Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No.1 & 1812 Overture – Emil Gilels, Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1955-1958/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No.1 & 1812 Overture – Emil Gilels, Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1955-1958/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 46:32 minutes | 1,83 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Highdeftapetransfers.com | Digital Booklet

Gilels recorded this work several times, and the dierence to the other stereo recording in print is evident instantly. Just play the rst 10 seconds from the Gilels/Maazel recording and then this one: RCA in 1955 captured a cleaner, better, richer sound than EMI engineers 20 years later. So you are instantly captivated by the sound alone; and then follows a performance with tremendous sweep and boldness. Reiner is denitely instrumental in helping this along: he was a far better conductor than Maazel could ever aspire to. In a word: don’t worry too much about niggling imperfections. This is a performance for the ages. It will stand as a beacon to the possibilities of transmitting a sense of greatness via recordings that had few equals in the 100 years that we have been making records. I might add, lest you think I’m just carried away by it, that I have been living with this recording (on LP) since about 1960 and had something like 22 rival version in my collection at one time. None of the others conveys that same aura of agnicence.

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Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Brahms: Violin Concerto (1955) [APO Remaster 2015] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Reiner, Chicago SO – Brahms: Violin Concerto (1955) [APO Remaster 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 34:32 minutes | Scans NOT included | 1,38 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans NOT included | 716 MB

RCA Living Stereo Series from Analogue Productions. Another of the rare performances of violinist Jascha Heifetz and conductor Fritz Reiner together with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This stunning recording of Brahms’ Violin Concerto is nothing short of breathtaking. The original 30 ips 2-track analog tape was used to master these LP and SACD reissues. Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, these new versions are clearer than the originals and warmer and richer than past reissues.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner – Vienna (2005) {PS3 ISO + 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
Label/Cat#: RCA Red Seal “Living Stereo” # 82876-71615-2 | Country/Year: Europe 2005, 1957/1960
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Various, Orchestral, Waltz

This RCA Living Stereo release showcases the conducting talents of Fritz Reiner. It is a compilation of universal favourites linked to Vienna and ranging from Johann Strauss junior to Josef Strauss, from Richard Strauss to Weber. I doubt that the music of Old Vienna has ever sounded more entrancing than on this SACD from ‘stereo’s golden age’ performed as it is with unique style and panache. (more…)

Brahms & Tchaikovsky – Violin Concertos – Jascha Heifetz, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (2005) {PS3 ISO + FLAC + DSF}

Brahms & Tchaikovsky – Violin Concertos – Jascha Heifetz, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (2005)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST 2.0 & 5.0 (2.0,3.0) | 34:29, 29:34 minutes  | 2,38 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 1,22 GB
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:04:14 minutes
Genre: Classical | Label: © RCA Red Seal / Sony Music Entertainment / 82876-67896-2

In the very early days of Fanfare, one critic dismissed Heifetz as a relic, soon to be ignored. Of course that’s turned out to be utterly false; the Heifetz blend of fire and ice has been tremendously influential since then, and the somewhat more romantic elements of his playing are coming back into vogue (not that, in his maturity, Heifetz was given to romantic extremes). Just think about Itzhak Perlman, whose entire career has been an effort to play like Heifetz (to the extent of appropriating the more oddball elements of his repertoire) while being loved like Kreisler. Heifetz retired 35 years ago, but his style is still very much with us. So are his recordings.

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