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Create by Nathan Davis | October 2, 2014 | Last updated by Nathan Davis October 6, 2014 (view change)

The following information is taken from sources from 1937. Recordings made after this date by the above mentioned performer are not included. This discography may not be complete as a result. I have left the price of recordings/albums (in US currency) as they were priced during 1937 for research purposes.

A small booklet detailing Society Sets available in the UK from EMI (HMV,Columbia, and Parlophone) from ~1947 is available as a PDF file

SOCIETY SETS

All society sets were sold, on subscription, only as units; individual discs were not permitted to be sold separately. As a general rule, broken records could be replaced in exchange for a replacement.

The listing below is in alphabetical order by composers. It is not a complete discography of society records. It is hoped that I can add to this list, or at least update it from time to time when new information comes to hand. Contributions are eagerly sort. Email me for additions or corrections.

Organ Music of J.S. Bach

Vol. 1. Fantasia and Fugue in G minor; "Little" Fugue in G minor; Preludes and Fugues in C major, F minor, G major; Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Dr. Albert Schweitzer (All Hallows. Barking-by-the-Tower, Organ). 14 sides, 7-12" discs in Set CM-270, price $14.00.
Vol. 2. 13 Chorale-Preludes. [Am Wasserffussen [?] Babylon, Christ lag in Todesbanden, Christum wir sollen loben schon, Christus de uns selig macht, Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund, Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag, Jesus Christus unser Heiland, Liebster Jesu, Mitt Fried und Freud', O Lamm Gottes unschuldig, O Mensch bewein dein Sunde gross, Schmucke dich o liebe Seele, Sei gegrusst Jesu gutig]
Dr. Albert Schweitzer (Ste. Aurelie, Strassbourg, Silbermann Organ). 14 sides, 7-12" discs in Set CM-310, price $14.00.

Bach 48 Preludes and Fugues Society

Vol. 1. Nos. 1 to 12;
Vol. 2. Nos. 15 to 24;
Vol. 3. Nos. 25 to 54;
Vol. 4. Nos. 55 to 45.
Edwin Fischer (piano). Each volume contains 14 sides. 7-12" discs, price $I7.50 per vol (except Vol. 4, Set VM-334, price $14.00).

Bach Goldberg Variations

Wanda Landowska (harpsichord). 12 sides, 6-12" discs in a Society Album, price $15.00.

BRAHMS: Song Society

Volume I (containing: Von ewiger Liebe, Erinnerung, Vier ernste Gesange, Die Mainacht, Ein Sonette, Sonntag, O Wusst' ich doch den Weg zuruch, Standchen, Vergebliches Standchen, Verrat, An die Nachtigall.
Alexander Kipnis (Bass in German) and Gerald Moore (piano). Six 12" imported records (12 sides); price $15.75.

Beethoven Piano Sonata Society (52 Sonatas)

Vol. 1. [No information at hand]
Vol. 2. [No information at hand]
Vol. 3. Nos. 15 ("Pastorale"), 19, 51
Vol. 4. Nos. 2, 14 ("Moonlight"), 26 ("Les Adieux")
Vol. 5. Nos. 11, 20, 25 ("Appassionata")
Vol. 6. Nos. 18, 6, 8 ('Pathetique")
Vol. 7. Nos. 1, 10, 28
Vol. 8. Nos. 5, 17, 22
Vol. 9. Nos. 12 ("Funeral March") and 21 ("Waldstein")
Vol. 10. No. 29 ("Hammerclavier )
Vol. 11. Nos. 4 and 16
Artur Schnabel (piano). Vols. 1 to 8 and Vol. 11 contain 7-12" discs each, price per vol. $17.50. Vol. 8 and Vol. 10 (VM-403) contain 6-12" discs each, price $15.00 and $12.00 respectively.

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata Society Volume 4

(Containing: Sonata No. 2 in A major. Op. 2, No. 2; Sonata No. 14 In C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 ("Moonlignt"); Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a ("Les Adieux"). Artur Schnabel (piano). Seven 12" imported records (14 sides); price $18.38. (Available in manual sequence only)

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata Society Volume 6

(Containing: Sonata No. 1 in F minor. Op. 2, No. 1: Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2: Sonata No. 28 in A major. Op. 101). Artur Schnabel (piano). Seven 12" imported records (14 sides); price $18.38. (Available in automatic sequence only)

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata Society Volume 9

(Containing: Sonata No. 12 in A flat major. Op. 26 ("Funeral Marcn"); Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein"). Artur Schnabel (piano): Six 12" imported records (12 sides); price $15.75. (Available in manual sequence only)

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata Society Volume 11

(Containing: Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7; Sonata No. 16 in G major. Op. 31, No. 1). Artur Schnabel (piano). Seven 12" imported records (14 sides); price $18.38. (Available in manual and automatic sequence)

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata Society Volume 14

(Containing: Six Bagatelles, Op. 126; Fantasia in G minor, Op. 77; Rondo a Capriccio in G major, Op. 129; Rondo in A major, Grove's 164; Variations in F minor, Op. 34). Artur Schnabel (piano). Sevon 12" imported records (14 sides) price $18.38. (Available in automatic sequence only)

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata Society Volume 15

(Containing: Seven Bagatelles, Op. 33; Fur Elise, Grove's 173; Minuet in E flat major; Variations in E flat major, Op. 35 ("Eroica")). Artur Schnabel (piano). Seven 12" imported records (14 sides); price $18.38. (Available in manual and automatic sequence)

Beethoven Violin Sonata Society (10 Sonatas)

Vol. 1. Nos. 1, 2, 5
Vol. 2. Nos. 4, 5, 8
Vol. 3. Nos. 7 and 9 ("Kreutzer")
Vol. 4. Nos. 6, and 10
Fritz Kreisler and Franz Rupp. Each Volume contains 14 sides, 7-12" discs in a Society Album, price $17.50 per vol.

BEETHOVEN; Violin Sonata Society Volume 1

(Containing: Sonata No. 1 in D major. Op. 12, No. 1; Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12, No. 2; Sonata No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12, No. 3). Fritz Kreisler (violin) and Franz Rupp (piano). Seven 12" imported records (14 sides); price $18.38. (Available in automatic sequence only)

BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata Society Volume 2

(Containing: Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23, Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 ("Spring"); Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30, No. 3). Fritz Kreisler (violin) and Franz Rupp (piano). Seven 12" imported records (14 sides); price $18.38. (Available in manual sequence only.)

BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata Society Volume 4

(Containing: Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30, No. 1; Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96). Fritz Kreisler (violin) and Franz Rupp (piano). Seven 12" imported records (14 sides); price $18.38. (Available in manual sequence only.)

Harpsichord Works of Francois Couperin "Le-Grand" (17 Pieces)

Wanda Landowska (harpsichord). 12 sides, 6-12" discs in a Society Album, price $1 5.00
Delius Society

Vol. 1. Paris, Eventyr, Koanga‚ -Final Scene, Hassan‚ -Interlude and Serenade, 2 Shelley Settings
Vol. 2. Sea Drift, Over the Hills and Far Away, In a Summer Garden, Fennimore and Gerda‚ -Intermezzo.
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. Each volume contains 14 sides, 7-12" discs in Sets CM-305 and CM-290, price $14.00 each.

Handel Harpsichord Suite Society

Suites:

No. 2 in F major.
No. 5 in E major,
No. 7 in G minor,
No. 10 in D minor.
No. 14 in G major.
Wanda Landowska (harpsichord). 12 sides, 6-12" discs in a Society Album, price $15.00.

Haydn Quartet Society

Vol. 1 [No information at hand]
Vol. 2 [No information at hand]
Vol. 3. F major, Op. 3, No. 5; E flat major. Op. 33, No. 2; E flat major, Op. 64, No. 6; B flat major, Op. 71, No. 1.
Vol. 4. E flat major. Op. 50, No. 3; C major ("Emperor"), Op. 76, No. 3; F. minor, Op. 20, No. 5.
Vol. 5. D major. Op. 20, No. 4; F major. Op. 74, No. 2; F major, Op. 77, No. 2
Vol. 6. C major, Op. 1, No. 6; E major, Op. 54, No. 3; A major, Op. 55, No. 1; G major, Op. 64, No. 1
The Pro Arte String Quartet. Each volume contains 14 sides, 7-12" discs, price $17.50 per vol.

Yrjo Kilpinen Song Society (19 Songs)

Gerhard Husch (Baritone, in German) with piano accompaniments by Margaret Kilpinen. 10 sides, 5-12" discs in a Society Album, price $12.50.
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Charles Kullman (tenor), Kerstin Thorborg (alto), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter. 14 sides, 7-12" discs in Set CM-300, price $14.00.
Moussorgsky Song Society (14 Songs)

Vladimir Rosing (tenor, in Russian) with piano accompaniments by Myers Foggin. 12 sides, 6-12" discs in a Society Album, price $12.00.
Mozart Opera Society

Vols. 1, 2, 3. Le Nozze di Figaro; Glyndebourne Festival Opera Company conducted by Fritz Busch 33 sides. 17-12" discs in Sets VM-313/4/5, price complete $33.00.
Vols. 4, 5, 6. Cosi fan Tutte; Glyndebourne Festival Opera Company conducted by Fritz Busch. 40 sides. 20-12" discs in 3 Society Albums, price complete $50.00.
Mozart Chamber Music Society (Piano and Violin Sonatas)

Vol. 1. C major, K. 296; G major, K. 379; E flat major, K. 481
Vol. 2. F Major, K. 377, B flat Major, K. 378; E flat Major, K. 380
Lili Krauss and Simon Goldberg, Each volume contains 14 sides, 7-12" discs in a Society Album, price $14.00 per vol.

English Music Society

Vol. 1 Henry Purcell: 4-Part. Fantasias and Fantasia on One Note; The Golden Sonata; Catches -To thee and I gave her cakes; Aspiration -How long great God; If music be the food of love; I love and I must.
International String Quartet; Willian Primrose and Isolde Menges; Purcell Singers; Keith Falkner (baritone). 16 sides, 5-12" and 3-10" discs in a Society Album, price $18.50.

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Nancy Evans, Roy Henderson, etc., witb Chorus, Boyd Neel Orchestra and Harpsichord conducted by Clarence Raybould. 14 sides, 7-12" discs, price $5.25. (Album and Leaflet $1.00 additional).
Scarlatti Sonata Society (20 Sonatas)

Wanda Landowska (harpsicbord). 12 sides, 6-12" discs in a Society Album, price $15.00.
Schubert: Die schoene Muellerin (Cycle of 20 Songs), Op. 25

Gerbard Husch (baritone, in German) with piano accompaniments by Hanns Udo Miiller. 16 sides, 8-12" discs in a Society Album, price $20.00.
Schubert: Winterreise (Cycle of 24 Songs), Op. 89

Gerhard Husch (baritone, in German) with piano accompaniments by Hanns Udo Muller. 18 sides, 3-10" and 6-12" discs in a Society Album, price $21.00.
Sibelius Society

Vol. 1. Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: Pohola's Daughter, Op. 89; Tapiola, Op. 112. London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Kajanus. 14 sides, 7-12" discs in Set VM-333, price complete with album $10.50.
Vol. 2. Symphonies No. 3 and No. 7. London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Kajanus (Sym. No.3) and B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra conducted by Serge Koussevitzky (Sym. No.7). 14 sides, 7-12" discs in Set VM-394, price compete with album $12.00.
Vol. 3. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 and String Quartet in D minor ("Voces Intimae"), Op. 56. Finnish National Orchestra conducted by Georg Schneevoigt; Budapest String Quartet. 14 sides, 7-12" discs in Set VM-344, price $14.00.
Vol. 4a. Concerto (Violin and Orchestra) in D minor, Op. 47. Jascha Heifetz and London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. 8 sides, 4-12" discs in Set VM-309, price $8.00.
Vol. 4b. Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55 and The Oceanides, Op. 73. B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. 6 sides, 3-12" discs in Set VM-311, price $5.00.
Hugo Wolf Song Society

Vol. 1. [No information at hand]
Vol. 2. 16 Goethe Lieder. John McCormack, Alexandra Trianti, Herbert Janssen, Gerhard Husch and Friedrich Schorr with various accompaniments.
Vol. 3. 17 Songs. Alexander Kipnis, Alexandra Trianti, and Gerhard Husch with piano accompaniments by Coenraad Van Bos.
Vol. 4. 30 Italienisches Liederbuch Songs. Elisabeth Rothberg [?]. Ria Ginster, Alexander Kipnis, and Gerhard Husch with piano accompaniments.
Vol. 5. 20 Songs. Elisabeth Rothberg [?], Ria Ginster, Gerhard Husch, Herbert Janssen and Alexander Kipnis with piano accompaniments.
Each volume contains 12 sides, 6-12" discs in a Society Album, price $15.00 per vol.

CODE SYMBOLS

B Brunswick
BP Brunswick-Polydor
BAM Boite a Musique
C Columbia (CM, Masterworks Set)
D Decca
G Gramophone (H.M.V.)
GSV Gramophone Shop "Varieties"
GT Gamut
MC Musicraft
T Telefunken
TI Timely
V Victor (VM, Masterpiece Set)


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  • Nathan Davis
    Nathan Davis Hi Wes, I have updated link to Society Booklet PDF download. Should be working now.
    October 7, 2014
  • wes williams
    wes williams Thanks - I'll try to get it right next time!
    October 7, 2014