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THE LIVING STEREO COLLECTION - VOLUME 2 (60 CDs)

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Through the decade following 1953, RCA Victor made a wondrous and substantial body of recordings which have come to be identified with their early stereo release label, Living Stereo. At the beginning of the widespread adoption of stereo audio in the home, Living Stereo offered a widely available range of quality music and performances in high quality sound.

An impressive amount of these records offer music, performances and audio quality which are still top choices and in many cases, still definitive! In its recording philosophies, Living Stereo influenced many of the recordings made since. They were significant in terms of music and sound quality and represent an important part of audiophile 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 Munch, 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’.

Living Stereo Collection Vol. 2
includes
Arnold:
Guitar Concerto, Op. 67
Julian Bream (guitar)
Melos Ensemble


Bach, J S:
Mass in B minor, BWV232
Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra, Robert Shaw


Beethoven:
Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)
Arthur Rubinstein (piano)
Symphony of the Air, Josef Krips
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'
Vladimir Horowitz (piano)
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'
Henryk Szeryng (violin), Arthur Rubinstein (piano)
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'
Henryk Szeryng (violin), Arthur Rubinstein (piano)
Serenade for string trio in D major, Op. 8
Jascha Heifetz (violin), William Primrose (viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello)
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'
Leontyne Price, Maureen Forrester, David Poleri & Giorgio Tozzi
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch


Berlioz:
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17
Rosalind Elias, Cesare Valletti, Giorgio Tozzi
Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Chorus, Charles Munch


Bizet:
Carmen: excerpts
Morton Gould and His Orchestra


Brahms:
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Gary Graffman (piano)
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf


Britten:
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34
Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler


Chopin:
Les Sylphides
Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler


Copland:
Appalachian Spring
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland
The Tender Land (Suite)
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland


Debussy:
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch
Trois Nocturnes: Nuages et Fêtes
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch
Le Printemps ('L'aimable printemps ramène dans la plaine'), L. 56
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch


Donizetti:
Lucia di Lammermoor
Roberta Peters (Lucia), Jan Peerce (Edgardo), Filippo Maero (Enrico), Giorgio Tozzi (Raimondo), Piero De Palma (Arturo), Miti Truccato Pace (Alisa), Mario Carlin (Normanno)
Erich Leinsdorf


Dvorak:
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 13
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch


Grieg:
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Arthur Rubinstein (piano)
Alfred Wallenstein


Hovhaness:
Symphony No. 2 'Mysterious Mountain', Op. 132
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner


Kabalevsky:
The Comedians suite, Op. 26
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin


Khachaturian:
Masquerade Suite
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin


Kodály:
Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
Jascha Heifetz (violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello)


Liszt:
Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera
Byron Janis (piano)


Mahler:
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)
Maureen Forrester (contralto)
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch
Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch


Mussorgsky:
Pictures at an Exhibition
Byron Janis (piano)


Prokofiev:
The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a
Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler


Puccini:
Tosca
Zinka Milanov (Tosca), Jussi Björling (Cavaradossi), Leonard Warren (Scarpia), Fernando Corena (Sagristano), Leonardo Monreale (Angelotti), Mario Carlin (Spoletta), Nestore Catalani (Sciarrone), Giovanni Bianchini (Un pastore), Vincenzo Preziosa (Un carceriere)
Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf


Rachmaninov:
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
Byron Janis (piano)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner


Rossini:
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Roberta Peters (Rosina), Cesare Valletti (Almaviva), Robert Merrill (Figaro), Giorgio Tozzi (Don Basilio), Fernando Corena (Bartolo), Margaret Roggero (Berta), Calvin Marsh (Fiorillo)


Erich Leinsdorf
Saint-Saëns:
Le carnaval des animaux
Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler


Schubert:
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'
Juilliard String Quartet
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850
Emil Gilels (piano)


Strauss, R:
Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85
Byron Janis (piano)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner


Stravinsky:
Le Baiser de la Fée
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner


Tchaikovsky:
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux
The Nutcracker Ballet, Op. 71 (Excerpts)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux


Verdi:
Otello
Jon Vickers (Otello), Leonie Rysanek (Desdemona), Tito Gobbi (Iago), Florinda Andreolli (Cassio), Mario Carlin (Roderigo), Ferruccio Mazzoli (Roderigo), Franco Calabrese (Montano), Robert Kerns (Herald), Myriam Pirazzini (Emilia)
Tullio Serafin
Requiem
Birgit Nilsson (soprano), Lili Chookasian (mezzo), Carlo Bergonzi (tenor), Ezio Flagelli (bass)
Boston Chorus Pro Musica, Alfred Nash Petterson

and Rossini Overtures (Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra); Reiner conducts Wagner; The Virtuoso Liszt (Gary Graffman); Giuliana Guitar Concerto (Julian Bream); Jascha Heifetz, William Primrose & Gregor Piatigorsky play Bach, Beethoven and Schubert; My favorite Chopin (Van Cliburn); Chopin Nocturnes (Rubinstein)


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