|Cover design by Alex Steinweiss|
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54
Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon - Overture
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fritz Reiner
Recorded March 26, 1945
Columbia Masterworks set MM-585, five 78-rpm records
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This set was issued in direct competition with Stokowski's 1940 recording, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, on Victor, and was then reissued on LP (unlike Stoki's). Incredibly, the next version of the Shostakovich Sixth wasn't made until 1958 (a fine one, by Sir Adrian Boult, on Everest), by which time this Reiner version had been deleted!
This is the second copy of MM-585 that I have owned, thanks to Ken Halperin of Collecting Record Covers. The first I purchased as a lad of almost twelve, from a wonderful shop in downtown Decatur, Ga., called Clark Music, at 115 Sycamore Street. I could write a book about this place, which was so important to me during the 1970s. It was, among other things, the site of my first summer job. Clark's was a mom-and-pop operation opened in 1945 by Mayo and Mary Clark, which originally sold both sporting goods and musical merchandise. Mr. Clark oversaw the former, and Mrs. Clark the latter. They apparently never sent back to the manufacturers anything they couldn't sell, for when I discovered the store in 1973, the back wall was crammed with 78s, classical and popular, in brand-new condition. Mrs. Clark also insisted the prices were the same as in the late 40s, and I know now that she was right, but for one of my limited means, these were still expensive! This Shostakovich set cost $7.25, and I remember that after buying it, I had to call a neighbor for a ride home, for I had miscalculated the sales tax, and ended up a penny short of the 15-cent bus fare! Clark's finally closed its doors in 1990, shortly after Mrs. Clark died, and I miss it still. I found some wonderful treasures there.
|Photo courtesy of the blog Next Stop...Decatur|