Boston Symphony Orchestra Archive
Another superb re-issue of historic recordings from Pristine, Charles Munch, and the BSO!
A rare digital vinyl of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons gets a 180-gram re-boot!
Serge Koussevitzky, Vol. 11 = Orchestral Works by CASADESUS, SIBELIUS, SCHUMANN – Yves St-Laurent Studio
The ever-volatile Serge Koussevitzky electrifies us with his fierce renditions of Sibelius and Schumann.
A Shostakovich cycle of special merit, the Nelsons performances of symphonies 4 and 11 bring the BSO to fever pitch. SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43; Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 “The Year 1905” – Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Andris Nelsons – DGG B0028595-02 (2 CDs) 64:24; 62:59 (7/6/18) [Distr. […]
BEETHOVEN: Symphony Nos. 1 & 6 – Orchestre National de l’O.R.T.F./ Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Serge Koussevitzky – Pristine
The Beethoven “Nine” with Serge Koussevitzky conducting has become a recorded reality! BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21; Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral” – Orchestre National de l’O.R.T.F./ Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Serge Koussevitzky – Pristine Audio PASC 522, 59:55 [www.pristineclassical.com] *****: Ask, and ye shall receive! In […]
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60; Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 – Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Serge Koussevitzky – Pristine Audio PASC 515, 70:15 [www.pristineclassical.com] *****: Previously unreleased Beethoven performances by Koussevitzky and BSO add significant documents to that conductor’s recorded legacy. “Rare Beethoven Symphony Recordings”: Producer and recording engineer […]
William Kapell: Three First Releases = RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto; CHOPIN: Nocturne – William Kapell, piano/ NY Phil./ Artur Rodzinski (Rachmaninoff)/ Philadelphia Orch./ Eugene Ormandy/ Boston Symph. Orch./ Richard Burgin – JSP Records
William Kapell: Live Performances – Three First Releases = RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43; PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 (2 performances); CHOPIN: Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 55, No. 2 – William Kapell, piano/ New York Philharmonic/ Artur Rodzinski (Rachmaninoff)/ Philadelphia Orchestra/ Eugene Ormandy/ Boston Symphony […]
BRAHMS: “The Symphonies” – Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Andris Nelsons – BSO Classics 1701/03, 3 discs, 178:43 (5/26/17) ****: A bracing addition to an already rich field. The Brahms symphonies are, without a doubt, among the masterpieces of the genre; filled with the master’s characteristics superb orchestrations, straight-forward but lovely harmonies and beautiful memorable melodies. They, […]
Leonid Kogan plays Russian Music = Violin Concertos by KHACHATURIAN, KHRENNIKOV, PROKOFIEV, WEINBERG, DENISOV – Leonid Kogan, violin/ Pierre Monte / Krill Kondrashin / Pavel Kogan / Yevgeny Svetlana /Boston Symph. Orch. – Praga Digitals
Leonid Kogan plays Russian Music = KHACHATURIAN: Violin Concerto in d minor; Rhapsody-Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; KHRENNIKOV: Violin Concerto No. 2 in C Major, Op. 23; PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op. 63; WEINBERG: Violin Concerto in g minor, Op. 67; DENISOV: Partita for Violin and Chamber Orchestra after J.S. Bach […]
WUORINEN: Eighth Symphony; Fourth Piano Concerto – Peter Serkin (p.)/ Boston Symph. Orch./ James Levine – Bridge
Two beautifully conceived and highly expressive works. Charles WUORINEN: Eighth Symphony, “Theologoumena”; Fourth Piano Concerto – Peter Serkin, piano/ Boston Sym. Orch./ James Levine – Bridge 9474, 59:39 [Distr. by Albany] *****: It is a quote from Neo-Platonist commentator Maximus of Tyre (2nd – 3rd c.) that first inspired Wuorinen to create the tone poem […]
Vibrant Wagner and Sibelius from the new conductor of the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons.
The bonus track has Bernstein narrate a brief history of Tanglewood, particularly as the dream-child music center of Serge Koussevitzky.