The New York Phil was the Lewisohn Stadium Orchestra, Stadium SO, etc.,
throuh, I think, 1951. The orchestra members were offered seats for the
summer work (remember, this is before concert halls were air conditioned and
the summer circuit for string quartets, etc., was still small.) Many of the
firsts declined as they had the profile for some of that summer work
elsewhere. The Philharmonic thought the summer ensemble did not represent
them at their best (no wise remarks here, please), especially as the vacant
chairs were then filled by Met Opera, Ballet, local classical all-stars,
good students, etc. Hence the half-way name.
Post this time a jobber handled the summer concert staffing and was not the
Philharmonic in any sense, though there were undoubtedly "members of" among
the players. As I recall, the new Philharmonic discography omits Stadium
records as they do not consider the group as theirs.
Use of the Philharmonic's name on a recording required that a fee be payed
for its use, even if the group was intact. Otherwise it could be "members
of the..." or some other fudgy name.
A careful inspection of Ward Botford's Vox productions of "The Strings, "
The Winds and Brass" (I'm not sure of the actual box titles) reveals a
little note that identifies the players as belonging to one of Boston's
better known symphony orchestras.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] STADIUM SYMPHONY was Szell on MAR Was:Bernstein
> Lewisohn Stadium, no? Didn't the NYPhil. play there in summer?
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>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] STADIUM SYMPHONY was Szell on MAR Was:Bernstein
>> I also have a couple of Columbias from the 50s that use this name.Here's
>> what is the origin of the name "Stadium Symphony",and why was it used?
>> Roger Kulp
>> Eric Goldberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote: I have several MAR
>> which list the Stadium Symphony
>> I know that Everest used this as a pseudonym for the New York
>> Philharmonic. However, beside Bernstein recordings I have
>> Thomas Sherman conducting Beethoven's "emperor Concerto" with the
>> Stadium SO. In his case, as well as the Music Appreciation SO, I
>> suspect that it is realy the Little Orchestra
>> Max Rudolf Also recorded Schubert's Unfinished Sym with the SSO.
>> I also suspect that Wallenstein and the Music Appreciation SO, is in
>> fact the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
>> Corrections of Confirmations are welcome.
>> Eric Goldberg
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