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
  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.

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[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Steven Smolian
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 12:22 PM
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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

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

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Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 11:27 AM
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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?



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