It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora Plus subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora Plus trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora Plus trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora Plus.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Columbia Symphony Orchestra

The Columbia Symphony Orchestra was a name linked to numerous ensembles recording at different times for Columbia Records. The name itself was an artifact from a time in which record labels and radio networks assembled and named their own orchestras, or used the name as a "cover" for the use of an orchestra that was contracted elsewhere.

For purposes that concern us here, the "Columbia Symphony Orchestra" name was used by Columbia Masterworks in the 1950s on New York recording sessions with an orchestra comprised of members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the NBC Symphony. The label could hire members of those orchestras as freelance players, assemble an orchestra every bit as good as (and perhaps better than) the New York Philharmonic, and pay them for their work without having to pay royalties against sales to the Philharmonic or any of the players other than the conductor or soloist. This orchestra -- as it appeared on monaural recordings made by Bruno Walter in New York between 1954 and early 1956, and with other New York-based conductors into the early '60s -- was a good ensemble, a match for the Philharmonic in the studio. Indeed, one of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling recordings by Leonard Bernstein on the Columbia label -- of George Gershwin's An American in Paris -- was a Columbia Symphony Orchestra recording, not a Philharmonic record.

However, the Columbia Orchestra which appeared on Bruno Walter's stereo recordings from 1957 onward was something different and very special. Walter (1876-1962) had retired at age 80 after a very successful career on Columbia with the New York Philharmonic, where he served as Musical Advisor from 1947 to 1949, and as a frequent guest conductor over the following seven years. In 1957, while living in California, he was approached by Columbia's executives with a new proposal. Told of the advent of stereo recording and the threat that it constituted to the future sales of monaural records, Walter was asked to undertake a new series of recordings in stereo to preserve his interpretations in the most modern sound possible and to allow them to reach new generations of listeners.

The result was a new Columbia Symphony Orchestra, chosen specifically by and for Walter. This group was an ensemble of 50 to 70 members, assembled from the best freelance musicians on the West Coast, many of whom typically never took on orchestral work but made the exception to work with Walter. It was one of the best recording orchestras ever assembled in the United States, incorporating many of the best characteristics of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus -- which Walter had conducted in Austria and Germany during the '20s and '30s -- as well as the New York Philharmonic. This orchestra recorded much of the core classical and Romantic repertory under Walter's baton, including the late Mozart symphonies, Mahler's symphonies Nos. 1 and 9, the four Brahms symphonies, Dvorak's symphonies Nos. 8 and 9, Schubert's Ninth, the Wagner orchestral music, and the complete Beethoven symphonies. ~ Bruce Eder



Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 Sony Classical [8] (Walter cond.)

Symphony No. 5 sketches Sony Classical [7] (Bernstein cond.)



Brahms Symphonies 1-4 Sony Classical [7] (Walter cond.)



Bruckner Symphony No. 9 Sony Classical [9] (Walter cond.)

Symphony No. 4 Sony Classical [7] (Walter cond.)



Dvorak Symphony No. 9 Sony Classical [8] (Walter cond.)



Gershwin An American In Paris Sony Classical [8] (Bernstein cond.)



Mahler Symphony No. 1 Sony Classical [8] (Walter cond.)

Symphony No. 9 Sony Classical [8] (Walter cond.)



Mozart Symphonies 25, 35, 38-41 Sony Classical [8] (Walter cond.)



Schubert Symphony No. 9 Sony Classical [8] (Walter cond.)



Stravinsky Rite Of Spring Sony Classical [6] (Stravinsky cond.)

Firebird Suite Sony Classical [6] (Stravinsky cond.)
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: A Copland Celebration Vol. 3

Disc 1
Title: Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1

1. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: I. The Boatmen's Dance

2. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: II. The Dodger

3. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: III. Long Time Ago

4. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: IV. Simple Gifts

5. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: V. I Bought Me A Cat

Title: Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2

6. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: I. The Little Horses

7. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: II. Zion's Walls

8. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: III. The Golden Willow Tree

9. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: IV. At The River

10. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: V. Ching-a-ring Chaw

Title: Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson")

11. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): I. Nature, The Gentlest Mother

12. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): II. There Came A Wind Like A Bugle

13. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): III. Why Do They Shut Me Out Of Heaven?

14. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): IV. The World Feels Dusty

15. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): V. Heart, We Will Forget Him

16. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): VI. Dear March, Come In!

17. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): VII. Sleep Is Supposed Bo Be

18. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): VIII. When They Come Back

19. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): IX. I Felt A Funeral In My Brain

20. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): X. I've Heard An Organ Talk Sometimes

21. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): XI. Going To Heaven!

22. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): XII. The Chariot

Title: In The Beginning, For Mezzo-soprano & Chorus

23. In The Beginning, For Mezzo-soprano & Chorus: In The Beginning

Title: Lark, For Baritone & Chorus

24. Lark, For Baritone & Chorus: Lark

Disc 2
Title: The Tender Land, Opera

1. The Tender Land, Opera: Gently Flowing

2. The Tender Land, Opera: Once I Thought I'd Never Grow Tall As This Fence

3. The Tender Land, Opera: Do You Suppose They're Makin' Food In There?

4. The Tender Land, Opera: We've Been North

5. The Tender Land, Opera: Halloo, Halloo

6. The Tender Land, Opera: If You Boys Work As Smooth As You Talk, We'll Make Good Time In The Fields

7. The Tender Land, Opera: The Promise Of Living With Hope And Thanksgiving

8. The Tender Land, Opera: Not Enough For Me, Mrs. Moss

9. The Tender Land, Opera: Thank You, Thank You All

10. The Tender Land, Opera: Ah, Laurie, You Are A Puzzle

11. The Tender Land, Opera: Stomp Your Foot Upon The Floor

12. The Tender Land, Opera: The World Seems Still Tonight

13. The Tender Land, Opera: Introduction (Act III)

14. The Tender Land, Opera: Daybreak Will Come In Such A Short Time

15. The Tender Land, Opera: That's Crazy!

16. The Tender Land, Opera: The Sun Is Coming Up As Though I'd Never Seen It Rise Before

17. The Tender Land, Opera: You Are Strange To Me

x

Track List: Greatest Hits: Baroque Piano

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Goldberg Variations, For Keyboard (Clavier-übung IV), Bwv 988 (Bc L9)
Title: Two-part Invention, For Keyboard No. 1 In C Major, Bwv 772 (Bc L42)
Title: Two-part Invention, For Keyboard No. 4 In D Minor, Bwv 775 (Bc L45)
Title: Two-part Invention, For Keyboard No. 8 In F Major, Bwv 779 (Bc L49)
Title: Sonata For Flute & Keyboard In E Flat Major, Bwv 1031
Title: Cantata No. 147, "Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben," Bwv 147 (Bc A174)
Title: Prelude And Fugue, For Keyboard No. 1 In C Major (Wtc I/1), Bwv 846 (Bc L80)
Title: Italian Concerto, For Solo Keyboard In F Major (Clavier-übung Ii/1), Bwv 971 (Bc L7)
Title: Concerto For Harpsichord, Strings & Continuo No. 5 In F Minor, Bwv 1056
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Title: Suite For Keyboard (Suite De Piece), Vol.1, No.5 In E Major ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), Hwv 430
Composer: Louis-Claude Daquin
Title: Le Coucou, Rondeau For Harpsichord In E Minor (Pièces De Clavecin, Suite No. 3)
Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
Title: Tambourin, For Harpsichord In E Minor (Pièces De Clavecin Avec Une Méthode)
Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
Title: Sonata For Keyboard In E Major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"
Title: Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 427 (L. 286)
Title: Sonata For Keyboard In F Minor, K. 481 (L. 187)
Title: Sonata For Keyboard In A Major, K. 39 (L. 391)
Title: Sonata For Keyboard In B Flat Major, K. 551 (L. 396)
Title: Sonata For Keyboard In C Minor, K. 11 (L. 352)
Title: Sonata For Keyboard In F Major, K. 366 (L. 119)
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Cantata No. 140, "Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme," Bwv 140 (Bc A166)
Title: The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), For Keyboard And Chamber Instruments, Bwv 1079
Title: Die Kunst Der Fuge (The Art Of The Fugue), For Keyboard (Or Other Instruments), Bwv 1080

Comments

Report as inappropriate
Not too hard of a song to play either

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[103, 114, 124, 92, 74, 101, 113, 95, 95, 75, 95, 107, 79, 73, 127, 115, 72, 90, 115, 66, 92, 64, 106, 92, 64, 116, 118, 113, 65, 75, 116, 94, 90, 69, 123, 99, 90, 83, 95, 101, 89, 85, 78, 95, 119, 88, 119, 127, 90, 84, 83, 68, 111, 123, 113, 74, 123, 118, 83, 78, 94, 89, 75, 86, 85, 64, 111, 88, 109, 94, 114, 116, 80, 69, 92, 81, 66, 70, 114, 70, 106, 85, 80, 104, 108, 108, 72, 119, 115, 111, 92, 80, 91, 83, 106, 68, 122, 88, 113, 111, 74, 75, 84, 110, 127, 112, 66, 104, 86, 106, 89, 83, 77, 104, 80, 80, 98, 64, 102, 87, 120, 74, 108, 85, 68, 72, 92, 104, 110, 72, 95, 67, 84, 85, 110, 83, 123, 96, 103, 115, 118, 76, 94, 109, 81, 90, 109, 71, 80, 64, 76, 127, 125, 100, 115, 127, 98, 112, 86, 115, 122, 96, 64, 78, 90, 76, 66, 76, 102, 84, 111, 71, 110, 97, 86, 91, 88, 79, 79, 79, 91, 78, 83, 91, 104, 83, 120, 70, 90, 70, 103, 104, 84, 126, 121, 87, 87, 109, 127, 94, 70, 93, 81, 77, 82, 77, 102, 104, 127, 87, 119, 106, 119, 107, 110, 110, 75, 106, 111, 73, 112, 120, 88, 64, 121, 120, 85, 95, 104, 99, 108, 110, 70, 67, 92, 99, 100, 78, 117, 111, 86, 67, 88, 122, 88, 117, 97, 91, 98, 71, 73, 65, 115, 88, 82, 110, 122, 111, 96, 123, 109, 71, 70, 105, 90, 76, 123, 105, 66, 112, 120, 99, 96, 119, 105, 88, 104, 111, 110, 124, 122, 97, 100, 120, 91, 95, 121, 110, 83, 90, 75, 112, 109, 67, 112, 65, 81, 86, 110, 96, 65, 115, 122, 103, 114, 119, 64, 70, 65, 74, 118, 75, 95, 102, 105, 89, 78, 115, 77, 114, 115, 115, 112, 65, 88, 119, 96, 87, 70, 70, 66, 123, 91, 112, 69, 94, 74, 122, 102, 86, 98, 112, 84, 74, 112, 83, 77, 67, 80, 126, 123, 89, 85, 93, 86, 125, 84, 64, 89, 99, 65, 75, 121, 66, 123, 113, 70, 75, 79, 116, 115, 111, 119, 75, 101, 72, 123, 99, 69, 65, 97, 73, 66, 68, 71, 111, 86, 120, 101, 67, 100, 93, 119, 68, 122, 90, 92, 80, 77, 106, 73, 94, 98, 126, 80, 92, 76, 97, 68, 111, 89, 122, 66, 107, 117, 118, 65, 119, 64, 78, 98, 88, 79, 96, 119, 98, 104, 110, 88, 66, 78, 87, 124, 69, 120, 81, 114, 70, 104, 89, 73, 104, 104, 74, 109, 111, 95, 82, 102, 97, 107, 75, 64, 119, 117, 69, 123, 67, 66, 122, 116, 101, 123, 112, 65, 75, 85, 91, 80, 99, 67, 123, 123, 74, 80, 84, 106, 97, 66, 99, 96, 89, 116, 92, 111, 77, 74, 69, 101, 66, 114, 111, 103, 69, 92, 74, 126, 117, 91, 88, 104, 91, 110, 69, 114, 96, 67, 117, 99, 70, 110, 64]