“Living Stereo” Collector’s Edition (60 CD Box Set)

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“Living Stereo” Collector’s Edition (60 CD Box Set)

  • The ultimate “Living Stereo” Collector’s Edition – A celebration of high-fidelity analogue recording
  • All 60 CDs newly remastered from the original 2- and 3-track master tapes using 24 bit / 192 kHz technology
  • First ever release of 48 “Living Stereo” LPs on CD
  • Hardcover bound book with a new introduction by discographer Michael Gray, full discographical notes and content listing
  • All albums with facsimile LP sleeves and labels

Early in the fall of 1958, the world of high-fidelity music reproduction changed forever. The promise of multi-channel reproduced sound, under development for decades in the laboratory, and previously heard only in specially equipped cinemas or by wealthy hi-fi aficionados, could now be enjoyed by anyone in their own home, thanks to the latest innovation in recorded sound, the stereophonic LP record.
Among the dozens of companies then offering these new records, one stood out from the rest: RCA Victor. With more than half a century of collaboration with the world’s greatest musical artists, from Caruso to Stokowski, Toscanini, Heifetz and Rubinstein, and drawing on its unequalled technical expertise, RCA proudly announced its own “Living Stereo” multi-channel disc, the newest and most advanced development of RCA’s venerable New Orthophonic High Fidelity.

Supporting the debut of “Living Stereo” were the technical skills of RCA Victor engineers, and the invaluable expertise of RCA’s corporate sound researchers. From the very first “binaural” experiments with Leopold Stokowski and his orchestra on October 6, 1953 in New York’s Manhattan Center, RCA’s team of producers and engineers rapidly developed the techniques and recording gear that culminated in the first “Living Stereo” sensation, Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra with Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony. These techniques were further developed in the months that followed, and within a year, recording in stereo had become the standard for documenting RCA’s incomparable classical artists.

RCA Victor built an unparalleled library of two-channel recordings on LP that have earned “Living Stereo” the esteem and affection of generations of musical lovers. Today, thanks to the digital revolution and to improvements everywhere in sound technology, the heritage of “Living Stereo” is introduced to new generations of music lovers, sounding better than ever, and reaffirming the slogan, “The World’s Greatest Artists are on RCA Victor Records”.
Set contents:
DISC 1: LSC-2147: Schubert — Trout Quintet ~ Festival Quartet ~ Sankey
DISC 2: LSC-2207: Schumann — Carnival ~ Fantasy Pieces ~ Dorfmann
DISC 3: LSC-2250: Encores by Kogan
DISC 4: LSC-2254: Victoria — Requiem Mass ~ Choir Of The Abbey Of Mount Angel ~ Portland Symphonic Choir
DISC 5: LSC-2261: Shostakovich — Symphony No. 5 ~ National Symphony Orchestra, Mitchell
DISC 6: LSC-2275: A Brahms-Schumann Recital ~ Maureen Forrester
DISC 7: LSC-2276: Brailowsky Encores
DISC 8: LSC-2280: The Art Of Song ~ Cesare Valletti
DISC 9: LSC-2293: Stravinsky — Suite Italienne ~ Debussy — Sonata For Cello and Piano ~ Piatigorsky ~ Foss
DISC 10: LSC-2294: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue ~ Boston Pops ~ Fiedler
DISC 11: LSC-2303: Milanov Operatic Arias ~ Zinka Milanov ~ RCA Victor Orchestra, Basile
DISC 12: LSC-2312: J. S. Bach — Cantatas Nos. 56 And 82 ~ Harrell ~ Shaw ~ RCA Victor Orchestra And Chorus
DISC 13: LSC-2330: Brahms — Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 ~ Festival Quartet
DISC 14: LSC-2345: Tchaikovsky — 1812 Overture ~ Ravel — Bolero ~ Morton Gould
DISC 15: LSC-2352: Blackwood — Symphony No. 1 ~ Haieff — Symphony No. 2 ~ Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munch
DISC 16: LSC-2353: Vivaldi — 4 Bassoon Concertos ~ Sherman Walt ~ Zimbler Sinfonietta
DISC 17: LSC-2354: Mozart — Fantasia, K. 475 ~ Sonatas K. 457 And K. 330 ~ André Tchaikowsky
DISC 18: LSC-2360: Chopin – Préludes · Barcarolle · Études · Mazurkas · Ballade No. 3 ~ André Tchaikowsky
DISC 19: LSC-2365: Boccherini ~ Vivaldi ~ Vivaldi-Bach — Concertos For Cello ~ Janigro ~ Solisti Di Zagreb
DISC 20: LSC-2373: Presenting Jamie Laredo
DISC 21: LSC-2378: Schubert — “Death And The Maiden” (Quartet In D Minor) ~ Quartettsatz ~ Juilliard String Quartet
DISC 22: LSC-2379: Roberta Peters in Recital
DISC 23: LSC-2412: Schumann — Dichterliebe ~ Selected Songs ~ Cesare Valletti
DISC 24: LSC-2413: Debussy — Quartet In G Minor ~ Ravel — Quartet In F ~ Juilliard String Quartet
DISC 25: LSC-2414: Brahms — Sonata In D Minor ~ Bach — Partita In E ~ Jaime Laredo
DISC 26: LSC-2415: Debussy — Preludes, Book I ~ Jean Casadesus
DISC 27: LSC-2416: Operatic Choruses ~ Robert Shaw Chorale
DISC 28: LSC-2417: 176 Keys – Music for 2 Pianos ~ Vronsky And Babin
DISC 29: LSC-2420: Brahms — Trio In E-Flat ~ Beethoven — Sonata For Horn And Piano ~ Eger ~ Babin ~ Szeryng
DISC 30: LSC-2421: Henryk Szeryng In Recital
DISC 31: LSC-2424: Vivaldi — The Four Seasons ~ Societa Corelli
DISC 32: LSC-2456: Lalo — Symphonie Espagnole ~ Szeryng ~ Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hendl
DISC 33: LSC-2460: J. S. Bach — Suite No. 2 ~ Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 ~ Janigro ~ Solisti Di Zagreb
DISC 34: LSC-2470: More Classical Music For People Who Hate Classical Music ~ Boston Pops ~ Fiedler
DISC 35: LSC-2472: Bruch — Concerto No. 1 ~ Mozart — Concerto No. 3 ~ Laredo ~ National Symphony
DISC 36: LSC-2473: Brahms — Piano Quartet In G Minor ~ Festival Quartet
DISC 37: LSC-2481: Carter — Second Quartet ~ Schuman — Quartet No. 3 ~ Juilliard String Quartet
DISC 38: LSC-2497: Galina Vishnevskaya Recital
DISC 39: LSC-2517: Brahms — Piano Quartet In A, Op. 26 ~ Festival Quartet
DISC 40: LSC-2524: Dvorák —String  Quartet, Op. 61 ~ Wolf — Italian Serenade ~ Juilliard String Quartet
DISC 41: LSC-2531: Berg — Lyric Suite ~ Webern — Five Pieces, Op. 5 / Six Bagatelles, Op. 9 ~ Juilliard String Quartet
DISC 42: LSC-2532: Gould — Ballet Music ~ Fall River Legend ~ Interplay ~ Latin American Symphonette ~ Gould
DISC 43: LSC-2553: Shostakovich — Cello Sonata ~ Schubert — “Arpeggione” Sonata ~ Shafran
DISC 44: LSC-2557: Bach Organ Music ~ Carl Weinrich
DISC 45: LSC-2567: Poulenc — Concerto For Organ, Strings And Timpani ~ Stravinsky — Jeu De Cartes ~ Zamkochian ~ Munch
DISC 46: LSC-2578: Birgit Nilsson ~ Songs By Schubert ~ Wagner ~ Strauss ~ Grieg ~ Sibelius
DISC 47: LSC-2610: Paganini ~ Saint-Saens ~ Friedman ~ Hendl ~ Chicago Symphony
DISC 48: LSC-2626: Beethoven Quartet op.131 ~ Julliard Quartet
DISC 49: LSC-2632: Beethoven Quartet op.95 & 135 ~ Julliard Quartet
DISC 50: LSC-2646: Liliane Garnier Recital
DISC 51: LSC-2647: Chausson - Symphony Franck - Le chasseur maudit ~ Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munch
DISC 52: LSC-2648: Rachmaninoff — Suites Nos. 1 And 2 For Two Pianos ~ Vronsky And Babin
DISC 53: LSC-2653: Music For Strings ~ Solisti Di Zagreb ~ Janigro
DISC 54: LSC-2666: Finlandia — Music Of Sibelius ~ Morton Gould
DISC 55: LSC-2671: Virtuoso Favorit


Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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