ORMANDY CONDUCTS STRAUSS
Also sprach Zrathustra, Op. 30. Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40. Don Juan, Op. 20. Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28. Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24. Burlesque for Piano and Orchesstra. Don Quixote Op. 35. Suite from Der Rosenkavalier. Le Bourgeois gentilhomme Suite. Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome. Der Bürger als Edelmann, Op. 60. Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat, Op. 11.
Rudolf Serkin piano. Lorne Monroe, cello. Carlton Cooley, viola. Mason Jones, horn. Philadelphia Orchestra / Eurgne Ormandy, cond.
SONY 19439709532 (4 disks) TT: 74:22 / 56:47 / 78:49 / 67:21
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CLASSIC FILM SCORES
Ambrosian Somgers / National Philharmonic Orchestra / Cgarles Gerhardt, cond.
SONY 190759206423 (12 disks)
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BERNSTEIN CONDUCTS MAHLER
Symphony No. 1 in D "Titan". Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection." Symophony No. 3 iinD minor. Symophony No. 4 in G. Symophony No. 5 in C sharp minor. Symphony No. 6 in A miinor "Tragic," Symphony N. 7 in E minor. Symphony No. 8 "Symphony of a Tbousand" Sympohony No; 9 in D . Adagio from Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor. mnor. Das Lied von der Erde.
Ne York Philharmonic / London Syjphony Orchestra / Martha Lipton, mezzo-soprano. Reri Grist. so[rnChrista Ludwigh, mezzo-sooprano. René Kollo, tenor. Anna Reynolds (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano), Erna Spoorenberg (Soprano),
Gwenyth Annear (Mezzo Soprano), John Mitchinson (Tenor)
SIBT 19439708562 (12 disks)
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EILEEN FARRELL - COMPLETECOLUMBIA RECORDINGS
SONY 9075981902 (16 disks)
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Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra made many recordings of music of Richard Strauss. This set includes all of them made 1961 - 1966 in three venues: Engineers could not cope with the dry acoustics of the orchestra's Academy of Music so these recordings were made in Philadelphia's Athletic Club, and New York's Town Hall and Manhattan Center. Sound is adequate but what is heard here is hardly equal to stereo recording standards of the time. It is unfortunate Columbia's engineers were not successful in capturing the rich sounds of this superb orchestra. In 1968 the Orchestra switched from Columbia to RCA and made numerous recordings for that label including Strauss: Zarathustra, Don Quixote, Heldenleben, Metamorphosis, and Death and Transfiguration. RCA's engineering was equally disappointing. Sony's set includes an 8-page booklet that only repeats information on the individual jackets; no program notes.

Charles Gerhgardt's Classic Film Scores series was a great hit to collectors. It presented major film scores magnificently played and recorded in superb auydio This 12 disk set contains almost all of RCA's Classic Film Score series:
The Sea Hawk, Now Voyager, Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevaard, Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, CaptainBlood, Captain frtom Castile, Spellbound, Classic Film Scores for Bette Davis, Elizabeth and Essex, and Lost Horizon. Unfortunately it does not include Spectaculr World of Classic Film Scores, which was an important dick. Each disk has i†s own cardboard jackst and it is surprising original jacket illustrations were not used. Thee are no program notes (so important in this series), only a track listing. All of these recordings are still in the ctalog; check our feature on them on this site (FEATURE). If you have those, you surely do not need this new budeget-priced reissue. Audio on all of these recordings, and you might wish to check out our review of the Dutton/Epoch multi-channel reissues, which are spectacular: here are links to them: LOST HORIZON, CITIZEN KANE, SPELLBOUND, ERROL FLYNN and SUNSET BOULEVRD.

Leonard Bernstein championed music of Gustav Mahler and recorded virtually all of his music, sometimes multiple times. This important new set contains all of his recordings for Columbia, his first recordings of this music. All are with the New York Philharmonic except for Symphony No. 8 which was with the London Symphony, presumably because recording such a massive work would be less expensive if recorded in Europe. We also have he 1972 live Israel Philharmonic recording of Das Lied von der Erde with soloists Christa Ludwig and René Kollo. Collectors surely would wish to have these early recordings to add to his later recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, all worthy except for Symphony No. 8 which uses a smaller chorus than required. Considering the importance of Leonard Bernstein in the Sony catalog, it is surprising that this reissue is so basic. There is no program booklet, and there are no program notes, only a listing of soloists and recording information.

This welcome Eileen Farrell set restores to the catalog many peformances that have long been unavailable. The amazing American soprano (1920 - 2002) was born in Connecticut had a sixty-year caree.Her career at the Met was relatively short; she made her debut in 1960 in Gluck's Alceste and her final performance was in 1966. During that time she sang many perforances of La Gioconda, La forza del Destino, and a few performances of Andrea Chenier and Cavalleria Rusticana. Farrell also was featured in an oddity: the American premiere of de Falla's Atlantida, a poetic name for the mythical continent of Atlantisa. This was a cantata for soprano, chorus and orchestra, conducted by Ernest Ansermet. This work has long been forgotten, probably for good reason.

Farrell recorded profusely, and here we have her only complete opera recording, Berg's Wozzeck with Dimitri Mitropoulos and the New York Philharmonic. Farrell also made a disk of highlights from Cherubini's Medea. There are many recordings of varied opera arias mostly Puccini and Verdi, , some duets with Richard Tucker. Farrell also recorded lieder by a wide variety of composers including Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Fauré, Poulenc and Respighi. She was one of the most versatile of singers and often included pop and torch songs on her popular weekly radio broadcasts. Many of them are here including music by Arlen, Gershwin, and Rodgers.What is unfortunate is that Sony elected not to include Farrell's RCA recordings even though they have the rights to them. These include Wagner with Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony. The Sony set is handsomely packaged, with each disk illustrated with a photo of the original cover, along with program notes. A 48-page booklet contains an essay about Farrell, some photos and detailed recording information. This is an essential set for those who love opera, a tribute to the leading American soprano of the century.