Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije - Stravinsky - Song Of The Nightingale - Fritz Reiner - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Reel-to-Reel, Ultra Tape)
Sergei Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije suite Op. 60
Igor Stravinsky - Song Of The Nightingale
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
2 x Ultra Tape reel-to-reel
15 ips, ¼-inch analog tape copy (IEC equalization) sourced from a copy of the original analog master tape.
Transferred real-time, using an ATR-modified Ampex Tape Machine with flux magnetic heads.
Custom slipcase cover
Label : Analogue Productions
Original Label : RCA
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, on December 28–29, 1958
- Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije
- Stravinsky - Song Of The Nightingale
"One area where the tape truly stands (out) with both pieces lies in its ability to reveal subtleties during louder passages. Not to mention the tone in the lower registers of reed instruments. The attack and decay of individual instruments and mood swings on a dime. The strike and ringing of triangles (are) unlike you'll ever hear on LP. Plus the recording's crystalline-like transparency allows more of the sense of Chicago Symphony Hall to emerge." — Myles B. Astor, Senior Editor, Positive Feedback magazine, January 12, 2018.
« 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. » 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.