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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)

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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. "Any conductor reflects clearly the instrument he played," the Budapest-born Ormandy (1899-1985) once said. "My sound is what it is because I was a violinist." As one commentator put it: "Every piece Ormandy touched was characterized by a ripened string tone around which the rest of the orchestra could glow."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In 1963, 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."

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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.

EUGENE ORMANDY & PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA: COLUMBIA COLLECTION

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. "Any conductor reflects clearly the instrument he played," the Budapest-born Ormandy (1899-1985) once said. "My sound is what it is because I was a violinist." As one commentator put it: "Every piece Ormandy touched was characterized by a ripened string tone around which the rest of the orchestra could glow."

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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.

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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.

-

In 1963, 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."

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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.

EUGENE ORMANDY & PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA: COLUMBIA COLLECTION

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Eugene Ormandy & Philadelphia Orch: Columbia Coll
Artist: Eugene Ormandy
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DISC: 1

1. DISC 1:
2. Respighi: Pini di Roma: Symphonic Poem
3. Respighi: Fontane di Roma: Symphonic Poem
4. Respighi: Feste Romane: Symphonic Poem
5. DISC 2:
6. Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite
7. DISC 3:
8. Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 100
9. DISC 4:
10. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16
11. Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
12. DISC 5:
13. Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
14. Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105
15. DISC 6:
16. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies, S. 359: No. 1 in F Minor
17. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies, S. 359: No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor
18. Enescu: 2 Romanian Rhapsodies, Op. 11: No. 1 in A Major
19. Enescu: 2 Romanian Rhapsodies, Op. 11: No. 2 in D Major
20. Liszt (arr. Herbert): Liebesträume No. 3 'O Lieb, so lang', S541, No. 3 (Rêve d'amour)
21. DISC 7:
22. Dello Jojo: Air Power Suite
23. Dello Jojo: War Scenes
24. DISC 8:
25. Bizet: Carmen Suite
26. DISC 9:
27. Mozart, W.A.: Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major, K. 297 B
28. Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante for Oboe, Bassoon, Violin, Cello ; Orchestra in B-Flat Major, Hob. I: 105
29. Haydn: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E-flat Major, Hob. VIIe: 1
30. DISC 10:
31. Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, A Musical Tale for Children, Op. 67
32. Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34
33. DISC 11:
34. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
35. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
36. DISC 12:
37. Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68
38. DISC 13:
39. Robertson: The Lord's Prayer
40. Robertson: Come, Come Ye Saints
41. Brahms: A German Requiem, Op. 45: I. Blessed Are They That Mourn
42. McGranahan (arr. Gates): O, My Father
43. McIntyre: How Great the Wisdom and the Love
44. Gounod: St. Cecilia Mass, CG 56: Holy, Holy, Holy
45. Holst: 148th Psalm
46. Handel: Messiah, HWV 56: For Unto Us A Child Is Born
47. Billings (arr. Siegmeister): David's Lamentation
48. Anonymous (arr. Baldwin): Londonderry Air
49. Howe (arr. Wilhousky): Battle Hymn of the Republic
50. Schubert (arr. Riegger): Ave Maria, D. 839
51. Gounod: The Redemption - Unfold, Ye Portals
52. Mozart, W.A.: Requiem aeternam "Give unto the meek" - Kyrie eleison "Show Thy mercy"
53. Robertson: Oratorio from the Book of Mormon: "Old Things Are Done Away"
54. Malotte: The Lord's Prayer
55. DISC 14:
56. Franck: Variations symphoniques, FWV 46
57. d'Indy: Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français, Op. 25
58. DISC 15:
59. Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S. 124
60. Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S. 120, R. 456
61. DISC 16:
62. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Op. 49, TH 49
63. Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
64. Borodin: Polovtsian Dances (From "Prince Igor")
65. Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
66. Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite: Galop
67. Khachaturian: Gayane Ballet Suite: Dance of the Young Maidens
68. Shostakovich: Polka from "The Age of Gold"
69. Rimsky-Korsakov: Polonaise from Christmas Eve Suite
70. Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden: Dance of the Tumblers
71. Kabalevsky: Comedian's Galop (From "The Comedians")
72. Mussorgsky: Sorochinsty Fair: Gopak
73. Khachaturian: Sabre Dance from "Gayne Ballet Suite"
74. DISC 17:
75. Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L. 86
76. Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, M. 57b
77. Debussy: La mer, L. 109
78. DISC 18:
79. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23
80. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21
81. DISC 19:
82. Mozart, W.A.: Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K. 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (2013 Remastered Version)
83. Bach, J.S.: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: II. Air on the G String (2013 Remastered Version)
84. Corelli: Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 8 "Christmas Concerto" (2013 Remastered Version)
85. Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in E-Flat Major, Op. 20: III. Scherzo (2013 Remastered Version)
86. DISC 20/21:
87. Handel: Messiah, HWV 56
88. DISC 22:
89. Rimsky-Korsakov: Le coq d'or Suite
90. Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival, Op. 36
91. Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture
92. Tchaikovsky: Marche slave, Op. 31, TH 45
93. Balakirev (orch. Casella): Islamey (Oriental Fantasy)
94. DISC 23:
95. Handel (arr. Hamilton Harty): Royal Fireworks Suite
96. Corelli (arr. Pinelli): Suite for Strings
97. Handel (arr. Harty): Water Music Suite
98. DISC 24:
99. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, TH 29
100. DISC 25:
101. Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27
102. DISC 26:
103. Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107
104. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10
105. DISC 27:
106. Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O 7
107. Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, MWV O 11
108. DISC 28:
109. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
110. Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22
111. DISC 29:
112. Debussy: The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, L. 124
113. DISC 30:
114. Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4 in C Major, Op. 112
115. DISC 31:
116. Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83
117. DISC 32:
118. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30 "Pathétique"
119. DISC 33:
120. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
121. Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: II. The Swan of Tuonela
122. DISC 34:
123. Orff: Carmina Burana
124. DISC 35:
125. Ravel: Boléro, M. 81
126. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, M. 68a
127. Ravel: Miroirs, M. 43: No. 4, Alborada del gracioso (Version for Orchestra)
128. Chabrier: España
129. Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
130. Debussy (arr. orch.): Suite bergamasque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune (Arr. for Orchestra)
131. Ravel: La Valse
132. DISC 36:
133. Vincent: Symphonic Poem After Descartes
134. Vincent: Symphony in D (A Festival Piece In One Movement)
135. DISC 37:
136. Bach, J.S. (arr. Ormandy): Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
137. Bach, J.C.: Sinfonia for Double Orchestra in E-Flat Major, Op. 18, No. 1
138. Bach, J.S. (arr. Ormandy): Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564
139. Bach, J.S. (arr. Ormandy): Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582
140. DISC 38:
141. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in E Major, RV 269 "Spring"
142. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in G Minor, RV 315 "Summer"
143. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in F Major, RV 293, "Autumn"
144. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in F Minor, RV 297 "Winter"
145. DISC 39:
146. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op. 23 - Suite No. 1, Op. 46
147. Sibelius: 2 Pieces from Kuolema, Op. 44: No. 1, Valse triste
148. Alfén: Midsommarvaka, Op. 19 "Swedish Rhapsody No. 1"
149. Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26
150. Sibelius: En Saga, Op. 9
151. DISC 40:
152. Walton: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
153. Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21
154. DISC 41:
155. Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, RV 514
156. Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Violins in C Minor, RV 509
157. Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Violins in G Minor, RV 517
158. Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Violins in D Major, RV 512
159. DISC 42:
160. Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
161. Casella: Paganiniana Op. 65
162. DISC 43:
163. Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C Major, Op. 48, TH 48
164. Borodin (arr. Sargent): Nocturne for String Orchestra
165. Barber: Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
166. Vaughan-Williams (arr. Greaves): Fantasia on Greensleeves from Sir John In Love
167. Grieg: Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34
168. Schubert (arr. Harris): Serenade, D. 957, No. 4
169. MacDowell (arr. Frost): 10 Woodland Sketches, Op. 51: No. 1, To a Wild Rose (Arr. T. Frost for Orchestra)
170. Massenet: Meditation from "Thaïs" ^1.17

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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. "Any conductor reflects clearly the instrument he played," the Budapest-born Ormandy (1899-1985) once said. "My sound is what it is because I was a violinist." As one commentator put it: "Every piece Ormandy touched was characterized by a ripened string tone around which the rest of the orchestra could glow."

-

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.

-

In 1963, 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.

EUGENE ORMANDY & PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA: COLUMBIA COLLECTION

        
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