Offered for sale is a copy of the Classic Records 4 LP, 45 RPM 180 gram pressing of Lieutenant Kije/Song of the Nightingale by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony.
This original 1995 pressing was reportedly limited to 500 copies, which was far more limited than the later 200 gram pressing.
About this copy: This copy of Lieutenant Kije is a 1995 U.S. pressing on the Classic Records label.
The four discs are single-sided for optimal sound quality. Note: We’ve only shown photos of one disc; this is a set of 4 LPs.
The covers are M-; each has a sticker identifying which disc it is (1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4) and the title of the track(s) on that side.
The 180 gram, one-sided, 45 RPM discs are M- and look unplayed and are perfectly flat. Clean discs!
This is a terrific copy of a great recording of a classical album that everyone should own.
Background: There are numerous recordings by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony that are highly regarded by fans of classical music as well as audiophiles. One of the most appreciated titles is the 1958 recording of Prokofiev’s Lt. Kije, and Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightengale. Originally issued by RCA, the album was in print for decades, with each pressing sounding worse than the one that preceded it, due to tape deterioration. The album has been listed on the recommended list by the music publication The Absolute Sound for years, and for good reason – it’s an amazing recording.
Classic Records reissued a series of RCA classical titles by making new two track masters from the original three track tapes, and the results were spectacular. The label pressed the album at both 33 1/3 and 45 RPM speeds, and at both 180 gram and 200 gram vinyl weights. The 200 gram pressings were issued on high-quality Quiex SV-P vinyl.
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