HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergej Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Ashkenazy/Kondrashin)

Thank you very much Jean-Luc
Beeing myself Rachmaninov 😉 I cannot comment properly….
OK, jokes apart, I want to give the ball to you all, because I’ve heard so many interpreters of Rachmaninov’s concerti, that I’m afraid, I wouldn’t be neutral. Let me say, this is a melanconic Rachmaninov played by a very young Ashkenazy and the sound is quiet good. Enjoy!

# Composer: Sergej Rachmaninov
# Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
# Orchestra: Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Kyril Kondrashin
# Vinyls (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.01 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory



Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18
A1 I Moderato 11:40
A2 II Adagio Sostenuto 10:45
B1 III Allegro Scherzando 11:25
  Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39
B2 Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 1 2:55
B3 Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 2 7:25
B4 Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 5 5:20


Analyzed folder: /96k Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 – Ashkenazy-Kondrashin
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR12        -0.90 dB     -18.99 dB     A1 Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18 – 1, Moderato.wav
DR14        -4.10 dB     -24.33 dB     A2 Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18 – 2, Adagio Sostenuto.wav
DR13        -0.28 dB     -19.05 dB     B1 Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18 – 3, Allegro Scherzando.wav
DR11        -3.82 dB     -20.00 dB     B2 Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 1.wav
DR15        -2.88 dB     -26.73 dB     B3 Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 2.wav
DR12        -0.94 dB     -18.77 dB     B4 Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 5.wav
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR13

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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.

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15 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergej Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Ashkenazy/Kondrashin)

  1. Hello, Mr. Rach!
    I’ve been busy lately, now I have to DL all your rips and re-uploads from December, Dear Friend!
    This recording must be a GREAT one! I hope it even surpass 3 LP set of Rachmaninov made by Ashkenazy/Previn/LSO.
    This promises to be a more RUSSIAN approach! In my opinion, K. Kondrashin is in TOP 5 CONCERTO conductors (i. e. conductors who recorded concertos for orchestra and solo instruments) of the XX century!
    I suppose this recording was made before Ashkenazy’s departure from USSR.
    By the way, Mr. Rach, do you have that 3 LP set by Ashkenazy/Previn/LSO? And what is your opinion towards that and this interpretation?
    I also wonder whether you have one of those 2 FABULOUS records of Beethoven – Tripple / Brahms – Double Concertos by Anda/Starker/Schneiderhan/Fournier?
    Thank you very much for all you do for us!!!

  2. Oh, thank you, Friend!
    Surely, I DL all records, you’ve listed, long ago!!!
    I like Vasary’s interpretation, but can’t say that it is a reference one for me. Ashkenazy feels the nature of these concertos deeper, and it is heard in the music!
    As for the Brahms Double Concerto, I’ve got really addicted to this masterpiece. Oistrakh/Fournier/Galliera is the best among them all, to my mind, however the others are also great. It is really hard to chose the best one, and there are also 2 other brilliant readinds: Oistrakh/Rostropovich/Szell (EMI) and Fournier/Francescatti/Walter (CBS).
    Music will never stop!!!

  3. The Dynamics are sooooo beautiful!
    This is my favorite Piano Concerto, one of my favorite Pianists,
    Years (1950’s or 60’s) ago I had an RCA reel to reel tape with Artur Rubenstein and I wore both the player and the tape slap-out!
    The mood of this one is so much more nuanced: it is gorgeous!
    And thanks for your audio work, Rach! It’s rich!

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