HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Philips) F. Chopin – All Works for Piano & Orchestra (Arrau)

In my opinion, seΓ±or Arrau, as romantic pianist, was a little underrated.
I hope to honour him enough with this box, 20+ years after his death.
Reuploaded, now with FF links

# Composer: Frederik Chopin
# Performer: Claudio Arrau
# Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra

# Conductor: Eliahu Inbal
# Vinyl (1971/72)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD:Β  B00000416B

# Size: 2.55 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

If you haven’t had the chance to hear Arrau’s performances of Chopin’s works, DL this. You will truly be hooked. Unlike many people who believe that Ashkenzy or Rubenstein are the ultimate Chopin interpreters, I must say that Arrau rivals and tops them. His flexible and slower style of playing matches the romanticism of Chopin’s works. Coupled with a great conductor and orchestra, this brings out a top-notch performance.

Upon listening to Arrau playing the Chopin concerti, the first thing that jumps to attention is his tone: it metamorphises between lively and bright to aching, naked beauty, most notably in the Op.11 1st Concerto. I keep listening the first movement over and over to recapture that reflective, dark tone of his at the culmination of the theme’s development. Somehow, his tone reminds me of drops of dew in a moonlit night. However, considering that Arrau was already 69 years old when he made this recording, you may think that reflective and spiritual is all he has, but surprisingly he managed to put in energy and zest where it’s required in the fast movements. I’ve seen a video of Yundi Li, the Chinese prodigy who won the 2000 Chopin Piano Competition, and Arrau doesn’t lose out in the comparison in terms of energy.

Overall, Arrau’s interpretation concentrates on exploring the intimate, passionate side of these pieces, which were written in Chopin’s youth, and in this respect he brings the same mastery which endowed his interpretations of the Nocturnes. However, this is certainly not at the expense of the zesty side of these pieces.

The core of recording is Chopin’s 2 piano concerti, and the rest of it is composed of his other works for piano and orchestra, which are in fact more commonly played as piano solos. The most famous of these is the Andante Spianiato and Grand Polonaise, and it’s very obvious that the orchestra is almost superfluous in these pieces. Speaking of the orchestra, the London Philharmonic conducted by Eliahu Inbal is understated but unerringly faithful in backing the pianistic centrepiece provided by Arrau.

A Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor – 1 Allegro Maestoso
B1 Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor – 2 Romance

B2 Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor – 3 Rondo
C1 Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor – 1 Maestoso

C2 Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor – 2 Larghetto
D1 Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor – 3 Allegro Vivace
D2 Krakowiak – Concert Rondo in F Op14E1 Variations on Mozart’s ‘La ci darem la mano’ in B-flat Op2
E2 Fantasy on Polish Airs in A Op12
F Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
  • 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 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

You hear some clicks and pops here and there? Who cares?
I better let some light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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35 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Philips) F. Chopin – All Works for Piano & Orchestra (Arrau)

  1. This is incredible. Incredible post. Thank you so much. I compared your rips to others around the web, all of them 96KhZ/24bit. In some cases there were rips as sizable as studio samples (24bit/192KhZ). Well your rips were the best I could find. Good fine-tuning techniques, absurdly low noise, warm sound, good harmonic balance. The content is equally great. This rip, Scheherazade and Katchen/Gamba playing Beethoven’s Klavierkonzerts are things that I’ll never forget. Thank you. Blessed be thy turntable! :mrgreen:

    • You great son of……the music – you want make me cry? I swear, these your words have touched me deep inside…this is the result of many many years of my dedication and love to music and digitalizing music and i’m very happy to read, that i made you happy.
      Thank you friend….now my turntable is crying πŸ™‚

    • we also don’t have to forget, that the Philips-sound of the late 60s/begin of the 70s a Mercury-sound is.
      You wrote about absurdly low noises….it is my specialty filtering all kind of noises, specially “rumble” and vinyl surface noise, without ruining the sound. Behind that there are several “painful” hundreds of hours of “learning by doing”. The warm sound is given by the tube pre-amp that i use and, when i improve the sound (seldom and just a little) by near 40 years of live concerts. Live music helps you so much having a feeling, how music has to sound….important, for example, when you want to buy a good HiFi-equipement

  2. well Rachmaninoff, prepare your turntable to weep a little more. I’ve been holding off saying this until I found the right moment, but now is as good as any. Basically, I stumbled upon this blog about two weeks ago, and like everyone else who comes here, I was instantly captivated. I’ve always wanted to learn a bit about classical music, and have tried a few times in the past, read some books, got some lectures, but I’ve never got that far with it. I had quite a few albums, but they mostly served as background music for when I was doing something else.

    Then I found this blog, and everything was turned around for me. I realise now the reason I never got very far with learning to appreciate music was because I’d never been shown just how great music can be. The lecturers I listened to, the books I read, as good as they were, only informed me, never educated me. You are a true educator who educates by showing – by showing us the greatest music ever created. You are doing something very, very rare in life, which is to pass on a passion to people, even through such a sterile medium as the internet. And now that I’ve got that passion all the other information I struggled to remember before is falling naturally into place, because I WANT to know – not just that I think I ought to know to be an “educated” person.

    It feels very much like when I was 17, before the days of mp3s, and I became interested in old blues and folk 78rpm recordings. There was some force that drew me in through every crackle on the recordings – the stories behind them, the lives of the performers and the lives of the songs. When mp3s and the internet arrived, somehow that sense of wonder disappeared. It was too easy. Instant access to all those recordings I’d searched for long and hard. They lost their value. Perhaps nothing digital can ever be rare, but the recordings you’re giving us certainly have that same feeling of preciousness that my old blue cds had. They are precicous to me at least, and I treat them as such, and feel I will one day pass them onto my children in the same way you pass them on to us – with little fanfare, few words, but a sense of awe. I feel sure that they too will be captivated – how could they not be?

    I have no doubt that one day soon some bastards from the RIAA will manage to shut this site down so they can keep the masses buying their vapid filth. When that happens, I shall weep a little for humanity.

    Rachmaninoff, I am raising my glass of wine right now in salute to you, one of the rare few who can raise up the spirit of man, and – I say this with no sense of exaggeration – who can make men (or me at least) aspire to a higher, noble ideal.

      • Bratha….i’m feeling a very strange way tonight…like i lost the greatest love of my love…orlike i lost my dad and mum…..like i saw my son that was born…… i mean: TEARS……i feel weeping and full of emotions, that i thought were lost…i tried to said to DC that ten times more tears of this all deserve to you.

        Good night friend…..and good night to you all, out there

    • My friend, I don’t know, what i can say….only this: if all your words were globally for the blog (not only for me, Rachmaninov) then, much much more then the half of thanks deserves to WHATEVER….he is the owner of the blog, he posts 10 times more music then me…..I’m only helping here with my vinyls and CDs, doing my very best to bring to the users the magic of High Definition High End Music.

      Anyway, you and Kapell, you both have given me tonight something, that cannot be enclosed into words….words would be too futil.

      I can only thank and…be sure, concerning myself, i will continue ’till the Mafia…ehm…the RIAA says: STOP !
      And even then, i will find a way to continue my mission: MUSIC IS FREE, MUSIC BELONGS TO PEOPLE !

      • of course, my earlier sentiments apply equally to whatever, sorry I didn’t say so. As I mentioned, I’m new on the blog, and it’s been the vinyl rips that have really blown me away – the personal aspect of them, the care with which they’re done, and the incredible skill that I can’t really appreciate on my crappy stereo, but which I can clearly see is there. I dream now of one day buying some good hi-fi equipment just to be able to experience them properly.

        It’s like you’ve let us into your life in a way that is so rare on the internet these days, which has become so lifeless. Back when the net began, it was all about people sharing their hobbies. Now it’s full of big business and time wasting trivialities. That’s why this place is so special, because they’re your choices. It’s not “piracy”, it’s like you’re saying “hey, listen to this!” just as you would if I was a friend living next door.

        As it is, I’m a long way away, but, strange as it may seem, you can be sure that every time I listen to this set I’m going to think of you and your lover throwing paint at each other. What a beautiful image.

        long may you both continue – another glass raised to you both!

  3. I try to clear a mistery….maybe you went crazy tonight, because you ask yourself for hours, what all these white points on the Arrau-Cover are…. 😎

    I remeber, as if it was yesterday, but near 25 years are gone: me and my girl were on painting the walls of our new flat, as we started to “shot” one against the other with our big pencils and rolls, full with color.

    I only had forgotten that my turntable was running, with this edition of Chopin :mrgreen:

  4. Thank you for Chopin.


    You mentioned that you are using a Mac computer only (no sound cards internal or external) just the native Apple audio engine meaning you use the analogue in on your Mac.

    If this is the case you can only make max 24-96 (higher is not supported on any Mac computer !) ????

    Kind Regards


    • I’m clearing your doubt on some apple-forums….if you’re right, this means that the few 192k/32b rips i posted here are only “very fat” 96k/24b rips? πŸ™
      But all my 4 music editors allow me to record with 192k/32b

      • Yes, but they (the editors) are just up-sampling (blowing up in best case the 24-96 …adding 0s).

        If you want to do real 32bit-float 192kHz you need a proper hardware that supports this. In my experience external card (ADC – Analogue to Digital Converter) works best, also if your Mac has a firewire port you should obtain a firewire ADC (on some Mac machines – especially laptops USB ports are not quite appropriate for HQ music).

        I really appreciate how good your rips are – taken how much time you invest ripping I believe a proper ADC will support your efforts in addition.

        Just a thought of mine …

        Looking forward to RICHTER (thank you in advance !)

        Have a Nice Day


        • just answearing to you a minute ago near the same πŸ™‚ I’m seriously thinking about such an interface.

          Thank you.

          BTW: Reiner, not Richter

          • With a good sound card you will get rid of the 3.5mm plug as well (those are good only on portables…) and use proper pair of hi-fi plugs (I use Eichmann BulletPlug-s)

            BTW : for your effort you deserve a lot lot lot of beers !

            Best Wishes ! πŸ˜›

    • In my iMac I have a Intel High Definition Audio and this is what i found somewhere on internet:

      Intel HD Audio delivers significant improvements over previous generation integrated audio and sound cards. Intel HD Audio hardware is capable of delivering the support and sound quality for up to eight channels at 192 kHz/32-bit quality, while the ACβ€˜97 specification can only support six channels at 48 kHz/20-bit. In addition, Intel HD Audio is architected to prevent the occasional glitches or pops that other audio solutions can have by providing dedicated system bandwidth for critical audio functions.

      • Hello again

        see this:


        Look under :
        Line input

        The analog line input operates independently from all other audio input ports and is always available. The line input supports recording at bit depths of 16, 20, or 24 bits per sample and at sample rates of 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, or 96 kHz. Audio recorded from the line input is presented as a stereo data stream. You can adjust the line input gain from -16 dB to +30 dB.

        During input of a 1 kHz, 1 VRMS (-3 dBFS) sine wave (44.1 kHz input sample rate, 24-bit sample depth, 0.0 dB input gain, no weighting) the audio line input has the following nominal specifications:

        Jack type: 3.5 mm (1/8-inch) stereo
        Maximum input voltage: 3 VRMS (+11.8 dBu)
        Minimum voltage input for full scale output: 63 mVRMS (-21.5 dBu) at input gain = +30 dB
        Input impedance: > 20 kilohm
        Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/-3 dB
        Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR): >90 dB
        Total harmonic distortion + noise (THD+N): 85 dB

        I use MacPro -8cor, MacMini (as music server) my son has MacBook 17inch AND audio engine is the same as regards bit depth and samples i.e MAX 24-96.

        Take care.



    • but, to be shure that the full quality comes through, i make a rip in 96k24b, not knowing if the Intel-bla bla bla only a marketing idea is. I think, if the hardware is not good enough to do what the software promises, i stay on the secure side of the 96k+24b

  5. I agree, Rach, Arrau is underrated. Seriously underrated, given the breadth of his repertoire.

    But he’s not the Lone Ranger. Consider Ivan Davis [ivandavis(dot)com], the living American (University of Miami). Chopin is a matter of taste, of course, but this former student of Horowitz understands Chopin better than anyone alive, in my small opinion. If you can find it, it is well worthwhile to hear his renditions of the Op. 27 Nocturnes, in C# Minor and Db major. They are stunning. A taste of this man’s technical perfection and sense of tonality retained, is readily available on his 70s recording of the standard L.M. Gottschalk Opera, on the “London (Weekend Classics)” label, on CD.

    It’s hard to believe, but I think your perfect rips are actually getting better and better!

    Thanks and regards to you.

  6. Thank you. I’m still in awe of how much better the quality is from these Vinyls compared to regular CD’s. Of course all the hard work you’re doing with this site allows us to enjoy all this great music.

  7. I forgot to say my thanks for this wonderful rip. I listened to it last night and was blown away. The sound of of this record is splendid.

    Thank you, Mr. Rach!

  8. I was wondering if you should be notified in this case?
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    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.
    Thank you

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