Fritz Reiner - Rimsky-Korsakoff: Scheherazade


Analogue Productions (RCA Living Stereo)



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RCA Living Stereo classical LPs — the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!

Remastered from the original master tape and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound

Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!

More praise from reviewer Michael Fremer in the March 2014 Stereophile

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Sidney Harth, violin solo

Named a 2015 Record To Die For by Stereophile magazine.

"All collectors of RCA Living Stereo LPs have their favorites, and these are mine. ... I've been disappointed by all the reissues released over the last 20 years that have promised better sound than the originals but have fallen far short of that. I had much higher expectations of these new reissues, from Chad Kassem's Quality Record Pressings, having been very impressed by some of QRP's rock and jazz reissues. When I spun them, I was floored. After comparing them to early shaded-dog pressings of the same recordings, I felt the only area in which the originals were still superior was the subtle, additional layer of air and sparkle in the highs (master-tape age, perhaps?). But the reissues' quality and extension of bass and high-level dynamic contrasts were superior. And the surfaces of the new pressings are so quiet they let each subtle midrange detail emerge from a "black" background. At times, the background is so silent I have to do a double take to verify that the needle is still in the groove and the platter is still turning." — Robert J. Reina, Stereophile, February 2015

"I've been listening to test pressings of Analogue Productions' first reissues of RCA Living Stereo releases and comparing them to original pressings as well as vinyl reissues of the same titles by Classic Records and Chesky Records. ... The discs themselves, stamped at Quality Record Pressings — which, like Analogue Productions, is owned by Chad Kassem — surpass in most ways the original shaded dog, Chesky, and Classic editions. ... none can match the new version's black backgrounds and overall instrumental focus. More important, the AP pressing has a transparency, a delicacy and purity of string tone, and dynamic punch that surpass the others — including the original (my copy is a 6S pressing), which though still spectacular, sounds less immediate, as if the orchestra has taken one step back. Even at the climaxes of the most complex crescendos, the AP resissue unmasks low-level details, while brass, woodwinds and massed strings have a delicacy and freedom from congestion that rival what's hear in concert. The original does those things too, but with less transparency, and with diminished dynamics." — Michael Fremer, for Stereophile, March 2014

Michael Fremer of Analog Planet gives our Scheherazade The Thumbs Up!

"...As for the sound, well I get into arguments all too often with people who insist originals are always better. If after comparing this reissue to the original they still think so, they are hopelessly prejudiced. This reissue easily beats the original I have in every category. Of course the original can't begin to approach the 180g QRP pressing quality, especially in terms of velvet-black backgrounds and perfect surfaces. The reissue is far more dynamic, the low frequency extension complete, and most importantly the instrumental textures and tonalities are rich, full and spectacularly transparent. All of the delicacy, three-dimensionality and transparency promised but only partly delivered by the original is fully communicated on this Analogue Productions reissue." Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11 — Michael Fremer, editor,
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Winner of a Gruvy Award, chosen by AnalogPlanet's editor, Michael Fremer, for vinyl records that are musically and sonically outstanding and are also well mastered and pressed.

And Acoustic Sounds customer Alan Hendler has this to say about the first three RCA reissues:
"Just received your new vinyl of ScheherazadePictures and Pines and Fountains of Rome. After listening I have never heard anything that comes close to the glorious sound of these records. I have original vinyl, CD's, SACD's, XRCD's, Chesky and Classic Records remasters and nothing comes close to how good these sound. The overall balance of all the sections of the orchestra is superb. Wood winds are gorgeous. I will be buying more."

"These are the best vinyl releases of RCA LPs I've yet heard." — Jonathan Valin, executive editor, The Absolute Sound

"Grade A+. Another one of HP's favorites, this LP (at least in its earliest pressings) is famously wonderful sounding, and the Analogue Productions version certainly lives up to the hype. Once again string tone — and this disc is celebrated for its string tone — is ravishingly beautiful. The bass is astonishingly deep and authoritative. And the dynamics are tremendous. In sum, I highly recommend all of these celebrated RCAs in their Analogue Productions reissues. They will cost you $30 a disc, which is a more-than-fair price considering that they are, IMO, uniformly superb (yes, better than the Classic Record versions)." — Jonathan Valin, The Absolute, June 11, 2013. To read the full review click here:

"We compared this new 180-gram, 33 RPM LP from Analogue Productions with the original RCA Living Stereo issue and Classic Records' 33 RPM version, and were surprised at the outcome. Why? Because to these ears, the new Analogue Productions version was the more relaxed and natural sounding of the bunch. The sound is as it should be, inviting the listener into the music and entirely constant with Reiner's readings. ... If ever there were a must-have LP in the recent wave of audiophile vinyl reincarnations, this is it. Treat yourself and thank (Analogue Productions' Chad) Kassem for doing it the justice it deserves." — Harry Pearson, HP Soundings, May 2013. Read the whole review here:

"Without a doubt, the AP pressing sounds much more natural than the Classic Records reissue; the sound is simply less forced, as if the notes and rhythms have more air to explore, more ambient Hall to reverberate, and more of the acoustic envelope to reveal. ... the vinyl is so damn quiet, you can turn it up without any hesitation ... The solo violin is the heart of this recording and it's supposed to sound seductive, and on this reissue, it does. One thing if for certain, there is a lot more information coming through than on the original. The AP pressing takes the simplistic approach of the Chesky, but with a more developed sound, making the Chesky appear a bit more subdued by comparison. ... If you are interested in hearing this classic RCA in all of its natural glory, you needn't look any further than Chad Kassem's latest offering. If this is any indication of Analogue Production's current batch of RCA reissues (approximately 24 more on the way), it just may be a new golden age for the modern vinyl listener." — Joey Weiss, HP Soundings, May 2013

"…The second movement is just ravishing in the beauty of the Chicago's playing and Reiner's romantic approach; there is some staccato triple-tonguing done by trumpeter Adolph Herseth in the fourth movement that should leave you, if not him, breathless. But let it just be said that, after you hear this, no other Scheherazade will ever replace it in your affections." HP's The Golden Dozen LPs – Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2007

The jewel in the Living Stereo crown. Enchantment awaits within! Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony convey the listener on a magic carpet of Living Stereo sound to mythic Arabia and China, guided by two of Russia's greatest orchestral masters. 

This, like the Respighi, is considered one of the very best recordngs by Reiner, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and RCA's crew. A disc of supple and sensuous performances, the sound alternately shimmers and stuns with the clarity of its definition and intensity of its climaxes. 

1. The Sea And Sinbads Ship
2. The Story Of The Kalender Prince
3. The Young Prince And The Young Princess
4. Festival In Bagdad; The Sea; The Ship Goes To Pieces On A Rock Surmounted By A Bronze Warrior

Customer Reviews (4.76 Stars) 17 person(s) rated this product.

Just Wonderful

posted on 12/23/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bob Posner
Just a fantastic sounding recording from start to finish.

holy cow!

posted on 03/23/2016
5 Stars
I admit I am not a classical connoiseur at all. and I'm sure I spelled connouseur wrong, probably twice now! An audiophile vinyl friend said I HAD to get this. I was reluctant, I mean, it's not Pearl Jam or the Black Keys for g-d sakes. So, I bought it and it came today. I made sure to clean it, as I do with all new vinyl and wow! This is amazing! I am a convert. I put it on, low volume, it was nice. Jammed it up quite a bit and just wow! no clicks, pops or hisses, just clean clean clean. Get this!


posted on 05/05/2014
5 Stars
incredible record. made a believer out of me. i am in for the series!

Excellent Quality Vinyl

posted on 03/25/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Steven Meditz
I have bought the first 3 titles of this series & this one is the only one I have listened to so far. It's nothing short of amazing. The 200 Gram vinyl is dead-quiet & with no ticks or pops.I would have to say that this is one of my favorite classical albums of all time. I'm a big fan of anything by Fritz Reiner & The Chicago Symphony. This album sounds much better than the Classic Records issues of this series which I paid a fortune for some of them when Classic decided to discontinue their catalog. Chad Kassem has indeed done well with reissuing this series. Way to go Chad!! I plan to buy them all.

A great start to a great series!

posted on 02/03/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ryan L.
This LP is pretty much everything I hoped it would be: great sound, flat, quiet pressing (although I did have to return the first one I got because of a slight dish-warp) and a very tasty package. The jacket has the same high- gloss finish as the Prestige mono series. I don't know if that is period- accurate for this LP, but the the original Living Stereo titles that I have in my collection feature more of a matte finish like the Patsy Cline LP. Minor quibble, though. Can't wait to get Pines and Pictures now.

Great sound, very noisy pressing

posted on 01/15/2014
3 Stars
I wish I was experiencing the sonic perfection everyone is talking about. It was with great anticipation that I dropped the needle on Scheherazade, only to be greeted with annoying pops, crackles and ticks every few seconds. A trip to the vacuum record cleaning machine didn't help, nor did repeated hits on my industrial anti-static machine. No, the noise is pressed in. Amazingly, all three of these first albums had the same problem. The Resphigi had fewer pops, but had a near continuous low-level crackle in the right channel through the very long quiet sections. Pictures at an Exhibition was more like the Scheherazade -- pop, crackle, tick, tick, crackle, pop. Other albums that arrived in the same order are fine, and very quiet, so it's not some problem with my system. Maybe it's time to slow down, and focus on the "Quality" in the record pressings. Can I really be that unlucky that the only three noisy discs would come to me?

The gold standard.

posted on 01/14/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Arturo
This pressing and performance are the gold standard of sound and artistry and far superior to any other version of Scheherazade. I have a Decca Phase4 recording with Stokowski and a Melodya Russian pressing with Svetlanov and they don't compare.

Best Records Ever Printed

posted on 12/17/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Larry Voss
If you are reading anything about these records you already know about the originals and I have them all including 2 1S copies of this one. The funny thing is, after everyone hears about these and wants them it will be too late to get them. Forget about the attempt by Classic in the 90's. All that did was to make the originals sound better. These are special. Anybody want a 1S Pines, It's perfect. How about a 23S Pictures It's perfect to. They are better than the Sheffields, the Blue Backs and the Mercs. Got all those to. THIS IS THE CLOSEST YOU CAN GET TO A MASTER TAPE. I have compared this pressing to a 1S sd, a wd, a red label, two European versions, and the 90's reissue. I also have non released copies of the Classic reissues of Pines and Witches Brew of the Classic version on Clarity vinyl. The Clarity vinyls are QUITE GOOD indeed, but not in the league with these. So Chad, congratulations on a crowning achievement. Can't wait for the next issues.

I wish all vinyl ressiues were this good

posted on 12/11/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jonathan
This review applies equally to all three reissues thus far released (Scheherazade, Pictures at an Exhibition and Pines / Fountains of Rome).

Once again Quality Record pressings continues to produce superb 200 gram pressings, being as quiet and flawless as I have ever heard. Whilst I have never heard the original vinyl releases, I have heard these recordings in various other incarnations (the original RCA CD reissues from the early 90s, the SACDs from the mid 2000s as well as the many of the vinyl reissues from Classic Records).

There is no doubt these new reissues certainly have their own "sound" and it is one that I like very much. I never liked the sound of any of these recordings in any of the aforementioned digital formats, particularly the string sound which was very dry, harsh and steely. In these reissues, the sound is more velvety, three dimensional and delicate yet there is still excellent resolution at the frequency extremes. At $30 each, these are incredibly good value


posted on 12/11/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jeffrey Knorr
I bought this recording in its original incarnation after hearing it at the audio show at the NY Coliseum, c. 1961 and have owned every audiophile reissue since. Never before, neither in this recording nor in any other, have I heard the wonderful Chicago Symphony strings reproduced so faithfully, with the depth tone and dead-on intonation one encounters in the concert hall; an equal partner to the fabled brass section. Merci beaucoup!

suberb re-issue

posted on 12/08/2013
5 Stars
I have both a shaded dog (S1/S1) and Chesky re-issue. This new one by AS is hands down superior in every way. A steal at $30. Can't wait for more titles planned on this project to be pressed.

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