Library of Congress Adds 50 Recordings to National Registry

Classic Arts News   Library of Congress Adds 50 Recordings to National Registry
The Library of Congress has selected 50 "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" recordings for its National Recording Registry, the library announced.

The registry, created by an act of Congress in 2000, is dominated by musical recordings, but it also includes other sounds, such as speeches and sounds from the natural world. Recordings must be at least 10 years old to qualify for addition.

This year's list includes jazz, classical, folk, country, gospel, and pop recordings, as well as such miscellany as astronaut Neil Armstrong's 1969 broadcast from the moon and noises made by Asian elephants.

Among the jazz recordings added to the registry are Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'," Coleman Hawkin's "Body and Soul," Glenn Miller's "In the Mood," John Coltrane's "Giant Steps," and a recording of "The Girl from Ipanema" by Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, Joê£o Gilberto, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Classical recordings include a 1929 record of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto, performed by the composer and the Philadelphia Orchestra; a Boston Symphony performance of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf; an NBC Symphony Orchestra performance of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, conducted by Artuto Toscanini with Vladimir Horowitz as soloist; and a recording of the original cast of Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts.

The Library of Congress separately announced that it had uncovered a previously unknown recording of pianist Thelonious Monk and saxophonist John Coltrane performing at Carnegie Hall, according to the Associated Press. The 55-minute tape was made by the Voice of America network in 1957.

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