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℗ Originally Recorded 1960. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music.
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Scheherazade
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Song of the Nightingale
Sidney Harth, violin on Sheherazade
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Recorded February 8, 1960 (Sheherazade) and November 3, 1956 (Song of the Nightingale) 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
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.
This download pairs legendary RCA Living Stereo recordings of masterpieces by Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky, led by the authoritative power of Fritz Reiner. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs with precision and clarity. These are the definitive performances of these two pieces. Widely regarded as among the finest recordings ever made by an orchestra, this album has been praised by various audiophile publications including The Absolute Sound.