Yes, Ormandy made acoustics--eight sides as a violinist, for the Cameo
label between 1923 and 1926. His first recordings as conductor were made for
Okeh in 1927.
As for his having made "more records than any other person," that's hard to
calculate. At one time, the Philadelphia Orchestra was certainly the
most-recorded orchestra in the world, but beyond that I can't say.
In a message dated 11/28/2012 12:56:00 P.M. Central Standard Time,
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On the back cover of RCA's first for-release digital recording, Bartok's
"Concerto For Orchestra" by
Ormandy/Philly, producer Jay David Saks wrote that Ormandy's recording
career "has spanned over half
a century -- from 78rpms, both acoustical and electrical, through mono and
stereo LPs to
quadrophonic ..." Is it true that Ormandy recorded acoustic 78's? Can
anyone provide details on his
Saks further describes Ormandy as "the man who has made more records than
any other person in
history." Is that true? More than Karajan? More than Dorati?
-- Tom Fine