"In this recording Reiner is assisted by a group of excellent soloists and a fine, responsive chamber orchestra. What results is a virtuoso reading, incisive, with sparkle and rhythmic propulsion. German conductors probably would look with horror upon what Reiner does; and it cannot be denied that his tempos occasionally race, and that there generally is a slick, machine-tooled feeling. Reiner, though, keeps the music moving, which is after all the important thing: there is nothing more deadly than Bach mooned over."
- The Gramophone, 1950
"Reiner appears to use only a few strings, and they play most pointedly throughout— indeed, this is possibly the set’s major virtue. Their small number is symptomatic of a rewarding care for balance: the oboes can hold their own for once, where necessary, and accompanying voices will drop to allow the tune through in a most satisfying way."
- The Gramophone, 1956
BACH The Six Brandenburg Concertos
BACH The Four Orchestral Suites
Soloists, Chamber Group, RCA Victor Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
PASC425 (3hr 9:54)
"The performers are fully competent technically to tackle what is by no means an easy work, and they deserve high praise for the manner in which they have struck immediately the right mood for each movement and never lost sight of it amid the mass of detail ... I found nothing to criticise and a great deal to admire. The work presents some difficult problems of balance, especially perhaps in those passages where the ’cello part lies very low and the piano is busy above it. But all these have been successfully negotiated, and we have on the whole a set of records worthy to rank with the other Columbia centenary issues. I can offer no higher praise." - The Gramophone, 1927
BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata No. 3
GRIEG Cello Sonata
Short works by Bridge, Bruch, Glazunov, Grieg, Popper and Saint-Saëns
Felix Salmond, cello
Simoen Rumschisky, piano
Rozhdestvensky's magnificent world première complete Romeo and Juliet in beautiful, XR-remastered sound
"[Rozhdestvensky's] is most definitely the version to have" - Gramophone, 2010
"The most characterful of them all" - Gramophone, 2013
Rozhdestvensky's complete 6-LP-sided 1959 Moscow première recording of the complete Romeo and Juliet ballet followed a number of outings of the work in its cut-down suites as it started to become more widely known. Reading through the various mentions it has received since then in reviews it seems to have retained a high musical reputation ("The most characterful of them all" - Gramophone, 2013), despite some technical shortcomings we've sought to alleviate in this wonderful new XR-remastered release for Pristine.
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet (complete)
Symphonic Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theater
Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conductor
PASC 424 (2hr 22:39)
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