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A thrilling document of a golden age in classical music recording. At the dawn of the stereo era, RCA was pushing the boundaries of state-of-the-art sound, making the first commercial stereophonic recording in 1954 and launching the Living Stereo series. With some of the century's greatest musicians in tow Rubinstein, Reiner, Heifetz, Munch, Cliburn, Fiedler, and more and repertoire choices to showcase the best of classical recording, an unmatchable legacy was born, represented in a magnificent box of 60 CDs with original cover art and booklet. 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 omni-directional 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. This box contains 45 legendary Living Stereo recordings on 60 standard CDs packaged in mini-sleeves with the original artwork, plus a large perfect-bound booklet with track listings and original liner notes.
The Living Stereo Collection Volume 2 features performances from great artists and orchestras, including Vladimir Horowitz, Byron Janis, Arthur Rubinstein, Fritz Reiner, Erich Leinsdorf, Arthur Fiedler, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and many more. Th is lis ting is for a very rare, out of print Boxed Set of 60-CDs - a. FACTORY SEALED and assumed to be MINT condition set, PRESSED and ISSUED by RCA / SONY Classical Records. Of a highly collectible title from their catalog featuring performances by. Various Artists - Reiner, Fiedler, Rubinstein, etc.
RCA Living Stereo 60-CD Collection Volume 2. CD 1-5 Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nr.
1-5 (Rubinstein, Symphony of the Air, Krips) CD 6 Strauss: Burleske for Piano & Orchestra; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto Nr. 1 (Janis, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Reiner) CD 7 Tchaikovsky: Symphony Nr.
6 "Pathetique" (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Reiner) CD 8 Tchaikovsky: Symphony Nr. 5 (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Monteux) CD 9 Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain / Stravinsky: The Fairy's Kiss (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Reiner) CD 10 Brahms: Piano Concerto Nr. 1 (Graffman, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munch) CD 11 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Liszt: Rigoletto-Paraphrase (Janis) CD 12 Rossini: Overtures (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Reiner) CD 13 Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Reiner) CD 14 Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nr.
7 & 23 Appassionata (Vladimir Horowitz) CD 15 Tchaikovsky: Symphony Nr. 4 (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Monteux) CD 16 Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer; Kindertotenlieder (Forrester, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munch) CD 17 Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nr. 9 Frühling (Arthur Rubinstein, Henryk Szeryng) CD 18 Schubert: String Quartet "Death and the Maiden" (Juilliard String Quartet) CD 19 Khachaturian: Masquerade-Suite; Kabalewsky: The Comedians (RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kondrashin) CD 20 Copland: Appalachian Spring; The Tender Land-Suite (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Copland) CD 21 Bizet: Carmen for Orchestra (Morton Gould and His Orchestra) CD 22 Reiner conducts Wagner (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Reiner) CD 23 The Virtuoso Liszt (Gary Graffman) CD 24 Brahms: Piano Concerto Nr. 2 (Richter, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Leinsdorf) CD 25 Julian Bream Guitar Concertos (Giulini, Arnold, Melos Ensemble) CD 26 Schubert: Piano Sonata D.850 (Emil Gilels) CD 27 Beethoven: Serenade op. 8; Kodaly: Duo for Violin & Cello (Jascha Heifetz, William Primrose, Gregor Piatigorsky) CD 28 The Golden Age of English Lute Music (Julian Bream) CD 29 Beethoven: String Trio op. 2; Schubert: String Trio Nr. 2; Bach: 3 Sinfonias (Jascha Heifetz, William Primrose, Gregor Piatigorsky) CD 30 Grieg: Piano Concerto op. 16; Piano Works (Rubinstein, Alfred Wallenstein and Orchestra) CD 31 My favorite Chopin (Van Cliburn) CD 32 Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals; Britten: The Young Persons Guide To The Orchestra (Boston Pops Orchestra, Fiedler) CD 33 Chopin: Les Sylphides; Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges Suite (Boston Pops Orchestra, Fiedler) CD 34 Dvorak: Symphony Nr.
4 (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munch) CD 35 Mahler: Symphony Nr. 1 (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Leinsdorf) CD 36 Debussy: Prelude a lapres-midi dun faune; Nuages; Fetes; Printemps (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munch) CD 37-39 Puccini: Tosca (Milanov, Björling, Warren, Rome Opera Orchestra, Leinsdorf) CD 40-41 Beethoven: Symphony Nr. 8 & 9 (Price, Forrester, Poleri, Tozzi, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munch) CD 42-43 Berlioz: Romeo e Juliette (Elias, Valletti, Tozzi, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munch) CD 44-46 Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Peters, Peerce, Tozzi, Maero, Rome Opera Orchestra, Leinsdorf) CD 47-50 Rossini: The Barber of Seville (Merrill, Peters, Corena, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leinsdorf) CD 51-53 Verdi: Otello (Vickers, Rysanek, Gobbi, Rome Opera Orchestra, Serafin) CD 54-56 Bach: Mass in B minor BWV 232 (Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra, Shaw) CD 57-58 Verdi: Requiem (Nilsson, Chookasian, Bergonzi, Flagello, Boston Chorus Pro Musica, Nash Petterson) CD 59-60 Chopin: Nocturnes (Arthur Rubinstein).Distributed By Sony Music Entertainment. 165 individual performances on 60 CDs With multi page booklet. The Boxed Set is from the rare. RCA / SONY Classical Records.
CDs made in the EU (UK likely). The CDs, OUTER BOX and INSERTS are all assumed to be in. Condition as this item is FACTORY SEALED! Comes complete - a superb collectible!This CD is an audiophile quality pressing any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc. Can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system. Don't let this rarity slip by!! The item "RCA 60-CD Box 88843003502 Living Stereo 60-CD Collection Volume 2 2014 SEALED" is in sale since Tuesday, November 20, 2018. This item is in the category "Music\CDs". The seller is "hearthedifference" and is located in Woodbridge, Ontario. This item can be shipped worldwide.