Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1

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1 Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15 - Maestoso 21:37 88/24 Album only
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3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15 - Rondo: Allegro non troppo 11:22 88/24 Album only

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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):
Piano Concerto No. 1

Arthur Rubinstein, piano
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor

Recorded April 17, 1954 in Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Producers: Richard Mohr and John Pfeiffer
Recording Engineers: Lewis Layton and Leslie Chase
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Remastered from first-generation session tapes at Soundmirror Inc., Boston MA

Following the success of their first for-release stereo recordings a month earlier, the RCA Living Stereo team returned in April 1954 to Orchestra Hall in Chicago to make their first stereo recording of a concerto. As in the March sessions, producer Richard Mohr and engineer Lewis Layton concentrated on the mono recording while producer John Pfeiffer and engineer Leslie Chase were left in charge of the stereo setup.  In 1954, there was not yet a stereo release format, so the mono recording was of greater importance to RCA. Indeed, the stereo LP was not released until years later.

The stereo recording was made with two microphones in front of and slightly above the orchestra and piano. The mics, Neumann omni-directionals, were connected to an RCA RT-21 tape machine running at 30 inches per second. 

Arthur Rubinstein's preformance of Brahms' first Piano Concerto is a classic recording from the Living Stereo era. It pairs artistic giants Rubinstein and Reiner with the youthful passion and towering genius of the young Brahms. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays in peak form, providing unbelievable thrills.

Rubinstein/Reiner Brahmsian chemistry holds its own after more than half a century. - Classics Today