B0003. CHARLES O'CONNELL. The Other Side of the Record. New York, Knopf, 1947. 343pp. Index; DJ. Extensive Chapters on Koussevitzky, Fiedler, Heifetz, Stokowski, Monteux, Toscanini, Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein, Flagstad, Melchior, etc. by the Music Director of Victor Red Seal Records, 1930-44. Delightful memoirs concerning the private lives of many Victor Artists with whom O'Connell worked.
“The American conductor, recording executive and arranger, Charles O'Connell, studied at the Catholic School and College of the Holy Cross (BA, 1922). He also had instruction in organ from Widor in Paris. From 1930 to 1944 Charles O'Connell was head of the artist and repertoire department of the RCA Victor Red Seal label, then music director of Columbia Masterworks (1944-1947). He published The Victor Book of the Symphony (1934; new edition, 1948); The Victor Book of the Opera (1937); The Other Side of the Record (1947); The Victor Book of Overtures, Tone Poems and Other Orchestral Works (1950).”
- Ned Ludd