Debussy & Ravel - Iberia - Fritz Reiner - AudioSoundMusic
Debussy & Ravel - Iberia - Fritz Reiner - AudioSoundMusic
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Debussy & Ravel - Iberia - Fritz Reiner - AudioSoundMusic
Debussy & Ravel - Iberia - Fritz Reiner - AudioSoundMusic

Debussy & Ravel - Iberia - Fritz Reiner

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Claude Debussy - Images pour orchestre, No. 2

Maurice Ravel - Valses Nobles et Sentimentales & Alborada del Gracioso

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Fritz Reiner, conductor


1 LP, Gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label :  Analogue Productions

Original Label :  RCA Victor Red Seal

Recorded in Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound

Originally released in 1958

Reissued in 2015


Tracks :

Side A - Debussy -  "Images" Pour Orchestre No. 2

  1. Par Les Rues Et Par Les Chemins              
  2. Les Parfums De La Nuit 
  3. Le Matin D'un Jour De Fete        

Side B - Ravel

  1. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
  2. Alborada Del Gracioso


Awards :

Winner of a Gruvy Award, chosen by AnalogPlanet's editor, Michael Fremer, for vinyl records that are musically and sonically outstanding and are also well mastered and pressed.

TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Classical


Reviews :

Reviewer Anthony Kershaw calls Iberia "one of the few records that transcends engineering, and simply allows Debussy, Ravel, Reiner and his orchestra to make our souls a richer place." This RCA is a "perfect" synthesis of interpretation, playing and sound.

The recording is rich in timbre and detail, and is beautifully transparent, identifying the accurate placement of instruments and the boundaries of Orchestra Hall's stage. The soundfield is complete (depth and width) with the center boasting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's fabulous woodwind section.

As it seems to be on many great orchestral recordings, the percussion section steals the "audiophile" show. The percussionists' playing in Iberia will amaze you with their crack ensemble and the way they accomplish quick changes in dynamics, these ranging from quiet delicacy to raw power. Conductor Fritz Reiner must have reveled in the sound of the castanets clicking merrily on his left and the different styles of tambourine technique employed by the section player on his right. From the softest stroke of a soft mallet on suspended cymbal to the superb timpani sound, Iberia is all that recorded percussion should be.



Discogs : 4.14 / 5

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