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Classical - Released May 15, 2006 | BMG Music

When Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra's performance of Mahler's First Symphony was first released on RCA in 1969, it was billed as the first recording of the complete five movement version of the score "with the long-lost original second movement ‘Blumine' (flower piece)." That was almost true: it was the first major label recording with a major conductor and orchestra because the first recording of the complete five movement version with "Blumine" was actually made by Frank Brief and the New Haven Symphony a year earlier. Be that as it may, for most Mahlerians, Ormandy's recording was a kind of revelation, that is to say, it revealed a perfectly pleasant movement nowhere near on the same level of inspiration as the rest of the work which Mahler was entirely correct in discarding for the revised version. Nevertheless, for the rabid Mahler enthusiast, any previously unheard Mahler was mandatory Mahler and Ormandy's performance acquired a certain cache at least among the cognoscenti. Re-released nearly forty years later on RCA's ‘Classic Library" series, Ormandy's five movement First retains its cache because while there have been a few more recordings of "Blumine" in context, none of them have improved upon Ormandy's performance. At the high summer of their time together, Ormandy and the Philadelphia turned in an passionate and polished performance of the First along with a refined with slightly sentimental performance of "Blumine." Although rabid Mahler enthusiasts may have other performances they prefer of the standard four movement version -- either of the extravagantly emotional Bernstein performances probably heads the list -- there is no substitute for hearing the work with "Blumine" attached. The coupling of Frederica von Stade and Andrew Davis' marvelously energetic and wonderfully evocative 1978 recording of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen is absolutely apt because, as Mahlerians know, the composer drew on these songs for the First's thematic material. RCA's stereo sound sounds crisp, clean, clear and far better on CD than it did on the original LP which, given the low standards of vinyl at the time, was invariably warped or riddled with surface noise.

Keyboard Concertos - Released January 1, 1999 | Naxos


Classical - Released November 15, 2010 | Sony Classical

Why do people keep buying The Glorious Sound of Christmas, recorded in 1962, when there's such a profusion of other holiday albums out there? Because it quite simply remains one of the very best. There are no bonus tracks here to augment the original LP; what we get are 14 well-known carols, lasting about 45 minutes in total. But it's 45 minutes of orchestral and vocal perfection. In no way did conductor Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra phone this one in; the fabled "Philadelphia Sound" was burnished to full sheen for this recording, and the expert, rather Disneyesque arrangements by Arthur Harris give every player in the orchestra something to do. Some of the carols are instrumentally performed, but others feature the Temple University Concert Choir, delivering what must have been the performance of a lifetime for many of its members. You're likely to find that your college choir didn't sound anything like this; the big octave leap for the sopranos in "O Holy Night" that proves the undoing of so many choruses here becomes just one more glittering detail. Credit is also due to remix and remastering engineers Laura Harth and John Johnson, who have accomplished the rare feat of not losing a step as top-quality LP sonics are transferred to compact disc. Unsure about what to buy for a CD of Christmas favorites? You can't go wrong with The Glorious Sound of Christmas.

Classical - Released January 1, 1958 | BNF Collection

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Classical - Released June 29, 2009 | Sony Classical


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Classical - Released April 1, 2003 | Sony Classical - Legacy


Classical - Released August 27, 2008 | Audite


Symphonic Music - Released October 30, 1984 | Sony Classical