Friday, September 25, 2009

RCA LIVING STEREO: Fritz Reiner - Chicago SO: Richard Strauss - Don Quixote, Don Juan

    Artist: Fritz Reiner - Chicago SO,
    Album: Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949) - Don Quixote, Don Juan
    Released: 2006
    RCA Living Stereo
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    eac_flac_cue_log covers 309MB

    01-14 Don Quixote 43:04

    15 Don Juan

    A musical treat which despite its age still sounds remarkably good.
    Among the avalanche of new material the prospect of a reissue, even of an acknowledged “classic performance”, does not always whet the appetite of the overwhelmed collector. However when the re-mastering is allied with a first appearance in a new format then perhaps curiosity may yet be kindled.
    Reiner’s recordings of Richard Strauss orchestral music during the 1950s are still, for many, benchmarks in this repertoire. Quite apart from the superlative playing and authoritative interpretations some of the readings were amongst the earliest examples of stereo made widely available to the general public. “Also Sprach Zarathustra” actually kicked off the series of Strauss discs as far back as 1954, to be closely followed by the “Don Juan” included on the present issue. ... Read more

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