Everest Records was a stereophonic record label based in Bayside, Long Island started by Harry D. Belock and Bert Whyte in May 1958. Everest’s recording philosophy was to make minimally-miked three-channel recordings using the same 35 mm film recorders everywhere.
They engaged the services of several major conductors, including Adrian Boult, Josef Krips, Eugène Aynsley Goossens, Malcolm Sargent, and Leopold Stokowski. In England, Everest recorded the London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra at Walthamstow Assembly Hall. The world premiere recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 9 in E minor was made by Everest at Walthamstow on the morning of the composer's death, August 26, 1958. The composer planned to attend the Everest sessions just as he had attended the earlier Decca sessions for the first eight symphonies. As before, Adrian Boult conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, but this time he began by recording a tribute to the composer. Everest also recorded several composers conducting their own work, including Malcolm Arnold, Carlos Chavez, Aaron Copland, Morton Gould, Ferde Grofé, and Heitor Villa Lobos.
Everest prospered for only a few years and since their demise some of their recordings have been re-issued on various pirate labels, but it is very welcome to have the label back. The first 15 are appearing in May 2008 with a second batch due to follow in the summer.
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