Maestro, Part I

June 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

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The first in our series covering the Maestros, those baton-wielding men who changed the course of music in the 20th century.


Episode 1

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitzky,c.
RCA LM 2909/Naxos 8.111283
Roy Harris: Symphony #3 In 1 Movement
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Koussevitzky,c.
EMI 751182
Handel: Semele, “O Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave Me?”
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Koussevitzky,c.
Dorothy Maynor, ms.
Gemm 9492
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5 In E Minor, Op. 64
III. Valse: Allegro Moderato
IV. Andante Maestoso, Allegro Vivace
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Koussevitzky,c.
EMI 751182

Episode 2

Rachmaninov: Symphony #2 In E Minor, Op. 27
III. Adagio
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy,c.
EMI 75128
13:00 (mvt.1 excerpt:20)
Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy,c.
Gregor Piatigorsky, cello
Sony Classical 62876
Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116
IV. Intermezzo interrotto – Allegretto
V. Finale – Pesante – Presto
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy,c.
Sony 94726
Manuel de Falla: El Sombrero de tres picos
III. Danza final (The Final Dance)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy,c.
Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog 89291
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures At an Exhibition:
IX. La Cabane de Baba-Yaga Sur Des Pattes de Poule (The Hut of Baba-Yaga On Chicken’s Legs).
X. La Grande Porte de Kiev (The Great Gate of Kiev).
The Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy,c.
Sony 417202

Episode 3

R. Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner, c.
Recorded in 1954
RCA 68170
15:59 (00:34 excerpt)
Bartók: Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta, SZ 106
– 2. Allegro, III. Adagio IV. Allegro Molto
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Reiner, c.
Recorded in 1958
RCA 61504
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
IV. Festival At Baghdad, The Sea, Shipwreck
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Reiner, c.
Recorded in 1960
RCA 60875

Episode 4

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 “Classical” I. Allegro, II. Larghetto, III. Non troppo allegro, IV. Molto vivace
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Monteux,c.
Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog 1182
Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka – Tableau 3: The Moor’s Room, Dance of the Ballerina, Waltz
Tableau 4: The Shrovetide Fair – Dance of the Nursemaids
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Monteux,c.
RCA 61898
Debussy: Images III, Iberia 2. Les parfums de la nuit 3. Le matin d’un jour de fête
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Monteux,c.
Recorded 1951
RCA 61900
12:10 (1:12 excerpt)

Episode 5

Mozart: Symphony #35 In D, K 385,”Haffner” 4. Presto
Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell, c.
Recorded in 1961
Sony 38472
Beethoven: Symphony #3 In E Flat, Op. 55,”Eroica” III. Scherzo: Allegro Vivace
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell, c.
Recorded in 1958
Sony 89832
Prokofiev: No.5, IV. Allegro giocoso
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell, c.
Recorded in 1959
Sony Classical Masterworks 63124
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor, K 466 3. Allegro Assai
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell, c.
Rudolf Serkin, pn.
CBS Great Performances 37236
Richard Strauss:Don Quixote, Op.35 (excerpt)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Szell, c.
Pierre Fournier, vc.
Music & Arts Programs Of America No.291
Schumann: Symphony #3 In E Flat, Op. 97, “Rhenish” 1. Lebhaft
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell, c.
Recorded in 1958
Sony Classical Masterworks 62349
Dvořák: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, B 172 #7 In C Minor
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell, c.
Sony Classical Essential Classics 89845