The one and only Frank Sinatra is one of the 20th century’s greatest crooners. A consummate entertainer, Sinatra was one of the most prominent exponents of the American songbook.
In the 20thcentury, the great cities which formed the foundation of American prosperity and imagery had found their musical champions in numerous composers ranging fromGeorge GershwinandDuke Ellington. The representation had largely settled into a familiar pattern ranging from noisy urban and industrial onomatopoeia to syncopated rhythms and jazz-inspired harmonies. It is somewhat surprising that no composer had succeeded in filling the equivalent role as the authoritative depicter of rural life.
In his 1954 recording with theChicago Symphony Orchestrafor RCA Victor, re-released on Living Stereo,Fritz Reiner’s close familiarity with the score and personal relationship with Strauss himself add extra weight to the authority and importance of his interpretation of Strauss's celebrated tone poem.