Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Rachmaninov/Dohnanyi – Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini/Variations On A Nursey Tune (Boult/Katchen)

Complete new rip with the new rig and in 24/192
This disc couples two recordings made in 1959 at a time when Decca was at the forefront of recording technology. They also had on their rosta of soloists Julius Katchen who was perfectly attuned to these three pieces. Julius Katchen had an interesting combination of Russian heritage, an inexhaustible fund of energy both physical and mental, and a technique that overcame challenges with some apparent ease. This combination led him to make spectacularly exciting recordings of Liszt and these three works all of which respond so very well to his special brand of nonchalant bravura. In this he is also matched by the orchestra and Boult as conductor.

# Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov, Ernst von Dohnányi
# Pianist: Julius Katchen
# Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
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# Size: 1.73 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

This is very much heart on the sleeve playing with the emphasis on out and out enjoyable showmanship. There is a physicality about these performances that would be hard to match in today’s more considered and researched approach to music making. These were very popular and successful recordings at the time of their first release and brought the new medium of stereo sound vividly to life in countless households. Mine was one of them and these performances, and the Liszt piano concertos, have been indelibly etched onto my memory ever since.

Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody is too well known for the need for background information. However, the Dohnanyi may be new to some. The Nursery theme is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star which first appears in simple piano octaves, unaccompanied, after a prolonged and massive orchestral introduction. This is the first of several musical jokes or references that make up a most entertaining set of variations. It would appeal to anyone who enjoys Rachmaninov and occupies much the same musical language.

I would suggest that this disc offers an ideal and unique coupling of two matched works. The performances are tremendous and the recording is more than adequate for the task.

This is a special disc and deserves to be considered very strongly for potential purchase – if the opportunity arrives. The disc can now only be found in specialist stores at specialist prices. That is the main problem to solve!

 Analyzed folder: /192k Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini (Katchen)
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR15        -0.70 dB     -21.32 dB     A Sergeji Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini.wav
 DR15        -1.16 dB     -21.55 dB     B Ernst von Dohnanyi – Variations on a Nursery tune.wav
 Number of files:    2
 Official DR value:    DR15

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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22 thoughts on “Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Rachmaninov/Dohnanyi – Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini/Variations On A Nursey Tune (Boult/Katchen)”

  1. What evenly balanced sound with depth of space and no negatives I can hear. Absolutely beautimous!
    What a pleasure. The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini reminds me of the Movie “Somewhere in Time.” with Christopher Reeve.
    Nostalgic and full of melancolía

    1. Please, don’t play dirty 😉 Part 3 is well available. Maybe you had a notifying for overloaded server or something other. So please, upgrade by buying a premium account or be patient…somewhen the part3 will be available for you.

        1. Maty, amigo…is the same issue you have like waisl. I tried just now and it works perfectly…maybe you use a JDL and don’t get the notifying, that the server is overbusy. So please, be patient some days or upgrade to a premium account.

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