HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Aram Katchaturian – Violin Concerto (Szeryng/Dorati)

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This is Szeryng in his prime. The interplay between he and Dorati demonstrates how strong an accompanist Dorati could be, as he perfectly complements his soloist at all turns.

# Composer: Aram Katchaturian
# Performer: Henryk Szeryng

# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
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Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (196?)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# ASIN: B0000057LQ
# Size: 710 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Khachaturian wrote a violin concerto filled with the most intricate polyrythms not unlike the Lalo, Tchaikovsky, and Miakovsky concertos. It all started with Lalo’s famous Symphonie Espagnole written for virtuoso violinist composer Pablo Sarasate who was Spanish so naturally the piece was intended to include Spanish-like rythms. When Tchaikovsky heard the Lalo he began writing his own violin concerto. I believe Khachaturian’s conerto here was greatly influenced by the Tchaikovsky. When you have so many rythms going by like that, it takes a great deal of bow control to really make the phrases musical and natural.

Of course the Khachaturian was written for the phenominal talent of David Oistrakh (who recorded it with the composer conducting himself) but the Oistrakh recordings have very poor sound quality. The phenominal Leonid Kogan recorded my second favorite performance of the Khachaturian but I like this one more because of a better sound quality, a more inspired delivery of performance, and a tad bit more color with respect to phrasing. The tone of Mr Szeryng’s DelGesu here is dark and warm, his playing is always so smooth and natural and he has a phenominal sense of timing, it is this smoothness that always amazes me: how natural sounding his transitions are and the way he interatcs with the orchestra is a rare talent. It is easy to understand why he is in my top three all time favorite soloists.

Track Listing

  Concerto For Violin In D Minor Op. 35
A   Allegro Con Fermezza    
B1   Andante Sosteuto    
B2   Allegro Vivace    
   
   
         
         
     

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 Analyzed folder: /96kKha_ViCo_Sze/96k Khatchaturian – Violin Concerto – Szeryng-Dorati
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 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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 DR15        -0.92 dB     -20.43 dB     A Khatchaturian – Concerto For Violin In D Minor Op. 35 – 1, Allegro Con Fermezza.wav
 DR16        -0.30 dB     -22.77 dB     B1 Khatchaturian – Concerto For Violin In D Minor Op. 35 – 2, Andante Sosteuto.wav
 DR15        -0.22 dB     -20.49 dB     B2 Khatchaturian – Concerto For Violin In D Minor Op. 35 – 3, Allegro Vivace.wav
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 Number of files:    3
 Official DR value:    DR15
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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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8 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Aram Katchaturian – Violin Concerto (Szeryng/Dorati)”

  1. On CD, this one was published in the 90’s with the Brahms Violin Concerto also played by Szeryng and Dorati. Wilma Cozart was back then at the origin of a vast pro-CD propaganda campaign, claiming the newly published Living Presence CD set was as good as the vinyls were, as state of the art transfers were used. They are not and far to be so. In fact the Living Presence CDs (and SACDs) are ok ONLY because the master tapes (and the vinyls, for a good vinyl is 95/99% as good as a master tape is, according to many who had been lucky enough to compare them) were astounding. CD Transfers and remastering were actually mediocre. I was lucky enough to find an original pressing of the Brahms VC and all of you can now measure the gap that exists between the vinyl and the CD. The Katchaturian violin concerto is hard to find also and doesn’t interest me as much as the great Brahms VC. Anyway we are lucky Rachmaninov found this nice Philips reissue, for there is no doubt it is going to blow away miss Wilma Cozart’s state of te art CD.

  2. And it does blow the CD away…
    I love Szeryng maybe if he doesn’t have here quite the rhapsodic fever and panache of King David Oistrakh, who remains my favorite violinist in this repertoire. Nevertheless, even if slightly too “serious” maybe, Szeryng gives here (as always) a lesson of instrumental maestry and beauty. Dorati and LSO also deliver. Thanks Alf, for this gem. With this one and the Brahms VC, I no longer need the CD that is going to be thrown away to the toilets (forgive me but I’m sometimes very angry with the poor job some majors do).

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