|01||From Ffrr To Lp||20041107|
In the first of four programmes, Humphrey Burton traces the technological developments from Full Frequency Range Recording to the long playing record, with contributions from the producers and engineers, The Decca Boys.
|02||From Mono To Stereo||20041114|
Humphrey Burton continues the story of the back-room boys at the Decca Record Company during the heady days of the 50's when experimental techinques of recording in stereo allowed for "stage movement" in opera recordings.
The singers jostled for the best mike positions and one diva was heard to complain bitterly that the other had "pooshed" her out of the way.
With the coming of stereo long playing records, the dream of recording Wagner's Ring cycle was now a practical reality.
But the technique of recording in stereo had to be polished and the entire operatic catalogue developed virtually from scratch.
Taking the year 1958, Humphrey Burton traces several key opera recordings: Verdi's La Forza del Destino, Puccini's Fanciulla del West, Britten's Peter Grimes and at long last Wagner's Das Rheingold.
|04 LAST||The Ring Achieved||20041128|
Decca's project of recording Wagner's Ring cycle hung fire for several years in the early 1960s because of a world shortage of heroic tenors.
Meanwhile the Decca Boys were coping with Herbert von Karajan and recording Britten's War Requiem.
The Ring cycle finally got back on track in 1962.
Humphrey Burton ends with examples of the technical wizardry the Decca Boys used in the final music drama of the Ring, Götterdämmerung.