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


# 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.

Track List:

Side One
Beethoven: Trio For Piano, Violin And Cello, No. 6 In B-Flat Major, Op. 97 – ‘Archduke’
01 – I. Allegro Moderato
02 – II. Scherzo: Allegro

Side Two
03 – III. Andante cantabile ma pero con moto
04 – IV. Allegro moderato; Presto

Isaac Stern – violinist
Leonard Rose – cellist
Eugene Istomin – pianist

Side Three
Brahms: Trio in E-Flat Major for Piano, Violin and Horn, Op. 40
05 – I. Allegro Moderato
06 – II. Scherzo: Allegro
07 – III. Andante cantabile ma pero con moto
08 – IV. Allegro moderato; Presto

Adolf Busch – violinist
Aubrey Brain – hornist
Rudolf Serkin – pianist

Side Four
Schumann: Quintet in E-Flat Major for Piano and Strings, Op. 44
09 – I. Allegro brillante
10 – II. In modo d’una marcia
11 – III. Scherzo: Molto vivace
12 – IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Rudolf Serkin – pianist
The Budapest String Quartet:
Joseph Roisman – violinist
Alexander Schneider – violinist
Boris Kroyt – violist
Mischa Schneider – cellist

There is 10 seconds of silence between tracks 4 & 5 and tracks 8 & 9.

You can see a listing of the entire Franklin Mint set here.


Beethoven: Trio For Piano, Violin And Cello, No. 6 In B-Flat Major, Op. 97 – “Archduke”
Of the several outstanding versions of this great work, this one – recorded on October 2, 1965 – is supreme for its balance of the interrelated values: individual excellence of its players, their complete agreement on musical priorities and a totality of reproduced fidelity. Above all it bears evidence to the results accessible only to a group of exceptionally trained soloists who play together regularly.

Brahms: Trio in E-Flat Major for Piano, Violin and Horn, Op. 40
Few pioneer versions of a major work have worn so well or lasted so long as the 1933 performance which brought together violinist Adolf Busch, master hornist Aubrey Brain and pianist Rudolf Serkin. The collaboration of the youthful Serkin with the great violinist who discovered him provides an ideal cushion for the vibrant artistry of Brain.

Schumann: Quintet in E-Flat Major for Piano and Strings, Op. 44
The collaboration of Serkin as pianist with the Budapest Quartet thirty years later (September 10, 1963) adds vibrance and subtracts nothing in vitality to produce a still unsurpassed version of Schumann’s great quintet. It is an overpowering example of common impulse, unified at the first chord and still indivisible nearly half an hour later.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)

Note on tracks 5-8: This is an unfolded mono recording. If you want to fold it yourself, feel free.


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

    • This is my first chamber music rip. Actually, this is my first exposure to chamber music, period.

      I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope you like the rip!

      • Many thanks again. I usually consider chamber music to be among the finest music ever written. Many of the greatest composers indeed had the highest expectations in this particular matter. I think chamber music is one of the most elevate, complex, profound and of course intimate musical expression. Think about Beethoven’s quartet, for instance.
        I know very well all these performances but I very much looking forward to hearing your rip. Though it might not be absolutely as spectacular as what HD music does to orchestral music, I’m sure the improvement will be highly enjoyable. Many thanks again !

          • I have yet to hear any of the Beethoven quartets. I’m very much a classical newbie, discovering all this music for the first time.

            • I would almost like to be in your place. 😉 Discovering is a great feeling, especially with all these master pieces. I’m very much a classical music geek and I spend all my time playing or listening to music. There are recordings that I like so much that I wish I didn’t have them already only for the pleasure to be able to discover them.
              La chair est triste, hélas ! et j’ai lu tous les livres.

  1. I have loved classical music since I was a 8 years old but I was only interested in symphonic music. I started to listen to chamber music about 10 years ago and now I have to have my daily “fix”.

    Anyways, thanks for the Franklins.

  2. I just briefly listened to the rip and compared it to the CDs. This is great job. The Schumann’s Quintet in particular outperforms the CD version by a lightyear.
    Many many thanks ! 🙂

  3. Very cool you were also able to add in the original artwork of the Archduke Trio recording (even if I don’t know how). I always try to get original artworks. It’s part of this golden era’s charm. thanks.

  4. Beautiful chamber music, great performances, first class vinyl and delicate sound of the transfer. What else should a devoted listener wish on a cold weekend afternoon? Thank you TheNightOwl for this 🙂

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