Decca/London introduced Phase 4 Stereo in 1961. For classical music, the Phase 4 approach was based on miking every orchestra section individually, along with mics for selected instruments – up to a maximum of 20 channels, which were then mixed via a recording console. This resulted in a dynamic, in your face sound with relatively little hall ambience. The quality of the sound mostly depended on how skillfully the recording engineer balanced each channel – and the results were not always consistent.
Another compilation of the author, composer, arranger and German director Werner Müller (Berlin, 1920-98) and his orchestra, published in Australia in 1971 bringing together a wide selection of items registered with the Decca Phase 4 Stereo. In this LP gather 12 of them, with a repertoire ranging from classics to Latin themes, through movie music. Unique personal quality and orchestration arrangements under the baton of Werner Müller.
Album with a compilation of 14 songs selected from the recordings of the last 7 albums released between 1969 and 1973 by the pianist, arranger, composer and British director Ronald F. Ronnie Aldrich (1916-1993), accompanied here by the 'London Festival Orchestra'. The repertoire, recorded with the sound, thoroughness and balance of instrumental arrangements by Aldrich, integrates themes of the most famous internationally in those years. It is a good session of easy listening music by the virtuous pianist Ronnie Aldrich.
A look back at a selection of investigations from the Food Unwrapped casebook. Jimmy Doherty asks why so much bacon in supermarkets is Danish, and learns how mites are used to make some traditionally matured cheese.