Columbia 'M' Sets 401-425

SYMPHONY NO. 6 IN F MINOR Op. 68 ('Pastorale') (Beethoven)

The Awakening of Joyful Feelings Upon Arrival in the Country

The Brook

Village Festival

The Storm

Shepherd’s Song

Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

10 Sides., Set M-401

11180-D - 11184-D

AM 11185-D - 11189-D 

MM 11240-D - 11244-D

Listed in: Gramophone Shop Encyclopedia of Recorded: Music; Reid; 1948; Pg.55 Col.2

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); April 1940; Pg.3 Col.1


ALBUM OF SHAKESPEAREAN SONG

ARNE - Come Away Death (from "Twelfth Night")

ARNE - Under the Greenwood Tree (from "As You Like It")

ARNE - Were the Bees Stuck (from "The Tempest")

ARNE - It Was a Lover and His Lass (from "As You Like It")

ARNE - When Icicles Hand by the Wall (from "Love's Labor Lost")

ARNE - Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind (from "As You Like It')

ARNE - No More Dams I'll Make for Fish

WILSON - Take, O Take Those Lips Away (from "Measure for Measure")

ARNE - When Daisies Pied and Violets Blue (from 'Love's Labor Lost")

ARNE - When That I Was (from "Twelfth Night")

ARNE - A Little Tiny Boy (from "Twelfth Night")

Mordecai Bauman (baritone); Ernst Victor Wolff (harpsichord)

6 Sides., Set M-402 

69837-D - 69839-D

> Not released in AM Format

> Not released in MM Format

Matrix numbers: XCO 25676 to XCO 25681

Recorded: 5 November 1940; New York City


SYMPHONY NO. 7 IN C MAJOR (Schubert)

Frederick Stock conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra

11 Sides., Set M-403

11190-D - S-11195-D 

AM 11196-D - S-11201-D 

MM S-11245-D - 11250-D

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); May 1940; Pg.8 Col.1

Review: New Guide to Music; Kolodin; 1950 ed; Pg.362 Col.1


SONATA IN F MAJOR Op. 24 ('Spring') (Beethoven)

Jeno Lener (violin); Louis Kentner (piano)

6 Sides., Set M-404

69843-D - 69845-D

AM 69846-D - 69848-D

MM 70329-D - 70331-D

LX 759 - LX 761 (Columbia UK)

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); May 1940; Pg.1 Col.2


QUARTET NO. 1 IN E MINOR ('FROM MY LIFE') (Smetana)

(and) Scherzo from Quartet in E Flat Minor, Op. 30 (Tchaikovsky)

Curtis String Quartet

8 Sides., Set M-405

69849-D - 69852-D 

AM 69853-D - 69856-D 

MM 70344-D - 70347-D

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); May 1940; Pg.9 Col.1


SYMPHONY NO. 5 IN E MINOR Op. 64 (Tchaikovsky)

Artur Rodzinski conducting Cleveland Orchestra

10 Sides., Set M-406 (Also on LP ML 4052)

11204-D - 11208-D

AM 11209-D - 11213-D

MM 11214-D - 11218-D

Matrix numbers: 

XCO 25770 to XCO 25771 (20 December 1939)

XCO 25772 to XCO 25779 (8 January 1940)

Recorded: 20 December 1939; 8 January 1940; Severance Hall, Cleveland

266008 - 266012 (Columbia ARG)

JN 602 - JN 606 (Columbia JAP)

This set was available with the following album covers:

- Generic ‘Masterworks’ Plain Cover (Blue cloth binding)

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); June 1940; Pg.7 Col.2

Review: New Guide to Music; Kolodin; 1950 ed; Pg.432 Col.2


QUARTET IN D MAJOR Op. 11 (Tchaikovsky)

Roth String Quartet

7 Sides., Set M-407

69859-D - S-69862-D 

AM 69863-D - S-69866-D 

MM S-69871-D - 69874-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 25647 to XCO 25651

Recorded: 4 January (and) 25 January 1940

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); June 1940; Pg.7 Col.1

 Review: New Guide to Music; Kolodin; 1950 ed; Pg.434 Col.2

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“...The playing is musically responsive, clean, and well balanced; the recording quite satisfying, though a little overpowered by highs...”

[From] Review: New Guide to Music; 1950; Pg.434


OLD WORLD BALLADS IN AMERICA

The Cherry Tree Carol

Old Bangum

The Ballad of Mary Hamilton

The Hangman’s Tree

The Two Sisters

Barbara Allen

The Lady Gay

Andrew Rowen Summers acc. himself on dulcimer

8 Sides., (10 inch) Set M-408

17193-D - 17196-D

> Not released in AM Format

> Not released in MM Format


SYMPHONY NO. 104 IN D MAJOR ('London') (Haydn)

Sir Thomas Beecham conducting London Philharmonic Orchestra

6 Sides., Set M-409

70073-D - 70075-D 

AM 70076-D - 70078-D 

MM 70079-D - 70081-D

LX 856 - LX 858 (Columbia UK)

264601 - 264603 (Columbia JP)

This set was available with the following album covers:

- Generic ‘Masterworks’ Plain Cover (Red cloth binding)

Analytical Notes: 

- Contained in separate pamphlet 


SYMPHONY NO. 38 IN D MAJOR ('Prague'), K. 504 (Mozart)

Frederick Stock conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra

6 Sides., Set M-410

11252-D - 11254-D 

AM 11255-D - 11257-D 

MM 11258-D - 11260-D

Also on Canadian records: 15291 - 15293

266355 - 266357 (Columbia ARG)

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); August 1940; Pg.6 Col.2


CONCERTO NO. 4 IN G MAJOR for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58 (Beethoven)

Walter Gieseking (piano); Karl Bohm conducting Saxon State Orchestra

8 Sides., Set M-411

70094-D - 70097-D

AM 70098-D - 70101-D

MM 70102-D - 70105-D

Matrix numbers: CRX 95 to CRX 102

LX 847 - LX 850 (Columbia UK)

LWX 288 - LWX 291 (Columbia Germany)

Set C 161 (Columbia AUS)

5000066 - 5000069 (Columbia ARG)

Recorded: 3 January 3 1939; Dresden

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); August 1940; Pg.1 Col.2


SYMPHONY NO. 2 IN D MAJOR Op. 73 (Brahms)

John Barbirolli conducting Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York

10 Sides., Set M-412

11261-D - 11265-D

AM 11266-D - 11270-D

MM 11271-D - 11275-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 27109 to XCO 27118 (All take 1 - except for XCO 27112-2)

Recorded: 27 March 1940; Liederkranz Hall, New York

Producer: Mosses Smith

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); September 1940; Pg.2 Col.2


CONCERTO IN D MAJOR for Violin and Orchestra, Op 35 (Tchaikovsky)

Nathan Milstein (violin); Frederick Stock conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8 Sides., Set M-413 (Also on LP ML 4053)

11276-D - 11279-D

AM 11280-D - 11283-D

MM 11284-D - 11287-D

Matrix numbers: WXCO 26604 - WXCO 26611

JS 126 - JS 129 (Columbia JP)

30-5015 - 30-5018 (Columbia BRZ)

Recorded: 6 March 1940

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); September 1940; Pg.8 Col.2

Review: New Guide to Music; Kolodin; 1950 ed; Pg.427 Col.2


A PROGRAM OF MEXICAN MUSIC

(Sones Mariachi - Jalisco; La Paloma Azul - Traditional; Xochi-pili; Macuilxochitl; Danza a Centeotl from 'Los Cuatro Soles'; Yaqui Music - Sonora - Traditional;  Huapango - Vera Cruz)

Carlos Chavez conducting Orchestra of American and Mexican Musicians

8 Sides., Set M-414

70332-D - 70335-D

> Not released in AM Format

MM 71557-D - 71560-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 27338 to XCO 27345

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); September 1940; Pg.9 Col.2


MUSIC OF VICTOR HERBERT (Herbert)

- Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life

- Sweethearts Waltz

- March of the Toys

- Toyiand

- Streets of New York

- Thine Alone; Indian Summer

- When You Are Away; Kiss Me Again

A Kiss in the Dark

Habanera from 'Natoma'

Sunset

For I'm Falling in Love with Someone

'Neath the Southern Moon

Italian Street Song

Moonbeams; Gypsy Love Song

Czardas

Dream Girl

Andre Kostelanetz and his Orchestra

8 Sides., Set M-415 (Also on LP ML 4094)

> Also released as EP microgroove [Set A-417]

7364-M - 7367-M

> Not released in AM Format

MM 7709-M - 7712

EP 4-7709-M - 4-7712-M

Matrix numbers: XCO 27460 to XCO 27467

Recorded: 11 June 1940; Liederkranz Hall

Album Cover Designer: Alex Steinweiss

[NOTE: See also Set M-1012 for a later, re-recording of this set]


SYMPHONY NO. 5 IN E MINOR Op. 95 ('From the New World') (Dvorak)

Leopold Stokowski conducting All-American Youth Orchestra

11 Sides., Set M-416

11349-D - S-11354-D

AM 11355-D - S-11360-D 

MM S-11361-D - 11366-D

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); September 1940; Pg.3 Col.2


LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS ('The Rite Of Spring') (Stravinsky)

(Fertility of Earth: Introduction; Dance of the Youths and Maidens; Dance of Abduction; Spring Rounds; Games of the Rival Towns; Entrance of the Celebrant; The Kiss to the Earth; Dance to the Earth; The Sacrifice; Introduction - The Pagan Night; Mystic Circle of the Adolescents; Dance to the Glorified One; Evocation of the Ancestors; Ritual Performance of the Ancestors; Sacrificial Dance) 

Igor Stravinsky conducting Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York

8 Sides., Set M-417 (Also on LP ML 4092 and also ML 4882)

11367-D - 11370-D

AM 11371-D - 11374-D

MM 11375-D - 11378-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 27226 to XCO 27233 (All take 1)

Recorded: 4 April 1940; Liederkranz Hall, New York

Producer: Mosses Smith

Album Cover Designer: Alex Steinweiss

This set was available with the following album covers: 

Steinweiss original

Generic ‘Masterworks’ Plain Cover (Light Blue cloth binding)

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); March 1944; Pg.8 Col.2

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); October 1940; Pg.6 Col.2

Review: New Guide to Music; Kolodin; 1950 ed; Pg.421 Col.2

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“...it is peerless for sonority and distinctness...”

[From] Review: New Guide to Music; 1950; Pg.421


CONCERTO IN D MINOR for Violin and Orchestra (Bach)

Joseph Szigeti (violin); Fritz Stiedry conducting Members of the Orchestra of the New Friends of Music

6 Sides., Set M-418

11379-D - 11381-D

AM 11382-D - 11384-D

MM 11385-D - 11387-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 27207 to XCO 27212

LOX 536 - LOX 538 (Columbia AUS)

This set was available with the following album covers: 

- Generic ‘Masterworks’ Plain Cover (Red cloth binding)

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); October 1940; Pg.1 Col.1

Review: A Guide to Recorded Music; Kolodin; 1941; Pg.15 Col.2

Review: A Guide to Recorded Music; Kolodin; 1947; Pg.13 Col.2

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“…The recording gives a glassy brittleness to his [Szigeti] tone, and the orchestra is also undervalued, but Stiedry’s animated direction makes an uncommonly unified experience of the score...”

[From] Review: A Guide to Recorded Music; Kolodin; 1947; Pg.13


THE VOICE OF POETRY

(Go Lovely Rose - Waller; Since First I Saw Your Face - Anon, ca. 1607; The Triumph - Jonson; That Time Of Year - Shakespeare; Ode To The West Wind - Shelley; Ozymandias - Shelley; Death - Donne; So We'll Go No More A-Roving - Byron; Young and Old - Kingsley; A Birthday - Rossetti; Summer Dawn - Morris; Break, Break, Break - Tennyson; The Storm Is Over - Bridges; Lone Heart, Learning - Sassoon; Down The Glimmering Staircase - Sassoon; Arabia - De La Mare; Truth - Masefield; Liesure - Davies; Silver - De La Mare; The Journey of the Magi - Eliot; Preludes - Eliot)

John Gielgud (actor)

12 sides, (10 inch) Set M-419

17207-D - 17212-D

> Not released in AM Format

MM 17428-D - 17433-D

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); October 1940; Pg.9 Col.1


SYMPHONY NO. 2 IN B-FLAT MAJOR (Schubert)

Howard Barlow conducting Columbia Broadcasting Symphony

6 Sides., Set M-420

70353-D - 70355-D

AM 70356-D - 70358-D

MM 70359-D - 70361-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 27594 to XCO 27599

DOX 696 - DOX 698 (Columbia AUS)

Recorded: 01 July 1940; New York

Review: New Guide to Music; Kolodin; 1950 ed; Pg.360 Col.2

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); November 1940; Pg.5 Col.2

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“...Mr. Barlow gives a well phrased sensitive reading of this tuneful score, which has been recorded for the first time with good detail and clarity...”

[From] Gramophone Record Supplement; November, 1940; Page 5


ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA (THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA) (Richard Straus)

(Von den Hinterweltlern -Of the Dwellers of the Rear World; Von der grossen Sehnsucht -Of Great Yearning; Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften -Of Joys and Passions; Von der Wissenschaft -Of Science; Der Genesende -The Convalescent; Nachtlied -Night Song; Nachtwanderlied -Song of the Night Wanderer)

Frederick Stock conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8 Sides., Set M-421

11391-D - 11394-D

AM 11395-D - 11398-D

MM 11399-D - 11402-D

Matrix numbers: WXCO 26427A to WXCO 26434A

This set was available with the following album covers:

Generic ‘Masterworks’ Plain Cover (Green cloth binding)

Review: New Guide to Music; Kolodin; 1950 ed; Pg.410 Col.1

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); November 1940; Pg.6 Col.1

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“...The recording of this new version is less satisfying than the older, and there is a certain cloudiness in many passages. We feel that Columbia has not done justice to the work at hand...”

[From] Gramophone Record Supplement; November, 1940; Page 6


IOLANTHE (Abridged) (Gilbert-Sullivan)

(Invocation: lolanthe, from Thy Dark Exile; Good-Morrow, Good Lover; None Shall Part Us; Peers' Chorus; Loudly Let the Trumpet Bray; My Well-Loved Lord; Spurn Not the Nobly Born; When I Went to the Bar; Finale-Act I; When Darkly Looms the Day; In Babyhood Upon Her Lap I Lay; Go Away, Madam; Sentry's Song; Strephan's a Member of Parliament; When Britain Really Ruled the Waves; In Vain To Us You Plead; Oh, Foolish Fay; Though P'r'aps I May Incur Your Blame; Love, Unrequited, Robs Me of My Rest; If We're Weak Enough to Tarry; Finale-Act II; Soon As We May, Off and Away) 

Soloists; Joseph Batten conducting Columbia Light Opera Company (and) Chorus

12 Sides., (10 inch) Set M-422

4243-M - 4248-M

AM 4249-M - 4254-M

MM 4255-M - 4260-M

Recorded: 8-10 June 1931; London

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); November 1940; Pg.7 Col.1

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“...There is good balance, clear diction and clean recording...”

[From] Gramophone Record Supplement; November, 1940; Page 7


SYMPHONY NO. 2 IN D MAJOR, Op. 43 (Sibelius)

John Barbirolli conducting Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York

10 Sides., Set M-423

11403-D - 11407-D

AM 11408-D - 11412-D

MM 11416-D - 11420-D [?]

Matrix numbers: XCO 27527 to XCO 27536 (All take 1 - except XCO 27535-2)

Recorded: 6 May 1940; Carnegie Hall, New York

Producer: Mosses Smith

Album Cover Designer: Alex Steinweiss

This set was available with the following album covers:

Generic ‘Masterworks’ Plain Cover (Yellow cloth binding)

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); December 1940; Pg.5 Col.2

Review: New Guide to Music; Kolodin; 1950 ed; Pg.394 Col.1


HANSEL AND GRETEL SUITE (Humperdinck)

Overture (Sides 1, 2); Dream Pantomime (Sides 3, 4 and 5) Waltz Side 6)

Howard Barlow conducting Columbia Broadcasting Symphony

6 Sides., (10 inch) Set M-424

17219-D - 17221-D

AM 17222-D - 17224-D

MM 17225-D - 17227-D

Matrix numbers: CO 27619 to CO 27624

Recorded: 8 July 1940; New York

This set was available with the following album covers: 

- Generic ‘Masterworks’ Plain Cover (Brown (?) cloth binding)

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); December 1940; Pg.3 Col.1


QUARTET IN F MAJOR (Ravel)

Budapest String Quartet

Josef Roismann (1st Violin); Alexander Schneider (2nd Violin); Boris Kroyt (Viola); Mischa Schneider (Cello)

8 Sides., Set M-425 (Also on LP ML 4091 / ML 4668 and also Philips A 01606 R(10 inch))

70373-D - 70376-D

AM 70377-D - 70380-D

MM 70381-D - 70384-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 28595 to XCO 28602

Recorded: 8 September 1940; Liederkranz Hall, New York

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); December 1940; Pg.4 Col.1

Audio Sample: 

http://www.pristineclassical.com/LargeWorks/Chamber/PACM065.php

Review: Gramophone Record Supplement (Gramophone Shop Inc.); April 1945; Pg.11 Col.2 [Incorrectly labeled as Set M-525]

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“...The present set is a well recorded and finely polished performance...”

[From] Gramophone Record Supplement; April, 1945; Page 11


[NOTE: Many sources place this recording as M-525 including the 1944 Columbia Record Catalog as well as review periodicals of the time.



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