I suppose it would be a matter of what is a symphony orchestra. I
have a berliner with an orchestra accompanying a singer. It seems to
be earlier than other very early berliners I have of the same singer
with piano accompaniment. The extremely uneven pitch is suggestive of
it being hand cranked. I've no date for it so think of it as 'turn of
the century'. I've recordings of the Berlin Philharmonic made in 1909
which are referred to as the first serious symphonic recordings.
Perhaps they are not.
On Jun 23, 2009, at 2:18 PM, Dave Lewis wrote:
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> I am reviewing a 2-disc set of historical recordings by the Orchestre
> Colonne which states that this body was "the first symphony
> orchestra in
> the world to make a real series of classical recordings." Included are
> some Pathe recordings of the Colonne, under its founder, made in
> That's pretty early; I realize the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra was
> recorded, not well and mostly without their knowledge, by Lionel
> Mapleson in 1901-04. But apart from that, was there a full-fledged
> symphony orchestra in the world that committed itself to making
> commercial recordings than the Colonne? Is everyone comfortable with
> that milestone, or are there exceptions? What say ye?
> Uncle Dave Lewis
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