Here's an even more esoteric question.I remember reading somewhere,that as a student,Fiedler would spend his summers touring with the orchesta of Johann Strauss III.Strauss made a number of records.The ones I have are on Columbia (electrical),and Parlophone(acoustical).Does anyone know if the young Fiedler recorded with this orchestra ?
Don Tait <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Thanks and congratulations to Steve Smolian for his article about this in
the new Classic Record Collector. His comment in his message about it to the
list is correct -- it does indeed rewrite the history of the earliest days of
orchestral recording in the USA. The information about the reported cylinders
from 1888 is exciting and, to me at least, revelatory. I look forward to part
In his article Steve quotes Arthur Fiedler's description of the setup for
the BSO sessions with Muck for Victor in October 1917. May I add something
minor? I met Fiedler in 1961 and asked him whether he had played in the orchestra
for those sessions. I didn't know, but knew he'd been a member of the
orchestra then. He responded in his typically brief, gruff way "Yes. It was hot! Muck
was bi---y!!" (I've read that the Camden/Philadelphia area was in the midst of
a heat wave at the time.)
Which also means, tangentially, that Fiedler could be counted among the
musicians who recorded in one way or another from the acoustical through digital
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