Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Riccardo Muti – Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, WAB 109 (Original 1894 Version) (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Riccardo Muti – Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, WAB 109 (Original 1894 Version) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 62:19 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © CSO Resound

The latest CSO Resound release features Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a compelling performance of Bruckner’s formidable Ninth Symphony. Left unfinished at the time of the composer’s death in 1896, the immense work unfolds with stirring climaxes, daring chromaticism and harmonic richness. It is perfectly executed by the CSO, long-admired for its Bruckner interpretations. The Orchestra also holds the distinction of presenting the American premiere of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony in 1904. Muti brings remarkable lyricism to this dramatic work in a performance that embodies the exceptional synergy between the distinguished maestro and the CSO. A musical force in Chicago and around the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the finest international orchestras. The orchestra has earned 62 Grammy awards for its extensive catalog. “Muti, with an orchestra that is invariably sublime, shaped the meandering work with total conviction- from the opening sound of horns and the hum of strings, through richly lyrical sections, to sudden storms and then to sudden bits of quiet.” (Chicago Sun-Times) “Nobility, lyrical feeling and dramatic thrust are keys to Muti’s approach to the Bruckner symphonies… like a quiet and controlled church ritual that suddenly bursts forth in powerful glory.” (Chicago Tribune) (more…)

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 1:29:33 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks  | Digital Booklet | © CSO Resound

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a glorious achievement,” conductor Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus through a breathtaking performance of Verdi’s epic masterpiece.

*Winner of two 2010 Grammy Awards including Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance.

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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…)