Chicago Gramophone Society discography

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This page presents a discography of the Chicago Gramophone Society.

It is part of the site Classical 'Society' Records by Nick Morgan.

For an account of the Society itself, please see Chicago Gramophone Society.

For more details about each work, artist and issue (price, distribution, reception, transfers etc.), please follow the links in each table.

For dates of creation and latest update, please see 'Page information' in left sidebar.

System

All issues were recorded using the Western Electric system, under licence to Columbia, as denoted by the logo Ⓦ preceding matrix numbers. This symbol cannot be searched for in MediaWiki, and so is not used in the tables below.

Catalogue numbers

Chicago Gramophone Society issues were recorded and pressed by Columbia's 'Personal Record' department, launched in 1915.[1] The catalogue numbers were not peculiar to the Society but were taken from a Columbia 'Personal' recording series starting at 50001-P.

Selection Artists Format Matrix Recorded Location Issued Label cat. no. Country
Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue – Part 1
Prelude. Moderato [part 1]
Marion Roberts (piano) 12" / 30 cm
lateral disc
W91729-2
11 April 1927
Columbia studio,
New York City(?)
c. May / June 1927
Chicago Gramophone Society 50016-P USA
Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue – Part 2
Prelude. Moderato [part 2]
Chorale. Poco più lento [part 1]
Marion Roberts (piano) 12" / 30 cm
lateral disc
W91730-2
11 April 1927
Columbia studio,
New York City(?)
c. May / June 1927
Chicago Gramophone Society 50016-P USA
Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue – Part 3
Chorale. Poco più lento [part 2]
(Fugue). Poco allegro [part 1]
Marion Roberts (piano) 12" / 30 cm
lateral disc
W91731-1
11 April 1927
Columbia studio,
New York City(?)
c. May / June 1927
Chicago Gramophone Society 50017-P USA
Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue – Part 4
(Fugue). Poco allegro [part 2]
Marion Roberts (piano) 12" / 30 cm
lateral disc
W91732-2
11 April 1927
Columbia studio,
New York City(?)
c. May / June 1927
Chicago Gramophone Society 50017-P USA
Carpenter Water-Colors
(i) On a Screen
(ii) The Odalisque
Mina Hager (mezzo-soprano),
John Alden Carpenter (piano)
12" / 30 cm
lateral disc
W91733-2
5 December 1927
Columbia studio,
New York City(?)
c. January / February 1928
Chicago Gramophone Society 50019-P USA
Carpenter Water-Colors
(iii) Highwaymen
(iv) To a Young Gentleman
Mina Hager (mezzo-soprano),
John Alden Carpenter (piano)
12" / 30 cm
lateral disc
W91734-2
5 December 1927
Columbia studio,
New York City(?)
c. January / February 1928
Chicago Gramophone Society 50019-P USA
Wolf Auch kleine Dinge (E'en Little Things)
Nimmersatte Liebe (Insatiable Love)
Mina Hager (mezzo-soprano),
Lora Orth Kimsey (piano)
12" / 30 cm
lateral disc
W91735-4
12 December 1927
Columbia studio,
New York City(?)
c. January / February 1928
Chicago Gramophone Society 50020-P USA
Strauss Blindenklage Op.56 No.2
(Lament of the Blind)
Mina Hager (mezzo-soprano),
Lora Orth Kimsey (piano)
12" / 30 cm
lateral disc
W91736-4
12 December 1927
Columbia studio,
New York City(?)
c. January / February 1928
Chicago Gramophone Society 50020-P USA

Unissued Recordings

Columbia's 'Personal Record' series has not been documented in full, so it is possible that other recordings were made for the Chicago Gramophone Society but not issued. To date, none are known.

In November 1925, John Alden Carpenter recorded a piano reduction of his ballet Skyscrapers. The recording has apparently been thought to have been made for the Society,[2] but this is highly unlikely: it was recorded almost a year before the Society was first heard of and would have been neither suitable nor practical to issue. In fact, Carpenter's recording was almost certainly intended as an aid to the ballet's first ever staging, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in February 1926 (see provisional discography and discussion).

50018-P

There is no Chicago Gramophone Society disc with the catalogue number 50018-P. The disc in question was a Personal Record made by Columbia for another client (see discography).

References

  1. Brooks, Tim 'Columbia Corporate History: Personal Recording', from Rust, Brian and Brooks, Tim The Columbia Master Book Discography, Volume I, U.S. matrix series 1 through 4999, 1901-1910 with a history of the Columbia Phonograph Company to 1934, Westport, Connecticut Greenwood Press, 1999
  2. A copy of Carpenter's recording survives in private hands; the owner wishes to remain anonymous and is not known to the author. A transfer of the discs was made in the 1990s and has circulated privately, ostensibly bearing a Chicago Gramophone Society label, but this is a mock-up.
    I am grateful to Bill Anderson of Chicago for the above information and observation (private communications, 28 July and 7 August 2018)