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Eugene Ormandy

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Eugene Ormandy

Hungarian-born conductor and violinist who became internationally famous as the conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra add

Category: Music (650)

Born in 1899.

Countries: United States (34%), (20%), France (6%)

Main connections: Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski, Jean Sibelius

Linked to: London Symphony Orchestra, Angel Records, Columbia Masterworks Records, EMI




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Eugene Ormandy was born in 1899 add something


In 1920, he obtained a university degree in philosophy add something


In 1921, he moved to the United States of America add something


Ormandy made 16 recordings as a violinist between 1923 and 1929, half of them using the acoustic process add something


Arthur Judson, the most powerful manager of American classical music during the 1930s, greatly assisted Ormandy's career add something


Minnesota Orchestra - Among these was the first electrical recording of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony with Eugene Ormandy, who recorded extensively with the orchestra for RCA Victor in the 1930s


When Arturo Toscanini was too ill to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1931, Judson asked Ormandy to stand in add something


He recorded for RCA Victor in Minneapolis , too, and continued with the label until 1942, when an American Federation of Musicians ban on recordings caused the Philadelphia Orchestra to switch to Columbia, which had reached an agreement with the union in 1944, before RCA did so add something


Recordings were made between January 16, 1934, and January 16, 1935 add something


From 1936 until his death, Ormandy made hundreds of recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra, spanning almost every classical music genre add something


Ormandy served until 1936 as conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, now the Minnesota Orchestra add something


Ormandy's 44-year tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra began in 1936 and became the source of much of his lasting reputation and fame add something


Leopold Stokowski - After disputes with the board, Stokowski began to withdraw from involvement in the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1936 onwards, allowing his co-conductor Eugene Ormandy to gradually take over


Philadelphia Orchestra - In 1936 Eugene Ormandy joined the organization, and jointly held the post of principal conductor with Stokowski until 1938 when he assumed the role full-time


Symphony No. 8 (Sibelius) - Later in the decade, Eugene Ormandy, a fervent admirer of Sibelius who directed the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1936, is thought to have lobbied strongly for the right to perform the premiere, should the symphony in due course emerge


He was particularly noted as a champion of Sergei Rachmaninoff's music, conducting the premiere of his "Symphonic Dances" and leading the orchestra in the composer's own recordings of three of his piano concertos in 1939-40 add something


Bernard Herrmann - Also during the 1940s, Herrmann's own concert music was taken up and played by such celebrated maestri as Leopold Stokowski, Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Thomas Beecham and Eugene Ormandy


Blanche Thebom - Thebom's first prominent engagement as a performer came in November 1941 when she made her first appearance as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under conductor Eugene Ormandy with fellow guest the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia


Eugene Istomin - He made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy, playing a concerto by Chopin, and the New York Philharmonic conducted by Artur Rodzi?ski playing Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in the same week in 1943


Louis Gruenberg - San Francisco Symphony - In 1944, Jascha Heifetz commissioned and premiered the Violin Concerto, Op. 47 with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and recorded it with Pierre Monteux and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1945


Denver Symphony Orchestra - In 1945, Saul Caston, who had been associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra under both Leopold Stokowski and Eugene Ormandy, became The Denver Symphony's Conductor and Music Director


Gary Graffman - After graduating from Curtis in 1946, he made his professional solo debut with conductor Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra


Gyorgy Sandor - Sándor played the premiere of Bartók (Béla_Bartók)'s Piano Concerto No. 3 on 8 February, 1946 with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


In 1947, Ormandy appeared in the feature film "Night Song" in which he conducted Leith Stevens' Piano Concerto, with Arthur Rubinstein as soloist add something


Jean Casadesus - He made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy in 1947 and thereafter enjoyed success as a concert pianist and as a piano teacher, principally at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau


Alabama Symphony Orchestra - Warmly recommended by Eugene Ormandy, Lipkin conducted his first concert on November 1, 1949


Harve Presnell - During the late 1950s he made several appearances and recordings with both the Roger Wagner Chorale and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the latter under the baton of Eugene Ormandy


Eileen Joyce - She finally appeared in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall, New York in 1950, with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy


Orchestra - This made possible a more uniform playing of notes or intonation, which would lead to a more and more "smooth" orchestral sound that would peak in the 1950s with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra and the conducting of Herbert von Karajan with the Berlin Philharmonic


Simon Barere - On 2 April 1951, Barere suffered a cerebral hemorrhage during a performance of Grieg's Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall, with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra


Piano Concerto (Grieg) - On April 2, 1951, Russian-born American pianist Simon Barere collapsed while playing the first few bars of the concerto, in a performance with conductor Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York


Metropolitan Opera - This and a recording in July 1952, which he conducted anonymously with the Prades Festival Orchestra with Pablo Casals in the Robert Schumann Cello Concerto, represented his only commercial recordings made outside the U.S. In December 1950 he directed New York's Metropolitan Opera in a fondly-remembered production of Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" in English, which was recorded add something


Philippe Entremont - Eugene Ormandy auditioned him in 1954 and at once engaged him for his Philadelphia Orchestra debut, which took place in November 1956


Appalachian Spring - In 1954, Eugene Ormandy asked Copland to expand the orchestration for the full score of the ballet


During a 1955 tour of Finland, Ormandy and many of the Orchestra's members visited the elderly composer Jean Sibelius at his country estate; Ormandy was photographed with Sibelius and the picture later appeared on the cover of his 1962 stereo recording of the composer's first symphony add something


Jean Sibelius - His 90th birthday, in 1955, was widely celebrated and both the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Thomas Beecham gave special performances of his music in Finland.


Emil Gilels - His delayed American debut in 1955 playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in Philadelphia with Eugene Ormandy was a great success


Ormandy conducted his first stereophonic recordings in 1957; these were not the orchestra's first stereo recordings because Leopold Stokowski had conducted experimental sessions in the early 1930s and multi-track recordings for the soundtrack of Walt Disney's 1940 feature film "Fantasia" add something


Agi Jambor - After leaving Baltimore for Philadelphia in 1957, she began performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, where she became a favorite soloist of Eugene Ormandy and was acclaimed by conductor Bruno Walter


Rudolf Serkin - In 1959, he became the first pianist in the United States to record Reger's Piano Concerto, Op. 114, with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra


In one day, March 11, 1962, Ormandy and the Philadelphia recorded Sibelius's Symphony No. 1; the Semyon Bogatyryov arrangement of Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 7" ; and Delius's "On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring" add something


London Symphony Orchestra - In November 1966, he recorded a highly memorable and idiomatic rendition of Antonín Dvo?ák's "New World" Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra add something


Arturo Toscanini - In 1967, "The Bell Telephone Hour" telecast a program entitled "Toscanini: The Maestro Revisited", written and narrated by New York Times music critic Harold C. Schonberg, and featuring commentary by conductors Eugene Ormandy, George_Szell, Erich Leinsdorf and Milton Katims


In 1968, Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra returned to RCA; among their first projects was a new performance of Tchaikovsky's Sixth symphony, the "Pathetique" add something


Symphony No. 1 (Mahler) - In the 1970s, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra made the first recording of the symphony by a major orchestra to include "Blumine"


Symphony No. 13 (Shostakovich) - Meanwhile, a copy of the score with the original text was smuggled to the West, where it was premiered and recorded in January 1970 by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy


During a 1973 tour of the People's Republic of China, the Orchestra performed to enthusiastic audiences that had been isolated from Western classical music for many decades add something


Daniel Epstein - A graduate of the Juilliard School, Epstein was launched into international renown when the conductor, Eugene Ormandy,invited him to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1973


In 1978, he conducted the New York Philharmonic in a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, with Vladimir Horowitz as soloist for a live recording add something


After Ormandy officially retired as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1980, he served as a guest conductor of other orchestras and made a few recordings add something


Upon his retirement in 1980, he was made conductor laureate add something


Dylana Jenson - In 1981, she recorded the Sibelius Violin Concerto and the Saint-Saëns "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra for RCA. That recording is still regarded as one of the finest on disc


Dylana Jenson - Jenson's 1981 recording of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra was RCA Red Seal's first major classical music production recorded in digital sound

Eugene Ormandy died in 1985 add something


Ormandy died in Philadelphia on March 12, 1985 add something


Philadelphia Orchestra - Since Scheel's death, the orchestra has had eight music directors and one chief conductor, including Charles Dutoit, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy and Christoph Eschenbach; as of 2013, the incumbent is Yannick Nézet-Séguin