Record Labels

Record-Labels-Arturo-Toscanini

Record Labels – The following is a list of the different labels that have produced CDs that are in my collection. The number in brackets represents the number of CD discs or sets I have from the company.

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Sources of “official” recordings

These are the recordings Toscanini approved for release by the license holders.

RCA – SONY Site
RCA Gold Seal (GS) “Arturo Toscanini Collection” (71) – This is probably the best quality that we will see for most of this material. In a few cases, the sound on earlier LP releases is still superior (if you can still remember how to make your brain filter out LP defects).

RCA Red Seal (RS) “The Immortal” (12) – Advertised as a UV22 SuperCD Encoding from original sources whenever possible. A decade of new technology since the Gold Seal release was suppose to make “more musical and accurate remasterings.” The actual transfers from the masters may have in fact been more musical and accurate, but what was pressed to the CDs is something entirely different. What my ears hear is mild fake stereo and reverb with some additional noise suppression that has filtered the highs and removed the detail from strings. I don’t want to give the impression that these transfers are bad or unlistenable. Some of the earlier releases tended to be somewhat bright and if your sound system has some upper end emphasis, which is not uncommon, then you may actually prefer the new releases. This is just a return to the old RCA philosophy that for historic monaural releases to sell, the general public will prefer them with reverb and fake stereo and will not tolerate any residual hiss or noise. Whether they are “musical” is a matter of personal taste, but they are not “accurate”.

The opening of Beethoven’s 9th on Gold Seal “Arturo Toscanini Collection”