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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 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
- 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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