> Eugene Ormandy Columbia Legacy

SONY 19439757482 (120 disks)

This is a remarkable issue, perfectly presented. From 1931 to 1936 Eugene Ormandy served as Music Director of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1936, he became associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. In 1938 he was made Music Director. For 44 years he led the orchestra making numerous recordings: many of the later stereo disks have been reissued. He was highly regarded and received numerous awards. Ormandy also always championed modern composes, reflected particularly in this splendid new Sony set. On occasion, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra recorded as the Philadelphia ".Pops" Orchestra, and on occasion other conductors were involved for select repertory, including Andre Kostelanetz, Saul Caston, Chales O'Connor, Alexander Hilsberg and William Smith, We hear Harl McDonald conducting his own music. Ormandy's 1950 complete recording of Die Fledermaus is included although it is not with the Philadelphia OrchEstra, and for whatever reason (but welcome) we also have Serge Koussevizky and the Boston Symphony playing music of Roy Harris, George Szell and the Cleveland OrchEstra in Haydn and Hindwemith, Fritz Reiner conducting Honegger, Dimitri Mitropoulos' New York Philharmonic conducing Gould Fall river Legend, and an oddity: Sir Thomas Beecham Berners' The triumph of Neptune.

In 1970, Eugene Ormandy cried as he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom "for bringing to each performance something more precious than his great gifts--himself and the rich experiences of his life." His sound was heard throughout the world for they toured extensively. Ormandy surely was one of the great conductors of the century.


Here is a complete list of contents:

ALFVEN: Swedish Rhapsody No. 1.
BACH: Various chorales and other works including transcriptions by Ormandy
BARBER: Adagio for Strings
BARTOK: Concert for Orchestra. Piano Concerto No. 3 (Gyorgy Sandor)
BEETHOVEN: Various overtures. Piano Concertos (Rudolf Serkin). Piano Concerto No. 3 (Claudio Arrau). Piano Concerto No. 4 (Robert Casadesus). Symphonies 3, 5, 6 and 9.
BERG: Excerpts from Wozzeck
BERLIOZ: Roman Carnivaloverture. Fantastic Symphony. Excerpts from The Damnation of Faust.
BERNERS: The Triumph of Neptune
BERNTEIN: Dance Variations from Fancy Free (Alexander Hillsberg, cond.)
BIZET: L'Arlesienne Suites. Symphony in C
BORODIN: Notturno. Polovitsian Dances
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Rudolf Serkin). Serenade No. 2. Symphonies. Variations on a Theme by Haydn. Violin Concerto (Joseph Szigeti).Selected Hungarian Dances.
BRAND: The Wonderful One-Hoss Slay.
BRUCH: Kol Nidrei. (Gregor Piatigorsky). Violin Concerto No. 1 (Isaac Stern).
CHABRIER: España. Larghetto for Horn and Orchestra (Mason Jones).
CHAUSSON: Poème (Zino Francescatti).
CLARKE: Trumpet Voluntary (Samuel Krauss)
COPLAND: Appalachian Spring. Billy the Kid.
CORELLI: Suite for Strings.
DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune. La DemoiselleÉlue (Bidu Sayao). Iberia. Nudge from Nocturnes. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.
DELLO JOIO: Variations, Chaconne and Finale.
DUKAS: The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
DVORAK: Carnival Overture. Cello Concerto(Gregor Piatigorsky). Symphony No 9.
ELGAR: Pomp and Circumstance March No 1.
ENESCU: Rumanian Rhapsodies.
FERNANDEZ: Batuque (Saul Caston, cond.)
FRANCK: Symphony in D minor. (Charles O'Connell, cond.).
GABRIELI: Sonata pian' e forte
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue (Oscar Levant).
GESENSWAY: 4 Squares of Philadelphia.
GLIERE: Russian Sailors' Dance. Symphony No. 3 Ilya Mourometz
GLINKA: Russian and Ludmila Overture.
GLUCK: Melodie from Orpheus and Eufydice.
GOUJLD: Fall River Legend
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suites.
GRIFFES: Poem for Flute and Orchestra (William Kincaid).
HANDEL:Oboe Concerto in D (Marcel Tabouteau). Water Music.
HARRIS: Symphony No. 1 (Boston symphony/Sere Koussevitzky). Symphony No. 7.
HAYDN: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5,7, 82, 88, 98, 99, 100, 101. Symphony No. 82 (Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell(. Symphony No. 99, 100, 101.
HERBERT: Various woks.
HINDEMITH: Concert Music for Strings and Brass. Noblissima Visione. Symphony "Mathis der Maler". Symphonic Metamorphosis (Cleveland Orchestra/George Szerll).
HONEGGER: Concertino for Piano and Orchestra (Oscar Levant/Fritz Reiner). Jeanne d'Arc (Vera Zorina).
Harl McDonald
KABALEVSKY: The Comedians
KENNAN: Niugt Soliloquy (William Kincaid).
KERN: Show Boat (Andre Kostelanetz cond.).
KHACHATURIAN: Gayane Ballet Suite
KODALY: Hary Janos Suite.
LALO: Symphonie Espagnole (Nathan Milstein / Isaac Stern)
LEHAR:: Waltzes
LISZT: Hungarian Fantasy (Claudio Arrau). Hungarian Rhapsody in F minor. Hungarian Rhapsody in C# Minor. Mephisto Waltz. Piano Concerto No. 1 (Claudio Arrau). Les preludes.
McDONALD: Children's Symphony (Harl McDonald, cond.)
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto (Isaac Stern / David Oistrakh)
Excerpts from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Symphony No. 3 (Charles O'Connell, cond.).
MIASKOVSKY: Symphony No. 21.
MILHAUD: Concerto for Percussion and String Orchestra.
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20 (Rudolf Serkin). Symphony No. 40 (first mvt.) (Charles O'Connell, cond.). Violin Concerto No. 4 (David Oistrakh).
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures t an Exhibition.
OFFENBAVH: Gaite Patisienne
PAGANINI: Perpetual Motion. Violin Concerto No. 1 (Zino Francescatti)
PERSICHETTI: Symphony No. 4.
PHILLIPS: Bassoon Concerto (Sol Schoenbach)
PISTON: Symphony No. 4.
PROKOFIEV: Alexander Nevsky (Jennie Tourel). Scythian Suite. Classical Symphony. Symphony No. 6.
RACHMANINOFF: The Bells. The Isle of the Dead. Prelude in C# minor. Prelude in G minor. Symphony No. 2. Symphony No. 3. Vocalise.
RAVEL: Bolero. Daphnis and Chloe Suisse. Pavane for a Dead Princess. Concerto for the Left Hand.(Robert Casadesus). Rapsodie espagnole. Tzigane (Isaac Stern). La valse.
RESPIGHI: Roman Festivals. Arie de corte.The Pines of Rome.
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio espagnole. Schcherazade Dance of the Tumblers. The Flight of the Bumblebee. Russian Easter Overture.
RODGERS: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Andre Kostelanetz, cond.)
South Pacific (Andre Koetelanetz, cond.).
ROSSINI: William Tell Overture. Semiramide Overture.
SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No. 1 (Gregor Piatigorsky). Havanaise (Zino Francesatti /William Smith, cond.)Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (Isaac Stern / Zino Francescatti). Symphony No. 3 (E. Power Biggs).
SARASATE: Ziegunerweisen (Zino Francescatti /William Smith, cond.)
SCHOENBERG: Transfigured Night.
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8.
WILLIAM SCHUMAN: Credendum. Symphony No. 3. Symphony No. 5.
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto (Rudolf Serkin - two recordings)
SIBELIUS: En Saga. Finlandia. Lemminkainen Suite. The Oceanides. Pohjola's Daughter. Symphony No. 2. Symphony No. 2 (finale) (Charles O'Connell, cond.). Symphony No. 4. Symphony No. 5. Tapiola.
SMETANA: he Bartered Bride Overture and Danes.
JOHANN STRAUSS I: Radetzky March.
JOHANN STRAUSS II: Various Waltzes, Polkas and Marches. Die Fledermaus. Suit from Die Fledrmaus.
JOSEF STRAUSS: šthree waltzes.
RICHARD STRAUSS: Burlesque (Rudolf Serkin). Don Juan. Ein Heldenleben. Don Quixote (Lorne Monroe). Love Scene from Feuersnot. Suite from Die Frau Ohne Schatten. Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome. Serenade, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks. Death and Transfiguration.
VON SUPPE: Poet and Peasant Overture
TCHAIKOVSKHY: 1812 Overture. Andante Mobile. Capriccio Italien. Francesca da Rimini. NutcrackerSuite. Piano Concerto No. 1 (Oscar Levant). Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Serenade for Strings. Slavonic March. Sleeping Beauty Suite. Symphony No. 4. Symphony No. 5. Symphony No. §. Violin Concerto (Isaac Stern / Alexander Hillsberg, cond.)
THOMAS: Mignon Overture.
THOMSON: 3 Pictures for Orchestra. 5 Portraits. 5 Songs from William Blake (Mark Harrell / composer cond.)
VAUGHAN WLLIAMS: Fantasie on Green sleeves.
VIEUXTEMPS: Violin Concerto No. 4 (Zino Francescatti).
VINCENT: Symphony in D.
VIVALDI: Concerto for Two Violins (Isaac Stern / David Oistrakh).
WAGNER: Excerpts from Die Gotterdämmerung (Margaret Harshaw). Orchestral excerpts from Lohengrin, Die meistErsinger, Tannhauser, Tristan and Isolde, and Die Walküre.
WALDTEUFEL: Four waltzes.

A handsome 210-page 8 x 10 inch booklet contains profuse program notes, compete recording information. and photos of original release covers. This is a limited edition set and wise collectors should snap it up as it doubtless il be sold out quickly Thank you Sony!

R.E.B. (April 2021)