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Re: Westminster record label

From:

David Lewis <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:05:43 -0500

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Westminster started out as an indie, and was picked up around 1960 by
Am-Par, continuing as sort of Am-Par's classical line until 1965, when
recording stopped; concurrently Am-Par dropped the "Paramount" from their
name and became ABC Records. Westminster always had some hand in licensing
from Euro labels, and this practice continued in the later series,
accounting for some Westminsters unique to that series. Otherwise,
practically the whole Westminster classical back catalog was reissued
within the LP era.

ABC Records -- the former Am-Par -- went bust in 1979 and was bought out by
MCA Records, which later became Universal or UNI. The MCA Classics line
came along very early in the compact disc era; I remember having to cut
copies of "The Play of Herod" out of the longboxes in order to put them in
a "safer" at the Virgin Megastore. The bulk of that program was devoted to
reissues from Decca Gold Label. But there were a few Westminsters in that
batch; some Scherchen recordings and I had one of Busoni's "Indian Fantasy"
played by Marjorie Mitchell. DG came into equation with the Seagram's
merger of Universal with Polygram in 1999, bringing DG and the Westminster
legacy under the same roof. Decca Gold Label, incidentally, released some
DG recordings in the US in the 50s and early 60s.

I have to credit DG with not sitting on the viability of that product. The
first DG reissues came along just a few months after the merger. I think
they started out with six; now it's up to 33 titles, certainly more than
MCA Classics exploited.

David N. Lewis
Lebanon, OH

On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 8:11 PM, [Richard A Kaplan] <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> I should have mentioned that these titles and other Westminsters, like the
> Barylli Quartet's Beethoven, are now available (in some countries--I found
> them  at HMV Japan) on "Westminster--The Legacy" from DG. So, there's the
> Universal  connection, too.
>
>
> In a message dated 1/17/2012 7:07:03 P.M. Central Standard Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
>
> Some  late Westminster recordings were issued on CD by "MCA Classics":
> e.g.,
> Monteux's recordings of the Beethoven 9th and Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet.
> So,  the acquisition of Westminster's catalogue by MCA makes  sense.
>
> Rich
>
>
> In a message dated 1/17/2012 6:49:31 P.M.  Central Standard Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
>
> I do  not  recall Westminster being connected to MCA/Decca in any way, but
> it
> has been  a long time.....
>
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>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded  Sound  Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of  Steven  Smolian
> Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:05 PM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Westminster record   label
>
>
> The MCA Westminster was, as I recall, issued on U.S.   Decca.
>
> Steve Smolian
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From:   Association for Recorded Sound Discussion   List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Thomas  Stern
> Sent:  Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6:08 PM
> To:  [log in to unmask]
> Subject:  [ARSCLIST] Westminster record  label
>
> I recently saw two  "Westminster" releases in series I have  not seen
> before
> (or don't  remember).
> Can anyone provide some  background on them, when they  were active, how
> extensive was the  catalog, new recordings or reissues,  etc.
> The labels are WESTMINSTER  ABC, and MCA WESTMINSTER.
> I am aware of the two-tone orange cover series -  these are NOT  that
> series.
>
> The Westminster ABC release appears  to have been  available in mono and
> stereo, carries catalog numbers  XWN/WST 17135 Norman  Treigle - arias,
> recorded June 1967.
>
> The  MCA Westminster release MCA  1401  Walton: Facade, Gingold,  Oberlin.
> Copyright  1980.
>
> Thanks!
> Best wishes,   Thomas.
>

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