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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6; Debussy: Fêtes (Nocturnes)
     

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6; Debussy: Fêtes (Nocturnes)

by Fritz Reiner
 
Fritz Reiner's tenure with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra lasted only nine short years (it ended by his retirement shortly prior to his death), it is for this collaboration that Reiner is most well-known. This is with good reason; Reiner was largely responsible for molding the CSO into the world-class orchestra that it still is today. With them, Reiner produced an

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Fritz Reiner's tenure with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra lasted only nine short years (it ended by his retirement shortly prior to his death), it is for this collaboration that Reiner is most well-known. This is with good reason; Reiner was largely responsible for molding the CSO into the world-class orchestra that it still is today. With them, Reiner produced an unprecedented number of recordings, many of which remain definitive interpretations even today. It is easy to lose sight, however, of the fact that Reiner had a great many other postings before his command of the CSO, which were equally fruitful and significant. This Guild Historical album shows Reiner at the helm of two other orchestras: the NBC Symphony Orchestra (which he led during Toscanini's summer absences) and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (for which he was a frequent guest conductor). What listeners will immediately notice is that it almost doesn't matter what orchestra he is standing in front of; his exacting musical demands are met regardless. His interpretation of Mozart's "Impressario Overture" is brisk but well controlled and surprisingly crisp considering its 1947 recording date. The crown jewel of the recording is Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 6," which would have been "new music" at the time. Reiner's interpretation is intense and foreboding, and the excitement of the finale must have brought listeners to their feet. While all the musical attributes of Reiner's conducting are present in abundance on this album, the sound quality is not especially well-restored, making this album more appropriate for historical collectors rather than casual listeners.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2008
Label:
Guild
UPC:
0795754233322
catalogNumber:
2333

Tracks

  1. Der Schauspieldirektor, opera, K. 486: Overture

    1. Overture  (03:52)
  2. Peter and the Wolf, children's tale for narrator & orchestra, Op. 67  (23:50)
  3. Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54

    1. 1. Largo  (21:28)
    2. 2. Allegro  (06:35)
    3. 3. Presto  (07:25)
  4. Announcement  (01:00)
  5. Suite No. 1 for orchestra in D minor, Op. 43: Marche Miniature

    1. Marche Miniature  (02:25)
  6. Fêtes, for orchestra (Nocturne No. 2), L. 91/2  (06:00)
  7. Announcement  (00:20)
  8. Transcription for orchestra of Bach's Fugue in G minor "Little" (BWV 578)  (04:35)

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