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Original Jacket Collection - Eugene Ormandy


Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 727987   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ottorino RespighiModest MussorgskyNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovSergei Rachmaninov,   ... 
Performer:  Anshel BrusilowIsaac SternMstislav Rostropovich
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 10 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's about time that Sony/BMG paid tribute to one of the best-selling classical artists of all time. Hard-core collectors may carp that most of this material already has appeared on either Essential Classics or Masterworks Heritage, and the fact is that aside from the mono material from the 1950s, Ormandy's Sony discography has been very well served on CD. The one incomprehensible exception, remedied here, is his Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, perhaps the best version of Ravel's orchestration ever recorded and now appearing domestically for the first time in tandem with Ormandy's voluptuous Scheherazade.

It's also worth pointing out that although the jackets may be original, the couplings thankfully are not. Thus, The
Read more Romantic Philadelphia Strings contains Ormandy's outstanding Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves and one of the best-ever Tallis Fantasias, now freed from its previous CD coupling to works by Delius. The Bartók disc (Concerto for Orchestra, Miraculous Mandarin Suite, Two Pictures) is also outstanding and too little known, so it's good to have it here. I would have loved to see the same treatment given to Ormandy's Hindemith, but that's just wishful thinking. Eyebrows may also raise at the two discs of Bach transcriptions, but not only are they wonderfully done, they do highlight Ormandy's gifts as a post-Stokowski Bach arranger, an important part of his legacy.

Not surprisingly, Russian music rules in this collection. It was Ormandy's specialty. We get his glorious Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony and Serenade for Strings, his magnificent (albeit traditionally cut) 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.

The first disc contains Ormandy's Sony recordings of Respighi's Roman Trilogy, which frankly are not the best versions sonically; I would have greatly preferred to have his other Respighi recordings included--Church Windows, The Birds, and La boutique fantasque. Still, there's some amazing playing here; the sonority that Ormandy gets in that wild tune at the end of Roman Festivals has to be heard to be believed. The absence of anything by Sibelius (aside from Valse triste in Romantic Strings) strikes me as a bit odd--Ormandy's First Symphony was incomparably luscious--but then everyone will have their favorites. On the whole, Sony has put together a wonderful collection of vintage Ormandy/Philadelphia material. It was special then, and it remains so now.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; Rome, Italy 
2.
Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; Rome, Italy 
3.
Feste romane by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Rome, Italy 
4.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 
5.
Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
6.
Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1907; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Notes: Eugene Ormandy's earlier 1959 stereo recording with authorized cuts by the composer.  
7.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
8.
Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
9.
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
10.
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
11.
Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Budapest, Hungary 
12.
Pictures (2) for Orchestra, Op. 10/Sz 46 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Anshel Brusilow (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Budapest, Hungary 
13.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Isaac Stern (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
14.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Isaac Stern (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
15.
Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; USSR 
16.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USSR 
17.
Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 114 [attrib. Christian Petzold] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722-1725; Germany 
18.
Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Musette in D major, BWV Anh. 126 [doubtful] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Germany 
19.
Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: March in D major, BWV Anh. 122 [attrib. C.P.E. Bach] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
20.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
21.
Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 "Little G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706; Arnstadt, Germany 
22.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
23.
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
24.
Grand Overtures (6), Op. 18: no 1 in E flat major for Double Orchestra by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; London, England 
25.
Grand Overtures (6), Op. 18: no 3 in D major for Double Orchestra by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1781 
26.
Sinfonia in D minor, F 65 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
27.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
28.
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
29.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
30.
Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 54: 3rd movement, Nocturne by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1904; Norway 
31.
Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34: no 2, Last spring by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
32.
Woodland Sketches, Op. 51: no 1, To a Wild Rose by Edward MacDowell
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; USA 
33.
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
34.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
35.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
36.
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1712; Arnstadt, Germany 

Sound Samples

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
I. La fontana di Valle Giulia all'alba: Andante mosso
II. La fontana del Tritone al mattino: Vivo
III. La Fontana di Trevi al merriggio: Allegro moderato - Allegro vivace - Largamente
IV. La fontana di Villa Medici al tramonto: Andante
I. Circenses
II. Giubileo
III. L'Ottobrata
IV. La Befana
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. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
II. The Story of the Kalander Prince
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

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