HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA Living Stereo) Bela Bartok – Concerto For Orchestra (CPO/Reiner)

Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
Since its original release on LP in the mid-1950s, Fritz Reiner’s rendition of the “Concerto for Orchestra” has stood as the standard against which all other recordings of the work are measured. Reiner’s superb control of his orchestra and of Bartók’s rhythms and textures is still unsurpassed, even by dozens of subsequent conductors in the digital age. This “Concerto” shows just what an incredible ensemble the Chicago Symphony was under Reiner’s direction.

# Composer:  Bela Bartok
# Orchestra:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1956/58)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR: 15
# Size: 1.42 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory



A1 First Movement: Introduzione; Andante Non Troppo; Allegro Vivace 10:01
A2 Second Movement: Giuoco Delle Coppie; Allegretto Scherzando 6:03
B1 Third Movement: Elegia: Andante, Non Troppo 7:59
B2 Fourth Movement: Intermezzo; Interotto: Allegretto 4:15
B3 Fifth Movement: Finale: Pesante; Presto 8:59

Analyzed folder: /192k Bartok – Concerto For Orchestra – Reiner
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR16        -0.42 dB     -23.47 dB     A1 Introduzione, Andante Non Troppo, Allegro Vivace.wav
DR13        -12.83 dB     -31.02 dB     A2 Giuoco Delle Coppie, Allegretto Scherzando.wav
DR15        -3.78 dB     -24.20 dB     B1 Elegia, Andante, Non Troppo.wav
DR14        -5.14 dB     -26.75 dB     B2 Intermezzo, Interotto-Allegretto.wav
DR14        -1.44 dB     -20.59 dB     B3 Finale-Pesante, Presto.wav
Number of files:    5
Official DR value:    DR15

Ripping Infos


If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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21 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA Living Stereo) Bela Bartok – Concerto For Orchestra (CPO/Reiner)

  1. this recording seems to be the first commercially released stereo recording ever (altough the attempts at the laboratory level have been being proceeded since mid-30-ies).
    and till now is still considered as the reference rendition of the work.
    thanks a lot for the efforts putt on it, dear Alf.
    i’ll try to get it just after cleansing my HDD.

  2. Incredible… insanely great!!!! This is one of the “holy grail” of the illustrious Mercury SR series… Many an audiophile put this in the top ten of “best ever” recordings for the sonics. All hail the RACH!!!!!!

    • Music is a infinite medium. Massive analogue tape (2 inch or 35mm mag stock) was found to be the best technology to mimick this reality. Digital being ones and zeros, chop up music’s infinite slope and only starts to approximate music at 24/192 and up. CD (16/44 ) format was invented for music playback but as a portable storage medium. Then things got out of hand.

  3. Mein Freund –
    This Bartok lives up to everything you told us by the critics,
    But your 24/192 is so clean, clear and dynamic in all the ranges
    Thank you maestro!


  4. I really appreciate having a new gem in my vast Bartok collection. Thank you Jan-Luc for your generous donation. Gorgeous sound – thank you Alf. I’m still listening to it, I really enjoy it, but, I’m not quite convinced, yet, it really transmit the composer message. Probably, I’m still too accustomed with Solti’s approach on this intriguing piece of art.

    • Both, Reiner and Solti “play” in the highest possible league 😉 If you don’t have it, grab it…I ripped it some time ago (I mean Solti)

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