Prokofieff, Stravinsky‎ – Lieutenant Kije, Song Of The Nightingale (1958) {Classic Records; 4LP, S-Sided, 180g, 45rpm, Remaster, Ltd; 24-96} +16-44



Most older listeners agree that Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite was ideal repertoire for Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With its big tunes, bright colors, bold harmonies, and unrelenting rhythms, Reiner and the Chicago — the pre-eminent Strauss performers in America at the time — excelled in Prokofiev’s Kiji. In this superb recording, Reiner and the Chicago are at the top of their form and their Kiji is witty, sassy, brave, ironic, and altogether hilarious.

Most older listeners, however, cannot agree that Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightingale was anything like the right repertoire for Reiner and the Chicago. With its spiky motifs, its primary colors, its hard harmonies, and its relentless rhythms, Reiner and the Chicago were seemingly out of their element. But although their approach is essentially Straussian, Reiner and the Chicago still excel at Stravinsky’s Nightingale. In this superb recordings, Reiner and the Chicago’s Nightingale is warm, lush, sweet, and even a little sexy, a sort of Salome à la Stravinsky.The complete recording sounds very direct emotionally grabbing and highly dynamic. This 4lp Remaster set is a of outstanding sonic quality and a Living Sterio landmark.

Remastered by Bernie Grundman

Composer: Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev / Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Label: Classic Records 45 Series ‎LSC-2150-45, LSC-2150
Vinyl Release Date:  Unnkown
Number of LPs: 4
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 45rpm, Single Sided 180g Pressing
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 848MB / 242MB
Scans: yes
Server: FF

This is the very first pressing of this Classic Records 4LP Single-sided  Set in “180g HQ Vinyl” before Classic Records switched to 200g .Classic Records had during their 200g period always certain issues with their 200g pressings as the pressing plants had actually been build for max. 180g pressings . Nontheless their 200g versions are highly sought after and very expensive as well.This rare 180g version for instance is practicaly nowere to get anymore. It was pure luck I’ve stumbled over it back then…


Lieutenant Kije, Op. 60
A1 The Birth Of Kije
A2 Romance
B1 The Wedding Of Kije
B2 Troika
B3 The Burial Of Kije
C Song Of The Nightingale (Symphonic Poem) (Part 1)
D Song Of The Nightingale (Symphonic Poem) (Concluded)


foobar2000 1.3.14 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2017-12-05 16:25:10

Analyzed: Prokofieff, Stravinsky / The Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Fritz Reiner / Lieutenant Kije / Song Of The Nightingale

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR14 -0.50 dB -23.09 dB 4:16 01-Lieutenant Kije, Op. 60 (The Birth Of Kije)
DR15 -6.63 dB -30.53 dB 4:29 02-Lieutenant Kije, Op. 60 (Romance)
DR14 -1.18 dB -21.76 dB 2:50 03-Lieutenant Kije, Op. 60 (The Wedding Of Kije)
DR12 -2.00 dB -19.49 dB 2:41 04-Lieutenant Kije, Op. 60 (Troika)
DR13 -9.95 dB -30.05 dB 6:09 05-Lieutenant Kije, Op. 60 (The Burial Of Kije)
DR13 -2.47 dB -23.36 dB 10:31 06-Song Of The Nightingale (Symphonic Poem) (Part 1)
DR17 -2.40 dB -27.37 dB 12:00 07-Song Of The Nightingale (Symphonic Poem) (Concluded)

Number of tracks: 7
Official DR value: DR14

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2486 kbps
Codec: FLAC


RCM : Opera Consonance
Turntable : Thorens TD 160 mk IV in heavy custommade teakplinth. Delta Device Vinyl TT puck, Delta Device 6mm acrylic turntable plate.
Power supply : Custombuild Dr.Fuss linear motor power supply
Tonearm : Jelco SA 750D, Custommade internal wiring on KLE Innovations Pure Harmony plugs, Isokinetik asymmetric counterweight, Jelco Headshell
Cartridge : Ortofon Rondo Bronze
Preamp : Restek MRIA+ tuned with “hifi-tuning Supreme 3” fuse
ADC : RME Fireface UC
ADC Power Supply: MCRU 2.5 AMP Linear Power Supply tuned with Furutech iec inlet and “hifi-tuning Supreme 3” fuse
Laptop : MSI GP60 2QE Leopard,Core i5,2x250GB SSD,16GB Ram
Camera : Sony Alpha A 350
Interconnects : Supra Eff-I terminanted on KLE Innovations Pure Harmony Plugs, Wireworld Starlight USB 2.0 and 3.0
Power Cords : DIY Powercords using Isotek Evo 3 Schuko/IEC plugs and Supra LoRad 2,5 Silver Anniversary 1,5 m
Software : izotope RX 3 Advanced for recording, Resampling, cleaning and splitting into individual tracks, Traders Little Helper for encoding to Flac on Level 5, Tagging via Foobar 2000
Final Equipment
Speakers: DIY high effciency 2 way high-end speakers
Speaker cable: Supra Sword 2x3m
SET Amp:Tektron TK2A3/50S-I-REF fitted with KR Audio 300B (triode), Psvane CV181-T-MII (driver) and NOS Phillips Miniwatt GZ32 (rectifier) tubes
Power cord: Iego SChuko/IEC Gu-BK on Lapp Oelflex Heat 205 MC
No music was harmed during the post processing. Please burn gapless to match original track layout.

Vinylrip done by spearo December 2017


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8 thoughts on “Prokofieff, Stravinsky‎ – Lieutenant Kije, Song Of The Nightingale (1958) {Classic Records; 4LP, S-Sided, 180g, 45rpm, Remaster, Ltd; 24-96} +16-44”

  1. Outstanding sound ! For me the main course of this recording is “Song of the Nightingale”, unfairly shadowed by famous great Stravinsky’s ballets..

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