Eugene Ormandy

Composers

Biography

Born: Nov 18, 1899; Hungary   Died: Mar 12, 1985; USA  
Longtime Philadelphia Orchestra conductor Eugene Ormandy (born Jenó Blau) developed what came to be known as the "Philadelphia Sound." (He groused that it should be called the "Ormandy Sound," even though its fundamentals had already been established during Leopold Stokowski's long tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra.) Largely as an effort to overcome the dry acoustics of the orchestra's home, the Academy of Music, Ormandy emphasized lush Read more string sonorities and, often, legato phrasing and rounded tone. He was lauded even by his own musicians for his ability to conduct everything from memory, even complex contemporary scores. Still, aside from the voluptuous tone, Ormandy's interpretations rarely bore an individual stamp. They were, however, highly polished, intelligently balanced, and well paced, always serving the scores honorably, and often with a dash of controlled excitement.
Ormandy initially studied violin with his father, and entered Budapest's Royal Academy of Music at age 5, falling under the tutelage of Jenö Hubay at 9. He received a teacher's certificate at 17, and served as concertmaster of the Blüthner Orchestra in Germany, also giving recitals and performing as a concerto soloist.
He moved to the United States in 1921 (taking citizenship in 1927), lured by the promise of a lucrative concert tour. That tour fell through, though, and Ormandy was forced to make ends meet by taking a back-desk job with the Capitol Theater Orchestra in New York City, accompanying silent films. Ormandy soon advanced to the position of concertmaster, and made his conducting debut there in September 1924 when the regular conductor fell ill. By 1926 he was named the orchestra's associate music director, and made extra money conducting light classics on the radio. Important debuts soon followed: he conducted the New York Philharmonic at Lewisohn Stadium in 1929, and the following year became guest conductor of the Robin Hood Dell Orchestra in Philadelphia. On October 30, 1931, came his first performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The following year he was engaged as music director of the Minneapolis Symphony, with which he made several recordings, but he didn't remain long in the Midwest. In 1936 the Philadelphia Orchestra called him back as associate conductor, to share baton duties with Leopold Stokowski, who was being eased out. Ormandy became the orchestra's music director in the autumn of 1938, and held that position for 42 years, until his retirement at the end of the 1979-1980 season (whereupon he was named Conductor Laureate). He led the Philadelphia Orchestra on several national and international tours, including, in 1973, the first appearance of an American symphony orchestra in the People's Republic of China. Ormandy was knighted in 1976 -- Queen Elizabeth II's way of observing the American bicentennial.
Ormandy was always a proficient, well-prepared conductor, but he was most comfortable in Romantic and post-Romantic music; especially noteworthy were his performances and recordings of Richard Strauss and Sergei Rachmaninov. He established an especially close professional relationship with the latter in the 1930s, and premiered his Symphonic Dances. Ormandy also led the first performances of many works by American composers, and gave the U.S. premieres of several Shostakovich symphonies, among other works. In 1948 he led the Philadelphia Orchestra in the first symphony concert broadcast on American TV, beating Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony by 90 minutes. Ormandy and the orchestra recorded extensively for Columbia and RCA, especially during the stereo LP era; their discography ranged from the first recording of Shostakovich's thorny Symphony No. 4 to "easy listening" treatments of recent movie music, harking back to his nights in the Capitol Orchestra. Read less

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Born: Nov 18, 1899; Hungary   Died: Mar 12, 1985; USA  
Longtime Philadelphia Orchestra conductor Eugene Ormandy (born Jenó Blau) developed what came to be known as the "Philadelphia Sound." (He groused that it should be called the "Ormandy Sound," even though its fundamentals had already been established during Leopold Stokowski's long tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra.) Largely as an effort to overcome the dry acoustics of the orchestra's home, the Academy of Music, Ormandy emphasized lush Read more
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Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 2 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 44: I. Allegro brillante e molto vivace
II. Andante non troppo
III. Allegro con fuoco
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Introduction
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Harbingers of Spring (Dances of the Adolescents)
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Games of the Rival Tribes
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Wise Elder
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Adoration of the Earth (Wise Elder)
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction (Pagan Night)
Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Choosen One
Part II: The Sacrifice: Summoning of the Ancients
Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual of the Ancients
Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance (Chosen One)
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part One: The Adoration of the Earth - Introduction
Auguries of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls)
Mock Abduction
Spring Khorovod (Round Dance)
Games of the Rival Clans
Procession of the Wise Elder
Adoration of the Earth (The Wise Elder)
Dance of the Earth
Part Two: The Sacrifice - Introduction
Mystical Circles of the Young Girls
Glorification of the Chosen One
The Summoning of the Ancients
Ritual of the Ancients
Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen Victim)
The Rite of Spring: Part I: Introduction
Part I: Dance of the Young Boys and Girls
Part I: Mock Abduction
Part I: Spring Rounds
Part I: Games of the Rival Towns
Part I: Procession of the Wise Elders
Part I: Adoration of the Earth
Part I: Dance of the Earth
Part II: Introduction
Part II: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Part II: Glorification of the Chosen One
Part II: Summoning of the Ancients
Part II: Ritual of the Ancients
Part II: Sacrificial Dance
Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Introduction
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Harbingers of Spring (Dances of the Adolescents)
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Games of the Rival Tribes
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Wise Elder
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Adoration of the Earth (Wise Elder)
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Le sacre du printemps: The Sacrifice: Introduction (Pagan Night)
Le sacre du printemps: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Le sacre du printemps: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Choosen One
Le sacre du printemps: The Sacrifice: Summoning of the Ancients
Le sacre du printemps: The Sacrifice: Ritual of the Ancients
Le sacre du printemps: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance (Chosen One)
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part One: The Adoration of the Earth - Introduction
Auguries of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls)
Mock Abduction
Spring Khorovod (Round Dance)
Games of the Rival Clans
Procession of the Wise Elder
Adoration of the Earth (The Wise Elder)
Dance of the Earth
Part Two: The Sacrifice - Introduction
Mystical Circles of the Young Girls
Glorification of the Chosen One
The Summoning of the Ancients
Ritual of the Ancients
Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen Victim)
The Rite of Spring: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Introduction
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Harbingers of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls)
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Mock Abduction
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Khorovod (Round Dances)
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Games of the Rival Tribes
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Wise Elder
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Adoration of the Earth (Wise Elder)
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction
Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen Victim
Part II: The Sacrifice: Summoning of the Ancestors
Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual of the Ancestors
Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance (Chosen One)
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Introduction (1947 version)
Danses des adolescentes (1947 version)
Jeu du rapt (1947 version)
Rondes printanieres (1947 version)
Jeux des cites rivales (1947 version)
Cortege du sage (1947 version)
L'Adoration de la terre (1947 version)
Danse de la terre (1947 version)
Introduction (1947 version)
Cercles mysterieux des adolescentes (1947 version)
Glorification de l'Elue (1947 version)
Evocation des ancetres (1947 version)
Action rituelle des ancetres (1947 version)
Danse sacrale - L'Elue (1947 version)
The Rite of Spring (Scenes of Pagan Russia in two parts): Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Introduction. Lento
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Mock Abduction
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Spring Round Dances
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Games of the Rival Tribes
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Wise Elders
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Adoration of the Earth (Wise Elder)
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Part Two - The Sacrifice: Introduction. Largo
Part Two - The Sacrifice: Mystical Circles of the Young Girls
Part Two - The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen Victim
Part Two - The Sacrifice: Summoning of the Ancestors
Part Two - The Sacrifice: Ritual of the Ancestors
Part Two - The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen Victim)
The Rite of Spring: Part One: The Adoration of the Earth - Introduction
The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls
Ritual of Abduction
Spring Rounds
Ritual of the Rival Tribes
Procession of the Sage
The Sage
Dance of the Earth
Part Two: The Sacrifice - Introduction
Mystic Cycle of the Young Girls
Glorification of the Chosen One
Evocation of the Ancestors
Ritual Action of the Ancestors
Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Premičre partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Introduction
Premičre partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Les augures printaniers, Danses des adolescentes (The Augurs of Spring, Dances of the Young Girls)
Premičre partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Jeu du rapt (Ritual of Abduction)
Premičre partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Rondes printaničres (Spring Rounds)
Premičre partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Jeux des cités rivales (Ritual of the Rival Tribes)
Premičre partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Cortčge du sage (Procession of the Sage)
Premičre partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Le sage (The Sage)
Premičre partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Danse de la terre (Dance of the Earth)
Seconde partie: Le sacrifice (Part II: The Sacrifice): Introduction
Seconde partie: Le sacrifice (Part II: The Sacrifice): Cercles mysterieux des adolescentes (Mystic Circles of the Young Girls)
Seconde partie: Le sacrifice (Part II: The Sacrifice): Glorification de l'élue (Glorification of the Chosen One)
Seconde partie: Le sacrifice (Part II: The Sacrifice): Evocation des ancętres (Evocation of the Ancestors)
Seconde partie: Le sacrifice (Part II: The Sacrifice): Action rituelle des ancętres (Ritual Action of the Ancestors)
Seconde partie: Le sacrifice (Part II: The Sacrifice): Danse sacrale, L'élue (Sacrificial Dance, The Chosen One)
I. Andante - Moderato - Cadenza
II. Adagio religioso
III. Scherzo: Trio
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz106 (1985 Digital Remaster): I Andante tranquillo
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz106 (1985 Digital Remaster): II Allegro
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz106 (1985 Digital Remaster): III Adagio
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz106 (1985 Digital Remaster): IV Allegro molto
Act I: Scčne
Valse (Corps de ballet)
Act II: Scčne
Danses des cygnes - Coda
Danse hongroise
Czardas
Scčne finale
Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Introduction
Act I: Waltz
Pas d'action
Act II, Scene I: Panorama
Act III: March
Pas de caractčre
Apotheosis
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: I. Overture miniature: Allegro giusto
II. Danses Characteristiques: a) Marche: Tempo di marcia viva
b) Danse de la Fee-Dragee: Andante non troppo
c) Danse russe Trepak: Tempo di trepak, molto vivace
d) Danse Arabe: Allegretto
e) Danse Chinoise: Allegro moderato
f) Danse des Mirlitons: Moderato assai
III. Valse des Fleurs: Tempo di Valse
Adagio for Strings Op. 11
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F: Second movement: Andante
Silent Night, Holy Night
Silent Night (Stille Nacht)
Concert Music, Op.50 (1986 - Remaster): I. Mässig schnell, mit Kraft - Sehr breit, aber stets fliessend
Concert Music, Op.50 (1986 - Remaster): II. Lebhaft - Langsam - Im ersten Zeitmass (Lebhaft)
I. I pini di Villa Borghese: Allegretto vivace - Vivace
II. Pini presso una catacomba: Lento
III. I pini del Gianicolo
IV. I pini della Via Appia: Tempo di Marcia
Promenade. Moderato non tanto, pesamente
III. Tuileries (Dispute between Children at Play). Allegretto non troppo, capriccioso
IV. Bydlo (Cattle). Sempre moderato, pesante
Promenade. Tranquillo
V. Ballet des petits poussins dans leurs coques (Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks). Scherzino. Vivo leggiero
VI. Samuel Goldenburg and Schmuyle. Andante
VII. Limoges: le marché (The Market Place of Limoges). Allegretto vivo, sempre scherzando
VIII. Catacombae: Sepulchrum Romanum (Catacombs: A Roman Grave). Largo
Cum mortuis in lingua morta (With the dead in a dead language). Andante non troppo, con lamento
IX. La cabane de Baba-Yaga sur des pattes de poule (The hut of Baba-Yaga on chicken's legs). Allegro con brio, feroce - Andante mosso - Allegro molto
X. La grande porte de Kiev (The great gate of Kiev). Allegro alla breve. Maestoso. Con grandezza
I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
II. The Story of the Kalander Prince
II. The Story of the Kalander Prince
III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
IV. Festival at Baghdad - The Sea - The Ship Goes to Pieces on a Rock Surmounted by a Bronze Warrior - Conclusion
IV. Festival at Baghdad - The Sea - The Ship Goes to Pieces on a Rock Surmounted by a Bronze Warrior - Conclusion
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 5 In E minor, Op. 64: I. Andante; Allegro con anima
II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza; Moderato con anima
III. Valse (Allegro moderato)
IV. Finale (Andante maestoso) Allegro vivace
Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 48: I. Pezzo in forma di sonatina
II. Waltz
III. Elegia
IV. Finale (Tema Russo)
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz.116: I. Introduzione. Andante non troppo; Allegro vivace
II. Giuoco delle coppie. Allegro scherzando
II. Elegia. Andante non troppo
IV. Intermezzo interrotto. Allegretto
V. Finale. Pesante - Presto
Two Pictures, Op. 10 (Sz 46): I. In full flower
II. Village dance
Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato
II. Andante
III. Allegretto ma non troppo; Allegro molto vivace
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta. Andante
III. Finale. Allegro vivacissimo
Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10: I. Allegretto
II. Allegro
III. Lento
IV. Allegro molto
Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major for Cello and Orchestra , Op. 107: I. Allegretto
II. Moderato
III. Cadenza
IV. Allegro con moto
Sinfonia for Double Orchestra in E-Flat Major, Op. 18, No. 1: I. Allegro spiritoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz106 (1985 Digital Remaster): I Andante tranquillo
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz106 (1985 Digital Remaster): II Allegro
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz106 (1985 Digital Remaster): III Adagio
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz106 (1985 Digital Remaster): IV Allegro molto
Four Legends from the Kalevala (Lemminkäinen Suite) Op. 22 (1986 Digital Remaster): 1. Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island
Four Legends from the Kalevala (Lemminkäinen Suite) Op. 22 (1986 Digital Remaster): 2. The Swan of Tuonela
Four Legends from the Kalevala (Lemminkäinen Suite) Op. 22 (1986 Digital Remaster): 3. Lemminkäinen in Tuonela
Four Legends from the Kalevala (Lemminkäinen Suite) Op. 22 (1986 Digital Remaster): 4. Lemminkäinen's Return
Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta. Andante
III. Finale. Allegro vivacissimo
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzando. Allegro molto
III. Intermezzo. Allegretto Non Troppo
IV. Andante
V. Rondo. Allegro
Concerto No. 1 in G minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 26: I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale. Allegro energico
I. Allegretto
II. Allegro
III. Lento
IV. Allegro molto
Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major for Cello and Orchestra , Op. 107: I. Allegretto
II. Moderato
III. Cadenza
IV. Allegro con moto
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo russico; senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto
I. Gnomus (The Gnome). Vivo
Promenade. Moderato comodo e con delicatezza
II. Il vecchio castello (The old castle). Andante molto cantabile e con dolore
Promenade. Moderato non tanto, pesamente
III. Tuileries (Children's dispute after game). Allegretto non troppo, capriccioso
IV. Bydlo. Sempre moderato, pesante
Promenade. Tranquillo
V. Ballet des petits poussins dans leurs coques (Ballet of the unhatched chickens). Scherzino: Vivo leggiero
VI. Samuel Goldenburg and Schmuyle. Andante
VII. Limoges: le marché (The market place of Limoges). Allegretto vivo, sempre scherzando
VIII. Catacombae: Sepulchrum Romanum (Catacombs: A Roman Grave). Largo
Cum mortuis in lingua morta (With the dead in a dead language). Andante non troppo, con lamento
IX. La cabane de Baba-Yaga sur des pattes de poule (The hut of Baba-Yaga on chicken's legs). Allegro con brio, feroce - Andante mosso - Allegro molto
X. La grande porte de Kiev (The great gate of Kiev). Allegro alla breve. Maestoso. Con grandezza
I. Adagio
II. Scherzo. Schnelle Viertel
III. Purgatorio. Allegretto moderato
IV. Scherzo. Allegro pesante
V. Finale. Lento, non troppo - Allegro moderato
Kräftig, bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
Stürmisch bewegt
I. Introduzione. Andante non troppo; Allegro vivace
II. Giuoco delle coppie. Allegro scherzando
II. Elegia. Andante non troppo
IV. Intermezzo interrotto. Allegretto
V. Finale. Pesante - Presto
Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber (2004 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber (2004 Digital Remaster): II. 'Turandot' , Scherzo (Moderato/Lebhaft)
Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber (2004 Digital Remaster): III . Andantino
Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber (2004 Digital Remaster): IV. March
Concert Music for Strings & Brass Op. 50 (1979 Digital Remaster): I. Mässig schnell, mit Kraft - Sehr breit, aber stets fliessend
Concert Music for Strings & Brass Op. 50 (1979 Digital Remaster): II. Lebhaft - Langsam - Im ersten Zeitmass (Lebhaft)
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Intermezzo: Adagio
III. Finale: Alla breve
Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: O Fortuna
Fortune Plango Vulnera
I. Primo Vere: Veris Leta Facies
Omnia Sol Temperat
Ecce Gratum
Uf Dem Anger: Tanz
Floret Silva
Chramer, Gip Die Varwe Mir
Reie
Swaz Hie Gat Umbe; Chume, Chum Geselle Min; Swaz Hie Gat Umbe
Were Diu Werlt Alle Min
II. In Taberna: Estuans Interius
Olim Lacus Colueram
Ego Sum Abbas
In Taberna Quando Sumus
III. Cour D'amours: Amor Volat Undique
Dies, Nox Et Omnia
Stetit Puella
Circa Mea Pectora
Si Puer Cum Puellula
Veni, Veni, Venias
In Trutina
Tempus Est Iocundum
Dulcissime
Blanziflor et Helena: Ave Formosissima
Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: O Fortuna
Violin Concerto, Op.35 (1985 - Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto, Op.35 (1985 - Remaster): II. Canzonetta (Andante)
Violin Concerto, Op.35 (1985 - Remaster): III. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
I. Adagio
Allegro moderato
Poco adagio
II. Allegro moderato
Presto
Maestoso
Allegro


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