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Fritz Reiner, Live Recordings 1943-57

Fritz Reiner, Live Recordings 1943-57

Item No. GHCD 2333

Price GBP 4.60 / USD

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Medium: CD 
Release Date: 31.01.2008

This is a very important record for collectors of great orchestral interpretations, in that it reveals aspects of the great Hungarian-born but naturalised American conductor Fritz Reiner which have rarely been made available on disc before. There are two major highlights on this CD – Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ with the magnificent tenor Lauritz Melchior adopting a new role on disc as narrator, and an early war-time performance of Shostakovich’s epic Sixth Symphony with the Phlharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York. This very well-filled CD is completed by a brilliant performance of Mozart’s ‘Impresario’ Overture, and masterly accounts of the March from Tchaikovsky’s First Orchestral Suite, Debussy’s Fetes from his three Nocturnes and a beautifully transcription by Lucien Caillet of Bach’s ‘Little’ Fugue in G minor – the last three with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Excellent sound.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 The Impressario - Overture, K.486 Mozart (1756-1791) NBC Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - Conductor 3:49
02 Peter and the Wolf – A musical tale for children, Op.67 Prokofiev (1891-1953) NBC Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - Conductor, Lauritz Melchior - Narrator 23:47
03 Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.54 - I. Largo Shostakovich (1906-1975) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - Conductor 21:26
04 Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.54 - II. Allegro Shostakovich (1906-1975) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - Conductor 6:33
05 Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.54 - III. Presto Shostakovich (1906-1975) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - Conductor 7:23
06 Announcer 0:42
07 Marche Miniature (Suite No.1, op.43) Tchaikovsky (1940-1893) Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - Conductor 2:23
08 Fêtes (Nocturnes) Debussy (1862-1918) Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - Conductor 5:59
09 Announcer 0:16
10 Fugue in G minor J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - Conductor 4:35
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