HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto (Richter)

“Look” how great MONO can sound – Re-upload, now with FF links
If you want to judge a pianist’s versatility, listen to his or her recording of the Schumann Piano Concerto. It requires virtually everything a pianist should have to offer: poetry, virtuosity, expansive expression alternating with poised restraint.

# Composer: Robert Schumann
# Performer: Sviatoslav Richter
# Orchestra:  Symphony Orchestra of the National Philarmony Warsaw

# Conductor: Witold Rowicki
# Vinyl (1960)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B000001GQS

# Size: 1.04 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

If you want to judge a pianist’s versatility, listen to his or her recording of the Schumann Piano Concerto. It requires virtually everything a pianist should have to offer: poetry, virtuosity, expansive expression alternating with poised restraint. What a glorious test piece this is. Richter, who was famous for his Schumann playing, passes every test here. His meltingly beautiful delivery of Schumann’s melodies touches the heart, and his execution of the most difficult passages is so smooth and effortless that it never calls a bit of attention to itself. In this piece and the Introduction and Allegro, the excellent orchestra also covers itself with glory. The solo pieces are no less wonderful. The way Richter plays the difficult Toccata is almost scary in its combination of power and velocity.
This recording of Schumann’s concerto is simply the best: the orchestra is very good (despite reviews to the contrary), the soloist-orchestra interplay is superb, and Richter’s playing is divine.
If you listen to this recording repeatedly, and then compare it with other good or very good recordings (Lipatti, Serkin, Moravec, Staier), you’ll notice the differences: you will be aware how these latter pianists search for the correct interpretation of certain passages, and often they succeed. You’ll be also aware, however, that Richter does not interpret. He simply plays it the way Schumann must have intended the work, i.e. the way it has to be played. It’s not a matter of technique – in this respect, many(but not too many) pianists are as good as Richter. It’s just like Schumann’s spirit has penetrated Richter’s nervous system and guides his fingers.
When you’re not listening to the concerto for a long time, and then try to “play” it in your head, you will reckognize that it “sounds” like the Richter-Rowicki recording. And you will notice flaws in all other recordings.
Summarized: Best recording of Richter, best recording of Schumann’s piano concerto. Period!
Analyzed folder: /96kSch_PC_Ric/96k Schumann – Piano Concerto – Richter
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -1.67 dB     -21.45 dB     A1 Schumann – Piano Concerto A-Minor – Allegro Affettuoso.wav
DR14        -10.17 dB     -29.33 dB     A2 Schumann – Piano Concerto A-Minor – Intermezzo-Andantino Grazioso.wav
DR13        -2.98 dB     -20.68 dB     A3 Schumann – Piano Concerto A-Minor – Allegro Vivace.wav
DR12        -1.00 dB     -17.45 dB     B1 Schumann – Introduction And Allegro Appassionato For Piano And Orchestra.wav
DR11        -3.86 dB     -20.35 dB     B2 Schumann – Novellette F-Major.wav
DR11        -2.69 dB     -18.28 dB     B3 Schumann – Toccata C-Major.wav
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR13


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Limited Edition Denon DL103 SA
  • Phono amp: 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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24 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto (Richter)

  1. Hi Rachmaninov,
    I think the music that you upload is very good and I thank you for it. But I think it is also quite inconsiderate of you to watermark the covers with your name. Why do you do that, because surely you understand that it will not make anyone happy. If you keep on uploading quality stuff with quality covers you will get a good reputation. But if you keep watermarking your covers your reputation will be tainted by an “annoyance minus”.
    So please be a good sport and share without limiting the experience of those whom you share with.

  2. Peter certainly has the right to his own opinion. But his lecture sounded like a smarmy heir who just inherted vast riches that cost him nothing and he complains about the minutist things. Shame on him. Where is real gratitude?

    Your watermark is an inobtrusive way to remind us visually who prepared this work in Hi Def. Ignore Peter’s whining and do what you’ve been doing. Long live Rachmaninov, our sound genius and benefactor! You are worth your weight in gold, friend.


    • Thank you BOB…but this is an old discussion (look at the date of the comments).
      I reposted this record for our new admin-friend DETEMPS, uploaded on FSo.

  3. Sorry about that; I didn’t even look at the dates; my bad.
    And I mean no ill to this guy Peter.

    I’m just positively grateful to you (and “whatever” also; do not know your new person yet) for your love of music and and the art of enjoying it on expanded sound.
    I’m listening to the Schumann concerto now, and it is utterly beautiful; and the keyboardist is fantastic. It is obviously a Mono recording, but you’ve added a texture to it that elevates it to beautiful again in the sound also.
    Thanks again.

  4. Hello, Mr. Rach!
    I would be very grateful if you will someday repost in FileFactory with covers (may I dream about it?) this great performance of one of the top pianists from my native country! I hope you will find some part of your very precious time to do it. Anyway, thank you for sharing the other greatest recordings of all times in super quality and for bringing out the high culture into masses!

    • OK…but I only have the rip as you see it here. Don’t own the record anymore, so I will try, if it isn’t too much work, to retouche the watermark.
      Look again for it in the next days.

  5. Oh, thank you very much for such a quick response! I haven’t even expected for it. I’ll download it anyway tonight, the watermark on the cover doesn’t mean much, but it will be much appreciated. The MUSIC is the most important of all!!!
    Anyway, how shall I know if you repost the rip with cleaned covers?
    Anyway, all your posts are allways prepared with great taste and care, from the rips themselves to the artworks. Greatness!!!

  6. Dear Rach, thank you for this great record. As before, you made wonders with older recordings – they sonically benefited from your treatment. Thank you again.

  7. Rach,

    I have a sort of big confession to make in this sanctum of audiophile fandom. Because of a childhood illness, my whole life is in mono. I do agree that mono sounds great! (it is as if the records were mastered with me in mind 🙂 ).

    Thank you for re upping this gem.



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