Here is another data point:

Note the review from Classics Today, in particular:
" we have Maazel's partnership with Gidon Kremer in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. This was 
DG's first digital LP..."

Not saying any of this is definitive sources -- I'd love to get contact information for any of the 
DGG engineers listed in the DGG link in the previous post -- but it's another datapoint.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "G. W. Ulrich Sieveking" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 6:13 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Digital firsts in Europe

> Hello Tom,
> if I recall correctly, DG has been recording digitally for release before that time with the LSO 
> in London. The three last Tchaikovsky Symphonies under Karl Böhm come to my mind, of which at 
> least one must have been digital and recorded in 1979 or 1980. I'll dig out the LPs and post the 
> details tomorrow.
> Best wishes,
> Ulrich Sieveking
> Tom Fine wrote:
>> Hello All:
>> I am trying to track down the first digital recordings by all the major European classical 
>> labels.
>> For my ARSC Journal article, I confirmed Decca as being first to make a for-release digital
>> recording, the New Year's Day 1979 concert in Vienna. Philips followed the next day with Marinner
>> recording Handel's Opus 3 concerti grossi (although another listmember has pointed out that 
>> Philips
>> lists a different recording date on the CD issue; I will take the word of former Philips 
>> executive
>> Franz van Dongen).  Decca developed their own digital recording system (described in an AES
>> convention presentation by F.A. (Tony) Griffiths), and Philips used a Sony 1600 system for their
>> first sessions.
>> EMI's "Great Recordings of the Century" reissue of Andre Previn's July 2-3, 1979 recording of
>> Debussy works states in the booklet this was EMI's first digital for-release recording.  The 
>> booklet
>> talks about a videotape-based system sampling at 50khz. Does anyone know any details -- was it a
>> modified Sony or JVC system or an EMI in-house development? Or was the booklet author wrong about
>> the sampling rate?
>> DGG's website:
>> states:
>> "Deutsche Grammophon was the first to enter the (CD) market, when Herbert von Karajan recorded
>> Richard Strauss's "Eine Alpensinfonie" with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1981 - the first classical
>> work to find its way on to compact disc."
>> So was this 1981 Karajan recording DGG's first for-release digital session? And, what equipment 
>> did
>> DGG use in the early days?
>> Thanks in advance for any/all facts/answers.
>> -- Tom Fine
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