HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3 (Michelangeli/Giulini)

Without any doubt, this is one of the most magnificent recordings of the 3rd Concerto

…and it’s almost impossible to find it on vinyl – lucky me to have it

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
# Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
# Vinyl (1980)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Size: 820 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Nobody plays Beethoven like Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli!
He leaves his competitors lagging far behind. Mostly because ABM’s approach is totally Beethovenian, it is the first and only time this concerto is played with all the bravura, heroism, dramatism, sincerely conveying Beethoven’s passionate feelings.

Most pianist approach the first three piano concertos as if they were sort of Mozartian. Plenty of examples: Maurizio Pollini, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martha Argerich, Vladimir Horowitz, Emil Gilels, even the great Sviatoslav Richter. They believe that all compositions classified as belonging to Beethoven’s early compositions are to be seen as rather immature, and consequently bearing the stamp of 18th century classicism. The C major concerto is Op. 15. The Pathetique piano sonata is Op.13. Now has anybody ever heard the Pathetique has been labelled immature?
Or Mozartian, or even Early? Nonsense. Beethoven was 28 when he finished Op. 15, a wholly mature composer. And so does ABM understand: he plays it as a grand concerto; he is right, it is a great piano concerto, one of the greatest.

All the approach is incredible: scales sound so breathtakingly as if you were in a roller-coaster or skiing down the Monte Bianco (let’s remember, in passing, ABM was a ski champion). Trills are also so giddy you wonder how ABM manages to keep his balance. His tempo, few rallentandi, are fascinating, his expression incomparable, his sound loudness control marvelous, he sounds colourful, deep, in total mastery. In my opinion it is not only by far the best rendition of the C major piano concerto, it is also high quality music. I rank this CD as the best music I have in my collection.

As is well known, ABM found the piano too percussive, so let alone forcefully hammering the keys, especially in fortissimi, as so many a renowned pianist is used to. The outcome of this unique view regarding the acoustic traits of the pianoforte becomes a turning-point in Michelangeli’s pianism. Striking chords are always lively and lovingly played, never pounded. ABM uses the most supreme technique, he seems to sculpt his performance out of the finest Carrara marble. The playing is at once Titanic and fine making the music the more Beethovenian, radical and free-spirited. In the first movement of the C Major concerto, the cadenza is played with all the stops out. Scales roll like thunder, minor seconds glint with scarifying brilliance. Midway, there is a terrific accelerando and chords black as judgment day. Then a trill and a devil-may-care return to the principal idea. It is all rather shocking. But Beethoven enjoyed shocking -terrorizing even- the solemn-browed cognoscenti of his day.

Enjoy Michelangeli on Youtube !
Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto


  Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester Nr. 3 C-Moll / C Minor, Op. 37
A1   Allegro Con Brio 17:46  
B1   Largo 11:03  
B2   Rondo. Allegro 10:46  

Analyzed folder: /96kLvB_PC3_MicGiu/96k LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 – Michelangeli-Giulini
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR15        -0.50 dB     -20.51 dB     A LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 C Minor, Op. 37 – 1, Allegro Con Brio.wav
DR15        -5.96 dB     -27.86 dB     B1 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 C Minor, Op. 37 – 2, Largo.wav
DR14        -0.51 dB     -19.87 dB     B2 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 C Minor, Op. 37 – 3, Rondo. Allegro.wav
Number of files:    3
Official DR value:    DR15


  • Composed By – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Conductor – Carlo Maria Giulini
  • Engineer – Klaus Hiemann
  • Liner Notes [English, French, Italian] – Volker Scherliss
  • Liner Notes [German] – Denis Matthews
  • Orchestra – Wiener Symphoniker
  • Piano – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
  • Producer – Cord Garben, Karl Faust

Recorded live February 1979

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • 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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21 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3 (Michelangeli/Giulini)

  1. Again, great performance, noble and supremely elegant. Sound is excellent too, even if – to my ears – slightly inferior to the one of piano concerto no. 1. Thank you again.

  2. After listening several times in a raw to your masterfully rendition of this record, I have no too many words to say … but … because I enjoy it so much ….I feel like you deserve more than a … thank you for sharing this gem with us. It is a high quality example on how mesmerizing was ABM’s approach to music. Unfortunately, the stupid music industry is flooding the market with tons of noise, a highly distorted reality, posing a real challenge for the poor peoples (species audiophile) who just need some real food. Probably, this is another reason why I appreciate so much your charitable efforts to feed us only with … organic food.

  3. I love recordings of live performances, they give the objective presentation of the abillities of artists and the soundstage image which should match to our listening experience from concerts . This record of ABM reveals his clever understanding of LvB’s concerto and his briliant technique, which is so rare nowadays. Many many thanks Rachmaninov for this beautiful music and for your briliant rip. This realy made my day…

  4. First of all thanks as I always appreciate the free files of my favorite composers/performance! Great job!!!

    From last month I just can’t use JDownloader or anything else to get the free download, its always file offline. I don’t know if anyone else have the same experience? Do I have to get FF premium account to download from now on? I only use FF for the music here 🙁

    If you could share a light, my email is import0000@yahoo.com.au

    Thanks again!

    • FF had in the last weeks several problems and issues, this during the change of their look. Thee issues seem to been gone, but since then you cannot DL anymore with JD…you have to DL direct from FF. As free user normally it’s OK, but often you cannot get free slots. In this case a premium account would be the best you can do. Think of it…how cheap it is and how many tons of good music you can get.

  5. I cant forget Roman Vlad in an interview telling of the occasion when, under horrible weather conditions, a still fairly young Benedetti Michelangeli, during a trip by car, with absolute nonchalance and with some skill in it, replaced one punctured tyre and Vlad was speechless and creeped looking at these heavenly hands (THESE HANDS!!!) pale and thin, sturdily arrange such a dirty job. Since than I cant help hearing in Ar BM’s apollonian phasing and clarity (as it had ever been before) some shades of a dionysian perversity never heard before.
    thank you for this gem

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