Does this include MK releases?
What is the relationship of MK to Melodiya? (I've seen both labels, and some
others - possibly relating to where pressed, but assume they are all state
owned and part of the same Soviet agency???)
Thanks,  Thomas.

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There is "Melodiya: A Soviet Russian L.P. Discography" by John R. Bennett
(1981, Greenwood Press), ISBN 0-313-22596-6. It is a wonderful source of
information for all classical releases of this label. There are plenty of
omissions and mistakes, but there is no other book like it, all 832 pages of
it. Unfortunately it is out of print, and prices for new copies go from
US$145.51 to $220.38. Used copies are even more expensive, from $176.52 to


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>  Has anybody done a definitive discography and history,of classical Lps in
the Soviet
> era ?
> In any language besides Russian/Cyrillic,that is.
> If so,I would like to know author,title,etc. so I could try and track down
a copy.I did
> recently come across such a book for sale on the web,for Russian 78s,but
it was in
> Russian/Cyrillic.
>                                                          Roger
> --- On Sat, 12/20/08, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Medtner playing his 3rd Piano Concerto
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008, 10:58 PM
> [log in to unmask] wrote:
> > If you could send or post a scan someone could probably read it for
> >
> > joe salerno
> >
> >
> > Punto wrote:
> >> Apologies for the discographic question, but I have exhausted my other
> resources at hand.
> >>
> >> I have in hand an LP that is of Soviet origin, but not Melodiya/MK or
> anything that I have seen previously. The acronym of the label name
appears to
> be something along the lines of BCT (with the "t" looking more like a
> gibbet).
> Before 1964 when the Melodiya trademark was developed for nationwide use,
> pressing plant had their own label and trademarks even though they were
> mainly pressing the same records.  This one is a two-tone blue label,
> BCG stands for Vsyesayuznaya Studya Gramzapese or  All-Union Studio Record
> Factory, and I think it was the newly established Moscow plant around 1962
> later became known as Gramzapis.  This factory seems to also be the source
> the export pressings with the MK label around 1963 which were never
> inside the USSR since MK (International Books)  was the export agency of
> records, and postage stamps.  Most pre-Melodiya LPs came from the Aprelvsk
> factory (sometimes the AZ torch logo or CCCP/USSR), Leningrad (sometimes
> or LZ) in cyrillic), and Riga (sometimes Ligo).
> >> The catalog number is 06501/06502. I have been able to decipher that
> it is Medtner playing his Piano Concerto no. 3, but I can't convince
> that the rest stands for "Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Issay
> Dobrowen", which is the only version that I have turned up
> out there (Mike Biel, maybe?) that can tell me what I've got. If this it
> indeed a Russian pressing of the Abbey Road Philharmonia recording, it has
> a pretty good job of overlaying it with a layer of acoustic sludge/fudge.
> >>
> >> Thanks,   Peter Hirsch
> >>
> >>
> All my Soviet books and guides are buried in disarray right now which is
why I
> haven't yet answered the Paul Robeson question over on 78-L from a few
> ago.  It is possible it is that British recording because they did do
> like that.  When I unearth the books and magazines, I'll look to see if
> there are any indications of what this is.
> Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]
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