Available at a very special price. This 60 disc box set contains 60 original ‘Living Stereo’ recordings. This is the first time a comprehensive collection of these iconic recordings has been created.
Each album comes complete with its original LP artwork. The set includes an extensive booklet is included with the liner notes from each original album.
Recordings by such great artists as Jascha Heifetz, Charles Munch, Fritz Reiner, Julian Bream, Leontyne Price and Arthur Rubinstein
– Special Price £64.65 (£55.88 ex.VAT) –
Usually £85.15 (£70.96 ex.VAT)
RCA Stereo A Living History
On October 6, 1953, RCA held experimental stereophonic sessions in New York’s Manhattan Center with Leopold Stokowski conducting a group of New York musicians in performances of Enesco’s Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 and the waltz from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin. There were additional stereo tests in December, again in the Manhattan Center, this time with Pierre Monteux conducting members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In February 1954, RCA made its first commercial stereophonic recordings, taping the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Münch, in a performance of The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz. This began a practice of simultaneously recording orchestras with both stereophonic and monaural equipment. Other early stereo recordings were made by Toscanini and Guido Cantelli respectively, with the NBC Symphony Orchestra; the Boston Pops Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler; and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Fritz Reiner. Initially, RCA used RT-21 quarter-inch tape recorders (which ran at 30 inches per second), wired to mono mixers, with Neumann U-47 cardioid and M-49/50 omnidirectional microphones. Then they switched to an Ampex 300-3 one-half inch machine, running at 15 inches per second (which was later increased to 30 inches per second). These recordings were initially issued in 1955 on special stereophonic reel-to-reel tapes and then, beginning in 1958, on vinyl LPs with the logo ‘Living Stereo’. Sony Music and successor companies have continued to reissue these recordings on CD. Another 1953 project for RCA was converting the acoustically superior building Webster Hall into its East Coast recording studio. It operated this studio venue from 1953 to 1968.