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Sonotape Pre-Recorded 2-Track Stereophonic
Reel-to-Reel tapes during the fall of 1957

 

CNY 1957   Chicago and New York Audio Show - Stereophonic Demonstration Tape
Selections from SWB 7004-7016 plus SWB 8005 and 8026 with Lloyd Moss as narrator. (Sept 1957)

  

New York: Sonotapes, the recorded tape division of Westminster Records, is introducing a low-priced stereo
tape line at $6.95. Called the 7000 Series, these stereo tapes will include symphonic music, popular short
classics, operatic items, pops and for collectors of the unusual, such items as "Sounds of the Subway".

Many of the classics were recorded this summer in Europe under the batons of Artur Rodszinski and Herman Scherchen.
The firm stresses that the classical items are complete, not excerpts. For instance, "Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker High-
lights" includes selected items from the Nutcracker Suite but each item is a complete selection from the Suite.

Three other tapes in the 7000 series for September release are: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Viennese Waltzes by Waldteufel and
Lehar, and "Deutchemister on Parade" a group of German band pieces. Sonotapes intends to back up their new 7000 Series
with a national ad and promotion campaign, brochures, counter displays and floor racks. (The Billboard, September 2, 1957)

 

SWB 7001   Artur Rodzinski - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Highlights (Sept 1957)

  

Recorded in London, September 1956. The complete ballet was previously released on SWB 9003/4.
Georgie Sigsbee's review from the December 1957 issue of Tape Recording Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7002   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture (Sept 1957)

  

Recorded in the Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna in June 1957.
Early 1958 cover variation with revised 'Sonotape' logo depicted to the right.

 

SWB 7003   Armando Aliberti - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Viennese Waltzes (Sept 1957)

  

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957. Also released in MONO on W-LAB 7067.
Georgie Sigsbee's review from the December 1957 issue of Tape Recording Magazine
and R D Darrell's review from the March 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7004   Hoch- und Deutschmeister Kapelle - Julius Hermann
Deutschmeister on Parade (Sept 1957)

  

     

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957. This Austrian military band, formed in 1741, was called 'Deutschmeister Band'
in the US market. R D Darrell's review from the from the November 1957 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.
In-Line and Staggered labels and early 1958 cover variation with revised 'Sonotape' logo depicted below.

 

SWB 7005   Lendvay Kalman and his Gypsy Band
Gypsy Passion (Sept 1957)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957. See SWB 7021 for review.

 

SWB 7006   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Ravel: Bolero (Sept 1957)

  

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957. R D Darrell's review
from the February 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7007   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz (Sept 1957)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.

 

SWB 7008   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Khachaturian: Gayne Ballet highlights (Sept 1957)

  

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957. R D Darrell's review from the November 1957
issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right. The ballet is more often referred to as 'Gayane' nowadays.

 

SWB 7009   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: March Slav / Khachaturian: Lezghinka (Sept 1957)

  

Recorded in the Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna, May 1957. In-Line and Staggered
labels depicted. 'Lezghinka' is also from the 'Gayane' ballet, see SWB 7008 (above).

 

SWB 7010   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Sept 1957)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.

 

SWB 9005   Artur Rodzinski - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London - Erica Morini, violin
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op 77 (Sept 1957)

  

Recorded in the Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London in September 1956.
Georgie Sigsbee's review from the December 1957 issue of Tape Recording Magazine.

 

SWB 9006   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Rimsky-Korsakoff: Scheherazade (Sept 1957)

  

Recorded in the Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna, May 1957. The insert advertises the previous Scherchen releases
SWB 7002-7010. Georgie Sigsbee's review from the April 1958 issue of Tape Recording Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7011   Armando Aliberti - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Verdi: Aida Triumphal March and Ballet music (Sept 1957)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.

 

SWB 7012   The Graham Jackson Choir
Spirituals (Sept 1957)

  

Recorded 1956 in the Cathedral of St Philip's Hall of Bishops, Atlanta, GA.
Early 1958 cover variation with revised 'Sonotape' logo depicted to the right.

 

SWB 7013   The Cathedral Bell Ringers of St Philip conducted by Georgia Eckel
Cathedral Bellringers (Sept 1957)

Recorded 1956 in the Cathedral of St Philip, Atlanta, GA.

 

SWB 7014   Chorus and Organ conducted by Homer Edwards
Christmas Eve in the Cathedral (Sept 1957)

Recorded 1956 in the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Atlanta, GA.

 

SWB 7015   Dick Leibert
A Merry Wurlitzer Christmas (Sept 1957)

Recorded in April 1956 at the Byrd Theatre, Richmond, VA.

 

SWB 8024   Artur Rodzinski - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London
Schubert: Symphony No 8 in B Minor ("Unfinished") (Sept 1957)

  

Recorded in the Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London in September 1956.
R D Darrell's review from the December 1957 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 8025   Carl Weinrich
Bach: Organ Music (Sept 1957)

  

Recorded in the VŚrfru Kyrka, Skšnninge, Sweden. The trip is mentioned in CNY 1957 (above).
Georgie Sigsbee's review from the December 1957 issue of Tape Recording Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 8026   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra - Josef and Grete Dichler, piano
Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals (Sept 1957)

  

Recorded in the Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna on May 20-21, 1957. Garry Moore as narrator.
Animal sounds recorded at the Bronx Zoo. The Carnival is excerpted in CNY 1957 (above).
R D Darrell's review from the November 1957 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 8027   Armando Aliberti - Vienna State Opera Orchestra - Jacob Lateiner, piano
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1 (Sept 1957)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.

 

SWB 7016   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Chabrier: EspaŮa / Saint-SaŽns: Danse Macabre (Nov 1957)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.

 

SWB 7017   Hoch- und Deutschmeister Kapelle - Julius Hermann
Drums and Brasses (Nov 1957)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957. Released in anticipation of
"Deutschmeister Band's" appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" scheduled for January 1958.

 

SWB 7018   Rudolf Friml plays and conducts the Friml Orchestra
Friml Presents Friml (Nov 1957)

The Friml release marked a shift towards popular music.

 

SWB 7019   Armando Aliberti - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
KetŤlbey: In a Chinese Temple Garden / In a Persian market / Bank holiday (Nov 1957)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.
Note: KetŤlbey's name is misspelt on this release.

 

SWB 7020   Ann Leaf
At the Mighty Wurlitzer (Nov 1957)

Recorded at the Byrd Theater, Richmond, VA, probably in April 1956.

 

SWB 7021   Lendvay Kalman and his Gypsy Band
Tears of a Gypsy (Nov 1957)

  

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957. Review from the
October 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7022   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Herold: Zampa Overture / Reznicek: Donna Diana Overture (Nov 1957)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.

 

SWB 7023   Armando Aliberti - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Saint-SaŽns: Bacchanale / Rimsky-Korsakoff: Hymn to the Sun (Nov 1957)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.

 

SWB 7024   Various Artists
Introduction to STEREO (Nov 1957)

  

Having noticed the positive sales response to SWB 7006 and 9006, another cheesecake cover was chosen.
The tape contains full-length samples of well recorded tracks from SWB 7004 to 7019 and SWB 8026. A Full
page ad for SWB 7000 series up to 7024 from the November 1957 issue of Tape Recording Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 8028   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture (Nov 1957)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.

 

SWB 8029   Artur Rodzinski - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London
Prokofieff: Peter and the Wolf (Nov 1957)

  

Probably recorded September 1956 in Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London. Garry Moore
as narrator. R D Darrell's review from the May 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

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