Another near-miss in the acoustic-to-digital sweepstakes would be
(Sir) Adrian Boult (8 April 1889 – 22 February 1983).
On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 3:24 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Stokowksi just missed going from acoustic to digital. One thing that kind of
> surprised me is that Denon did not approach him in the 70's, but he might
> have been out of their reach and thus off their radar. Its seems like Stoki
> would have loved making the first for-release digital recording of a
> symphony orchestra. Then again, Stoki might not have wanted anything to do
> with some of Denon's stranger recording methods in their early digital days,
> including putting an orchestra in an anecholic chamber and then creating a
> completely synthetic "air and space" using primative DSP.
> -- Tom Fine
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] truth or myth -- RCA claims about first digital
> Ormandy made acoustical records as a solo violinist. Some appeared on the
> Lincoln and (possibly) Cameo and Okeh labels. Somewhere I have the web
> address for a discography of Ormandy as a violinist, but I can't locate it
> now. Perhaps someone else here will post it. There were 1920s electrical
> records as a violinist too, plus electrical ones with "Dr. Eugene Ormandy's
> Salon Orchestra" featuring such titles as the "Let's Go To Bed Waltz."
> Incidentally, Arthur Fiedler also recorded from acoustical to digital,
> again beginning as an instrumentalist. He was a violinist in the Boston
> Symphony when they made their Victor records with Karl Muck in Camden in the
> summer of 1917. I found out because in 1961 I asked Fiedler if he was one of
> the musicians who played in them. In his usual brusque way he replied "yes,
> I did. It was HOT. Muck was b--chy!"
> Don Tait
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: [ARSCLIST] truth or myth -- RCA claims about first digital
> 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
> "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
> other person in
> history." Is that true? More than Karajan? More than Dorati?
> -- Tom Fine