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# 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.
|Piano Concerto No. 2 B-dur op. 19|
|A3||Allegro con brio|
|Piano Concerto No. 4 G-dur op. 58|
|B1||Andante con moto|
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
- 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
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