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4.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant re-issue, 15 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale (MP3 Download)
Another RCA Living Stereo recording, this time of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Fritz Reiner. And what a brilliant CD! It's hard to see how we've made progress in quality of recorded sound since this performance was taped in 1960. Perhaps, again, the simplicity of the recording technique used is what gives this CD its immediacy. You can nit-pick about the actual performance - this work is almost hackneyed in its sugary sweetness and popularity - and I have to say there are a couple of bloomers in the first movement which stop me giving this 5 stars, but overall this is a brilliant package. Reiner had just two years more to live when he conducted this, and is total master of his orchestra. Stick this on your player, crank up the volume, close your eyes, and you will be transported by the quality of the recording. In the final movement the double tongueing trumpets are simply brilliant, and I love the way the ending is almost a cross between Vaughan Williams "Lark Ascending" and a bit of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream music. Just excellent.
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