For some of us, 1968 doesn't seem too long ago, but reading the Billboard
release Tom so kindly dredged up was like opening a volume of ancient
history, when trade papers devoted such space to the activities of minor
classical labels. Sincere thanks for this.


On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM, Thomas Stern <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Billboard Nov 16, 1968
> Los Angeles - Everest Records has acquired the catalog of Oceanic Records,
> Inc.,
> of New York, which has been dormant for some years.  Included are seven
> operatic
> titles and instrumental albums, including performances featuring pianist
> Paul
> Badura-Skoda, cellist Maurice Gendron, organist Gustav Leonhardt and
> conductor
> Rene Leibowitz.
>  Bernard Solomon, Everest presitdet, explained that the first albums of
> Oceanic
> material will be issued on Everest, including Everest's Opera Series early
> next
> year.  Some of the one-LP operatic sets smay be packaged with other operas
> by the
> same or similar composers to create multiple sets which are more
> economical for the
> boxed series.
>  Leibowitz conducts three of the operas, including a three-LP package of
> Gluck's
> "Alceste," a title not currently in the catalog.  Featured are Ethel
> Semser, Enzo Seri, Jean M<ollien,
> Bernard Demigny, and Jean Hoffman with the ParisPhilharmonic Chorus and
> Orchetra.
>  The other Leibowitz operas, both one-LP sets, are Mussorgsky's "The
> Marriage" with Nicolas Agroff
> Charlotte Des,azures, Mollien, and Alexadre Popovvitsky with the Paris
> Radio Symphony, and
> Rimsky-Korsakov's "Mozart and Salieri" with <ollien, Jacques Linsolas,
> Paul Jacobs,
> and the symphony orchestra odf Paris Radio and TV.
>  Also included is Josef Keilberth conducting the Saxon State Orchestra and
> the chorus
> of the Dresden Opera State in a two-record set of Richard Strauss'
> "Salome" with Christel Goltz i
> in the title role with Bernd Aldenhoff and Kurt Boehme.  Another operatic
> title is
> Telemamn's "Pimpinone (The Unequal Marriage)" on one disk.  Featured are
> Helen Fuchs,
> Erich Lassner, the Salzburg String Quartet, and harpsichordist Jonathan
> Sternberg, Wolfgang
> Messer conductiong.
>  A three-record package of Beethoven's "Fidelio" with Gerhard Pfluger
> conductiong the
> chorus and orchestra of Mitteldeutsche Radio of Leipzig, Margarete
> Bauemer, Heinz Sauerbaum
> and Manfred Hubner are among the featured vocalissts.
>  Completing the operatic titles is a two-record package of Nichlai's "The
> Merry Wives of
> Windsor."  Rolf Kleinert conducts the chorus and orchestra of
> Mittledeutsch Radio and
> soloists including Theodor Horand and Boehme.
>  One Leibowitz instrumental album has the Paris Philharmonic in Corelli's
> "Concerto fo
> Oboe and Strings," and the Paris Radio Symphony in Gluck's "Flute Concerto
> in G" with
> Rampal and Haydn's "Toy Symphony."
>  Leibowits also is the conductor in two choral albums: Faure's Requiem
> with Nadine Southreau,
> Dem,igny and the Paris Philharmonic Chorus and orchestra, and Liszt's
> "Missa Choralis" with
> the Paris Select Choir and organist Giuseppe Englert.
>  Leibowitz's other instrumental albums are a pairing of Bizet's "Symphony
> in C" and
> Schubert's "Symphony No.1" with the Paris Radio Symphony; a coupling of
> Beethoven piano
> concertos with pianist Paul Jacobs and the Paris Radio Symphony; and a
> Beethoven orchestral
> program
>  Jonathan Sternberg conducts the Vienna Academy Choir and the Vienna State
> Opera Orchestra
> in Rossini's "Stabat Mater" with tenor Anton Dermota, baritone Paul
> Shoeffler, soprano
> Ilona Steingruber and alto Dagmar Hermann as the quartet of soloists.
>  Gendron is the soloist in a pairing of Haydn's "Cello Concerto in D" and
> Saint-Saens'
> "Cello Concerto" with Sternberg and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra.
>  Sternberg conducts
> the Vienna Symphony in a coupling of Mozart's "Piano Concertos No. 14 and
> 22" with Badura-Skoda
> as soloist.
>  Leonhardt is the soloist in Handel's "Oboe Concertos Nos. 3 and 4" in an
> album with Ernst Kuyler
> and the chamber orchestra of the Vienna State Opera.
>  Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzes, Opp.52 and 65" are performed on an album
> with soprano Erna Hassler,
> alto Hetty Plumacher, tenor Albert Weikenmeier, bass Franz Kelch, and
> pianists Hans Priegnitz
> and Hans Michael.
>  Completing the Oceanic titles is an album of three Handel Italian
> cantatas featuring soprano
> Agnes Giebel, harpsichordist Helma Eisner, recorder Alfred Mann, cellist
> Helmut Reinmann, and
> Stuttgart's Tanstudio Orchestra under Rudolf Lamy.
> Billboard May 20, 1950
>  The first complete recording of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, has been
> scheduled for June release by Vox Records.  The work, cut by the Central
> German
> Broadcasting System, with Gerhard Pfleuger conduction, will be released on
> three long playing disks, and will retail at $18.95.  Vox licensed the
> production from OCEANIC Records, and American0owned indie.
> Billboard Oct 15, 1955  550G Oceanic Oscar suit.
> Billboard Feb 2, 1952
> ...Period Music, producer of Renaissance, Period and Oceanic records here,
> is having
> it's LP's distributed in France under the Classic label, and in England by
> the
> Nixa Record Company.
> ....
> 1974  quad releases on Everest Olympic label
> 1950  Richard Strauss' Salome
> 1951  Rossini's Stabat Mater
> 1952  Gluck  Alceste
> Best wishes, Thomas.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Steven Smolian
> Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 12:22 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Oceanic Records
> It was originally owned by Arthur whose last name escapes me at the moment.
> I knew him.
> He told me a story about the Rossini Stabat Mater with Dermota.  D had a
> cold.  He sang a line and then schnochled- not an everyday word.  He
> breathed in and cleared the mucus from his nose.  The resultant tape was
> edited to remove the non-Rossinian pauses.  It's still a pretty good
> performance by him.  And  the bass, whose name I also forget, who does a
> great job with the chorus on the instrumentally unaccompanied  "Quando
> corpus."
> My files don't show a successor but I think their stuff came out in England
> on Saga and I think they kept some of the line in print for a while after
> Oceanic ceased.  I assume they sent $$ to some American outfit and, should
> their paper records survive, they may well have this data.
> Steve Smolian
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dennis Rooney
> Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 11:27 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Oceanic Records
> Dear List,
> Renaissance was a label that lately engendered quite a bit of discussion re
> ownership. I recently had a query re Oceanic, a coeval independent LP
> label.
> Does anyone have any information on its succession of interest, present
> owner, etc., etc?
> Thanks,
> --
> Dennis D. Rooney
> 303 W. 66th Street, 9HE
> New York, NY 10023
> 212.874.9626

Dennis D. Rooney
303 W. 66th Street, 9HE
New York, NY 10023