© 2004 Sony Music Entertainment
℗ Originally Recorded 1955. All rights reserved by BMG Music.
℗ Recorded Prior to 1972. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music.
Bela Bartok (1881-1945):
Concerto for Orchestra (tracks 1-5)
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (tracks 6-9)
Hungarian Sketches (tracks 10-14)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Recorded October 22, 1955 (tracks 1-5) and December 28-29, 1958 (tracks 6-14) in Orchestra Hall, Chicago
Producer: Richard Mohr
Recording Engineer: Lewis Layton
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Remastered from first-generation session tapes at Soundmirror Inc., Boston MA
The 1955 session was recorded on RCA RT-21 quarter-inch 2-track tape recorders running at 30 inches per second. The 1958 sessions were recorded to 3-track 1/2-inch tape on Ampex 300 tape machines running at 15 inches per second.
Typical RCA Living Stereo mic setups included Neumann M-49 and U-47 condenser and RCA 77DX ribbon mics. Microphones were connected to custom-made RCA mixing consoles, which in turn fed the tape recorders.
For this breathtaking audiophile download, Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra evoke the fiery iconoclasm of Bela Bartok and pay homage to the hauntingly beautiful music of Hungary, homeland to both Bartok and Reiner. This scintillating RCA Living Stereo recording is widely regarded as the greatest recording Reiner ever made of Bartok’s music. The performance and technique are moving, intense and a fine display of virtuosity.