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This is one of the reference performances of Brahms' 1st Piano Concerto. I had a 24-Bit Remastering as part of the 5-CD Sony Box Set containing Szell/Fleisher performing the Brahms and Beethoven Piano Concertos along with Mozart's 25th Piano Concerto. That is an excellent box set with very good sound. This recording is even better and well worth the investment.
This is a review of the remastering, not of the performance, which is a classic and everyone should own in one form or another. I splurged on the DSD 128 for the first time and the results were . . . mixed. On the plus side, the sound stage felt so wide and the hall ambiance so realistic I felt like I was there myself. A few seconds in I realized this came at a cost, when the strings entered they sounded thin and without the impact I had remembered. As the performance went on the sense that the sound picture was simply stretched to widely continued I couldn't escape the feeling that there is an upward limit to the possibilities of refurbishment of some older recordings. I felt myself missing the punchier, more narrow sound of the CD. I am generally a huge fan of HDTT wizardry and suspect I would have been happier with the lesser transformation 96/192 would have offered.
Go buy this one a need for any fan of Brahms
This is one of the seminal recordings of this work ever put on tape and now, the recent re-mastering by HDDT makes it even superior in sound quality to the original recording! Bravo HDDT! Beautiful job on a beautiful performance! All the best, Scott Leather
Top performance of Fleischer and Szell in 5 stars SQ. Recommended :)
Title: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Artist(s): Leon Fleisher piano - George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra
Recording Info: Recorded at Severance Hall, Cleveland, January 1958 by Epic records (Columbia)
Transferred from a 4 track tape
1. Maestoso 21:30
2. Adagio 14:47
3. Rondo: Allegro Non Troppo 11:04
Total Time: 47:21