HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Sergei Rachmaninov – Piaco Concerto No. 3 (Cliburn/Kondrashin)

Many thanks to Janicius for this gift
This recording is special. Its a living historical document that formed the basis of legend. The circumstances surrounding this competition, its occurrence in a specific time and place, and the outcomes, all are noteworthy. Like most historical documents, this one isn’t perfect. Nonetheless, the sound is quiet good. To be sure, the orchestra still sounds thin at times, intonation isn’t always the best. And Van Cliburn is hardly note-perfect either. But the performance is just electrifying, and the excitement, palpable. Van Cliburn delivers. But in the end one can really be blown away by the power and passion Van Cliburn put into the Rach 3…unbelievable for a 24 year old.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: Symphony Of The Air
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Vinyl 1958
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 856 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

Analyzed folder: /96k Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 3 – Van Cliburn, Kondrashin
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR12 -1.21 dB -19.69 dB A Piano Concerto No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 30 – 1. Allegro Ma Non Tanto.aif
DR12 -4.60 dB -22.04 dB B1 Piano Concerto No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 30 – 2. Intermezzo. Adagio.aif
DR13 -0.65 dB -18.64 dB B2 Piano Concerto No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 30 – 3. Finale. Alla breve.aif

Number of files: 3
Official DR value: DR12



Ripping Info


A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
I do not make rips for headphones!

  • Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5



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