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Richard Strauss In High Fidelity / Fritz Reiner, Chicago

Release Date: 09/14/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 61389   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  John WeicherPhilip Farkas
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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

Can these magnificent-sounding, scintillatingly executed 1954 benchmarks in the annals of recorded Strauss really be a half-century old? They haven't dated a bit, except for the jacket photo of Fritz Reiner posing with a cigarette in hand, plus an organ slightly out of tune with the orchestra in Also Sprach Zarathustra--as if anyone really cared, then or now. Because the original master tapes for these sessions were two-track stereo recordings (as opposed to three-tracks used for many sessions), this release does not take advantage of SACD surround-sound's full capabilities. However, in one important respect it sounds better than RCA's 1993
Read more Living Stereo reissue: The latter's bright treble levels resulted in a piercing, sometimes strident edge to string tuttis and loud trumpets; the SACD's more judicious equalization allows Reiner's extraordinary aligning of Strauss' complex textural strands to emerge more naturally, with added richness (as opposed to mere volume) in the bass register. These sonic differences also manifest themselves when playing the SACD on a standard audio-CD changer. Even if you haven't yet invested in surround-sound equipment, buy the SACD if you want these performances. And how can you not want them? [10/25/2004]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/08/1954 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 31 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  John Weicher (Violin), Philip Farkas (French Horn)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/06/1954 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 43 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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 Great recording and price June 8, 2012 By Jerry G. (Edgewater, CO) See All My Reviews "I am very impressed with the quality considering it is a 1954 recording. Sometimes I hesitate when looking a older recordings,and have some that are not very good, but this is great as was the price. PS. still trying to figure out the SACD thing, but with only a stereo system I'm not sure it's better." Report Abuse
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