Super HD-Vinyl 192/24 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concertos 2 & 4 (Wilhelm Kempff)

Many thanks to our friend ONKLE who sent me this gem
Complete new rip, without the known distortions

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Wilhelm Kempff
# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
# Vinyl (1963)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B000026DFH
# Size: 2.23 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Kempff was famed for his absolute clarity of articulation and his subtlety of touch. His approach was very classical and this variety of touch giving variety to his phrasing was never at the expense of maintaining a tight rhythmical control. Furthermore he never exceeded the tonal limitations of the piano so there are no examples of undue heaviness, twanging strings or thumping foot pedals.

One consistent oddity to his Beethoven concertos and sonatas was a tendency to play the slow movements at a slightly faster tempo than was usual thus creating a forward sense of flow. The outer movements were often slightly steadier than was usual so, coupled with his rhythmic control and light touch, these movements dance more joyfully than usual. I have always been convinced by this readjustment of tempo balance within works.

All of this is to be found in abundance in this recording.

The orchestral balance is more perfect than is often the case. Every one of the woodwind’s crucial dialogue phrases with the piano and with each other are clearly audible as are the string’s rhythmical accompanying chords etc. This perfect blend is due to a combination of faithful recording balance, good conducting and sensitive pianism.

To paraphrase The Gramophone from years ago I would suggest that to hear Kempff playing Beethoven is like listening to Beethoven speaking to us directly without an intermediary. Kempff playing Beethoven was a very special talent and we are lucky to have such fine recordings of it.

Track Listing

Piano Concerto No. 2 B-dur op. 19
A1 Rondo-Molto allegro
A2 Adagio
A3   Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No. 4 G-dur op. 58
B1 Andante con moto
B2 Allegro moderato
B3 Rondo-Vivace

Analyzed folder: /Volumes/HDMUSIC/  TO DO – Classical/192kLvB_PC2_4_Kem/192kLvB – Piano Concertos 2 and 4  – Kempff
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR14        -1.64 dB     -20.82 dB     A1 LvB – Piano Concerto No.2 B-Major – 1 Allegro con brio.wav
DR13        -2.49 dB     -21.12 dB     A2 LvB – Piano Concerto No.2 B-Major – 2 Adagio.wav
DR12        -1.03 dB     -18.10 dB     A3 LvB – Piano Concerto No.2 B-Major – 3 Rondo-Molto Allegro.wav
 DR13        -1.25 dB     -20.67 dB     B1 LvB – Piano Concerto No.4 G-Major – 1 Allegro moderato.wav
 DR12        -5.33 dB     -24.19 dB     B2 LvB – Piano Concerto No.4 G-Major – 2 Andante con moto.wav
DR13        -0.85 dB     -19.45 dB     B3 LvB – Piano Concerto No.4 G-Major – 3 Rondo-Vivace.wav
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR13

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 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

If you like what i do, please consider that a little donation would be very appreciate. I reinvest all donations in maintenance of my rig, for purchasing cleaning solutions and, most important of all, purchasing of new vinyls.
Click on the “Donate”-button. Thank you very much !

Download from FileFactory

6 archives
PW: LaWally

47 thoughts on “Super HD-Vinyl 192/24 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concertos 2 & 4 (Wilhelm Kempff)

      • Sounds great. Apart the slight distortion issue you’ve mentioned in your recent post (mostly in the end of each side), it’s brilliant. In fact I love the DGG sound of this period. Slightly dryer than Decca for instance but well balanced, focused and good body. Thanks my Alf !
        Ps : did you get my PM ?

          • Yes ! Two big messages. I sent them on the new address you gave me. First one, sent on the 8 th of april about, among other things, distortion issue. I thought your post on the subject was related to this email. Strange…
            Second one sent this afternoon. Can you check your junk or something ? I don’t think I’ve made a mistake as I copy/pasted the new address you sent. Maybe can you write to me from this new address and I’ll forward you my two messages ?

            • I’m checking right now…this morning I had no new mails. Strange is, that I have no new mails for almost 1 week. I have another “”-address and there I get normally every day about 30 emails.

              • I’ve just got your test and have replied to it. Did you have the replies ? If not, maybe you can give me by email another email address where to reach you ?

  1. Whoa. Absolute amazing RACH…. and ONKLE. Looking for a 192k version of the Kempff/Leitner cycle forever!!! Had the vinyl once.

    Any chance we might see the rest of this essential, grand Beethoven piano concerto cycle at 192k?

    Blessings from LA, CA, USA

    • Sorry friend…everything is well. The archives were DLd in 4 days about 145 times. You are the first user that reports an error.
      I don’t know how to help you.

      • I tried again even with a newly donlwoaded UNRAR program, same error.

        Used the password LaWally

        Downloaded and unpacked many files from Losslessjazz, no problem!


        • Really, mon ami….I don’t know what to say. I woul heartly help you, but I don’t know how to do…
          I’m not the great crack in computer questions…and I’m working on a mac, not window-pc….

          • OK, so I used another computer and we have the same problems!
            I analyzed the downloads and the files are compressed containing 2 copies of each file ! One is 4096 bytes, the other copy is for example the full sized 418.460.961 bytes long.
            This is for the 192Khz Kemp download.
            I lso notice that in fact all files duplicated in all 4 parts, in the end if you purge all the duplicates you end up with 4 files only, instead of 6.

            So please verify your compression.


            • Harold, I can only repeat what I wrote last week: you’re the only one reporting this problem. The archives were DLed in 10 days 350 times…see the picture here


              So I guess, the problem (whatever it is) is on your side…sorry. Don’t you think, that’s near impossible, 350 persons have problems and did not report it?

              I unrared the 5 archives on my mac…worked absolutely perfect: 6 flac-files, 1 DR report as txt, 1 folder with the pictures. That’s all i got.
              I DLed the 5 rars from FF and did the same like above: again I had 6 flac-files, 1 DR report as txt, 1 folder with the pictures.

              No duplicates of anything. No missed files.

              192kLvB – Piano Concertos 2 and 4 – Kempff_dr.txt
              A1 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 2 B-dur op. 19 – Allegro con brio.flac
              A2 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 2 B-dur op. 19 – Adagio.flac
              A3 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 2 B-dur op. 19 – Rondo-Molto allegro.flac
              B1 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 4 G-dur op. 58 – Allegro moderato.flac
              B2 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 4 G-dur op. 58 – Andante con moto.flac
              B3 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 4 G-dur op. 58 – Rondo-Vivace.flac

              Did you have always this problem? With all my rips? Do you DL with a DL-program? In this case I suggest to try direct DLs from FF. Maybe you use another unpack program. Are you on windows? there are surely more alternatives instead on winzip. On Mac I pack with Rarify and unpack with StuffExpander or RarMachine or SimplyRar

              • mystery, mystery!
                I DL direct from FF.
                I unpack with Unrar
                not always is there a problem. I tried different computers.
                Sometimes when ther is an error in the packed files I can repair the files with a special utility but not in this case.

                Don’t know.
                Never have such problems with LosslessJazz
                I’ll try again…
                Maybe… our providers are sabotaging some download servers ?
                I’ll try with an IP simulator!


    • Sorry, don’t have any vinyl of the turkish beauty….on you can find some vinyls from 1973 up to 1986….if you like to buy some one, you can send it to me, I rip it gladly for you and all here.

  2. Dear Mr Rachmaninov,

    Thank you very much.
    It´s better indeed!
    Thanks for your efforts. Not only for this one, but alsoo for the many other contributions, who makes me happy!

  3. Many thanks for this beautiful record. Kempff’s interpretation of LvB, concertos is majestic, the orchestra is precise, but – the sound coming out of my speakers is incredible – each instrument can be identified, in the spectre and in the soundstage, it is a rip of the highest standard. Mr. Rachmaninov, you really make wonders!

    • Rach:

      Please, please, pretty please could you re-up this essential 24 192 Kempff recording since the link is permanently lost… always “down for maintenance”…

      Thx as always for your amazing work.

      • Tim, so gerne ich helfen würde, aber du musst dich gedulden und darauf warten, dass die Wartungsarbeiten beendet sind. Es sind unzählige meiner rips damit “befallen”…ich kann wirklich nicht den ganzen Tag Teile von rips immer wieder uploaden (die dann, theoretisch, wieder auf einem Server landen könnten, der gewartet wird)

        • RACH:

          Good news…. Kempff P.C. 2&4 @ 24/192 is all downloaded. Finally FF came through.

          Will wait now for you to unleashed the last recording in this amazing series you started… the P.C.s 1-3 in glorious 24/192k.

          Danka Sir.

Leave a Reply