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From: "phirsch" <[log in to unmask]>
> A Caruso 78 that predates this by nearly
> five decades may indeed be able to claim the same honor, but I imagine
that
> tracing it might be more of a complex task than the case of these horn
> recordings. Furthermore, there is an inherent difference (in my opinion)
> between a single opera aria and an extended work like the Goldbergs or 4
> Mozart concerti and this may be more in line with what Mr. Levinson has in
> mind.
As it happens, the Caruso recording was made for Victor, whose ledgers still
exist; therefore, the exact recording date is known, as well as the dates of
subsequent reissues in other formats.
Steven C. Barr