB B2 Polonaise In E-Flat Minor, Op. 26, No. 2.wav
DR14 -1.10 dB -18.57 dB B3 Polonaise In B-Flat Major, Op. 71, No. 2.wav
DR12 -0.43 dB -16.94 dB B4 Polonaise In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 1.wav
Number of files: 7
Official DR value: DR12
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- System: Denon DL 103 (loaned)
- NEW! 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 ClickRepair, 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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