Fritz Reiner Verdi

Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet  

Posted by arundhati at Dec. 6, 2014
Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet

Kenneth Morgan , "Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet"
2005 | ISBN-10: 025207730X, 0252029356 | 208 pages | PDF | 6 MB
Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Fritz Reiner - Vienna (2005) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Fritz Reiner - Vienna
Works by Carl Maria von Weber; Johann Jr., Josef & Richard Strauss
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,20 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,40 GB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: RCA Red Seal "Living Stereo" # 82876-71615-2 | Country/Year: Europe 2005, 1957/1960
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Various, Orchestral, Waltz

…On this release Reiner and his orchestra are in glorious form. The quality of these Strauss family waltzes can survive even the most inept amateur and hand-organ grinder. In the hands of Reiner, however, the waltzes sound marvellous and are a real joy. Reiner was conducting in Vienna as early as 1915 and one can clearly hear that the Viennese stamp of authenticity is attached to these performances. The spirit of Vienna is also perpetuated with the Chicago Symphony having several Vienna-trained members at the time of these recordings. Reiner is able effortlessly to adapt to the contrasting moods and fast-changing tempos. He manages to deliver real excitement and an anticipation of what is to come next. He knows how to obtain the slight buoyancy on the second beat, an almost inaudible accent after an almost inaudible pause…
Johannes Brahms - Artur Rubinstein / CSO, Fritz Reiner - Piano concerto No. 1 (2005, 1955) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Johannes Brahms - Piano concerto No. 1
Artur Rubinstein, piano / Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Fritz Reiner
SACD ISO (2.0): 765 MB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 840 MB | Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: RCA Red Seal "Living Stereo" # 82876-66378-2 RE1 | Country/Year: US 2005, 1955
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

…In essence, this is glorified stereo with remarkable presence – one feels quite close to Rubinstein, & the CSO seems only feet away – but there is no additional surround sound depth. For the sake of authenticity, this is just as well, & Rubinstein & Reiner at least are not misrepresented through creative engineering. One may regret, however, that this SACD has no bonus tracks & find that it offers less value than other titles in the line.
Prokofieff - Lieutenant Kije, Op.60, Stravinsky - Song of the Nightingale (Fritz Reiner/CSO, 1957) 24-Bit/96-kHz Vinyl Rip

Prokofieff - Lieutenant Kije, Stravinsky - Song of the Nightingale (Fritz Reiner/CSO)
Vinyl Rip in 24-Bit/96-kHz | FLAC tracks | cue | no log | Covers | FS, MU, HF | 802 MB 3% rec
1957 | Genre: Classical | Label: Chesky | RC-10 | US pressing, reissue from RCA 3-track tape

Kijé is from the mainstream Prokofiev stable: folk tunes scored with great invention and combined with sections of sarcasm and wit. The Stravinsky tone poem, Song of the Nightingale, is music taken from his opera, The Nightingale. It is a score of great brilliance and demands the utmost virtuosity from every player. Here, under the watchful eye of Fritz Reiner, the Chicago Symphony delivers the goods.
(Anthony Kershaw, audiophilia classic, 2009)
Fritz Reiner/CSO - Vienna (1958) 24-Bit/96-kHz Vinyl Rip

Fritz Reiner/CSO - Vienna
Vinyl Rip in 24-Bit/96-kHz | FLAC tracks | no cue | no log | Covers | FS, MU | 918 MB 3% rec
1958 | Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Living Stereo | LSC-2112 | US pressing
Listed in TAS issue# 75
Shaded dog label, 6S/7S

There is no question that the Viennese stamp of genuineness has remained indelibly in Reiner's readings of the music of Vienna. And it is no coincidence that in Chicago, where the orchestra was founded by Theodore Thomas and led for many years by the late Frederick Stock, the spirit of Vienna is perpetuated by several Viennese-trained members of the orchestra.
( Joseph Wechsberg )
Fritz Reiner/CSO - Respighi: Fountains of Rome / Pines of Rome (1960) 24-Bit/96-kHz Vinyl Rip

Fritz Reiner/CSO - Respighi: Fountains of Rome / Pines of Rome
Vinyl Rip in 24-Bit/96-kHz | FLAC tracks | Full Scan Covers | MU, RS | 695 MB 3% recovery
1960 | Genre: Classical | Label: RCA | LSC-2436 | US pressing circa 1970s
Listed in TAS (The Absolute Sound)

Stirring readings of the two most popular of Respighi's three Roman tone poems by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Fritz Reiner. The familiar compositions are performed with all their colors showing, and the record is sure to be in demand among both old and new collectors.
(Billboard, 8 Aug 1960)
Verdi: Messa da Requiem; Quattro pezzi sacri / Wiener Philharmoniker, Fritz Reiner (2000)

Verdi: Messa da Requiem; Quattro pezzi sacri / Wiener Philharmoniker, Fritz Reiner (2000)
EAC rip | FLAC, log, cue, no covers | RAR Rec. 3% | 628 MB | hotfile, filesonic
Classical | Label: DECCA | 2CD

For a few decades now, Fritz Reiner's recording of the Verdi Requiem (one of his rare stereo recordings not made for RCA, and not with the Chicago Symphony) has lurked in the shadowy corners of Decca's catalog, appearing only on budget LPs and CD two-fers. Now, in its latest incarnation as part of the Decca Legends series, it may at last get the recognition it deserves. Reiner's rendition has several things going for it, not least of which are the superstar soprano and tenor soloists.
Fritz Reiner/CSO - Strauss Waltzes (1961) 24-Bit/96-kHz Vinyl Rip

Fritz Reiner/CSO - Strauss Waltzes
Vinyl Rip in 24-Bit/96-kHz | FLAC tracks | Full Scan Covers | MU, RS | 798 MB 3% recovery
1961 | Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal | LSC-2500 | US pressing circa 1970s
Listed in TAS (The Absolute Sound)

A delightful program of Strauss Waltzes played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fritz Reiner should help this album achieve strong sales in the classical field. Selections include "Artists' Life," "Vienna Blood," "Roses from the South" and the "Treasure Waltz." Sound is first rate and cover is attractive too.
(Billboard, 17 Nov 1962)
Fritz Reiner - Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (1962) 24-Bit/96-kHz Vinyl Rip

Fritz Reiner/CSO - Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
Vinyl Rip in 24-Bit/96-kHz | FLAC tracks | Full Scan Covers | MU, RS | 677 MB 3% recovery
1962 | Genre: Classical | Label: MFSL | 1-522 | White-label promo, Japanese pressing

For sheer intoxicating opulence of Straussian sound, it was something close to matchless music that brimmed and overflowed last night in Orchestra Hall. Fritz Reiner is a master of the genre, and when he came to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, rooted in the music from the time of its birth, he found a sensitive instrument he has made unique. When he stands before it with a Strauss score incandescent at his fingertips, no wise man stays at home.
(Claudia Cassidy - The Chicago Tribune)
Fritz Reiner/CSO - Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (1958) 24-Bit/96-kHz Vinyl Rip

Fritz Reiner / CSO - Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Vinyl Rip in 24-Bit/96-kHz | FLAC tracks | Full Scan Covers | MU, RS | 616 MB 3% recovery
1958 | Genre: Classical | Label: RCA | LSC-2201 | US pressing
RCA Living Stereo, red seal. Later pressing circa 1970
Listed in The Absolute Sound (TAS) issue #27

There are many great things to enjoy, but what really jumped out at me in this recording was Ravel’s astonishingly good orchestration. We’ve all heard the music umpteen times, and, like many comfortable things, we tend to take it for granted. Reiner and his heroes will refresh your memory of Ravel’s (and Moussorgsky’s) genius with unassailable playing and a rich interpretation. Like all great things, it just seems right. The magic continues with the warm recorded sound. The soundstage is wide if not deep, and imaging is similar to the hall perspective.
(Anthony Kershaw - Audiophilia Classics)