Symphonic Sampling

Symphonic Sampling

Primephonic USA offers AFIPO’s newsletter subscribers free downloads from the IPO Discography


Generally when 80-year-olds want to talk about their discs, you’re going to get an earful on back pain.

Not so with the 80-year-old Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. With, according to discogs[1], a healthy back catalog of 169 recordings, the IPO discography provides listening pleasure to millions around the world as well as a look back into the orchestra’s historical record.

The IPO discography goes back to 1956’s Trianon release of Paul Kletzki conducting Schumann’s “Four Symphonies,” and two 1957 recordings with Georg Solti: a Decca release of Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade For String Orchestra” and a London recording of Rossini’s “La Boutique fantasque” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

Releases continue into 2017, but the lists get more complicated and sprinkled with asterisks as compilations, re-releases and commemorative packages are scattered among new releases. The IPO’s own source for titles is a selected listing[2] of 42 live recordings made up through 2006. Another list is available on Zubin Mehta’s website. His discography of more than 150 titles includes 61 with the IPO.


Downstream: The dawn of the digital discography

Today, in addition to their copies of original vinyl and CD, music lovers can own copies of IPO recordings through the miracle of digital media. Out to raise the state of the art is Primephonic, a Dutch company launched in 2014 by the Grammy Award-winning classical music label Pentatone to serve as its online download store for digital audio. This year, it opened Primephonic USA, a high-res streaming platform exclusively for classical music.

To herald the June launch of Primephonic USA’s subscription streaming service, the New York-based company has teamed with AFIPO to provide our newsletter subscribers with a free download sampler of six historic tracks from the orchestra’s Sony catalog.

In the months and years ahead, Primephonic will help AFIPO enhance our newsletter content with occasional free downloads that amplify a story or celebrate a guest artist or conductor.


To access the introductory six-track sampler, CLICK HERE.


In the April newsletter you’ll receive:


  • The first movement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” from a 1989 recording
  • The first movement of Mozart’s “Flute Concerto No. 1,” featuring Jean-Pierre Rampal, also from 1989
  • An aria from Richard Strauss’ “Die ägyptische Helena,” Op. 75, from a 2016 disc with multiple orchestras, all conducted by Zubin Mehta
  • A 1989 recording of the first movement from Rachmaninoff’s “Concerto No. 3 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra,” Op. 30, Allegro ma non tanto, with Vladimir Feltsman
  • Two tracks from the 60th Anniversary Gala Concert in 2008:
    • The third movement from Brahms “Symphony No. 2 in D,” Op. 73, Allegretto grazioso
    • The Menuetto from Mozart’s “Serenade No. 6 in D,” K. 239

April 2017