CPR 323 is one of the 3 LPs of violinist Agi Jambor, altist Victor Aitay, and
cellist Janos Starker, performing Mozart Trios. These were originally released
on Period (USA) and on Chamber Music Society, a label of Samuel and David Josefowitz.
Hall & Musical Masterpiece Society
Wolf conducting Mozart Haffner Symphony on Concerteum 257
Valenzi's Symphonic Variations released in France on Concerteum TCR 273 with two
French record label Concerteum released recordings of various foreign labels.
Among these were Vox, Period and Remington recordings. Vox recordings had
CPL as prefix. Period CPR, and Remington records had CR as a prefix for 12 inch
records, and TCR for 10 inch discs. A release containing more than one record
was indicated as Alb. (Album). Jazz records were indicated with the
prefix JCR. Some of the recordings of Sarah Vaughan from 1944 and 1945 released
on Remington RLP-1024 were issued in France on Concerteum JCR 258. All recordings
were numbered in the 200 Series and a few in the 300 Series. A curiosity is CR
326 on which Zoltan Fekete conducts "Orchestral Suite" (Suite d'orchestre)
by Béla Bartók. Although the reference number has the prefix CR,
this recording was not released in the US by Remington, but appeared on the Colosseum
label (CLPS 1010).
the basis was a collaboration between Concerteum and Remington which may have
resulted in the production of a few French recordings, for example Georges Enesco
conducting his Romanian Rhapsody No. 2. But his Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 is not
found on Concerteum! Also there are no Concerteum discs with Enesco performing
J.S.Bach's Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo, not even on another label in
1955. It is possible that the low quality of the original Continental discs prevented
a release in France.
Société Anonyme, 5 Boulevard Magenta, Paris 10ème, Téléphone
are 2 recordings made with Jean Allain. He conducts 'Solistes de la Société
des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris' in Symphony in C by Georges Bizet (Concerteum
CR 231). This recording was released in the US on Remington R-199-31 in September
1951. There was another recording with conductor Allain of Excerpts from the opera
Carmen, released in May 1951 on R-199-15. But this recording was not issued in
France on Concerteum. There was a 7 Inch 45 rpm disc on the Pleiade label (P-45143)
of some of the excerpts. A 12 inch disc is not listed in the French catalog. It
is also possible that the release would have been deleted from the catalog.
the recordings of Céliny Chailley-Richez, especially the performances of
Schumann's Piano Concerto (recorded in Vienna) and the recording of Enesco's Violin
Sonata No. 2, may have found their origin in this contract. However, a release
on the Concerteum label of Enesco's Sonata No. 2 could not be found. And as said
earlier his Romanian Rhapsody No.1 was not available on Concerteum.
contract for licensing to Concerteum was effective after many a Remington recording
had already been made available in the US and the label had established itself
there. This explains why the list does not show the releases of the recordings
in the original sequence of production/release by Remington in the US.
the pressings original Remington-matrices were used. The vinyl had a somewhat
better quality than the kind used by Don Gabor, hence there was less hiss and
also the signal was generally of a better quality, although the quality of the
matrix from the US remained the restricting factor. In a few cases the label
mentioned 'Une production DON GABOR' and instead of the crown (which is featured
on the original Remington labels) there was a small logo picturing instruments
or the silhouette of a conductor. Most labels mentioned Pressé sous
license "REMINGTON RECORDS INC." New- York.
reference-numbers and titles in the list below are taken from 'Disques de longue
durée - Catalogue complet permanent - automne 1955' (Long Playing Records
- Complete current catalog - Fall 1955).
The names of orchestras like L'Orchestre de la société symphonique
de Vienne (Symphony Orchestra of the Viennese Symphonic Society), L'Orchestre
symphonique autrichienne (Austrian Symphony Orchestra), L'Orchestre des Tonkuenstler
(Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra), RIAS Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati
Symphony Orchestra, are mentioned as: "orch. autrichien", "orch.
symph.", "orch. RIAS", "orch. Cincinnati".
catalogue from 1955 did already list several Musirama recordings like the ones
of the Renardy Caprices and the recording of the Liszt Concerto and Todtentanz
by Edward Kilenyi and Jonel Perlea with the RIAS Symphony.
with Beethoven's First Symphony performed by the Austrian Symphony Orchestra led
by conductor X, the Concerteum issue gives the name of Voiteh Srbrny-Holstein.
The question is who is Voiteh Srbrny-Holstein. Whatever. The people from Concerteum
were well aware of the fact that a record with
conductor 'X' (as the
original American release mentioned) would not be regarded as a serious item.
Gabor named the conductor as X as a little revenge.
real conductor - according to Billboard Magazine, and according to the data given
by the Tonkuenstler Orchester - was Artur Rodzinski who was hired by Marcel Prawy
to make some 5 recordings for the Remington label. But James C. Petrillo, head
of the American Federation of Musicians, stated that any performance by Artur
Rodzinski would be boycotted in the United States. Although Rodzinski initially
replied that he was living in Italy and that the recordings would be taped in
Vienna, he finally gave in to Petrillo's threat and choose not to get into conflict
with the AFM. The Beethoven appeared on Remington. But the other 4 recordings
were never made, or were never released.
are several recordings not listed in the Fall of 1955: Jorge Bolet playing Chopin's
Four Scherzi and Prokofiev's Second Concerto Op. 16; Etelka Freund's rendering
of Sonata No. 3 of Brahms; the recordings of Alec Templeton; recordings of pianist
Alfred Kitchin are missing as well. There is no Symphonie Fantastique conducted
by Georges Sebastian listed, nor the Scheherazade recording with Karl Rucht, or
the Glazunov Concerto performed by André Gabriel (=Roman Totenberg) with
Symphony Orchestra. There isn't a Concerteum release with Zoltan Kodaly's
Cello Sonata Op. 4 performed by Richard Matuschka and pianist Otto Schulhof. They
all could have been listed in a later edition of 'Disques de longue durée
- Catalogue complet permanent' or would never have been available in France.
the early recordings of the Jilka Trio playing Beethoven's Archduke Trio (RLP-199-27)
and of the Jilka Sextet playing Septet Op. 20 by Beethoven (RLP-33-22) are not
available on Concerteum.
editions of Ludwig van Beethoven's Septet Op. 20 performed by the Jilka Septet
on Nord-Musique, Europe-Musique and Boite a Disques respectively. Beethoven's
Trio was available on Concerteum but the Septet was not pressed on the Concerteum
Beethoven Septuor en Mi
Bémol, Op. 20 pour Clarinette, Cor, Basson et Cordes.
Don Gabor DG 001.
RE- 33-105-2 RE- 33-106-2
recording of the Septet appeared in France on the Boite à Disques, Europe-Musique,
and Nord-Musique labels. Most certainly labels of the same company. The label
mentions 'Une Production Don Gabor'. The
plates are cut by Remington, RE-33-105-2 and RE-33-106-2, and used in all 3 issues.
The liner notes give an analysis of the Septet, but no information about the company,
the address, or a selection from the catalogue. These labels are not listed in
the 1955 edition of "Catalogue Permanent". Don Gabor travelled to France
several times. This deal could be a try-out before an agreement with Concerteum
there is no Scheherezade by Rucht on Concerteum, there are two releases with him
while conducting Scheherazade with the Berlin Radio Orchestra on Le Chant du Monde
LDX A 8016, and there is the known Urania URLP 7133 disc. The Artist & Repertoire
Department of Concerteum probably did not want to release a third Rucht record
which would be a duplicate of the disc issued by Le Chant du Monde.
Reference Numbers are not listed in the composer section: CR 233, 243, 244, 246,
251, and many more. It is also possible that a few recordings which are missing
or were not found because they had been deleted earlier from the Concerteum catalog.
As the 1955 French Record Catalog is the sole source available to me, some suggestions
and suspicions can not be substantiated and verified, unless other catalogs will
few recordings are listed in the sections recital and folklore.
Sylvia Marlowe's recital of works by Scarlatti, Bach and Couperin listed as CR
207 is also listed as CE 199. The Voudou recording of Emy de Pradines is released
on CR 300. On CR 209 one finds the Carlos Montoya Flamenco recording.
10 inch Concerteums other folkore recordings can be found: TCR 250 Calypso
carnaval TCR 253 Chants Indien de la prairie TCR 265 Selah Jubilee quartet
TCR 294 Western songs
originating from Austria and appearing on Remington and a few on Masterseal were
produced by Marcel Prawy. All titles were labeled as Remington recordings.
Prawy produced many recordings on his own account like 'Rêve de valse' (Ein Walzertraum,
Dreamwaltz) by Oscar Srauss, released in France on Counterpoint CMC 120.001, the
composer conducting the 'Tonkünstlerorchester', listed in 1955. The actual
conductor in this recording is not Oscar Strauss who was already very old, yet
very satisfied with the way
Schönherr conducted the music.
were Prawy productions which were
not selected and not acquired by Donald Gabor for release in the US. And of course
there were records produced by Prawy after his contract with Remington had ended
at the beginning of 1953.
few early Prawy-productions were released in the US on Gabor's Masterseal label.
These recordings were not issued in France on Concerteum, but on Counterpoint.
An example is the release in the series Viennese Operettas (Opérettes viennoises)
of Oscar Strauss's 'Rêve de valse' (Ein Walzertraum, Dreamwaltz) on Counterpoint
CMC 120.001, not conducted by the composer but by Max Schönherr. This
recording was released in the USA in 1951 as Masterseal MW-47.
several occasions Don Gabor traveled to Europe and also visited Paris where he
met with Marcel Prawy who had travelled to Paris from Vienna. Marcel Prawy was
his European representative. In Paris Gabor naturally discussed business with
the people of the Concerteum label. Concerteum started issuing Remington recordings
in France around 1953 or just somewhat earlier.
labels were gold with a black background and silver with a purple background.
The later labels were printed in blue on white paper which was more cost effective
the front of the box with the recording of 'Le Messie' (The Messiah) conducted
by Josef Messner.
Remington recordings were not issued by Concerteum. For example R-149-37
with violinist Eva Hitzker playing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 5th Violin Concerto
(KV 219) with Fritz Weidlich conducting, is missing from the catalog. Also the
recording of Christmas Oratorio (Oratorio de noël) performed by Martha Schilling,
Ruth Machaelis, Werner Hohmann, Bruno Lüller, the Stuttgart Choral Society
and the Suebian Symphony Orchestra under Hans Grischkat is not in the Concerteum
catalog. The release on Remington of this oratorio was an arrangement between
Remington and the
Period label in the US. But on the Remington
label in the US fails the Grischkat Concerteum recording CR 321 of Pergolesi's
Stabat Mater. That recording was issued in the US by the Period label, Reference
530. Many US firms were fishing in the same European pond.
as said earlier, a release on the Concerteum label of George Enesco
playing his own Sonata No. 2 and Schumann's Sonata (both with pianist
Celiné Chailley-Richez) were not released in France or were
deleted already before the "Fall 1955 catalog" was printed.
following Remington titles were issued on Concerteum:
204 Beethoven: 3e Symphonie - Fritz Busch, chef d'orchestre Alb.205
Haendel: Messiah - Josef Messner, chef d'orchestre CR 206 Beethoven:
Concerto n° 5 - Felicitas Karrer, piano - Kurt Wöss, chef d'orchestre
CR 207 Bach: Toccata, Scarlatti Sonatas, Couperin: Les folies françaises
- Sylvia Marlowe, clavecin CR 208 Beethoven: 8e Symphonie, Haydn 101e
Symphonie - Fritz Busch TCR
211 Beethoven: 5e Symphonie - Hans Wolf CR 212 Rachmaninoff: 2e Concerto
- Felicitas Karrer, piano - Kurt
Wöss, chef d'orchestre
TCR 213 J. Strauss: Valses - Kurt Wöss CR 214 Brahms: Danses hongroises
- Albert Spalding, violon CR 215 Tchaikowsky: Symphonie n° 4 -
H. Arthur Brown CR 216 Brahms: Concerto - Albert Spalding, violoniste
Loibner, chef d'orchestre
CR 217 Paganini: Caprices 1-12 - Ossy Renardy, violoniste CR 218 Beethoven:
Concerto - Albert Spalding, violoniste - Wilhelm
Loibner, chef d'orchestre
CR 219 Bruch: Concerto, Kol nidrei - Michèle Auclair, violon - Wilhelm
Loibner, chef d'orchestre
CR 220 Haydn: 93e Symphonie, Schubert: 3e Symphonie - George Singer
CR 221 Mozart: Requiem - Hilde Gueden, Rosette Anday, Julius Patzak, Josef Greindl
- Josef Messner CR
222 Beethoven: Sonates nos 4 et 5 - Paul Kling, violoniste CR 223 Bruckner:
Zoltan Fekete CR 224 Dvorak: Danses slaves
Op. 46 - George Singer CR 225 Beethoven: Sonate n° 2 - Walter
Schneiderhan, violon, Erich Berg, piano; Sonate no 8 - Helen Airoff,
violon et Céliny Chailley-Richez, piano CR 226 Chopin: Sonates nos
2 et 3 - Edouard (Edward) Kilenyi, piano CR 227 Chopin: Valses - Edouard
(Edward) Kilenyi, piano CR 228 Haydn: 88e, 100e Symphonies - Paul Walter
CR 229 Beethoven: Waldstein et Les adieux - Edouard (Edward) Kilenyi, piano
CR 230 Mussorgski (Moussorgski): Tableaux d'une exposition - Sari Biro,
piano CR 231 Tchaikowsky: Concerto piano-orchestre - Hermann Schwertmann,
CR 232 Beethoven: 6e Symphonie - Kurt Wöss CR 234 Schumann: Concerto
piano-orchestre - Céliny (Céline) Chailley-Richez, pianiste
CR 235 Mozart: Symphonie concertante - Kurt Wöss, 20e Concerto - Fritz
Weidlich CR 236 Debussy: Préludes - Edouard (Edward) Kilenyi, piano
CR 237 Franck: Symphonie -
Hans Wolf CR 238: Bizet: Symphonie en Do (Symphony in C) Soloists of
l'Orchestre du Conservatoire - Jean Allain (matrix numbers RE-33-222-2
/ RE-33-223-2). CR 239 Beethoven: Sonates nos 30 et 31 - Jörg Demus,
piano CR 240 Beethoven: 7e Trio - Jilka Trio CR 241 Bach: Partita
no 1, Suite française - Jörg Demus, piano CR 242 Chopin: Etudes op.
10 - Edouard (Edward) Kilenyi, piano CR 244 Schumann: Concerto Op.
54 - Celiny Chailley-Richez, piano, Robert Heger.
245 Dvorak: 5e Symphonie - George Singer CR
247 Tchaikowsky: Concerto violon-orchestre - Michèle Auclair, violoniste,
Kurt Wöss CR 248 Tchaikowsky: Symphonie n°. 6 - H. Arthur Brown
249 Tchaikowsky: Symphonie n° 5 - Kurt Wöss
250 Beethoven, Chopin - Alexander Jenner, piano
CR 254 Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites No. 1 et 2, Orchestre Symphonique Autrichien, H.
Arthur Brown, Max Schönherr TCR 255 Tchaikowsky: Casse-noisette -
Kurt Wöss TCR 256 Schubert: Inachevée - H. Arthur Brown
TCR 257 Mozart Symphonie Haffner (N. 35) - Hans Wolf TCR
259 Mendelssohn: Concerto violon-orchestre - Walter Schneiderhan, violoniste
TCR 262 Mozart: 41e Symphonie (Jupiter) - Kurt Wöss TCR 266
Rimsky-Korsakov: Suite Le coq d'or - George Singer CR
267 Haendel: Triomphe de la Vérité TCR
269 Enesco: Rapsodie Roumaine n° 2 , Enesco Orchestre Colonne - Smetena: Moldau
- George Singer TCR 270 Beethoven: 7e Sonate - Walter Schneiderhan,
violon TCR 271 Brahms: Sonate pour violoncelle - Gaspar Cassadó,
violoncelle, Otto Schulhof, piano TCR
272 Franck: Variations symphoniques, Debussy: Prélude - Frieda Valenzi,
piano - Jean Moreau TCR 273 Mozart: 13e Serenade - Fritz Weidlich
and Mozart: Thamos, Koenig in Aegypten (musique de scene) - Felix Guenther
CR 280 Liszt, Schumann, Chopin - Simon Barere, piano CR 281
Corelli, Tartini: Sonates - Albert Spalding, violon CR 282 Dvorak:
Concerto - Gaspar Cassadó, cello, Kurt
Wöss, chef d'orchestre
Alb.284 Haydn: Les sept dernières paroles de Jésu Christ - Josef Messner
CR 285 Franck: Sonate, Ravel Sonate - Ossy Renardy, violon - Eugene
286 Haendel: Watermusic, Mozart Overtures - Hans Koslik CR 287 Bach:
La passion selon St. Jean - Gottfried Preinfalk CR 289 Bartók:
Pièces pour le piano - Bela et Ditta Bartok au piano CR 290 Verdi:
Requiem - Hans Koslik CR 291 Rossini: Stabat mater - Josef Messner
CR 292 Mozart: Concertos K216 et 218 - Gérard Poulet, violon, Gaston
Poulet, chef d'orchestre CR 293 Mussorgski: Une nuit sur le mont chauve -
Hans Koslik; Rimsky-Korsakov: Capricio Espagnol - Mehlich; Borodine:
Danses Polovetsiennes - Hans Koslik.
Amadeus Mozart's Fantasia in F Minor KV 608 arranged by Zoltan Fekete, issued
on Remington R-199-2, was initially issued on CR 295, coupled with Symphony No.
33, but existed also on Concerteum CF 261, not the Remington Series. Here not
performed by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by Zoltán Fekete,
but the Viennese Opera Orchestra which most likely was another name for the Tonkünstler
Orchester or Austrian Symphony Orchestra. The Remington release was coupled with
Symphony No. 1 of Franz Schubert conducted by Kurt Wöss.
296 Chants d'Espagne: Lydia Ibarrondo, singer, Miguel Sandoval, piano,
Juan Oñatibia, txistu and tuntun CR 297 Liszt: 1re Concerto, Danse
macabre - Edouard (Edward) Kilenyi, piano - Jonel Perlea CR
298 Beethoven: 1re Symphonie - Holstein - Beethoven
8e Symphony - Fritz Busch CR 299 Debussy: La boîte a joujoux
- Jonel Perlea CR 301 Dvorak: 4e Symphonie (8) - Thor Johnson
CR 302 Lehar et Strauss - Gerhard Becker CR 304 Offenbach: Gaité parisienne
- Manuel Rosenthal TCR 304 Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin - Frieda
Valenzi, piano (Frieda Valenzi playing selections from Goyescas were not listed)
CR 309 Bach: Partita n° 6, Préludes nos 15 et 16 - Jörg Demus,
piano CR 310 Schubert: Sonata n° 21 - Jörg Demus, piano
CR 312 Chopin: 1re Concerto piano-orchestre - Edouard (Edward) Kilenyi,
piano CR 313 Mendelssohn: Songe d'une nuit d'été - H. Arthur Brown
CR 314 Grieg: Concerto pour piano et orchestre - Felicitas Karrer
Also listed under CR 314 are 7th Symphony (Haydn) conducted by Karl Randolph
and Mozart's K 448 performed by Pierre Luboshutz & Genia Nemenoff is
also listed as CR 314 which can have been a mistake by the editors of the catalog
CR 315 Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (3x 30 cm) - Josef Dunwald CR 321 Pergolèse:
Stabat Mater - Hans Grischkat is not a Remington recording but was released
in the USA on Period 530 CR 325 Liszt: Etudes de concert - Simon Barere,
piano (there is no listing in the French catalog of the Sonata performed by Simon
Barere, originally recorded on acetates in 1947 and transferred to Lp) CR
326 Bartok: Suite d'orchestre - Zoltan Fekete; released in the US on Colosseum
CLPS 1010 CR 328 Liszt, Balakirev, Rachmaninoff - Simon Barere, pianiste
CR 329 Haydn: Cello Concerto - Gaspar Cassadó,
also released several 7" records. One was ECR 71 with excerpts from Schumann's
Kinderszenen (Scênes d'Enfant) coupled with one of Dohnanyi's Rhapsodies
performed by Ernst von Dohnanyi.
there were popular Remingtons too. One of these was the recording of the Selah
Jubilee Quartet on TCR 265. But there was no mention of "The Dixiaires"
who sang four of the eight selections.
and text by Rudolf A. Bruil. Page first published May, 2003