Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happy Birthday, Eugene Ormandy!

Cover design by Alex Steinweiss
(restored by Peter Joelson)
This wasn't planned - I actually didn't realize that it was Ormandy's birthday (his 113th) until about an hour ago, and by that time I had finished processing the download that I offer here!  On the East Coast of the US, which includes Philadelphia, the city where he made his mark, there are about two hours left in Ormandy's birthday, so my comments shall be brief.  This is the first of two recordings he was to make of the Brahms Third Symphony (the second one was made as part of a Brahms cycle in the mid-60s):

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90
Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy
Recorded April 19, 1946
Columbia Masterworks set MM-642, four 78-rpm records
Link (FLAC files, 89.61 MB)
Link (MP3 files, 50.58 MB)

11 comments:

  1. Many, many thanks for all your Ormandy stuff.
    Do you have William Schuman 9th symphony, by the samed Ormandy ? I've read 1 or 2 posts mentioning a CD publication in Japan... but impossible to find...
    Thanks for all !

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    1. Pierre, I do have that Wm. Schuman 9th, coupled with Persichetti's 9th on a stereo RCA LP. Normally I don't make stereo recordings available, though I broke that rule with Morton Gould's Shostakovich last spring, so I might reconsider in this case if it's really so hard for folks to find.

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    2. It's really hard to find in Europe ! (nothing on amzon France, UK, Germany... etc..). But if you feel uncomfortable with breaking your rules, no problem, really ! On more time : Thanks for all.
      (P.S. : The LP is dated from 1971... and no reprint since ! ... it is a real nonsense ! )


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    3. Well, I've got it on my to-do list; keep checking.

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  2. Thanks, Bryan! I really appreciate all these Eugene Ormandy recordings from the 1940's that you have posted.

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  3. Thanks again for all of these Ormandy/Philly recordings!

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  4. Bryan, it's great to have Ormandy's Brahms....do you happen to know if this is the same performance as ML 4088?

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    1. Yes, it is; I thought I made that clear in my supporting documentation.

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  5. Glowing performance - most enjoyable.

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  6. At age 7, in the mid-fifties, I purchased the 78s for 25 cents at my public school bazaar. The 78s are long gone, so it has been at least fifty years since I last heard Ormandy's 1946 Brahms 3rd, but I've never forgotten it. Thank you very much. I am most grateful.

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