The Musical Masterpiece Society is the European branch of the American-based Concert Hall Society. It was a mail order company where you could order records by subscription. The history of this label, affiliated with the American Concert Hall label founded by David and Sam Josefowitz, can be found here.
The label was not allowed to use the word Masterworks, because Columbia already released a Masterworks Series. Therefore the word Masterworks was changed to Masterpiece. In Holland, the label was soon translated as Muzikale Meesterwerken Serie.
Henry Swoboda (Prague, 29.10.1897 - 13.08.1990): Czech conductor and musicologist. Studied at the conservatory in Prague with Václav Talich.
1921-1923: assistant conductor at the Prague opera house
1927-1931: worked for Electrola (Berlin).
1931-1938: conductor and programmer at the Prague radio
Conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker, Dresdner Philharmoniker and Wiener Sinfoniker.
1931-1939: visiting professor at University of Southern California
1939: emigrated to America.
After WWII, he became a conductor with the Westminster and Concert Hall record companies (to which the MMS is affiliated).
He taught at Harvard University.
Symphony no. 94 in C Hob. I:94 'Surprise' (1791) :
1 adagio - vivace assai
3 menuetto: allegro molto
4 finale: allegro molto
Symphony no. 100 in G Hob. I:100 'Military' (1793/4):