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I liked this recording from every dimension. I liked the ‘classic’ performance of the soloist and the orchestra. I grew up listening to both. From a technical perspective, this a very good transfer with very equipment/tape noise to ruin the experience.
A whole piano revolution was launched in the west (meaning USA) in October and early November 1960. Richter had arrived. He came and conquered. Both in Chicago, where RCA recorded the Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 and New York, where he launched his career outside Russia with performances, not of the usual piano career intros of Tchaikovsky or Grieg, but a bunch of Beethoven Piano Sonatas. Audiences were mesmerised but Richter didn’t appreciate their ardour. He never went back to the US and he didn’t like his recording of the Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto either. No one seems to know why, other that he hated committing any of his interpretations to record. If there’s one overriding consideration, his hundreds of recordings have stood the test of time and most have never been out of print. This superb recording of the Brahms second - described by some as a Symphony in 4 movements with piano accompaniment - is, nearly 60 years later, refreshingly brilliant. Its remastering by HDTT is superb.
Beautiful, perfect remastering. That’s all. Highly recommended!!
Solid tranfert again, a must have.
The performance is well worth five stars, but you're here to find out if this version is sufficiently better than the RCA CD to justify purchase. Well . . . maybe for a few, the sound stage is a bit wider, but the original recording was simply never one of RCA's better efforts and there's not much that can be done about that.
Title: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2
Artist(s): Sviatoslav Richter, piano - Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Robert LaMarchina, Cello
Recording Info: Transferred from a Dolby encoded 15ips 2-track tape
Date of Recording: 1960
Engineer – Lewis Layton
Producer – Peter Dellheim, Richard Mohr