HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Turnabout) Antonin Dvorak – Slavonic Dances for Piano (Brendel/Klien)

Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this rarity
Early in his career, Alfred Brendel made a number of recordings for the Vox label, which includes these sets of the Dvorak “Slavonic Dances” in their original piano four-hands versions, where Brendel and Walter Klien do the honors. The recordings are from 1959, so that we have both the young Brendel and the young Walter Klien captured in sound early on.
All the performances are pretty straightforward, without fuss or muss. One nice feature about hearing the piano four-hands version is how much more clearly the Czech ‘sousedska’ dance form is related to the Austrian ‘Laendler’ when hearing the piano four-hand version, compared to the orchestral versions, at least IMHO. Brendel and Walter Klien do bring a light touch when needed, but when the music calls for what sounds like a bash-fest, particularly in the energetic moments, that’s kind of what you get.

# Composer: Antonin Dvorak
# Performer: Alfred Brendel, Walter Klien
# Vinyl (1959)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Turnabout
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.19 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi


  Op. 46  
A1 No. 1, C Major 3:25
A2 No. 2, E Minor 3:45
A3 No. 3, D Major 4:05
A4 No. 4, F Major 4:42
A5 No. 5, A Major 2:58
A6 No. 6, A-Flat Major 3:52
A7 No. 7, C Minor 2:47
A8 No. 8, G Minor 3:20
  Op. 72  
B1 No. 9, B Major 4:03
B2 No. 10, E Minor 3:40
B3 No. 11, F Major 2:50
B4 No. 12, D-Flat Major 4:16
B5 No. 13, D-Flat Major 2:34
B6 No. 14, B-Flat Major 2:58
B7 No. 15, C Major 3:07
B8 No. 16, A-Flat Major 4:58

 Analyzed folder: /96k Dvorak – Slavonic Dances – Alfred Brendel, Walter Klien
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR11        -1.21 dB     -17.36 dB     A1 No. 1, C Major.aif
 DR12        -2.05 dB     -19.74 dB     A2 No. 2, E Minor.aif
 DR12        -2.80 dB     -20.60 dB     A3 No. 3, D Major.aif
 DR13        -3.59 dB     -21.20 dB     A4 No. 4, F Major.aif
 DR13        -2.22 dB     -19.43 dB     A5 No. 5, A Major.aif
 DR14        -2.87 dB     -20.96 dB     A6 No. 6, A-Flat Major.aif
 DR12        -2.04 dB     -20.07 dB     A7 No. 7, C Minor.aif
 DR12        -2.67 dB     -19.71 dB     A8 No. 8, G Minor.aif
 DR13        -1.35 dB     -20.25 dB     B1 No. 9, B Major.aif
 DR14        -3.93 dB     -22.35 dB     B2 No. 10, E Minor.aif
 DR13        -2.47 dB     -18.88 dB     B3 No. 11, F Major.aif
 DR13        -2.22 dB     -21.43 dB     B4 No. 12, D-Flat Major.aif
 DR13        -3.44 dB     -20.31 dB     B5 No. 13, D-Flat Major.aif
 DR12        -4.65 dB     -20.90 dB     B6 No. 14, B-Flat Major.aif
 DR12        -1.67 dB     -17.41 dB     B7 No. 15, C Major.aif
 DR13        -2.82 dB     -24.40 dB     B8 No. 16, A-Flat Major.aif
 Number of files:    16
 Official DR value:    DR13


Ripping Info


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