This is one of the greatest recordings of the Emperor-Concerto
…and almost a sensation to find it on vinyl
# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
# Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
# Vinyl (1982)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# ASIN: B00000E3FN
# Size: 843 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Here three Titians: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Carlo Maria Giulini and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra unite in one of the greatest performances of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto available. Michelangeli’s unparalleled precision aided by Giulini and the Vienna forces lush support particularly in the outer movements is particularly astounding. Deutsche Grammophon’s sound slightly favors the soloist though otherwise fully captures this extraordinary event famously.
Among the reduced list of the piano’s interpreters, the figure of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli remarks a special status. He added his performances a magic scent hovered by a pristine lyricism without affectation or sentimentality. Mostly of the great audiences have not considered this personal conviction was perceived by Giulini , who in many ways, possessed a close approach respect the music.
That’s why these performances shine with such peculiar intensity. Beethoven ‘s genius must be played under this lenses, due he spiritually was far beyond the fashion’s spirit. The genius is unlabeled, and the true Beethovenian dissonances are rough and bitter and even spiced with a touch of wilderness and epic feature.
This version of Beethoven’s No. 5 piano concerto could well be the most elegant and majestic sounding version ever recorded.
We have had (and are still having) many wonderful new versions down the road, but Giulini and Michelangeli here gave a version that is primarily ‘regal’.
The Vienna Phiharmonic Orchestra under Giulini played so beautifully and elegantly, as if in anticipation of Napoleon’s coronation. And it is not a cool and arrogant elegance. Rather, it is well nuanced, perfectly balanced in metric and dynamics, so well-proportioned and majestic that it’s at once awe-inspiring and fabulous.
Michelangeli’s tempi are wonderfully controlled and mapped out. No hurrying or banging, yet fiery enough and sonorous enough to convey the sheer grandness in the passages. Even the last arpeggiatted chord is rythmically delivered. The players all know exactly where they are heading, and off they head in wonderfully coherent accord, just like an invincible emperor holding the reigns of a mightly army.
This is a truly marvellous version that should not be missed.
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Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto
|Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester No. 5 Es-Dur, Op. 73
|B1||Adagio Un Poco Mosso – Attacca||8:38|
Analyzed folder: /96kLvB_PC5_MicGiu/96k LvB – Piano Concerto No. 5 – Michelangeli-Giulini
DR Peak RMS Filename
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DR16 -8.11 dB -28.55 dB B1 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 5 Op. 73 ‘Emperor’ 2, Adagio un poco mosso.wav
DR14 -0.51 dB -18.89 dB B2 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 5 Op. 73 ‘Emperor’ 3, Rondo-Allegro.wav
Number of files: 3
Official DR value: DR15
- Composed By – Ludwig van Beethoven
- Conductor – Carlo Maria Giulini
- Orchestra – Wiener Symphoniker
- Piano – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Recorded live February 1979
- 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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