Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner – Vienna (2005) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Fritz Reiner – Vienna
Works by Carl Maria von Weber; Johann Jr., Josef & Richard Strauss
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,20 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,40 GB | Full Artwork
Label/Cat#: RCA Red Seal “Living Stereo” # 82876-71615-2 | Country/Year: Europe 2005, 1957/1960
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Various, Orchestral, Waltz

This RCA Living Stereo release showcases the conducting talents of Fritz Reiner. It is a compilation of universal favourites linked to Vienna and ranging from Johann Strauss junior to Josef Strauss, from Richard Strauss to Weber. I doubt that the music of Old Vienna has ever sounded more entrancing than on this SACD from ‘stereo’s golden age’ performed as it is with unique style and panache. (more…)

Brahms & Tchaikovsky – Violin Concertos – Jascha Heifetz, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (2005) {PS3 ISO + FLAC + DSF}

Brahms & Tchaikovsky – Violin Concertos – Jascha Heifetz, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (2005)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST 2.0 & 5.0 (2.0,3.0) | 34:29, 29:34 minutes  | 2,38 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 1,22 GB
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:04:14 minutes
Genre: Classical | Label: © RCA Red Seal / Sony Music Entertainment / 82876-67896-2

In the very early days of Fanfare, one critic dismissed Heifetz as a relic, soon to be ignored. Of course that’s turned out to be utterly false; the Heifetz blend of fire and ice has been tremendously influential since then, and the somewhat more romantic elements of his playing are coming back into vogue (not that, in his maturity, Heifetz was given to romantic extremes). Just think about Itzhak Perlman, whose entire career has been an effort to play like Heifetz (to the extent of appropriating the more oddball elements of his repertoire) while being loved like Kreisler. Heifetz retired 35 years ago, but his style is still very much with us. So are his recordings.

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