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Re: [ARSCLIST] Digital firsts in Europe
This was a very good tip. Thank you!
According to Billboard as reprinted here:
DGG's first digital master was made in 1979:
"1979 - First digital recording (Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Gidon Kremer and the Berlin
Philharmonic conducted by Lorin Maazel)"
Further Googling finds DGG's information for the download version of this recording:
which indicates a December 1979 recording date.
If all this info is accurate, this would indicate DGG was the last of the major European labels to
move to digital recording. Decca and Philips started in January 1979, EMI in July 1979.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "G. W. Ulrich Sieveking" <sieveking@xxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 6:13 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Digital firsts in Europe
if I recall correctly, DG has been recording digitally for release before that time with the LSO
in London. The three last Tchaikovsky Symphonies under Karl Böhm come to my mind, of which at
least one must have been digital and recorded in 1979 or 1980. I'll dig out the LPs and post the
Tom Fine wrote:
I am trying to track down the first digital recordings by all the major European classical
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
lists a different recording date on the CD issue; I will take the word of former Philips
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
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
DGG use in the early days?
Thanks in advance for any/all facts/answers.
-- Tom Fine