20th Century Fox made quite a few shorts in the mid-1950s designed to show off CinemaScope and 4 track stereophonic sound. Several were classical music performances. They include:
Vesuvius Express (1953) The first travelogue released by Twentieth Century-Fox in CinemaScope, produced and directed by Otto Lang, is a photographic record of a journey from Milan to Naples, through Florence and Rome, on a streamlined passenger train. En route, the film takes time out in the cities mentioned to take a look at the landmarks—past and present—with the climax on the edge of Vesuvius’ smoldering crater (IMBD). Dir. Otto Lang 16 min
According to the InStereo website, the following were all released in 1954
Calypso Cruise. Reviewed by Kine Weekly Dec 23, 1954: “The islands of the Caribbean are visited in this Movietone CinemaScope in De Luxe colour which accompanies a holiday cruise liner to the major centres of interest. The vivid natural colouring of the West Indies is vividly caught in this pleasant and interesting short. Good.” 8 min.
Dancers of the Deep
Fabulous Las Vegas. Reviewed by Kine Weekly Dec 23, 1954: “A very comprehensive survey of California’s fashionable gambling town is conveyed in this CinemaScope in De Luxe colour. Visits are paid not only to the swank hotels, restaurants and gambling resorts but also to the great Hoover Dam, and a series of angle shots provides a vivid impression of this gigantic feat. Very good” 17 min.
Finale from Symphony No. 4 Tchaikovsky
Haydn’s Farewell Symphony
The Empire Games
Jet Carrier. Reviewed by Kine Weekly Dec 23, 1954: “An outstanding CinemaScope two-reeler photographed in De Luxe colour and showing the famous United States aircraft carrier Yorktown at exercise, Excellent.” 18 min.
Land of Legend
Movie Stunt Pilot
Piano Encores. Reviewed by Kine Weekly Dec. 23, 1954: “A CinemaScope short in De Luxe colour which provides an admirable integration of sound recording and photography. Four pianists playing concert grand pianos play excerpts from the classics which have been specially arranged for this treatment. Imaginative photography enhances the excellence of the renditions. Very good.” 10 min.
Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Pride of the Nation
The First Piano Quartet
The New Venezuela
The Roger Wagner Chorale
Tournament of Roses
It would be fascinating to see these shorts either as a complete Blu-ray collection or as extras to a Fox feature. Do they still exist I wonder? Does anyone have any information about them? I assume none have been released on video?