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Fritz Reiner Conducts Richard Strauss: The Complete RCA and Columbia Recordings [11 CDs]

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In the history of recording there have been a handful of inseparable associations of an artist with a composer: Rubinstein and Chopin, Gould and Bach, Bernstein and Mahler immediately come to mind. Another such fabled fusion was Fritz Reiner and the music of Richard Strauss. The very first recordings Reiner made at the helm of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1954, and among the earliest of RCA's commercial stereo recordings, were Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and Also sprach Zarathustra, both of which are still benchmarks.

Fritz Reiner Conducts Richard Strauss marks the first time all of Reiner's studio Strauss recordings are being released together in one box. Not only the legendary Living Stereo albums he made for RCA, but also the hardly less celebrated - though far less readily available - earlier mono versions he made for American Columbia with the Pittsburgh Symphony. And, along with all the best-known Strauss poems, from Till Eulenspiegel to the Symphonia domestica, this new box contains highlights from two great operas featuring the spinechilling contributions by the unforgettable sopranos Ljuba Welitsch, as Salome (Met Opera, 1949), and Inge Borkh, as both Salome and Elektra (Chicago, 1955-56). This new limited-edition box set contains 11 CDs packaged with their original covers, labels and full discographical notes.


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