Orchestral Excerpts

Important oboe solos in the orchestral repertoire performed by Marcel Tabuteau will be added to this page periodically. Excerpts of 20 seconds or more (rather than shorter episodes) will qualify for inclusion.

images2Marcel Tabuteau Excerpts
Original Release Format: CD (from 78 RPMs)
Label: Boston Records
Catalog #: 1021
Release Date: 01/01/2001
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
BrahmsJohannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 77 (2nd movement)*
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Columbia Masterworks
Catalog #: MM-603
Year Recorded: 1945
Soloist: Joseph Szigeti
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra

*Perhaps the most celebrated oboe solo in the symphonic repertoire. One wonders what Tabuteau’s retort would have been to Pablo de Sarasate’s reported remark: “I have no wish to stand there, violin in hand, listening to the oboe playing the only tune in the entire work.”(!) Sarasate refused to perform it.

Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14 (2nd Movement)*
Original Release Format: CD of Radio Broadcast
Label: West Hill Radio Archives
Catalog #: 6039
Year Recorded: 1941
Soloist: Albert Spalding
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra

*In the opinion of Barbara Heyman, Samuel Barber’s renowned biographer, and Marc Mostovoy, a Tabuteau student and cognoscente on the genesis of the Barber Violin Concerto, the second movement opening oboe solo was most likely written with the Brahms Violin Concerto and Marcel Tabuteau in mind. Barber greatly admired both the composer and oboist; he attended many of Tabuteau’s wind classes at Curtis. The premier was to be given by the Philadelphia Orchestra where Tabuteau, as principal oboist, often performed the Brahms solo, and where Barber most probably heard it. The confluence of all these factors points heavily towards that conclusion.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578 (Stokowski Transcription)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 7437
Year Recorded: 1931
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: M-15
Year Recorded: 1927
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: M-301
Year Recorded: 1935
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: 45 RPM set
Label: Columbia
Catalog #: A-1089
Year Recorded: 1950
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Pablo Casals: Sardana “Sant Marti del Canigo”
Original Release Format: LP
Label: Columbia
Catalog #: ML 4926
Year Recorded: 1950
Conductor: Pablo Casals
Orchestra: Prades Festival Orchestra
Claude Debussy: Images pour orchestre; No. 2 Iberia
Original Release Format: LP (Not issued on 78 RPM)
Label: RCA
Catalog #: CRM5-1900
Year Recorded: 1941
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Henry Eichheim: Japanese Nocturne
Original Release Format: 78 RPM
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 7260
Year Recorded: 1929
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Victor Herbert: Irish Rhapsody
Original Release Format: 45 RPM set
Label: Columbia
Catalog #: A-1030
Year Recorded: 1952
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra ‘Pops’
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches, Op 10 (In the Village)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 6514
Year Recorded: 1925
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (arr. Stokowski)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 17900
Year Recorded: 1940
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Schéhérazade, Op. 35 (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: M-23
Year Recorded: 1927
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Schéhérazade, Op. 35 (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: M-269
Year Recorded: 1934
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Schéhérazade, Op. 35 (2nd movement)

Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Columbia
Catalog #: MM-772
Year Recorded: 1947
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Schéhérazade, Op. 35 (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: 45 RPM set
Label: Columbia
Catalog #: A-1103
Year Recorded: 1953
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Camille Saint Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op 47 (Bacchanale)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 6241
Year Recorded: 1920
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Camille Saint Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op 47 (Bacchanale)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 6823
Year Recorded: 1927
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Erik Satie: Gymnopedies No. 1
Original Release Format: 78 RPM
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 1965
Year Recorded: 1937
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Erik Satie: Gymnopedies No. 3
Original Release Format: 78 RPM
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 1965
Year Recorded: 1937
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D 759 “Unfinished” (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 6459/61
Year Recorded: 1924
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D 759 “Unfinished” (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 6663/65
Year Recorded: 1927
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra


Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D 759 “Unfinished” (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: World’s Greatest Music
Catalog #: SR-1/3
Year Recorded: 1938
Conductor: (Eugene Ormandy)
Orchestra: (Philadelphia Orchestra)

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D 759 “Unfinished” (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Columbia
Catalog #: 12639/41-D
Year Recorded: 1947
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D 944 “Great” (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: LP (Not issued on 78 RPM)
Label: Victor
Catalog #: LD-2663
Year Recorded: 1941
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61 (3rd movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: M-448
Year Recorded: 1936
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10 (3rd movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: M-192
Year Recorded: 1933
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47 (3rd Movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 15737/42
Year Recorded: 1939
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra


Johann Strauss der Jüngere: Gypsy Baron Overture
Original Release Format: 78 RPM
Label: Columbia
Catalog #: M/MX-311
Year Recorded: 1947
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, Op. 35 (Introduction)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: M-720
Year Recorded: 1940
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra


Richard Strauss: Salome, Op. 54 (Dance of the Seven Veils)
Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 74729/30
Year Recorded: 1921
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra

Richard Strauss: Salome, Op. 54 (Dance of the Seven Veils)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 7259/60
Year Recorded: 1929
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Richard Strauss: Salome, Op. 54 (Dance of the Seven Veils)
Original Release Format: CD (Not issued on 78 RPM)
Label: Cala CD
Catalog #: 0502
Year Recorded: 1937
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Richard Strauss: Salome, Op. 54 (Dance of the Seven Veils)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM
Label: Columbia
Catalog #: 13162-D
Year Recorded: 1947
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: M-48
Year Recorded: 1928
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Columbia
Catalog #: M-736
Year Recorded: 1947
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 (2nd movement)
Original Release Format: LP
Label: Columbia
Catalog #: ML-5074
Year Recorded: 1953
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso Op. 3, No. 11 in D Minor; RV 565 (2nd Movement) Stokowski transcription
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: 8550-8551
Year Recorded: 1934
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser; Act III–Prelude
Original Release Format: 78 RPM set
Label: Victor
Catalog #: M-448
Year Recorded: 1936
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra