HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Chandos) Sergeji Rachmaninov – The 4 Piano Concertos (Wild/Horenstein)

Reposted, now with FF links
Let me say: Earl Wild, this little known but great pianist, absolutely doesn’t need to envy other great pianists. He plays “my” concertos in a superb, great way.

# Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov
# Performer: Earl Wild
# Orchestra: Royal Philarmonic Orchestra

# Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
# Vinyls (1965-66)

# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Chandos
# DR-Analysis: DR 13

# Size: 2.41 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

I love these performances, as they are bold, sweeping, full-blooded, with such beautiful (what I would, for lack of a better word, like to call ‘singing’ or ‘soaring’) legato. My favorite would be Piano Concerto No. 4. Also, the Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini here receives – to my ears – a wonderfully noble performance, full of technical bravoura (also by the orchestra). (It is certainly one of my favorite pieces for piano and orchestra!)

Nobility of playing is also a defining characteristic everywhere in these recordings, I think, but as a result of this nobility (and maybe exultancy), there may have been a slight loss of lyricism and intimacy in the Second Concerto … Anyhow, the recorded sound is very full and wide, so that one is able to revel in all of the orchestral and pianistic colors. These are heart-warmingly virtuosic, classic performances that – to the ears of this particular amateur listener – lift this music to a higher plain of excellence, and I – for what it is worth – would like to recommend them to you without reserve.

A1 Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor – 1, Vivace.flac
A2 Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor – 2, Andante.flac
A3 Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor – 3, Allegro Vivace.flac
A4 Concerto No. 4 in G-minor – 1, Allegro.flac
B1 Concerto No. 4 in G-minor – 2, Largo.flac
B2 Concerto No. 4 in G-minor – 3, Allegro Vivace.flac
B3 Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini.flac
C1 Concerto No. 2 in C-minor – 1, Moderato.flac
C2 Concerto No. 2 in C-minor – 2, Adagio Sostenuto.flac
C3 Concerto No. 2 in C-minor – 3, Allegro Scherzando.flac
D1 Concerto No. 3 in D-minor – 1, Allegro.flac
D2 Concerto No. 3 in D-minor – 2, Intermezzo – Adagio.flac
D3 Concerto No. 3 in D-minor – 3, Finale – Allegro.flac

Analyzed folder: /96kSeRa_4PCs_EaWi/96k Rachmaninov – 4 Piano Concertos – Wild-Horenstein
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -1.24 dB     -19.06 dB     A1 Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor – 1, Vivace.wav
DR12        -6.10 dB     -24.80 dB     A2 Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor – 2, Andante.wav
DR12        -2.05 dB     -18.82 dB     A3 Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor – 3, Allegro Vivace.wav
DR12        -2.34 dB     -19.49 dB     A4 Concerto No. 4 in G-minor – 1, Allegro.wav
DR13        -1.95 dB     -22.98 dB     B1 Concerto No. 4 in G-minor – 2, Largo.wav
DR13        -1.21 dB     -18.82 dB     B2 Concerto No. 4 in G-minor – 3, Allegro Vivace.wav
DR12        -1.69 dB     -18.63 dB     B3 Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini.wav
DR10        -2.29 dB     -17.83 dB     C1 Concerto No. 2 in C-minor – 1, Moderato.wav
DR14        -0.91 dB     -22.19 dB     C2 Concerto No. 2 in C-minor – 2, Adagio Sostenuto.wav
DR11        -1.85 dB     -17.85 dB     C3 Concerto No. 2 in C-minor – 3, Allegro Scherzando.wav
DR13        -3.09 dB     -21.36 dB     D1 Concerto No. 3 in D-minor – 1, Allegro.wav
DR13        -2.81 dB     -20.45 dB     D2 Concerto No. 3 in D-minor – 2, Intermezzo – Adagio.wav
DR12        -0.96 dB     -18.09 dB     D3 Concerto No. 3 in D-minor – 3, Finale – Allegro.wav
Number of files:    13
Official DR value:    DR12

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • 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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28 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Chandos) Sergeji Rachmaninov – The 4 Piano Concertos (Wild/Horenstein)

  1. Thank you so much. I believe it was Harold Schoenberger that appointed him as a Horowitz-class virtuoso. As far as I am concerned he is known for his Lizst interpretations and some broadcastings in the 50’s along with the New York Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. As far as I could analyze his playing he does resembles Horowitz in the sense that pianistic fireworks makes it harder to pay attention to his playing’s dynamic range. The recordings I could hear were not in great shape so I cannot say precisely anything about his tone, pedalling, balancing etc. I did not know f this recording (again…), so thank you very much for such a mughty great post. Unfortunately I’m too young to posess a credit card so… … can’t donate anything. But, in time I will. 😀 But if thankfullnes can create some kind of bond or friendship, I think we are good.

  2. An great pianist indeed and this set is a wonderful example of his art. No wonder he was also included in that huge collection on the great 20th Century pianists (can be found in here too: http://boxset.ru/great-pianists-of-the-20th-century-the-complete-edition-200cd-box-set/). There are many interesting/curious facts about him (he died last year by the way), he was the first pianist to perform on US television and also the first to stream a performance over the internet. He did a good deal of transcriptions (Rachmaninov, Gershwin,…) and also some original compositions. Anyone interested, have a look at his site to read more about him, his recordings, etc.: http://www.earlwild.com/

  3. rach =D thnx for your hard work…
    thnx for the HD rip…they REALLY make happier my life…
    In music school or with friends I’m always like…
    wooow thre is a guy in some place in Europe that’s ripping LP into the computer and the sound…I makes you cry…it makes your skin like chiken…always I’m like…woow he upload Yepes…or Romeros Aranjuez…or (never forgot) PINK FLOYD….
    REALLY REALLY THNX for your work

  4. I’ve never heard Earl Wild’s piano work to be honest and I’ve heard that he is Horowitz class (!!!). Would love to hear that. Thank you Rach!

    • Yes, Wild was a great pianist. Try also his Brahms. Incredible. I guess Wild is more known in US. Why not so much in Europe is enigma for me. … This rip is for me… simply amazing.

  5. Alf, Wilds fireworks are well known under Piano Aficionados all over the world: I call him an Übervirtuose.
    I have nearly all his recordings, many of them with very
    seldom played music. For example the compositions by Renaldo Hahn (friend of Marcel Proust).–Next time I can give you the original LP`s of the Rachmaninov ouvres played by Earl Wild. I bought them months ago in England.-The discussions about Rachmaninov’s
    property are boring.Trottar

  6. Dear Rachmaninov, thank you for this exquisite record! “Your” music is beautiful, Wild plays with deep emotions and with excellent technique, Horenstein & RPO sound great. But, it MUST be said, the sound quality of this rip is fantastic! I have been introduced to the process of digitalisation of analog sources in a big media house and heard their results. They may have professional equipment and some knowledge, but they can not compare their results to yours. Your rips can be set as a standard for digitalizing music from vinyl. It is your knowledge of music literature and artists’ performances and your love for music that make a great final result – music in digital format that equals vinyl originals (and sometimes, but often, excells originals). Thank you Rach for sharing with us the music of your choice. Many times you introduced to the people here some musical rarities, which always bettered the contemporary musical mass production (on mediocre disc formats other than vinyl) by light years. God bless you!

  7. Late to the party on this one but glad I got here in the end with some spare holiday time for listening as well.
    Many thanx to Rach for all his work in ripping these old LP’s and sharing them with us here. It gladens my heart and makes my life richer to listen to ‘Rach’s rips’ especially in comparison to a lot of the CD’s that the majors produce.

    • Thank you very much..wait for the Ahskenazy-Box-set I’m actually ripping…is also very good. And check my other box-set by Vasary..very very good 😀

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