Inside the Recording Studio: Working with Callas, Rostropovich, Domingo, and the Classical Elite

Overview

As a record producer and administrator, Peter Andry has worked with many of the 20th century's greatest classical music artists and performers. Through his work with Decca, his years as president of EMI Classics, and his creation and direction of Warner Classics, he has collaborated with high-caliber artists such as Maria Callas, Yehudi Menuhin, and Herbert von Karajan. He associated with them in close quarters through times of work, play, stress, and relaxation. He has admired their talent, dedication, and ...

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Overview

As a record producer and administrator, Peter Andry has worked with many of the 20th century's greatest classical music artists and performers. Through his work with Decca, his years as president of EMI Classics, and his creation and direction of Warner Classics, he has collaborated with high-caliber artists such as Maria Callas, Yehudi Menuhin, and Herbert von Karajan. He associated with them in close quarters through times of work, play, stress, and relaxation. He has admired their talent, dedication, and charisma, as well as coped with their foibles, idiosyncrasies, and egos. In Inside the Recording Studio: Working with Callas, Rostropovich, Domingo, and the Classical Elite, Andry recounts his experiences with these exceptional talents, with whom he worked as a musician, a record producer, and a company executive. Andry presents intimate portraits of brilliant artists—such as Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Sir Thomas Beecham, Otto Klemperer, Sir Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jacqueline du Pré, and Maxim Vengerov—juxtaposed with the dramatic changes occurring in the recording business during this time, a period that began with 78s and saw successively the advent of LPs, stereo sound, quadraphonic sound, audio cassettes, video, CDs, DVDs, and the growing importance of the internet. A foreword by Plácido Domingo and more than 30 photos of the artists are included along with a discography of Andry's recordings with the three labels. These memoirs will be fascinating and exciting to anyone interested in the classical music and recording industries.

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Editorial Reviews

Classical Music
A volume in the line from the late John Culshaw's legendary Decca-related memoirs, this is an engaging stringing-together of tales from Peter Andry's distinguished decades as a producer....No one can fail to enjoy this.
American Record Guide, May/June 2009 - VROON
There are wonderful stories, and you will get to know what went on behind the scenes when great recordings were being made.
Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, March 2009 - Richard LeSueur
Inside the recording studio is remarkably honest.... Highly recommend this title for any library which has a large collection of recordings.
BBC Music Magazine
Engaging style...
May/June 2009 American Record Guide
There are wonderful stories, and you will get to know what went on behind the scenes when great recordings were being made.
October 2008 Classical Music
A volume in the line from the late John Culshaw's legendary Decca-related memoirs, this is an engaging stringing-together of tales from Peter Andry's distinguished decades as a producer....No one can fail to enjoy this.
August 2008 BBC Music Magazine
Engaging style...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810860261
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/11/2008
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,132,311
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Andry, now retired, was a record producer for Decca and EMI. After serving as president of EMI Classics, he left to create Warner Classics. He has written for various magazines including Gramophone and Classical Music. Robin Stringer is a journalist for The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard, and numerous arts magazines, including Gramophone and Classical Music. Tony Locantro works for EMI in a variety of roles, most recently producing best-selling classical compilations. He has written many CD booklet notes and collaborated with Peter Martland on the authoritative EMI history, Since Records Began: EMI: The First 100 Years (1997).

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Table of Contents

1 Sir Thomas Beecham 1

2 Yehudi Menuhin 11

3 Jacqueline du Pre and Daniel Barenboim 23

4 Four pianists 35

5 Maria Callas 47

6 Herbert von Karajan 61

7 Otto Klemperer 73

8 The three tenors 89

9 Two antipodean dames 97

10 American orchestras 109

11 Riccardo Muti and Andre Previn 119

12 Mstislav Rostropovich 131

13 Three violinists 139

14 Sir Simon Rattle and Mariss Jansons 149

15 Testament 159

Postscript 167

Discography 169

Index 209

About the authors 221

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    a fun read about some great recordings

    This book is based on the memoirs of record producer, in which he tells of making recordings with some of the greats of the mid-1950s onward for the labels Decca and EMI - Lodnon and Angel in the US. As a recording fan myself, I have enjoyed these through the years starting with the memoirs of early producers like Fred Gaisberg and Joe Batten. Peter Andry was responsible for many of the recordings we still enjoy today - and are among the best made and by which others are judged.
    He is at his best discussing conductors such as Sir Thomas Beecham and Otto Klemperer. I suppose this is so because these bring a more personal touch rather than just reporting the facts.
    Don't get me wrong. The other chapters are fun as well although I must say that the chapter titled "Testament" could well have spent more time telling us about his recording the 1955 Bayreuth Ring in stereo rather than digressing into a history about Decca. His stereo Ring has finally been released on the Testament label - hence the chapter title - and which I aired a couple of years ago.
    If I have a quibble or two, one is that the photos are rather poor with no better quality than a newspaper photo. Surely they could have reproduced them on clearly on high quality paper. Another is that Mr. Andry gives Charles Munch's name as "Münch" which I don't think the esteemed French conductor would've liked.
    Even so, I can still highly recommend this book, "Inside the Recording Studio" by Peter Andry.

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