Columbia Symphony Orchestra

The Columbia Symphony Orchestra was an orchestra formed by Columbia Records strictly for the purpose of making recordings. In the 1950s, it provided a vehicle for some of Columbia's better known conductors and recording artists to record using only company resources. The musicians in the orchestra were contracted as needed for individual sessions and consisted of free-lance artists and members of either the New York Philharmonic or the Los Angeles Philharmonic, depending on whether the recording was being made in Columbia's East Coast or West Coast studios.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

Notes: Do not confuse the various orchestral names used by CBS and the Columbia record label, which include the Columbia Broadcasting Symphony (1930’s into the WWII period, conducted by Howard Barlow), the Columbia Concert Orchestra (made recordings apparently mostly in the 1940’s), and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra (made recordings in the 1950’s and 60’s, principal conductor Bruno Walter). The Columbia Phonograph Co. used the the name Columbia Orchestra through 1927.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 107 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 36611 12-in. 2/19/1913 Isolde's Liebestod Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Felix Weingartner Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 36612 12-in. 2/19/1913 Invitation to the dance Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Felix Weingartner Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 36914 12-in. 3/23/1914 Magic fire scene Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Felix Weingartner Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 36915 12-in. 3/23/1914 Symphony no. 6, Pathetique : First movement Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Felix Weingartner Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 36916 12-in. 3/23/1914 Carmen : Overture Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Felix Weingartner Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 36917 12-in. 3/23/1914 L'arlesienne suite : Prelude Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Felix Weingartner Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 37478 12-in. 11/23/1915 William Tell overture Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 37486 12-in. 11/27/1915 William Tell overture Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 37488 12-in. 11/29/1915 William Tell overture Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 37489 12-in. 11/27/1915 William Tell overture Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48534 12-in. ca. 1915 Peer Gynt suite Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Charles Adams Prince Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48535 12-in. 1/3/1916 Peer Gynt suite Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Charles Adams Prince Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48536 12-in. 1/3/1916 Peer Gynt suite Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Charles Adams Prince Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48537 12-in. 1/3/1916 Peer Gynt suite Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Charles Adams Prince Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48565 12-in. 1/28/1916 Wedding march Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48574 12-in. 1/28/1916 Tannhäuser : Grand march Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48593 12-in. 2/8/1916 The barber of Seville : Overture Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48780 12-in. 5/4/1916 Vorspiel und Liebestod Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48781 12-in. Goyescas : Intermezzo Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48804 12-in. 5/17/1916 Inflammatus Columbia Oratorio Chorus Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48888 12-in. 8/16/1916 Salut a pesth Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48899 12-in. 8/21/1916 Bridal procession Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48909 12-in. 9/7/1916 The last hope (Religious meditation) Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48910 12-in. 9/7/1916 La traviata : Selections Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 48935 12-in. 9/28/1916 Marche slav Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
(Results 1-25 of 107 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Columbia Symphony Orchestra," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102926.

Columbia Symphony Orchestra. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102926.

"Columbia Symphony Orchestra." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102926

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