Eugene Ormandy is not a so old historical musician, but he had
a highly sophisticated and accomplished musical talent for conducting
orchestra like other historical musicians. Most of his activity
was almost devoted to the USA, but his sense of harmony was largely
different from other American musicians, and it was rather close
to European tone.
He recorded tremendously large number of works from very small popular
pieces to huge-scale master works with his Philadelphia Orchestra.
All recordings were made in surprisingly high level, keeping perfect
harmony all through their performance. This may be very scarce
case even for so-called great conductors. Willem Mengelberg would
have recorded like Ormandy, if Mengelberg mainly lived in Stereo
When I came across the recording of R. Strauss' "Der Buerger als
Edelmann--Suite," their ultra-high standard overwhelmed me. It
proves that Ormandy was one of the top conductors in history, and his understanding of R. Strauss was highly accomplished
even compared with Krauss and Boehm. At the same time, this success
indicates that Ormandy is a reliable expert of German music. As
a matter of fact, his Beethoven is most recommendable for all
For detail information of Ormandy, I recommend you to stop by
the following web pages provided by Japanese Ormandy lovers.
- Pages by Mr. Yokota. He prepares pages written in English, too, His discography is very valuable.
- Pages by Mr. Endou. His paged are all written in Japanese, but
his discussion of Ormandy is worthy of reading. His recommendation is also wonderful.
- Page by Mr. Robert L. Jones. He writes appreciation of Ormandy with fine links. You will enjoy an essay from a point of view
of an American.
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