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Release Date: 02/07/2006 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 71615   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.Josef StraussRichard StraussCarl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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*** This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players. ***

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VIENNA Fritz Reiner, cond; Chicago SO RCA 71615 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 78:03)


J. STRAUSS II Morning Papers. Emperor Waltz. On the Beautiful Blue Danube. Vienna Blood. Roses from the South. The Gypsy Baron: Treasure Waltz. Thunder and Lightning. WEBER (orch. Berlioz) Invitation to the Dance. Josef STRAUSS Village Swallows. R. STRAUSS (arr. Reiner) Der Rosenkavalier: Waltzes


This is a splendid collection. The playing disarms all credible criticism. The music makes one want to dance; it suggests, irrationally, that one’s feet need never touch the ground. Fritz Reiner knew when to slow down, and when to speed up. He was a master at pointing phrases, springing rhythms, and calculating pauses. The Chicago Symphony’s playing is superb, with strength in every section, all beautifully balanced. RCA’s original “Living Stereo” sound is luminous, warm, and spacious, and the Chicago Symphony’s playing is superb. There is solid boom in the bass drums, sparkle in the triangle, snap in the snares, a luscious timbre in the strings, and so on through the entire large band. The music, with the inspired addition of the Rosenkavalier Waltzes and Invitation to the Dance , makes for as full and satisfying a program as one is likely to hear.


RCA Victor declined to record the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during the brief tenure of Rafael Kubelík (1949–1953), or perhaps the upstart Mercury company outbid them. In any case, RCA returned to Orchestra Hall when Reiner took over and restored the CSO to the first rank of American symphonies—if it had actually slipped. Shortly thereafter, Arturo Toscanini retired and the CSO under Reiner became RCA’s flagship classical ensemble. Most of the Reiner-Chicago recordings have been in print ever since, sometimes being recombined, as here, to take advantage of the longer duration of the CD. Reiner’s first LPs with the CSO were monophonic, but for the time had sensationally good sound, as had Kubelík’s Mercury recordings. Fortunately, most of Reiner’s recordings were made with stereophonic equipment, which gets us back to the present SACD. It combines three-channel recordings made in 1960 ( Vienna Blood , Roses from the South , Treasure Waltz , Thunder and Lightning Polka ) and 1957 (the rest of the program).


As is standard practice with the reissue of analog “Living Stereo” recordings on SACDs, RCA utilizes only the channels of the original recordings, so this disc does not offer surround sound. But three channels are better than two, and the higher resolution of the SACD process brings out more of the sound contained in the original tapes. Lewis Layton was in charge of these splendid recordings, and undoubtedly did his considerable best on each occasion. Without question, the 1960 recordings are higher-fi than those of 1957. Whether they sound better, overall, is a matter of taste. I happen to love the burnished, mellow sound of the 1957 recordings. But the numbers taped in 1960 have more clarity and brilliance, even more spaciousness, and a more stable placement of each instrument or group of instruments across the soundstage. Like the older, conventional CD containing this program, and the original LPs, the SACD yields excellent results played on two-channel equipment. Those who can upgrade may enjoy the appreciable enhancement provided in SACD mode. For performances, repertoire, and sound, this is a treasurable recording in any of its incarnations.


FANFARE: Robert McColley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Morgenblätter, Op. 279 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 
4.
Dorfschwalben aus Österreich, Op. 164 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Waltz(es) by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6.
Wiener Blut, Op. 354 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
Das Spitzentuch der Königin: Rosen aus dem Süden Waltzes, Op. 388 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Schatz-Walzer, Op. 418 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9.
Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
10.
Invitation to the Dance, in D flat major J 260/Op. 65 by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Dresden, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 

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