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Ormandy - Minneapolis Symphony Eugene Ormandy

Ormandy - Minneapolis Symphony Eugene Ormandy

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Limited 11 CD set. 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. This 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 (Gramophone, 1997: "This lithe and propulsive reading... One is immediately struck by the excellence of the orchestral playing secured by Ormandy in repertoire that was scarcely standard fare in the 1930s"). Ormandy and the Minneapolis SO were the first in the US to commit to disc Rachmaninoff's Second ("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 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.

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