David Mellor - Sunday 18 January 2015, 7pm

David revisits the wonderful world of Phase 4 Stereo and the great performances it captured.

On this week's show, David Mellor makes a welcome return to a recently issued box set which celebrates the pioneering recording technique known as Phase 4 Stereo, developed in the 1960s.  

If you like your musicians to sound like they are up close and personal, then these are the recordings for you.  

There will be thrilling recordings of works by Beethoven, Wagner and Carl Orff as David showcases a piece of recent classical history, dipping into this revolutionary method of recording.

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