HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Klemperer)

Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beatiful vinyl
If you haven’t heard this ninth or its live counterpart, you haven’t heard Beethoven’s ninth at its very best. The difference consists partly in the fact that Klemperer lets the trombones and percussion play as they should, according to the score – i.e. clearly audible. Most other conductors tend to ignore this. On the present recording, the result is just amazing. The recording quality is very fine, despite its age. It is far better than many other, later recordings (e.g., Karajan’s). Compared with the live version from Testament.

# Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer:  Hans Hotter, Christa Ludwig, Aase Nordmo Lövberg, Waldemar Kmentt
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Otto Klemperer
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Columbia
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 1.56 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


Analyzed folder: /96k LvB – Symphony No. 9 – Klemperer
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -0.49 dB     -18.34 dB     A LvB – Symphony No. 9 – Mov. 1.wav
DR15        -0.16 dB     -19.97 dB     B LvB – Symphony No. 9 – Mov. 2.wav
DR17        -1.65 dB     -23.00 dB     C LvB – Symphony No. 9 – Mov. 3.wav
DR13        -0.40 dB     -18.31 dB     D LvB – Symphony No. 9 – Mov. 4.wav
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR14

Ripping Infos


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.
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.

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Very 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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18 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Klemperer)

  1. Thank you for this gem. I don’t know if it is related to the FileFactory troubles, but you list 3 archives with size 1.56 GB; the FileFactory shows 2 archives totaling 1 GB. Something went awry somewhere along the way. I thought you would like to know.

  2. This is wonderful, esp with the original Columbia cover! I wish you could do the other Beethoven symphonies with Klemperer!

  3. Beethoven was quite deaf while writing this symphony, so we couldn’t know whether his intents corresponded certain rendition.
    the orchestra instruments in Beethoven lifetime differed in their abilities and sonic features.
    e.g. Viennese orchestra had just one horn with chromatic tuning at the time of premiere.

  4. Thank you very very much, Rach.

    As my tastes mature I’ve found that my original love of Karajan and his legato has evolved to enjoy Klemperer’s rendition quite a bit more. This may be a wild claim, but it’s almost as if I can hear more with Klemperer.

    Nonetheless, thank you again for this treat! The sound of your rips are a gift to my ears.

  5. Rach, you aren’t just-a-woofin’ – your hi def-sound ripped from a beautiful original is exhilarating. I had years ago a vinyl of this piece and this conductor, but I don’t remember it being this Orch. or the Columbia label. Did he ever do the 9th for EMI?

    It doesn’t matter; this is “top drawer.” Thanks again to Jean-Luc also!

  6. Rach, Jean-Luc

    My most profound thanks. One can never have enough recordings of the 9th, and this is very promising indeed.



  7. Beethoven No.9.. Klemperer… say no more!
    This is tonic for a tired soul…. In the 3rd movement the strings and woodwinds seem to float on air 🙂
    Thank you as always Alf for a superb rip from the original vinyl!

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