"The Origin of Fire" was reissued by Varèse, and I've used a copy of their
LP to play in lectures about the Cincinnati Symphony/local recording history
before. I'd like a second opinion as the Varèse LP is ticky and I don't
recall their releasing it on CD. Their CDs are impossible to obtain at a
price these days, IMHO.
Varèse reissued "The Origin of Fire" from a master provided by Don Gabor
himself -- I hope that they didn't give it back!
David N. Lewis
On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 12:36 PM, Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Wasn't this reissued by Varese?
> Steve Smolian
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> Thank you! That was exactly what I needed to know. I will probably pick
> this up, as I really do need a good transfer of "The Origin of Fire," a
> landmark in Cincinnati based recording as you know.
> There is also this download of the original Urania tape, though as they
> can't spell "Hovhaness" I don't suspect I will follow up -- I'm not really
> in the download market anyway.
> The reason I asked is that I participate in a monthly "Vinyl Night" in
> Cincinnati and we often memorialize music folk that have passed in the
> short term. I figure there will be tons of Bowie at the upcoming night so I
> thought I'd be different and present on Boulez and Craft. Craft's "Ballet
> Mécanique" is hardly the crisp and disciplined affair that the earlier
> Surinach version for Columbia is, but it's still fun listening and the
> airplane sounds defy description. I wanted, though, to determine that there
> was not more of the piece on the tape than there is on the LP.
> For those who might care, a few things about Urania I stumbled upon in the
> course of looking up this question. Apparently the arrangement that Steve
> Smolian describes -- combining distribution with Haydn Society -- only
> lasted from April-November 1955; on November 12, Billboard announced the
> dissolution of their partial merger with "one of the principals" saying "It
> just didn't work out."
> That doesn't mean, of course, that they didn't try again later, as Steve
> suggests. However, it would've been without their president and founder
> Rudolf Koppl, who died October 15, 1956. I wonder how they managed to hang
> on so long; the best known thing about them is the notorious "Urania
> Eroica" which Wilhelm Furtwängler sued to suppress in 1954.
> Uncle Dave
> On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 12:15 AM, david gideon <
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> > In response to the question raised earlier, I don’t know if Urania
> > ever issued this on reel tape but Omega did. You can see a copy of the
> tape here:
> > http://www.omegatape.us/stereo2.html#6009 <
> > http://www.omegatape.us/stereo2.html#6009>
> > There is also an mp3 clip posted. Like the LP the Omegatape was
> > missing several minutes of music at the beginning. A unique feature of
> > this performance was the use of actual airplane sounds rather than
> > just the whirring propellors.
> > ReDiscovery reissued this tape as part of a 20th century CD, one of
> > the few titles that is not available as a download (due to the
> > prohibitive costs for licensing non-PD music for download; the rates
> > are much more reasonable for physical discs). It can be found here:
> > http://www.rediscovery.us/compilations.html <
> > http://www.rediscovery.us/compilations.html>
> > dg
> > Yesterday's music in today's sound.
> > http://rediscovery.us