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# Composer: Johannes Brahms
# Performer: Janos Starker, Julius Katchen, Josef Suk
# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B0000264ZX
# Size: 2.25 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Although the Suk/Katchen duo was eventually superseded by other artists for my first choice of recordings of the Brahms Violin Sonatas, I have not yet found a more satisfying account of the Brahms Piano Trios. I am aware that the Penguin Guide prefers the recording by Trio Fontenay — and they boast a better stereo acoustic — but this warm, originally analog, recording serves to enhance the sense of an intimate encounter with this lovingly-played chamber music. The artists are expertly balanced and they all play with commitment and a unified musical vision. I particularly enjoy Janos Starker’s contribution to the Op. 8 trio.
These performances of Brahms’ piano trios have quickly become my favorites and leave me with little desire to further explore the trio discography. Julius Katchen, Josef Suk and Janos Starker go for all-out romantic interpretations, and this dense music of stark contrasts arguably makes more sense this way. The sound, like the music, is intimate, warm and detailed. In its closeness it reminds me of Suk’s violin sonatas with Katchen, another treasure that I highly recommend. They don’t make recordings that sound like this anymore.
|Piano Trio No.1 In B Major, Op. 8|
|A1||Allegro Con Brio||15:05|
|A2||Scherzo (Allegro Molto-Meno Allegro)||6:19|
|Piano Trio No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 101|
|B3||Presto Non Assai||3:21|
Analyzed folder: /192k Brahms – Piano Trios – Katchen-Suk-Starker
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -1.22 dB -18.85 dB A1 Piano Trio No.1 In B Major, Op. 8 – Allegro Con Brio.wav
DR13 -3.48 dB -21.92 dB A2 Piano Trio No.1 In B Major, Op. 8 – Scherzo (Allegro Molto-Meno Allegro).wav
DR17 -4.60 dB -28.18 dB A3 Piano Trio No.1 In B Major, Op. 8 – Adagio.wav
DR12 -1.38 dB -18.13 dB B1 Piano Trio No.1 In B Major, Op. 8 – Allegro.wav
DR13 -0.84 dB -18.61 dB B2 Piano Trio No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 101 – Allegro Energico.wav
DR13 -7.28 dB -27.28 dB B3 Piano Trio No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 101 – Presto Non Assai.wav
DR16 -2.66 dB -25.07 dB B4 Piano Trio No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 101 – Andante Grazioso.wav
DR13 -1.06 dB -18.87 dB B5 Piano Trio No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 101 – Allegro Molto.wav
Number of files: 8
Official DR value: DR14
- 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 ClickRepair, 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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