Columbia 'M' Sets 726-750

A) THE MEDIUM (2 Acts - Complete) (Opera in English) (14 Sides) (Menotti)

E. Keller (soprano); M. Powers (alto); B. Dame (soprano); F. Roger (baritone); C. Mastice (soprano); Emanuel Balaban conducting (Unnamed) Orchestra

B) THE TELEPHONE (1 Act - Complete) (Opera in English) (6 Sides) (Menotti)

Marilyn Cotlow (Voice); Frank Rogier (Voice); Emanuel Balaban conducting (Unnamed) Orchestra

20 Sides., Set M-726 (A and B)

[In 2 volumes] (Also on 2 LP’s SL 154)

72465-D - 72474-D

MM 72475-D - 72484-D

The Medium - 72475-D - 72481-D (Volume 1)

The Telephone - 72482-D - 72484-D (Volume 2)

Matrix numbers: XCO 39195 to XCO 39114

Recorded: 13; 14; 16; 17; 20 (and) 21 October 1947

XCO 39195; XCO 39197; XCO 39201 to XCO 39202; XCO 39208 (13 October 1947)

XCO 39196; XCO 39199 (14 October 1947)

XCO 39203; XCO 39205 (16 October 1947)

XCO 39198; XCO 39200; XCO 39204 (17 October 1947)

XCO 39209 to XCO 39211 (20 October 1947)

XCO 39212 to XCO 39214 (21 October 1947)

Album Cover Designer: Alex Steinweiss

This set was available with the following album covers: 

Generic Steinweiss 'Lyre Player' Brown Cover [Poss.]

Generic Steinweiss 'Lyre Player' Red Cover

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.319

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“… Marilyn Cotlow and Frank Rogier are delightful in this bit of fluffy satire. The orchestra [...] is handled by Mr. Balaban, and the recording is first-rate...”

[From] Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.319


SYMPHONY NO. 40 IN G MINOR K. 550 (Mozart)

Fritz Reiner conducting Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

6 Sides., Set M-727 (Also on 10 inch LP ML 2008)

12726-D - 12728-D

MM 12729-D - 12731-D

Vinylite Set MV-727

MV-727 3001-V - 3003-V (Vinylite release)

MMV-727 3004-V - 3006-V (Vinylite release)

Matrix numbers: XCO 37569 to XCO 37574

Recorded: 1 April 1947

Album Cover Designer: Alex Steinweiss

This set was available with the following album covers: 

Steinweiss original

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.331


FANTASIA and FUGUE IN G MINOR; PRELUDE and FUGUE IN E FLAT MAJOR (‘St. Anne’) and TOCCATA IN F MAJOR (Bach)

E. Power Biggs (organ)

10 Sides., Set M-728 (Also on LP ML 4097)

> Not released in Manual Format

MM 72485-D - 72489-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 39118 to XCO 39127


MASQUERADE SUITE (5 Sides) (Khachaturian)

(Valse; Nocturne; Mazurka; Romance; Galop)

(and) Caucasian Sketches Op. 10 No. 2: In the Village (1 Side) (Ippolitov-Ivanov)

Leopold Stokowski conducting New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra

6 Sides., Set M-729 (Also on LP ML 4071)

12756-D - 12758-D

MM 12759-D - 12761-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 39260 to XCO 39265 (All take 1)

XCO 39261 to XCO 39265 (Masquerade Suite)

XCO 39260 (Caucasian Sketches)

Recorded:

3 November 1947; Carnegie Hall, New York (Both sessions)

Producer: Goddard Lieberson (Both sessions)

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.286

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“…Stokowski is a shade heavy handed, but the richness of sound emanating from his discs is hard to resist...”

[From] Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.286


SONATA NO. 3 IN D MINOR for Violin and Piano Op. 108 (Brahms)

UK AUTO COUPLING ARRANGEMENT:

Record 1:
Side 1: 1st Mov. Allegro
Side 6: 4th Mov. Presto Agitato (Conclusion)

Record 2:
Side 2: 1st Mov. Allegro (Conclusion)
Side 5: 4th Mov. Presto Agitato (1st Part)

Record 3:
Side 3: 2nd Mov. Adagio
Side 4: 3rd Mov. Un Poco Presto E Con Sentimiento

Issac Stern (violin); Alexander Zakin (piano)

6 Sides., Set M-730

> Not released in Manual Format

MM 12735-D - 12737-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 37051 to XCO 37056

LX 1091 - LX 1093 (Columbia UK)

LX 8621 - LX 8623 (Columbia UK - Auto coupling)

Recorded: 05 May 1947; Columbia Studios, New York

This set was available with the following album covers: 

Generic Steinweiss 'Lyre Player' Red Cover (black cloth binding)

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.163

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“…a romantically intense treatment...”

[From] Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.163


RUSSIAN FAVORITES (Various)

Efrem Kurtz conducting New York Philharmonic Orchestra

6 Sides., Set M-731

> Not released in Manual Format

MM 12738-D - 12740-D (Never Issued) *

It would appear that these recordings were possibly released singularly as 12881-D, 12937-D, and 12999-D **

[NOTE: * Set M-731 was recorded for 78rpm release and assigned record numbers for the MM format only, however the set was NEVER ISSUED. No copy of this set has surfaced. The Columbia card for this set held in the Sony Archives lists the set as “Not Issued”.]

** It has suggested that "the contents of this set were to have been the works that made it onto single records as 12881-D, 12937-D, and 12999-D - works by Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofieff and Shostakovich."


A ROBESON RECITAL OF POPULAR FAVORITES

(All songs arranged by Normand Lockwood)

Ol’ man river: from "Show boat"

I still suits me: from "Show boat"

Ma curly-headed babby [sic]

Mah Lindy Lou

The house I live in

Wagon wheels

Sylvia

It ain’t necessarily so: from "Porgy and Bess."

Paul Robeson (baritone); Emanuel Balaban conducting Columbia Concert Orchestra

8 Sides., (10 inch) Set M-732

> Not released in Manual Format

MM 17517-D - 17520-D

Matrix numbers: CO 39296 to CO 39303

Recorded: 7 (and) 8 November 1947

- Ma Curly-Headed Baby; Mah Lindy Lou; The House I Live In; Wagon Wheels (7 November  1947)

- Ol' Man River; I Still Suits Me; Sylvia; It Ain't Necessarily So

(8 November  1947)


SYMPHONY No. 4 IN A Op. 90 (‘Italian’) (Mendelssohn)

George Szell conducting Cleveland Symphony Orchestra

6 Sides., Set M-733 (Also on LP ML 4127)

MM 72503-D - 72505-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 39451 to XCO 39456

Recorded: 26 November 1947; Severance Hall, Cleveland

Album Cover Designer: Alex Steinweiss

This set was available with the following album covers: 

Steinweiss original


CONCERTO for Piano and Orchestra In A Minor (Schumann)

Rudolf Serkin (piano); Eugene Ormandy conducting Philadelphia Orchestra

8 Sides., Set M-734 (Also on LP ML 4041)

12772-D - 12775-D

MM 12776-D - 12779-D

Vinylite Set MV-734

MV-734 3015-V - 3018-V (Vinylite release)

MMV-734 3019-V - 3022-V (Vinylite release)

Recorded: 21 January 1946

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.429

Review: New Guide to Music; Kolodin; 1950 ed; Pg.377 Col.1

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“…the choice narrows to Rubinstein [Victor Set 1176] or Serkin...”

[From] Review: New Guide to Music; 1950; Pg.377


STETHOSCOPE HEART RECORDS

(Sounds, Murmurs, Arrhythmias)

George. D. Geckeler MD

7 Sides (Single sided records)., Set M-735 (Also on LP ML 4240)

Also released as M-986 (Spanish version)

11001-M - 11007-M *(Single sided discs)

MM 11008-M - 11011-M

Vinylite Set MV-735

MV-735 3035-V - 3038-V (Vinylite release)

Matrix numbers: XP 29125 to XP 29126; XP 29520; XP 29908 to XP 29909; XP 29978; XP 30060

[NOTE: See album Set M-600 for further information. See also M-986.]

Matrix numbers (Details - Takes)

XP 29125-4 - Record #1 Arrhythmias

XP 29126-4 - Record #2 Arrhythmias / continued / Sounds

XP 29520-3 - Record #3 sounds / concluded

XP 29908-1 - Record #4 Murmurs

XP 29909-2 - Record #5 Murmurs / continued

XP 29978-2 - Record #6 Murmurs / concluded

XP 30060-2 - Record #7 Illustrations / without / explanation


SYMPHONY NO. 4 IN F MINOR Op. 36 (Tchaikovsky)

Eugene Ormandy conducting Philadelphia Orchestra

10 Sides., Set M-736 (Also on LP ML 4050)

12762-D - 12766-D

MM 12767-D - 12771-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 39521 to XCO 39530

XCO 39521 to XCO 39529 (3 December 1947)

XCO 39530 (4 December 1947)

Recorded: 03 and 04 December 1947; Academy of Music, Philadelphia

Album Cover Designer: Alex Steinweiss

This set was available with the following album covers: 

Steinweiss original

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.470


SONATA for CELLO and PAINO (Barber)

Gregor Piatigorsky (cello); Robert Berkowitz (piano)

6 Sides ** ., Set M-737

72506-D - 72508-D (Never Issued) *

[NOTE: * Set M-737 was recorded for 78rpm release and assigned record numbers for the M format only, however the set was NEVER ISSUED. No copy of this set has surfaced. The Columbia card for this set held in the Sony Archives lists the set as “Not Issued”.]

** Michael Gray's discographies on the CHARM database assign the matrix numbers XCO 37833 through 37837 to this recording (29 May 1947), which means an odd number of sides (five).  XCO 37838, made the same day, is Piatigorsky's own "Procession" - which could have been intended as the filler - ???


LIVING LANGUAGE COURSE - FRENCH

40 Sides., (10 inch) Set M-738 

[Released in 2 Volumes as box set with Manual and Dictionary]

LL 1 - LL 20 (U.S., 78rpm Record Numbers)


LIVING LANGUAGE COURSE - SPANISH

40 Sides., (10 inch) Set M-739

[Released in 2 Volumes as box set with Manual and Dictionary]

LL 21 - LL 40 (U.S., 78rpm Record Numbers)


LILY PONS IN OPERATIC ARIAS

The barber of Seville. Una voce poco fa ... Io sono docile = There’s a voice that I enshrine ... I am all gentleness: act II / Rossini

Le coq d’or. Hymn to the sun: act II: sung in French / Rimsky-Korsakov

The tales of Hoffmann. Les oiseaux dans la charmille: Doll song: act I / Offenbach

ZeÌmire et Azor. La fauvette avec ses petits = The pretty warbler with all her feathered brood / GreÌtry; La Forge (with Frank Versaci, flute obligato)

Lily Pons (soprano); Andre Kostelanetz conducting Columbia Concert Orchestra

6 Sides., Set M-740 (Also on LP ML 4300)

72519-D - 72521-D

MM 72522-D - 72524-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 39602 to XCO 39605; XCO 39687 to XCO 39688

Recorded: 11 (and) 19 December 1947; Liederkranz Hall

This set was available with the following album covers: 

Generic Steinweiss 'Angel Banner' Yellow Cover

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.396


CONCERTO IN A MINOR for Piano and Orchestra (5 Sides) (Grieg)

(and) Prelude for Piano No. 6 in E Flat Op. 23 (1 Side) (Rachmaninoff) (Levant solo)

Oscar Levant (piano); Efrem Kurtz conducting New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra

8 Sides., Set M-741 (Also on LP ML 4028 and ML 4883)

12788-D - 12791-D

MM 12792-D - 12795-D

Vinylite Set MV-741

MV-741 3007-V - 3010-V (Vinylite release)

MMV-741 3011-V - 3014-V (Vinylite release)

Prelude No. 6 also released as: 12792-D

Matrix numbers: 

XCO 39625 to XCO 39631 (Concerto)

XCO 39573 (Prelude)

Recorded:

13 December 1947; Liederkranz Hall, New York (Concerto)

12 November 1947 (Prelude)

Producer: Goddard Lieberson (Concerto)

Matrix numbers (Details - Takes)

XCO 39573    - 12 November 1947 (Prelude)

XCO 39625-2 - 13 December 1947

XCO 39626-1 - 13 December 1947

XCO 39627-1 - 13 December 1947

XCO 39628-1 - 13 December 1947

XCO 39629-1 - 13 December 1947

XCO 39630-1 - 13 December 1947

XCO 39631-1 - 13 December 1947

[NOTE: No vinyl sets of either the MV or MMV issues have surfaced.]

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.384 [Labelled incorrectly in review as Op. 23, No. 6]

Review: New Guide to Music; Kolodin; 1950 ed; Pg.325 Col.2 [In relation to Prelude by Rachmaninoff]

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“...Levant has a fine sense of the winding line of this prelude and plays it with expert musicianship. Good reproduction...”

[From] Review: New Guide to Music; 1950; Pg.325


DER ROSENKAVALIER Op. 59 - ORCHESTRAL SUITE (Strauss, Arr. Richard Strauss)

Eugene Ormandy conducting Philadelphia Orchestra

6 Sides., Set M-742 (Also on LP ML 4044)

MM 12799-D - 12801-D

LX 1183 - LX 1185

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.455

Review: New Guide to Music; Kolodin; 1950 ed; Pg.415 Col.2

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“...The American orchestra is well reproduced, there is a sensitive ebb and flow in Ormandy’s direction, and the whole is much enhanced by its LP treatment...”

[From] Review: New Guide to Music; 1950; Pg.415


SYMPHONIC BAND (Gould)

Washington Post march / Sousa ; re-scored for modern band by Philip J. Lang

Fourth of July / Gould

March, Op. 99 / Prokofiev

Work song : No. 1 of "From the delta" / William Grant Still

Yankee Doodle / setting by Morton Gould

Home for Christmas / Gould

Irish tune from County Derry / set for military band by Percy Grainger

Shepherd’s hey / set for military band by Percy Grainger

Morton Gould conducting Symphonic Band

8 Sides., (10 inch) Set M-743 (Also on LP ML 2029)

MM 4516-M - 4519-M

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.370 [In relation to March Op. 99]


PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4 IN G MAJOR Op.58 (Beethoven)

Robert Casadesus (piano); Eugene Ormandy conducting Philadelphia Orchestra

8 Sides., Set M-744 (Also on LP ML 4074)

12802-D - 12805-D

MM 12806-D - 12809-D

Vinylite Set MV-744

MV-744 3023-V - 3026-V (Vinylite release)

MMV-744 3027-V - 3030-V (Vinylite release)

LX 1198 - LX 1201 (Columbia UK)

LX 8677 - LX 8680 (Columbia UK - Auto Coupling)

Recorded: 28 December 1947; Academy of Music, Philadelphia

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.125

Review: Gramophone Magazine; July 1949: Page 10

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“…Columbia did a horrible job of miscasting...”

[From] Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.125

FULL REVIEW:

“…Robert Casadesus is not very well known in this country, although in America he is accounted among the top-rank players. I cannot see these records winning him as an interpreter any great number of admirers, though he exhibits to the full what has always been his forte, a brilliantly clean and precise finger-agility. Whether this is sufficient equipment for a Beethoven concerto player is open to question. He should, in any case, learn to control a fatal urge to hurry, and if I had been Mr. Casadesus I would have insisted on remaking side 2 after that very glaring bloomer in bar 217; in the slow movement it is a thousand pities that at that wonderful expressive phrase before the pause, he loses his head and puts down the pedal. His first movement cadenza is new to me, and fairly harmless, though it exhibits a sad tendency to peter out every four bars or so.

Nor should the Philadelphia Orchestra look to enhance its reputation here by this set. There is little evidence of any real feeling or appreciation of the concerto's profound and moving beauty- even if the playing never drops below the standard of high competence we can always expect from it. But Mr. Ormandy's lack of attention to finer rhythmic points becomes irritating: in bars 29, 3, 301 and 305, Beethoven's dotted quaver-semiquaver degenerates into a slovenly near-triplet, and in bar 62 the violins start their scale perceptibly too early.

Least of all should the Columbia engineers look for praise for their work. The surface hiss is above normal, and becomes distracting in soft pianoforte passages. The balance is far from good: the solo instrument is made to sound wooden, and manages both to obscure important woodwind phrases with passage work (as in bars 326-331 or in the long development sequence beginning at bar 204) and to be dwarfed at times by the strings (the balance in the slow movement orchestra-piano dialogue is ludicrous, and all the pathos of those piano interjections is lost if we are not allowed to hear the first note). The orchestra lacks lustre (why, for instance, shouldn't we hear the strings' spiccato at the start of the finale?), and the blatant tone-quality in the slow movement, where we look for weight and fullness, not for harshness, is detestable.

Readers will have gathered that I do not recommend this issue. I look for something better than this in a Concerto of which we have nearly all heard outstanding performances. Fortunately for those of us who love the work, there are other versions. . L.S....”

[From] Review: Gramophone Magazine; July 1949: Page 10


NELSON EDDY IN SONGS OF STEPHEN FOSTER (Volume 1)

Come where my love lies dreaming

The merry, merry month of May

Oh boys, carry me ‘long

De Camptown races

My old Kentucky home

Dolly Day

I will be true to thee

Jenny June

Jeanie with the light brown hair

There’s no such girl as mine

Open thy lattice, love

Fairy belle

Oh! Susanna

my Alice fair  Sweetly she sleeps

Uncle Ned

Old Black Joe

My brudder Gum

Nelson Eddy (baritone); Robert Armbruster  conducting (Unnamed) Chorus and Orchestra

8 Sides., Set M-745

MM 7599-M - 7602-M

Matrix numbers:

XCO 39021 to XCO 39023

XCO 39075 to XCO 39077

XCO 39093

XCO 39096

Recorded: 

14 July 1947 (XCO 39021 to XCO 39023)

4 August 1947 (XCO 39075 to XCO 39076)

25 August 1947 (XCO 39077; XCO 39093; XCO 39096)

Album Cover Designer: Alex Steinweiss

This set was available with the following album covers: 

Steinweiss original


Matrix numbers (Details - Takes)

XCO 39021-1A - 7599-M - 14 July 1947

Come where my love lies dreaming /

The merry, merry month of May

XCO 39022-1A - 7600-M - 14 July 1947

Oh boys,carry me 'long / De camptown races

XCO 39023-1A - 7601-M - 14 July 1947

My old Kentucky home / Dolly day

XCO 39075-1A - 7602-M - 4 August 1947

I will be true to Thee / Jenny June

XCO 39076-1B - 7602-M - 4 August 1947

Jeanie with the light brown hair /

There's no such a girl as mine

XCO 39077-1A - 7601-M - 25 August 1947

Open Thy lattice love / Fairy belle / Oh! Susanna

XCO 39093-1B - 7600-M - 25 August 1947

My Alice fair,sweetly she sleeps / Uncle Ned

XCO 39096-1A - 7599-M - 25 August 1947

Old black Joe / My brudder Gum

[NOTE: See Set M-795 for Volume 2 of this series...]


NIGHT LIFE ON TWO PIANOS

I got rhythm : from "Girl crazy" / George Gershwin

Stardust / Carmichael -- Baby boogie / Gearhart

Stormy weather : from "Cotton Club parade of 1933" / Arlen

Limehouse blues / Braham

All the things you are : from "Very warm for May" / Kern

Body and soul : from "Three’s a crowd" / J. Green

Russian lullaby / Berlin

The love for three oranges. March, op. 33 / Prokofiev

Virginia Morley and Livingston Gearhart (pianos)

8 Sides., (10 inch) Set M-746

MM 4520-M - 4523-M

Matrix numbers: CO 39081 to CO 39088

CO 39081 to CO 39084 (21 August 1947)

CO 39085 to CO 39088 (22 August 1947)

Recorded: 21 and 22 August 1947


SYMPHONY NO. 3 IN C MINOR (Saint-Saens)

Edouard Nies-Berger (organ); Walter Hendl (piano); Charles Munch conducting New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra

8 Sides., Set M-747 (Also on LP ML 4120)

12837-D - 12840-D

MM 12841-D - 12844-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 39319 to XCO 39326 (All take 1)

GQX 11358 - GQX 11361 (Columbia Italy)

LFX 901 - LFX 904 (Columbia FR)

Recorded: 10 November 1947; Carnegie Hall, New York

Producer: Goddard Lieberson

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.404

Review: New Guide to Music; Kolodin; 1950 ed; Pg.351 Col.1

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“…impassioned, remarkably convincing conducting of Munch...”

[From] Review: New Guide to Music; 1950; Pg.351


EIN HELDENLEBEN - A HERO’S LIFE Op. 40 - TONE POEM (Strauss)

Fritz Reiner conducting Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

10 Sides., Set M-748 (Also on LP ML 4138)

MM 12850-D - 12854-D

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.452


SONATA NO. 2 (Concord. Mass., 1840-1860) (9 Sides) (Ives)

(and) In the Inn (from Sonata No. 1) (1 Side) (Ives)

John Kirkpatrick (piano)

10 Sides., Set M-749 (Also on LP ML 4250)

72535-D - 72539-D

Matrix numbers: XCO 34558 to XCO 34567

Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.280

REVIEW EXTRACT:

“…John Kirkpatrick, first to perform the “Concord” Sonata in concert in its entirety gives a superb performance, the recorded sound of which is far more effective on LP than on the standard shellac discs...”

[From] Review: Records: 1950 Edition; David Hall; 1950; Pg.280


ANDRE KOSTELANETZ - MOTION PICTURE FAVORITES

September song : from "Knickerbocker holiday" / Weill

It’s a grand night for singing : from "State fair" / Rodgers

Sweet Leilani : from "Waikiki wedding" / Owens

Carioca : from "Flying down to Rio" / Youmans

A foggy day : from "Damsel in distress" / George Gershwin

Thanks for the memory : from "Big broadcast of 1938" / Rainger

Sweet and lovely : from "Two girls and a sailor" / Arnheim, Tobias, Lemare

I’ll take romance : from "I’ll take romance" / Oakland

Andre Kostelanetz and his Orchestra

8 Sides., (10 inch) Set M-750 (Also on 10 inch LP ML 2022)

> Also released as EP microgroove [Set A-750]

> Not released in Manual Format

MM 4524-M - 4527-M

EP 4-4524-M - 4-4527-M

Matrix numbers: 

CO 39383 to CO 39386; CO 39428 to CO 39431

Recorded: 

20 November 1947 (CO 39383 to CO 39386)

25 November 1947 (CO 39428 to CO 39431)



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