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great music, beautiful remaster of the old rca living stereo reiner/cso album.
I hate giving any HDTT work less than 5 stars, but the truth is that the Mysterious Mountain source tapes are damaged. I compared this to the commercially available CD, and there is certainly less tape noise for the HDTT version. However, the tape damage and saturation is still just as evident. There is nothing anyone can do about that. "The Fairy's Kiss" is flawless. So if you want to hear Mysterious Mountain without being distracted by tape artifacts, get the Seattle Symphony version. Having said that, the Reiner version is a lovely performance and should be appreciated just as we appreciate the Toscanini recordings despite their antique sonics.
Excellent sonics and superb playing. I must confess I had not heard the Hohvaness before. It's a bit like holy minimalism (say, Arvo Paart) colliding with Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia - but not in a bad way! The Stravinsky is on another HDTT transfer, I believe. It's not one of Stravinsky's more endearing neoclassical works, I'm afraid...
This 1958 recording was the first ever of what was to become one of the classical world's superstar hits, Hovhaness' 'Mysterious Mountain.'. And, just about everybody agrees that it's still the best. Add in original RCA sonics by Layton/Mohr and remastering by Bob Witrak at HDTT, and you've got another superstar hit. I did the DXD download, and I recommend, recommend, RECOMMEND it! Add in, too, what is probably the best-played Stravinsky 'Fairy's Kiss,' by the CSO in their Reiner-era prime, on record, and you get an audiophile must-have download.
Title: Hovhaness Mysterious Mountain, Op. 132 (Symphony No. 2)
Stravinsky The Fairy's Kiss: Divertimento
Artist(s): Fritz Reiner - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Recorded by RCA April 28, 1958
Producer: Richard Mohr - Engineer: Lewis Layton
Hovhaness Mysterious Mountain, Op. 132 (Symphony No. 2) 19:08
Moderato Maestoso 2:42
Allegro Vivo 2:58
Andante Espressivo 5:51
Stravinsky The Fairy's Kiss: Divertimento 24:00
Danses Suisses 7:02
Pas De Deux 7:10
Total Time: 43:08