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National Orchestral Discography Pages
Prepared by Michael Herman


The series of Discographies that I have compiled has been meant to partially fill a gap in the documentation of recorded music. As a collector of LPs and CDs for over 45 years with a specialty in orchestral music, it was apparent that it was nearly impossible to easily track down information about classical recordings unless they were currently available. This is not a new development, as the same problem existed in the days of LPs even though record catalogues were issued on a monthly or quarterly basis.

In the 1950’s, a comprehensive 3 volume guide to recordings was published that attempted to cover all recordings issued up to that very time. This was The World's Encyclopedia of Recorded Music by Francis F. Clough, and C.J. Cuming. However, a work of this type would be an impossibility today as too many recordings have been and are still being issued so something comparable would require a multi-volume set that would dwarf both the O.E.D. and New Grove many times over. So now it is up to the specialist to stake out a particular area and attempt to present reference works that will help enlighten that musical area for those that seek specific information about it.

The data contained in these Discographies comes from a wide variety of sources. The majority of these sources are sites found on the Internet and they basically consist of library databases, national music information centers, recording companies and retailers, music publishers and dedicated sites of composers, conductors and orchestras. I have been also able to utilize a personal library of musical reference books and record catalogues that I have gathered over the years. Finally, I have been able to call upon a network of international music friends from the various countries that my Discographies cover as well as direct questions to composers, conductors and officers of musical societies who are extremely forthcoming with needed information. Each Discography contains a bibliography listing of my sources.

The greatest advantage of online publishing is the ability to constantly revise what has already been written. In an area such as recordings, this ability is absolutely essential. With my eyes continually on the sites mentioned above, I endeavor to keep these Discographies useful by making them as up to date as possible. I am very grateful to readers of these works who have pointed out both omissions and errors and have greatly aided me in this enterprise.

Michael Herman

September 15, 2018
It has been a long while since I last updated this series of discographies.  However, I have, hopefully, managed to keep track of all recent releases pertinent to this project.

I begin with the British Symphonies, Concertos and Orchestral Discographies. This is quite appropriate because when I started this work, more than 12 years ago, that was the subject area I began with.  It has amazed me, then as now, how British composers have been so thoroughly recorded by the recording industry, especially by labels such as Lyrita, Chandos, Hyperion, Dutton, Naxos and Toccata. Very few months pass by without me adding new recordings, new works and even new composers to the British Discographies.

I plan to update the other Discographies over rge next few months. In the meanwhile, if you have any address, corrections or questions, please contact me at: mherman@mindsprimg.com

The Discographies
All cover releases on both LP and CD.

They include works written after 1800, with the exception of British Orchestral Music, which is for composers born between 1800 and 1910.

I will not be doing any further full discographies, but all current ones will be updated on a quarterly basis, and each new update will be available separately as well as incorporated into the main pages.

American Symphonies
Asian Symphonies
Benelux and Swiss Symphonies

British and Commonwealth Symphonies

British and Commonwealth Concertos

British Orchestral Music

East-Central European and Balkan Concertos

East-Central European and Balkan Symphonies

French Concertos

French Symphonies

German and Austrian Symphonies
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Symphonies

Russian, Soviet & Post-Soviet Concertos

Russian, Soviet & Post-Soviet Symphonies


Finnish and Baltic Symphonies

Scandinavian, Finnish & Baltic Concertos

Scandinavian Symphonies

* from the 19th Century to the Present (excluding Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler)

 



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