Super HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Telarc) Malcolm Frager plays Chopin

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Great performance with awesome piano sound!
If you’ve ever wanted a benchmark recording of Chopin, get this one!

# Composer: Frederyk Chopin
# Performer: Malcolm Frager
# Vinyl (1983)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Telarc
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 685 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


This LP’s success lies in its two main stars: Malcolm Frager and the Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand Piano. Frager gives a truly remarkable performance of Chopin. His selected pieces provide a rich sampling of what the composer has done for the piano. I particularly loved his rendition of Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise-a work not often included in many repertoires. And the Bösendorfer (considered the “Rolls Royce” of pianos) sounds astounding-crisp, sweet treble and clear, resonant bass. This piano should really be featured in more recordings.

The late Malcolm Frager was one of America’s greatest pianists. He was trained by his teacher Carl Friedberg–pupil of Clara Schumann and friend of Brahms–in the great Romantic tradition. In this superb, wide-range digital recording, Frager plays some of Chopin’s best-known music with color and poetic expression. In the opening two Polonaises, Frager handles the virtuosic demands unobtrusively, making beautiful music even out of the glittery difficulties of the Grande Polonaise. The Sonata receives a heroic performance, with touching playing of the long largo. This disc is a wonderful souvenir of a great artist who deserves to be remembered by all pianophiles.
This gorgeous recording, sadly one of the few made by Frager, illustrates why a musician friend of mine says that it’s impossible to make a bad sound on the Boesendorfer. Each of Frager’s interpretations is definitive, and the quality of the sound will take your breath away. When I first heard the deep bass of the Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise the floor was fairly shaking. What a difference an extra octave of bass keys makes! The first time I heard Frager’s rendition of the Sonata Op. 58 I was reduced to tears.One of Telarcs total “tour de force” recordings. Finding playable copies of this Telarc recording get harder each day. So make the most of this opportunity to add this to your library.
Analyzed folder: /96kCh_Frag/96k Chopin – Malcolm Frager
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR10        -0.76 dB     -16.48 dB     A1 Polonaise, Op. 53 ‘Heroic’.wav
DR13        -1.03 dB     -19.23 dB     A2 Andante Spianato And Grande Polonaise, Op. 22.wav
DR13        -2.07 dB     -20.58 dB     B1 Variations Brilliantes On An Aria From Ludovic By Herold, Op. 12.wav
DR13        -3.86 dB     -20.37 dB     B2 Mazurkas, Op.6.wav
DR11        -9.31 dB     -24.17 dB     B3 Contredanse.wav
DR11        -2.51 dB     -17.18 dB     B4 Tarantelle, Op. 43.wav
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR12

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Limited Edition Denon DL 103 SA
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • 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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25 thoughts on “Super HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Telarc) Malcolm Frager plays Chopin

  1. It is like we are at a soccer match and the announcer yells over the microphone, SCOOOOOOOOORE!

    Rach there are not enough superlatives to describe your work.
    This is the clearest and best played Heroic Polonaise I’ve ever heard.
    My wife is a pianist, and this is one of her favorite pieces. I can’t wait to play this for her! Stunningly gorgeous!

    • Hi my dear…found (and purchased) just now another marvellous Frager LP (engl. Decca) playing togheter with Ashkenazy music by Mozart and Schumann

  2. Frager interpretation of Chopin is serious and energetic and the Imperial Grand sounds majestically. Thank you Mr Rachmaninov for this gem and for your excellent transfer to digital format.

  3. I tried to download this from File Factory with free download. AVG flagged it as a trojan virus and sealed it in the vault. Boxset has certainly gone downhill.

  4. I heard this record three times and it is really the great. the sound is very good even i try in both of my speaker and headphone

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