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# Composer: Johannes Brahms
# Performer: Henryk Szeryng
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: Mercury Living Presence
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B0000057LQ
# Size: 1.35 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
If anyone seems to have “owned” the Brahms Violin Concerto, it is Henryk Szerying. Szerying captures the drama and intensity of the first movement. He makes the second movement Adagio abolutely sublime. Antal Dorati and the London Symphony deliver an excellent performance. The Mercury Living Presence sound quality is excellent.
Antal Dorati is a relative unknown for some reason, but Brahms connoisseurs know that his Brahms is some of the best you’re likely to find. His Brahms Symphony cycle, also on MLP, is some of the finest Brahms around, and the profound understanding of Brahms he displays on that set is in play here as well. He conducts the LSO in a fine performance, transparent and incisive, with well-judged tempi and great care for his soloist. The first movement is conceived as a grand, sweeping structure by Dorati and Szeryng that avoids sounding rushed – in fact some may find it slow, but it works perfectly when one takes the long view – and is aimed at highlighting the vertical rather than horizontal aspects of its architecture. The slow movement is woven masterfully and gorgeously but without oversentimentality, leading into the radiantly rejoicing giocoso Finale that is amongst the finest ever set to disc. Szeryng navigates the numerous difficulties with technical aplomb and a supreme strength of melodic line, always paying heed to the work’s architecture. His tone is so rich and deep as to almost sound viola-like. He shines throughout, though in particular during the outer movements which call for the utmost virtuosity, something Szeryng had in adundance. This is Szeryng in his prime. The interplay between he and Dorati demonstrates how strong an accompanist Dorati could be, as he perfectly complements his soloist at all turns. The collaboration of these two unsung masters is a special one that produced numerous recordings of the standard violin repertoire for MLP, and this one in particular shouldn’t be missed if it can be found at a reasonable price.
Sound is very good; Mercury’s Living Presence series was always well-regarded in the 1960s for their quality of recorded sound. It has good dynamic range and is very well-balanced (and I’m running this on a pretty good equipment), though Dorati is partially responsible for this due to the clear incisive orchestral articulation he achieves. There is some tape-hiss but that’s to be expected from an analog sourcetape. The liner notes are well-written and informative.
This is arguably Szeryng’s finest recorded performance of the work.
|Violin Concerto In D Major, Opus 77|
|A||Allegro Non Troppo|
|B2||Allegro Giocoso, Man Non Troppo Vivace|
Analyzed folder: /192kJoBr_ViCo-Sze/192k Brahms – Violin Concerto – Szeryng
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -0.62 dB -19.92 dB A Brahms – Violin Concerto D-Major Op. 77 – Allegro Ma Non Troppo.wav
DR15 -2.31 dB -24.87 dB B1 Brahms – Violin Concerto D-Major Op. 77 – Adagio.wav
DR11 -0.53 dB -16.33 dB B2 Brahms – Violin Concerto D-Major Op. 77 – Allegro Giocoso, Ma Non Troppo Vivace.wav
Number of files: 3
Official DR value: DR13
- Composed By – Johannes Brahms
- Conductor – Antal Dorati
- Design [Cover] – George Maas
- Liner Notes – James Lyons
- Orchestra – London Symphony Orchestra, The
- Photography By – Angus Mc Bean
- Violin – Henryk Szeryng
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
- Phono amp: 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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