I may be mis-remembering; but I think I recall David Hall telling me that
he'd obtained SPA materials for Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives.
At 04:05 PM 5/21/2004 -0400, you wrote:
> > I forget the fellow's name who owned SPA but he lived in Saratoga where I
> > visited him many years ago and asked about this performance in particular
> > and F. Charles in gerenral.
>His name is Norman Fox, and, AFAIK, he's still alive! I spoke to him via
>telephone two years ago in conjunction with a still-forthcoming collection
>of F. Charles Adler Bruckner recordings to be published on CD. Norman
>(assuming that he's still extant) still maintains his jewelry store located
>at the same address as SPA. Norman was as ornery as reputed from other
>sources, but gradually disclosed lots of good information. No, he doesn't
>have any master tapes. They all allegedly disappeared years ago while being
>transported from Columbia to RCA.
>I say "allegedly", because I managed to located a few of the master tapes at
>Iron Mountain: no Bruckner or Mahler, but they included some of the Antheil
>recordings issued a few years back on a CD set. The CD set was produced
>extraordinarily well from LP sources; still, it's a pity that the producers
>didn't know about the master tapes. As for the vital Mahler and Bruckner
>masters, they're still missing, but I bet they're misfiled at Iron Mountain
>or some similar vault.
>The Mahler 3rd on Chant du Monde as well as on Conifer was made from a
>safety tape copy of the master. It apparently was used for LP pressings made
>for the European market, and hence is, at present, the only Adler/Mahler/SPA
>recording with a tape source, albeit second-generation. The Chant du Monde
>release suffered from 50 Hz hum; the Conifer release was completely free of