Strauss: Don Quixote; Don Juan

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LABELS: RCA Living Stereo
WORKS: Don Quixote; Don Juan
PERFORMER: Antonio Janigro (cello)Chicago SO/Fritz Reiner
CATALOGUE NO: 09026 68170 2 ADD (1959/54)
Fritz Reiner’s Fifties recordings of Strauss with the Chicago Symphony are classics. Don Juan dates from 1954, and as a result the sound is a little rough around the edges and fierce in the treble, yet the performance has real fire. The 1959 Don Quixote, with cellist Antonio Janigro as soloist, is smoother in recorded sound but no less vibrant in its playing, the famous dynamic Chicago brass bringing an uncharacteristic suavity. Matthew Rye