I have a couple of comments about this compilation, and I'm sure other members will have some of their own.

Stokowski's Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 was not the first recording of a full symphony orchestra, not even on Victor, and not even in the United States. Karl Muck and the Boston Symphony Orchestra made their first records for Victor 3 weeks before Stokowski, because Stokowski initially rejected Victor's offer to make records. The first was the 4th movement of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony, and utilized the entire Boston Symphony Orchestra. The dates can be confirmed on DAHR. And, Charles Prince conducted an orchestra of 90 players for Columbia performing Wagner's Rienzi Overture in February of 1917. Again, DAHR can confirm the date and the number of musicians involved (the number is also given on the record label).

Also, though some might view it as a technicality, Vesti la Giubba is not a song, it's an opera aria.


Gary Galo
Audio Engineer Emeritus
The Crane School of Music
SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676

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