ORMANDY conducts Grieg and Sibelius (1947-51) - PASC299

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ORMANDY conducts Grieg and Sibelius (1947-51) - PASC299

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GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
SIBELIUS Lemminkäinen Suite
Recorded 1947-1951
Total duration: 56:52

The Philadelphia Orchestra
conductor Eugene Ormandy

This set contains the following albums:

Thrilling Grieg and Sibelius suites from Ormandy

The long-awaited new Obert-Thorn transfers

Ormandy's recording of Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite was originally made on wide frequency range lacquer masters, from which the original issue on shellac 78 rpm discs was dubbed in somewhat degraded sound. The original lacquers were later transferred to tape for LP issue, and it is from this superior source that the present remastering was made. The sound is a testament to what Columbia's engineers were able to accomplish years before magnetic tape was available.

The recording of the Sibelius suite has an interesting history. In 1950, The Swan of Tuonela was recorded and released on a 10-inch LP (ML-2158), coupled with Finlandia (both previous issued on Pristine PASC 177). Some twenty months later, Columbia taped the other movements and repackaged the existing recording of Swan into the new LP issue. The resulting hybrid release remains one of Ormandy's greatest and most exciting recordings, more intense even than his critically-acclaimed stereo remake for EMI from 27 years later, with almost superhuman playing by the Philadelphia Orchestra in the final movement.

Mark Obert-Thorn

  • GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
    Recorded 22nd November, 1947 in the Academy of Music, Philadelphia
    Matrix nos.: XCO 39405 through 39408
    First issued on Columbia 12744 and 12745 in album X-291
    Transferred from Columbia LP ML-5181 

  • SIBELIUS Lemminkäinen Suite (The Four Legends), Op. 22
    John Minskercor anglais (Swan of Tuonela)
    Recorded 2nd April, 1950 (Swan) and 16th December, 1951 
    in the Academy of Music, Philadelphia
    First issued on Columbia ML-4672

    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    conductor Eugene Ormandy

Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn
Cover artwork based on a photograph of Eugene Ormandy

Total duration: 56:52