HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – The Piano Concertos on 5 LPs (Arrau/Haitink)

Thank you Trottar for this fantastic gift – This Box, cantaining 18 LPs (all Piano Sonatas + Concertos) is identical with the 13 LPs Box of the Sonatas I completed some days ago, but without the Concertos.
This Chilenian “Maestro” should be mentioned as the really greatest GENIUS of all Beethoven interpreters ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Claudio Arrau
# Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
# Conductor: Bernard Haitink
# Vinyl (1964?)
# Number of Discs: 5
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 3.71 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Claudio Arrau played with seriousness of purpose that could make other pianists seem like dilettantes and with respect for the composer’s score that bordered on veneration. He had nothing but scorn for pianists who played the opening of Beethoven’s Opus 111 with two hands instead of one because there were fewer risks. If something was technically difficult, Arrau assumed that the composer had written it that way because the difficulties had an expressive value that it was the interpreter’s duty to find.

To me Arrau has an inner affinity with Beethoven that is uncanny. Beethoven was a man of great character. And that greatness, detached from his person in the form of musical ideas, enters the listener through intermediaries such as Arrau. When it is done right, it works a sort of righteous therapy, and makes the listener a better person for the hearing.

Arrau describes Beethoven’s greatness in his essay “Thoughts on Beethoven” in the 33 1/3 Philips LP edition. “Beethoven has always stood for the spirit of man victorious. His message of endless stuggle concluding in the victory of renewal and spiritual rebirth…his life was an existential fight for survival…In the sense that he mastered both his life and his art to reach the ultimate heights of creation and transfiguration, he will last as long as man’s spirit to prevail lasts on this earth.” Part of the greatness of Beethoven’s character came from his ability to be intimately close and at the same time at an infinite distance above his listener. Arrau possesses this same character, and his qualities as a man and artist are why he is able to so aptly render the greatness of Beethoven.

A book titled “Conversations with Arrau” was written by Joseph Horowitz to celebrate the artists’s 80th birthday in 1982. There is enough information to get a feel for Arrau’s character. He guarded the purity of his environment. He shunned parties and avoided small talk. He never drank or smoked, never learned to drive a car, boil an egg, or even operate a phonograph. His only hobby was gardening. Horowitz describes him as the embodiment of the nineteenth-century model of the artist as solitary, suffering hero. He was small (5’6″=about 1,70 m) and frail, but in 1982 at age 80 he was still playing more that 70 concerts a season.

It would be absurd to recommend recommending one Beethoven cycle to the exclusion of all others, yet it is Arrau’s cycle to which I repeatedly return, despite some flaws mentioned by other reviewers.

They are flaws which can be forgiven. Scherzi which would be brimming with mirth & vitality in the hands of others may come up short, but it is more than compensated for by the revelations to be found as Arrau explores every aspect of Beethoven at his most profound. There always seems to be something new to be discovered. Flabby? It is hard to imagine how someone could come to this conclusion.

Arrau amazes me as he sets the notes down with such clean deliberation! Total command. No matter how fast Beethoven is charging along. And as Arrau gets every note, we find the real Beethoven genius shining through – after all, as raw material, this is some of the finest piano music anywhere. Of course, this playing delivers passion and heart-and-soul communication too. And a sense of commitment and strength.



  Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15    
A 1. Allegro con brio    
B1 2. Largo    
B2 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)    
  Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19    
C 1. Allegro con brio    
D1 2. Adagio    
D2 3. Rondo (Molto allegro)    
  Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37    
E 1. Allegro con brio    
F1 2. Largo    
F2 3. Rondo (Allegro)    
  Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58    
G 1. Allegro moderato    
H1 2. Andante con moto    
H2 3. Rondo (Vivace)    
  Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 – ‘Emperor’    
I 1. Allegro    
J1 2. Adagio un poco mosso    
J2 3. Rondo (Allegro)  

Analyzed folder: /96kLvB_AllPiCo_Ar/96k LvB – All Piano Concertos – Arrau
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -0.32 dB     -18.10 dB     A – LvB – Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 – 1. Allegro con brio.wav

DR14        -3.52 dB     -23.22 dB     B1 – LvB – Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 – 2. Largo.wav
DR14        -0.72 dB     -19.75 dB     B2 – LvB – Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 – 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando).wav
DR13        -0.36 dB     -17.83 dB     C – LvB – Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op.19 – 1. Allegro con brio.wav
DR14        -0.97 dB     -20.01 dB     D1 – LvB – Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op.19 – 2. Adagio.wav
DR13        -0.55 dB     -17.45 dB     D2 – LvB – Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op.19 – 3. Rondo (Molto allegro).wav
DR14        -0.43 dB     -18.75 dB     E – LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op.37 – 1. Allegro con brio.wav
DR14        -4.41 dB     -23.59 dB     F1 – LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op.37 – 2. Largo.wav
DR13        -0.41 dB     -18.69 dB     F2 – LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op.37 – 3. Rondo (Allegro).wav
DR13        -1.12 dB     -18.57 dB     G – LvB – Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 – 1. Allegro moderato.wav
DR12        -5.02 dB     -23.87 dB     H1 – LvB – Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 – 2. Andante con moto.wav
DR14        -0.56 dB     -18.49 dB     H2 – LvB – Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 – 3. Rondo (Vivace).wav
DR12        -0.30 dB     -17.06 dB     I – LvB – Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 – ‘Emperor’ – 1. Allegro.wav
DR14        -6.49 dB     -26.44 dB     J1 – LvB – Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 – ‘Emperor’ – 2. Adagio un poco mosso.wav
DR12        -0.38 dB     -17.06 dB     J2 – LvB – Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 – ‘Emperor’ – 3. Rondo (Allegro).wav
Number of files:    15

Official DR value:    DR13


  • Composed By – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Conductor – Bernard Haitink
  • Orchestra – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Piano – Claudio Arrau

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • Phono stage: 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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35 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – The Piano Concertos on 5 LPs (Arrau/Haitink)

  1. Many thanx to both Trottar for the LP’s and to Rach for all his careful work ripping these beauties for our enjoyment and pleasure especially at this busy festive period. I am spoilt for choice in what to play today. Merry Christmas and happy Boxing Day to you both.

  2. I remember having bought this box quite a long time ago. I also remember ther was an inversion of tracks in one of the piano sonatas (Hammerklavier, maybe?) for reasons of timing.

  3. Rach,
    Two things:
    1. In one of the recording comments you had a discussion about which was your favorite Pianist recording of Beethoven’s 5 Concertos: as a matter of trivia info I found 11 different Pianists doing all 5 on Boxset.ru website:
    Backhaus/Schmidt-Isserstedt; 1&2 Rach; CDsWhatever
    Richter-Haaser●Giulini, Kertesz;

    2. Boxset.ru is a veritable Gold Mine, and you guys are fabulous. Just plug “Beethoven Piano Concertos” in the search bar to find them.

    Oh, and I have the CDs of Murray Perahia/Haitink on 3 CBS CDs.

    By the time one listens to 12 of these he can’t remember what No. 1 sounded like.

    From an overwhelmed,


    • Hi Bob…one could get crazy by so many extra-class pianists on LvB’s Concertos…..I personally would always kill to get Katchen, Kempff, Arrau and Michelangeli….and I would (maybe) kill for Richter….for all other pianists: a pity I don’t have enough killer energy…

      • hahahaha!
        I’m inclined to agree with you, but I can’t find Ashkenazy on all 5. I love his stuff also.
        And though not quite up to these, but very excellent, is Solomon/Cluytens.

        Also, this Richter-Haaser is not Sviatislav(?) Richter, right?

        But most of all I wanted you and Whatever to know how I prize this website!


  4. What an impressive collection. I’ll try and locate that book by Horowitz and I’ll probably spend several weeks trying to listen to all this wonderful music. Thanks!

  5. Rach,
    Can I presume Rubinstein and Horowitz are also extra-class pianists on the world stage?

    Any thoughts?
    This is not a trap; In USA I grew up with them holding center stage in NYC.

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