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HMV pre-recorded Half-Track reel-to-reel tapes 1954-58

 

HTA-1   The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by André Cluytens
Beethoven Piano Concertos: No 2 in B Flat Major, Op 19 / No 4 in G Major, Op 58 (August 1954)

Solomon Cutner, piano. 750 copies printed

 

HTA-8   The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Beethoven: Concerto in D Major, Op 61 (January 1955)

Yehudi Menuhin, violin. 750 copies printed

 

HTA-9 / HTA-10   The RCA Victor Orchestra and The Robert Shaw Chorale conducted by Renato Cellini
Verdi: Il Trovatore, Acts I - IV (complete) (January 1955)

 

Recorded February 22, March 6-7, 11, 13-14, 16 and 30, 1952 in the Manhattan Center, NYC. All-star cast including Zinka Milanov, Fedora
Barbieri, Jussi Björling and Leonard Warren. Many still consider this to be the finest cast ever assembled to record Il Trovatore. 750 copies printed.

 

HTA-11   The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anatole Fistoulari
Turina: Canto a Sevilla (January 1955)

Victoria de Los Angeles, soprano. 750 copies printed

 

HTA-16   Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Wagner: Lohengrin Prelude, Act 1 / Tannhäuser Overture
Liszt: Les Préludes, symphonic poem (September 1955)

500 copies printed

 

HTA-19   Orchestra of the Opera House, Rome conducted by Giuseppe Morelli
Operatic Recital by Victoria de Los Angeles (November 1955)

Victoria de Los Angeles, soprano. 500 copies printed

 

HTA-25   Amadeus String Quartet
Mozart: Quartet in C Major, K465 / Quartet in D Major, K575 (September 1955)

500 copies printed

 

HTA-34 / HTA-35   RCA Victor Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham
Puccini: La Bohème, Acts I - IV (complete) (November 1957)

 

Recorded March 16-17 and 30 to April 6, 1956 in the Manhattan Center, NYC. The all star cast includes
Jussi Björling, Victoria de los Angeles, Robert Merrill and Giorgio Tozzi. By many regarded as
THE recording of La Bohème. 6" reels and boxes. 1000 copies printed.

 

HTB-403   Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Strauss Symphonic Poems: Don Juan, Op 20 / Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op 28 (January 1955)

750 copies printed

 

HTB-405   The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent
Elgar: Concerto in E Minor, Op 85 (July 1955)

Paul Tortelier, 'cello. 500 copies printed

 

HTB-407   Dieter Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore
Schumann: Liederkreis, Op 39 (1955 or 1956)

Dieter Fischer-Dieskau, Baritone and Gerald Moore, Pianoforte

 

HTB-408   Amadeus String Quartet
Mozart: Quintet in C Major, K515 (March 1956)

Cecil Aronowitz, viola. 500 copies printed

 

HTB-409   Dieter Fischer-Dieskau, baritone, Sings in German
Brahms: Seven songs* / Mahler: Lieder Eines Fahrender Gesellen** (March 1956)

*with Hertha Klust, pianoforte / **with The Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. 500 copies printed

 

HTC-601   London Mozart Players, conducted by Harry Blech
Schubert Symphonies: No 4 in C Minor ("Tragic") / No 5 in B Flat Major (July 1955)

Late 1957 edition depicted, 6" reel and box.
Number of copies not disclosed

 

HTC-604   The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Nicolai Malko
Grieg: Concerto in A Minor, Op 16 / Rachmaninoff: Concerto No 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op 1 (July 1955)

Moura Lympany, pianoforte. 500 copies printed

 

HTD-817   Bing Crosby with Buddy Bregman and His Orchestra
Bing sings whilst Bregman swings (August 1957)

6" reel and box. 500 copies printed

 

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