Various Artists | Living Stereo Collection - Volume 2 | 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:

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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1-5

Arthur Rubinstein, Symphony of the Air, Josef Krips

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Strauss: Burleske / Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1

Byron Janis, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

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Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain / Stravinsky: The Fairy's Kiss

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1

Gary Graffman, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Liszt: Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto

Byron Janis

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Rossini Overtures

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Excerpts)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

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Beethoven: Appassionata Sonata, Sonata In D, Op. 10, No. 3

Vladimir Horowitz

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

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Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen / Kindertotenlieder

Maureen Forrester, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

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Beethoven: –Kreutzer" and –Spring" Sonatas

Arthur Rubinstein, Henryk Szeryng

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Schubert: Death and the Maiden

The Juilliard String Quartet

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Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite / Kabalevsky: The Comedians

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

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Copland: Appalachian Spring / The Tender Land Suite

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

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Bizet: Carmen for Orchestra

Morton Gould and His Orchestra

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Reiner conducts Wagner

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

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Liszt: The Virtuoso Liszt

Gary Graffman

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Sviatoslav Richter, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

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Guilini/Arnold: Guitar Concertos

Julian Bream, Melos Ensemble

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Schubert: Piano Sonata in D major

Emil Gilels

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Beethoven: Serenade, Op. 8 / Kodaly: Duo For Violin And Cello

Jascha Heifetz, William Primrose, Gregor Piatigorsky

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The Golden Age of English Lute Music

Julian Bream

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Beethoven/Schubert: Trios / Bach: Sinfonias

Jascha Heifetz, William Primrose, Gregor Piatigorsky

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Grieg: Piano Concerto And Favorite Encores

Arthur Rubinstein, Alfred Wallenstein and Orchestra

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My favorite Chopin

Van Cliburn

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Saint-Saens: Carnival Of The Animals / Britten: The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

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Chopin: Les Sylphides / Prokofieff: Love For Three Oranges

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 4

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

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Debussy: Afternoon Of A Faun, Nuages, Fetes, Printemps

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

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Puccini: Tosca

Milanov/ Bjoerling / Warren, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf

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Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 8 + 9

Price / Forrester / Poleri / Tozzi, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

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Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet

Elias / Valletti / Tozzi, New England Conservatory Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Peters / Peerce / Tozzi / Maero, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf

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Rossini: The Barber of Seville

Merrill / Peters / Tozzi / Corena, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

DISC 51-53: LDS-6155

Verdi: Otello

Vickers / Rysanek / Gobbi, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Tullio Serafin

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Bach: Great Mass in B minor

Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra, Robert Shaw

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Verdi: Requiem

Nilsson / Chookasian / Bergonzi / Flagello, Boston Chorus Pro Musica, Alfred Nash Petterson

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Chopin: Nocturnes

Arthur Rubinstein