Reiner / CSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G (2LP, Classic Records, 180g test pressing)

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Performer: Lisa Della Casa
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Classic Records | LSC-2364
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.13GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.08GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (293MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

This is by far, the rarest and most expensive item I have ever shared here on boxset.

Test pressings are usually limited to 20-25 copies. They’re given to the artists/producers/etc to check things before doing a full press run – the very first copies produced. Occasionally, they will contain anomalies and end up being scrapped. More often than not, however, they are pristine with phenomenal sound. That is the case here.

The more common test pressings are pressed like a ‘normal’ album – music on both sides. This one, however, is pressed on two single-sided 180g discs.

As is the case with test pressings, they are produced with white labels and in white sleeves. The only way to identify them is by the matrix numbers that are printed on the labels and sleeve. I have included the original art for reference in a separate folder.

Track Listing:

Disc One
01 – First Movement: Moderato Non Affrettare
02 – Second Movement: Movimento Con Comodo; Senza Fretta

Side Two
03 – Third Movement: Tranquillo
04 – Fourth Movement: Molto Piacevole

Lisa Della Casa – soprano

Additional info can be found here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5
Milty Pro Zerostat 3

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio ResoMat
Audio Technica AT33PTG/II
AVID Pellar preamp
RME Hammerfall 9632 ADC

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only), iZotope RX3

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As most of you probably already know, I’ve just “discovered” the music of Mahler.

When I saw this album in a local shop, it was one of those “had to have it” moments. I knew if I passed it up, it wouldn’t be there next time, so I grabbed it. After hearing it, I’m glad I did. My only regret was what it cost.

If anyone can make a donation to help offset the cost of this album, it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!


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17 thoughts on “Reiner / CSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G (2LP, Classic Records, 180g test pressing)”

  1. Impressive!!! Thank you Steve, the sound is really fantastic!!
    I have a CD version of this recording and your sound is a lot better.
    I am professional musician and it seems that I was playing in the orchestra, is a new CD for me. Congratulations!!
    Chicago+Reiner is one of me favorite combinations…
    It could be fantastic to work with MEGA and not with FlieFactory.
    Anyway, thank you one more time.

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