HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Backhaus)

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For this album is not just any recording in a competitive market, but one of the defining hours in the history of the recorded repertoire.

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
# Vinyl (1959)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Size: 875 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Of how many recordings do you suppose you can say: This sounds just right; I can hardly imagine it being bettered? In a field as competitive as Beethoven’s concertos, this might sound like reaching too far?
Yet history, an unimpeachable witness, has already declared in favour of this album.
We won’t aim as high as “the truth”. Just magisterial command of the metier will do. There are sure to be two or three other artists of whom exactly the same can be said, in relation to this collection. Perhaps Claudio Arrau or Wilhelm Kempff. Nevertheless, the assessment stands.
For this album is not just any recording in a competitive market, but one of the defining hours in the history of the recorded repertoire. Considering its date, 1959, it sounds remarkably good. If your ears on any day are unspoilt by other recordings, it will sound as clear as you might wish. Isserstedt and the Vienna Philharmonic give a superb account of themselves too.
No need to dwell on details. There are no “highlights”, no eccentricities, just the right mood, tempo and flawless execution for each concerto.
I would expect to see this recording still on sale in 100 years to an enthusiastic audience of Beethoven fans, who want only the best – and in those stakes, Backhaus/Isserstedt have very little genuine competition.

 Analyzed folder: /96kLvB_pc1_bckhs/96k LvB – Piano Concerto 1 – Backhaus
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR14        -1.07 dB     -20.69 dB     1 Piano Concerto No1 in C major Op15 – Allegro con brio.wav
 DR16        -2.81 dB     -25.44 dB     2 Piano Concerto No1 in C major Op15 – Largo.wav
 DR14        -0.92 dB     -20.36 dB     3 Piano Concerto No1 in C major Op15 – Rondo (Allegro scherzando).wav
 DR16        -2.45 dB     -23.37 dB     4 Piano Sonata No8 C-minor ‘Pathetique’ Op13.wav
 Number of files:    4
 Official DR value:    DR15

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Limited Edition Denon DL103 SA
  • 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 iZotope, 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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  1. Thaaank you. Better than the CD remaster in my opinion!

  2. Repost please,thank you for all great music!

  3. …after that introduction, how can I resist!

  4. Magnificent…………..Thank You

  5. Thank You, really good one. But regarding the top – Richter/Munch and Kissin/Davis can quite easily compete 🙂 so not only Arrau and Kempff .-) and Richter is just the smoothest.

  6. Can’t imagine this work was of late 50s.
    Backhaus’ playing was full of vitality and the recording was also excellent.

    Thank you so much.

  7. have wanted a stellar version of this concerto recently… perfect timing and much appreciated. thank you!

  8. this is more than 50 years old????? WOW!

  9. I did know that as I have the Bruno Walter edition along with a lot of George Szell material 🙂 … it is just so amazing … now, a question … I have a premium account at Filepost … will I need one for FileFactory?

  10. I see you have PCNo2 as well — these are great! Thanks.

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