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Chronological Discography of Acoustic Recordings 1917-1924

 

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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.

 

Not included are the numerous recordings of the many sides that Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra tried to make, but which were not successful due to the limitations of the acoustic process 1.

 

Edward Johnson, the eminent Stokowski scholar states in his notes to the Cala CD "Stokowski First Releases" (Cala CACD 0502), "...Between 1917 and 1924, they made an estimated 450 acoustic recordings, but the old method of playing into a large horn gave a very poor representation of orchestral sound, and of all their acoustic discs, only 60 or so were actually issued..." 2.

 

In the chronological discography below, I count only 69 acoustic sides released by Stokowski, which increase to 71 sides if the two 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.  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.) 

 

Pristine Classical Restoration of the Stokowski Acoustic Recordings

 

To fully appreciate these historic Stokowski - Philadelphia recordings, we now have a wonderful source to hear these recordings, wonderfully restored.  Transfers of these often rare acoustic recordings were made by Edward Johnson from his collection.  Andrew Rose, with his magic (or so it seems to me) technology that has brought so many classic recordings to new life has also stabilized and refurbished these acoustic recordings.  Two volumes of these restorations are available so far.  Visit the Pristine Classical site to download these recordings , and while you are there, have a look at the many other treasures by Stokowski and other greats.  Thank you Edward Johnson and Andrew Rose!

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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

 

Date Location Composer Work Disc Page Link .mp3

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October 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

matrix: Victor B-20888-3

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October 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

matrix: Victor B-20889-2

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November 8, 1917 Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA Felix Mendelssohn A Midsummer"s Night Dream - Scherzo Victor 74560

matrix: Victor C-21056-4

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November 8, 1917 Victor Office Building no 2, Eighteenth Floor Auditorium, Camden, NJ, USA Christoph Willibald Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice - Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Stokowski transcription) Victor 74567

matrix: Victor C-21066-1

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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

matrix: Victor B-21067-2

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  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 8, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Georges Bizet Carmen - Prelude to Act 1 Victor 64822

matrix: Victor B-22812-4

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May 8, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Rienzi Overture Victor 74602, 74603 matrices: Victor C-22815-3, C-22816-3 Page MP3 
May 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

matrix: Victor C-22810-4

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May 9, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Emmanuel Chabrier España Rhapsody Victor 74621

matrix: Victor C-22809-7

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May 9, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony no 40 K550 third movement (Minuetto) Victor 74609

matrix: Victor C-22813-6

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May 9, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Carl Maria von Weber Invitation to the Dance ("Aufforderung zum Tanz") orchestrated by Felix Weingartner Victor 74598

matrix: Victor C-22821-2

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May 10, 1919 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Johann Strauss II "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" Victor 74627

matrix: C-22825-4

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May 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

matrix: C-24126-4

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May 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

matrix: C-24127-3

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May 20, 1920 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Antonin Dvorak Symphony no 9 "New World" second movement (Largo) Victor 74631

matrix: C-24128-4

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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

matrix: B-24130-3

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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 and 6241 also Gramophone DB 384 and 3-0559

matrix: C-24630-5

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March 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

matrix: C-24629-10

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March 25, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Wagner - Die Walküre - Act 3 - The Ride of the Walkeries Victor 74684 or HMV DB 387

matrix: C-24987-4

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April 18, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Jean Sibelius Finlandia (1899) Victor 74698

matrix: C-24988-4

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April 18, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA P. I. Tchaikovsky Symphony no 6 "Pathétique" - movement 3 Scherzo Victor 74713

matrix: C-24628-11

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April 18, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Johannes Brahms Symphony no 3 third movement (poco allegretto) Victor 74722

matrix: C-24125-8

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November 7, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Tannhäuser: Overture (Dresden version) Victor 74758, 74759, 74768 or HMV DB 386, DB 387

matrices: C-22808-10, C-22814-7, C-24999-2

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December 5, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Strauss Salome - Dance of the Seven Veils Victor 74729, 74730

matrices: C-25788-3, C-25789-2

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December 5, 1921 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Die Walküre: Act III - Wotan"s Farewell and Magic Fire Music Victor 74736

matrix: C-24124-12

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January 27, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Franz Schubert Moment Musical in F minor opus 94 no 3 Russian Air (Stokowski transcription) Victor 66098

matrix: B-25941-6

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January 27, 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

matrix: B-25942-5

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January 27, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Luigi Boccherini Minuet from Quintet in E opus 11 no 5 G275 ("Celebrated minuet") (Stokowski transcription) Victor 66058

matrix: B-25943-4

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February 13, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA P.I. Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite - opus 43 "Dance of the Flutes" Victor 66128

matrix: B-24938-6

 

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April 29, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Mikhail

Ippolitov-Ivanov

Caucasian Sketches opus 10 no 4 - "Procession of the Sardar" Victor 66106

matrix: B-26442-2

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November 6, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Igor Stravinsky Feu d'artifice opus 4 Victor 1112

matrix: B-27064-2

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November 6, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Frédéric Chopin Prélude No.4 in e minor opus 28 no 4 (Stokowski transcription) Victor 1111

matrix: B-26408-7

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December 12, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Modest Mussorgsky (revised by Rimsky-Korsakov) Khovanshchina - Prelude to Act IV Victor 74803

matrix: C-27069-4

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December 12, 1922 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Franz Schubert German Dance opus 33 no 3 Victor 74814

matrix: C-27012-7

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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 944 or HMV DA 562

matrix B-279238-1

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March 19, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov Snegurachka (the "Snow Maiden") - "Dance of the Tumblers" Victor 6431

matrix: C-27938-1

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April 30, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Georges Bizet Carmen - labeled "Smuggler's March" ("Marche des contrebandiers") from Act 3 Victor 1017

matrix: B-27902-1

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April 30, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Georges Bizet Carmen - labeled "Changing of the Guard" ("Avec la garde montante") from Act 1 Victor 1017

matrix: B-27903-2

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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 - movement 2 Andante cantabile Victor 6430, 6431

matrices: C-27904-2, C-27905-1, C-27906-2

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May 1, 1923 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Charles Gounod Faust - Waltz from Act 2 "La Kermesse"

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

Victor 944

matrix: B-27099-8

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January 3, 1924 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Serge Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no 2 in c minor opus 18

Second movement

Victor 8064, 8065 A or HMV DB 747, DB 748 A

matrices: C-29233-4, C-29234-3, C-29235-4

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January 3, 1924 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Serge Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no 2 in c minor opus 18

Third movement

Victor 8065 B, 8066 or HMV DB 748 B, DB 749

matrices: C-29236-3, C-29251-2, C-29252-2

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April 18, 1924 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Franz Schubert Symphony no 8 in b minor - Unfinished Victor 6459, 6460, 6461

matrices: C-29052-5, C-29053-5, C-29054-5, C-29055-4, C-29056-5, C-29057-5

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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) Victor 1111

matrix: B-27065-7

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April 28, 1924 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Tannhäuser - Act 2 Festival March Victor 6478

matrix: C-29051-6

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April 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

Victor 6481

matrices: C-21057-5, C-21058-5

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April 28, 1924 Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Richard Wagner Lohengrin - Prelude to Act 1 Victor 6490 or HMV DB 839

matrices C 30021-2, C 30022-1

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October 13, 1924

(for C-30994-2)

December 8, 1924

Camden Church Studio (Victor Building no 22) Camden NJ, USA Igor Stravinsky The Firebird - 1919 Suite Victor 6492, 6493

matrix: C-30992-3, C-30993-3, C-30994-2, C-30995-3

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December 8, 1924 Victor studio, Building no 15 Camden, NJ USA * Anatoly Liadov Dance of the Amazon opus 65 Victor 1112

Matrix B-31263-2

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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

part of First movement

Victor Unissued

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

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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 Rachmaninoff recordings later that month were in the same 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, below, 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

 


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1917 -  Premiers enregistrements acoustique de Stokowski - Orchestre de Philadelphie

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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

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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

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