Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije - Stravinsky - Song Of The Nightingale - Fritz Reiner - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (200g)
Sergei Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije suite Op. 60
Igor Stravinsky - Song Of The Nightingale
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
1 LP, standard sleeves
Original analog Master tape : YES
Heavy Press : 200g
Record color : black
Speed : 33 RPM
Size : 12'’
Record Press : Quality Record Pressings
Label : Analogue Productions
Original Label : RCA
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, on December 28–29, 1958
Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Produced by Richard Mohr
- Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije
1. Stravinsky - Song Of The Nightingale
"Truthfully, I do not know if this pressing could sound any better. I haven't put it up against an original shaded dog with low stamper numbers, so you could argue that those original pressings still sound the best. But folks, you can buy this one on heavy, audiophile vinyl brand new at a cost considerably lower than a used and potentially compromised original press. To me, it is a no brainer. I heard things in this pressing that I didn't hear before." — Dr. Ryan Oldham, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, and curator of classical music at Vinyl Renaissance in Kansas City.
« Most older listeners agree that Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé Suite was ideal repertoire for Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With its big tunes, bright colors, bold harmonies, and unrelenting rhythms, Reiner and the Chicago -- the pre-eminent Strauss performers in America at the time -- excelled in Prokofiev's Kiji. In this superb 1957 RCA recording, Reiner and the Chicago were at the top of their form and their Kiji is witty, sassy, brave, ironic, and altogether hilarious. As sumptuously remastered by JVC, Reiner and the Chicago's Kiji is still the best available. » AllMusic Review by James Leonard
One of the most sought-after Living Stereos and deservedly so, especially for the "Song of the Nightingale" which is one of Mohr and Layton's finest efforts.
Sergei Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé music was originally written to accompany the film of the same name, produced by the Belgoskino film studios in Leningrad in 1933–34 and released in March 1934.