HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Antonin Dvorak – Cello Concerto (Fournier/Szell)

For my friend Onkle
Complete new rip in 192/24, with the new phono-amp, the RME Fireface and the new cart, Black Bird

# Composer: Antonin Dvorak
# Performer: Pierre Fournier
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: George Szell

# Vinyl (1965)
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN CD: B00000E411

# Size: 1.48 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Another legendary George Szell recording, this time partnering him with Pierre Fournier, the magnificent French cellist. At the very beginning of his career, Szell recorded this concerto in Prague with the Czech Philharmonic and none other than Pablo Casals. That recording, made around 1938, is still available. This stereo remake with the Berlin Philharmonic shows both artists at the very peak of their form. The the couplings, too, are uniquely appealing.

There are countless versions in the catalogue of this concerto (probably the most difficult solo cello part to play completely convincingly in the current popular repertoire – it’s HARD!) and many play “very well”….Lyn Harrell, Paul Tortelier, Mistislav Rostropovich, Heinrich Schiff, but the overall picture and feel which MUST be portrayed beyond the notes is normally missing to a degree in these and certainly in almost all others (including Yo yo Ma, Jaqueline Du Pre and many many others eauuuch). The technical playing of Fournier is without question particularly authoritative and impressive (all cellists agree!) – the right hand/bowing phrasing is special in a way which is just unforgettable and rich in tone….and the left hand contact and articulation with the strings never less than brilliant and inspired – but beyond that, the romantic sweep, ultimate control and passionate throb of the playing on ALL 4 strings – even high on the fingerboard with the A string (and D) – is unmatched even after 50 years! If you really want to hear one of THE definitive concerto recordings of the gramophone catologue (up there with Josef Hoffman’s Chopin concerto recordings) then this is it. You don’t necessarily need to be a cellist to appreciate the sheer gifted and beautifully thought-out musical tapestry beyond the bounds of mere cello-playing which is represented in this deeply passionate, and unforgettable performance . It will be up there on your SPECIAL list. Play it LOUD!!!!


  Konzert Für Violoncello Und Orchester h-moll Op. 104
A   1. Satz: Allegro 14:37  
B1   2. Satz: Adagio Ma Non Troppo 11:21  
B2   3. Satz: Finale: Allegro Moderato 12:15  

Analyzed folder: /192kDv_CeCo_Four/192k Dvorak – Cello Concerto – Fournier-Szell
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -0.48 dB     -18.65 dB     A Dvorak – Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104 – 1. Allegro.wav
DR14        -2.00 dB     -21.87 dB     B1 Dvorak – Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104 – 2. Adagio ma non troppo.wav
DR13        -0.43 dB     -18.88 dB     B2 Dvorak – Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104 – 3. Finale (Allegro moderato).wav
Number of files:    3
Official DR value:    DR14



  • Cello – Pierre Fournier
  • Composed By – Antonín Dvořák
  • Conductor – George Szell
  • Design – Alexander Gnirke
  • Liner Notes [German] – Uwe Kraemer
  • Photography [Cover] – Michael Rosenfeld


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • 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 ClickRepair, 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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