Funny you should bring up the Murray Hill LP Caruso set, Thomas. Several
of us have had a recent discussion of a new CD box set "reissue" by Bayer,
a German concern, of an earlier Bayer set from about 25 years ago, that was
one of the worst historical CD sets ever made. It was derived from the
Murray Hill Caruso LPs, pushed thru No-Noise with disastrous results. Here
is Gary Galo's 1990 review in the ARSC Journal:
And it has had other negative press. Ironically, the new set sells for
about double the cost of the best complete Caruso set on Naxos, based on
Ward Marston's transfers.
On Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 8:24 PM, Thomas Stern <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Dennis,
> Interesting to know that Mendelssohn produced the Caruso set. IIRC, I
> tried to obtain a copy, but RCA had suppressed it. It was
> my belief that the set was a reprint of the OLYMPIC?? discs issued in
> England (is that true, or was it a different transfer-if so who
> did the engineering, was it any good????), but included extensive booklet
> of notes. I think the
> booklet showed up on some cut-out book lists. Rarely does the set appear
> on auction. Can't be of much interest with the many CD reissues
> of Caruso.
> Any idea how many of the Murray Hill sets actually got into circulation
> before being suppressed??
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> In reply to Dave Lewis,
> "Ovation" was not a high-budget project. I was producing the Minnesota
> Orchestra broadcasts in those days and also producing session recordings by
> them for Vox Productions, the proprietor of which, George H. de
> Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, was also responsible for the Caruso issue on Murray
> Hill Lps, the subject of many recent posts. As I recall, he offered to
> supply pressings of *Petrouchka* as a promotional gesture. The first disc,
> therefore, consisted of earlier MSO recordings as Dave notes. They were all
> transferred by me and the tape masters were cut and pressed by Vox, if
> memory serves. They were the first historical recordings of the MSO to be
> reissued. While I repent of the quality of some of the cuts on that disc, I
> am gratified that I was able to offer far better reissue quality on the
> Minnesota Orchestra's Centennial CD Collection, which I produced in 2002.
> Leibowitz's *Gurrelieder* is one of the best of the recordings of that
> work but its Vox reissue was not covered in sonic glory. Although the
> catalogue now has plenty of issues of it, it took several decades before
> another creditable recorded performance came along.
> On Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 4:46 AM, David Lewis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > I have here a set which my late friend Jud Yalkut was very proud to
> > own and never expected to find myself: Haydn Society HSL-100,
> > Schoenberg's "Gurre Lieder" conducted by René Leibowitz with soloists,
> > chorus and the New Symphony Society of Paris. Engineered by André
> > Charlin, copyright 1952. Or is it? The discs and booklet notes are from
> Vox, VBX 204, released in 1962.
> > One might assume that the previous owner swapped out their Haydn
> > Society discs and book for those of the Vox reissue, but is it
> > possible it was sold this way? Haydn Society having some album sets
> > left over which Vox cannabalized?
> > Also I have a set, "Ovation," celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the
> > Minnesota Orchestra in 1978 and produced by a chap named Dennis Rooney.
> > Inside is a disc on the Minnesota Orchestra label presenting a survey
> > of the orchestra's recorded output ranging from 1925 to 1961, and then
> > a Vox disc of Skrowaczeski conducting Stravinsky and Prokofiev which
> > absolutely belongs to this set -- the liners are printed on the back
> > cover of the gatefold. Was it more economical to just use the Vox
> > pressing of the second disc and to concentrate the budget on the first?
> > thanks,
> > Uncle Dave Lewis
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