HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (EMI) Johannes Brahms – Quintet For Piano And Strings Op. 34 (Serkin/Busch Quartet)

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Historical recording from 1938

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer: Rudolf Serkin, The Busch Quartet
Vinyl (1938)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 381 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Franz Schubert – Trout-Quintet (Serkin, Laredo a.o.)

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This gem of a recording by Serkin and friends captures the essence of Schubert’s composition. The balance achieved by Serkin’s piano efforts and the rest of the quintet is masterful, with beautiful violin contributions by Laredo. The tempo is superb, and the finale is high spirited!

Composer: Franz Schubert
Performer: Julius Levine, Leslie Parnas, Rudolf Serkin, Philipp Naegele, Jaime Laredo
Vinyl (1968)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 798 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Rudolf Serkin Live At Carnegie Hall

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this gem
One of the greatest pianists of all time. His interpretations are deep and sound like the composers’ intentions. Anybody who heard and knew this Master knows that whatever he tackled is today embossed in the Temple of the finest, most honest, keyboard and chamber music ever recorded. No wonder he became Adolf Busch’s son-in-law. His “Republic of Equals” in Marlboro was never really a ‘Republic”–it was his Kingdom (but not Empire). Amazing how his son Peter carried forward this tradition of musical honesty and virtuosity…..

Composer: Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Vinyl (1978)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 1.79 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti No. 9 & 17 (Serkin/Abbado)

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This new WAM-Serkin-Abbado gem was provided by Jean-Luc
The best composer who ever lived and a superb team of pianist, conductor, and orchestra make this a solid gold winner.
Comparing Serkin with his earlier recordings of Mozart’s concertos, you might detect a bit more freedom or panache in the running passages of the first movement and a bit more light and shade in the cadenzas, and the sound is here more present and warmer. Serkin and Abbado don’t shirk or prettify them. There’s plenty of humor and really no reservations about the playing at all.
And a word about Abbado — this was before he started paying attention to historically informed performance, and it’s a full-blooded account worthy of Szell or Bohm, though in better sound. I’ve seen Abbado criticized for over-refinement, but there’s none of that here. The playing has weight, energy, and beauty — as vigorous old-style Mozart as you could wish for, and marvelously attentive to the soloist, as Abbado almost always was in his concerto recordings. Very good work all round!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Vinyl (1982)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.26 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti No. 21 & 23 (Serkin/Abbado)

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The best composer who ever lived and a superb team of pianist, conductor, and orchestra make this a solid gold winner.
Comparing Serkin with his earlier recordings of Mozart’s concertos, you might detect a bit more freedom or panache in the running passages of the first movement and a bit more light and shade in the cadenzas, and the sound is here more present and warmer. Serkin and Abbado don’t shirk or prettify them. There’s plenty of humor and really no reservations about the playing at all.
And a word about Abbado — this was before he started paying attention to historically informed performance, and it’s a full-blooded account worthy of Szell or Bohm, though in better sound. I’ve seen Abbado criticized for over-refinement, but there’s none of that here. The playing has weight, energy, and beauty — as vigorous old-style Mozart as you could wish for, and marvelously attentive to the soloist, as Abbado almost always was in his concerto recordings. Very good work all round!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Vinyl (1983)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.12 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti No. 8 & 27 (Serkin/Abbado)

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The best composer who ever lived and a superb team of pianist, conductor, and orchestra make this a solid gold winner.
Comparing Serkin with his earlier recordings of Mozart’s concertos, you might detect a bit more freedom or panache in the running passages of the first movement and a bit more light and shade in the cadenzas, and the sound is here more present and warmer. Serkin and Abbado don’t shirk or prettify them. There’s plenty of humor and really no reservations about the playing at all.
And a word about Abbado — this was before he started paying attention to historically informed performance, and it’s a full-blooded account worthy of Szell or Bohm, though in better sound. I’ve seen Abbado criticized for over-refinement, but there’s none of that here. The playing has weight, energy, and beauty — as vigorous old-style Mozart as you could wish for, and marvelously attentive to the soloist, as Abbado almost always was in his concerto recordings. Very good work all round!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Vinyl (1984)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.1 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti No. 19 & 25 (Serkin/Abbado)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this pearl

The best composer who ever lived and a superb team of pianist, conductor, and orchestra make this a solid gold winner.
Comparing Serkin with his earlier recordings of Mozart’s concertos, you might detect a bit more freedom or panache in the running passages of the first movement and a bit more light and shade in the cadenzas, and the sound is here more present and warmer. Serkin and Abbado don’t shirk or prettify them. There’s plenty of humor and really no reservations about the playing at all.
And a word about Abbado — this was before he started paying attention to historically informed performance, and it’s a full-blooded account worthy of Szell or Bohm, though in better sound. I’ve seen Abbado criticized for over-refinement, but there’s none of that here. The playing has weight, energy, and beauty — as vigorous old-style Mozart as you could wish for, and marvelously attentive to the soloist, as Abbado almost always was in his concerto recordings. Very good work all round!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Vinyl (1984)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.23 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti No. 12 & 20 (Serkin/Abbado)

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Many thanks to Mats for this pearl

The best composer who ever lived and a superb team of pianist, conductor, and orchestra make this a solid gold winner.
Comparing Serkin with his earlier recordings of Mozart’s concertos, you might detect a bit more freedom or panache in the running passages of the first movement and a bit more light and shade in the cadenzas, and the sound is here more present and warmer. Serkin and Abbado don’t shirk or prettify them. There’s plenty of humor and really no reservations about the playing at all.
And a word about Abbado — this was before he started paying attention to historically informed performance, and it’s a full-blooded account worthy of Szell or Bohm, though in better sound. I’ve seen Abbado criticized for over-refinement, but there’s none of that here. The playing has weight, energy, and beauty — as vigorous old-style Mozart as you could wish for, and marvelously attentive to the soloist, as Abbado almost always was in his concerto recordings. Very good work all round!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Vinyl (1982)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.1 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Rare Vinyls 16/44.1 mono (CBS) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – 6 Piano Concertos (Serkin)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this historical gem

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Rudolf Serkin
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Marlboro Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Alexander Schneider, Georg Szell
# Vinyl (1957-58)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: CBS
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN:
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# Size: 480 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Various Artists: Legendary Chamber Music Performances II (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

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# Composers: Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann
# Performers: see below
# Vinyl (1965 / 1933 / 1963 / 1982)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Records 91 and 92 of 100
# Size: 1.99GB (24/96) + 517MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

This was by request. Hope you enjoy it.

All three works presented here are products of composers who were either pianists of outstanding ability, or who had a close affiliation with the instrument in youth. While Schumann himself was not a pianist, he combined criticism with composition, and in both, he expressed such personality and individuality that writers and composers have been challenged to equal the results for more than a hundred years.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments.

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