HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Grieg – Piano Concerto – Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Cliburn/Ormandy)


Many thanks to Janicius for this gift
Van Cliburn’s recordings of the Tchaikovsky First and Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concertos are legendary, but his performances of some of the other famous Romantic Concertos often get overlooked. These recordings of the Grieg and the 1st of Liszt Concerti by Cliburn, and conductor Eugene Ormandy leading the Philadelphia Orchestra, are outstanding. Van Cliburn is at his best on these Concerti, particularly on the Grieg, as he melds his “heart-on-sleeve” style with commanding technique and phrasing. Some may not like this style of playing, and sometimes it does not suit a particular piece (his Brahms First comes to mind), but here there is no question.

Composer: Edward Grieg, Franz Liszt
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1969
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 915 MB
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Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Bizet/Grieg – Carmen & Peer Gynt Suites (Slatkin)


Revisited after exactly 5 years, now with the benefits of the Black Bird Gang and the Audio Research SP15… and in 192 kHz

The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!

You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!

Composer: George Bizet, Edward Grieg
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Vinyl 1979
Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC
Label: Telarc

DR-Analysis: DR 14

Size: 1.59 GB

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Columbia) Grieg, Piano Concerto A-Minor – Rachmaninov, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Entremont/Ormandy)


Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
In the 1950s and 60s, CBS/Columbia (now Sony Classical) had the great fortune to have three of America’s best orchestras and their conductors on its recording roster — Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. More than a half-century later, only Leonard Bernstein remains a name that even the non-classical music world knows well. This particular disc features Ormandy and the Philadelphians with the great pianists Philippe Entremont (he was 23 years old on recording this in 1958) on the Grieg Piano Concerto, that’s often accompained by Rachmaninov’s “Paganini-Rhapsody”. When it comes to the “Rhapsody”, it will has to be either Curzon on Decca or this recording made decades ago. Just by knowing the orchestra (long considered the nation’s finest at the time) and the conductor (a major virtuoso to many critics), as well as the splendid performance on the piano, explains a lot of it.
Go ahead and look for others, but I definitely recommend this.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Edward Grieg
Performer:
Philippe Entremont
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1958

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.89 GB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI) Edward Grieg/Franz Liszt – Piano Concerti – György Cziffra

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this gem
Hungarian born György Cziffra was one of the most celebrated virtuosos of the post-war decades in Europe, noted for his powers of improvisation as a Liszt pianist. The Grieg Concerto is typical of Cziffra’s ‘mercurial quality’ while the Liszt Concerto is very much in the style with which Liszt ‘loved to astonish his adoring audiences’.
Cziffra’s legendary virtuosity and near-superhuman work ethic tended to overshadow the inner turmoil of a man who suffered deeply under the Nazi oppression, and then later from the post-war Hungarian regime, which eventually drove him into exile.

Composer: Edward Grieg, Franz Liszt
Performer: György Cziffra
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: André Vandernoot
Vinyl (1959)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 507 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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