C0263. FRITZ REINER Cond. Pittsburgh S.O.: Divertimento #1 (Weiner); Kamarinskaya (Glinka); Galanta Dances (Kodály); Two Hungarian Sketches (Bartók); Colas Breugnon - Overture (Kabalevsky), All previously Unpublished; Symphony #6 in b (Shostakovich). (Austria) Sony MHK 62343, recorded 1943-46. Gatefold Jacket has original Columbia 78rpm cover, w.photos. Disc has original Columbia 78rpm label. Very long out-of-print, Final ever-so-slightly used copy. - 07464623432
“Some people at Sony have used their ears and eyes wisely to come up with ‘Masterworks Heritage’, a mid-price reissue series drawing on treasures from the Columbia/CBS/Epic vaults and packaging them not in the usual fragile, space-consuming jewel boxes, but in slim, sturdy cardboard folders that suggest the sleeves of old. Furthermore, the funky charming cover illustrations and disc label art of the original 78s and/or LPs is reproduced as well.
Sony has chosen interpretations not previously available on CD, most from monophonic recordings of the 1940s and '50s…
Of the initial 10 Masterworks Heritage releases, four are essential listening. First, there's a stunningly vital Shostakovich Sixth Symphony from Fritz Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony, recorded in 1945 in such a manner - close up, invasive, acerbically clear - as to present the composer's brilliantly brittle scoring with a degree of clarity and sheer gut impact unequaled, if even approached, in the Symphony's subsequent half-century recorded history. It's part of a treasurable Reiner-Pittsburgh program (62343) that also includes music by Bartok, Kodaly and their nearly forgotten Hungarian contemporary Leo Weiner; Kabalevsky and Glinka.”
- Herbert Glass, LOS ANGELES TIMES, 5 Jan., 1997