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Serge Koussevitzky (1874–1951) - Vol. 2, Live 1943-1948

Serge Koussevitzky (1874–1951) - Vol. 2, Live 1943-1948

Item No. GHCD 2324

Price GBP 4.60 / USD

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Release Date: 01.06.2007

The Russian-born conductor Serge Koussevitsky was conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over 35 seasons, beginning in 1924, during which time he raised the stature of thee orchestra to a position of international pre-eminence. Apart from his championship of the Russian repertoire, Koussevitsky’s interests were very wide: he commissioned and premiered many works by American composers, and was also a great champion of British music. It is therefore with considerable pride that Guild presents the American premiere performance of Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony conducted by Koussevitsky, a performance that all admirers of both composer and conductor will wish to study. This very well-filled CD also contains three works by Russian composers: a thrilling performance of Mussorgsky’s Night on the Bare Mountain, and a beautifully lyrical account of the same composer’s Khovanschina Prelude, alongside a truly memorably version of Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini, to make an important album which all lovers of great conducting will wish to own.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Symphony No. 5 in D - I. Preludio (Moderato—Allegro—Tempo 1) Ralph Vaughan Williams (1883-1953) Boston Symphony Orchestera, Serge Koussevitzky - Conductor 10:33
02 Symphony No. 5 in D - II. Scherzo (Presto misterioso) Ralph Vaughan Williams (1883-1953) Boston Symphony Orchestera, Serge Koussevitzky - Conductor 4:46
03 Symphony No. 5 in D - III. Romanza (Lento) Ralph Vaughan Williams (1883-1953) Boston Symphony Orchestera, Serge Koussevitzky - Conductor 11:01
04 Symphony No. 5 in D - IV. Passacaglia (Moderato—Allegro—Tempo Primo—Tempo del Preludio) Ralph Vaughan Williams (1883-1953) Boston Symphony Orchestera, Serge Koussevitzky - Conductor 9:29
05 A Night on the Bare Mountain [recorded: 30 December 1944] Modest Petrovic Mussorgsky (Orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov) (1839-1881) Boston Symphony Orchestera, Serge Koussevitzky - Conductor 10:54
06 Khovanshchina – Prelude (Dawn over the Moscow River) Modest Petrovic Mussorgsky (Orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov) (1839-1881) Boston Symphony Orchestera, Serge Koussevitzky - Conductor 6:14
07 Francesca da Rimini, op. 32, Symphonic Fantasy after Dante Andante lugubre—Allegro vivo—Andante cantabile non troppo—Allegro vivo Pyotr Ilyich Tchyaikovsky (1840-1893) Boston Symphony Orchestera, Serge Koussevitzky - Conductor 24:49
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