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
Any idea how many of the Murray Hill sets actually got into circulation before being suppressed??
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dennis Rooney
Sent: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 12:54 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The Mystery of Interloping Vox Discs
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?
> Uncle Dave Lewis
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