Many thanks to Janicius for this gift
Van Cliburn’s recordings of the Tchaikovsky First and Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concertos are legendary, but his performances of some of the other famous Romantic Concertos often get overlooked. These recordings of the Grieg and the 1st of Liszt Concerti by Cliburn, and conductor Eugene Ormandy leading the Philadelphia Orchestra, are outstanding. Van Cliburn is at his best on these Concerti, particularly on the Grieg, as he melds his “heart-on-sleeve” style with commanding technique and phrasing. Some may not like this style of playing, and sometimes it does not suit a particular piece (his Brahms First comes to mind), but here there is no question.
Composer: Edward Grieg, Franz Liszt
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 915 MB
Analyzed folder: /96k Grieg, Liszt – Piano Concerti – Van Cliburn, Ormandy
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -0.93 dB -21.15 dB A1 Grieg – Concerto In A Minor – Allegro Molto Moderato.aif
DR14 -6.46 dB -25.32 dB A2 Grieg – Concerto In A Minor – Adagio.aif
DR13 -0.56 dB -18.78 dB A3 Grieg – Concerto In A Minor – Allegro Moderato Molto E Marcato-Quasi Presto-Andante Maestoso.aif
DR13 -2.19 dB -21.26 dB B1 Liszt – Concerto No. 1 In E-Flat – Allegro Maestoso.aif
DR14 -1.25 dB -21.44 dB B2 Liszt – Concerto No. 1 In E-Flat – Quasi adagio – Allegretto vivace – Allegro animato.aif
DR13 -0.70 dB -17.95 dB B3 Liszt – Concerto No. 1 In E-Flat – Allegro marziale animato.aif
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR13
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