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Reiner: Respighi Pines & Fountains of Rome - RCA ARP1-4579 (Half-Speed Master)

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The condition of the jacket is near-MINT. There is minor wear at corners, but that is all.

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Seller Notes: The condition of the jacket is near-MINT. There is minor wear at corners, but that is all. Otherwise, the album appears almost as new. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive in appearance – overall, this is a very fine collector's copy. The condition of the LP is near-MINT and playback is superb – overall, a truly fine collector's copy.
Genre:

Classical

Sleeve Grading:

Near Mint (NM or M-)

Style:

Orchestral

Record Label:

RCA

Record Size:

12"

Speed:

33 RPM

Duration:

LP

Country of Manufacture:

United States

Record Grading:

Near Mint (NM or M-)

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This handsome LP – a “half-speed” master issue – from RCA (ARP1-4579, US pressing, “5 Series”, Red Seal label, original inner sleeve included) features a superb audiophile reissue of Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s unsurpassed accounts of Respighi’s Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome, both recorded in demonstration quality sound in the rich acoustics of Orchestra Hall, Chicago on 24 October 1959 (producer: Richard Mohr / engineer: Lewis Layton).

 

The exact track listing is as follows:

 

Pines of Rome

 

 

A1

Pines of Villa Borghese

 


A2

Pines near Catacomb

 


A3

Pines of Janiculum

 


A4

Pines of Appian Way

 


 

 

 

 

Fountains of Rome

 

 

B1

Fountain of Valle Giulia at Dawn

 


B2

Triton Fountain at Morn

 


B3

Fountain of Trevi at Mid-day

 


B4

Villa Medici Fountain at Sunset

 


 

Of RCA’s SACD re-issue, the erudite critic Joseph Stevenson wrote in his 10/10 for ClassicsToday:

 

Listening to these exquisite SACD remasterings of half-century-old classic Living Presence recordings recalled a story told by a pupil of Philip Farkas (the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's principal hornist when these tapings were made). During rehearsal, conductor Fritz Reiner angrily signaled for a stop, glared at the horns, and demanded: "Horns! Forte!" They repeated the passage, louder, and were stopped again. "Horns! Forte!" Two more times produced the same result, after which Reiner slammed down his baton. One of the horn players pleaded, "But, Maestro, we're playing as loud as we can." "I know!" snapped Reiner, "you started at fortissimo."


“This anecdote illustrates how important it was to Reiner to get the exact loudness--or quietness--he wanted. Truly pianissimo playing is a hard thing for an orchestra to achieve, and among the things this excellent SACD remastering discloses as never before is the utterly ravishing playing of this orchestra at pianissimo, and its constant attention to dynamic level. This pays off in the final movement of Pines of Rome, where Reiner achieves a steady increase in loudness from the first tread of the Caesars' ghostly legions to the very last chord. The effect is breathtaking.


“The remastering does this without at all yielding to the temptation to "improve" the original master's dynamics by ramping up the loud parts. The result: a faithful recreation of the legendary 1959 and 1960 sonics, minus surface noise or hiss. The string sound regains its original sweetness, eliminating the slight graininess and upper-register hardness that many can hear in standard-resolution CDs. Inclusion of the third channel in the multi-track layer of the SACD helps nail down the placement of the solo winds and spreads the strings out to sections, rather than points.


“The virtues of Reiner's performances are well known. In La Mer Reiner remembers that a movement called "From Dawn Till Noon..." should begin in profound darkness. Rhythms are never rigid in this unmatched depiction of fluidity. All the delicate shadings of what is called musical Impressionism are there, but the climaxes arrive with plenty of guts. In Respighi's Fountains you can feel the dawn mists at the beginning and the magical quietness of the air at the end of the day. And the Gregorian chant evoked by the Catacombs in Pines never has made the remembered Christian martyrs sound so noble and brave.


“If you know these recordings, be assured that both the two-channel and the three-channel SACD tracks truly improve the sound. If you've ever wondered why old-timers rave about 1950s stereo labels like RCA Living Stereo and "shaded dogs" (a description of the art style used for the RCA terrier on the LP label), this will answer all your questions.”

 

Incidentally, there are excellent liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Vincent Sheehan, printed in English only. The front cover art was executed by Daniel Maffia.

 

This re-issue was produced by John Pfeiffera nd engineered by Edwin Begley.

 

CONDITION – PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY:

The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.

 

The condition of the jacket is near-MINT. There is minor wear at corners, but that is all. Otherwise, the album appears almost as new. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive in appearance – overall, this is a very fine collector's copy.

 

The condition of the LP is near-MINT and playback is superb – overall, a truly fine collector's copy.


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Hello. Thanks for your purchase. Payment via PayPal is greatly preferred and should be made within 5 days. Items will be sent free via standard airmail - there are no shipping charges. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, I will be happy to help. Thank you. Best wishes, Joe
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