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Various Artists | Living Stereo Collection | CD Set

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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. 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. 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'.

The 'Living Stereo' Albums:

1. Various - Living Stereo Classics & Jazz Sampler

2. CHARLES MUNCH - Saint-Saïns: Symphony No. 3; Debussy: La Mer; Ibert: Escales

3. CHARLES MUNCH - Ravel: Daphnis et Chlo_

4. FRITZ REINER - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Ein Heldenleben

5. FRITZ REINER - Bart„k: Concerto for Orchestra; Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta; Hungarian Sketches

6. JASCHA HEIFETZ - Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

7. VAN CLIBURN - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2

8. ARTHUR FIEDLER - Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Concerto in F; An American in Paris; Variations on –I Got Rhythm"

9. FRITZ REINER - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

10. LEONTYNE PRICE - Leontyne Price: Arias

11. ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN - Chopin: Ballades & Scherzos

12. PIERRE MONTEUX - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 –Path_tique"

13. MORTON GOULD - Brass & Percussion

14. JASCHA HEIFETZ - Sibelius, Prokofiev, Glazunov: Violin Concertos

15. CHARLES MUNCH - Berlioz: Requiem Disc 1

16. CHARLES MUNCH - Berlioz: Requiem Disc 2

17. CHARLES MUNCH - Ravel: Bol_ro; La Valse; Rapsodie espagnole; Debussy: Images for Orchestra

18. GREGOR PIATIGORSKY - Dvorˆk; Walton: Cello Concertos

19. FRITZ REINER - Dvorˆk: New World Symphony

20. FRITZ REINER - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

21. ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1

22. ARTHUR FIEDLER - Offenbach: Ga´t_ parisienne

23. VAN CLIBURN - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3

24. ARTHUR FIEDLER - Hi-Fi Fiedler

25. JASCHA HEIFETZ - Brahms; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos

26. PIERRE MONTEUX - Franck: Symphony in D Minor; Stravinsky: Petrouchka

27. CHARLES MUNCH - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

28. CHARLES MUNCH - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Love Scene From Romeo & Juliet

29. FRITZ REINER - Strauss: Scenes from Elektra & Salome

30. FRITZ REINER - Mahler: Symphony No. 4

31. ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN - Chopin: Piano Concertos

32. LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI - Rhapsodies

33. MORTON GOULD - Copland: Billy The Kid & Rodeo; Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite

34. ANNA MOFFO - Arias from Faust; La Boh?me; Dinorah; Carmen; Turandot; Semiramide; Lakm_

35. FRITZ REINER - Respighi: Pines Of Rome; Fountains Of Rome & Debussy: La Mer

36. FRITZ REINER - Vienna

37. CHARLES MUNCH - Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; Octet: Scherzo

38. ARTHUR FIEDLER - Pops Caviar

39. ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN - Beethoven: Sonatas (Moonlight; Les Adieux; Pathetique; Appassionata)

40. JASCHA HEIFETZ - Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1; Scottish Fantasy & Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 5

41. MARIO LANZA - Mario! Lanza At His Best; Vagabond King Highlights

42. FOX, VIRGIL - Encores

43. ERICH LEINSDORF - Puccini: La Bohïme Disc 1

44. ERICH LEINSDORF - Puccini: La Bohïme Disc 2

45. ERICH LEINSDORF - Puccini: Madama Butterfly Disc 1

46. ERICH LEINSDORF - Puccini: Madama Butterfly Disc 2

47. ANNA MOFFO - Verdi: La Traviata Disc 1

48. ANNA MOFFO - Verdi: La Traviata Disc 2

49. JUSSI BJORLING - Puccini: Turandot Disc 1

50. JUSSI BJORLING - Puccini: Turandot Disc 2

51. CHARLES MUNCH - Schubert: Symphonies "The Great" & "Unfinished"

52. FRITZ REINER - Strauss: Don Quixote & Don Juan

53. JASCHA HEIFETZ - Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor

54. JULIAN BREAM - Popular Classics for Spanish Guitar

55. LEONTYNE PRICE - Albeniz: Navarra, Iberia; Falla: El amor

56. ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN - Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2; Franck: Symphonic Variations; Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1

57. CHARLES MUNCH - Berlioz: Harold In Italy; The Roman Carnival Overture; Benvenuto Cellini Overture; Le Corsaire Overture; Beatrice Et Benedict Overture

58. FRITZ REINER - Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde

59. FRITZ REINER - Strauss: Symphonia Domestica; Suite From Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

60. VAN CLIBURN - Schumann: Piano Concerto In A minor; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 "Emperor"