RCA Living Stereo the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!
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. Likewise, the "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta" shows just what an incredible ensemble the Chicago Symphony was under Reiner's direction. The original 2-track session tapes were used in mastering for LPs and SACDs.
"...I'd have to say that the usual stumbling blocks have been sidestepped. Great care has been taken to do the right things, starting with the way the decision to remaster these RCAs was made." - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Remastered From Original 2-Track Recording!
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Bela Bartok (1881-1945)
1. First Movement: Introduzione; Andante non troppo; Allegro vivace
2. Second Movement: Giuoco delle Coppie; Allegretto scherzando
3. Third Movement: Elegia; Andante non troppo
4. Fourth Movement: Intermezzo Interrotto; Allegretto
5. Fifth Movement: Finale; Pesante Presto