Eugene Ormandy: Conductor Essential Recordings

Essential Recordings

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Sony G0100009616885 (download only)
Anshel Brusilow is soloist in this 1962 recording, preferable to the '72 remake.

Saint-Saens: 'Organ' Symphony
Telarc CD80051
This 1980 Soundstream recording with Michael Murray, made in the St Francis de Sales Church was originally on SACD – see description at

Shostakovich: Symphonies, etc
Sony 19439704792 (three CDs)
Symphonies Nos 1, 4, 5 and 10, and the Cello Concerto No 1. Ormandy seemed at his best in Russian works (see main text: Prokofiev).

Sibelius: Symphonies, Violin Concerto, etc
Sony 88875108582 (eight CDs)
Symphonies Nos 1-7 minus 3/6 (see text) with two versions of Nos 1, 2 and the Concerto (Stern/Jenson), and short orchestral pieces.

Violin Concertos with David Oistrakh
Naxos 8111246 (mono)
Sony 88697858162 (download only)
Bach BWV1042, Mozart K218 and the E-minor Mendelssohn – all were recorded in a day in 1955. And the 1959 Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.

Orff: Carmina Burana; Catulli Carmina
Sony G010001367999L (download only)
Issued back in 1960/67, these Philadelphia versions still stand up well today.