Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra - The Columbia Stereo Collection

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Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra - The Columbia Stereo Collection
Isaac Stern (violin) William Kincaid (flute) Anthony Gigliotti (clarinet) Gary Graffman (piano) / Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

[ Sony RCA Original Masters / 88 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 17 November 2023

Following up on the success of Sony Classical's recent large-scale Ormandy collections - his monaural discographies with the Minneapolis Symphony and Philadelphia orchestras - the label now presents the conductor's stereo recordings from Philadelphia containing all recordings released from 1958 to 1963 (plus some fillers from later years).

Eugene Ormandy took over the music directorship in Philadelphia from Leopold Stokowski in 1938 and held the position for 42 years. During that time his name and the orchestra's became inseparable as he cultivated and further developed the voluptuous sound that originated with his predecessor.

Ormandy and his Philadelphians were among the most prolific recording artists of all time. Between 1944 and 1968 (preceded and followed by contracts with RCA Victor), they were associated exclusively with Columbia Masterworks. Ormandy was a committed recording enthusiast, working quickly and readily accommodating the company's planning in order to produce best-sellers.

Sony Classical's new Ormandy/Philadelphia stereo box is filled with familiar and unfamiliar works by virtually every well-known composer (and many forgotten figures), spanning the centuries and covering the stylistic waterfront from Bach (the sons as well as the father) to Beethoven, Berlioz, Borodin, Bartók and beyond. It would be impossible (and pointless) to list them all.

There are numerous CD premières in the new collection. Among them: Ormandy's complete 1958 recording of Debussy's Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien with soprano Hilde Gueden and Vera Zorina as the narrator; Bach's B minor Mass and the Brahms Requiem from 1962; as well as symphonies by Haydn and other works by Borodin, Glinka, Wagner, Poulenc, Casella and American composers including Yardumian, Barati, Rochberg and Dello Joio.

Ormandy and the Philadelphians made the first US recording of Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony. Surveying Ormandy's stereo discography on Columbia recently, the ClassicsToday reviewer lauded his "voluptuous" Scheherazade, his "outstanding Vaughan Williams Fantasia on 'Greensleeves', his Bach transcriptions ("Wonderfully done, they highlight Ormandy's gifts as a post-Stokowski Bach arranger, an important part of his legacy") and his special affinity for Russian music, including "his glorious Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony and Serenade for Strings, his magnificent Rachmaninov Second, and his classic Shostakovich Cello Concerto with Rostropovich coupled to an excellent First Symphony. The composer himself attended these sessions and was dazzled by both conductor and orchestra. These are all must-have recordings. Ormandy was also known during his lifetime as the best concerto accompanist in the business, and this coupling of Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn violin concertos shows his cordial collaboration with Isaac Stern operating at the very highest level." Other listeners and commentators will have no hesitation in adding their own favorites to that brief selection of must-have Ormandy recordings. Indeed, for the conductor's many enthusiasts and collectors, Sony Classical's comprehensive new box set - all items presented in new or best available remasterings - is self-recommending.

".. both recordings feature bright and clear stereo sound, with the Variations quite vivid and spacious" ClassicsToday on Tchaikovsky Symphony and Rococo


Pines of Rome
Fountains of Rome
Roman Festivals

Grand Canyon Suite

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67
Piano Concerto No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 53
Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43
Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (2 recordings)
The Swan of Tuonela (from Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22)
Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1
Finlandia, Op. 26
En Saga, Op. 9
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Paganiniana, Op. 65

Hungarian Rhapsody, S359 No. 1 in F minor
Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor
Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

In the Steppes of Central Asia
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
String Quartet No. 2: 3rd Movement (Notturno)

Belshazzar's Feast

A Night on the Bare Mountain
Gopak (from Sorochintsy Fair)

Masquerade Suite - Galop
Gayaneh: Dance of the Young Maidens
Sabre Dance from Gayane

Polka from The Golden Age, Op. 22
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10
Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
La Mer

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

The Stars and Stripes Forever

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Rimsky Korsakov:
Christmas Eve Suite: Polonaise
Dance of the Tumblers (from Snegurochka)
Le Coq d'Or Suite
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36
Scheherazade, Op. 35

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

The Comedians suite, Op. 26

Air Power Suite
War Scenes

Carmen Suite

Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 297b
Requiem in D minor, K626 (excerpt)
Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra No. 10 in E flat, K365
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major K282
Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K313
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622
Concerto for Three Pianos & Orchestra, K242

Franck, C:
Symphony in D minor

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')
Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565
Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, BWV564
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV582

The Four Seasons
Concerto in D minor for two Violins RV 514
Concerto in C minor for two Violins RV 509
Concerto for Two Violins in G minor RV 517
Concerto for Two Violins and Strings in D Major, RV 512

Violin Concerto No. 1, BB48a, Sz 36

Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 8 in G minor 'fatto per la notte di Natale': Pastorale

Scherzo from Octet, Op. 20

Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Op. 84, Hob. I / 105
Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob. VIIe:1

1812 Overture, Op. 49
Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11)
Capriccio italien, Op. 45
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
Manfred Symphony, Op. 58
Marche slave, Op. 31
None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 75
Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)
Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture
Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48
Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a
Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite
The Nutcracker Ballet, Op. 71 (Excerpts)
The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (Act II)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Symphonies Nos. 1-6
Symphony No. 7 in E flat major, completed Bogatryryev
The Seasons, Op. 37b: June (Barcarolle)
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Hungarian Dances (excerpts)
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Selig sind, die da Leid tragen (from Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Robertson, J:
The Lord's Prayer
Come, Come Ye Saints

O, My Father

Le prophète: Coronation March

How Great the Wisdom and the Love

St Cecilia Mass (excerpt)

Psalm 148

For unto us a child is born (from Messiah)
Music for the Royal Fireworks Suite
Water Music Suite

David's Lamentation

Londonderry Air

Howe, J W:
Battle Hymn of the Republic

Suite for Strings

Ave Maria, D839
Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

La Rédemption: Unfold Ye Portals

Robertson, J:
Old Things Are Done Away

The Lord's Prayer

Woodland Sketches, Op. 51: No. 1 To a Wild Rose

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Strauss, J, II:
Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410
Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437
Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

Passacaglia, Recitative and Fugue for Piano and Orchestra
Choral Prelude
Cantus animae et cordis
Symphony No. 2 'Psalms': I Psalm 130

Franck, C:
Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Symphonie sur un chant montagnard, Op. 25

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22

Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien

Carmina Burana

Le Tombeau de Couperin
Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version)
Pavane pour une infante défunte
La Valse
Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)


Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune

Vincent, J:
Symphonic Poem After Descartes
Symphony in D (A Festival Piece In One Movement)

Swedish Rhapsody No. 1, Op. 19 'Midsommarvaka'

Violin Concerto

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Vaughan Williams:
Fantasia on Greensleeves

Danse macabre, Op. 40
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Bacchanale
Le carnaval des animaux

Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 114

Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

Russian Sailors' Dance from The Red Poppy

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Euryanthe Overture

Weinberger, J:
Schwanda the Bagpiper: Polka & Fugue

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Strauss, R:
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24
Don Juan, Op. 20
Don Quixote, Op. 35

Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 - Suite No. 2

Violin Concerto No. 22 in A minor, G97

Concerto in G minor for Organ, Strings & Timpani

and much much more