New York Philharmonic: The Authorized Recordings, 1917-2005

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The intent of any discography is comprehensiveness, aiming to include every recording within its chosen area, and to list all the important details of each. The discography, New York Philharmonic: The Authorized Recordings, 1917-2005 is no exception. Author James H. North has compiled more than 1500 commercial recordings made by the New York Philharmonic from 1917 to 2005. A fifteen-page Introduction serves as a general history of New York Philharmonic recordings, discussing issues such as the importance of ...

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Overview

The intent of any discography is comprehensiveness, aiming to include every recording within its chosen area, and to list all the important details of each. The discography, New York Philharmonic: The Authorized Recordings, 1917-2005 is no exception. Author James H. North has compiled more than 1500 commercial recordings made by the New York Philharmonic from 1917 to 2005. A fifteen-page Introduction serves as a general history of New York Philharmonic recordings, discussing issues such as the importance of recordings, the orchestra's relationships with various recording companies, the venues used, recordings of interest which were not made (and why they were not), and the record-labeling systems used by Columbia/CBS/Sony, the Philharmonic's long-term business partner. The entries are presented in chronological order of recording sessions and contain important details such as music played, performers, session dates and venues, recording companies and producers, first release dates, and all issues of the recording, including 78- and 45-rpm discs, Long-Playing records, and Compact Discs. Three appendixes catalog the entries by composer, conductor, and soloists respectively, referring the reader to the appropriate entry in the main listing. Two additional appendixes further illustrate the New York Philharmonic's history, one by describing the 78-rpm records made for class use by Ginn and Company during the mid-1920s, the other listing the twenty-five "Young People's Concerts," written and conducted by Leonard Bernstein and broadcast worldwide on television from 1958 to 1970, now available on VHS and DVD.

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Reference and Research Book News
North, a freelance journalist and music critic, assembles a chronological discography of about 1,500 recordings made by the New York Philharmonic from 1917 to 2005. Compiled from the Philharmonic and recording company archives, correspondence, and programs, the discography contains only authorized recordings, mostly American issues, and lists information by composer, covering conductor, soloists, venue, release date, record company and producer, timing, issue and matrix numbers, and comments. Formats include 78-rpm, 45- rpm, LP, and CD, as well as a few videos. Other ensembles that merged with the Philharmonic are listed under their own name. Appendices organize recordings by composer, conductor, and soloist, in addition to separate listings of Ginn & Company 78s used for a course on music education in the 1920s, and videos of the Young People's Concerts.
Teaching Music
...catalogs more than 1,500 commercial recordings by the New York Philharmonic and important details about each.
American Record Guide
...full of fascinating details.
Itzhak Perlman
This book is an unbelievable accomplishment—almost as impressive as the recording history it presents. My compliments to all the musicians—past and present—who have contributed to this mighty river of music. It is an honor to be among them.
Marilyn Horne
What a thrilling reminder of how much we owe to the New York Philharmonic for its monumental recording tradition.
November 2006 Reference and Research Book News
North, a freelance journalist and music critic, assembles a chronological discography of about 1,500 recordings made by the New York Philharmonic from 1917 to 2005. Compiled from the Philharmonic and recording company archives, correspondence, and programs, the discography contains only authorized recordings, mostly American issues, and lists information by composer, covering conductor, soloists, venue, release date, record company and producer, timing, issue and matrix numbers, and comments. Formats include 78-rpm, 45- rpm, LP, and CD, as well as a few videos. Other ensembles that merged with the Philharmonic are listed under their own name. Appendices organize recordings by composer, conductor, and soloist, in addition to separate listings of Ginn & Company 78s used for a course on music education in the 1920s, and videos of the Young People's Concerts.
December 2006 Teaching Music
...catalogs more than 1,500 commercial recordings by the New York Philharmonic and important details about each.
May/June 2007 American Record Guide
...full of fascinating details.
Library Journal
Freelance journalist and music critic North's monumental discography lists more than 1500 recordings made from 1917 to 2005 by one of the premier orchestras in America. It begins with a helpful introduction that explains issues of inclusion as well as the history of the New York Philharmonic and its relationships with various record companies. The entries, each seven to eight lines long, are organized chronologically by the date of the recording session and contain such information as recording venue, release date, record company, producer, matrix numbers and takes used, and issue numbers on 78-rpm discs, LPs, and CDs. Occasionally, notes appear in italics. Several appendixes serve as indexes and consist of separate lists of composers, conductors, and soloists. The appendixes also include a list of Ginn & Company 78-rpm records made in the 1920s as illustrative material for an elementary textbook and the Young People's Concerts hosted by Leonard Bernstein from 1958 to 1971. One of the chief decisions the author/compiler of such a reference work must make is how to handle unauthorized/pirated editions, which are excluded here. Though wishing to avoid such a quagmire is understandable, several unauthorized recordings-e.g., conductor Dmitri Mitropoulos's 1950s-era Mahler, Symphony No. 1-are now freely available from Internet suppliers. It might have been useful to include a section with the better-known and available unauthorized recordings, though this is perhaps material for another book. Bottom Line A tremendous undertaking containing much obscure information, this is a seminal reference work that belongs in every large music collection because of its historical value.-Bruce R. Schueneman, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Kingsville Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810858541
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2006
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

James H. North is a free-lance journalist and music critic—writing for such publications as Fanfare and Classic Record Collector—and has attended New York Philharmonic concerts and listened to their recordings for over fifty years.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction Part 4 Discography Part 5 Appendixes Chapter 6 A. Composers Chapter 7 B. Conductors Chapter 8 C. Soloists Chapter 9 D. Ginn & Company 78s Chapter 10 E. Young People's Concerts Part 11 Bibliography Part 12 About the Author

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