Ormandy / Reiner – Strauss Tone Poems (2LP, red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)


# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Orchestras: The Philadelphia Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductors: Eugene Ormandy and Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1954 & 1960 / 1978)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Records 15/16 of 100
# Size: 1.85GB (24/96) + 475MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

Each of the library cases in this 100LP collection has a title or theme to it. Volume 15 & 16 is entitled “Strauss Tone Poems” – a compilation of 3 classic works by Richard Strauss. Two of the performances are by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The other is by Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Purely in terms of sound quality, this set could possibly have the best sound yet. Absolutely spectacular.

As always, if anyone has requests for anything else in this set, please add them to the comments.

From the booklet:

Also Sprach Zarathustra – The Chicago Symphony Orchestra gave the work its first American performance in 1897 and has recorded it five times. This is the orchestra’s third recording – its first of two with Fritz Reiner – revealing this controversial tone poem in all its grandeur and power. This performance is complete on one album side – a particular musical advantage in the case of “The Convalescent” section, where a side break destroys the continuity and dramatic effect of a one-bar silence. Recorded in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall on March 8, 1954.

Don Juan – The impassioned inspiration of the 24-year-old Strauss is superbly captured by Reiner and his musicians in a reading of extraordinary brio and warmth. This is the second of two recordings made by this team. Recorded in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall on February 6, 1960.

Ein Heldenleben – Strauss provided one of music’s great orchestral showpieces in his colorful, autobiographical tone poem. Lush melodies, mordant wit, a virtuoso violin solo, a rousing battle – all combined in Ormandy’s vivid interpretation, played to the hilt by his fabulous Philadelphians and recorded in an acoustic of gutsy presence. Recorded in Manhattan Center on December 15, 1960.

Track List:

Also Sprach Zarathustra, Opus 30
01 – Sunrise
02 – Of the Backworldsmen
03 – Of the Great Yearning
04 – Of Joys and Passions
05 – Grave-Song (aka Dirge)
06 – Of Science
07 – The Convalescent
08 – The Dance-Song
09 – The Song of the Night-Wanderer

Don Juan, Opus 20 (Tone Poem after Lenau)
10 – Don Juan

Ein Heldenleben, Opus 40 (A Hero’s Life)
11 – Der Held (The Hero)
12 – Des Heldens Widersacher (The Hero’s Adversaries)
13 – Des Heldens Gefahrten (The Hero’s Helpmate)
14 – Des Heldens Walstatt (The Hero’s Battlefield)
15 – Des Heldens Friedenswerke (The Hero’s Works of Peace)
16 – Des Heldens Weltflucht und Vollendung (The Hero’s Escape from the World and His Fulfillment)

Anshel Brusilow – concertmaster

You can see a listing of the entire set here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)


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11 thoughts on “Ormandy / Reiner – Strauss Tone Poems (2LP, red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

  1. I’ve been trough some personal problems for the last year or so which have kept me away from this wonderful blog.
    Last week I finally came back, and apart of the most recent post I’ve not checked yet I remembered this “Franklin Mint Pressings” collection you once posted. I found this recording I’m very interested in, thanks for your great work dear TheNightOwl!

    P:D: Regretfully I’m unable to dl part 2, will try again next week…

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