Offered for sale is a copy of Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kije – Stravinsky – Song Of The Nightingale by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony, released by Classic Records as limited edition on 180 gram vinyl.
About this copy: This copy of Lieutenant Kije is a 1995 U.S. pressing on the Classic Records label.
For legal reasons, the “Living Stereo” banner does not appear on the cover and “Nipper,” the RCA dog, does not appear on the label. Instead, there is a banner that says the pressing was made for Alto Records.
Discogs lists this as a German pressing, but both cover and label say that the album was made in the U.S.
The cover is M- with a small bend in the lower right hand corner. The disc is M- and looks unplayed. Clean disc!
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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