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# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1954)
# Number of Discs: 4, one sided recordings, 45 RPM
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN SACD: B0002TKFQI
# Size: 1.36 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF
I feel that it can be safely claimed that these Strauss/Reiner performances have not been bettered. They have a correctness that seems to defy criticism. Apart from the authenticism of Fritz Reiner’s unerring interpretation of these great Richard Strauss tone poems and the magisterial playing of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, we have an audio recording that is little short of miraculous. Consider that this stereo recording was made 60(!) years ago in March 1954.
In his era, Reiner may have never gotten his full musical credit. He was often regarded as very, very good; but too much of a standardized middle-of-the-road interpreter. Hearing these again and again over the following years, almost everybody began to realize what a true master he was, especially in repertoire that he found most congenial. His Richard Strauss tone poems are tops. The orchestra is brilliant and warm and solid in every department. The master tape captures it all, and Reiner’s tempos and pacing are so exactly suited to both immediate passages and an overall conception of each work that you don’t notice them at all. You are left drinking in the music. Just watch those calories.
It is only when you hear other, poorer performances that you remember that Richard Strauss was generally regarded as a genius who wrote second-tier music. He even thought he was a little below the absolute highest among the composers. Strauss himself once said that his music should be able to describe a room exactly, down to the silverware on the linen table cloth. Reiner gives his Richard Strauss the sort of attention that brushes away all the kitch, and incisively brings this late Romantic-era descriptive music to life as if there were nothing to it.
You will probably be using this disc to show off your new SACD system, if you have one. You will also be getting one of the greatest recordings ever made of these particular tone poems. What’s not to like? Highly, highly recommended for both sound and for incredible performance.
Analyzed folder: /192kRicStr_AlSpZar(4×45)/192k Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (4x45RPM)
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR12 -0.03 dB -17.52 dB A Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra – CSO, Fritz Reiner – Part 1.wav
DR13 -1.13 dB -20.53 dB B Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra – CSO, Fritz Reiner – Part 2.wav
DR12 -1.09 dB -18.97 dB C Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra – CSO, Fritz Reiner – Part 3.wav
DR13 -1.06 dB -20.24 dB D Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra – CSO, Fritz Reiner – Part 4.wav
Number of files: 4
Official DR value: DR12
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- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: Ortofon Virtus Cartridge: Audio Technica AT 33 E MC
- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Vintage (1979) Luxman L-55A
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
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. I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 1.0 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.
- Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
- 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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