Mastered for iTunes
Delivering digital music the way it was intended.
The London Symphony Orchestra's LSO Live label is thrilled to present their albums mastered specifically with iTunes in mind, delivering the music to listeners exactly the way the artists and recording engineers intended. The live albums include Valery Gergiev’s recording of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Sir Colin Davis conducting Holst's The Planets, Bernard Haitink's acclaimed Beethoven Symphony Cycle and some of the best known titles in the LSO Live catalogue. These new recordings, mastered for iTunes, use high-resolution sourced audio to provide fans with an incredibly rich listening experience.
James Mallinson, LSO Live's Producer states, "Mastered for iTunes is a clever way to use modern production techniques and technology to improve the experience for listeners. Bypassing the inadequacies of CD-quality masters and focusing on the way people listen to music today allows us to produce recordings which are far more natural”.
The pursuit of the best sound quality has always been as important to LSO Live as reaching wider audiences. The label's recordings are made over several live performances using the very latest technology. They are then edited together to produce masters that combine the refinement of studio recordings with the vitality and excitement of live music making. Mastered for iTunes lets music retain more of the dynamic range and energy of live performance, together with the transparency of modern high-resolution recording.
LSO Live was the first classical label to make its entire catalogue available on iTunes. The label, which was launched in 2000 and is wholly owned by the London Symphony Orchestra, also releases new recordings in the Super Audio CD format. LSO Live records extensively with the LSO’s Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev as well as Sir Colin Davis and Bernard Haitink. It won its first Grammy Awards in 2002 and has since collected numerous international prizes including Gramophone Awards, Classical Brits and BBC Music Magazine Awards.
LSO Live also manages the Mariinsky label, which releases recordings from the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg (formerly known as the Kirov). Mariinsky recordings will also be made available as Mastered for iTunes.