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Emil Gilels (1916-1985) could summon thunderous waves of sound from the keyboard, but was equally capable of melting tenderness and delicate nuance. This extraordinary box set brings together live chamber music performances made in Moscow and London from 1950 to 1958 with Gilels and other world-famous artists. Violinist Leonid Kogan, violist Rudolf Barshai, and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich were all among the greatest instrumentalists of their era, and their collaboration in these rare live recordings make this set indispensable to any collector.
# Composer: Robert Schumann, Josef Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Peter Tchaikowsky
# Performers: Leonid Kogan, Emil Gilels, Mstislaw Rostropovich
# Vinyls (1950-58)
# Format: Flac
# Number of discs: 2
# Label: Melodia
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B000T4SX8I
# Size: 1.1 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Between 1949 and 1959, when the group disbanded for personal reasons, the piano trio formed by Gileles, Kogan, and Rostropovich was arguably the greatest in the world. Soviet music operated through a savage meritocracy, systematically promoting the best musicians and giving them all the perks of a state-controlled hierarchy. The horrors of the Soviet regime are unmentionable, but in our tight little world of classical recordings, it’s wonderful to have 5 CDs of live and studio performances of a wide range of masterpieces.
The dedicated and totally admirable reissue label DOREMI specializes in preserving many Soviet-era artists, including a lengthy archive devoted to Sviatoslav Richter. As we old-timers know, the original LPs released by Melodiya, the official state label, are hugely variable, and 24-bit remastering goes only so far. Happily, quite a few of these early monos, most of them between 1950 and 1955, sound perfectly fine. They tend to be clear, very closely miked, and dry, thanks to small, confined studios, but hiss is gone, along with most of the inner-groove distortion. One session from Feb. 1959 occurred in London; it includes the Shostakovich Piano Trio #2 and the Brahms Horn Trio. Violist Rudolf Barshai joins the group for the Faure Piano Quartet #1, and Gilels performs the Borodin Piano Trio with members of the famed Beethoven Quartet in place of his regular partners.
I won’t go into detail about thirteen works offered here, except to say that anyone who loves chamber music playing at its best need not fear the specter of Soviet sonics. Assuming that monaural recording isn’t a hindrance, this is a great set, and the price on the used market remains more than reasonable.
Analyzed folder: /96k Haydn, LvB, Tchaikowsky, Schumann – Piano Trios – Kogan, Gilels, Rostropovich
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR12 -1.11 dB -18.05 dB A1 Schumann – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 1 D-minor Op. 63 – Mit Energie Und Leidenschaft.wav
DR13 -1.54 dB -18.89 dB A2 Schumann – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 1 D-minor Op. 63 – Lebhaft, Doch Nicht Zu Rasch.wav
DR13 -2.58 dB -21.69 dB A3 Schumann – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 1 D-minor Op. 63 – Langsam, Mit Inniger Empfindung.wav
DR12 -1.53 dB -17.20 dB A4 Schumann – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 1 D-minor Op. 63 – Mit Feuer.wav
DR13 -2.19 dB -18.86 dB B1 Haydn – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello G-minor Hob. XV No. 19 – Andante.wav
DR10 -0.90 dB -14.28 dB B2 Haydn – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello G-minor Hob. XV No. 19 – Presto.wav
DR12 -5.01 dB -22.32 dB B3 Haydn – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello G-minor Hob. XV No. 19 – Adagio Ma Non Troppo.wav
DR11 -1.91 dB -16.54 dB B4 Haydn – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello G-minor Hob. XV No. 19 – Presto.wav
DR12 -1.21 dB -18.88 dB B5 LvB – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 9 Es-Major WoO 38 – Allegro Moderato.wav
DR13 -0.86 dB -20.65 dB B6 LvB – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 9 Es-Major WoO 38 – Scherzo (Allegro Ma Non Troppo).wav
DR12 -1.73 dB -19.18 dB B7 LvB – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 9 Es-Major WoO 38 – Rondo (Allegretto).wav
DR12 -0.36 dB -17.58 dB C1 Tchaikowsky – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello A-minor Op. 50 – Pezzo Elegiaco.wav
DR13 -2.58 dB -19.92 dB C2 Tchaikowsky – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello A-minor Op. 50 – Tema Con Variazioni (I-III).wav
DR12 -1.05 dB -18.54 dB D1 Tchaikowsky – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello A-minor Op. 50 – Tema Con Variazioni (IV-XI).wav
DR12 -1.25 dB -16.87 dB D2 Tchaikowsky – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello A-minor Op. 50 – Variazione Finale E Coda.wav
Number of files: 15
Official DR value: DR12
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- 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 iZotopes, 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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