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Sonotape Pre-Recorded 2-Track Stereophonic
Reel-to-Reel tapes released in 1958

 

SWB 7036   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain / Falla: Ritual fire dance / Dance of terror (1958)

  

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957. Note the new 'Westminster' logotype.
R D Darrell's review from the June 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7037   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Liszt: Les Préludes (1958)

  

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957. Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an
assurance of quality. R D Darrell's review from the June 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7038   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Smetana: The Bartered Bride Overture / Furiant / Dance of the Comedians (1958)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.

 

SWB 7039   Armando Aliberti - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Waldteufel: Estudiantina / Strauss: Wine, women and song (1958)

  

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

 

SWB 7040   Hoch- und Deutschmeister Kapelle - Julius Hermann
The Deutschmeister Band (1958)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.

 

SWB 7041   Dick Leibert
Leibert Abroad (1958)

Recorded at the Byrd Theater, Richmond, VA. Probably in April 1956.
Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 7042   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Rossini: William Tell overture (June 1958)

  

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957. R D Darrell's review from the September 1958
issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right. Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 7043   Ralph Font and his Orchestra
Tabu (1958)

Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 7044   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Auber: Fra Diavolo overture / Weber: Der Freischütz overture (1958)

  

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957. R D Darrell's review from the September 1958
issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right. Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 7045   Armando Aliberti - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Ketèlbey: In the mystic land of Egypt / Bells across the meadows / With honor crowned (June 58)

  

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957. An article announcing Sonotape's
massive 32 tape "Spring Push" from the May 19, 1958 issue of Billboard to the right.

 

SWB 7047   Joel Herron, his Piano and the Orchestra
Smoke gets in your eyes and other Jerome Kern favorites (June 58)

  

R D Darrell's review from the November 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7048   Joel Herron, his Piano and the Orchestra
My heart belongs to daddy and other Cole Porter favorites (June 58)

See the review from the November 1958 beside SWB 7047, above.
The model is, for a second time, Jayne Mansfield. Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left.

 

SWB 7049   Maurice Abravanel - The Utah Symphony
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (June 58)

Recorded December 9-14, 1957 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 7050   Maurice Abravanel - The Utah Symphony
Gershwin: An American in Paris (June 58)

Recorded December 9-14, 1957 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

SWB 8030   Maurice Abravanel - The Utah Symphony
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 78 ("Organ Symphony") (June 58)

  

Recorded December 9-14, 1957 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Features
Alexander Schreiner on organ. R D Darrell's review from the October 1958 issue of
High Fidelity Magazine to the right. Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 8032   Maurice Abravanel - The Utah Symphony - Reid Nibley, piano
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F (June 58)

Recorded December 9-14, 1957 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

SWB 7051   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours / Saint-Saëns: The Swan (June 58)

  

This excerpt from "The Carnival of the Animals" was recorded in the Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna on
May 20-21, 1957. The Ponchiell piece, which possibly is conducted by Aliberti, was recorded in the same location
during the summer of 1957. R D Darrell's review from the September 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7052   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Weinberger: Polka and fugue from "Schwanda" / Smetana: Polka from "The Bartered Bride" (June 58)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.
Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 7053   Raymond Lewenthal, piano
Clair de lune (June 58)

Recorded in New York, July 1957.

 

SWB 7054   Lendvay Kalman and His Gypsy Band
Gypsy Violin (June 58)

  

Review from the October 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.
Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 7055   Graham Jackson Choir
Swing low sweet chariot (June 58)

Recorded in Atlanta, GA probably in the summer of 1956.

 

SWB 7056   Joan Merrill
How did he look? (June 58)

Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 7058   Armando Aliberti - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Gounod: Ballet music from "Faust" (June 58)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.

 

SWB 7060   Ralph Font and his Orchestra
Piano Merengue (June 58)

  

R D Darrell's review from the September 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.
Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 7061   Joel Herron, his Piano and the Orchestra
I've got you under my skin (June 58)

  

R D Darrell's review from the November 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7062   Sy Shaffer and his Orchestra
Seems like old times (June 58)

 

SWB 7063   Hermann Scherchen - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Smetana: The Moldau (June 58)

Recorded in Vienna in the summer of 1957.

 

SWB 7064   Raymond Lewenthal, piano
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No14, Op 27, No 2 ("Moonlight") (June 58)

Recorded in New York, July 1957. Note the 'Sonotape'
sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 7065   Ferrante and Teicher
Soundblast - The Sound of Tomorrow Today! (June 58)

Recorded in 1956. Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 7066   Dick Leibert
The Mighty Wurlitzer in Stereo (1958)

All five tracks previously released on SWB-8006.
Recorded in April 1956 at the Byrd Theater, Richmond, VA.

 

SWB 7068   Bea Abbott, vocalist with Hal Otis and his Orchestra
The too, too marvelous Bea (June 58)

  

Recorded in New York, November 1957. Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance
of quality. R D Darrell's review from the September 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7069   Joel Herron, his Piano and the Orchestra
In the still of the night (June 58)

  

R D Darrell's review from the November 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7070   Dick Leibert
Leibert takes Broadway (June 58)

  

Recorded at the Byrd Theater, Richmond, VA. Probably in April 1956. Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left
as an assurance of quality. R D Darrell's review from the September 1958 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right.

 

SWB 7072   Sy Shaffer and his Orchestra
Sweet Trombone in Hi-Fi (June 58)

Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 7077   Mary Lou Brewer with Sy Shaffer and his Orchestra
My man (late 1958)

Note the 'Sonotape' sticker to the left as an assurance of quality.

 

SWB 201   Hermann Scherchen - Orchestre du Théatre National de l'Opera de Paris
Berlioz: Requiem (Grande Messe des Morts, Op 5), Vol 1 and 2 (late 58)

  

  

This massive joint recording project between Westminster, VOX and Vega took place in the Eglise Saint-Louis des Invalides,
Paris on April 7-9, 1958. R D Darrell's review from the January 1959 issue of High Fidelity Magazine to the right. The
labels actually read SWB 8033 and 8034 but the box catalog number was changed to match the Stereo LP release.

 

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