Last time I looked, Pye was owned by Sanctuary Classics, for whom I produce transfers issued on the
Living Era label. I keep reminding them of treasures like the Boult Walton 2nd (which actually did
appear on CD for about 5 minutes, on a label called PRT..I think).
Most of the Mercury 10000 and 15000 series disappeared from the catalogue by the mid 50s when they were
pushing Hanson, Kubelik, Paray and Fennell in Living Presence.
Tom Fine wrote:
> Who put them out on CD? Did they revert back to the European original copyright owner? Mercury may
> have leased them for XX years or for US market only back in the day. I really don't know anything
> about those pre-original releases.
> There's still one more twist in the Mercury classical history. Some of the material original done by
> Mercury by arrangements with other companies reverted out of Philips hands after a certain amount of
> time. For instance, the Halle/Barbirolli recordings, which were owned by Pye and eventually EMI and
> were put out on CD from Pye's master tapes. Another example was the Ricordi opera recordings, which
> were put out on CD by EMI. Last I checked, most or all of the Halle recordings were no longer in
> print from EMI but some were on compilations put out by the Barbirolli Society. I do not know the
> status of the operas, which were originally put out by EMI in the late 1980s, but I suspect some or
> all are out of print now.
> -- Tom Fine
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> From: "Steven Smolian" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Sunday, July 09, 2006 5:39 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mercury co-founder Irving Green passes
> > The Ehrling Sibelius Symphonies are so good that I hunted them down on CD. It's still my favorite
> > 4th, the gritiest and, I think, along with Luonotar, the greatest of of his works.
> > Steve Smolian