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Fontana - the Peculiar Philips Sub Label.
initially contained recordings like Brahms' 1st Piano concerto with
Leon Fleisher and George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra or
Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody coupled with Franck's Variations Synfoniques
played by the same musicians (originally Epic in the USA). There was
also Adam Harasiewiecz playing Chopin's op. 11 and for instance Ingrid
Haebler with Szymon Goldberg conducting the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
in Mozart's concerto K 414 and Rondo K 386, with Haydn's Concerto in
D, and there were a few more of Ingrid Haebler's Mozart concertos.
the nineteen seventies there were many different series of both Philips
and Fontana in existence a fact which led to much confusion. Restructuring
the catalogue seemed necessary and as the Fontana labeleventually
ceased to exist much of its contents was released in the Philips Grandioso
series while most of the time use was made of the Fontana and original
early Philips matrixes.
There were also transfers to a 134 series with Mercury logo, 134 303 MVY being one of these with Dorati and the Minneapolis Symphony conducting Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (with pianist Eugene List), Cuban Overture and An American in Paris (Am. Mercury 90290); or a recording of Gina Bachauer playing the Chopin Op. 11 Concerto and some piano pieces (Am. Mercury 90368).
Not much later several tapes were released in the 838 series and a few recordings like Byron Janis with the Liszt Concertos, and with Schumann's Concerto, Scheherazade with Antal Dorati and Gina Bachauer with Beethoven's 5th Concerto were released in the 839 series (531, 532, 599 and 535 respectively).
The MGY 130 series were gradually abandoned altogether although some items remained available in a few other European countries for several years but many were now pressed from Philips matrixes. The only Mercury that was mentioned in 1972 in the Philips catalogue was the spectacular best-selling MGY 130 514. In the Classical Catalogue 1972/73 the Fontana edition was announced. In the 838 series Beethoven's 5th Piano concerto with Gina Bachauer and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has reference number 500. Beethoven's 5th with Antal Dorati and Schubert 'Unfinished' with Stanislaw Skrowaczeski is 838 502. On 838 503 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt conducts the two Mozart symphonies. And the music from Coppélia (Délibes) conducted by Antal Dorati and from Sylvia (Délibes) conducted by Anatole Fistoulari is now on 838 505.
Because Philips was a household name in many countries it was probably easier to sell Mercury recordings on the Philips label. A number of recordings made in cooperation with the Mercury team were released directly on the Philips label as was the case with Blue beard's Castle (Bartók) performed by Olga Szonyi and Mihaly Szekely, and Antal Dorati conducting the London Symphony Orchestra (in the US Mercury 90311).
An early example are the recordings of the Piano concertos Nos. 1 and 2 of Franz Liszt played by Yuri Boukoff and conductor Laszlo Somogyi (Am. Mercury 18066) which was released in the Philips 835 series and later on Fontana 894 009. And there were more:
I am not sure if excerpts from Lulu and Wozzeck (Alban Berg) conducted by Dorati were released for the first time as 839 263 (Mercury 90278) and music by Schoenberg, Berg and von Webern conducted by Antal Dorati as 839 264 (Mercury 90316).
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