Mercury Living Presence

Ever since the NY Times critic Howard Taubman described the recording of
Mercury's first classical release in 1951 [Mussorgsky's Pictures At An
Exhibition performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra] as sounding like
being in the very "living presence" of the Orchestra, the label has
enjoyed a special reputation among audiophiles for the highest quality
classical recordings. With 'Living Presence' the distinguished slogan,
Stereo Hi-Fidelity 'FR'-press platters are the most sought after on the
collectors market. Particular standouts for audio we've added in the
last few days are the Fiesta In
LPs, as featured in The Absolute Sound magazine's acclaimed
recommendations list, and Appalachian

Spring & Billy The Kid, mastered from 35mm film with outstanding
sonic results.

It took accomplished musicians, the best conductors in the business and
a dedicated team of audio experts such as Wilma Cozart Fine to make the
Living Presence series a success. Further insight into the recording
techniques and history of this prestigious label is available at Sound Foundation.

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