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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale / Fritz Reiner

Release Date: 02/27/1996 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 68168   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovIgor Stravinsky
Performer:  Sidney Harth
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Sidney Harth (Violin)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/08/1960 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 44 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Chant du rossignol by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 11/03/1956 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 22 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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 Absolutely Amazing!!! July 23, 2013 By Richard Buckley (Oakmont, PA) See All My Reviews "Back in the early 40's, the first vinyl my mom provided for me was a recording of Scheherezade. I played it so often and heard it elsewhere so frequently after that that it almost began to sound trite to me - ignorant slob that I am! I never replaced it in my collection because of that fact. Still, after reading all the outstanding reviews by Hurwitz, Levine et al, I decided to add this version recently. Am I ever glad that I did! I am not one who often stoops to superlatives, but this CD can only be described as magnificent, spectacular!! I have always been a fan of that genius, Fritz Reiner, and his interpretation of Scheherezade is fantastic! The CSO under his direction delivers a version so good that it is like hearing it again for the first time! Every note, every instrument is heard as R-K originally planned it, I'm sure. Not only is the directing and playing magnificent, but the sound is almost beyond belief - especially considering that it was originally recorded in the 50's when I was still just a youngster and all recorded classical music sounded like it was run through a meat grinder. The engineers did a marvelous job on this recording. It even sounds spectacular on my limited two-speaker stereo system. I don't mean to belittle Song of the Nightingale by any stretch of the imagination. It too is presented in a new and glorious light by Reiner and the CSO. It is just that I am overwhelmed by their rendition of Scheherezade.I now play this disc frequently just as I did when I was five years old, but I enjoy it even more. I can't recommend this CD too highly. Buy it while it is still a steal and on the market. Not only will you never regret it, but you will be sorry if you don't!!" Report Abuse
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