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[ARSCLIST] Digital firsts in Europe
I am trying to track down the first digital recordings by all the major European classical labels.
For my ARSC Journal article, I confirmed Decca as being first to make a for-release digital
recording, the New Year's Day 1979 concert in Vienna. Philips followed the next day with Marinner
recording Handel's Opus 3 concerti grossi (although another listmember has pointed out that Philips
lists a different recording date on the CD issue; I will take the word of former Philips executive
Franz van Dongen). Decca developed their own digital recording system (described in an AES
convention presentation by F.A. (Tony) Griffiths), and Philips used a Sony 1600 system for their
EMI's "Great Recordings of the Century" reissue of Andre Previn's July 2-3, 1979 recording of
Debussy works states in the booklet this was EMI's first digital for-release recording. The booklet
talks about a videotape-based system sampling at 50khz. Does anyone know any details -- was it a
modified Sony or JVC system or an EMI in-house development? Or was the booklet author wrong about
the sampling rate?
"Deutsche Grammophon was the first to enter the (CD) market, when Herbert von Karajan recorded
Richard Strauss's "Eine Alpensinfonie" with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1981 - the first classical
work to find its way on to compact disc."
So was this 1981 Karajan recording DGG's first for-release digital session? And, what equipment did
DGG use in the early days?
Thanks in advance for any/all facts/answers.
-- Tom Fine