Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Pollini, Kletzki

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Pollini, Kletzki

Warner Music (Japan)  WPCS-13543

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, Nocturne's Opp. 15 & 27, Ballade No. 1, Polonaise No. 6

Maurizio Pollini (piano)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Paul Kletzki (conductor)

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Analogue recording
Comments (6)

Comment by hiredfox - January 5, 2017 (1 of 6)

Not quite what I was expecting. Far from being a new DSD master of the original analogue tapes this turns out to be a re-hash of the 1991 RBCD compilation and how it shows. Sound Quality is no better than the CD and as an SACD this release is worthless. Buyer beware!

Comment by SteelyTom - January 8, 2017 (2 of 6)

Afaik the Warner Japan SACD reissues are in hi-res PCM. Sorry to hear about this record, but the Warner SACD re-do of Previn's recording of Carmina Burana knocked my socks off.

Comment by acousticsguru - January 22, 2017 (3 of 6)

SACD is from a 24/96 PCM master (as are all recent Warner SACDs, AFAIK), and clearly sounds better than either RBCD release (as do all recent Warner SACDs). Performance-wise, it's really only worth having for the wonderful Concerto collaboration - the solo fillers can all be heard (much) more sensitively interpreted and played elsewhere.

Greetings from Switzerland, David.

Comment by PaulSARenaud - June 6, 2017 (4 of 6)

So who from you two above is right? Is this SACD really an upgrade from the RBCD version and worth the EUR 40? Who has really compared the two? I want to buy the SACD, but I have the RBCD. So far I have been often disappointed by a lot of so-called (re-) releases from Warner (Japan) and Universal Japan of classic albums.

Comment by Adrian Quanjer - June 6, 2017 (5 of 6)

Paweł Klecki (or Paul Kletzki) died in 1973. I don’t think they did any 24/96 PCM master tapes in those day. So I tend to believe John's considered opinion. Why not give the younger generation a chance, recorded in glorious real DSD?

Comment by PaulSARenaud - June 8, 2017 (6 of 6)

Dear Adrian, obviously the master tapes were analogue, but the main question is whether Warner/EMI here has gone back to the original analogue tapes and did a new conversion and cleanup act, like they (EMI through Abbey Studios) did with some of the famous Klemperer, Richter albums a few years ago. Those SACD / DSD releases are a clear improvement and very worthwhile buying. Again, (1) has anybody (reliable) information on the nature of this SACD release and (2) does it sound better than the RBCD version.