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In Reply to: RE: Here's an oddity posted by michael22 on December 15, 2016 at 07:58:40
Some/all of the recordings may have been made in the Stereo Sound Studios, NYC; Jerry Newman, engineer; on an Ampex 350-2 recorder.
Other information mentions that the Esoteric label may have had some tie-in with the Period label.
And Everest apparently owned Period for a while - maybe later on.
I believe Period (and several other labels) came under the Everest label after Everest was sold by Belock.
Esoteric Sound Studios in New York with engineering by Jerry Newman is credited on PST-1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. For PST-6, 8, and 9 it is Peter Bartok. Yes, this is the son of Bela Bartok. Peter was well known for having an aversion to stereo recording and usually stuck to mono recording.
PST-7 (Schoenberg) and PST-10 (Music for Percussion) have no engineering credits. However, Jerry Newman is credited on the Urania percussion recording "Breaking the Sound Barrier" with the same conductor, but the ensemble has a different name. It's likely Newman also did the Period percussion recording. Maybe the Schoenberg too.
Period recordings were also issued on 2-track tapes by Realistic (Radio Shack). Only two titles were repeated.
I have a few Peter Bartok mono recordings on vinyl on the Unicorn label, I believe. They were recorded at MIT (probably in Saarinen's auditorium) and sound good.
The Urania percussion tape you mentioned - UST 1204 - is spectacular and absolutely worth listening to, if not owning. Urania tapes were duplicated at Audio Labs in NY under the direction of George Schowerer, a member of the Yahoo reeltoreel group. who recently described the duplication process.
There are also a couple of Urania stereo records of percussion music that are quite good. One of the pieces - Antheil's Ballet Mecanique, conducted by Robert Kraft - was issued on Omegatape ST 6009 and sounds good. There is no mention in the liner notes of the recording engineer.
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