HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Franz Schubert – Piano Sonatas 537, 664 (Alfred Brendel)

front-small-boxsetMany many thanks to Jean-Luc for these masterworks
Grand sensitive performances by one of the worlds greatest pianists. Simply a treasure. Schubert is clearly in Brendel’s blood. Excellent interpretation of Shubert’s piano repertoire. Amazing technique coupled with clarity and feeling. A must buy for all piano music fans. This is the standard performance for Schubert’s piano music.
All others will be compared with this well balanced interpretation.
A romantic and dynamic performance without exagerations.

# Composer: Franz Schubert
# Performer: Alfred Brendel
# Vinyl (1982)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR: 16
# Size: 880 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Brendel has a well-deserved reputation as a distinguished Schubert player. His awareness of the difficulties in Schubert’s writing translates into sensitively nuanced interpretations that are grounded in the composer’s weltanschauung. While Brendel communicates the proximity of death in the composer’s late works, this isn’t the thematic focus of his Schubert. Instead, there is detailed structure and forward momentum against a backdrop that reflects a genuine understanding of Schubert’s musical world. Brendel’s approach to Schubert has much in common with Kempff’s – both are focused on architecture, tend toward extroversion and play in a relatively straightforward, non-rhetorical way. Kempff is more congenial than Brendel, reflecting a generally sunny disposition that was a trademark of his playing. Both project a Viennese flavor without overdoing it, and while Brendel is more tuned into the sublime element in Schubert, capturing this is not an easy thing to do. Because of the structure of the scores, which are more like extended fantasies than sonatas, the pianist is challenged to strike a delicate balance between extroversion and introversion, to find and display subtleties that can easily be passed over, and to do this without getting bogged down in excessive point-making. Brendel is successful in this respect and while there may be individual recordings that I love from other fine pianists, overall Brendel’s tight, stylish readings are among the best I’ve heard.

 Analyzed folder: /96k Schubert – Piano Sonatas 664, 537 – Brendel
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR15        -0.58 dB     -20.80 dB     A1 Sonata In A Minor Op.164 D 537 – Allegro Ma Non Troppo.aif
 DR15        -3.93 dB     -25.04 dB     A2 Sonata In A Minor Op.164 D 537 – Allegretto Quasi Andantino.aif
 DR15        -1.11 dB     -21.28 dB     A3 Sonata In A Minor Op.164 D 537 – Allegro Vivace.aif
 DR17        -0.31 dB     -23.85 dB     B1 Sonata In A Op.120 D 664 – Allegro Moderato.aif
 DR15        -4.04 dB     -25.65 dB     B2 Sonata In A Op.120 D 664 – Andante.aif
 DR15        -1.08 dB     -20.67 dB     B3 Sonata In A Op.120 D 664 – Allegro.aif
 Number of files:    6
 Official DR value:    DR16
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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.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
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