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 often 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.

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Recordings (Results 51-75 of 108 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 49493 12-in. 9/7/1918 Finlandia Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49494 12-in. 9/7/1918 En bateau Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49550 12-in. 11/1/1918 Romeo and Juliet overture, part 1 Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49551 12-in. 11/1/1918 Romeo and Juliet overture, part 2 Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49572 12-in. 1/10/1919 La bohème : Fantasia, part 1 Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49573 12-in. 1/10/1919 La bohème : Fantasia, part 2 Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49599 12-in. 3/14/1919 La forza del destino : Obertura Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49617 12-in. 4/5/1919 La forza del destino : Selección Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49789 12-in. 4/13/1920 Valse lente Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Charles Adams Prince Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49790 12-in. 4/13/1920 Prelude Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49791 12-in. 4/16/1920 Mignon : Overture, part 1 Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49792 12-in. 4/16/1920 Mignon : Overture, part 2 Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49810 12-in. 4/28/1920 Dance of the hours Gino Marinuzzi Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49811 12-in. 4/28/1920 Dance of the hours Gino Marinuzzi Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49817 12-in. 4/30/1920 Tales of Hoffmann : Selections Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W141326 10-in. 11/30/1925 Ballet égyptien Robert Hood Bowers ; Columbia Concert Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W141327 10-in. 11/30/1925 Ballet égyptien Robert Hood Bowers ; Columbia Concert Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W144639 10-in. 9/7/1927 Idilio Robert Hood Bowers ; Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W144640 10-in. 9/9/1927 Spring song Robert Hood Bowers ; Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W144673 10-in. 9/14/1927 Intermezzo Robert Hood Bowers ; Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W144674 10-in. 9/14/1927 Barcarolle Robert Hood Bowers ; Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W145237 10-in. 11/25/1927 Shepherd's hey Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Percy Grainger Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W145547 10-in. 1/20/1928 Al fresco Robert Hood Bowers ; Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W145548 10-in. 1/20/1928 Love in idleness Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W145613 10-in. 2/6/1928 Badinage Robert Hood Bowers ; Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
(Results 51-75 of 108 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Columbia Symphony Orchestra," accessed June 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102926.

Columbia Symphony Orchestra. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102926.

"Columbia Symphony Orchestra." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 June 2024.

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

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