September 6, 2020
Many entries for recordings by Sir John Barbirolli were
improved based on input from Malcolm Walker.
August 23, 2020
John Milmo provided revised versions of the -g/-h/-i
files, and several new documents listing recordings
from 1934, with prefixes starting with 0A. As a result,
the database has approximately 2,000 additional
recordings. The latest tally is 425,193.
August 16, 2020
A replacement for the 0BA/2BA file has been incorporated,
with many corrections made by John Milmo and John Bolig.
A sort of search results by Matrix Number now also orders
by take numbers within a matrix.
August 1, 2020
A replacement for the old Suf-G file has been incorporated.
Based on scans that were made of the 7” recordings at the
EMI Archive, data has been added to many of the recording
entries in this file, and suffixes appended to the matrix
numbers, faithfully transcribed from the actual recordings.
Many of the matrix numbers have extended suffixes, the
precise meaning of which can now only be guessed at.
Whatever these extended suffixes meant, the practice was
probably discontinued once the matrix numbering was standardised
in 1904 (see the first article by John Milmo under the
Resources tab in this website).
July 19, 2020
Several items have been corrected in the Suf-a, Suf-d and
Suf-e files and, based on extensive work by John Milmo and
Peter Adamson, a completely revised version of the
Suf- A(D) file has been incorporated; all of this is
related to some of the earliest recordings in the database.
To see a log of all changes, click
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A Few Notes
Because the Kelly files were originally unstructured Word documents,
it was difficult to extract all the
information in them into discrete fields and
impossible to arrive at consistent and
standardised forms for names of performers and titles.
Every effort has been made to design searches so that they retrieve
the recordings sought.
The database contains the following searchable fields:
- Performer(s): names of one or more performers
in various forms
- Title: names of works or titles of individual
pieces as entered by Kelly
- Matrix No.: The Matrix No. without any prefix, suffix, take number or fractional take number
- Prefix to the Matrix No.: alpha or alpha-numeric
- Suffix to the Matrix No.: alpha suffix
- Issue Number: the record company’s assigned
- Recording Date: in numeric form, in the order:
- Location: a city, country or recording venue
- File: Kelly file name
- Other: any data that could not be associated
with a particular field by the scanning program
- Notes: when data elements seem to have been
mis-situated, they are sometimes explicitly removed
and placed in this field.