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Re: [ARSCLIST] Met Opera Record Club
This Otello did come on Columbia ML. Had a light blue and white cover. I
don't recall the number.
I think I have their monthly offering leaflets in my files if anyone needs
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From: "David Lennick" <dlennick@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 11:15 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Met Opera Record Club
I neglected to identify David Hamilton as the author of the note telling us
that the Met has little claim to those BOMC recordings. Meanwhile, my
original questions (apart from RCA issuing a couple of those sets
commercially) linger. Were these albums ever sold in stores or issued
overseas? There's an "Otello" highlights album with Steber, Vinay and Cleva
conducting, on Philips ABL 3005. I have no equivalent Columbia version
turning up in Schwann..I wonder if this might have been from the Met
Mike Richter wrote:
David Lennick wrote:
What can anyone tell me about the albums produced in the 50s by Book Of
The Month as "Metropolitan Opera Record Club"? Were they ever sold in
stores, or available only by mail order? Were they issued in the UK or
Europe? Were any of them derived from commercial recordings? Are the
rights still held by the Met or Book Of The Month?
They were not derived from commercial release but some were released
commercially by RCA. My understanding is that rights are retained by the
Met, which has issued a sort of anthology. I was told that they no
longer had masters or even good copies of the audio in some cases, but
understand that the digitization - as far as it goes - is quite good.
Here's some of a discussion from December 2005 on this list:
Contrary to popular belief, the Met does not own the Metropoliitan Opera
Record Club recordings, nor did they ever hold the masters. The entire
project was carried out under the auspices of the Book of the Month Club,
working with Columbia and RCA (the matrix numbers reveal which company
did the engineering and pressing). The "Metropolitan Opera Record Club"
was a b brand name for BOMC. The Met merely lent its name (for a
consideration) and BOMC was supposed to use Met performers (they began
near the bottom of the barrel, then discovered that names DID make the
recordings sell better. RCA later arranged with the BOMC to issue the
Périchole and the abridged Boris sung in English (in Karel Rathaus's
"realization" of Mussorgsky's orchestration), which they had recorded, on
RCA retail discs (IIRC, Bing complained in his memoirs that the Met got
none of the money from that.) Last I heard, nobody seems to know where
the masters are. And, AFAIK, all Met Opera Guild CD tracks drawn from
that series have been dubbed from LPs.
At 06:30 PM 12/9/2005, you wrote:
Mike Richter wrote:
> All the usual market forces would ensure that prices were
> if not for the absurd extension of copyright to ensure that the
> corporations holding rights to decades-old material maintained
> monopoly. Since they are remiss in reissues of any but the most
> material and unwilling to allow others to do so (with exceptions
> Testament), they are destroying the heritage through malign
> Let me cite one instance. In the 1950s, the Metropolitan Opera
> Club issued a series of recordings using featured singers and
> who are otherwise almost undocumented. The Met holds the copyright
> zealously defends it, though I am told on good authority that they
> only have lost the masters but no longer even have good copies of
> of the issued LPs. So Kirsten's Tosca, Tucker's Lenski and
> (abridged) Walkuere are little more than rumors in terms of legal
And those discs are coming close to the 50-year mark, if we can just
the copyright extensions for a couple of years......Canada isn't
going to change
for quite a while yet, incidentally, since there'd barely been
and our Parliament is now in election mode till the end of January.
And I have near mint copies of many of those Met sets.
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