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
Hi-Fi
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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