HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concertos (Pollini/Jochum/Böhm)

Found this marvellous mint box (sealed) on ebay for an apple & an egg…
What a marvelous production of Beethoven’s brilliance, Pollini’s manual dexterity and DGG’s excellent sound engineering.

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Maurizio Pollini
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Eugen Jochum, Karl Böhm
# Vinyl (1976/78/79/83)
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
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# Size: 3.56 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

This is truly a great boxset which proves that good sound and great technique can be old and need not be new. Whatever effort the listener exerts in listening to this music will be rewarded many times over in euphonious glory.

The collaboration helps immensely. After the death of Karl Böhm, who had conducted the concerti #s 3-5 with Pollini, Eugen Jochum recorded #s 1 and 2 with Pollini. I believe that Böhm was most successful in #4 (now coupled separately with the Jochum #2) and that his #s 3 and 5 required more brio than he could supply. While Böhm was a great conductor, Jochum was even greater. He collaborates here more than he accompanies, providing symphonic weight,nuance and energy, just as he did for Milstein in the Brahms concerto, Argerich in the Mozart 18th, Monique Haas in the Schumann, and Larrocha in the Brahms #2. I dislike only his much lauded Brahms concerto #1 with Emil Gilels- too slow and heavy I think.
Also here and in #2, Pollini sounds more inspired, playing with more joy and vivacity in the outer movements and more intense feeling in the Largo. Try also the second theme in the third movement.

There’s an amazing chemistry between Pollini and Böhm. Whether it is in this Beethoven’s 5th or in his 3rd or 4th piano concerto or in Mozart’s 23rd and 19th. This is music making of the greatest order. A sincere WOW!


Analyzed folder: /96kLvB_AllPC_Pol/96k LvB – All Piano Concertos – Pollini
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename

DR15        -0.51 dB     -19.30 dB     A LvB – Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15 – 1, Allegro Con Brio.wav
DR16        -3.19 dB     -24.98 dB     B1 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15 – 2, Largo.wav
DR14        -0.37 dB     -18.52 dB     B2 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15 – 3, Rondo – Allegro Scherzando.wav
DR13        -0.67 dB     -18.11 dB     C1 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 19 – 1, Allegro Con Brio.wav
DR13        -1.20 dB     -20.47 dB     C2 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 19 – 2, Adagio.wav
DR13        -0.37 dB     -17.27 dB     C3 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 19 – 3, Rondo – Molto Allegro.wav
DR13        -0.41 dB     -18.41 dB     D1 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 4 In G. Op. 58 – 1, Allegro Moderato.wav
DR15        -1.31 dB     -23.77 dB     D2 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 4 In G. Op. 58 – 2, Andante.wav
DR13        -0.80 dB     -18.28 dB     D3 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 4 In G. Op. 58 – 3, Rondo – Vivace.wav
DR12        -0.14 dB     -16.98 dB     E LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37 – 1, Allegro Con Brio.wav
DR14        -4.45 dB     -23.42 dB     F1 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37 – 2, Largo.wav
DR13        -0.24 dB     -17.08 dB     F2 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37 – 3, Rondo – Allegro.wav
DR14        -0.26 dB     -18.34 dB     G LvB – Piano Concerto No. 5 In E Flat Major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’ – 1, Allegro.wav
DR16        -4.74 dB     -26.61 dB     H1 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 5 In E Flat Major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’ – 2, Adagio Un Poco Mosso.wav
DR12        -0.60 dB     -16.72 dB     H2 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 5 In E Flat Major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’ – 3, Rondo – Allegro.wav

Number of files:    15
Official DR value:    DR14



Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • 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, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with iZotope, 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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  1. great and many thanks!

  2. Excellent – many thanks for all the effort you put in – an education and a pleasure!

  3. File #7 is unloadable. Can you upload it again !

  4. Dear Alf, another surprise with the Pollini Box. I thought i have nearly all recordings including many Radio transmissions, but after checking the archiv, I Have not the Böhm Version of No. 4 and 5.But of course the complete cycle Pollini made with Abbado from 1992 on. Its interesting to have the difference in sound and in Tempi. Total different recording team
    with Abbado , Böhm and Jochum. Thank you again

  5. thank you – this is fantastic!

  6. wonderful ~ great ~ Thank you very much.

  7. Thank You. Fantastic recordings:)

  8. I have tried a dozen times but there is something odd with #7. All the other files downloded very fast except 7. Only about 10 % of file size download then stop every time.

    • This is an issue by FF…there is nothing I can make. You can avoid this kind of problems by buying a premium account. Think about…is not expensive and you get for free tons of music with max speed.

  9. Thanks for this box, I’ve heard 3 and 4 previously and am looking forward to hearing the other three concertos. A very appealing mix with Pollini working with two distinguished maestros in Böhm and Jochum.

  10. I’m having trouble with this one, too.; Win Zip is reporting a problem (without being specific) so only the first movement of concerto No. 1 actually downloads. I deleted everything and tried again, same results.

  11. Magnificent…………………Thank You

  12. Divine! I love these recordings which are on DG Beethoven edition. The first recordings of B’s piano concerti I listened to and fell in love with the instrument itself.

  13. Many thanks for your incredibly hard work and devotion. You are an asset to the world! Incidentally, I have the same problem as JJP. All but #7 download fine. (I have a premium membership). Could be FF’s fault but maybe a reupload would help.

  14. Ah, Maestro,
    You are so thoughtful to upload this beeootiful gift for my birthday!

    Thank you, Rach!


  15. than you so much for this beautiful collection.

  16. Thank You for another treasure.

  17. Thank you so much Rach! Will love listening to these vinyls!

  18. Already listened to concerti 1, 2 and 3 (in this order) : these are real breathtaking performances! Pollini’s piano is beautifully recorded, and his playing captures your attention from the first second of the first movement of #1. One of my most orgasmic experiences ever 😉
    So… thanks, Rachmaninov!

  19. Dear Rach,

    part 9 is not downloadable right now.

  20. Hi Rach,
    I keep getting “incorrect password” when unrar gets to Part 02. Can you please check?
    Thanks a million…Your postings are awesome…Thanks for the many priceless gems you share.

    • be sure…the PW is correct…I always use the same PW. Maybe you shouldn’t copy and paste it, but typing it. If PW would be incorrect, so it would be for hundreds of posts, almost 1000 if I count also the posts of my other blog.

  21. many many thanks for that brilliant thing !

  22. Wonderful. Thank you.

  23. Ganz toll, vielen Dank 🙂

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