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American Recording Society Orchestra

Band, US
A.k.a. Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra Wiener Symphoniker

This orchestra, claimed as a hand-picked band of American musicians and called the American Recording Society Symphony Orchestra, has since been identified as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Wiener Symphoniker). The post-WWII were hard times and orchestras needed money, forcing many orchestras to reform into various and often smaller ad-hoc orchestras and ensembles — according to the need. Most of the recordings were conducted by Americans brought in for the job, such as Dean Dixon (2) and Walter Hendl, but also local ones like Hans Swarowsky, setting down 20th century American works — mostly for the first time.

Leo Smit
p 1921-1999 US

Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Three Places In New England / Concerto For Violin And Orchestra / Rounds For String Orchestra / Short SymphonyCharles Ives, Robert McBride, David Diamond, Howard Swanson1991Album
Indian Suite, Opus 48 / Concerto For Cello And OrchestraEdward MacDowell / Victor Herbert - American Recording Society Orchestra - Dean Dixon / Bernard Greenhouse, Max Schönherr1953Compil.
Skyscrapers / The Happy HypocriteJohn Alden Carpenter1953Album
Trois Poemes Juifs / Concerto For Cello And OrchestraErnest Bloch - Walter Hendl, Victor Herbert - Max Schönherr And American Recording Society Orchestra1952Album
Symphony in A Major/Symphony No. 2American Recording Society Orchestra, Dean Dixon, Douglas Moore, Randall Thompson1952Album
Appalachian Spring / Overture To The School For Scandal - Music For A Scene From ShelleyAaron Copland / Samuel Barber - American Recording Society Orchestra, Walter Hendl1952Album
The Mystic Trumpeter / Tam O'ShanterFrederick Converse / George Whitefield Chadwick - American Recording Society Orchestra, Max Schönherr1952Album
Piano Concerto No. 1 / Symphony No. 1Alexei Haieff, Robert Ward, Leo Smit1952Album
Frankie & Johnny / Music For The TheatreAaron Copland, Jerome Moross1951Album
Indian Suite Opus 48Edward MacDowell - American Recording Society Orchestra, Dean Dixon1951Album
Symphony in A by Douglas MooreDean Dixon1951Album
Symphony No. 2Randall Thompson1951Album
Symphony #2Walter Piston / American Recording Society Orchestra, Dean DixonAlbum
Leaves From Pinocchio / Saturday Night / Come SevenMax SchönherrAlbum
SmetanaAmerican Recording Society OrchestraAlbum
Symphony No. 4Bernard WagenaarAlbum
Sessions: The Black Maskers / Harris: Symphony No. 3 / Schuman: American Festival OvertureRoger Sessions / Roy Harris / William Schuman - American Recording Society Orchestra : Walter HendlAlbum
Village FestivalStephen Foster - American Recording Society Orchestra, Eugene LowellAlbum
Poem For Flute And Orchestra / Suite In E Major, Op. 63 For String OrchestraCharles Griffes / Arthur FooteAlbum
The Portrait Of A Lady – PartitaDeems Taylor – Paul Creston – American Recording Society Orchestra, Walter HendlAlbum
Henry Cowell Symphony No.5, Walter Piston Symphony No.2Henry Cowell, Walter PistonAlbum
Symphony No. 4Bernard WagenaarAlbum
Quincy Porter - Concerto For Viola And Orchestra / Norman Dello Joio - SerenadeAmerican Recording Society OrchestraAlbum
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