Superb HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Jean Sibelius – Violin Concerto/Finlandia (Ferras/Karajan)

All thanks go to ONKLE for this fine original 1st pressing
Complete new rip with the new phono stage Pro-Ject Phono Box RS + the new cart Sumiko Black Bird and in 24/192

# Composer: Jean Sibelius
# Performer: Christian Ferras
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra

# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1965)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN CD: B00000E3HR

# Size: 1.64 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

I bought this recording of what is arguably the greatest piece of music for an instrument of the 20th century somewhen in 1973. For almost 40 years I have bought about a dozen recordings of this concerto to compare and hoping against odds to find a better rendition. There is NONE. Don`t look further, this is THE recording. I heard recently that Karajan had tears in his eyes when he performed with Ferras and then slapped him in the face urging him to stop drinking. What a waste of talent.
If I were stranded on a deserted island….

This was the only time that Karajan committed the Sibelius Violin Concerto to disc – he did not record it even with Ann-Sophie Mutter. All of his wider credentials as a Sibelian are on display here: he imbues the music with a sense of fragility, of half-light and the immensity of nature. Christian Ferras was a fine enough violinist (his Brahms violin sonatas on DG with Pierre Barbizet are astounding) and he certainly adds to the bite of the performance. His tone is rich and there is a visceral excitement to his art. The great climax in the slow movement is played gutsily by all concerned. One of Karajan’s strengths as a conductor was his pacing – when the revelatory moments come, one is left in no doubt as to their arrival.
Finer still, performance-wise, is Finlandia – Herbie’s second recording of the piece. The Berlin Phil, then at the height of their fame, gave their utmost to the cause. It is virtuosity incarnate. This rendition is surely a high-water mark in the thirty year relationship of Herbie and the Berlin Phil.

 Analyzed folder: /192k Sibelius – Violin Concerto – Ferras-Karajan
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR14        -1.44 dB     -21.81 dB     A1 Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor Op.47 – Allegro moderato.wav
 DR15        -0.66 dB     -22.70 dB     A2 Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor Op.47 – Adagio di molto.wav
 DR13        -0.91 dB     -20.39 dB     B1 Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor Op.47 – Allegro ma non tanto.wav
 DR12        -0.83 dB     -16.41 dB     B2 Sibelius – Finlandia Op. 26.wav
 Number of files:    4
 Official DR value:    DR14

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • 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 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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Pay attention please: formerly I had here the same rip in 24/96 from my own vinyl, that was a re-press from somewhen in the 70s, I guess. Then, our friend ONKLE sent me his vinyl, original from the 60s, 1st pressing, so I made this rip in 24/192. But I forgot to scan his vinyl-labels. The front and rear of the cover are similar, excerpt the two sticker on the front…but the labels are totally different. I included a rar-file in the DL folder with the “right” label pictures.
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PW: LaWally

64 thoughts on “Superb HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Jean Sibelius – Violin Concerto/Finlandia (Ferras/Karajan)

      • Dear Rachmaninov,

        The files have been marked as “maintenance” for at least two (if not three) days.

        If one does a query on google, for “filefactory server maintenance,” it’s evident that files may remain in maintenance for weeks.


  1. Me too. This is the second series that i’m stuck with the “down with maintenance” for one or more files for two weeks. This one I got parts 1, 3, and 4. But #2 is always off line.

    Same thing with this Part 5 link;

    found here;

    RACH thx a million for all your amazing work!!!

    LA, CA

    • I second the above comment. The links are still down for Ferras’ Sibelius and Beethoven.

      Thank you, Rachmaninov, for introducing me to new and fascinating dimensions of culture.

      • RACH:

        FF has eaten part 2… could ya re-up???

        Thx a million for your amazing work making great and RARE classical music performances available at hi-res.

  2. RACH:
    Quick note: you wanna check part1. Downloaded twice and comes up corrupt after being expanded. The other files are fine. This is the FIRST and only time I’ve had a problem with your stuff and that’s after dozens of downloads.

    Thanks and I’m very excited to hear this….


  3. The file containing the updated label images is unavailable due to: “Server Error… This file is no longer available due to an unexpected server error. If you are the owner of this file, it will need to be re-uploaded.”

    Other than that… I really look forward to auditioning this 1st pressing!

    • Hi…the file is there, but just at moment not available, due to maintenance of the server. Try in 1 week again. Thank you

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