The first ever vinyl LP ever pressed, a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e minor by the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York (1948), has been recreated to celebrate seven decades of the format, according to Belfast Telegraph.
“The original master tapes and artwork from the 1948 release have been used in the recreation of the record, which was first revealed to the world by former Columbia Records president Goddard Lieberson.
The album features the playing of violinist Nathan Milstein and the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York, conducted by Maestro Bruno Walter.”
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first ever 33rpm vinyl LP, Columbia’s parent company Sony have pressed a limited run of 500 copies, using the original master recording as well as the original sleeve design. The album was given away for free at select HMV stores in the UK Saturday 16th June, the exact day of its first release seven decades ago.
A pressing of the historic LP was also donated to the British Library Sound Archive.