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Subject: Re: David Poleri (was Speculation about Marjorie Lawrence)
From: Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:55:39 +0100
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That “Damnation” was actually the first stereo recording RCA made in the 50s. 

Why available only in mono? Because a segment of that recording was being used as a demo for RCA execs and friends. The wife of one of the execs insisted on playing it over and over and the tape got shredded. There was no backup copy for the stereo master.

You would think RCA (now Sony) would release the stereo recording even with that one section in mono. Very possibly, at the time, they considered the stereo master ruined and erased the rest of it.

Max Paley

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> On Jan 17, 2018, at 21:53, Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> That Berlioz FAUST recording that Bob mentions is still my all-time
> favorite, despite the mono sound. To my ears Munch and Poleri have been
> unsurpassed. I can't say that I heard all recorded FAUSTs but I've heard
> all better known ones because it's probably my favorite Berlioz
> composition. Mine is also on Victor Gold paired with the same Debussy piece.
> 
> A couple of more recordings that I heard with Poleri: Beethoven's 9th,
> again conducted by Munch, with Boston SO and L. Price, Forrester, and
> Tozzi; and he was on the original recording of THE SAINT OF BLEECKER STREET.
> 
> I read more than once about the infamous incident in Chicago when, furious
> about the conductor's (Rosenstock?) apparently slow tempi, he stormed off
> the stage loudly cursing the conductor. It was right before the end of
> CARMEN, leaving poor Carmen to finish the opera all by herself with an
> impromptu suicide.
> 
> It's sad when such a temper damages what could arguably have been a major
> tenor career.
> 
> Vesna
> 
>> On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 2:03 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> A recording recommendation - Berlioz - La Damnation de Faust
>> with Poleri, Suzanne Danco (a very underappreciated singer),
>> Martial Singher and Donald Gramm with the BSO conducted by
>> Charles Munch. It is a wonderful memento of all the principals,
>> especially Danco, Poleri and Munch, oh yeah, and of Berlioz.
>> 
>> A bonus - on the set I own, a Victor Gold Seal release, it is paired
>> with Debussy's La Damoiselle Elue with the incomparable
>> Victoria de los Angeles.
>> 
>> They were recorded in 1954 and 55, respectively.
>> 
>> Bob
>> 
>> 
>>> On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 14:47 Terry Lewis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Please pardon my ignorance, but David Poleri is a singer I know almost
>>> nothing about.  I tried looking him up online, but there is very little
>> to
>>> read.  Could you enlighten me as to his temper tantrums and difficulty
>> with
>>> colleagues, it sounds like they were common knowledge? Any specific
>>> recordings to recommend?  Thank you.
>>> 
>>> Terry in Fresno
>>> 
>>> On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 11:17 AM, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> I think by the time of the plane crash his career was basically ended
>> due
>>>> to the temper tantrums and his difficulty as a colleague.  I read
>>> somewhere
>>>> that he and his wife were vacationing in Hawaii and he was no longer
>>>> actively singing?  Whatever the reasons, it was a superb voice and a
>>> career
>>>> squandered.  Another great Philadelphia tenor.  I believe he and Lanza
>>> were
>>>> the same age also.
>>>> 
>>>> Donald
>>>> 
>>>> On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 11:37 AM, Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> While we're speculating, what about David Poleri?  Would he have made
>>> it
>>>>> big with his gorgeous tenor sound and sexy looks, despite his temper
>>>>> tantrums, had he not died prematurely in that plane crash?
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