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

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# 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.

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Reiner / CSO – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat, Op. 55 (“Eroica”) (original US pressing, mono)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1955)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | LM-1899
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.66GB), 24-bit/96kHz (811MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (197MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA Victrola) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 (Reiner)

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Thanks to our friend Lemarquis for this evergreen
Having collected a variety of Beethoven Symphony recordings over the years, incorporating a variety of interpretive approaches, I continue to enjoy this recording after all these years and lthought the sound is not the best. The sound opens up more, the brass have a burnished edge to them now. This is aggressive Beethoven, a valid approach to this monumental work. If you desire a more romantic and less assertive approach, there is always Giulini, Böhm or Bernstein to name a few, but I prefer this recording somewhat even to Kleiber’s celebrated VPO recording of the samesymphony. It’s an incredible value for the amount of music in such fine performances.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Vinyl (1959)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: RCA Victrola
DR-Analysis: DR 10
Size: 754 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls(Mono) 24/96 (RCA) Richard Strauss – Elektra (Highlights) (Inge Borkh, Fritz Reiner)

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Fritz Reiner’s fabled 1956 excerpts from Strauss’s Elektra not only live up to their legend via RCA’s superb “Living Stereo” remastering, but attest to the conductor’s unmatched synchronicity between his orchestra and, arguably, the most commanding, involved rendering of the title role and Orestes on disc. Inge Borkh’s powerful, laserlike timbre and intense vocal acting are beyond praise in the touching Recognition Scene.

Composer: Richard Strauss
Performer: Inge Borkh, Frances Yeend, Paul Schöffler
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Vinyl (1956)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 403 MB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA/MFSL) Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Reiner)

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Many thanks to my friend Mats for this gift
There is the Living Stereo version from 1954 of this work, recorded by Reiner for RCA, that became the most legendary and sonic superbe recording he ever made. Then there is this recording, 8 years later, also made for RCA Living Stereo. Ladies and Gentlemen, take your choice or simply enjoy!

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA Living Stereo) Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Rubinstein/Reiner)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beautiful reissue
The Brahms D minor Concerto is a difficult work to pull off successfully: the piano part is ungrateful, and often drowned out by an overorchestrated accompaniment. Also, many pianists–most notably Glenn Gould–tend to drag the tempos beyond all reason. Rubinstein, who was ten years old when Brahms died, would never have considered such a nonsensical approach. The Concerto was written early in Brahms career, and was the work of a passionate young man. In essence, Brahms without the beard. This is the first stereo recording, taped in 1954, to be made of this Concerto. (The stereo version, however, was not released until 1977).

# Composer:  Johannes Brahms
# Performer: Artur Rubinstein
# Orchestra:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1954/200???)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 1.81 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA Living Stereo) Bela Bartok – Concerto For Orchestra (CPO/Reiner)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
Since its original release on LP in the mid-1950s, Fritz Reiner’s rendition of the “Concerto for Orchestra” has stood as the standard against which all other recordings of the work are measured. Reiner’s superb control of his orchestra and of Bartók’s rhythms and textures is still unsurpassed, even by dozens of subsequent conductors in the digital age. This “Concerto” shows just what an incredible ensemble the Chicago Symphony was under Reiner’s direction.

# Composer:  Bela Bartok
# Orchestra:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1956/58)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR: 15
# Size: 1.42 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concertos 6, 22 (Géza Anda)

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Géza Anda’s interpretations of Mozart’s piano concertos are immortal classics that should not be overlooked. Granted, it is a crowded field, which include many excellent accounts (Perahia’s, for example). But these recordings – made in Salzburg – are fine examples of the rare moments in music making when a soloist and ensemble forms a coherent unit.

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Géza Anda
# Orchestra: Camerata Academica Des Salzburger Mozarteums
# Conductor: Géza Anda
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.01 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Mozart/Haydn – Symphonies No. 41/88 (CPO/Reiner)

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To begin, I’m sure not everyone likes Reiner the way I do; he definitely falls into the special-taste category. His insistence on strict orchestral discipline and musical precision results for some listeners in performances that may sound too sterile, too controlled. Not for me. I’ve always thought he brought out the best in any score he essayed, giving it a polish and control that allowed the music itself to bloom more fully. Such is the case with these two recordings.

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn
# Orchestra:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1956-1960 – reissue 1969)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.01 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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High-End HD-Vinyl 192/24 (Analogue Productions 200g) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade (Reiner)

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Almost raw, only few clicks manually removed and spaces btw. the tracks cleaned
Brand new vinyl, played here for the 1st time
Ladies and Gentlemen, here is the mother of all „Scheherazade“ recordings. At today, for more than half a century, no other production was able to beat Maestro Reiner and his Chicago Symphony Orchestra: good speed, real dramatical atmosphere, perfect tempo and a magnificent sound. This Analogue Productions Reissue on 200g is the best sounding version I ever heard.

# Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
#Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1960/2013)
# Number of discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA/Analogue Productions
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD:
B000003FWQ
# Size: 1.87 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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