AHA! Thanks. I found the Monteux right there on the "Age Of Living Stereo" tribute to Jack Pfeiffer
Listening right now, it's not bad, I think it's more realistic sounding than Cook, for example. Lots
of wow and flutter, must have been the RCA tape machine. Not bad, though. Great that a lengthy (5+
minutes) excerpt was included on the CD.
Was "Damnation of Faust" recorded with the intent of commercial release (as opposed to an experiment
like the Monteux and Toscanini recordings)? If so, is it correct that it is the first for-release
stereo recording by RCA?
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Jon Samuels" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012 7:13 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] early stereophony
The first RCA binaural experimental recordings that I have found paperwork for were conducted by
Leopold Stokowski, recorded in October, 1953. The tapes were not assigned numbers, and have not been
located. The earliest surviving binaural tapes that I've found were conducted by Pierre Monteux,
recorded in December, 1953.
--- On Mon, 9/24/12, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [ARSCLIST] early stereophony
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Date: Monday, September 24, 2012, 6:01 PM
Going from the liner notes on various commercial issues plus online stuff, I've arrived at this
list. Comments most welcome and appreciated.
1. Bell Labs/Stokowski - 1932
2. EMI/Blumlein - 1934
3. Bert Whyte/Magnecorder -- 1952
4. Emory Cook -- 1952
5. RCA -- 1954 (earliest experimental recordings no longer exist, first commercial stereo recordings
made in 1954)
6. Decca -- 1954
7. Teldec -- 1954
8. Mercury -- 1955 (experiments started as early as 1952 but no tapes exist pre-1955)
9. what about Livingston with the hotel polka bands, was that 1954 or even 1953?
10. what about Sound In The Round, 1955?
Thanks again for comments/clarifications/facts.
-- Tom Fine