[78-L] Scriabin

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Sat Jul 20 20:18:29 PDT 2013

Any chance that it was recorded on film? Some Stokowski performances were done 
that way and dubbed to disc. I believe "The Raven" was one.

Some performances had to have been recorded simultaneously on 78 and 33 
masters. Paul Whiteman's "Grand Canyon Suite" pauses midway in two of the 
movements exactly where the 78 sides end and the 78 pickup sides have long 

Sounds like an interesting book:


On 7/20/2013 10:53 PM, DAVID BURNHAM wrote:
> I wondered on the list a few days ago if the Scriabin "Poem of Ecstacy" and "Poem of Fire" may have been recorded from a continuous performance.  I've been reading the book "Recording the Thirties" and have just read that that was indeed the case.  Dave Lennick, of course, guessed accurately that it was recorded for the RCA 33 1/3 rpm Transcription recordings in 1932.  Now I'm curious to know if it was recorded concurrently with the Transcription or dubbed from the Transcription, (the sound isn't the greatest even for 1932).  David Hall, who couldn't get his head around Scriabin anyway, also commented about the poor sound.

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