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Re: Fwd: [ARSCLIST] Fwd: [ARSCLIST] Westminster record label

From:

"L. Hunter Kevil" <[log in to unmask]>

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

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Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:05:11 -0600

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Hi Don,

mea culpa - you caught my mistake. I had indeed confused Westminster with
Everest. I just remembered Bert Whyte's contributions to Audio magazine and
wondered how much responsibility he had for Everest recordings.

Hunter

On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM, Don Tait ([log in to unmask]) <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thanks, Tom. I remembered some articles in Classic Record Collector  that
> would have had all the details I didn't about Westminster but had no
> information. You've supplied it. Thanks again, and I'm happy to know
>  better.
>
>  Don Tait
> Hi Don:
>
> See the articles in Classic Record Collector by Lonn Henrichsen and David
> Patmore. Bert Whyte "engineered" few Everest recordings, although it
> appears he often oversaw the mic setup and had some control over some
> sessions. Joe Kane and Aaron Nathanson were the main engineers at Everest,
> as in the men who actually operated the recording equipment.
>
> -- Tom Fine
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Don Tait ([log in to unmask])" <
> [log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 2:10 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Fwd: [ARSCLIST] Westminster record label
>
>
>  Regarding Bert Whyte, you might be thinking of Everest. He  engineered a
>> significant number of their recordings, at least the American-made  ones.
>> Especially Stokowski. If Whyte engineered for Westminster, others might
>>  well
>> have details.
>>
>>  Many Westminster recordings were engineered by Kurt List, including  ones
>> made in London with Boult and perhaps others. Westminster issued excerpts
>> from the rehearsal for Boult's circa 1956 recording of Britten's Young
>> Person's  Guide to the Orchestra on one side of an LP. I recall some of it
>> consisting  of List's comments about intonation and balance rather than
>> of Boult's
>> rehearsing and thinking that List sounded rather full of himself. But then
>> it's  been a long time since I played the record.
>>
>>  Incidentally, List got his come-uppance from Pierre Monteux during  the
>> published excerpts of Monteux's rehearsals for the Westminster recording
>> of
>> the Beethoven 9th. It was a side of the original two-LP set. Unlike Boult,
>> Monteux would not remain silent with List. At one point List asked that
>> something be repeated just to check recording balances and said (meaning
>> the
>> performance, since it wasn't to be a take) "it doesn't have to be as
>> good."
>> Instantly Monteux said "what do you mean? It must be bett-air!" List might
>> have  produced the rehearsal recording; if so, it's to his credit that he
>> included the  exchange.
>>
>>  Don Tait
>>
>
>
> ------------------------------**------------------------------**
> --------------------
>
>
>  Nice thread here, particularly the references to Walter Barylli.  - I
>> wonder if my memory that most or all of the Westminster recordings were
>> made by Bert Whyte is correct?
>>
>> L. H. Kevil
>> Univ. of Missouri
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM, Clark Johnsen <[log in to unmask]
>> >wrote:
>>
>>  I'll confirm that report. In addition I have some similarly-liveried
>>> Barylli Quartet, Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet etc. Westminster CDs. And
>>> they
>>> sound quite good, by the way, once the CD problem is overcome.
>>>
>>> clark
>>>
>>> On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 8:03 PM, [Richard A Kaplan] <[log in to unmask]
>>> >wrote:
>>>
>>> > 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.....
>>> >
>>> > Your search for sound & video ends here!
>>> > Jay  Sonin, General Manager
>>> > Music Hunter Distributing Company
>>> > 4880 North  Citation Drive, Suite # 101
>>> > Delray Beach, Florida  33445-6552
>>> > [log in to unmask]
>>> > 561-450-7152
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > -----Original Message-----
>>> > From: Association for Recorded Sound  Discussion List
>>> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]**GOV <[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]**GOV <[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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