The Metropolitan Opera on Record: A Discography of the Commercial Recordings

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Scarecrow Press, Jun 11, 2010 - Music - 312 pages
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The Metropolitan Opera on Record: A Discography of the Commercial Recordings is a comprehensive listing of all the commercial sound recordings involving the Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, one of the world's leading musical organizations. Over 900 recording sessions are listed chronologically, starting in 1906 and continuing through the last digital recordings conducted by James Levine in 1998. Entries include excerpts and complete recordings from more than 120 operas in various formats, representing more than 380 artists.

The recordings are fully annotated, including the session date and location, the primary source of information, the opera title and composer, matrix number and speed of the recording, the artists performing, the recording company name and number, the format, and the release dates. In addition, Fellers provides a fascinating history of the Met recordings, from the first Leeds & Catlin recordings in the early 1900s to the digital recordings of the 1990s. Additional information on the Opera House String Orchestra and the Radio Broadcasts are included, as well as complete indexes listing the works by composer, title, and artist.
 

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Contents

The Recording Sessions
1
Additional Recordings
223
Bibliography
231
Composer Index
235
Title Index
249
Artist Index
271
About the Author
279
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Frederick P. Fellers, retired, was librarian at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library from 1977 through 2005. He is the author of Discographies of Commercial Recordings of the Cleveland Orchestra (1924-1977) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (1917-1977) (1978).

Fellers is generously donating his royalties to the Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign and humbly suggests that readers consider making a donation as well.

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