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Simply the best!
This famous recording of “Ein Heldenleben” was made by RCA on March 6, 1954, just two days before they recorded Fritz Reiner’s first version of “Also sprach Zarathustra.” These were RCA’s first stereo recordings and Reiner’s first with the Chicago Symphony. I have been listening to this particular performance since 1980, along with many others, and this is by far the best sound quality I have ever heard. Compared to the original vinyl version and later half-speed master and CD versions, this HDTT tape transfer is clearer, more transparent and more open. There is also some very deep and very powerful bass. Simply the best!
Reiner's Ein Heldenleben
Reiner's Ein Heldenleben has been a top recommendation since the day it was released over half a century ago. It has always sounded very well and does here as well. Whether it's worth the upgrade from previous CD or SACD releases will depend on your home system.
Richard Strauss/Fritz Reiner/Chicago SO. Fabulous combination and lovely remastering. In particular, ANYTHING with Reiner is a treasure. Best conductor since 1950!!
Title: Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (A Hero's Life)
Artist(s): Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fritz Reiner
Violin – John Weicher
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Producer – John Pfeiffer
Recording Engineer – Leslie Chase
Recorded March 6, 1954 at Orchestra Hall, Chicago by RCA
1 I. The Hero 4:18
2 II. The Hero's Adversaries 3:04
3 III. The Hero's Companion 11:56
4 IV. The Hero's Battlefield 8:44
5 V. The Hero's Works Of Peace 4:39
6 VI. The Hero's Retreat From The World And Fulfillment 10:53