HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI Seraphim) F. Chopin – Piano Concerto Np. 1 (Pollini/Kletzky)

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# Composer: Frederic Chopin
# Performer: Maurizio Pollini
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Paul Kletzky
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Label: EMI Seraphim
# Size: 727 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

Japanese restored Pressing

The young Maurizio Pollini exploded on to the classical music scene in 1960 with this outstanding and moving account of Chopin’s Piano Concerto #1, which has since attained legendary status.

That golden period of classical music was crowded with stellar piano virtuosi who were already internationally renowned for their technique, musical individuality, and decades of Chopin recitals: Rubinstein, Horowitz, Arrau, Weissenberg, and Richter are towering examples. All these artists commanded not just respect, but reverence.

Yet, Pollini made a name for himself when he won the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1960, at the age of 18. Rubinstein himself, one of the judges at that competition, is reputed to have declared “This boy can play the piano better than any of us”. Pollini made this recording shortly after winning that competition.

Pollini put the world on notice with this performance.

In the first movement Pollini confidently displays a perfect balance between muscular power and balletic agility – magically spontaneous in its effect. He is greatly aided by the subtle and balanced accompaniment of conductor Paul Kletzki and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Everything blends and melds so wonderfully, and the orchestral nuances truly contribute to the special nature of this performance.

In the second movement, Pollini’s playing is poetic, tender, and deft. His choices of rubato in the gently lilting melodies seem perfectly judged – and again the accompaniment by Kletzki et al is in complete sympathy. Listen to the woodwind accompaniment – just the right audible level and warmth in counterpoint with the soloist. And Kletzki does not let the music drag, which might otherwise kill the momentum of a romantic slow movement.

Pollini’s technique in the runs and trills of the finale are breathtaking and very very clean, contributing overall to a very exciting conclusion to this great concerto.

Do not be put off by the age of this recording. The remastered sound quality is excellent. Astoundingly so. There is no tell-tale constriction or flatness to the sound at all. The piano and orchestra all sound completely open and full, for the entire performance. I can’t overstate how natural and full the piano acoustic is.

The rest is, as they say, history. Pollini is now ranked among the Rubinsteins and Horowitzes, and no one in the ensuing years has released a recording of this concerto to unseat Pollini’s from 1960. That is saying something when you think of the field of exceptional piano geniuses of recent times: Askhenazy, Kovacevich, Argerich, Ohlsson, Pogorelich, Zimerman, Ax, etc., to name just some of the most recorded.

It goes without saying (but I’ll say it) that the shorter works in this collection, recorded 10 years later, are all excellent, providing additional opportunity for Pollini to display his poetry, technique, and overall artistry.

The shorter works make a nice bonus to the main attraction on this disc: Pollini’s legendary performance of Chopin’s beautiful Piano Concerto #1.

Analyzed folder: /Volumes/PSK & MUSIC/HiResMusic/ FERTIG STELLEN/96k Chopin – PC1 Pollini
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename

DR12        -1.32 dB     -18.16 dB     A Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11 – 1. Allegro maestoso.wav
DR15        -5.92 dB     -26.43 dB     B1 Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11 – 2. Romance (Larghetto).wav
DR13        -1.24 dB     -18.79 dB     B2 Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11 – 3. Rondo (Vivace).wav

Number of files:    3
Official DR value:    DR13


Vinyl condition: Mint/Still sealed
Comes from:
Property of AC/Rachmaninov

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)
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • 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 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

You hear some clicks and pops here and there? Who cares?
I better let some light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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24 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI Seraphim) F. Chopin – Piano Concerto Np. 1 (Pollini/Kletzky)

  1. Hello my friend! the almightly bless you today and ever, especially because you are a person that helps to find peace in the spirit every time that you share this kind of music which feed the soul.

    My best regards from the heart; word and thought.!!

  2. This should be a ‘must have’ for all Chopin PC lovers. I’ve been looking for a long time of this version. So God listened to me !!

    Equally precious is Rach’s introduction. I can see that it is written heartfully.

    Thank you my dear Rach. You changed my perception ever-since the way to appreciate Chopin (Franscois/Fremeaux case). This opened up my mind to a new horizon.


    • so so…hm…Why?
      Maybe wav starts with a “w” and sounds smoother than flac, that sounds like f*ck?
      Sonically wav and flac are absolutely identical, both lossless – please inform before writing nonsense.

  3. Yes, I know this pcm X flac stuff is very controversial, but what can I do if I can hear it sounds best… Sorry if I’m hearing “nonsense”, but that’s me 😛 And why to compress the original file? You’re changing the original even if you can’t hear it and giving you more work as you have to convert it. Anyway, I’m just pointing this out because some time ago the lp rips were wav, but from one form or another for the “nonsensers” like me I can use dbpoweramp to “wave it”… And please don’t stop the great lp rips you make 😉 I still didn’t see the new conversion of Chopin – Piano Sonata nº 2 – Bianca Maria Cian (LP)…. 😀

    • OK…if you hear something else, this is another statement…not the same as you wrote before. This depends on the player you use, to play flacs…..
      But think, flac and wave are technically the same and also sonically there is no differency.

    • WAV is for teenyboppers with their first computers and old timers stuck in the 90s.

      FLAC is lossless. Period. If you copy a FLAC file to your CD, it will sound just like a CD when it’s played. If it’s a ‘combined’ FLAC file with a cue sheet, you copy both to the CD, and it breaks out the tracks for you.

      And if you’re so determined to have silly wav files, just get one of those freeware programs like Studio Manager or Super, and convert them yourself, rather than expecting everyone to accommodate your stone age preferences.

      Sheesh, I don’t even use peecee, and it took me all of 5 seconds to find two FREE conversion programs from FLAC to wav.

      As Rach said, both are lossless, and there is no difference, sonically, between the two.

      Decca and Deutsche Grammophon even use FLAC in their downloads store for those who want lossless CD quality and are willing to pay a few dollars more than an MP3 download. Now why would they do that, if FLAC weren’t lossless, hm?

  4. These much higher tech do’s and redoes of 24/96 Lp transfers are among the best on the ‘net. Comparison with the earlier transfers are not subtle. We go from nearly unlistenable, among the worst on the ‘net to ravishingly beautiful, among the best available. Please note that this is a rave review, not a criticism of earlier work. Please keep redoing. We listened to the Katchen Beethoven #1 this morning and it was a great experience. And as you have intimated, worry more about the sound quality and less about clicks and tape hiss. Tape hiss is good. Whatever is on the master should be in the transfer, with some click removal perhaps. It is analog dithering, in a sense, generally white noise to the frequency limit of the tape recorder.

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