Rodgers: Victory At Sea - Symphonic Suite - First Recording (1954)
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KHCD-ST003DL (MONO) - Rodgers: Victory At Sea - Symphonic Suite - First Recording (1954) - Members of the NBC Symphony/Robert Russell Bennett - Most LP collectors are familiar with the three-volume RCA stereo recordings of music from the award-winning 1952 epic 26 half-hour episode television documentary "Victory at Sea". This 1954 mono recording, restored from a near-mint LP, was the first taping of the nine-movement symphonic suite. It was recorded at Rockefeller Center Theatre with members of the legendary NBC Symphony. There are telling differences between the stereo performances and this well-recorded mono transcription; perhaps more attention to inner voices, tempi a bit quicker, tighter ensemble. This is a recording well worth preserving, with music by a truly immortal American composer.