High-End Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition (Reiner)

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# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1957/58)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# ASIN: B000003FMY
# Size: 661 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


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.

After 55 (!) 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: THE MAGIC AND PERFECT SOUND.
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: /Volumes/HDMUSIC/ Work on HiResMusic/ Geladen aber nicht Online/96kMus_Pix_Rei/96k Mussorgsky Pictures Reiner
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR10        -2.83 dB     -17.07 dB     01 Pictures at an Exhibition-Promenade.wav
DR14        -0.27 dB     -19.33 dB     02 Pictures at an Exhibition-AThe Gnome.wav
DR11        -14.74 dB     -30.87 dB     03 Pictures at an Exhibition-Promenade.wav
DR12        -10.10 dB     -27.68 dB     04 Pictures at an Exhibition-The Old Castle.wav
DR11        -3.56 dB     -17.54 dB     05 Pictures at an Exhibition-Promenade.wav
DR13        -4.87 dB     -25.29 dB     06 Pictures at an Exhibition-Tuileries.wav
DR10        -1.36 dB     -16.47 dB     07 Pictures at an Exhibition-Bydlo.wav
DR10        -6.01 dB     -20.77 dB     08 Pictures at an Exhibition-Promenade.wav
DR12        -7.42 dB     -24.67 dB     09 Pictures at an Exhibition-Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks.wav
DR11        -2.61 dB     -17.75 dB     10 Pictures at an Exhibition-Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle.wav
DR12        -1.23 dB     -16.71 dB     11 Pictures at an Exhibition-Limoges – The Market.wav
DR10        -4.05 dB     -20.85 dB     12 Pictures at an Exhibition-Catacombae (sepulchrum romanum).wav
DR11        -17.81 dB     -32.89 dB     13 Pictures at an Exhibition-Con mortuis in lingua mortua.wav
DR12        -0.84 dB     -18.04 dB     14 Pictures at an Exhibition-The Hut on Fowl’s Legs.wav
DR12        -0.50 dB     -15.68 dB     15 Pictures at an Exhibition-The Great Gate at Kiev.wav
Number of files:    15
Official DR value:    DR11

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • 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

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.

  • 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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