Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA) Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Reiner)

Complete new rip in 24/192 and with all the new engines from 2013/14

# 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

# 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

Ripping Infos


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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19 thoughts on “Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA) Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Reiner)

  1. Dear Magician
    I loved this Rip in 24 bits 192k the sound is great, we have a wonderfull Definition the high freqencies are delicious the music is naturel.
    Even with my PC javascript:grin(‘:grin:’)reader connected with an USB E-MU202 creativ-lab sound card (work’s 24bits 192k).
    To control the quality I used an Audiophyl Sony Headphone MDRCD1700 and to share with my friend my JBL S2600. All people thought that it was a HD Digital recording… Miracle surface ???.javascript:grin(‘:shock:’)
    Many years ago I used “Permosta” do you used some thing like that before the Ripping procedure.
    Direct from the sixties it’s incredible.
    Thank’s very much

    • Hi….i didn’t use permosta, the vinyls were virgin new. I use to wash older records before ripping. This recording is pressed on 4 one-side-vinyls. The vinyls are not from 1960…the recording is it.

      PS: Check out today or tomorrow (now we have a little problem on edit/publish board) MAHLER, Symphony No. 5 with Kubelik, live from 1981, from the audiophile label AUDITE, i’ve ripped it with 24bit & 192kHz. Everything is ready – rar-archives, post is written….i only have to set the links, when the board works again.

  2. UNRAR 3.60 beta 6 freeware Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Alexander Roshal

    /Users/Jason/Downloads/Music/96kST_ASZ(4x45R).part1.rar is not RAR archive
    No files to extract

    UNRAR 3.60 beta 6 freeware Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Alexander Roshal

    /Users/Jason/Downloads/Music/96kST_ASZ(4x45R).part1.rar is not RAR archive
    No files to extract

    • friend, put your UNRAR 3.60 beta 6 freeware Copyright (c) 1993-2006 in the trash bin, please…. 😉
      The archives were downloaded in + three months more than 520 times…you are the first one that reports this error.
      Anyway, I’ve DL the archives and tested them. They work more than very well…not any kind of issue or error.

  3. All the technical talk aside; I used to have the 33 1/3 LP from RCA; and I even had the early Reel to Reel RCA Stereo edition.
    Though my player is not up to 192 techs, THIS IS EXACTLY GORGEOUS! And your notes on Reiner are also worthy of the old man’s talents and techniques! I love it, Rach. Thank you!

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