HD-Vinyl 96/24 (EMI) F. Chopin – Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (Francois/Fremaux)

Reuploaded – now with FF links

# Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
# Performer: Samson Francois
# Orchestra: Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte Carlo
# Conductor: Louis Fremaux
# Vinyl (196?)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (tracks)
# Label: Angel (EMI)
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B00004R8TL
# Size: 1.41 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

Samson Francois gave a knockout performances and perhaps the definitive versions about these works for piano. The sense of the span and majesty achieved by Francois in this recording is a fact without matchers in the market.
Francois (May 18 1924/1970) was a one of the most remarkable pupils of Alfred Cortot. That’s a good point to his favour , because Cortot and Michelangeli were pianist who played with elegant expression and deep sense of the color tonal. Warning for instance the preludes of Chopin by Cortot in 1928 and you’ll feel the difference.
This approach made Francois played Chopin free of any kind of romanticism, but with poetic sense, so, the notes fall with impresionistic flowness. Besides don’t forget that Artur Rubinstein established for the western audiences the concept of Chopin as the last romantic pianist with the fever and dying pain. The sound was excessively flat. The notes seeked the first level of melancholy itself without inner universe, and so lack of powerful gaze. Chopin was a poet and these works demand not only raprure but commitment, glorious sound, humor and detailed intention of every note, the delicate equilibrium between pianos and pianissimos, and when you must sound forte is a vital concern because if you don’t you fail.
Francois gave two treasures files filled of nunace and charmm but keeping in mind interpretative force.

 Analyzed folder: /Volumes/HDMUSIC/96kCh_PP1-2_Fra-Fre/96k Chopin-Piano Concerti 1 & 2 – Fremaux-Francois
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR12        -2.31 dB     -18.24 dB     A1 Chopin – Piano Concerto No1 – Allegro Maestoso-cr.wav
 DR13        -5.24 dB     -22.79 dB     A2 Chopin – Piano Concerto No1 – Romance-cr.wav
 DR12        -1.71 dB     -17.60 dB     A3 Chopin – Piano Concerto No1 – Rondo-cr.wav
 DR11        -1.63 dB     -17.26 dB     B1 Chopin – Piano Concerto No2 – Maestoso-cr.wav
 DR12        -3.41 dB     -20.93 dB     B2 Chopin – Piano Concerto No2 – Larghetto-cr.wav
 DR12        -1.62 dB     -17.39 dB     B3 Chopin – Piano Concerto No2 – Allegro Vivace-cr.wav
 Number of files:    6
 Official DR value:    DR12

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • 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)
  • 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 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

You hear some clicks and pops here and there? Who cares?
I better let some light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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24 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 96/24 (EMI) F. Chopin – Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (Francois/Fremaux)

  1. Hi Rachmaninov,

    What a beautiful rendition!
    Together with the excellent recording, this is the first time I feel so different of Chopin’s PC No.1. Thank you Rachmaninov for your exhaustive guidance to Francois. I did compare this with Rubinstein’s and a few others, and I think (or should say I hope) I get what you mean.
    Again, thank you. You’re a great teacher.

    • Hi Tony…honestly, i never liked Rubinstein too much as a Chopin interpreter…for other composers he may was perfect, but for Chopin i would always prefer pianists like Arrau, Pollini, Pogorelich and even Francois

  2. Hi Rachmaninov,

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recording.

    I was wondering if it’s possible to re-upload them on hotfile as the links are no longer there.

    Thanks again in advance!


  3. Hi Rachmaninov,

    The RS files aren’t working. Thanks though for all these truly wonderful converted LP’s you’ve been giving us. Will check back later for this one. Hope you have a great New Year.

    Best regards, Ron.

  4. Hi Rachmaninov,

    Got it and am listening to it right now and it’s just marvellous, indeed. Thanks a million for all the hard work you put in on these.

    All the best,

  5. After the amazing exoperience that has been listening to your sound in [url=http://boxset.ru/high-def-vinyl-96k24b-klavieremi-j-massenet-le-cid-ballet/]El Cid[/url]…

    … I’m ready for more, and this is an ideal candidate.
    Chopin Concertos have always been a favourites of mine, being my reference recording Arrau’s, but I know this guy took pride on his chopin, so I’m really wishing this will overrule my conservatism.

    Thank you rachmaninov.
    You rock us all.

  6. Wow I have never heard the chopin concertos being played so beautifully.. This is Unreal.. any more samson Francois uploads in the near future? :)) thanks!

  7. Thank you so much! I love how you scan the front and back covers. Especially loved the story behind the 2nd movement for the 2nd concerto, printed on the back.

  8. Thank you so much for this upload ! I love Samson François ! If you have other vinyl from him, it would be great ! Again thank you,

  9. Thank you, dear Alfredo!
    This vinyl is just GREAT! And 70 minutes – this looks like a record for LP playing time!
    Francois is a very artistic pianist. His Chopin sounds as he should sound in the French manner.
    And this Japanese master is just beautiful!
    Japanes releases are like Japanes cars – one could like or dislike them, but no one is indifferent. This one sounds perfectly!!!

  10. Thank you for this lovely transfer Rachmanoniv. The sound is very fine and the Monte Carlo people do a great job here.
    Francois’ playing is indeed refined and poetical. I can now add this version to my favourite, Pollini! 🙂

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