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Re: [ARSCLIST] MELODIYA DISCOGRAPHY - was Medtner playing his 3rd Piano Concerto
Michael Biel wrote:
Look, I don't want to ruffle some feathers, but we need to set the
Dave Lewis was correct in saying "MK stands for Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga"
but that is where it ends. That translates to International Books, and
as I posted before, MK is the EXPORT AGENCY for books, records, and
philatelic postage stamps.
The book publishers published
books and MK decided which ones to export and which ones not to export.
The record company run by the Ministry of Culture published records and
MK decided which ones to export and which ones to not export.
Please forgive the snips, but your extensive and authoritative post
opens only one question for me: Did MK have a role in the variant
versions offered in the USSR and for export? There are several operas in
which a major role, often the title role, was dubbed by different
artists for domestic and foreign sale. It seemed to me that someone -
perhaps MK - decided in 1948 to keep Reizen a secret, so had Boris's
part redone by Pirogov for foreign release in 1949.