Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (London) Johannes Brahms – Violin Sonatas Op. 78, 100, 108 (Katchen/Suk)


Many thanks to ONKLE for this amazing, audiophile gem
Among the annals of the greatest historical registers ever made this set must be included in a top list of the twenty five gem performances of the chamber music genre.

# Composer: Johannes Brahms
# Performer: Julius Katchen, Josef Suk
# Vinyl (1967)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B000059ZIC
# Size: 2.25 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

There is not any violinist of today capable to equal the level of expression and total commitment of Joseph Suk. Moreover, can boast of this kaleidoscopic variety of tonal colour, organic phrasing, mercurial tact, and even major ability to express with such deepness of sheer lyricism.

Of course, there must be a strong acknowledgement in which concerns to the musical support of Julius Katchen one of the most extraordinary pianist born in USA, whose musical canvas sounds so expressive natural that it would seem to have been born in Europe. His velvet sound, his accuracy around every single bar and his inimitable pianissimos makes of him the most remarkable American pianist playing Brahms. He captured and knew to deal with the essential core of Brahms, conferring him of grace, charm ,deepness without that nestled humor into the musical structure.

I would like to underline this last aspect because without that Mediterranean touch, Brahms may be unbearable to listen. That’s why there are so many brilliant pianists who conscious or unconsciously increase a pretended austerity in his music, lacking that kind spirit of a man who loved the Hungarian tunes and maintained a sort of formidable equilibrium between expression and charm; vigor and lyricism.

This is a very memorable album of Brahms Violin Sonatas. As a direct descent of Dvorak, Suk sure knows how to play Brahms, who was Dvorak’s mentor. You can feel the polished glory of his sound in every note, and every phrase is played with just the right amount of burning passion and romantic nuance – the d minor sonata especially is a gem you wouldn’t want to miss. The crisp Decca acoustics and the golden rich tone of Suk together create a very special atmosphere. Alongside this recording, I recommend the two Brahms trios Suk played with Janos Starker and Julius Katchen: it’s the definitive romantic interpretation of those monumental works.

Track Listing

  Sonata No. 1 In G Major, Op. 78 (26:07)
A1   I Vivace Ma Non Troppo 10:09  
A2   II Adagio 7:53  
A3   III Allegro Molto Moderato 8:04  
  Sonata No. 2 In A Major, Op. 100 (20:30)
A4   I Allegro Amabile 8:25  
B1   II Andante Tranquillo 6:41  
B2   III Allegretto Grazioso (Quasi Andante) 5:23  
  Sonata No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 108 (21:18)
B3   I Allegro 7:39  
B4   II Adagio 4:59  
B5   III Un Poco Presto E Con Sentimento 2:48  
B6   IV Presto Agitato 5:52  

Analyzed folder: /192k Brahms – Violin Sonatas Op. 78, 100, 108 – Suk-Katchen
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -1.38 dB     -21.52 dB     A1 Sonata No. 1 In G Major, Op. 78 – 1. Vivace Ma Non Troppo.wav
DR15        -1.92 dB     -23.07 dB     A2 Sonata No. 1 In G Major, Op. 78 – 2. Adagio.wav
DR15        -3.07 dB     -24.43 dB     A3 Sonata No. 1 In G Major, Op. 78 – 3. Allegro Molto Moderato.wav
DR14        -0.74 dB     -20.36 dB     A4 Sonata No. 2 In A Major, Op. 100 – 1. Allegro Amabile.wav
DR18        -2.33 dB     -26.39 dB     B1 Sonata No. 2 In A Major, Op. 100 – 2. Andante Tranquillo.wav
DR13        -3.11 dB     -23.27 dB     B2 Sonata No. 2 In A Major, Op. 100 – 3. Allegretto Grazioso (Quasi Andante).wav
DR15        -0.98 dB     -21.57 dB     B3 Sonata No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 108 – 1. Allegro.wav
DR15        -7.52 dB     -28.41 dB     B4 Sonata No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 108 – 2. Adagio.wav
DR14        -2.84 dB     -23.34 dB     B5 Sonata No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 108 – 3. Un Poco Presto E Con Sentimento.wav
DR13        -1.62 dB     -18.70 dB     B6 Sonata No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 108 – 4. Presto Agitato.wav
Number of files:    10
Official DR value:    DR14


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 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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  1. Haha. Now comes another miracle in the history of recordings. Thank you !

  2. Looking forward to listening to it. I was not able to find an original Decca pressing (quite expensive also). But this London reissue is pressed in the UK for the american market (which is in this case preferable to the US London american pressing) in good conditions, arguably out of original master tape. Anyway, can only be superior to the CD edition.

  3. A huge thank you, really looking forward to listening to this.

  4. I don’t use the word “genius” very often but here we really can hear two Geniuses at work… Moreover, they are really meeting each other, which is even more extraordinary.

    Regarding the sound, it is excellent.
    The CD is in this case excellent too (for once), so the comparison was not as easy as usual.
    Nevertheless, here again, I prefer the sound of the vinyl, even if not from an original pressing. The CD might be more defined and clear (almost too much from what I remember to be the sound of the original Decca vinyl) but your rip, again, has more soul. Timbres are more realistic, sound is warmer, the focus is better and I can hear that the violin is made of wood more easily. In one word : the music has more presence. Thank you again !

  5. Thank you! Perfect!

  6. mozartjuveniles

    is it save to buy premium accout? very hard to dowload…..

    • If you get the msg “server down for maintenance” so a premium account wouldn’t be better. But if you see the msg “all free slots busy” you would be able to DL on buying a premium account. Sorry, not my thing – is a FF issue.

  7. mozartjuveniles

    is it save to buy a premium account?

  8. Thanks very much Rach & ONKLE! Looking forward to compare to latest edition CDs….

  9. With that Stern/Mehta recording, it is real Brahms fest. Thank You very much.

  10. Regarding “There is not any violinist of today capable to equal the level of expression and total commitment of Joseph Suk.” – well, try Movses Pogossian, a talent grown in Buffalo .-)

  11. hi sir, part 6 is unavailable for free FF users. Would u pls upload it somwhere else so everyone can enjoy this beautiful music?

    Thank U so much for your contribution to the classical world of vinyls. Cheers!

  12. Unbelievably beautiful recording!!! I had no idea the sonatas could be played like this, and I have heard many fine modern artists play them live. Truly an outstanding piece of history. Thank you.

  13. Does anyone else have issues extracting the archives? When I extract the folders, there are 20 flac files. My player (VLC) recognizes the duration of each track, but will not play it. Help!

  14. Wonderful to have these nice old recordings, thank you.

  15. Thanks very much ONKLE and Rachmaninov!

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