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The DSD128 version of the Szell/Fleisher Beethoven Piano Concerto #4 is the best I've ever heard, and by a pretty wide margin. The detail, presence and overall impact blow away that of the Sony CD version from the early 90's, which I used to own. It's hard to imagine a better sounding transfer than what we have here. The Mozart concerto is also an outstanding transfer and performance, but the main attraction here for me is the Beethoven. I don't think anyone, especially those familiar with these performances, will be disappointed.
Sounds good.I love it.
Beautiful music beautifully interpreted by self-confident players: Szell, Fleisher, and the CO. It’s not a matter of the pianist’s splendid technique, the orchestra’s precision or Szell's uncompromising guidance, its about communication and strong reciprocal rapport. These particular recordings are dynamic, powerfully articulated yet always incredibly sublime - and the fine recording allows you to catch both brilliance and gentleness of the performances.
Szell/Fleisher/Cleveland in Beethoven and Mozart. It doesn't get better than this, for the lover of classic recordings from the golden age. The transfers are up to the usual superb standard. Enough said. Grab it.
Lithe, clear and unfussy music-making of the highest standards in both pieces, combined with exemplary playing make these readings to be cherished. You would not mistake this for a Living Stereo of the same era, but the sound is nevertheless clear and communicative. A fine recording.
Title: Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 - Mozart Piano Concerto No 25
Artist(s): Leon Fleisher piano - George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra
Recording Info: Recorded at Severance Hall, Cleveland, January 1959 by Epic records (Columbia)
Producer: Howard Scott
Transferred from a 4 track tape
Concerto No. 4 In G Major For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 58
1 I - Allegro Moderato 18:00
2 II - Andante Con Moto 5:11
3 III - Rondo; Vivace 9:05
Concerto No. 25 In C Major For Piano And Orchestra, K. 503
4 I - Allegro Maestoso 14:34
5 II - Andante 7:30
6 III - Allegretto 8:00