Total agreement with Uncle Dave about Karajan and Stokowski in terms of repertoire on commercial records. Karajan might have made more in terms of numbers than Stokowski between 1917 and 1977, but I think that in terms of repertoire Stoki would beat Karajan utterly. This Stokowski enthusiast and collector thinks off the top of his head of the following composers whose works are represented in Stokowski's commercial recordings:

  Basics: Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Johann and Richard Strauss

  More, at random: Giovanni Gabrieli, Lully, Cesti, Vivaldi, Franck, Debussy, Ravel, Ibert, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Moussorgsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gliere, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Panufnik, Schoenberg, Ives, Cowell, Bloch, Morton Gould, Creston, Copland, Virgil Thomson, Menotti, Roger Goeb, Harl McDonald, Lou Harrison, Ben Weber, Bizet, and a lot more. Stokowski's repertoire live was much bigger. Astoundingly so.

  Again, just off the top of my head.

  Don Tait






-----Original Message-----
From: David Lewis <[log in to unmask]>
To: ARSCLIST <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thu, Nov 29, 2012 11:40 am
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] truth or myth -- RCA claims about first digital recording

It is not my desire to load up Dennis' inbox unneccessarily, but I wanted
to submit a revision. I think the DG screed to which I was referring claimed
that Karajan covered more repertoire than any other conductor. How he could
have beaten Stokowski and Ormandy in that regard, I don't know, and
the way in which he covered some of it was disingenuous. I remember long
ago attending a music class where we examined the score of Webern's
Opus 1 "Passacaglia" along with Karajan's DG recording of it. The recording
was not even close. He disliked the Second Vienna School lit and resented
being asked to record it, and sabotaged it deliberately. Stokowski and
Ormandy would have just said "no," and of course Ormandy made some very
nice recordings of some of that literature.


On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 9:06 AM, Don Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On 28/11/2012, Aaron Levinson wrote:
> > I believe Johnny Hodges may have as well but I cannot be absolutely
> > positive about that. Acoustical era to digital that is. Perhaps Eubie
> > Blake did too...
> >
> Hodges died in 1970, so cannot have made digital recordings.
> Eubie Blake died in 1983, so might have.
> Regards
> --
> Don Cox
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