This new collection of 55 CDs from the acclaimed Mercury Living Presence label offers a wealth of recordings from the 1950s and 1960s in an unrivalled range of repertory from solo Bach played by harpsichordist Rafael Puyana and American composer and conductor Howard Hanson in his own works as well as music by fellow-Americans, and Antal Dorati in works ranging from Beethoven to Bartok and Berg. Frederick Fennell, Rafael Kubelik, Paul Paray and Janos Starker are among the other key artists in the set.
An extensive 182 page booklet includes essays on the history and development of the Mercury label by Thomas Fine and Mike Gray. Numerous photographs are included and full recording information is documented.
Two bonus CDs of true rarities are included: Dorati’s 1953 mono recording of The Rite of Spring; and making its first-ever appearance on CD is John Corigliano’s Piano Concerto. The CD also includes a rare 16 minute interview with Corigliano and pianist Hilde Somer.
To accompany the 55CD set we have a specially-selected Spotify playlist "The Sound of Mercury Living Presence" which is an amazing 100-track overview of some of the best music in this new set. The Sound of Mercury Living Presence