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Phenomenally Good Performance and Sound Quality
As usual, HDTT delivers a very high quality transfer of a high quality analog-era recording, in this case an RCA classic from the late hey-day of its legendary 'Living Stereo' catalog. The performance is astonishing. Cliburn delivers a finely considered, High Romantic interpretation that's worlds away from that provided by the usual high gloss, super kinetic Horowitz clones of the day. His sense of how to project the music's harmonic and melodic lines is guided by a near magical use of rubato; never exaggerated, always tastefully 'right'. Leinsdorf and the BSO provide equally superb accompaniment. Almost contemporary with its Cliburn recording, RCA asked Leinsdorf and the BSO to accompany Arthur Rubinstein in this same concerto. For Rubinstein (and 15 years later for Lazar Berman on CBS/Sony), Leinsdorf provided high drama and rigorously classical architecture. Here with Cliburn, Leinsdorf and the BSO are beautifully in accord with the pianist's more expansively inflected approach. There's drama in spades, but also a deeply satisfying identification with Brahmsian lyricism that -- 55 years on! -- makes this one of my very favorite recordings of this magnificent concerto.
Fantastic Remastering by HDDT!
The sound quality on this is simply phenomenal compared to the complete recordings released by RCA a couple of years back! I don't know how HDDT does it but keep it up! It's simply fantastic!!
Title: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 15
Artist(s): Conductor - Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra - Boston Symphony Orchestra
Piano - Van Cliburn
Recording Info: Recorded by RCA 1964
Engineer – Lewis Layton Producer – Richard Mohr
III. Rondo (Allegro Non Troppo)