HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA / Chesky) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade (Reiner)

Here it is… since 1960 (!) the great king of all “1001 nights” recordings in this world 
Repost, now with FF links

# Composer: Nikolaj Rimsky-Korsakov
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1960/1983)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Chesky Records

# Size: 915 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


This Chesky-Recording is identical with the RCA-Living Stereo-Recording, but improved by the Chesky Brothers. It is up to you to say wich sounds better.

Led with grand authority by Fritz Reiner, the Chicago’s brass and wind section play gloriously throughout, and the final movement of Scheherazade (we learn from the original producer [1960] in an accompanying essay) was recorded in one take–an almost unheard-of feat. This fast movement is taken at breakneck speed, with no loss of clarity or power, with the strings in the hands of magicians.

“…The second movement is just ravishing in the beauty of the Chicago’s playing and Reiner’s romantic approach; there is some staccato triple-tonguing done by trumpeter Adolph Herseth in the fourth movement that should leave you, if not him, breathless. But let is just be said that, after you hear this, no other Scheherazade will ever replace it in your affections.”
HP’s The Golden Dozen LPs – Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2007


A1   The Sea And Sinbads Ship 9:02  
A2   The Story Of The Kalender Prince 11:30  
B1   The Young Prince And The Young Princess 11:55  
B3   Festival In Bagdad ; The Sea ; The Ship Goes To Pieces On A Rock Surmounted By A Bronze Warrior 11:36  

 Analyzed folder: /96k Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade – Reiner (RCA-Chesky)
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR11        -1.00 dB     -17.25 dB     A1 The Sea And Sinbad’s Ship.wav
 DR12        -1.00 dB     -18.85 dB     A2 The Story Of The Kalender Prince.wav
 DR14        -2.67 dB     -22.83 dB     B1 The Young Prince And The Young Princess.wav
 DR12        -0.71 dB     -18.32 dB     B2 Festival Of Bagdad_The Sea_The Ship Goes To Pieces On A Rock Surmounted By A Bronze Warrior (Shipwreck)_Conclusion.wav
 Number of files:    4
 Official DR value:    DR12

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  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
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  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

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Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

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26 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA / Chesky) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade (Reiner)

  1. Yep, Fritz Reiner made this orchestra. And he knew what the music should sound like, too…

    But he was a strict SOB: One of the CSO musicians during a rehearsal was making fun of his extremely small conducting movements by bringing a pair of binoculars. Next day Reiner comes to the rehearsal with a little sticker tagged to his suit. The musician (a french horn player) took the binoculars again, and when looking at Reiner he read the words “You are fired.”. Got that story from Herseth himself… 😉

  2. … yes, Yes, YES!!!!!!

    Rach rulez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

    My undying gratitude, Rach, for your tireless efforts to post all these gems (and your lightning speed to reply to all our requests) 😀

    Best regards!!!!

    Mario 😉

    • Steve, once I had almost all Chesky-Classical records (in truth, a handful releases). Now I own only another one, Berlioz’s Symphonie Phantastique with Freccia… I was long time a Chesky fan. Unfortunately the decided somewhen to stop producing vinyls – what a pity.
      If you compare this version of Scheherazade with the original pressing LSC 2446, you could notice, this one is a little bit “rounder”, warmer, as if you have changed your Porsche (LSC 2446) with a BMW 7 (RC4)

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