LABELS: RCA Victor Living Stereo
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Russian Showpieces
WORKS: Pictures at an Exhibition; Marche slave; Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
PERFORMER: Chicago SO/Fritz Reiner
CATALOGUE NO: 09026 61958 2 ADD (1957/59)
Stunning accounts dating from the early days of RCA Victor’s pioneering experiments in ‘Living Stereo – stereo-orthophonic High Fidelity’ multitrack recording. Digitally remastered from the original tapes (with only an occasional hint of dropout, for example at the end of Pictures), the sound is fabulously immediate with wonderful dramatic presence.
A legendary orchestra-builder famous for his attention to detail, ensemble, rhythmic timing and attack, the Hungarian Fritz Reiner knew his Chicago players inside out, and they give him a commitment you won’t forget in a hurry. Ates Orga