Just saw one with Larry Adler on Ebay in Sweden.
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[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Haley
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:42 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Ford Sunday Evening Hour broadcasts
Hi, Don. I have several Reiner ones, but there are many more by other
conductors. You know where bits and pieces turn up--vocal selections on
Eddie Smith vocal records. At some point, copies of these broadcasts
existed, because Smith got access to a lot of them to raid them for vocal
records focusing on particular singers. Pretty hard to find them now, tho.
If anybody has a collection of them, I sure would love to know about it.
On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM, Don Tait ([log in to unmask]) <
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> I have tapes or private CD-Rs of some of those broadcasts. From circa
> 1941/2. Each 30 minutes. All I have are conducted by Fritz Reiner, who
> presumably took the train up from Pittsburgh for the gig. I got the
> recordings from fellow Reiner collectors and have no idea who might
> have conducted other programs. As one might expect, the selections are
> short and the musical gruel is pretty thin. The "theme music" for
> each program is the French horn "bedtime" music from Hansel und
> I do not remember whether the announcer(s) said from where the
> broadcasts originated. Sorry.
> Don Tait
> In a message dated 3/18/2014 3:38:10 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> Starting in 1934 and continuing for a number of years thereafter, the
> Detroit Symphony appeared on a radio program, the Ford Symphony Hour.
> of the most distinguished conductors of that time regularly guested
> on this show, which also featured big name soloists. Preserved
> broadcasts show that the orchestra was an excellent one during this
> period, and the acoustics audible on these recordings sound OK, with
> a touch of nice hall ambiance. A number of these broadcasts are
> sought after by collectors. I don't know where these shows were
> recorded, but I assume they predate the Ford Auditorium referred to
> John Haley
> On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 3:57 PM, Leo Gillis <[log in to unmask]>
> > Hi Tom,
> > I must second that statement.
> > The Ford Auditorium had one of the worst acoustics it has ever been
> > my (dis)pleasure to experience.
> > No real music lover was saddened at the news of its demolition a
> > couple years ago.
> > I used to joke that the best sounding concert I ever attended there
> > was Marcel Marceau :-)
> > Meanwhile, a couple miles away on Woodward is the magnificent
> > Orchestra Hall, which has one of the best acoustics of any hall
> > anywhere, and it was built in a matter of 5 months - probably not
> > to any 'scientific' principles!
> > In between these two extremes, the excellent auditorium (and entire
> > building)
> > of Cass Technical High School is now demolished.
> > Perhaps you have some info on the recording session for Berlioz'
> > Symphonie Fantastique that Paul Paray and the DSO did there for
> > Despite my hometown bias, this is still one of my favorite versions
> > of that work.
> > -- Leo Gillis
> > --------------------------------------------
> > On Tue, 3/18/14, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Old Mercury recording venue gets a rebuild
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 7:11 PM
> > ...
> > As bad as Northrop was as a recording venue, the absolute worst
> > was the Edsel Ford Auditorium in Detroit. This was another
> > "modern" venue designed by "science." It was almost unusable for
> > stereo recording and barely usable for mono recording. Mercury
> > ended up using the old orchestra hall, then called the Paradise
> > Theatre and used at other times by a local evangelical church.
> > Then Cass Technical High School's wonderful auditorium was
> > "discovered," just in time for 35mm recording and improved stereo
> > cutting.
> > -- Tom Fine