Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (RCA Living Stereo) The Reiner Sound

Mint, never played before – Five audiophile one-sided-pressed 45 RPM records
Complete new rip in 24/192, with all the new engines from 2013/14

# Composer: Maurice Ravel, Sergeji Rachmaninov
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyls (1958)
# Number of Discs: 5
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# ASIN CD: B000003FAX
# Size:
1.8 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


For those of you who think Rachmaninovis a superficial composer, this is the CD for you. Reiner’s Isle of the Dead spoils you for any other – listening to another performance you can’t help but begin thinking how it falls short. Long before George Solti, Reiner whipped the Chicago Symphony – often, apparently, through sheer terror – into an orchestra that was second to none, with many of its most phenomenal performances documented by RCA in recordings whose sound, even though they date back the dawn of the stereo age, surpasses most CD’s issued today. From its opening measures, Reiner’s performance of Isle of the Dead grabs you by the throat and never lets go.

THIS is a wonderful recording. Conductor Fritz Reiner was to Chicago what Koussevitzky was to Boston, or what Karajan was to Berlin, for that matter. The quality of musicianship is utterly peerless, like RCA’s procedures in recorded sound. Those recordings are examples of the “Golden Years” in orchestral sound ; long lost now the decades of minimalist miking and truly creative techniques for the sake of no-compromise audio. For collectors or music amateurs, ‘The Reiner Sound’ is a good place to start if you want to sample the artistic scope of Reiner/CSO in their prime. The Isle of the Dead (by Rachmaninov) is a powerful example of the greatest recordings the 1950’s have to offer. And there is one of the finest moments of pure Ravelian rhetoric and expressiveness in the Pavane, alongside a most colorful Rapsodie espagnole. Take note though that one of the finest Rapsodies on record is the Monteux/LSO (London / Decca, 1962) : According to the Journal of Recorded Music (Recollections), “Monteux offers a subtle and perfumed reading of the Rapsodie espagnole that is sensuous and erotic. The whole performance has both a slow, insinuating swagger and a quicksilver response that become paradoxically seamless. The London Symphony plays with astonishing virtuosity.” Similarly, some of the finest accounts of the Pavane and the Rapsodie are to be found together on a magisterial Mercury disc with Paray and the Detroit Symphony (also including Ibert’s Escales and more Ravel, notably a startling version of La Valse). The Reiner Sound offers electrifying performances in demonstration sound quality. His Isle of the Dead is still probably the finest on disc and his Ravel belongs to the greats. If you’re new to those works and/or to Fritz Reiner’s CSO, you ought to check out for this album.


  Rapsodie Espagnole
Composed By – Maurice Ravel
A1 Prélude À La Nuit  
A2 Malagueña  
B1 Habanera  
B2 Feria  
C Pavan For A Dead PrincessComposed By – Maurice Ravel  
  Isle Of The Dead, Op. 29Composed By – Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov  
D Part I  
E Part II  

Analyzed folder: /192kThReSou(5×45)/192k The Reiner Sound (5x45RPM)
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR18        -0.33 dB     -25.18 dB     A Ravel – Rapsodie Espagnole – Prelude A La Nuit-Malaguena.wav
DR14        -0.53 dB     -20.73 dB     B Ravel – Rapsodie Espagnole – Habanera-Feria.wav
DR13        -8.89 dB     -26.95 dB     C Ravel – Pavan For A Dead Princess.wav
DR13        -1.26 dB     -21.05 dB     D Rachmaninov – Isle Of The Dead, Op. 29 – Part 1.wav
DR15        -0.09 dB     -20.00 dB     E Rachmaninov – Isle Of The Dead, Op. 29 – Part 2.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 1.0 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

If you like what i do, please consider that a little donation would be very appreciate.
I reinvest all donations in maintenance of my rig, for purchasing cleaning solutions and, most important of all, purchasing of new vinyls.
Click on the “Donate”-button.

Thank you very much !

Download from FileFactory
5 archives

PW: LaWally


28 thoughts on “Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (RCA Living Stereo) The Reiner Sound

    • if i remember well, it costed me only about 60 dollars (records about 40 dollars)….no problem, it was principally for me, consequently for you all. All my rips here (except all marked with “not my work…etc…etc…”) are my own records.

  1. A big thank you for this. I love these 45 rpm rips! It’s money I cannot afford to buy for myself, so I am most grateful for your generosity is sharing this – and so many others, especially your classical offerings. Best holiday cheer from Southern California.

  2. This one really is a treasure!

    I saw you listing it at the gulag site but I was too busy with other thing so I forgot to grab it. Better late then never 🙂

    Why did you combine the 5 sides to 3 tracks?

  3. You probably receive a lot of requests to re-up your rips but this one seems so amazing that I had to ask because the links are dead.
    Anyway thanks, really!, for your amazing work.

  4. … still hope that some other day this beauty can be reached again for those who missed by then… happy YOU who enjoy it!!! Thanks!!!

  5. I’m loving the sound. I’m loving the interpretation. This is the kind of thing I like to go back to after a hard day at work.

    Many, many thanks!



  6. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Simply the best (recorded) recording ever made. !!!!!!!!!!!!! Shared in 45 rpm splendor. Yes people Rach stands above all the others…. ALL HAIL RACH !!!

    much admiration from CA

Leave a Reply