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Koussevitzky conducts Rare American Symphony Performances = HARRIS: Sym. No. 5; HILL: Sym. No. 1; DIAMOND: Sym. No. 2 – Boston Sym. Orch. – Pristine Audio

Koussevitzky conducts Rare American Symphony Performances = HARRIS: Sym. No. 5; HILL: Sym. No. 1; DIAMOND: Sym. No. 2 – Boston Sym. Orch. – Pristine Audio

Three eminently American, powerful symphonies find their debut performances with Koussevitzky restored. Koussevitzky conducts Rare American Symphony Performances = HARRIS: Symphony No. 5; HILL: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 34; DIAMOND: Symphony No. 2 – Boston Sym. Orch. – Pristine Audio PASC 484, 77:49 [avail. in var. formats at www.pristineclassical.com] *****: Producer and engineer Andrew Rose deserves an honorable mention for the sheer effort lavished upon these previously unreleased, live performances by Serge Koussevitzky of classic American repertory, often from sources in originally sad shape. From BSO archives, 1943-44, Rose has virtually resurrected wartime concerts that fueled much for the aesthetic morale of our country during this critical period. The Roy Harris Symphony No. 5 – based on a process the composed called “autogenesis,” a kind of through-composed technique of building upon kernels of musical material played early and extended in their musical possibilities, a la Beethoven’s Fifth – is dedicated to the Soviet Union, at the time busy repelling the Nazi horde. The music contains aggressive, martial aspects: the first movement Prelude evolves from thirds, sixths, and repeated notes. The second movement Chorale capitalizes (rec. 27 February 1943) on the BSO’s strong suit of strings and brass: […]