Maestros, Part II

May 18, 2020, 7:00 pm

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The second week in a series highlighting a marvelous group of conductors who came from Europe from the 1930s to the 1970s, and transformed the American musical culture. We will listen to the conducting of Antal Doráti, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Bruno Walter, Maurice Abravanel, William Steinberg, Charles Munch, Erich Leinsdorf, and even the lad from Lawrence, Massachusetts, Leonard Bernstein. All of them had big personalities with a deep understanding of symphony orchestras.


Episode 1

Zoltán Kodály: Háry János Suite, Op. 35A
II. Viennese Musical Clock
III. Song
V. Intermezzo
VI. Entrance Of The Emperor & His Court
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra/Doráti
Doráti Conducts Kodály And Bartók
Mercury 432005

Camille Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, op. 61
I. Allegro non troppo
New York Philharmonic/Mitropoulos
Zino Francescati, violin
Heritage Zino Francescatti – Great Violin Concertos
Sony 62339

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Ballet, Op. 64
Romeo At Juliet’s Before Parting
(No. 5 from Suite No. 2, Op. 64)
New York Philharmonic/Mitropoulos
Romeo And Juliet – Ballet (Excerpts-Auszuge-Extraits)
CBS 38772

Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
I. Das Trinklied Von Jammer Der Erde
IV. Von Der Schönheit
New York Philharmonic/Walter
Mildred Miller, Ernst Haeflinger
Bruno Walter Edition – Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde
Sony 64455


Episode 2

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68:
II. Andante sostenuto (excerpt)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Steinberg
Johannes Brahms: Serenades 1 & 2
SER 69206

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 82
II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
III. Allegro molto
Utah Symphony Orchestra/Abravanel
Sibelius: The Seven Symphonies
VAN 3133

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68:
II. Andante sostenuto
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Steinberg
Johannes Brahms: Serenades 1 & 2
SER 69206

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90,
IV. Saltarello (Presto)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Steinberg
Symphony No. 4 In A Major (“Italian”)
SER 65611


Episode 3

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Münch
Munch conducts Berlioz
RCA 68444

Jacques Ibert: Escales (Ports of Call)
II. Tunis-Nefta: Modéré très rythmé

III. Valencia: Animé
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Münch
A Hi-Fi Spectacular! (Symphony No. 3 / La Mer / Escales)
RCA 61500

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op.98
III. Allegro giocoso
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Münch
Symphony No. 4 / Symphony No. 8
RCA 61206

Claude Debussy: La Mer
I. De l’aube à midi sur la mer
II. Jeux de vagues
III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Münch
A Hi-Fi Spectacular! (Symphony No. 3 / La Mer / Escales)
RCA 61500


Episode 4

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf
Erich Leinsdorf conducts Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1-9
RCA 1916822

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor
V. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf
Shirley Verrett, soprano
Boston Boychoir
New England Conservatory Chorus
Symphony No. 3 • Symphony No. 1
RCA 63469

Arnold Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
I. Introduction
II. Song of the Wood Dove (excerpt)
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf
Messa da Requiem, The Death of the Bishop of Brindisi
RCA 63747
7:36, 0:05

Antoni Dvořák: Romance In F Minor, Op. 11, B 38
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf; Itzhak Perlman, violin
Violin Concertos • Romance
RCA 63591

Gunther Schuller: Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee
3. Little Blue Devil
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf
Stravinsky: Agon – Schuller: Seven Studies on Themes of Paul
Mercury 434329-2

Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116
I. Introduzione – Andante Non Troppo; Allegro Vivace

Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Kodály: Peacock Variations
RCA 63309


Episode 5

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony in D Major, Hob. I: 101
I. Adagio – Presto
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Haydn: The “London” Symphonies, Nos. 100-104 (Bernstein Royal Edition, No. 35)
Sony 47557

Aaron Copland: Billy The Kid
3. Mexican Dance and Finale (excerpt)
4. Prairie Night (Card Game At Night)
5. Gun Battle
6. Celebration (After Billy’s Capture)
7. Billy’s Death
8. The Open Prairie Again
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Bernstein Century – Copland: Appalachian Spring, Rodeo
Sony 42265
0:39, 11:39

Leonard Bernstein: Symphony #1, Jeremiah
2. Profanation
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Bernstein Conducts and Plays Bernstein
Sony 47162

Leonard Bernstein: The Age of Anxiety (Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra)
A) The Dirge (excerpt)
B) The Masque
C) The Epilogue (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein, Foss, piano
The Age of Anxiety – Symphony No. 2 for Piano and
Orchestra (after W.H. Auden): Part II – c) The Epilogue
Sony G010000934543V
0:07, 4:34, 0:17

Leonard Bernstein: Serenade
IV. Agathon
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein, Zino Francescati, violin
Organ Symphony / Serenade For Violin And Orchestra
Columbia masterworks MS 7058

Igor Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
New York Philharmonic: 175th Anniversary Edition
Sony 533636