HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Frederyk Chopin – Polonaises (Alexander Brailowsky)

Thank you Mr. Trottar for this great vinyl!
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
# 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.
Continue on Wikipedia.

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

Ripping Infos

  • 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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19 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Frederyk Chopin – Polonaises (Alexander Brailowsky)

  1. Hi Rachmaninov, another great Brailowsky Chopin, the original mono version Columbia Masterworks ML 5705
    is from the midfiftees.It exists a original Stereo version with
    the complete Polonaises on Sony CD from about 1962.
    greetings from Trottar

  2. My best appreciation for what you do, but I got a question, please what suppose I got to do with files like:
    ._front or ._back
    and any other file named with ._
    Thank you Rachmaninov

    • Hi…what it is with the “_” files I don’t know…I’m working on a mac and I never see those files, but I know from other users, sometime those kind of files are visible. I guess, they are some little help-files for I don’t know what…..you can delete them, no problem. They don’t have use.
      Same with “_front” and “_back”. I use to name the covers front and back. You can delete them already.

      I guess, a windown program or a particular procedure during unraring causes it.

      Again, I believe is absolutely without danger.

      • It’s ok. The files named are .jpg extension but useless in Win7. Apart of this, there are another .jpg with the back and front cover and it works perfect. (I use foobar2000)
        Thanks for the info Rachman. It’s always good to know more.

  3. Merci! A rather non-standard performance, it resembles military marches. Anyway, when you are tired of Chopin by Horowitz or Rubinstein, you should listen to this great master of American music scene.

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