Albert Spalding and 80 RPM

Albert Spalding’s role as a leading Edison artist secured him representation on the first long-playing records: Edison’s commercially ill-fated long-playing diamond discs, introduced in 1926, which were capable of playing up to 20 minutes per side at 80 RPM.

Because, like all material on these pioneering records, his selections were dubbed from standard diamond disc masters, they represented the same short pieces in his standard catalogue. 

At the end of his life, Spalding appeared on LP records, this time budget issues by small labels, but performing more substantial fare. Particularly of note are his accounts of the Beethoven and Brahms violin concerti recorded for Don Gabor-Remington label in Vienna, at Austria’s Brahms Hall in 1952, his last recording sessions.
In both, Wilhelm Loibner conducted an ensemble billed as the Austrian Symphony Orchestra. For the same company Spalding earlier recorded the three Brahms violin sonatas with pianist Ernő Dohnányi; selected Brahms Hungarian Dances with pianists Dohnányi and Anthony Kooiker, who toured with Spalding for four years; and a collection of music by Tartini, Corelli, and J.S. Bach, some in his own arrangements, with Kooiker. 
A recital of short pieces issued on the Halo label, with accompanist Jules Wolffers, captures Spalding’s voice as he announces two of the works. – Saulo Zucchello