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Reiner Conducts Tchaikovsky

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  • Audio CD (March 27 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000003FAU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Symphony No. 6 In B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathetique': Adagio; Allegro non troppo
2. Symphony No. 6 In B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathetique': Allegro con grazia
3. Symphony No. 6 In B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathetique': Allegro molto vivace
4. Symphony No. 6 In B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathetique': Adagio lamentoso
5. Mephisto Waltz
6. 1812 Overture, Op. 49

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By A Customer on July 13 1999
Format: Audio CD
For a 1955 recording, the sound is unheard of, and it's probably as good as most made today. The performances are just as impressive. Everybody has heard the 1812 Overture, but if you haven't heard this one, you've got to. I was amazed when the finale finished. I don't think I've ever heard a brass section in an orchestra play like that! It's so loud, and so flawless. Unbelievable.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xaa200378) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa2c1dbc) out of 5 stars Incredible! July 13 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For a 1955 recording, the sound is unheard of, and it's probably as good as most made today. The performances are just as impressive. Everybody has heard the 1812 Overture, but if you haven't heard this one, you've got to. I was amazed when the finale finished. I don't think I've ever heard a brass section in an orchestra play like that! It's so loud, and so flawless. Unbelievable.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa2e2228) out of 5 stars Still the best Pathetique Sept. 16 2007
By Conrad H. Weisert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After a half century the Reiner/CSO recording of the Sixth Symphony remains unsurpassed both musically and sonically: opulent string sound, stunning precision, incredibly transparent detail, masterly control.
19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa2e2258) out of 5 stars 1812 Overture with cuts and without cannons! May 19 2006
By Matthew Silverstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A couple of warnings for those of you who might be considering buying this CD for Reiner's recording of the 1812 Overture. First, there is a massive cut in the middle of the overture. Reiner cuts the three-minute "development" right out from the middle of the piece. So, if you're looking for the complete overture, look elsewhere. Second, there are no cannons. Reiner doesn't even use the (very prominent and well-recorded) bass drum as a substitute. There is nothing, which is disappointing (especially since, in other respects, the performance is terrific).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa2e2558) out of 5 stars One of the great Tchaikovsky 6th's!!! Oct. 24 2013
By M. A. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is probably the best 6th next to the slightly better Karajan BPO from the late 70's on the DG label. The Chicago symphony plays with stunning precision and great warmth in this particular version. Don't hesitate in buying this gem of a performance!!!
HASH(0xaa2e26b4) out of 5 stars This disc brings a completely impressive combination of remarkable readings, playing and recording Nov. 13 2014
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc was bought in error as I mistakenly thought it was one of he SACD re-masters. It is a superb example of how a purchasing mistake can lead to totally unexpected musical treasures and in superbly re-mastered stereo sound.

Reiner was in charge of the Chicago orchestra from 1953 to 1962, just before his death the following year. In that time he brought the orchestra to a peak of technical and musical quality that is a source of continual wonder. Of course, this entirely depends on the conductor having something of lasting value to offer. This Reiner certainly had and that extends far beyond his renowned Richard Strauss readings.

This Tchaikovsky 6 is a good example of the musical insight of an outstanding musical mind being fully matched by an orchestra, both corporately and by individual merit, being able to realise that vision. As a result we experience a reading of considerable depth as well as tremendous excitement resulting from Reiner's unerring ability to build towards climatic moments within movements without undermining them by releasing tension too soon. The outer movements in particular are completely impressive in this way. So too is the playing of the orchestra whose members achieve astonishing technical feats, often at pianissimo levels.

This equally applies to the Mephisto waltz which arguably achieves one of, if not the most, gripping and effective recordings on record. No trace of false bombast here and the music gains immeasurably.

The 1812 may not have the cannon at the conclusion but Reiner's sure delivery delivers the conclusion in such a way that their absence seems not to be an issue of any importance.

The recordings from 1955-1957 simply beggar belief at how so much precision within a proper balance and at such a dynamic range from the softest pianissimo to the most powerful forte can be so apparent. This is a spectacular technical achievement on the behalf of the original sound engineers and by those responsible for this re-mastered issue.

Regardless of how many versions that collectors have of the symphony and the Mephisto Waltz, this disc is certain to deliver great satisfaction on any level. It may even supersede favourite more recent versions!


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