HD-Vinyl 96/24 (DGG) Pjotr Tchaikowsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Pogorelich/Abbado)

Reposted, now with FF links
Claudio Abbado is one of those rare conductors who seem to get more youthful and enquiring with age, while at the same time his music-making takes on an ever greater profundity.

# Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
# Performer: Ivo Pogorelich
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

# Conductor: Claudio Abbado
# Vinyl (1986)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B000001G5U

# Size: 687 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

There must be over 100 versions of this concerto in the catalogue by now; though many (thankfully) out of print. I must have heard and owned at least 30 of these over the years; and again half of those did not last the distance. In the end I tend to return to Gilels/Reiner or Richter/Karajan. They are not conspicuously “the best”, but the first is unashamedly virtuosic and the latter rather serious, treating it like a great work of art. Tchaikovsky can take these vagaries of treatment without damage. Too many of the other recordings sound to me like a dozen eggs in one basket.
This is where Pogo and Abbado turned out to be a surprise packet. I bought it from my old habit of filling up a hole in my collection. The pianist was very young then, but already (as I discovered) a bit of a “thinker”. He must have really thought over what he was going to do with this old warhorse on his dash into the big world of recording artists. The result is something very fresh sounding, and although the differences to routine seem slight at each point they occur, eventually they add up to a whole and unusual perspective. This is not to be confused with eccentricity. It’s nothing more than placing emphases in novel and unexpected spots. The lyricism is the really strong factor of virtue in this recording. It is clearly heartfelt, not just doodled along, and you can hear it. None of the virtuoso passage stand out as bravura; they are never thundered, but occupy their moment in the logical flow of the whole. Climaxes are musical, a rare accomplishment!
It helps, of course, to have a magnificent instrument like the Chicago Symphony behind you, and Abbado is a very congenial and sympathetic accompanist (I mean this in general: He seems to me the ideal man at the helm in a concerto, no matter who the soloist is).
The recording is also outstanding, clear, transparent and wholly musical.
In any competition for the buyer’s purse this would have a strong claim. The music itself is, after all, a young man’s work (Tchaikovsky was about 35 then and gained his fame precisely through this concerto). Accordingly a young pianist’s view of it can’t be that far wrong, if he retains a sound musical approach and eschews pretences – the very criterion on which so many youngsters fall afoul, whereas Pogorelich is all discretion and superlative music making. So this is serious business: A recording good enough to grace a discriminating collector’s shelves that is lifted by its sheer quality out of the crowd of the many also-rans.

 Analyzed folder: /96kTch_PP1_Pog/96k Tchaikowsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 – Pogorelich
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR11        -1.43 dB     -17.90 dB     A First Movement-Allegro Non Troppo E Molto Maestoso.wav
 DR16        -2.59 dB     -28.95 dB     B1 Second Movement-Andantino Semplice.wav
 DR10        -1.41 dB     -16.70 dB     B2 Third Movement-Allegro Con Fuoco.wav
 Number of files:    3
 Official DR value:    DR12


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Limited Edition Denon DL 103 SA
  • 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, 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. Dear Rachmaninov

    Compliments for great classical shares !

    I could not find any details on this site about the vinyl ripping process (what setup you use, i.e. analogue rig, ADC, software (de-clicking de-poping etc.)

    Can you share this info ?

    Kind Regards


  2. Thanks,

    You are using the mac audio engine only – no internal or external audio interface (Analogue to Digital Converter) ?



  3. I do some rips from time to time.
    Allthouhg your rips are fine you might try an external firewire sound card.

    I use Mac pro with Edirol (ROLAND) FA-66 external firewire card and with my setup the results are much better than just using the Mac audio engine.
    My setup : Nottingham Analogue Hyperspace (with DECCA gold MM cartridge) > Bedini Q series phono > Edirol FA-66 plugged into MacPro firewire port.
    Recording is done with Soundtrack Pro 3.

    Again, your rips are great, but I think the Mac audio engine is a bottle-neck compared to a good external ADC interface.

    My deepest respect for your work !

    All the best to you !


  4. Thank you very much for this nice record. It is a shame that Pogorelich is not recording at the moment, he has still much to say. Abbado and LSO are great, as is your transformation from vinyl to digital. I look forward to donate for your equipment upgrade, hoping to do it soon. You made all of us extremely happy with your rips and it would be decent to bring some of our happiness back to you. Thanks again, Mr Rachmaninov!

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