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Sonotape Pre-Recorded 2-Track Mono- and
Stereophonic Reel-to-Reel tapes, mail-order only 1955-56

 

SW 1005   Scherchen / Quadri - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London
Honegger / Mossolov / Revueltas / Chabrier (Oct 1955)

  

     

Originally released as mail-order only. The original owner received it on October 19, 1955. Only available in MONO.
R D Darrell's review from the November 1956 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SW 1008   Jean Fournier, Antonio Janigro and Paul Badura-Skoda
Beethoven: "Archduke" Trio in B-Flat, Op 97 (Oct 1955)

  

Originally released as mail-order and available in MONO only.
R D Darrell's review from the August 1956 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SW 1010   Hoch- und Deutschmeister Kapelle - Julius Hermann
A Band Concert (Oct 1955)

  

This Austrian military band, formed in 1741, was called 'Deutschmeister Band' in the US market. Originally released as
mail-order and available in MONO only. R D Darrell's review from the October 1956 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SW 1011   Carl Weinrich
J S Bach: Organ Music. Toccata in D Minor (S 565) / E Major (S 566) / F Major (S 540) (Oct 1955)

  

Recorded in the Vårfru Kyrka, Skänninge, Sweden. Originally released as mail-order and available
in MONO only. R D Darrell's review from the June 1956 issue of High Fidelity Magazine below.

 

SW 1018   Artur Rodzinski - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London
Bizet: Carmen Suites 1 and 2 (1956)

  

Originally released as mail-order and available in MONO only.

 

SW 1019   Hermann Scherchen - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London
Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1956)

  

Originally released as mail-order and available in MONO only. Early Sonotape Catalog depicted
to the right. R D Darrell's review is from the June 1956 issue of High Fidelity Magazine.

 

SW 1020   Argeo Quadri - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London
Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre / Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1956)
Artur Rodzinski - Vienna State Opera Orchestra: Franck: Le Chausseur Maudit

  

Originally released as mail-order and available in MONO only.
R D Darrell's review is from the November 1956 issue of High Fidelity Magazine.

 

SW 1024   Howard Mitchell - National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC
Copland: Billy the Kid (Ballet) / El Salón México / Fanfare for the Common Man (1956)

  

Originally released as mail-order and available in MONO only.

 

SW 1030   Edith Farnadi, piano
Liszt: 4 Hungarian Rhapsodies (1956)

  

Contains Nos 2, 6, 9 and 15. Originally released as mail-order and available in MONO only.

 

SW 1031   Fernando Valenti
Scarlatti: 6 Sonatas for Harpischord (1956)

  

Contains Longo 407, 155, 129, 375, 376 and 86. Originally released as mail-order and available in MONO only.

 

SW 1034   Hoch- und Deutschmeister Kapelle - Julius Hermann
Marches of many nations (1956)

  

Tape release of Westminster Laboratory Series W-LAB 7037. Originally released as mail-order and available
in MONO only. R D Darrell's review is from the November 1956 issue of High Fidelity Magazine.

 

SW 1036   Artur Rodzinski - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London
Dvorak: 6 Slavonic Dances (1956)

  

Originally released as mail-order and available in MONO only.
R D Darrell's review is from the April 1957 issue of High Fidelity Magazine.

 

SW 3005   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Prokofieff: Scythian Suite, Op 20 / Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op 60 (1956)

  

Originally released as mail-order and available in MONO only.

 

SW 1048   Ferrante & Teicher
Latin-American Adventure - Sounds Unbelievable (1956)

  

Arthur Ferrante and Louis Teicher's Sonotape utilizes the entire capacity of 2-track recording and is full
of sonic tricks which were sensational in 1956. This 12-track MONO version was originally released
as mailorder only. It was also released as a 10-track stereophonic tape (see SWB-8005 below).

 

SWB 8001   Carl Weinrich
Bach: Toccata and Fugue i D-minor (S 565) / Passacaglia and Fugue in C-Minor (S 582) (Nov 1956)

  

  

Recorded in the Vårfru Kyrka, Skänninge, Sweden. R D Darrell's review
from the March 1957 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the left.

 

SWB 8003   Ars Nova, Robert Mandell conductor
Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat (Nov 1956)

  

R D Darrell's review is from the February 1957 issue of High Fidelity Magazine.

 

SWB 8004   Robert Owen - Toccatas for Organ
Robert Owen plays the organ of Christ Church in Bronxville, New York (Nov 1956)

  

R D Darrell's review from the September 1957 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 8005   Ferrante & Teicher
Latin-American Adventure - Sounds Unbelievable (Nov 1956)

  

10 track stereo release of SW 1048. See that entry, above, for more information.

 

SWB 8009   Robert Owen - Festival Music for Organ (Nov 1956)

  

Recorded 1956 at the Christ Church, Bronxville, New York.

 

SWB 8011   Robert Locksmith and Robert Owen
The Bells of St Mary's - Carillon and Organ Music for Inspiration (1956)

  

Recorded 1956 at the First Baptist Church in Rochester, NY. An unusual
recording of an electronic Stromberg-Carlson "Flemish Master" Carillon.

 

SWB 8012   Dick Leibert
Leibert Takes a Holiday on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ (1956)

  

     

Recorded in April 1956 at the Byrd Theater, Richmond, VA. Sonotape ad from the November 1956 issue of
High Fidelity Magazine to the right. Note the recommended speaker spacing 7 to 10 feet (appx 2 - 3 meters).

 

SWB 8014   Curtis String Quartet
Tchaikovsky: Quartet No 1 in D Major, Op 11 (1956)

  

Recorded in 1956 and featured in SWB-DEM 1 (see below).

 

SWB-DEM 1   The Famous Westminster-Sonotape 1956 Audio Show Demonstration Tape
Selections from SWB 8003-8014 with Lloyd Moss as narrator. (1956/57)

  

Prepared for the September 1956 New York and Chicago audio shows. R D Darrell's review
from the June 1957 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SW-DEM 2   Sonotape Sampler - Monaural Demonstration Tape
Excerpts from Outstanding Monaural Sonotape Releases (Feb 1957)

  

Selections from SW 1010-1038. The article is from the January 26, 1957 edition of Billboard.

 

SWB 8016   Artur Rodzinski - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London - Erica Morini, violin
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op 35 (Feb 1957)

  

Recorded in the Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London on September 9, 12, 18-23, 1956.
R D Darrell's review is from the June 1957 issue of High Fidelity Magazine.

 

SWB 9001   Artur Rodzinski - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 in F-minor, Op 36 (Feb 1957)

  

Recorded in the Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London on September 9, 12, 14 and 18, 1956.
R D Darrell's review from the April 1957 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 9002   Artur Rodzinski - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Ballet - concert version (Feb 1957)

  

  

Recorded in the Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London on September 10, 23 and 25, 1956.
Contains the Nutcracker suite plus an adapted version of the controversial "second suite".
R D Darrell's review from the April 1957 issue of High Fidelity Magazine upper right.

 

SW-AL 101   Stereophonic Alignment Tape
Selections from SWB 8003-8015 and 9001-9002 with Lloyd Moss as narrator. (June 1957)

  

        

The set also included a tuning fork. Review from the June 1957 issue of Tape Recording Magazine and
R D Darrell's review is from the July 1957 issue of High Fidelity Magazine below.

 

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