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When this recording emerged over 60 years ago it received superlative reviews but since it was part of an otherwise unremarkable Reader's Digest anthology (with other orchestras and conductors) it was hard to get. So I never had the LP but it has been on my wish lists for that period. I knew of the Chesky CD of it, but that didn't sound very promising as to quality of transfer. But now I find it in the HDTT collection processed from 15 IPS tapes. The results are incredibly beautiful. The sound is very full and since it came from the team of Mohr/Layton (who were responsible for much of the Living Stereo catalog) it has been meticulously engineered. Since their productions really launched the consumer stereo era one might assume that they were especially careful in all aspects of their recorded productions so that the stereo launch would be successful. The result is that Living Stereo (RCA) productions are still legendary recordings 60 years later...and rightly so. This recording is a treasure !!
Very good recording of the Brahms 4 symphony; I hope you publish all the Reader Digest recordings they are all great!!!
Surprisingly superior to the Chesky issue.
This no doubt is a much more satisfying transfer than the Chesky CD (to which we all feel obliged for making this great performance widely available). I didn’t expected anything less from HDTT, anyhow, so no surprise. Mind that this performance will always challenge performances like Carlos Kleiber’s for top recommendation.
Really a Must Have! Reiner with the CSO at their best, and the sound is nothing but excellent
Title: Brahms Symphony No. 4
Artist(s): Fritz Reiner conducts the Royal Philharmonic
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape studio duplication using Dolby NR
Producer – Charles Gerhardt
Recording Engineer – K.E. Wilkinson
Recorded by RCA
1. Allegro non troppo 11:22
2. Andante moderato 12:53
3. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo I 6:35
4. Allegro energico e passionato - Più allegro 9:43