These 2 incredible recordings were released as a set as part of RCA's "The Power Of" Series in 1963. It is extremely rare to ever find them offered together and much rarer yet to find both records in NM to Mint condition as these 2 are. Below are detailed descriptions and reviews of each of these incredible sounding masterpieces.
'The Power of the Orchestra"
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
A Night On Bare Mountain
Pictures At An Exhibition
RCA 'Shaded Dog' 1S/7S (most desireable pressing!) 1963.
From the WFMT Chicago Collection.
"This legendary record was issued as part of a package with another LP entitled "The Power of the Organ. While that LP has faded into obscurity, the former has been a sensation since it was released in 1963 as part of RCA Victor's Living Stereo classical series. Although it bears the famous "Nipper" logo, this is actually a Decca production produced for RCA by Charles Gerhardt, and engineered by Kenneth Wilkinson, who is the man behind the sound of the top rated Decca recordings. Perhaps because it "Power of the Orchestra" was issued only as part of this special package, it didn't remain in print for very long.
If you are a fan of Moussorgsky-Ravel's "Pictures at an Exhibition" or "Night on Bald Mountain" you simply shouldn't be without this record! It's virtues have placed it in HP's "Top 12 Best Sounding LPs of All Time", as well as earning a 10+ from J. Mitchell, author of "The RCA Bible". Does it live up to all the hype? Yes, and then some!
As far as I know, there are three stamper variations and all are shaded dogs pressed in Indianapolis, the 1S/1S, 1S/7S and 5S/5S. all are from the A1 mother. At any rate, according to an article published in The Absolute Sound, longtime collector and RCA expert Carol Kessler states that the 1S/7S is the pressing to own." - Scott Wilson/Listening Notes.
Listed under The Absolute Sound's "Top 12 Best Sounding LPs of All Time"
The record is Mint-.
The jacket is VG-.
The LP plays/sounds Mint++.
An astounding LP! This original blows away the Chesky re-make completely! The sound is open, dynamic, powerfull and spatial. It has the detail, tonal qualities and dynamic range found more typically on the best Mercury "Living Presence" recordings.
The soundstage is immense - very wide and very deep. The instrumental details are incredible - Brass has "bite", Strings are sweet, Bass is deep and the high's are transparent - all with "air" and presence about them.
This is truly an awesome pressing - one that you are not likely to find again for quite some time.
This LP is virtually perfect! 3 or 4 'ticks/pops' and anything else so faint that you must listen very very hard to hear.
"The Power Of The Organ"
Robert Owen Organist
- Bach Toccata & Fugue in D minor
- Liszt Prelude & Fugue on B-A-C-H
- Widor Toccata from Symphoy 5
- Reger Benedictus
- Alain Litanies
RCA 'Shaded Dog'4S/6S 1963.
"As part of RCA's "The Power of" Living Stereo LP series came this recording with organist, Robert Owen, giving us an incredible display of his talent at the Christ Church Organ in Bronxville, New York. Recordings of Robert Owen are "off the map" these days". - Organ Loft Collection.
The record is NM+.
The jacket is VG++.
The LP plays/sounds Mint.
Fantastic sound quality. This recording captures the ambience and acoustics of the Hall extremely realistically. The sound is natural, powerful and detailed. As impressive, in it's own right, as 'Power of the Orchestra'.
An opportunity like this will not likely come again for a very long time - if at all.
Each record is washed on a VPI cleaning machine using a proprietary 3-5 agent process which is determined by the needs of the individual record. Each record is then listened to 100% to insure that the posted description is exactly what you can expect to get.
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