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EUGENE ORMANDY / MINNEAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - THE COMPLETE RCA COLLECTION

Sony Music

  • £48.69

Format: 11 x CD
Catalogue No.: 19439952392
Barcode: 0194399523926
Release Date: 22 Jul 2022
Genre: Classical

Sony Classical is now pleased to present the complete Ormandy/Minneapolis discography for the first time in a single collection. Many of these performances were never issued on LP, not to mention CD. Including recordings for RCA Victor from 1934 to 1935 in a single 11-CD edition, some of the rarest recordings are finally available. 53 works appearing on CD for the first time on Sony Classical, remastered from the original analogue discs and tapes using 24-bit / 96 kHz technology. Eugene Ormandy’s name is inseparably linked with Philadelphia and the orchestra he served as music director there for over 40 years. But before the advent of Ormandy/Philadelphia, there was another historic partnership – Ormandy/Minneapolis – which, though much briefer, was hardly less pivotal in the Hungarian conductor’s career. The 11-disc set contains major symphonic works which were still rarely heard when these recordings introduced them to music lovers all across the world. The pioneering 1935 version of Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony dominated the record catalogues for nearly two decades, and it remains thrilling today. Ormandy and the Minneapolis SO were the first in the US to commit to disc Rachmaninoff’s Second symphony (“Fervently played and grandly recorded” – Gramophone, 1936) and Sibelius’s First (“Mr Ormandy seems to be squeezing every ounce of emotion out of it, and lovers of opulence will rejoice” – Gramophone, 1936), while their Bruckner Seventh was the first commercial American recording of any of that composer’s symphonies. The new box set also contains the recording world premières of Kodály’s Háry János Suite, the string-orchestra version of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Honegger’s Concertino for piano and orchestra, as well as American works such as Roy Harris’s When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Charles Tomlinson Griffes’s Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan and John Alden Carpenter’s Adventures in a Perambulator. The electrifying performance of Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, an Ormandy showpiece, was the first one of that work to reach a worldwide audience, while the selections from Weinberger’s Schwanda – Ormandy’s ticket to fame – also made their recording début in Minneapolis. The conductor’s only recording of Schumann’s Fourth Symphony is here, as is his first recording of Beethoven’s Fourth, plus Hungarian Dances by Brahms and many others. 

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