The Philadelphia Orchestra

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American symphony orchestra based at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of the "Big Five" US orchestras.

For chorus credit use The Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus.

The orchestra was founded in 1900 by Fritz Scheel, who also acted as its first conductor. In 1907, Karl Pohlig became music director and served until the orchestra cancelled his contract.

Leopold Stokowski became music director in 1912 and brought the orchestra to national prominence. Under his guidance, the orchestra gained a reputation for virtuosity, and developed what is known as the "Philadelphia Sound". In 1917 Stokowski lead the Orchestra in its first sound recording for the Victor Talking Machine Co. Philadelphia became the first orchestra to make an electrical recording in April 1925, with Camille Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre. Later, in 1926, Victor began recording the Orchestra at The Academy of Music (the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra until 2001). Stokowski led the ensemble in experimental long-playing, high-fidelity, and even stereophonic sessions in the early 1930s for RCA Victor and Bell Laboratories (Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ). Stowowski and the orchestra recorded the soundtrack for Walt Disney's Fantasia in multi-track stereophonic sound in 1939-40. Stokowski left the orchestra in 1941, and did not return as a guest conductor for nearly 20 years.

In 1936 Eugene Ormandy was appointed co-conductor with Stokowski and was given the title of music director two years later in 1938. He remained as music director until 1980, after which he became Conductor Laureate. Ormandy conducted many of the orchestra's best-known recordings, remaining with RCA Victor through 1942. Following a settlement of a recording ban imposed by the American Federation of Musicians, the Orchestra joined Columbia Records (Columbia Masterworks) in 1944. The orchestra returned to RCA Victor in 1968 and made its first digital recording, Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, for RCA in 1979. The Orchestra has also recorded for EMI and TELDEC. Ormandy took the orchestra on its historic 1973 tour of the People's Republic of China, where it was the first Western orchestra to visit that country in many decades.

Upon the retirement of Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti became the fifth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 1980 through 1992. Muti's recordings with the orchestra included the symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, and Scriabin, for the EMI and Philips labels.

Wolfgang Sawallisch succeeded Riccardo Muti as the sixth music director from 1993 to 2003, and he was named Conductor Laureate, and held the title until his death in 2013. Sawallisch made a number of recordings with the orchestra for EMI, however, the orchestra lost its recording contract with EMI during this time, which led to a musicians' strike in 1996.

In January 2001, Christoph Eschenbach was announced as the Orchestra’s seventh music director; his tenure began with the 2003–2004 season. In December 2001, The Philadelphia Orchestra performed inaugural concerts in its new home at The Kimmel Center. In May 2005, the Orchestra announced a three-year recording partnership with the Finnish label Ondine, the Orchestra's first recording contract in 10 years. In October 2006, Eschenbach and the orchestra announced the conclusion of his tenure as music director in 2008, and Charles Dutoit began a four-year tenure as chief conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra. In June 2010, Yannick Nézet-Séguin was appointed Music Director Designate, and in 2012, he was appointed music director, succeeding Dutoit, who subsequently was named conductor laureate of the orchestra.
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Abe Torchinsky, Adam Unsworth (2), Albert Filosa, Albert Tipton, Alex Veltman, Alexander Hilsberg, Alfred Lennartz, Angela Anderson (2), Angela Zator Nelson, Anna Marie Ahn Petersen, Anshel Brusilow, Anthony Gigliotti, Anthony Orlando, Anthony Zungolo, Arnold Grossi, Arthur Bennett Lipkin, Arthur Berv, Barbara Govatos, Barbara Haffner, Benar Heifetz, Bernard Garfield, Bert Phillips, Bibi Black, Blair Bollinger, Bob de Pasquale, Booker Rowe, Boris Balter, Burchard Tang, Carlton Cooley, Carol Jantsch, Carrie Dennis, Charles Griffin (2), Charles Jaffe, Charles M. Morris, Charles Rex, Charles Vernon, Che-Hung Chen, Choong-Jin Chang, Christoph Eschenbach, Christopher Deviney, Christopher Rex, Clarence Karella, Clement Barone, Daniel Bonade, Daniel Han, Daniel Matsukawa, Daniel Saidenberg, Daniel Williams (3), David Bilger, David Cramer (2), David Fay (2), David Grupp, David Kim (7), David Madison (2), David Nicastro, David Wetherill, Davyd Booth, Deborah Reeder, Denise Tryon, Derek Barnes, Dmitri Levin, Don S. Liuzzi, Donald E. McComas, Donald Montanaro, Duane Rosengard, Edmund Schuëcker, Edna Phillips, Efe Baltacigil, Elina Kalendareva, Elisabeth Starr Masoudnia, Elizabeth Hainen, Elsa Hilger, Emilio Gravagno, Emmet Sargeant, Erez Ofer, Eric Carlson (2), Eugene Ormandy, Francis J. Lapitino, Frank Kaderabek, Frank Sinatra (2), Frederick Vogelgesang, Gardell Simons, George Goslee, Gerald Carlyss, Gilbert Johnson, Glenn Dodson, Gloria De Pasquale, Gordon Pulis, Hai-Ye Ni, Hans Kindler, Harold Robinson (6), Harry Glantz, Harry Zaratzian, Henry Charles Smith, Henry G. Scott, Herbert Baumel, Herbert Light, Herman Weinberg, Herold Klein, Hirono Oka, Holly Blake, Howard Wall (2), Hugo Kreisler, Irvin Rosen, Jacob Krachmalnick, James Pellerite, Jan Savitt, Jason Depue, Jean Rogister, Jeffery Kirschen, Jeffrey Curnow, Jeffrey Khaner, Jeffrey Lang, Jennifer Haas, Jennifer Montone, Jerome Wigler, John De Lancie, John Hood (4), John Koen, John Krell, John Minsker, John Simonelli, Jonathan Beiler, Jonathan Blumenfeld, Joseph Alessi, Joseph De Pasquale, Joseph Pepper, Joseph Silverstein, Judy Geist, Juliette Kang, Julius Schulman (2), Kathryn Picht Read, Kazuo Tokito, Kendall Betts, Kimberly Fisher (2), Kiyoko Takeuti, Leon Frengut, Leopold Stokowski, Ling Tung, Lisa-Beth Lambert, Loren N. Lind, Lorne Munroe, Louis Gesensway, Louis Lanza, Louis Rosenblatt, Lucien Cailliet, Luis Biava, M. Dee Stewart, Marcel Farago, Marcel Tabuteau, Marcella DeCray, Margarita Csonka Montanaro, Marilyn Costello, Mark Gigliotti, Mason Jones (2), Matthew Vaughn (4), Max Aronoff, Max Goberman, Max Pollikoff, Melvyn Broiles, Michael Ludwig, Michael Shahan, Michael Stairs, Michel Gusikoff, Michel Penha, Milton Prinz, Mischa Mischakoff, Miyo Curnow, Murray Panitz, Nancy Bean, Neil Courtney, Nitzan Haroz, Noah Geller, Nolan E. Miller, Norman Carol, Ohad Bar-David, Oscar Zimmerman, Paul Arnold (9), Paul Gershman, Paul Olefsky, Paul R. Demers, Paul Roby (2), Paul Shure, Philip Kates, Rachel Ku, Raoul Querze, Renard Edwards, Ricardo Morales (2), Richard Amoroso (2), Richard Harlow, Richard Ranti, Richard Woodhams, Robert Bloom, Robert Cafaro, Robert Kesselman, Robert W. Earley, Roger Blackburn (2), Roger Scott (2), Rosario Bourdon, Samuel Caviezel, Samuel Krauss, Samuel Mayes, Saul Caston, Seymour Rosenfeld, Shelley Showers, Sheppard Lehnhoff, Sidney Curtiss, Sol Schoenbach, Stephane Dalschaert, Stephen Wyrczynski, Stevens Hewitt, Thaddeus Rich, Tibor Zelig, Tyrone Breuninger, Udi Bar-David, Victor Bay, Victor Gottlieb, Virginia Halfmann, Walter Oesterreicher, Wayne Rapier, William De Pasquale, William Gruner, William Kincaid, William McGlaughlin, William Schoen, William Stokking, William Torello, Winifred Mayes, Yoko Takebe, Yuan Tung, Yumi Kendall, Yumi Ninomiya Scott, Zachary de Pue
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D 1226, D 1227 The Philadelphia Orchestra - "Rienzi" - Overture / "Twilight Of The Gods" - Finale album art Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra* "Rienzi" - Overture / "Twilight Of The Gods" - Finale (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice D 1226, D 1227 UK 1927 Sell This Version
6663, 6664, 6665 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Symphony No. 8 In B Minor (The "Unfinished" Symphony) album art Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra* Symphony No. 8 In B Minor (The "Unfinished" Symphony) (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice 6663, 6664, 6665 Canada 1927 Sell This Version
D 1214, D 1215, D 1216 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Casse-Noisette (Nutcracker) Suite album art Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By Leopold Stokowski Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By Leopold Stokowski - Casse-Noisette (Nutcracker) Suite (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice D 1214, D 1215, D 1216 UK 1927 Sell This Version
6565, 6566, 6567, 6568, 6569 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Symphony No. 5 "From The New World" album art Dvořák*, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski Dvořák*, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski - Symphony No. 5 "From The New World" (Album) Victrola 6565, 6566, 6567, 6568, 6569 US 1925 Sell This Version
D1436 , D1437, D1438, D1439, D1440 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Scheherazade: Symphonic Suite album art Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Scheherazade: Symphonic Suite (Album) Victor, Victor, Victor, Victor, Victor D1436 , D1437, D1438, D1439, D1440 UK 1928 Sell This Version
AM-46 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Romeo And Juliet (Overture-Fantasie) album art Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra*, Leopold Stokowski - Tschaikowsky* Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra*, Leopold Stokowski - Tschaikowsky* - Romeo And Juliet (Overture-Fantasie)(3xShellac, 12", Album) Victor Red Seal AM-46 US 1929 Sell This Version
6929 / 6930 / 6931 / 6932 / 6933 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Symphony No. 4 In F Minor album art Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra* / Tschaikowsky* Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra* / Tschaikowsky* - Symphony No. 4 In F Minor(5xShellac, 12", Album, "Or) Victrola 6929 / 6930 / 6931 / 6932 / 6933 US 1929 Sell This Version
D 1640 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Sinfonía N.º 7 En La Mayor Op. 92 album art Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By Leopold Stokowski Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By Leopold Stokowski - Sinfonía N.º 7 En La Mayor Op. 92 (Album) La Voz De Su Amo, La Voz De Su Amo, La Voz De Su Amo, La Voz De Su Amo, La Voz De Su Amo D 1640 UK 1929 Sell This Version
D 1708, D 1709, D 1710 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F Major album art Bach*, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski Bach*, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F Major (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice D 1708, D 1709, D 1710 UK 1929 Sell This Version
M-58 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor album art Rachmaninoff* With Leopold Stokowski Conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra Rachmaninoff* With Leopold Stokowski Conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra - Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal M-58 US 1929 Sell This Version
D 1905, D 1906, D 1907 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Tannhauser (Overture And Venusberg Music) album art Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra* Tannhauser (Overture And Venusberg Music)(3xShellac, 12", Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice D 1905, D 1906, D 1907 UK 1930 Sell This Version
7499, 7500 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Overture "1812," Op. 49 album art Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra* Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra* - Overture "1812," Op. 49 (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice 7499, 7500 Canada 1932 Sell This Version
M-160, M 160, 7683, 7684, 7685, 7686 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Symphony No. 4 In A Minor album art Sibelius* : The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski Sibelius* : The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski - Symphony No. 4 In A Minor(4xShellac, 12", Album, Imp) Victor Red Seal, Victor Red Seal, Victor Red Seal M-160, M 160, 7683, 7684, 7685, 7686 US 1932 Sell This Version
M 243 The Philadelphia Orchestra - 250th Anniversary Album album art Bach*, Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra Bach*, Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra - 250th Anniversary Album (Album) Victor Red Seal M 243 US 1934 Sell This Version
D.B.7902, D.B. 7903, D.B. 7904 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a album art Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a (Album, Single) Victor Red Seal D.B.7902, D.B. 7903, D.B. 7904 UK 1934 Sell This Version
M 269 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Scheherazade - Symphonic Suite, Op. 35 album art Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra - Rimsky-Korsakow* Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra - Rimsky-Korsakow* - Scheherazade - Symphonic Suite, Op. 35 (Album) Victor Red Seal M 269 US 1935 Sell This Version
D.B.2426, D.B.2427, D.B.2428 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 43 album art Sergei Rachmaninoff* With Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra Sergei Rachmaninoff* With Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 43 (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice D.B.2426, D.B.2427, D.B.2428 UK 1935 Sell This Version
L-11636 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Tristan And Isolde (Symphonic Synthesis) album art Wagner* - Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra Wagner* - Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra - Tristan And Isolde (Symphonic Synthesis) (Album) Victor Red Seal L-11636 US 1932 Sell This Version
D.B.2548, D.B.2549, D.B.2550, D.B.2551, D.B.2552, D.B.2553 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Symphony No. 5, In E Minor, Op. 64 album art Tchaikovsky* / Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra Tchaikovsky* / Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra - Symphony No. 5, In E Minor, Op. 64 (Album) Victor Red Seal D.B.2548, D.B.2549, D.B.2550, D.B.2551, D.B.2552, D.B.2553 UK 1935 Sell This Version
AM 236 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Symphony No. 9, In D Minor ("Choral") album art Ludwig van Beethoven, Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra Ludwig van Beethoven, Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra - Symphony No. 9, In D Minor ("Choral") (Album) Victrola AM 236 US 1934 Sell This Version
125 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Symphony No. 5 In E Minor, "From The New World" album art Dvořák*, Philadelphia Orchester*, Leopold Stokowski Dvořák*, Philadelphia Orchester*, Leopold Stokowski - Symphony No. 5 In E Minor, "From The New World" (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal 125 Germany 1934 Sell This Version
DM-291 The Philadelphia Orchestra - The Fire-Bird Suite album art Strawinsky*, Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra Strawinsky*, Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra - The Fire-Bird Suite (Album) Victor Red Seal DM-291 US 1936 Sell This Version
DM 300, AM-300, DM-300, M-300 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Symphony In D Minor album art Franck* / Philadelphia Orchestra*, Leopold Stokowski Franck* / Philadelphia Orchestra*, Leopold Stokowski - Symphony In D Minor(6xShellac, 12", Album) Victor Red Seal, Victor Red Seal, Victor Red Seal, Victor Red Seal DM 300, AM-300, DM-300, M-300 US 1936 Sell This Version
D.B.3232, D.B.3233 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Prince Igor: Dances Of The Polovetzki Maidens album art Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Borodin*, Rimsky-Korsakov*, Glazounov* Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Borodin*, Rimsky-Korsakov*, Glazounov* - Prince Igor: Dances Of The Polovetzki Maidens (Album) Victor Red Seal D.B.3232, D.B.3233 UK 1937 Sell This Version
M 391, M-391 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Boris Godounow Symphonic Synthesis album art Modest Mussorgsky / Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra Modest Mussorgsky / Leopold Stokowski And The Philadelphia Orchestra - Boris Godounow Symphonic Synthesis(3xShellac, 12", Album) Victor Red Seal, Victor Red Seal M 391, M-391 US 1937 Sell This Version