High-End HD-Vinyls 192/24 (Analogue Productions 200g) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition (Reiner)

Almost no post-processing, so you can say, this rip is raw…and has a better DR (12)
Brand new vinyl, played here for the 1st time
Ladies and Gentlemen, here is the mother of all „Pictures“ recordings. At today, no other „Pictures“ production was able to beat Maestro Reiner and his Chicago Symphony Orchestra: good speed, real dramatical atmosphere, perfect tempo and a magnificent sound. This Analogue Productions Reissue on 200g is the best sounding version I ever heard.

# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
#Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1957/2013)
# Number of discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA/Analogue Productions
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 1.4 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

After 56 (!) years there is nothing new under the sun, the masters of recording productions from the golden age – 50s and 60s – knew how to do it:


Listen to this and believe it: the recording was made in 1957. One of the most expensive vinyl records by RCA LIVING STEREO, if in near mint condition and early pressing.

This is one recording that lives up to its hype. On the podium, Fritz Reiner brings all of his storied strengths – an extraordinary sense of architecture, an outstanding ear for color, and an unparalleled (did someone say “sadistic”?) degree of discipline – to create the most beautifully conceived “Pictures” recorded in the 20th century.

But that’s not all – in fact, that’s not the half of it. The Chicago Symphony is superhuman in this recording, from the phenomonal opening solo trumpet passage of Adolph Herseth (in the first of his FIVE decades with the CSO) to the spectacular “Bydlo” of Arnold Jacobs on tuba, to the stupefying wall of sound in the final “Great Gate of Kiev” – well, the fact is that almost every orchestral player I know, on ANY instrument, refers to this recording as the gold standard for their own.

And the SOUND!… This was one of the first of the legendary RCA “Living Stereo” recordings (1957), and modern engineers could and should learn a lot about how to record an orchestra from these geniuses of the Eisenhower era. Another reviewer mentioned his disappointment in the “Catacombs” movement, and it’s true – there are more sonically cogent recent performances (the Montreal Symphony under Charles Dutoit in a great recording comes to mind). But I would trade however many of those it would take to keep my SINGLE copy of this true wonder.

Analyzed folder: /192kMoMu_Pix_FrRe(AnPr200g)/192k Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition – Fritz Reiner (Analogue Productions 200g)
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR11        -3.91 dB     -19.40 dB     A1 Promenade.wav
DR16        -0.30 dB     -20.98 dB     A2 The Gnome.wav
DR11        -19.08 dB     -34.50 dB     A3 Promenade.wav
DR12        -12.67 dB     -30.41 dB     A4 The Old Castle.wav
DR11        -6.68 dB     -21.37 dB     A5 Promenade.wav
DR13        -8.13 dB     -28.71 dB     A6 Tuileries.wav
DR11        -2.74 dB     -19.40 dB     A7 Bydlo.wav
DR10        -9.06 dB     -24.63 dB     A8 Promenade.wav
DR12        -12.20 dB     -30.15 dB     A9 Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks.wav
DR12        -4.52 dB     -21.14 dB     A10 Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle.wav
DR12        -1.97 dB     -17.74 dB     B1 The Market.wav
DR11        -4.93 dB     -22.23 dB     B2 Catacombae (sepulchrum romanum).wav
DR11        -18.25 dB     -33.79 dB     B3 Con mortuis in lingua mortua.wav
DR14        -0.18 dB     -18.98 dB     B4 The Hut on Fowl’s Legs.wav
DR13        -0.12 dB     -17.19 dB     B5 The Great Gate at Kiev.wav
Number of files:    15
Official DR value:    DR12



  • Composed By – Modest Mussorgsky
  • Conductor – Fritz Reiner
  • Liner Notes – Alfred Frankenstein
  • Orchestra – Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Orchestrated By – Maurice Ravel

Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings


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 3 Advanced v3.01, 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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11 thoughts on “High-End HD-Vinyls 192/24 (Analogue Productions 200g) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition (Reiner)

  1. I’ve got your rip of the original vinyl of this outstanding recording, and that sounds perfectly. RCA, unlike some of Columbia’s, made very good vinyls.
    I hope that this one will sound like the original LP but with more purity!
    Thank you very much!!!

  2. Everything is great with this record – fantastic music, great recording, first-class vinyl and – stunning transfer. It definitely sounds much livelier and warmer than the SACD version. Vinyl rocks! Thank you Rachmaninov for this marvelous post.

  3. Dear Maestro Rachmaninov,
    Thank you for all the incredible treasures you have bestowed on us–you must have a mind-boggling record collection. And I’d like to wish you and yours a splendid holiday season.

    I already have your 24/96 version of “PIctures…” which is magnificent, and was hoping to hear the upgrade with the new reissue. However, I’ve been having trouble accessing the first file in the group of four on File factory–and I have a Premium account–I had no trouble with 2,3 and 4. For the first file I keep getting this message:
    “Server Maintenance
    The server hosting this file is temporarily unavailable due to system maintenance. Please try again shortly.
    Please contact support if you require further assistance.”
    This has been going on for the past three or four days.
    Can you please look into this. I would be tremendously grateful.

    Thank you and wishing you the best in the new year.
    Kindest regards,

    • There is nothing I can do…and it is independent on having a premium account or not. The sole thing I could do is to reupload that file again, but I had often in the past that the file landed again on the same (or another) server that was under maintenance.
      Be patient, normally this issue takes few days.

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