Fritz Reiner - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition & Other Russian Showpieces


RCA Living Stereo



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CRCA 61394 SA
UPC: 828766139426
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Two complete Living Stereo LPs on a single disc!
The greatest orchestra and conductor of stereo's Golden Age in a powerhouse Living Stereo disc. These wide-range recordings are reproduced with astonishing clarity and spectacular presence. This incredible collection of Fritz Reiner's most popular and acclaimed recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will astonish and delight even the most hardened listener. A must for every music lover!

When remastering the original recordings, John Newton and his engineering team used only three of the available six channels on this SACD disc because that was the vision of the original producers.

Pictures At An Exhibition
Il vecchio castello
Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells
Samuel Goldenburg and Schmuyle
The Marketplace at Limoges
Catacombae, sepulchrum romanum
Con mortuis in lingua mortua
The Hut on Fowl's Legs
The Great Gate at Kiev

Marche miniature (From Suite No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 43)

A Night On Bald Mountain

Prince Igor: Polovtsian March

Marche Slave

Colas Breugnon, Op. 24: Overture

Russian And Lucmilla: Overture

Customer Reviews (4.50 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

As good as this recording can get... But there is better.

posted on 02/05/2005
4 Stars
Reviewer: Nate Greenleaf
Don't get me wrong, bang for the buck this is a nice SACD. It is as crystal clear as one would expect, and it is a nice showcase for the ORIGINAL D-day, 1957 3 track (FR,FL,C) recording. The drums and cymbal crashes SNAP, and POP delightfully, and there is little analog hiss. However, there is still a slight hollow sound overall, (reminds me of the Fantasia Soundtrack recordings), something I would expect for it is almost a 50 year old recording. I prefer the NYPhil with Schippers directing that is coupled with Prokofiev's Nevsky. (CSON M87711 SA) Vinyl fans will probably love this one as it has that Analog warmth to it; It does however, lack the depth that I have come to expect of SACD. All in all, I would recommend this one, as it does sound great... and for $12, (I got it for $9!) you really can't go wrong. It also has extensive liner notes (15 pages), both about the music and the recording process.

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