I agree that Karajan would be a tight race but I would have no problem believing that Ormandy out-recorded Dorati. I have seen early 78s, I think on the Cameo label, with more popular fare led by Ormandy; they may have been acoustic but I'm not sure.
> From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
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>Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:37:02 PM
>Subject: [ARSCLIST] truth or myth -- RCA claims about first digital recording
>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 earliest recordings?
>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