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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Acknowledgments
Chapter 3 Introduction
Chapter 4 Discography
Chapter 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
Chapter 11 Bibliography
Chapter 12 About the Author