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In Reply to: RE: Oh wait! Prokofiev's Seventh Symphony was completed in 1952! posted by Botanico92007 on July 09, 2017 at 16:04:14
And I agree with everything you say about that recording, including the excellent two-channel sound. The CD reissue took the Classics for Pleasure cover for some reason:
It was one of those recordings that was first issued as an RCA LP in this country apparently by some arrangement with EMI. It seems to have foreshadowed the mania for humorous covers that really got going in the mid-60's:
Malko seems to have been an interesting character. I think that one of the Testament reissues shows a picture of Malko with a chimp on his shoulder! (Unfortunately, I can't find it on Google Images.) He also apparently used to harass Walter Legge to give him more recording assignments, which Legge seemed to dole out to him with reluctance! ;-)
Thanks for the reminder that RCA issued the two Malko recordings. I had forgotten about them. RCA also issued them on two stereo 2-track tapes in 1956.
RCA had a long relationship with EMI to issue its recordings in the US through the 78 rpm era. This changed in 1955 when EMI bought Capitol Records and established the Angel label to release its classical recordings in the US. Somehow there must have been an agreement to release the Prokofiev symphonies. No other EMI recordings followed. However, RCA had a short-lived distribution of the EMI His Master's Voice and Columbia 2-track tapes. These show up on eBay from time to time with a small RCA sticker. They were duplicated with the US NARTB equalization rather than the European CCIR (IEC) equalization.
A small number of 2-track tapes were issued under the Angel label in 1959 imported from England with NARTB equalization. With the advent of stereo LPs and 4-track tapes, they quickly disappeared. Some obscure, but interesting information, from the early days of stereo.
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