Sunday, February 13, 2011

Great conductors of the 20TH century EMI VOL.13 - Ormandy

CD1 [70:36]

Brahms: Symphony No.4

The Philadelphia Orchestra; Town Hall, Philadelphia; October 1967

R. Strauss: Don Juan

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Deutsches Museum, Munich (Live); June 1959

Webern: Im Sommerwind (World première recording)

The Philadelphia Orchestra; Town Hall, Philadelphia; February 1963

CD2 [67:35]

Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon: Overture

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Studio P1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich (Live); November 1965

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2

The Philadelphia Orchestra; Scottish Rite Cathedral, Philadelphia; December 1973

Sibelius: Lemminkaïnen's Return

The Philadelphia Orchestra; The Old Met, Philadelphia; February 1978


Aged five, Eugene Ormandy (born Jeno Blau) became the youngest violin student at the Royal Academy of Music in his native Budapest, and was appointed professor of violin there when only 17. In 1921 he moved to America (changing his name in the process), where his charm and phenomenal memory established him as a noted violinist and conductor. His breakthrough came when an intermediary from the Minneapolis Symphony heard him deputise for Toscanini with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ormandy was immediately appointed director in Minneapolis, inaugurating a recording career that lasted some 60 years, principally with the Philadelphia Orchestra (which he joined in 1936, succeeding Leopold Stokowski). Ormandy led the Philadelphians until 1980, making more recordings with them than any other partnership between conductor and orchestra.
This disc is a handpicked selection of Ormandy specialities (Strauss, Rachmaninov and Sibelius) and some more unusual material not normally associated with him. The 1967 recording of the Fourth Symphony by Brahms (Ormandy's favourite composer) has not been issued on CD before. The compilation also includes two live performances: Strauss's Don Juan (from 1959) and Kabalevsky's Colas Breugnon Overture (from 1965), both with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Because there are few examples of this conductor live in concert, these two tracks will be important for all collectors. Ormandy made the world premiere recording of Webern's Im Sommerwind in 1963 and this is its first appearance on CD. Rachmaninov's symphonies were specialities of Ormandy and the Philadelphians, so this (his only) recording of the complete score of the Second Symphony (made in 1975) is an important reissue. Leminkaïnen's Return comes from the recording of Sibelius's complete set of Legends made in 1978, some of the last sessions of Ormandy's life. The critics raved about these performances, not only because the conductor brought tremendous excitement to one of his favourite composers, but also because the engineers had captured the sound of the Philadelphia Orchestra at its very best.




  1. Thank you.

    Not much response, but keep on uploading this boxset, please. I will follow...

  2. Thanks for the uploads of great conductors. Much appreciated.

  3. Wonderful collection and great work! Bravissimo!

  4. Here is my response. A big thanks!



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