Performer: Paul Chihara, Vaughan Williams, Debussy - Leopold Stokowski, Gerhard Samuel, The American Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Solow
Title: Wind Song / Overture To The Wasps / Children's Corner Suite
Catalog Number: 3327, SDBR 3327
MP3 album: 1949 mb
FLAC album: 1971 mb
|1||Excerpts From "The Children's Corner Suite"|
Composed By – DebussyConductor – Leopold StokowskiOrchestra – Stadium Symphony OrchestraOrchestrated By – André Caplet
|4||Windsong For Cello & Orchestra|
Cello – Jeffrey SolowComposed By – ChiharaConductor – Gerhard SamuelOrchestra – American Symphony Orchestra
|6||Overture To "The Wasps"|
Composed By – Vaughn WilliamsConductor – Leopold StokowskiOrchestra – Stadium Symphony Orchestra
|3327, SDBR 3327||Paul Chihara, Vaughan Williams, Debussy - Leopold Stokowski, Gerhard Samuel, The American Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Solow||Paul Chihara, Vaughan Williams, Debussy - Leopold Stokowski, Gerhard Samuel, The American Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Solow - Wind Song / Overture To The Wasps / Children's Corner Suite (LP, Comp, RM)||Everest, Everest||3327, SDBR 3327||US||1978|
- Engineer [Recording] – Doug Botnick, Joe Jorgensen
- Mastered By – Joe Brescio
- Sleeve Notes – Sheila Keats
NotesMatrix-run-out data distinguishes this release from a very similar reissue from 1978. Further research identifies many specific characteristics, documented here (see also Submission Notes) that may or may not apply to the 1978 reissue.
"Bellsound + Bre (looks like SRE)" is the signature of Joe Brescio:
The 1974 release date is derived from the date portion of this matrix sequence included in Bell Sound masters.
"ARC" identifies Allentown Record Company inc. as the pressing facility for this release, as described at:
This submission has undergone much detective work, establishing that it is a 1974 mastering different from the 1978 remastering, and (later on) that all three works are first releases. In addition to the Chihara world premiere, the Debussy and the Vaughan Williams are previously-released 2nd recordings (circa 1959-61) of repertoire Stokowski first recorded in 1949.
The first work, track A, "Wind Song," is a new composition by Paul Chihara, first performed in 1972, with Gerhard Samuel conducting the America Symphony Orchestra. This establishes an earliest-possible release date.
The conductor and orchestra for the second work, track B1, "Overture to The Wasps," by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, is not stated. The ASO is given top billing for the recording as a whole. "Vaughan Williams" is mis-spelled in several references, omitting the second "a" in "Vaughan."
The last work, tracks B2-B4, are three movements of "Children's Corner Suite," by Claude Debussy. Other sources identify the arranger-orchestrator of these piano works as Andre Caplet .
The front and back covers state:
"Leopold Stokowski and Gerhard Samuel conducting the America Symphony Orch.," but the back cover track credits directly contradict this, stating, "Leopold Stokowski conducting the Stadium Symphony Orchestra."
Most sources document only one instance of Stokowski performing the Children's Corner Suite (not the performance on this release):
The discography identifies "RCA WDM 1327 (45 RPM)" as Stokowski conducting "his Symphony Orchestra, recorded at the Manhattan Center, New York City on March 2 and 30, 1949, and cites many re-issues, but Everest SDBR 3327 is not among them!
RCA Victor 10-1488, 10-1489, 10-1490 in album DM-1327
RCA Victor LM-9023
Leopold Stokowski And His Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71A and Debussy Children's Corner Suite
RCA Victor LM-9
Debussy, Leopold Stokowski - The Children's Corner Suite
RCA Red Seal ANL1-2604 electronic stereo digital remaster with 1950 Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Leopold Stokowski And His Symphony Orchestra - Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71A And Children's Corner Suite
RCA Victor WDM 1327
RCA France A 95 235 Artistique The Little Shepherd only with L'Arlésienne Suite no 1: Adagietto and Bach-Stokowski 'Siciliano' from Sonata for Violin and Clavier BWV 1017 and 'Sarabande' from Partita no 1 in B minor BWV 1002
(CD) Cala Records CACD 0548
(CD) Bearac Reissues CD BRC 2950
The identity of the orchestra is also a mismatch. In the home page preamble of the Discography source, the contributor indicates that "Stadium Symphony Orchestra" is a pseudonym for the New York Philharmonic. This is confirmed by Discogs:
The Stadium Symphony Orchestra Of New York
A third fact further disqualifies the 1949 family of reissues as the possible source for this release The timings given for LM-9023 are markedly-different from those provided for two of the three movements on Everest 3327.
Jimbo's Lullaby -- 3:06 on RCA LM-9023 but 4:37 on Everest 3327 (here)
Golliwog's Cakewalk -- 2:55 on RCA LM-9023 but 3:07 on Everest 3327 (here).
THIS release and its 1978 reissue includes previously-unknown performances. The following 1995 compilation appears to be of the same performances as found here on Everest 3327:
The data for this release closely matches all known data for Everest 3327, and confirms that the "Stadium Symphony Orchestra New York" is a pseudonym for the New York Philharmonic. The timings for the three Debussy movements differ by only 2-3 seconds from the Everest timings.
The 1995 compilation states for these two tracks that, "this recording was first released in 1961, recorded at Belock Recording Studio, Bayside, NY," and confirms that the "Stadium Symphony Orchestra New York" is a pseudonym for the New York Philharmonic. No examples of a 1961 release have been found, but it is the likely year these performances were recorded.
Belock Instrument Corporation was the parent of the Everest label from 1958 to 1960.
Belock Instrument Corporation
A scholarly archive establishes that Stokowski did record new performances of the Debussy and the Vaughan Williams again with this orchestra, as cited on page 44 of the Finding Aid (MS Coll 1169):
Leopold Stokowski sound recordings, 1912-1982 (bulk 1930-1977), Ms. Coll. 1169, Kislak Center for
Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
This entry identifies the following repertoire as having been preserved on a 7-inch reel-to-reel recording (Box 5, Item 2):
Stadium Symphony Orchestra (Prokofiev "Peter and the Wolf;" Vaughan
Williams "Wasps Overture;" Debussy "Children's Corner Suite;" Bach
"Aria;" Gluck "Reigen seliger Geister;" Purcell "Hornpipe;" Boccherini
"Minuet;" Turina "La Oracion del torero;" Tchaikovsky "Andante
Cantabile;" and Berger "Rondino Giocoso"); Stokowski Number: 4M,
While the date of this recording and its usage as a source by Belock/Everest are not yet proven directly, the high correspondence of known characteristics makes it nearly-certain that this recording is the source for Side B of Everest 3327. Documentation of this has not yet been added to the Stokowski Discographies cited above. They remain incomplete.
The recording venue for Side A is not stated, but the premiere performance was with these performers on February 2, 1972,
at New York's Town Hall. As with many modern works that receive no further recordings whatsoever, it is probable that this recording is of the live premiere or that it was recorded in the same venue within days or weeks of the premiere.
Therefore this compilation combines a newly-recorded world-premiere work (not a reissue) with a little-known second Stokowski recording of the same repertoire mistakenly-assumed to be reissues of the 1949 recordings.
The Bell Sound mastering credits indicate that the archive (reel-to-reel) performances were remastered for this release.
While "Joe Jorgensen" is clearly identified as one of the Recording Engineers, it is by no means certain that this is the same identity cited in Discogs, since that person's career began in the early 1970's, continues into the present, and includes no other classical releases.
The Doug Botnick identity in Discogs also began his career in the mid-1970's and has only 2 other classical releases to his credit.
Neither individual could have been responsible for the c.1961 Stokowski recording session.
- Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched (& stamped); last initials look like "Sre" or "8ve"): ARC 10 31 74 SD-3327-A Bell Sound ... Bre
- Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched (& stamped); last initials look like "Sre" or "8ve"): ARC 10 31 74 SD-3327-B Bell Sound ... Bre
- Other (Side A Label): SDBR 3327-A
- Other (Side B Label): SDBR 3327-B
- Recorded At – Belock Studios
- Record Company – Belock Instrument Corporation
- Record Company – Everest Records
- Mastered At – Bell Sound Studios
- Pressed By – Allentown Record Co. Inc.
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