Interesting investigation. There are lots of other examples of commercial
recordings released off-pitch, on LPs and CDs. Always astonishing, like
the people responsible for this don't know what a piano is?
I believe that Oistrakh recording was also released on Angel R2R tape. I
might have that somewhere and will look when I can.
I hope you will be able to post the outcome of this investigation.
On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 9:02 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> This from a friend ... if you can help please ping me off-list. [what we
> are trying to find out is if EMI ever released a correct-pitch version
> outside of the U.S.]
> D. OISTRAKH / SZELL CLEVELAND BRAHMS CONCERTO:
> UK EARLY PRESSING EMI LP DUB NEEDED
> A research investigation needs a dub of at least 10 minutes of Side A of a
> very early UK LP pressing of the David Oistrakh Brahms (violin-only)
> Concerto recorded in Cleveland in May 1969 with George Szell and The
> Cleveland Orchestra. The project was recorded for EMI by Capitol Records,
> and so the US LP release (Angel SFO-36033) is widely available in the US.
> What is needed is an early pressing of the UK release, meaning pressed
> before 1973 from one of the first three sets of metal parts. A
> recently-acquired EMI UK LP pressing with stamper number 4 for Side A and
> stamper number 5 for Side B turned out already to have the speed error
> (1.5% fast and sharp) that is a problem with every digital release of this
> recording investigated so far. The dub need not be high-resolution; MP3
> should be adequate. Thanks.
> -- Tom Fine