Piero Coppola. Pt. 2 (Massenet, Saint-Saëns, Dukas)

Here, as promised, is some more from conductor Piero Coppola.  Once again, none of this material has been reissued either on LP or CD.  Certainly this repertory finds Coppola in his element once again.  I had hoped to present another Massenet work, the Scènes Alsaciennes, but we haven’t put our hands on a copy yet.

Once again thanks to Ward Marston for making these gems from his collection, and also doing the expert disc transfers (once again leaving the joining of sides and minor manual click removal to my efforts).

Massenet: Scènes pittoresques
Orchestre Symphonique du Gramophone
Recorded October 19, 1927
Disques Gramophone L 644/45
Matrices CTR 3244/47

Massenet: Manon: Entr’acte – Minuet (Act 3)
Massenet: Don Quichotte: Interlude No. 2:
La Tristesse de Dulcinee (Act 4)
Pasdeloup Orchestra
Recorded November 24, 1934
Disques Gramophone DA 4869
Matrices OLA 199/200

Werther: Werther: Prelude to Act 1
Orchestre Symphonique
Recorded January 27, 1930
Disques Gramophone L 801 (side a)
Matrix CF 2797

Saint-Saëns: Suite Algérienne:
Rêverie du soir & Marche militaire française
Orchestre Symphonique du Gramophone
Recorded June 8, 1928
Disques Gramophone L 718
Matrices CT 4042/43

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila:
Introduction and Opening Chorus
Orchestre Symphonique du Gramophone
and Choeurs de L’Opera
Recorded March 8, 1928
Disques Gramophone L 680
Matrices CK 2772/73

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila:
Bacchanale & Danse des Prêtresses de Dagon
Orchestre Symphonique du Gramophone
Recorded October 21, 1927
Disques Gramophone P 734/35
Matrices BTR 3266/69

Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue: Preludes to Acts 2 & 3
Orchestre Symphonique du Gramophone
Recorded November 16, 1927
Disques Gramophone W 869
Matrices CTR 3387/88

Dukas: La Péri
Orchestre Symphonique du Gramophone
Recorded November 8, 1926
Disques Gramophone W 790/91
Matrices CFR 239/42



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8 Responses to Piero Coppola. Pt. 2 (Massenet, Saint-Saëns, Dukas)

  1. Satyr says:

    Thanks a lot for these beautiful Coppola transfers!

  2. CharmNick says:

    Thank you so much, Neal! Where would we be without you? Best wishes, Nick

  3. zauberharfe says:

    Dear all (and especially Neal!)

    In the first place, let me thank you a thousand times for having transferred, prepared, and uploaded all these treasures; if it hadn’t been for you, they surely would have been relegated to oblivion except to a selected few. I am really indebted to you.

    Seeing this discussion here about the best hoster, I think I have a proposal which outdoes every other solution suggested. http://www.remixshare.com is the address. It’s totally free (also popup-free, and there are reasonably few ads), and it generally gives 1MB/s while allowing multiple downloads (when uploading to remix, I suggest you use the single file uploader, it is much faster). I really don’t know how they make it profitable for them, but it’s not our problem. 😀

    I really suggest that you give it a try! By your kind permission also I can make mirror for this last upload of yours; let’s see how it works for the others.

    Thank you once again for your perseverance and work!

  4. Paul Rice says:

    Neal: Two fascinating compilations! The sound that you and Ward Marston managed to coax out those ancient shellacs is pretty amazing. The pressings must have been in extremely good shape. Do you have any idea what system was being used for the 1926 recordings? I presume that they must have been the Western Electric (Westrex) system, but there seems to be a difference in sound quality between the Dukas La Peri, and the Debussy Children’s Corner Suite that makes me wonder if different systems were used (although the recording dates are less than a month apart). Or are my ears deceiving me . . .?

  5. gary says:

    Amazing, magical recordings. I can’t thank you enough for the chance to hear these. Wonderful!

  6. tatifan says:

    Thanks for the comments, everyone! A couple of late replies here: @zauberharfe….Remixshare is a welcome hosting service for the reasons you state, certainly, but the fact that the files can’t be guaranteed to remain active is a deal breaker for me. I can’t be constantly policing my 3 years of uploads to see which have expired due to inactivity. Also, another problem is that JDownloader does not support remixshare as of right now, so that loading multiple downloads are not possible except by individual web pages (at least parallel download are possible, if a bit cumbersome to launch for those of us used to JDownloader). Btw, I recommend JDownloader for those who are annoyed and plagued by those popups….it allows one to enter the captchas, if required, directly from the interface, without ever having to deal with the original web page and popups.

    @Paul….I think that the dry studio in the Children’s Corner accounts for the almost “acoustic” recording sound. Also, the reinforced bass line (with tuba or Sarrusophone, perhaps?). These are ALSO present on some of the other early electrics of Coppola, but the larger recording spaces mask their presence somewhat.



  7. Shalom says:

    Got a question for you.

    About August of 2000, I downloaded from I forget where, most of an MP3 rip of the Danse Macabre, apparently from an acoustic 78 judging by the sound quality. It had been condensed to about 3+ minutes, leaving off the clock striking 12 at the beginning among other edits. As the last bit of the file was missing (it cuts off at 2:51), I don’t have any ID3 tags, so I don’t know where this recording came from. (There was an ID3V2 tag at the head of the file, but it contained the single string “SAEDMM” which doesn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know.) The file name as downloaded was 12YR02.mp3, if that helps. I’ve since gone around downloading as many 78-versions of this piece as I could, but none of them was this recording.

    I put a copy at http://mysite.verizon.net/druggist/saint-saens%20-%20danse%20macabre%20-%20unknown%2078%20-12yr02.mp3 ; could you listen to that and see if you recognize it? You seem to be the guy to ask on acoustic-era classical stuff; if you know what this is, you’d solve an 11 year mystery.


  8. tatifan says:

    I don’t recognize this version, but it certainly does sound acoustic…..perhaps someone can help?

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