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I'm in no position to ascertain this, but I do know that it's widely
believed that Dr. Weissman was the first to record the complete set of
symphonies -- with this reservation: The finale of the Ninth was never
actually issued. . . which puts an interesting wrinkle in the "first
recorded" project.

On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 3:29 PM, Frank Forman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I am planning an annotated listing of the first recordings of Beethoven's
> works. I am pouring over the usual suspects, such as
> Arnold, GSE, Voices of the Past, Moses, Creighton, WERM, Bauer, Hurst,
> Myers, and gobs of company catalogs.
>
> The acoustic vocals will be the hardest part.
> What is "The Brain Spinning Swains," sung by Susan Strong, 1908?
>
> "The Cottage Maid" and "Faithful Johnnie," sung by Julia Culp?
>
> Which version of "In Questo tomba oscuro" did Chaliapin likely record?
>
> "Delizia" sung by Battistini, 1912?
>
> Did any of Schnabel's Hupfeld ROLLS precede records?
>
> Any music boxes of the first movement of the MoonShine?
>
> More later.
>
> Then there is whole post-WERM, or post-Myers, or just post-Schwann.
>
> Check this out: Beethoven: The first recording, 1889
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmdfSCM1B4o&list=RDnmdfSCM1B4o
>
> Has anyone undetaken this effort already?
>
> Frank Forman, author of _Acoustic Chamber Music Sets_ and (with the late
> Kenzo Amoh), _Evegny Mravinsky Discography_, both in the ARSC Journal.
>