HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (Thorofon) Karlrobert Kreiten In Memoriam – Brahms, Chopin, Kreiten, Schoeck, Strauss

Thank you Trottar for this important historical document
Karlrobert Kreiten was a German pianist, though holding Dutch citizenship his entire life due to his Dutch father. He was seen by Wilhelm Furtwängler and others as one of the most talented young pianists in Germany. Born in Bonn, his German mother was the classical singer Emmy Kreiten, née Liebergesell, who sang under the stage name Emmy Kreiten-Barido. His Dutch father Theo Kreiten, was a composer, concert pianist, and writer. The Kreiten family originated in the area of the Lower Rhineland, along the current Dutch-German border. He made his debut at the age of eleven with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major in a live broadcast. He was educated in Berlin by Claudio Arrau.
Historical recordings from 1934-38

Composer: Johannes Brahms, Frederyk Chopin, Johann Strauss, Ottmar Schoeck, Theo Kreiten
Performer: Karlrobert Kreiten
Vinyl (1934-38)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Thorofon
DR 12
Size: 394 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

Kreiten was reported to the Gestapo by Nazi neighbor Ellen Ott-Monecke about making negative remarks about Adolf Hitler and the war effort. He was indicted at the Volksgerichtshof, with Roland Freisler presiding, and condemned to death. Friends and family frantically tried to save his life, but to no avail. The family only accidentally learned that Karlrobert had been executed by hanging, with 185 other inmates, at Plötzensee prison.

His execution triggered a wave of articles in the German press about this “treacherous” artist. Prominent journalist Werner Höfer had to retire in 1987 when his articles about Kreiten became known to a wider public.

Today in Berlin, a memorial of the life and death of Kreiten exists along the “Topography of Terror” outdoor exhibit, which deals with the terror inflicted by the German SS and the Gestapo. The very prison cells that held him and others arrested by the Gestapo have been unearthed and remain laid bare for all to see. Streets in Düsseldorf, Bonn, Hilden and Cologne have been named in his honor. His only sister, Rosemarie von Studnitz, became a book publisher in the United States and died in 1975. In September 2003 the Dutch composer Rudi Martinus van Dijk had his work Kreitens Passion for baritone, full choir and symphony orchestra premiered in Düsseldorf by the Düsseldorf Symfoniker in memoriam of Karlrobert Kreiten.


Analyzed folder: /96k (Mono) Karlrobert Kreiten In Memoriam
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR11        -2.03 dB     -17.80 dB     A1 Chopin – Preludes B-Major No. 21 And B-Minor Op. 28 No. 16.aif
DR13        -0.27 dB     -17.69 dB     A2 Brahms – Paganini Variations Op. 35.aif
DR13        -3.86 dB     -23.47 dB     A3 Brahms – Intermezzo A-flat-Major Op. 76 No. 3.aif
DR11        -2.62 dB     -17.72 dB     A4 Schoeck – Toccata Op. 29 No. 2.aif
DR13        -0.86 dB     -17.66 dB     B1 Strauss – The Blue Danube Op. 314, Transcription For Piano By Theo Kreiten.aif
DR12        -3.10 dB     -21.02 dB     B2 Kreiten – Sonatina E-Major.aif
DR13        -8.28 dB     -26.48 dB     B3 Chopin – Nocturne C-flat-Minor Op. Posthum.aif
Number of files:    7
Official DR value:    DR12


Ripping Info


  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • 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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9 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (Thorofon) Karlrobert Kreiten In Memoriam – Brahms, Chopin, Kreiten, Schoeck, Strauss

  1. This is a real rarity because only 55o LPs were pressed for private use. The pieces played by Karlrobert were the only recordings made in his short life.-During a family feast in Berlin, Karlrobert said frankly that the war will be lost. An aunt of him went immidiately to the Gestapo, so Karlrobert wasi arrested on the same day
    and convicted to death. All efforts to help him by important musician as Furtwängler, Arrau ,Heinz Tietjen and others, failed. A Tragedy!

  2. Thanks, Rach, as always, ur the best. Want the New, COMPLETE Historical Recordings WEB release, with art, and these pieces reconstructed with reverse engineering, plus TONS of others, newly discovered?

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