Leopold Stokowski - Philadelphia Orchestra

Chronological Discography of Acoustic Recordings 1917-1924

 

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Leopold Stokowski - Chronological Discography

of Acoustic Recordings 1917 to 1924

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      Leopold Stokowski circa 1924

 

Leopold Stokowski - Philadelphia Orchestra Chronological Discography Acoustic Recordings

 

This is a chronological listing of the recordings Stokowski made with the Philadelphia Orchestra beginning in October, 1917, his first recording until his last acoustic sessions at the end of 1924.

 

Striking in this discography are the many recorded sides that Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra tried to make, but which were not satisfactory for publication due to the limitations of the acoustic process 1.

 

The table below lists the number of acoustic sides recorded by Stokowski each year, and the number of those sides later approved for publication. Note that in some cases, a side was recorded in one year and released in a later year. However, the count listed is of the number of sides recorded in a year, and the number of those sides which were commercially released, even if the release occurred in a later year. (note + the 1924 count includes the three sides of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no 2 movement 1 which were not released until the CD era)

 

Year Sides Recorded Sides Published
1917 40 5
1919 64 8
1920 52 5
1921 44 11
1922 114 9
1923 56 8
1924 90 26 note+
Total 460 72

 

In the chronological discography below, I count only 69 acoustic sides released by Stokowski, which increase to 72 sides if the three sides of the first movement of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no 2, not released in the 1920s, are included. This 15% yield during the acoustic period indicates the difficulty faced by Stokowski and the Victor engineers to record even the limited number of Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, cramped together in front of the recording horn with little comfort or ventilation, seeking to capture a musical performance.

 

The quality and detail of the listing below is totally the result of the masterful and painstaking investigations of the Victor records by John R. Bolig in his The Victor Red Seal Discography Volume 1: Single-Sided Series (1903-1925) and The Victor Red Seal Discography Volume 2: Double-Sided Series to 1930 4

 

Another new and excellent discography source has been published in 2015 by Richard Kaplan. This is: The Philadelphia Orchestra: An Annotated Discography published by Rowman & Littlefield. 5 Notes in the table below marked ++ refer to information in Richard Kaplan's excellent discography.

 

These are amazingly detailed and exact listings of the Victor recordings and any errors remaining in the Chronological Discography, below, are therefore my own errors. 

 

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If you wish to consult the listing of the Stokowski recordings made with the electrical recording process from 1925 to 1940, click on Leopold Stokowski - Philadelphia Orchestra Chronological Discography of Electrical Recordings .  

 

Chronological Discography of Acoustic Victor Red Seal Acoustic Recordings of Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra

 

(note: all discs are 78 RPM acoustic releases except (33) indicates 33 1/3 RPM long play reissues, and (CD) indicated a compact disc reissue. Where multiple recording sessions were involved, the underlined dates are the recording dates of approved matrices)

 

Date Location Composer Work Disc Page Link .mp3

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October 22, 24, 1917 Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance no 5 in G minor (orchestrated Albert Parlow) Victor 64752 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

Victor 797 (10 inch/25 cm double side)

(33) Stokowski Society LS-3

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192

 

matrix: Victor B-20888-3 (takes -1 -2 not approved)

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October 22, 24, 1917 Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance no 6 in D major (orchestrated Albert Parlow) Victor 64753 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

Victor 797 (10 inch/25 cm double side)

(33) Stokowski Society LS-3

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192

 

matrix: Victor B-20889-2 (takes -1 and -3 not approved)

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October 22, 1917 Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA P. I. Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite opus 43: "Danse arabe" unpublished

 

matrix: Victor B-20890-1

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October 22, 24, 1917 Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA P. I. Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite opus 43: "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairly", "Trepak" unpublished

 

(take -4 was approved for Victor 64767 but never released ++)

 

matrices: Victor B-20891-1, -2, -3, -4

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November 6, 8, 1917 Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA Felix Mendelssohn A Midsummer"s Night Dream: Scherzo Victor 74560 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6238 (12 inch/30 cm double side coupled with 1917 Gluck 'Dance of the Blessed Spirits')

 

matrix: Victor C-21056-4 (takes -1, -2, -3 and -5 not approved)

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November 6, 1917 Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA Claude Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune unpublished

Victor intended to issue two 12 inch/30 cm sides and one 10 inch/25 cm side which would have been Stokowski's first three side recording. Howver, this delicate work was not successfully recorded in 1917 and would await the successful 1924 recording using similar matrix numbers to be issued on only two 12 inch sides.

 

matrices: part 1: C-21057-1, -2,

part 2: C-21058-1, -2,

part 3: B-21059-1, -2

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November 8, 1917 Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA Christoph Willibald Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice Act II: Dance of the Blessed Spirits - Stokowski transcription Victor 74567 (12 inch/30 cm single side) and

Victor 6238 (12 inch/30 cm double side coupled with 1917 Mendelssohn 'A Midsummer"s Night Dream - Scherzo')

(33) Stokowski Society LS-3

 

matrix: Victor C-21066-1 (take -2 not approved)

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November 8, 1917 Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt opus 23: Anitra's Dance Victor 64768 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

Victor 799 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with the 1922 Schubert Moment Musical

(33) Stokowski Society LS-3

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192

 

matrix: Victor B-21067-2 (take -1 not approved)

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December 4, 1917 Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA P. I. Tchaikovsky Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique": movement 3 allegro molto vivace unpublished

 

(take C-21225-1 was approved for Victor 64565 but never released ++)

 

matrices: Victor C-21225-1, -2, and C-21230-1, -2

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December 4, 1917 (see also May 6, 1919) Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA P. I. Tchaikovsky Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique": movement 2 allegro con grazia unpublished

 

(take C-21226-2 was approved for Victor 64566 but never released ++)

 

matrix: Victor C-21226-1, -2, and C-21239-1, -2

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December 6, 1917 Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA Antonin Dvorak Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World': movement 3 scherzo unpublished

 

(Kaplan concluded that Victor engineers had difficulty with part 1 fitting on a 10 inch side, and switched to a 12 inch matrix ++)

 

matrices: part 1: Victor B-21240-1, -2 and C-21240-1, -2, and part 2: C-21241-1, -2

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      1918   Go to: [1917] [1918] [1919] [1920] [1921] [1922] [1923] [1924]     RETURN TO TOP

  1918: No recordings were made by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1918 due to World War I restrictions

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May 5, 6 7, 8, 9, 1919

 

(also see November 7, 1921)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Tannhäuser (Dresden version 1845): Overture unpublished - see successful November 7, 1921 recording session

 

matrices: Victor C-22808-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7 and

Victor C-22814-1, -2, -3

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May 5, 7, 9, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Emmanuel Chabrier España Rhapsody (1883)

 

This was Stokowski's only recording of this popular work until November, 1975

Victor 74621 (12 inch/30 cm single side) - this typically 6:30 minute work was cut to 4:29

HMV 3-0534 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6241 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1920 Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila Bacchanale

HMV DB 384 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1920 Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila Bacchanale

 

matrix: Victor C-22809-7 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6 not approved)

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May 6, 1919 (see also December 4, 1917) Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA P. I. Tchaikovsky Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique": movement 2 allegro con grazia unpublished - continuation of the unsuccessful December 4, 1917 "Pathétique" recording session

 

matrix: Victor C-21226-3 and C-21239-3

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May 5, 7, 9, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Nicolai Rimski-Korsakov Scheherazade op 35: IV Festival at Baghdad (arranged by Stokowski) Victor 74593 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6246 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1921 Scheherazade III Young Prince and Young Princess

 

matrix: Victor C-22810-4 (takes -1, -2, -3, -5 not approved)

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May 5, 7, 9, 10, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA George Frideric Handel Serse (Xerxes) HWV 40 Act I: "Ombra mai fu" Largo - Stokowski transcription unpublished (a 1934 electrical attempt was also not published)

 

matrices: Victor C-22811-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8, -9, -10

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May 5, 8, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Georges Bizet Carmen - Prelude to Act 1 Victor 64822 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

Victor 796 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1922 Ippolitov-Ivanov Procession of the Sardar

 

matrix: Victor B-22812-4 (takes -1, -2, -3 not approved)

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May 5, 7, 8, 9, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony no 40 K 550: third movement - minuetto

 

the only published Stokowski Mozart recording until December 1940

Victor 74609 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0533 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6243 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1920 Beethoven Symphony no 8 allegro scherzando

HMV DB 385 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1920 Beethoven Symphony no 8 allegro scherzando

(33) Stokowski Society LS-3

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192

 

matrix: Victor C-22813-6 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4, -5 not approved)

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May 6, 8, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Rienzi (1840): Overture Victor 74602, 74603 (12 inch/30 cm single sides)

HMV 3-0745, 3-0746 (12 inch/30 cm single sides)

Victor 6239 (12 inch/30 cm double side)

HMV DB 386 (12 inch/30 cm double side)

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC441 in an excellent restoration

 

matrices: Victor C-22815-3 (takes -1, -2 not approved), C-22816-3 (takes -1, -2 not approved)

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May 6, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony no 39 in Eb K 543: third movement - menuetto unpublished

 

matrix: Victor B-22817-1

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May 6, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Ludwig van Beethoven Egmont incidental music opus 84: Overture unpublished - this overture, typically about 9 minutes in concert would have occupied about 6 minutes on two 10 inch Victor discs if released

 

matrices Victor B-22818-1 and B-22819-1

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May 6, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Georges Bizet L'Arlésienne Suite no 2: minuet (from 'La jolie fille de Perth') unpublished - this movement was usually included in Stokowski's later concert arrangements of music selected from Suites no 1 and no 2 of L'Arlésienne

 

matrices Victor B-22818-1 and B-22819-1

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May 7, 9, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Carl Maria von Weber Invitation to the Dance ("Aufforderung zum Tanz") opus 65 orchestrated by Felix Weingartner - beautiful solo by Principal cellist Hans Kindler Victor 74598 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6237 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1919 Strauss "On the Beautiful Blue Danube"

 

matrix Victor B-22821-2 (takes -1, -3, -4 not approved)

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May 7, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Lohengrin (1850): Act III: Prelude unpublished

 

matrix: Victor C-22822-1

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May 7, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Johann Strauss II On the Beautiful Blue Danube (An der schönen, blauen Donau), opus 314 as arranged by Stokowski unpublished - two side longer version - see May 10, 1919 single side version

 

matrices: C-22823-1, C-22824-1

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May 8, 10, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Johann Strauss II On the Beautiful Blue Danube (An der schönen, blauen Donau), opus 314 as arranged by Stokowski Victor 74627 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6237 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1919 Weber Invitation to the Dance

 

matrix: C-22825-4 (takes -1, -2, -3 not approved)

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May 18, 20, 21, 1920

 

(see also December 5, 1921)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Die Walküre Act III scene 3: Wotan's Farewell and "Magic Fire Music" - Stokowski transcription unpublished - see December 5, 1921 successful sessions

 

matrices: C-24124-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6

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May 18, 20, 1920

 

(also see April 18, 1921)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Johannes Brahms Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90: third movement - poco allegretto not published - see the April 18, 1921 successful recording

 

matrices: C-24125-1, -2, -3, -4

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May 18, 20, 1920 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 in c sharp minor (orchestrated by Karl Müller-Berghaus) Victor 74647 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0560 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6236 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1920 Dvorak "From the New World" largo

 

matrix: C-24126-4 (takes -1, -2, -3 not approved)

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May 18, 20, 1920 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 8 opus 93: second movement - allegretto scherzando Victor 74661 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0579 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6243 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1919 Mozart Symphony no 40 minuetto

HMV DB 385 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1919 Mozart Symphony no 40 minuetto

(33) Stokowski Society LS-3

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192

 

matrix: C-24127-3 (takes -1, -2, -4 not approved)

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May 19, 21, 1920 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Antonin Dvorak Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 "From the New World": second movement - largo Victor 74631 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0540 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6236 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1920 Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no 2

 

matrix: C-24128-4 (takes -1, -2, -3, -5 not approved)

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May 19, 21, 1920

 

(also see

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Johann Strauss II Tales from the Vienna Woods opus 325 - Stokowski transcription not published

 

matrices: C-24129-1, -2, -3, -4

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May 21, 1920 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance No 1 in g minor - Stokowski transcription Victor 1113 (10 inch/25 cm single side) coupled with 1922 Bizet L'Arlésienne Suite 2

 

one of the rarest Stokowski discs since it was released in the US only and for just a few months in late 1924 and early 1925 shortly before the introduction of the electrical recording process in 1925

Extremes of a slow introduction and rapid development which would not usually be heard today

 

matrix: B-24130-3 (takes -1, -2, -4 not approved)

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October 18, 19, 1920

 

(also December 6, 1920)

 

(see also April 18, 1921)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA P. I. Tchaikovsky Symphony no 6 "Pathétique": movement 3 - scherzo unpublished - see April 18, 1921 successful recording

 

matrices: C-24628-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6 not approved

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October 18, 19, 1920

 

(also December 6, 1920)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Nicolai Rimski-Korsakov Scheherazade op 35: III Young Prince and Young Princess unpublished - see March 25, 1921 successful session

 

matrices: C-24629-1 through -6 not approved

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October 18, 19, December 6, 1920 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Camille Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila opus 47: Act 3 Bacchanale Victor 74671 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0559 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6241 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1919 Chabrier España Rhapsody

HMV DB 384 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1919 Chabrier España Rhapsody

 

matrix: C-24630-5 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4 not approved)

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October 18, 19, 1920

 

(also February 13, 1922)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Alexander Borodin Prince Igor (1887): Polovetsian Dances - Stokowski arrangement unpublished - see February 13, 1922 session, also not released

 

matrices: B-24631, -2, -3, -4 not approved

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February 14, April 27, 1921

 

(see also February 13, 1922)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA P.I. Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite from the ballet Op 71a: "Dance of the Flutes" (Danse des Mirlitons) unpublished - see successful February 13, 1922 session

 

matrices: B-24938-1, -2, -3, -4

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February 14, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA P.I. Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite from the ballet Op 71a: "Waltz of the Flowers" (Valse des fleurs) unpublished

 

matrices: B-24939-1, -2

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March 15, 24, 25, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Die Walküre: Act 3: "Ride of the Valkyries" Victor 74684 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0632 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6245 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1921 Wagner Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music

HMV DB 387 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1921 Wagner Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC441 in an excellent restoration

 

matrix: C-24987-4 (-1, -2, -3, -5 not approved)

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March 15, 24, 25, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA P. I. Tchaikovsky Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36: third movement - scherzo, pizzicato ostinato - as arranged by Stokowksi unpublished

 

matrix: C-24989-1, -2, -3, -4, -5

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March 15, April 18, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Jean Sibelius Finlandia opus 26 (1899) Victor 74698 (12 inch/30 cm single side) - this 9:30 minute work edited to 3:48

HMV 3-0662 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6366 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1922 Mussorgsky "Khovanshchina" Prelude

HMV DB 599 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1922 Mussorgsky "Khovanshchina" Prelude

 

matrix: C-24988-4 (-1, -2, -3 not approved)

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March 15, 1921

 

(also see May 5, 1919, November 7, 1921)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Tannhäuser (Dresden version 1845): Overture unpublished

 

matrices: part 2: Victor C-24997-1 and part 3: Victor C-24999-1

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March 15, April 27, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Lohengrin (1850): Act III: Prelude unpublished

 

matrix: B-24998-1, -2, -3, -4, -5

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March 24, 25, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Nicolai Rimski-Korsakov Scheherazade op 35 - III Young Prince and Young Princess Victor 74691 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0646 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6246 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1919 Scheherazade IV "Festival at Baghdad"

 

matrix: C-24629-10 (takes -1 through -9 not approved)

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April 18, 1921

 

(also February 14, 1921)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Johannes Brahms Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90: third movement - poco allegretto

This recording displays the virtuoso playing of the Philadelphia Orchestra, compared with the contemporary performances of Brahms from the London Symphony under Weingartner, the Berlin State Opera under Fried, or the New York Symphony under Damrosch, all lacking in ensemble and precision

Victor 74722 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0700 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6242 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1921 Tchaikovsky Symphony no 6 scherzo

 

matrix: C-24125-8 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7 not approved)

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April 18, 1921

 

(also February 14 and March 24, 1921)

 

(also see October 18, 1920)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA P. I. Tchaikovsky Symphony no 6 "Pathétique": movement 3 - scherzo

 

this movement, typically unfolding in 9:30 minutes is cut here to 3:54 fitting one side, although in a spirited, virtuoso, and stylish performance

Victor 74713 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0668 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6242 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1921 Brahms Symphony no 3 poco allegretto

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC441 in an excellent restoration

 

matrix: C-24628-11 (takes -1 through -10 and -12 not approved)

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November 7, 1921

 

(also see May 5, 1919 and March 15, 1921)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Tannhäuser (Dresden version 1845): Overture

 

Stokowski's first three sided recording. A noble and beautifully played performance which transcends the limitations of the acoustic process

Victor (12 inch/30 cm single sides) 74758, 74759, 74768

HMV (12 inch/30 cm single sides) 3-0745, 3-0746, 3-0767

Victor (12 inch/30 cm double sides) 6244, 6478 coupled with Wagner Tannhäuser 'Festmarch' filling 4th side

HMV (12 inch/30 cm double sides) DB 386, DB 387

(33) Stokowski Society LS-3

(CD) Andante 1130

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192 in an excellent restoration

 

matrices:

part 1: Victor C-22808-10 (take -9 not approved) and

part 2: Victor C-22814-7 (takes -4, -5, -6 not approved) and

part 3: Victor C-24999-2 (takes -1, -3 not approved)

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November 7, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Strauss Salome opus 54: Dance of the Seven veils unpublished

 

matrices: part 1: C-_____-1, part 2: C-_____-1 Richard Kaplan writes regarding the lack of matrix numbers 5: "...We can infer that, since the recordings were abandoned after a single take, no matrix number was assigned..."

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November 7, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Claude Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894) unpublished

 

matrices: part 1: C-_____-1, part 2: C-_____-1 (matrix numbers not assigned)

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December 5, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Strauss Salome opus 54: "Dance of the Seven Veils" Victor 74729, 74730 (12 inch/30 cm single sides)

HMV 3-0710, 3-0711 (12 inch/30 cm single sides)

Victor 6240 (12 inch/30 cm double side) parts 1 and 2

HMV DB 383 (12 inch/30 cm double side) parts 1 and 2

 

matrices: part 1: C-25788-3 (-1, -2 not approved), part 2: C-25789-2 (-1 not approved)

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December 5, 1921

 

(also April 27, 1921, November 7, 1921)

 

(see also May 18, 1920

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Die Walküre Act III scene 3: Wotan's Farewell and "Magic Fire Music" - Stokowski transcription

a particularly successful acoustic recording

Victor 74736 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0632 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6245 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1921 Die Walküre "The Ride of the Valkyries"

HMV DB 387 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1921 Die Walküre "The Ride of the Valkyries"

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC441 in an excellent restoration

 

matrix: C-24124-12 (takes -1 through -13 were made from May 18, 1920 to December 5, 1921 as listed, with this 12th take approved for release)

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January 9, 28, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Franz Schubert Moment Musical in F minor D 780-3, opus 94 no 3: 'Russian Air' ('Air russe') - Stokowski transcription Victor 66098 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

HMV 3-0528 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

Victor 799 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1917 Grieg Peer Gynt Anitra's Dance

HMV DA 339 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1922 Ippolitov-Ivanov

 

matrix: B-25941-6 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4, -5 not approved)

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January 9, 28, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Georges Bizet L'Arlésienne Suite 2 - labeled "Spanish Dance" (Danse provençale - Farandole) Victor 1113 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1920 Brahms Hungarian Dance no 1

 

one of the rarest Stokowski discs since it was released in the US only and for just a few months in late 1924 and early 1925 soon before the introduction of the electrical recording process in 1925

 

matrix: B-25942-5 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4, -6 not approved)

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January 9, 28, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Luigi Boccherini Minuet from Quintet in E opus 11 no 5 G275: third movement minuetto (labeled "Celebrated minuet") - Stokowski transcription Victor 66058 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

HMV 2-0947 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

Victor 798 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1922 Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Dance of the Flutes

 

matrix: B-25943-4 (takes -1, -2, -3, -5 not approved)

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February 13, 1922

 

(also see February 14, 1921 and April 27, 1921)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA P.I. Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite from the ballet Op 71a: "Dance of the Flutes" (Danse des Mirlitons) Victor 66128 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0615 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 798 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1922 Boccherini Minuet

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC441 in an excellent restoration

 

matrix: B-24938-6 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4, -5 not approved)

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February 13, April 10, 13, 24, October 9, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Tristan und Isolde Act I Prelude - Stokowski transcription unpublished - an attempt on four sides in 24 'takes' to record the complete Prelude to Act 1 of which Wagner himself had prepared the arrangement for concert performance. Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra would not record this Prelude until 1937

 

matrices: part 1: matrices C-26114-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8

part 2: matrices C-26115-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7

part 3: matrices C-26116-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8

part 4: matrix C-26117-1

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February 13, April 10, 13, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Alexander Borodin Prince Igor (1887): Polovetsian Dances - Stokowski arrangement unpublished - see also unpublished October 18, 19, 1920 sessions

 

matrices: C-26118-1, -2, -3, -4, -5 not approved

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April 10, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude - Stokowski arrangement unpublished - see the successful April 28, 1924 recording

 

matrices: part 1: C-_____-1, part 2: C-_____-1 (matrix numbers not assigned)

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April 10, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Claude Debussy Nocturnes (1899): Fêtes - Stokowski arrangement unpublished - successfully recorded electrically October 11, 1927

 

matrices: part 1: C-_____-1, part 2: C-_____-1 (matrix numbers not assigned)

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April 10, 13, 29, November 6, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Frédéric Chopin Prelude no 4 in e minor opus 28 no 4 - Stokowski transcription Victor 1111 (10 inch/25 cm single side) coupled with 1924 Tchaikovsky "Song without words"

 

one of the rarest Stokowski discs since it was released in the US only and for just a few months in late 1924 and early 1925 soon before the introduction of the electrical recording process in 1925

 

matrix: B-26408-7 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6 not approved)

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April 24, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Caesar Franck Symphony in D minor: second movement unpublished - an attempt to record uncut this atmospheric movement originally for large orchestra

 

matrices: part 1: C-_____-1, part 2: C-_____-1, part 3: C-_____-1 (matrix numbers not assigned)

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April 29, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov Caucasian Sketches Suite no 1 opus 10 (1894): no 4 Procession of the Sardar (labeled "March of the Caucasian Chief") Victor 66106 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

HMV 3-0570 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

Victor 796 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1919 Carmen Act I Prelude

HMV DA 339 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1922 Schubert Moment Musical in F

 

matrix: B-26442-2 (take -1 not approved)

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April 29, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov Caucasian Sketches Suite no 1 opus 10 (1894): no 1 In a Mountain Pass not published

 

matrix: B-26443-1

matrix: C-26443-1, -2

(Kaplan concluded that Victor engineers had difficulty fitting the work onto a 10 inch side, and switched to a 12 inch matrix during the session ++)

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October 9, November 6, 13, December 4, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Franz Schubert German Dance D783-3, opus 33 no 3 (labeled "Viennese Dance") Victor 74814 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0912 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

(Kaplan notes that this is the only Victor Philadelphia Orchestra recording issued only in a single-side format and not later reissued as a double sided disc ++)

 

matrix: C-27012-7 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6 not approved)

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October 9, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Charles Gounod Faust (1859) Act II: Waltz from the "Kermesse scene" not published - this work was later recorded May 1, 1923 in a shortened single 10 inch/25 cm side

 

matrices: part 1: B-27013-1, part 2: B-27014-1

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November 6, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Die Götterdämmerung: Act III Finale - Stokowski transcription

 

Die Götterdämmerung: "Entr'acte" - perhaps the Act I Scene 2 orchestral interlude

unpublished

 

matrices: Act III Finale part 1: C-_____-1, part 2: C-_____-1 (matrix numbers not assigned)

 

matrix: Entr'acte: C-_____-1 (matrix numbers not assigned)

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November 6, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Igor Stravinsky Feu d'artifice opus 4

 

This was the first US recording of any work by Stravinsky

 

Also one of the rarest Stokowski discs since it was released in the US only and for just a few months in late 1924 and early 1925 soon before the introduction of the electrical recording process in 1925

Victor 1112 (10 inch/25 cm single side) coupled with the 1924 Liadov Dance of the Amazon

(33) Stokowski Society LS-3

(CD) Pearl GEMM CD0031, Dutton CDAX-8002

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192

 

matrix: B-27064-2 (take -1 not approved)

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November 6, 13, December 12, 1922

 

(also see April 28, 1924)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA P.I. Tchaikovsky "Song without Words", opus 40 no 6 - Stokowski transcription not published - see the April 28, 1924 successful recording

 

matrices: B-27065-1, -2, -3, -4, -5

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November 6, 13, December 4, 12, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Die Götterdämmerung: Act III Siegfried's Funeral Music - Stokowski transcription unpublished

 

matrices: part 1: C-27066-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7

part 2: C-27067-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7

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November 6, 13, 1922 and May 1, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance no 1 in g minor - Stokowski transcription not published - perhaps Stokowski was dissatisfied with his May 21, 1920 recording of this work, which featured very slow and very fast tempi, leading to these new recording sessions. In fact, the May 21, 1920 recording was only released in late 1924.

matrices: B-27068-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6

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November 13, December 12, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Modest Mussorgsky (revised by Rimsky-Korsakov) Khovanshchina: Prelude to Act IV - Dawn over the Moscow River (labeled "Entr'acte") Victor 74803 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

HMV 3-0854 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6366 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1921 Sibelius Finlandia

HMV DA 599 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1921 Sibelius Finlandia

 

matrix: C-27069-4 (takes -1, -2, -3 not approved)

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December 4, 12, 1922

 

(see also May 1, 1923)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Charles Gounod Faust (1859) Act II: Waltz from the "Kermesse scene" not published - see successful Gounod recording session of May 1, 1923

 

matrices: B-27099-1, -2, -3, -4

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December 4, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Die Götterdämmerung: Act III final scene - Stokowski transcription unpublished - music from Die Götterdämmerung would have to wait for Stokowski's electrical recordings

 

matrices: part 1: C-27300-1, -2

part 2: C-27301-1, -2

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March 6, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Ambroise Thomas Mignon - Gavotte - entr'acte to Act 3 Victor 66175 (10 inch/25 cm single side) disc number assigned but not published

HMV 3-0828 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

Victor 944 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1923 Gounod Waltz from the "Kermesse scene"

HMV DA 562 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1923 Gounod Waltz from the "Kermesse scene"

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192

 

matrix B-27928-1 successfully recorded in one take - frequent in later electrical recording, but not often achieved in the acoustic era

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March 19, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Tannhäuser: Act II: march 'Entrance of the Guests' ("Festmarsch") - Stokowski transcription unpublished

 

matrices: part 1: C-_____-1, part 2: C-_____-1 (matrix numbers not assigned)

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March 19, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Guillaume Tell (William Tell) (1829): Overture unpublished - this would have been Stokowski's second three sided recording

 

matrices: part 1: C-_____-1, part 2: C-_____-1, part 3: B-_____-1 (matrix numbers not assigned)

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March 19, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Georges Bizet Carmen (1875) Act III: "Smuggler's March" ("Marche des contrebandiers")

Carmen (1875) Act I: "Habanera"

Carmen (1875) Act I: "Changing of the Guard" ("Avec la garde montante") - all Stokowski transcriptions

unpublished - successful Carmen recordings made in April 30, 1923 sessions

 

matrices:

"Smuggler's March": C-_____-1,

"Habanera": B-_____-1,

"Changing of the Guard": B-_____-1 (matrix numbers not assigned)

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March 19, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Camille Saint-Saëns Danse macabre opus 40 unpublished - this composition would be Stokowski's famous first electrical recording of April 29, 1925

 

matrices: part 1: C-27929-1, part 2: C-27930-1

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March 19, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov Snegurachka (the "Snow Maiden") Act III: "Dance of the Tumblers" Victor 74849 (12 inch/30 cm single side) disc number assigned but not published

HMV 4-0503 (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6431 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled as a final side filler with 1923 Tchaikovsky Symphony no 5 andante cantabile

(33) Stokowski Society LS-3

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192

 

matrix: C-27938-1 - another first take

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April 30, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Tannhäuser: Act II: march 'Entrance of the Guests' ("Festmarsch") - Stokowski transcription unpublished - the Tannhäuser "Festmarsch" was later recorded on one side on April 28, 1924

 

matrices: part 1: C-27900-1, -2, -3, -4, part 2: C-27901-1, -2

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April 30, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Georges Bizet Carmen (1875) Act III: "Smuggler's March" ("Marche des contrebandiers") - Stokowski transcription Victor 66264 (10 inch/25 cm single side) disc number assigned but not published

HMV 4-0634 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

Victor 1017 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1923 Bizet Carmen "Soldiers Changing the Guard"

HMV DA 612 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1923 Bizet Carmen "Soldiers Changing the Guard"

 

matrix: B-27902-1 (-2 not approved)

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April 30, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Georges Bizet Carmen (1875) Act I: labeled as "Soldiers Changing the Guard" ("Avec la garde montante") - Stokowski transcription Victor 66263 (10 inch/25 cm single side) disc number assigned but not published

HMV 4-0633 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

Victor 1017 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1923 Bizet Carmen "Smuggler's March"

HMV DA 612 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1923 Bizet Carmen "Smuggler's March"

 

matrix: B-27903-2 (-1 not approved)

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April 30, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA P.I. Tchaikovsky Symphony no 5 in e minor opus 64: second movement - andante cantabile

 

Although the orchestration is somewhat altered due to acoustic recording technical requirements, this 13:20 second movement seems uncut

Victor 74846, 74847, 74848 (12 inch/30 cm single sides) disc numbers assigned but not published

HMV 4-0500, 4-0501, 4-0502 (12 inch/30 cm single sides)

Victor 6430, 6431 (12 inch/30 cm double sides) fourth side filler 1923 Rimsky-Korsakov "Dance of the Tumblers"

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC441 in an excellent restoration

 

matrices: C-27904-2 (-1 not approved), C-27905-1 (-2 not approved), C-27906-2 (-1 not approved)

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April 30, May 1, 1923

 

(see also December 4, 12, 1922)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Charles Gounod Faust (1859) Act II: Waltz from the "Kermesse scene"

 

Stokowski's only commercial recording of any music by Charles Gounod

note: Victor 66171 (10 inch/25 cm single side) catalogue number was assigned, but not published

 

Kaplan states that all single side catalogue numbers assigned by Victor from 1923 onward, such as this one, were not actually issued 5

 

HMV 3-0815 (10 inch/25 cm single side)

Victor 944 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1923 Thomas Mignon Gavotte

HMV DA 562 (10 inch/25 cm double side) coupled with 1923 Thomas Mignon Gavotte

(33) Stokowski Society LS-3

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192

 

matrix: B-27099-8 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7 not approved)

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May 1, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Das Rheingold: perhaps Alberich's theme from Scene 3 unpublished

 

matrix: C-27907-1

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May 1, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Parsifal: "Bell Scene" (probably the Act I transformation music where Parsifal's procession is accompanied by a motif played on bells) unpublished

 

matrix: C-27908-1

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May 1, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Henry Eichheim (1870-1942) Chinese Rhapsody from the suite "Oriental Impressions" (1919–1922) - Stokowski arrangement unpublished

 

From 1891-1912, Henry Eichheim was in the violin section of the Boston Symphony; after he left the Boston Symphony, he turned to composition. Eichheim was attracted to the style of the contemporary French 'Impressionist' compositions of composers such as Debussy and Ravel. Between 1915 and 1935, Eichheim made five extensive trips to the Asia-Pacific region, and Leopold Stokowski, attracted by this quasi-oriental musical style, accompanied Eichheim on part of an Asian trip in 1928.

 

matrices: part 1: B-27909-1, part 2: B-27910-1

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May 1, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Henry Eichheim (1870-1942) Japanese Nocturne from the suite "Oriental Impressions" (1919–1922) - Stokowski arrangement unpublished

 

During the week April 29-May 4, 1929, Stokowski successfully recorded this work with the Philadelphia Orchestra electrically on Victor Red Seal 12 inch (30 cm) disc Victor 7260 side B, matrix CVE-47964-3.

 

matrices: B-27911-1, -2

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December 3, 1923

 

(see also April 19, 28, 1924

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Tannhäuser Act II: march 'Entrance of the Guests' ("Festmarsch") labeled "Fest march" unpublished - see the successful recording session of this music April 28, 1924

 

matrices: C-29051-1, -2

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December 3, 1923

 

(also see January 8, April 18, 19, 1924)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Franz Schubert Symphony no 8 in b minor D. 759 "Unfinished" unpublished - See April 18, 19, 1924 successful recordings

 

matrices:

C-29052-1, C-29053-1, C-29054-1, C-29055-1, C-29056-1, C-29057-1

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January 3 and December 22, 1924 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA

 

(also see location note in December 22, 1924 Rachmaninoff listing below)

Serge Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no 2 in c minor opus 18

 

Movements 2 and 3 January 3, 1924

Movement 1 December 22, 1924

 

Movements 2 and 3 were released by Victor in May, 1924 4 as listed below. However, movement 1 recorded in December, 1924 was not published by Victor because the first two 12 inch matrices of this first movement, C-31395-2, C-31396-2 were approved, but the remaining 10 inch side of the movement was not approved at that time and later was thought lost.

 

Mark Obert-Thorn, leading restoration expert noticed that the remaining side was 10 inch, not 12 inch as were all other sides, and a search in the Victor archives then located the remaining 10 inch side: B-31397-2 - well done Mark! The complete 1924 recording was then released on CD for the first time, due to Mark's insight.

movement 1: not issued

movement 2:

Victor 89166, 89167, 89168 (12 inch/30 cm single sides) catalogue numbers assigned, but not published

HMV 05790, 05791, 05792 (12 inch/30 cm single sides)

Victor 8064, 8065 A (12 inch/30 cm double sides)

HMV DB 747, DB 748 A (12 inch/30 cm double sides)

movement 3:

Victor 89169, 89170, 89171 (12 inch/30 cm single sides) catalogue numbers assigned, but not published

HMV 05793, 05794, 05795 (12 inch/30 cm single sides)

Victor 8065 B, 8066 (12 inch/30 cm double sides)

HMV DB 748 B, DB 749 (12 inch/30 cm double sides)

 

matrices:

January 3, 1924: movement 2 part 1: C-29233-4

January 3, 1924: movement 2 part 2: C-29234-3

January 3, 1924: movement 2 part 3: C-29235-4

January 3, 1924: movement 3 part 1: C-29236-3

January 3, 1924: movement 3 part 2: C-29251-2

January 3, 1924: movement 3 part 3: C-29252-2

December 22, 1924: movement 1 part 1: C-31395-2

December 22, 1924: movement 1 part 2: C-31396-2

December 22, 1924: movement 1 part 3: B-31397-2

 

(33) RCA Victor ARM3-0260 set

 

(CD) 09026-61265-2, (CD) 82876-67892-2

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January 8, April 18, 19, 1924

 

(also see December 3, 1923)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Franz Schubert Symphony no 8 in b minor D. 759 "Unfinished"

 

Victor's first recording of a complete, uncut symphony

Victor 74894 through 74899 12 inch/30 cm single sides assigned but not published

HMV 4-0581, 4-0591, 4-0582, 4-0583, 4-0584, 4-0585 12 inch/30 cm single sides (no explanation for the non-sequential disc catalogue numbers)

Victor 6459, 6460, 6461 (12 inch/30 cm double sides)

HMV DB 792, DB 793, DB 794 (12 inch/30 cm double sides)

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC441 in an excellent restoration

 

matrices (movement 1 allegro moderato on 3 sides; movement 2 andante con moto on 3 sides):

C-29052-5 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4 not approved)

C-29053-5 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4 not approved)

C-29054-5 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4 not approved)

C-29055-4 (takes -1, -2, -3, -5 not approved)

C-29056-5 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4 not approved)

C-29057-5 (takes -1, -2, -3, -4 not approved)

 

note: these same matrix numbers, but with the prefix CVE (e.g. CVE-29052-6) were assigned to the Stokowski Philadelphia Orchestra April 1927 electrical recording of this work.

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April 19, 28, 1924

 

(see also December 3, 1923)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Tannhäuser Act II: march 'Entrance of the Guests' ("Festmarsch") labeled "Fest march" - Stokowski transcription with the music reduced to one side of slightly more than 4 minutes Victor 6478 (12 inch/30 cm double side) coupled with 1921 Tannhäuser Overture

(33) Stokowski Society LS-3

(CD) Andante 1130

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192 in an excellent restoration

 

matrix: C-29051-6 (takes -3, -4, -5 not approved)

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April 28, 1924

 

(also see November 6, 13, December 12, 1922 sessions)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA P.I. Tchaikovsky "Song without Words", opus 40 no 6 - Stokowski transcription

 

one of the rarest Stokowski discs since it was released in the US only and for just a few months late 1924 and early 1925 soon before the introduction of the electrical recording process in 1925

Victor 1111 (10 inch/25 cm single side) coupled with 1922 Chopin Prelude in e minor

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC441 in an excellent restoration

 

matrix: B-27065-7 (take -6 and previous takes not approved)

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April 19, 28, 1924 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Claude Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

 

Marcel Tabuteau, oboe and William Kincaid, flute

HMV 4-0642, 04-0641 as listed (12 inch/30 cm single side)

Victor 6481 (12 inch/30 cm double side)

HMV DB 840 (12 inch/30 cm double side)

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC441 in an excellent restoration

 

matrices:

C-21057-5 (takes -3, -4, -6, -7 not approved)

C-21058-5 (takes -3, -4, -6 not approved)

(see the November 25, 1917 unsuccessful session for the first takes of this matrix number)

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April 28, 1924

 

(also see the April 10, 1922 unsuccessful attempt)

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

 

A delicate, etherial performance that would seem beyond the technical ability of the acoustic process, yet successful in this fine performance recorded twelve months before the introduction of electrical recording.

Gramophone 4-0645, 4-0646 (12 inch/30 cm single sides)

Victor 6490 (12 inch/30 cm double side)

HMV DB 839 (12 inch/30 cm double side)

HMV Spain AB 461 (12 inch/30 cm double side)

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC441 in an excellent restoration

 

matrices: C-30021-2 (take -1 not approved), C-30022-1 (take -2 not approved)

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October 13, 1924 for matrix C-30994-2

 

December 8, 1924 for other matrices

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA

 

also Victor studio, Building no 15 Camden, NJ USA * on December 8, 1924

Igor Stravinsky The Firebird - 1919 Suite

 

The Firebird Suite of perhaps 22-23 minutes before acoustic cuts would often be recorded on 5 or 6 78 RPM sides by others, but Stokowski was able to fit it onto 4 acoustic sides. The first reason was the rapid playing of this recording. Second was the very large cut (more than 1 minute) of the repeating progression at the conclusion of the Suite. Usually, this repeating progression would lead up to the crescendo of the finale, but it is totally cut from Stokowski's recording, now reduced to slightly more than 16 minutes long.

Gramophone 4-0647, 4-0648, 4-0649, 4-0650 (12 inch/30 cm single sides)

Victor 6492, 6493 (12 inch/30 cm double sides)

HMV DB-841, DB-842 (12 inch/30 cm double sides)

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192 in an excellent restoration

 

matrices:

C-30992-3 (takes -1, -2 not approved)

C-30993-3 (takes -1, -2 not approved)

C-30994-2 (take -1 approved)

C-30995-3 (takes -1, -2, -4 not approved)

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December 8, 1924 Victor studio, Building no 15 Camden, NJ USA * Anatoly Liadov Dance of the Amazon opus 65

 

This is one of the rarest Stokowski discs since it was released in the US only and for just a few months in late 1924 and early 1925 soon before the introduction of the electrical recording process in 1925

Victor 1112 (10 inch/25 cm single side) coupled with the 1922 Stravinsky Feu d'artifice

(33) Stokowski Society LS-3

(CD) Pristine Classical PASC192 in an excellent restoration

 

Matrix B-31263-2 (take -1 not approved)

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December 22, 1924 Victor studio, Building no 15 Camden, NJ USA * Serge Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no 2 in c minor opus 18

First movement

not published at that time (see details in the January 3, 1924 Rachmaninoff listing above)

matrices: C-31395-2, C-31396-2, B-31397-2

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*   Harry O. Sooy In his memoires states: "...December 8th, 1924: After considerable work remodeling the 5th floor, Building #15, for an additional Recording Room for the Laboratory, we made our first records of the Philadelphia Orchestra in this studio on this date." 3  I have therefore assumed that the Liadov and Stravinsky Firebird of December 8, 1924, and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no 2 first movement recording of December 22, 1924 were in that location.

 

If you wish to consult the listing of the Stokowski recordings made with the Westrex electric process from 1925  to 1940, click on: Leopold Stokowski - Philadelphia Orchestra Chronological Electrical Discography .

 

Key to Victor Red Seal record sizes:

 

The Victor Red Seal records listed on this page are all of either 10 inch or 12 inch diameter, as follows:

 

10 inch single sided disks:

64000, 66000 series catalogue numbers (matrix numbers beginning with B)

 

10 inch double sided disks:

900, 1000 series catalogue numbers (matrix numbers beginning with B)

 

12 inch single sided disks:

74000 series catalogue numbers (matrix numbers beginning with C)

 

12 inch double sided disks:

6000, 8000 series catalogue numbers (matrix numbers beginning with C)

 

Note on listening to the Stokowski recordings

 

The chronological table of Stokowski recordings, above, provides two links for each recording:

 

1.   The column to the right labeled "Link" will take you to the page of this stokowski.org site which discusses the recording.  Simply click on the word "page".

 

2.   The column to the right labeled "MP3" gives a link to the file, in .mp3 format, of the recording. Simply click on the word "MP3" to download and listen to the .mp3 file.

 

Nearly all the music files linked in the table below are in .mp3 format (128 mbps).  This means that they are of different sizes, depending on the length of the music.  Therefore, when you click on the word "MP3" to download the music, the time required will depend on the size of the file, and the speed of your internet connection.  However, since most of the recordings of this acoustic era are of one 78 RPM side, they are all relatively short (typically 3 MB to 4 MB), and should download quickly in a number of seconds, again depending on your internet connection speed.

 


1   An approximate idea of the recording sessions attempted and works that were attempted can be seen by looking at the many acoustic sessions, from which no recordings were approved by Stokowski.  Peruse the superb Stokowski Discography of Stokowski"s disks by Enno Riekena.  Mr. Riekena, a Stokowski expert and scholar has carefully prepared and researched this discography, including correct names of the works recorded, which may often vary from the title selected by Stokowski or by Victor for the record label. Mr. Riekena"s discography includes information on the acoustic recording sessions attempted from which no recording was released.  This discography may be found at:

http://members.lycos.co.uk/stokowski/

Enno Riekena also publishes his own CDs of Stokowski broadcasts which you can see at his The Leopold Stokowski Site http://www.geocities.com/stokowskisite/

2  Johnson, Edward.  Notes to "Stokowski First Releases".  CALA Records CACD 0502.  London. 1995. The Cala website is at http://www.calarecords.com/

3   Sooy, Harry O.  Memoir of my Career at Victor Talking Machine Company 1898-1925.  Manuscript, not dated, but ending with events of 1925.  Another important record of the history of recording, on the David Sarnoff Library website:  http://www.davidsarnoff.org/sooyh-maintext1909.html

4 Bolig, John R. The Victor Red Seal Discography Volume 1: Single-Sided Series (1903-1925).  Mainspring Press.  Denver, Colorado. 2004. ISBN 0-9671819-8-4

Bolig, John R.  The Victor Red Seal Discography Volume 2: Double-Sided Series to 1930.  Mainspring Press.  Denver, Colorado. 2006. ISBN 0-9772735-5-5

5 Kaplan, Richard. The Philadelphia Orchestra - An Annotated Discography. Rowman & Littlefield. London. 2015. ISBN 978-1-4422-3915-9.

 


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L"Héritage de Stokowski - Accueil français

Victor Talking Machine Company, Eldridge Johnson, et le développement de la technologie d"enregistrement acoustique

1917 - 1924 les enregistrements acoustique Victor de Leopold Stokowski et l"Orchestre de Philadelphie

1917 -  Premiers enregistrements acoustique de Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1917 - 1919 autres enregistrements acoustique Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1920 - 1921 autres enregistrements acoustique Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1922 - 1924 autres enregistrements acoustique Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1919 - 1924 enregistrements acoustique Russe Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1920 - 1924 enregistrements acoustique français - Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1921 -1924 enregistrements acoustique Tchaïkovski - Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1921 - 1924 enregistrements acoustique Wagner - Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1924 enregistrements acoustique Rachmaninov - Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

Développement de l"enregistrement électrique

Permis d"exploitation du système Westrex donné à Victor et Columbia

1925 Premier enregistrement électrique Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1925 autres enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1926 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1927 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

Encore des enregistrements 1927 électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1928 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1929 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1930 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1931 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1932 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1933 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1934 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

Encore des enregistrements 1934 électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1935 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1936 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1937 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

1939-1940 enregistrements électriques Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

D"autres documents sur Stokowski et l"Orchestre de Philadelphie

Camden église studio - Victor Talking Machine studio d"enregistrement

Leopold Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie Enregistrement à l"Académie de musique de Philadelphie

Interviews avec Leopold Stokowski

Leopold Stokowski Orchestrations

Leopold Stokowski, Harvey Fletcher et les laboratoires Bell expérimental enregistrements

Maîtres de restauration moderne de disques historique

CDs de Stokowski et l"Orchestre de Philadelphie

Leopold Stokowski Discographies chronologique

      Leopold Stokowski Discographie chronologique - enregistrements acoustique

      Leopold Stokowski Discographie chronologique - enregistrements électriques

Leopold Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie bibliographie, des sources et crédits

L"Orchestre symphonique de Boston - musiciens principaux

L"Orchestre symphonique de Chicago - musiciens principaux

L"Orchestre de Cleveland - musiciens principaux

L"Orchestre du Metropolitan Opera de New York - musiciens principaux

L"Orchestre philharmonique de New York - musiciens principaux

L"Orchestre de Philadelphie - musiciens principaux

L"Orchestre symphonique Russe de New York - musiciens principaux

L"Orchestre symphonique de San Francisco - musiciens principaux

L"Orchestre symphonique de St. Louis - musiciens principaux