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 101-108 of 108 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W98472 12-in. 2/21/1928 Pan Americana Robert Hood Bowers ; Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W98571 12-in. 9/12/1928 Karma Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W98572 12-in. 9/12/1928 Karma Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W98573 12-in. 9/13/1928 Karma Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W98574 12-in. 9/13/1928 Karma Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W98590 12-in. 9/22/1928 Karma Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W98592 12-in. 9/24/1928 Karma Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 11217 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Columbia Orchestra Musical group  
(Results 101-108 of 108 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Columbia Symphony Orchestra," accessed June 17, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102926.

Columbia Symphony Orchestra. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 17, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102926.

"Columbia Symphony Orchestra." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 17 June 2024.

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

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