RCA Half Track MONO Tapes 1954 - 1957    |    RCA 2-Track Tapes 1954 - 1956    |    RCA 2-Track Tapes 1957 - 1959


RCA Victor Pre-Recorded Monophonic Half Track High Fidelity
and "New Orthophonic" High Fidelity Reel-to-Reel tapes 1954-57

 

Advertisement from the August 1954 edition of Tape Recording Magazine.
No catalogue numbers had yet been assigned to the various titles.

 

TC-1 / BC-1   Leopold Stokowski - His Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Aurora's Wedding (complete Ballet Suite, arranged Diaghileff) (1954)

 

Recorded April 8-9 and 14, 1954 in the Manhattan Center, NYC. This is a 5" reel. Also released by RCA-Victor on LM-1774.
Original tape catalogue number TC-1. Charles D Sigsbee's review is from the August 1955 edition of Tape Recording Magazine.

 

TC-3 / BC-3   Charles Munch - Boston Symphony Orchestra
R Strauss: Don Quixote, Op 35 (Fantastic variations on a knightly theme) (1954)

 

Recorded August 17, 1953, Boston Symphony Hall. This is a 5" reel. Also released by RCA-Victor on LM-1781. Original
tape catalogue number TC-3. Charles D Sigsbee's review is from the February 1956 edition of Tape Recording Magazine.

 

1957 edition, 7" tape box with picture cover and liner notes on reverse.

 

TC-4 / BC-4   Fritz Reiner - RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra - Vladimir Horowitz, piano
Beethoven: Concerto No 5 ("Emperor") (1954)

Recorded April 26, 1952 in Carnegie Hall, NYC.
This is a 5" reel. Also released by RCA-Victor on LM-1718.

 

TC-5 / CC-5   Robert Russell Bennet - Members of the NBC Symphony Orchestra
Victory at Sea - Orchestral Suite from the NBC Television Production (1954)

This is a 7" reel.

 

TC-6   Charles Munch - Boston Symphony Orchestra - Artur Rubinstein, piano
Brahms: Concerto No 2 in B-Flat, Op 83 (1954)

Recorded August 11, 1952, Boston Symphony Hall. This is a 7" reel.

 

TC-7 / BC-7   Arturo Toscanini - NBC Symphony Orchestra
Dvorak: Symphony No 5 ("From the New World") (1954)

Recorded February 2, 1953 in Carnegie Hall, NYC.
This is a 5" reel. Also released by RCA-Victor on LM-1778.

 

TC-8 / CC-8   Arturo Toscanini - NBC Symphony Orchestra
Brahms: Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68 (1954)

 

 

Recorded November 3, 1951 in Carnegie Hall, NYC. Early variations of tape boxes and 1957
edition depicted. These are 7" reels. Also released by RCA-Victor on LM-1702.

 

TB-1 / BC-9   Erich Leinsdorf - Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia
Franck: Symphony in D Minor (1955)

 

Recorded July 18, 1952 in the Academy of Music, Philadelphia PA. Third edition tape box
with picture cover and liner notes on reverse. Also released by RCA-Victor on LBC-1001.

 

TB-2 / DC-10   Erich Leinsdorf - Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia - Ania Dorfmann, piano
Grieg: Concerto in A Minor, Op 16 / Mendelssohn: Concerto No 1, Op 25 (1955)

Recorded July 7 (Mendelssohn) and 8 (Grieg), 1953 in the Academy of
Music, Philadelphia PA. Also released by RCA-Victor on LBC-1043.

 

TB-3 / BC-11   Hugo Winterhaltera and His Orchestra - Byron Janis, pianist
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite (excerpts) (1954)

 

Original 1954 7" edition and 5" re-release depicted. Originally released by RCA-Victor on LBC-1045 in 1953.

 

CC-13   Robert Irving - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - The Philharmonia Orchestra
Chopin: Les Sylphides / Arnold: English Dances (1955)

 

1957 edition tape box with picture cover and liner notes on reverse. Also released by RCA-Victor on LBC-1078.

 

DC-14   Arthur Fiedler - Boston Pops Orchestra
Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne / Meyerbeer: Les Patineurs (1955)

Recorded in June 1954, Symphony Hall, Boston. First released by RCA-
Victor as LM-1817 in 1954, also released in stereo in 1956 on ECS-15.

 

CC-15   Fritz Reiner - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Artur Rubinstein, piano
Brahms: Concerto No 1 in D Minor, Op 15 (1955)

Recorded April 17, 1954, Orchestra Hall, Chicago. Also released on LM-1831.

 

CC-16   Arturo Toscanini - NBC Symphony Orchestra
Mussorgsky-Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition / Franck: Psyché and Eros (1956)

 

Recorded January 26, 1953 in Carnegie Hall, NYC. Also released on LM-1838.
1957 edition tape box with picture cover and liner notes on reverse.

 

BC-17   Alfred Wallenstein - Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra - Artur Rubinstein, piano
Chopin: Concerto No 1 in E Minor, Op 11 (1956)

 

1957 edition tape box with picture cover and liner notes on reverse.

 

AC-19   Leopold Stokowski - His Symphony Orchestra
Enesco: Roumanian Rhapsodies Nos 1 and 2 (1956)

 

Recorded July 23 and October 1, 1953 in the Manhattan Center, NYC. Also released by RCA-Victor on LM-1878.
1957 edition tape box with nationally advertised price printed on the upper left-hand corner.

 

AC-23   Charles Munch - Boston Symphony Orchestra - Alexander Brailowsky, piano
Saint-Saëns: Concerto No 4 in C Minor, Op 44 (1956)

Recorded November 24, 1954, Boston Symphony Hall. First edition tape box. This is a 5" reel.

 

1957 edition, 7" tape box with picture cover and liner notes on reverse. Also released by RCA-Victor on LM-1871.

 

AC-26   Arturo Toscanini - NBC Symphony Orchestra
Bizet: Carmen Suite No 1 / Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel Prelude / Thomas: Mignon Overture (1956)

First edition tape box. This is a 5" reel.

 

CC-30   Pierre Monteux - Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Delibes: Sylvia / Coppélia (1955)

 

First edition tape box with nationally advertised price printed on the upper left-hand corner.

 

DC-31   Morton Gould and his Orchestra
Gershwin: Concerto in F / Porgy and Bess Suite (1957)

 

First edition tape box with nationally advertised price printed on the upper left-hand corner.

 

DC-32   Renato Cellini and Jonel Perlea - RCA Victor Orchestra - The Robert Shaw Chorale
Verdi: La Forza del Destino (Highlights) (1957)

 

All star cast including Zinka Milanov, Jan Peerce, Leonard Warren, Raymond Keast and Nicola Moscona.
First edition tape box with nationally advertised price printed on the upper left-hand corner.

 

DC-33   Dimitri Mitropoulos - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Verdi: A Masked Ball (Highlights) (1957)

 

All star cast including Zinka Milanov, Roberta Peters, Marion Anderson, Jan Peerce and Leonard Warren.
First edition tape box with nationally advertised price printed on the upper left-hand corner.

 

CC-37   Morton Gould and his Orchestra
Rodgers and Hammerstein II: Oklahoma! / Carousel Suites (1957)

 

First edition tape box with nationally advertised price printed on the upper left-hand corner.

 

EC-43 / DC-44   Pierre Monteux - Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
Verdi: La Traviata, Acts I - III (complete) (1957)

 

Recorded 1956 in Rome, Italy. Also released in October 1956 on LM-6040. 1st edition tape box set
in slipcase, with nationally advertised price printed on the upper left-hand corner of inner boxes.

 

DC-45 / DC-46   Sir Thomas Beecham - RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Puccini: La Bohème, Acts I - IV (complete) (1957)

 

Recorded March 16-17 and 30 to April 6, 1956 in the Manhattan Center, NYC. Also released in December 1956 on LM-6042.
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. 1st edition tape box set with nationally advertised price printed on the upper left-hand corners.

 

TP-2 / BP-2   George Melachrino - The Melachrino Strings
Music for Relaxation (1954)

 

Popular series. Recorded in London, UK. This is a 5" reel. Charles D
Sigsbee's review is from the August 1955 edition of Tape Recording Magazine.

 

TP-4   The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra
Inside Sauter-Finegan (1954)

 

Popular series. Recorded February 24-26, 1954 in New York. This is a 7" reel.
Charles D Sigsbee's review is from the June 1955 edition of Tape Recording Magazine.

 

CP-5   Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra
The Great Music Themes of Television (1955)

Popular series. This is a 7" reel.

 

BP-7   The Three Suns with String Orchestra
Soft and Sweet (1955)

 

Popular series. Second edition tape box with picture cover and liner notes on reverse.

 

AP-17   The Voices of Walter Schumann
Flirtation Walk (1956)

 

Popular series. Second edition tape box with picture cover and liner notes on reverse.

 

BP-37   Coleman Hawkins with Billy Byers and His Orchestra
The Hawk in Hi Fi (1956)

Recorded in NYC on January 17, 18 and 20, 1956. This is a 5" reel.

 

BP-48   Harry Belafonte
Calypso (1957)

 

Recorded August 18, October 20 and November 9, 1955 in the Manhattan Center, NYC. Also released in 1956 on LPM-1248,
which was RCA Victor's first ever million-selling LP. Features Tony Scott and His Orchestra and Millard Thomas on guitar.

 

BP-53   Pablo Beltrán and His Orchestra
Dust on the Moon (1957)

 

First and only edition. Popular series, blue label.

 

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