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Living Stereo 60 CD Collection Box Import

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This 60 disc box set contains 60 original 'Living Stereo' recordings. This is the first time a comprehensive collection of these iconic recordings has been created. Each album comes complete with its original LP artwork. An extensive booklet is included with the liner notes from each original album. Includes recordings by such great artists as Jascha Heifetz, Charles Munch, Fritz Reiner, Julian Bream, Leontyne Price and Arthur Rubinstein. Sony. 2012.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Various Living Stereo Sampler
  2. MUNCH, CHARLES/Saint-Sans: Symphony No. 3; Debussy: La Mer; Ibert: Escales
  3. MUNCH, CHARLES/Ravel: Daphnis et Chlo
  4. REINER, FRITZ/ Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Ein Heldenleben
  5. REINER, FRITZ/Bartk: Concerto for Orchestra;Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta; Hungarian Sketches
  6. HEIFETZ, JASCHA /Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
  7. CLIBURN, VAN /Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
  8. FIEDLER, ARTHUR/Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Concerto in F; An American in Paris; Variations..
  9. REINER, FRITZ /Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
  10. PRICE, LEONTYNE/Leontyne Price: Arias
  11. RUBINSTEIN, ARTHUR Chopin: Ballades & Scherzos
  12. MONTEUX, PIERRE/Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathtique
  13. GOULD, MORTON/Brass & Percussion
  14. HEIFETZ, JASCHA/Sibelius, Prokofiev, Glazunov: Violin Concertos
  15. MUNCH, CHARLES/Berlioz: Requiem 2CD
  16. MUNCH, CHARLES/Berlioz: Requiem 2CD
  17. MUNCH, CHARLES/Ravel: Bolro; La Valse; Rapsodie espagnole; Debussy: Images for Orchestra
  18. PIATIGORSKY, GREGOR/Dvork; Walton: Cello Concertos
  19. REINER, FRITZ/ Dvork: New World Symphony
  20. REINER, FRITZ/Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
  21. RUBINSTEIN, ARTHUR /Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
  22. FIEDLER, ARTHUR/ Offenbach: Gat parisienne
  23. CLIBURN, VAN/Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
  24. FIEDLER, ARTHUR/Hi-Fi Fiedler
  25. HEIFETZ, JASCHA/Brahms; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos
  26. MONTEUX, PIERRE/Franck:Symphony in D Minor;Stravinsky: Petrouchka
  27. MUNCH, CHARLES/Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
  28. MUNCH, CHARLES/Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Love Scene From Romeo & Juliet
  29. REINER, FRITZ/Strauss: Scenes from Elektra & Salome
  30. REINER, FRITZ/ Mahler: Symphony No. 4
  31. RUBINSTEIN, ARTHUR Chopin: Piano Concertos
  32. STOKOWSKI, LEOPOLD/ Rhapsodies
  33. GOULD, MORTON/Copland: Billy The Kid & Rodeo; Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite
  34. MOFFO, ANNA/Arias from Faust; La Bohme; Dinorah; Carmen; Turandot; Semiramide; Lakm
  35. REINER, FRITZ/ Respighi: Pines Of Rome; Fountains Of Rome & Debussy: La Mer
  36. REINER, FRITZ/Vienna
  37. MUNCH, CHARLES/Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; Octet: Scherzo
  38. FIEDLER, ARTHUR/Pops Caviar
  39. RUBINSTEIN, ARTHUR/Beethoven: Sonatas (Moonlight; Les Adieux; Pathetique; Appassionata)
  40. HEIFETZ, JASCHA/Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1; Scottish Fantasy & Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 5
  41. LANZA, MARIO Mario! Lanza At His Best; Vagabond King Highlights
  42. FOX, VIRGIL/ Encores
  43. LEINSDORF, ERICH/Puccini: La Bohme 2CD
  44. LEINSDORF, ERICH/Puccini: La Bohme 2CD
  45. LEINSDORF, ERICH/Puccini: Madama Butterfly
  46. LEINSDORF, ERICH/Puccini: Madama Butterfly
  47. MOFFO, ANNA/Verdi: La Traviata 2CD
  48. MOFFO, ANNA/Verdi: La Traviata 2CD
  49. BJORLING, JUSSI/Puccini: Turandot 2CD
  50. BJORLING, JUSSI/Puccini: Turandot 2CD
  51. MUNCH, CHARLES/Schubert: Symphonies "The Great" & "Unfinished"
  52. REINER, FRITZ/ Strauss: Don Quixote & Don Juan
  53. HEIFETZ, JASCHA /Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor
  54. BREAM, JULIAN/Popular Classics for Spanish Guitar
  55. PRICE, LEONTYNE/Albeniz: Navarra, Iberia; Falla: El amor
  56. RUBINSTEIN, ARTHUR/Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2; Franck: Symphonic Variations;
  57. MUNCH, CHARLES/Berlioz: Harold In Italy; The Roman Carnival Overture; Benvenuto Cellini Overture
  58. REINER, FRITZ/Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde
  59. REINER, FRITZ/Strauss: Symphonia Domestica; Suite From Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
  60. CLIBURN, VAN/Schumann: Piano Concerto In A minor; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 "Emperor"


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner, Charles Munch
  • Audio CD (July 13, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 60
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B003UCPEJ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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An accident of history meant that the launch of stereo recording, in the late 1950s, coincided with the autumn of several illustrious careers, including Reiner, Heifetz, Munch, Monteux and Rubinstein. In America, RCA and Mercury were the first to undertake widespread recording in stereo, and many of the RCA Living Stereo recordings became recognised as classics which have never been out of the catalog.

This box contains 60 compact discs, many of which are outstanding (try Reiner's Also Sprach Zarathustra), and all of which are acceptable, both as performances and recordings. The first disc is a "sampler", but the remaining 59 are great performances of core repertoire. Although you are getting old-fashioned Red Book 16/44 compact discs (manufactured in Korea!), the recording is actually the CD layer of the SACD remasters from the original master tapes (by Sound Mirror). Each disc comes in a sleeve with the same cover art as the SACD, and the box is accompanied by a superb book which contains all the SACD cover notes for every disc, and provides background details of the remastering. I have the equivalent SACDs for a couple of the discs, and the comparative sound quality, whilst not identical, is quite close.

For just over $2 per disc, you are getting a superb bargain, and all the performances are in excellent late 1950s or early 1960s sound. Of course, there is some tape hiss and occasional audience noises on a few of the live performances. But you are hearing something special, and it is well worth the modest cost.
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This generous 60-CD set met or exceeded my every expectation for performance and recorded sound, based on the Living Stereo recordings I already own. The original art work, well-constructed case, and splendid 246-page booklet add further value.

This set is a compelling historical document of a musical world now gone. It gives an idea of what the core symphonic repertoire was like a half-century ago-- the music which orchestras performed for paying audiences-- and how that has gradually changed. It is also a portrait of two great orchestras (Chicago and Boston) led by two legendary conductors (Reiner and Munch) at the peak of their powers. They, and their soloists (vocal and instrumental) and orchestra members were the last generation of classical musicians who first encountered the music they played by reading scores or hearing live performances, rather than through others' recordings. This, I believe, accounts for the extra measure of individuality and freshness found in many Living Stereo performances and so often lacking in today's generic recordings-- no matter how sexed-up the cover art, or technically "perfect" the performance and digital sound may be. Even so, few allowances need to be made here for sound quality, and are more than compensated by the quality of performance.

This set also serves as a reminder of cultural barriers still very much in place 50 years ago-- between high culture and popular culture, between "real" classical music and "light classics". Arthur Fiedler said that his greatest professional disappointment was that, because of his association with the "middle-brow" Pops, he was never invited to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra. A few fine recordings by Fiedler and the Boston Pops, and by Morton Gould and his Orchestra, round out this set.
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Tracks
1 Various Living Stereo Sampler
2 MUNCH, CHARLES/Saint-Sans: Symphony No. 3; Debussy: La Mer; Ibert: Escales
3 MUNCH, CHARLES/Ravel: Daphnis et Chlo
4 REINER, FRITZ/ Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Ein Heldenleben
5 REINER, FRITZ/Bartk: Concerto for Orchestra;Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta; Hungarian Sketches
6 HEIFETZ, JASCHA /Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
7 CLIBURN, VAN /Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
8 FIEDLER, ARTHUR/Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Concerto in F; An American in Paris; Variations..
9 REINER, FRITZ /Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
10 PRICE, LEONTYNE/Leontyne Price: Arias
11 RUBINSTEIN, ARTHUR Chopin: Ballades & Scherzos
12 MONTEUX, PIERRE/Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathtique
13 GOULD, MORTON/Brass & Percussion
14 HEIFETZ, JASCHA/Sibelius, Prokofiev, Glazunov: Violin Concertos
15 MUNCH, CHARLES/Berlioz: Requiem 2CD
17 MUNCH, CHARLES/Ravel: Bolro; La Valse; Rapsodie espagnole; Debussy: Images for Orchestra
18 PIATIGORSKY, GREGOR/Dvork; Walton: Cello Concertos
19 REINER, FRITZ/ Dvork: New World Symphony
20 REINER, FRITZ/Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
21 RUBINSTEIN, ARTHUR /Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
22 FIEDLER, ARTHUR/ Offenbach: Gat parisienne
23 CLIBURN, VAN/Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
24 FIEDLER, ARTHUR/Hi-Fi Fiedler
25 HEIFETZ, JASCHA/Brahms; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos
26 MONTEUX, PIERRE/Franck:Symphony in D Minor;Stravinsky: Petrouchka
27 MUNCH, CHARLES/Beethoven: Symphonies Nos.
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