Now that I have my 65-66 MK export catalog at hand, this recording of
Medtner himself is not listed, but there is a Soviet recording of the
3rd listed by T. Nikolayeva with Svetlanov and the Moscow Radio
Opera-Symphony Orch on D 09321-2 mono and C 0229-30 stereo. There also
is a Soviet recording of the 2nd concerto by A. Shalskes with Svetlanov
and the USSR State Sym Orch on D 05080-1. Not having the Medtner
recording listed for export probably is a good indication that it is the
British recording (or they replaced the murky one with a new one.)
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
Don Cox wrote:
> On 20/12/2008, Punto wrote:
>> Apologies for the discographic question, but I have exhausted my other
>> resources at hand.
>> I have in hand an LP that is of Soviet origin, but not Melodiya/MK or
>> anything that I have seen previously. The acronym of the label name
>> appears to be something along the lines of BCT (with the "t" looking
>> more like a gibbet). The catalog number is 06501/06502. I have been
>> able to decipher that it is Medtner playing his Piano Concerto no. 3,
>> but I can't convince myself that the rest stands for "Philharmonia
>> Orchestra conducted by Issay Dobrowen", which is the only version that
>> I have turned up elsewhere.
>> Anyone out there (Mike Biel, maybe?) that can tell me what I've got.
>> If this it indeed a Russian pressing of the Abbey Road Philharmonia
>> recording, it has done a pretty good job of overlaying it with a layer
>> of acoustic sludge/fudge.
> As Medtner settled in Britain in 1936, and composed his 3rd concerto in
> the early 1940s, the recording must have been made in Britain.
> Perhaps it is from a poor tape copy of the usual recording?