Fritz Reiner - Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome


Analogue Productions (RCA Living Stereo)



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Remastered from the original master tapes 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!

Acoustic Sounds customer Alan Hendler has this to say about the first three RCA reissues: "Just received your new vinyl of Scheherazade, Pictures 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 records are definitive." — Michael Fremer, editor,

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.

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

"Grade A. The exceedingly rare 1s/1s pressing of this disc has been celebrated and sought after ever since Carol B. Kessler wrote her famous article in TAS on the best RCAs (she ranked the 1s/1s Pines the #3 RCA of all-time). If you don't have a 1s/1s pressing, you will doubtlessly find this remastering sensational. Since I do have a 1s/1s, I'd have to say that there are aspects of the 1s/1s that are marginally superior to the Analogue Productions reissue — and vice versa. Though beautiful, string tone doesn't seem quite as silken on the Kassem reissue as it does on the RCA original; on the other hand, the staggeringly powerful bass on "The Pines of the Appian Way" (replete with gong and organ) retains all of its thunder and then some on the Analogue Productions re-pressing with, once again, a fair measure of tape-like ease and authority. (As with The Reiner Sound, the base is a little murky in spots, probably the results of mic preamp overload. In any event that occasional murkiness is also present on the 1s/1s and the Classic reissue.)" — Jonathan Valin, The Absolute, June 11, 2013. To read the full review click here:

A highly sought-after RCA shaded dog Living Stereo title, the performance and sonics found within rate a 10/10. A must have — the dynamics are monstrous! Whichever other Respighi tone poem recordings you ultimately purchase, you MUST own this one. Since the early ‘60s it has been the standard by which all others have been judged, and in terms of both sound and performance, it has never really been surpassed. The final march of Pines is simply incredible: Thundering bass drum, crashing cymbals and gongs, bellowing brass — nobody since has brought the whole thing off with the same combination of excitement and discipline.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor


Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
1. The Pines of the Villa Borghese
2. Pines Near a Catacomb
3. The Pines of the Janiculum
4. The Pines of the Appian Way
5. The Fountain of the Valle Giulia at Dawn
6. The Triton Fountain at Morning
7. The Fountain of Trevi at Midday
8. The Villa Medici Fountain at Sunset

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 6 person(s) rated this product.

Wow, Wow, Wow!

posted on 08/04/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: Scott Wilson
I have owned this recording in so many versions. Early Shaded Dog (though not 1S) Chesky, Classic, Classic 45 and digital CDAnd SACD. Did I need another? Probably not, but I've been a fan of everything I've heard from this series and I had to try it. I wanted the 33 for the continuous experience of Pines. Sonically the Classic 45 has been my go to, but I wondered could they challenge its sonics in 33rpm? I've never been so involved with this performance. Marvelous sound. Strings, woodwinds, gongs, triangles, bass drum all sound better than ever. It retains its composure in the sparkling intro, and explosive finale. The quiet sections are gorgeously rendered. Much better than earlier reissues, Perfectly flat, centered and quiet. I was so moved I wanted to applaud when it finished!

Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome - Fritz Reiner

posted on 04/29/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Len Cronin
Last weekend at Axpona I purchased three of the Living Stereo reissues, the Respighi, Gershwin and Prokofiev/Stravinsky. I will concentrate on the Respighi but first let me mention the qualities that all three records share. Each is perfectly flat, not one tick or pop, and all are absolutely quiet. It should also be mentioned that the packaging is first class. The attribute that best describes the sound of the Respighi is that it is coherent from top to bottom. No midrange or treble emphasis, just a natural sounding recording with dynamics and tonality to die for. I have never owned a 1S but I have owned several Shaded Dog, White Dog, and Classic Recordings and this is the one to own.

Great sound

posted on 01/14/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Arturo
First rate pressing and awesome dynamics. The performance of The Pines is very good, however it doesn't reach the level of passion of Toscanini's version. The Fountains is excellent.

Take the ride

posted on 12/27/2013
5 Stars
Take the ride, you won't regret it. It has excellent depth along with fine dynamics. And if I did not mention the stunning high--it has sparkling highs.

Best Records Ever Printed

posted on 12/16/2013
5 Stars
I have all of the originals and reissues, and these new LP's are something special!

Some additional comments

posted on 12/13/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Alan Hendler
A lot has been said about the explosive dynamics of this pressing and all comments are true. But if you know this music there is a lot of soft ethereal music. This remaster presents the very soft beautiful music with a sense of realism which is breathtaking. This is certainly one of the greatest recordings I have ever heard. It is a must buy

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