2018-01-10 15:13:13 UTC
IMHO, some of Ormandy's Philadelphia recordings are more impressive than others. For example, Ormandy recorded Grofe's "Grand Canyon Suite" twice, once in 1957 (issued by Columbia as ML 5286 / MS 6003) and again in 1967 (issued by Columbia as M 30446). The 1957 performance is far superior to what sounds to me like a "just going through the motions" performance of the one recorded ten years later. For some unknown reason, CBS/Sony Music has reissued the 1967 performance on CD, and while they used the cover of the 1957 release on a CD reissue, the recording contained on that CD was conducted by Andre Kostelanetz! Comparing Ormandy's 1957 performance with other recordings of Grofe's Suite, others pale in comparison. Fiedler, who is idolized by most Bostonians including myself, conducted a less charismatic recording than Ormandy's first one, and Bernstein's, which CBS/Sony Music loves to repackage and reissue is only so-so. Ormandy's recording of Kodaly's "Hary Janos Suite" is also quite commendable.