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℗ Originally Recorded 1955. All rights reserved by BMG Music
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Violin Concerto In D, Op. 77
Piotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Violin Concerto In D, Op. 35
Jascha Heifetz, violin
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Recorded February 21 & 22, 1955 (Brahms) and April 19, 1957 (Tchaikovsky) in Orchestra Hall, Chicago
Producer: John Pfeiffer
Recording Engineer: Lewis Layton
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Remastered from first-generation session tapes at Soundmirror Inc., Boston MA
The 1955 sessions were recorded on RCA RT-21 quarter-inch 2-track tape recorders running at 30 inches per second. The 1957 session was 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.
This breathtaking audiophile download pairs two of music’s most legendary violin concertos. Heifetz, widely regarded as one of the greatest performing artists of all time, is joined by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Heifetz proves why his technique is still admired a century after his debut. The virtuosity and musicianship on display is both captivating and enchanting. These are two of RCA Living Stereo's finest violin recordings.