A Glimpse Into 'Dawn' Of Recorded Music John Maltese and his father spent years tracking down the wax cylinders recorded in the 1890s by businessman Julius Block. Maltese finally found them in St. Petersburg, Russia, and traveled there with record producer Ward Marston. The fruit of the long, careful process of restoring the recordings, The Dawn of Recording, is available this week.
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A Glimpse Into 'Dawn' Of Recorded Music

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A Glimpse Into 'Dawn' Of Recorded Music

A Glimpse Into 'Dawn' Of Recorded Music

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1895: Paul Pabst--Chopin: Minute Waltz

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1912: Jascha Heifetz--Mozart: Gavotte

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1891: Maria Klimentova-Muromtzeva--Schumann: 'Widmung'

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Beginning in the 1890s, a Russian businessman named Julius Block made a series of recordings on wax cylinders. They included performances by violinist Jascha Heifetz (at age 11) and composer Anton Arensky.

The recordings were given up for lost. But when John Maltese and his father heard about them, they embarked on a 30-year quest to track down the rare, wax cylinders. Maltese, a government professor at the University of Georgia, finally found the recordings in St. Petersburg, Russia, and traveled there with record producer Ward Marston. The fruit of the long, careful process of restoring the recordings, The Dawn of Recording , is now available in a new 3-CD set.

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