HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Curzon/Szell)

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# Composer: Johannes Brahms

# Performer: Clifford Curzon
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Georg Szell
# Vinyl (1962)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 924 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

This version of Brahms’s massive First Concerto was an instant classic when released in 1962 and recommending it now is still a no-brainer. Curzon gets to the heart of the music. He captures the high drama of the symphonic opening movement, and his rapt concentration makes a profound effect in the Adagio, famous for his controversially slow tempo. Szell is his equal here, conducting with passion. The way he screws up the tension in the orchestra’s opening statement and then, through judicious rubato and a warming of the string tone, makes the second subject come alive is a mini-lesson in great conducting. –Dan Davis

The Brahms 1st Piano Concerto is one the most difficult piano concertos to perform. There are many great recordings, including private recording taped live, such as Kapell and Mitropolous and Ogden & Stokowski. So I will keep my review based on studio recordings. Szell has recorded this with three different pianists, but this version with Curzon is his best. The Decca engineers have captured Szell and Curzon and their best. The 1st movement is filled with the drama and tragedy you expect from Brahms. The sound of the french horns is simply thrilling! Carfully balanced by the insightful, penentrating reading by Curzon. Szell has made some augmentations in the score, such as adding trumpets to the last bars of the first movement. It sounds great!


A   I. Maestoso    
B1   II. Adagio    
B2   III. Rondo (Allegro Non Troppo)

 Analyzed folder: /96k Brahms PC1 Curzon
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR13        -1.66 dB     -19.39 dB     A Brahms – Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 – 1. Maestoso – Poco più moderato.wav
 DR14        -5.87 dB     -25.79 dB     B1 Brahms – Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 – 2. Adagio.wav
 DR13        -1.74 dB     -20.19 dB     B2 Brahms – Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 – 3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo).wav
 Number of files:    3
 Official DR value:    DR13

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • 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

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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
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28 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Curzon/Szell)


    Ha, ha, ha, imagine my surprise when I opened the 7 links to Brahms first piano concerto and got Von Karajan’s Brahm’s Hungarian Rhapsodies, etc.

    It is fantasticly beautiful. Thanks for that too.

  2. Rachmaninov, you have done it again. My original Decca has several scratches developed over the years. To be able to once again enjoy this classic performance is intoxicating. Well done!

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