On 22/06/2012, Jon Samuels wrote:
> The earliest tape I could find in the RCA vaults was from 1949. Seth
> Winner once told me that he found a Toscanini concert recorded on tape
> by RCA in 1948, which is certainly possible (the musician's strike of
> 1948 meant there are almost no RCA commercial recordings from that
> year). I found tapes for all the 1949 RCA Red Seal sessions I
> remastered (Heifetz, Horowitz, Kapell, Rubinstein, Monteux, Stokowski,
> Toscanini, etc.), except one. I'm pretty certain that the
> Kapell/Dorati/DallasSO Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 session of
> January 7, 1949 was recorded only on wax and lacquer, not tape, but
> that could be due to the fact that it was recorded in Dallas, TX, or
> perhaps because it was done so early in 1949. As an additional caveat,
> there are some 1949 and 1950 RCA classical recordings that today exist
> only on metal, but other recordings from those sessions exist on tape.
At that early period, would you say (having presumably listened to both)
that the tape had better or worse sound than the discs?
I have seen it suggested that Heifetz sounded better on disc than on
tape. (At least, in the early 50s).
> I never found any paperwork that discussed the switchover from wax to
> tape at RCA, nor whether some metals were dubs of tape or simultaneous
> recordings. I do know that EMI started simultaneous recording with
> tape in October 1948, and that they eventually switched over to
> dubbing 78 metals from those sessions tapes.
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