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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Decca
# ASIN: B0000041K9
# Size: 882 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF
Review from Amazon, about the 3-CD-Set with all 5 concertos.
This recording is not only the best set of the Beethoven Piano Concertos I know of, but also represents the peak performances in the history of Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony. For some reason, after the mid-70s, Solti increasingly emphasized power at the expense of musicality, and the sound of the orchestra became more strident and astringent.
But these performances, having all the power and excitement of the later Chicago Symphony recordings, also have warmth, love, and sweetness. Ashkenazy too was at his peak in these recordings. His later cycle, in Cleveland, lacks the bite and depth of involvement that you can find here.
If you want a capsule summary of the performance philosophy of these performances, it is easy to describe: they are unapologetically romantic. In my opinion, the Third and Fourth concertos are particularly fine. Both Ashkenazy and Solti find exactly the right combination of power and beauty in both works, and the quality of the performances is further emphasized by the gorgeous sound.
And speaking of sound, those who believe that a recording has to be DDD in order to have state-of-the-art sound need to listen to these recordings. The subsequent digital recordings of these works that I have heard are all comparatively cold and clinical.
I consider it unfortunate that in the last 25 years music has been more of an intellectual or historical exercise than an emotional experience or an appreciation of beauty. But back in the 70s when this was recorded, Solti and Ashkenazy had not been infected by those negative trends.
Looking at the individual concertos, I have a slight preference for Richter’s recording of the First and the Serkin/Bernstein recording of the “Emperor” (Fifth). But if you want a complete set of outstanding performances of all five Beethoven concertos, I don’t think there is another set that comes close to these.
|Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major, Op.73 “Emperor” (Part 1)|
|A1||1st Mvt. Allegro|
|Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major, Op.73 “Emperor” (Conclusion)|
|B1||2nd Mvt. Adagio Un Poco Mosso|
|B2||3rd Mvt. Rondo – Allegro|
|B3||Egmont Overture, Op.84|
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DR13 -2.66 dB -19.18 dB B3 LvB – Egmont Ouverture.wav
Number of files: 4
Official DR value: DR14
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- 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, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, 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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