Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Telarc) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concerti (Serkin/Ozawa)

Dedicated to Trottar, Jean-Luc …and our friend Bob may he still be among us
Sometime life never helps you. Even, when you think, you have the Beethoven’s Concerti performed by the best pianists ever lived/living, such like Brendel, Pollini, Benedetti-Michelangeli, Kempff, Backhaus, Arrau, Katchen and others… and hardly you can admit another more in your private league, then it happens. And you think, how fool must I have been all the time, for not have discovered that treasure in time. So happened to me with Serkin.
Welcome, Signor Rodolfo!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Vinyl 1981-84
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 7.63 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

It is no secret that there are quite a few excellent recordings of the Five Beethoven Piano Concerti available — especially Brendel (both sets with Chicago and Vienna). However, what I find particularly stunning about Rudolf Serkin’s readings of the Beethoven Concerti is the pure human element he somehow employs in his playing and at the same time his ability to transcend that same element.

Serkin’s performances are, to keep it simple, brilliant. He delivers performances that are inspiring, reliable, beautiful and wonderfully thought-provoking. In a word, his playing is pianistic, which I will dare say was Beethoven’s intent with these works (after all, it is indeed well known that Beethoven was the most esteemed pianist during his time).
Serkin is certainly in his comfort zone and these recording show it – he was a master at interpreting and performing 18th century works. Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra deliver magnificient readings — beautiful, bold, and elegant playing.

Telarc’s digital recording (although early 1980s digital) is marvelous. This recording is a must have for Beethoven fans, pianists, and especially those of us beholden to the art of Rudolf Serkin!



  Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15  
A1 Allegro Con Brio 18:15
A2 Largo 11:54
A3 Rondo: Allegro Scherzando 10:18
  Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 19  
B1 Allegro Con Brio 14:37
B2 Adagio 9:21
B3 Rondo: Molto Allegro 6:42
  Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37  
C1 Allegro Con Brio 16:59
C2 Largo 9:34
D1 Rondo: Allegro 10:15
D2 Fantasia In C For Piano, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 80 20:03
  Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58  
E1 Allegro Moderato 19:50
F1 Andante Con Moto; Rondo: Vivace 15:40
  Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat op. 73 “Emperor”  
G1 Allegro 21:20
H1 Adagio Con Poco Mosso; Rondo: Allegro 19:34

Analyzed Folder: /192k LvB – The Piano Concerti – Serkin, Ozawa (Telarc)_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR16 -0.73 dB -22.29 dB A1 Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15 – Allegro Con Brio.flac
DR14 -4.42 dB -24.43 dB A2 Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15 – Largo.flac
DR13 -0.54 dB -21.18 dB A3 Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15 – Rondo- Allegro Scherzando.flac
DR14 -0.16 dB -19.37 dB B1 Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 19 – Allegro Con Brio.flac
DR13 -1.23 dB -21.98 dB B2 Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 19 – Adagio.flac
DR13 -1.07 dB -18.37 dB B3 Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 19 – Rondo- Molto Allegro.flac
DR15 -0.99 dB -21.97 dB C1 Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37 – Allegro Con Brio.flac
DR13 -8.13 dB -27.13 dB C2 Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37 – Largo.flac
DR14 -2.15 dB -21.60 dB D1 Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37 – Rondo- Allegro.flac
DR17 -0.13 dB -23.48 dB D2 Fantasia In C For Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 80.flac
DR16 -0.30 dB -22.71 dB E Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58 – Allegro Moderato.flac
DR17 -0.33 dB -24.00 dB F Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58 – Andante Con Moto – Rondo- Vivace.flac
DR14 -0.45 dB -19.23 dB G Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat op. 73 ‘Emperor’ – Allegro.flac
DR16 -0.57 dB -21.85 dB H Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat op. 73 ‘Emperor’ – Adagio Con Poco Mosso – Rondo- Allegro.flac
Number of Files: 14
Official DR Value: DR15



  • Art Direction – Ray Kirschensteiner
  • Baritone Vocals – David Gordon (7) (tracks: D2)
  • Bass Vocals – Julien Robbins (tracks: D2)
  • Chorus – Tanglewood Festival Chorus (tracks: D2)
  • Composed By – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Conductor – John Oliver (3) (tracks: D2), Seiji Ozawa
  • Contralto Vocals – Lili Chookasian (tracks: D2)
  • Edited By – Elaine Martone
  • Engineer [Recording] – Jack Renner
  • Liner Notes – Harris Goldsmith
  • Orchestra – Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Photography [Cover] – Christian Steiner (6)
  • Piano – Rudolf Serkin
  • Producer [Recording], Edited By – Robert Woods (2)
  • Soprano Vocals – Faye Robinson (tracks: D2), Mary Burgess (tracks: D2)
  • Tenor Vocals – Kenneth Riegel (tracks: D2)
Recorded at Symphony Hall, Boston on October 5, 1983 (Concerto No. 1), July 3, 1984 (Concerto No. 2), October 2 & 4, 1982 (Concerto No. 3), October 6, 1981 (Concerto No. 4), January 24 & 26, 1981 (Concerto No. 5).

Ripping Info


A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
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  • Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5



26 thoughts on “Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Telarc) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concerti (Serkin/Ozawa)”

  1. Thank you for this upload.
    I have owned many of Serkin’s Beethoven concerto recordings over the years – he re-recorded this repertoire many times.
This set is wonderful, there is a warmth to these recordings/performances that sets them apart from many of his earlier records; which sometimes had a thin, tinny sound (Bernstein).

  2. Alf, thank you for this pearl. This was the last time Serkin recorded all Beethoven concertos after many times between 1940 and 1980.The piano sound is quite different his playing lets say matured in a positive way not so much attaca as in the Brahms concertos 1965. I like these recording much better
than the cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Ormandy from 1960.Trottar.P.S.: The singers in the Choral Fantasy are not my taste.

  3. I’ve listened before to Serkin on the Beethoven concertos with Kubelik and Bernstein. So yet another set of performances with Ozawa is interesting. Thank you.

  4. Thank you for this set. I haven’t heard these versions of the Beethoven concertos before, though I know Serkin’s earlier recordings, so I am looking forward to getting to know them.

  5. I have the Bernstein cycle with the n.y.Philharmonic with SERKIN. A marvelous set. Especially the 5 th piano concerto. There was a older Horowitz version of the 5t which blew my head off but cat remember te conductor.Actually, never heard of this version although it looks real tasty..

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