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℗ Originally Recorded 1957. All rights reserved by BMG Music
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition (tracks 1-15) and A Night On Bald Mountain (track 17)
Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Marche miniature from Suite No. 1 (track 16) and Marche slave (track 19)
Alexander Borodin (1833-1887): Polovtsian March from "Prince Igor" (track 18)
Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987): Colas Breugnon, op. 24: Overture (track 20)
Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857): Overture from "Russian and Ludmilla" (track 21)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Recorded December 7, 1957 (tracks 1-15) and March 14, 1959 (tracks 16-21) in Orchestra Hall, Chicago
Producery: Richard Mohr
Recording Engineer: Lewis Layton
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Remastered from first-generation session tapes at Soundmirror Inc., Boston MA
All 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.
Acclaimed conductor Fritz Reiner guides the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through definitive performances of masterpieces by Russian composers. Reiner's reading of Pictures at an Exhibition, originally released as RCA Living Stereo LSC-2201, immediately became a favorite of critics and audiophiles alike. The other works were originally released on LSC-2423, titled Festival. In both recordings, the ensemble displays masterful skill. These wide-range recordings will reproduce with astonishing clarity and spectacular presence.