Label: Decca - 65 94 194,Decca - SXL 6750 Format: Vinyl LP, Stereo Country: Spain Genre: Classical
His engagement as new permanent conductor in Cincinnati was a great success. However, when in Dimitri Mitropoulos was appointed Chief Conductor of the NYPO, Stokowski began a new international career which commenced in with La Paloma Del Bosque (Vinyl nationwide tour of England: He made his debut with the Boston Pops in December and returns to the Pops podium this coming December. For his debut appearance with the orchestra he gave the first performance of Mysterious Mountain by Alan Hovhaness — one of many living American Zubin Mehta - Sinfonía No.8 whose music he championed over the years. An exhilarating vindication of the harpsichord as solo instrument for music old and new. Of course, the merger had ramifications for the musicians of both orchestras.
Quartet No. This set offers a deeply felt tribute to the art of one of the greatest of singers during the latter half of the 20 th century. Marvelous music; marvelous recordings. Janet Baker - The Beloved Mezzo.
There are few better Figaros: Gobbi is ebullient, scheming, vocally brilliant, and relishing his every word. He is also the best of all possible Scarpias and his Boccanegra is one of the definitive interpretations of our time.
Tito Gobbi - Complete Solo Recordings. All the items here are from the first half of his recording career, and there are no weak numbers. This box is a must for every lover of refined and ardent singing and will give endless pleasure for years to come.
A first-rate, thoughtfully chosen, and well organized selection of his works for solo voice that not only exemplifies a recorded catalog but truly and faithfully represents the composer.
Vocal Works. His Bach Sonatas and Partitas feature scrupulous musicianship. There are also few violinists active today that I would rather hear play the Mozart concertos. This is a great set, and a worthy testament by a really fine artist.
The Teldec Recordings. Stokowski even got to talk to and shake hands with Mickey Mouse on screen, although he would later say with a smile that Mickey Mouse got to shake hands with him. This footage of Stokowski was incorporated into Fantasia A lifelong and ardent fan of the newest and most experimental techniques in recording, Stokowski saw to it that most of the music for Fantasia was recorded over Class A telephone lines laid down between the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and Bell Laboratories in Camden NJ, using an early, highly complex version of multi-track stereophonic sound, dubbed Fantasound , which shared many attributes with the later Perspecta stereophonic sound system.
Recorded on photographic film, the only suitable medium then available, the results were considered astounding for the latter half of the s. Upon his return in , Stokowski appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a guest conductor.
He continued to appear as a guest conductor on several more occasions, his final Philadelphia Orchestra concert taking place in It toured South America in and North America in and was met with rave reviews. During this time, Stokowski also became chief conductor of the NBC Symphony Orchestra on a three-year contract — In , on the recommendation of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia , Stokowski helped form the New York City Symphony Orchestra , which they intended would make music accessible for middle-class workers.
Ticket prices were set low, and performances took place at convenient, after-work hours. Many early concerts were standing room only; however, a year later in , Stokowski was at odds with the board who wanted to trim expenses even further and he resigned. In , he founded the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra lasted for two years before it was disbanded for live concerts, but not for recordings, which continued well into the s.
He continued to appear frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic , both at the Hollywood Bowl and other venues. However, when in Dimitri Mitropoulos was appointed Chief Conductor of the NYPO, Stokowski began a new international career which commenced in with a nationwide tour of England: During that same summer he also toured and conducted in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, and Portugal, establishing a pattern of guest-conducting abroad during the summer months while spending the winter seasons conducting in the USA.
After the NBC Symphony Orchestra was disbanded as the official ensemble of the NBC radio network, it was re-formed as the Symphony of the Air with Stokowski as notional Music Director, and as such performed many concerts and made recordings from until For his debut appearance with the orchestra he gave the first performance of Mysterious Mountain by Alan Hovhaness — one of many living American composers whose music he championed over the years.
In , at the age of 80, Stokowski founded the American Symphony Orchestra. He continued to conduct in public for a few more years, but failing health forced him to only make recordings.
An eyewitness said that Stokowski often conducted sitting down in his later years; sometimes, as he became involved in the performance, he would stand up and conduct with remarkable energy. His very last public appearance took place during the Vence Music Festival in the South of France, when, on 22 July , he conducted the Rouen Chamber Orchestra in several of his Bach transcriptions. Edward Greenfield of The Guardian wrote: In , he signed a recording contract with Columbia Records that would have kept him active until he was years old.
Stokowski died of a heart attack in in Nether Wallop , Hampshire , at the age of The following month Stokowski recorded Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky , in which he increased the double basses to best utilise the lower frequencies of early electrical recording. Stokowski was also the first conductor in America to record all four Brahms symphonies between and Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra later participated in long playing, high fidelity, and stereophonic experiments, during the early s, mostly for Bell Laboratories.
Stokowski continued to make recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra for Victor through December His Capitol recordings in the s were distinguished by the use of three-track stereophonic tape recorders. Stokowski was very careful in the placement of musicians during the recording sessions and consulted with the recording staff to achieve the best possible results.
All of the music that Stokowski conducted in Fantasia was released on a 3-LP set by Disneyland Records , in the soundtrack album made from the film. After stereo became possible on phonograph records, the album was released in stereo on Buena Vista Records. The Cameo Classics LP label recorded the concert, and also, by special permission of the maestro, the final rehearsals, which would make up a 2-LP set. Edward Greenfield in The Guardian reported "Stokowski rallied them as though it was a vintage Philadelphia concert of the s".
Robert M. Stumpff ll Leopold Stokowski Club of America called the performance "The finest ever performance of this symphony". His first wife was American concert pianist Olga Samaroff born Lucy Hickenlooper , to whom he was married from until For the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Dudamel, not only is the breadth of audiences reached remarkable, but also the depth of programming. Now in his 19th year as Music Director of the El Sistema project in Venezuela, Dudamel remains committed to his vision that music unites and transforms lives, and he advocates the combination of music and the arts as essential to the education of young people around the world.
Dudamel has appeared at the United Nations and the White House to raise awareness for the role of music education in social development. Further afield, he has worked on numerous occasions with El Sistema Japan and with the Sendai Youth Philharmonic in the wake of the tsunami.
Conducting a Life. Gustavo Dudamel is one of the most decorated conductors of his generation. He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg in Gustavo Dudamel was born in in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
His conducting studies began in when he was hired as an Assistant Conductor with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. Dudamel was brought to international attention by winning the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Competition in He then went on to become Music Director of the Gothenburg Symphony , where he currently holds the title Honorary Conductor.
Toscanini remained music director until the spring of , then returned several times as a guest conductor until That same year nationwide radio broadcasts began. The radio broadcasts continued without interruption for 38 years. A legend in his own time, Toscanini would prove to be a tough act to follow as the country headed into war.
The following year Barbirolli was given the full conductorship, a post he held until the spring of In December, , Bruno Walter was offered the music directorship, but declined, citing his age he was 67 years old. Many of the sessions were held in Liederkranz Hall , on East 58th Street in New York City, a building formerly belonging to a German cultural and musical society, and used as a recording studio by Columbia Records.
Mitropoulos, known for championing new composers and obscure operas-in-concert, pioneered in other ways; adding live Philharmonic performances between movies at the Roxy Theatre  and taking Edward R.
Murrow and the See It Now television audience on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Orchestra. In , Mitropoulos and Leonard Bernstein served together as Principal Conductors until, in the course of the season, Bernstein was appointed Music Director, becoming the first American-born-and-trained conductor to head the Philharmonic.
Leonard Bernstein , who had made his historic, unrehearsed and spectacularly successful debut with the Philharmonic in , was Music Director for 11 seasons, a time of significant change and growth.
Two television series were initiated on CBS: The former program, launched in , made television history, winning every award in the field of educational television. Although Bernstein made a few recordings for Columbia after , most of his later recordings were for Deutsche Grammophon. Although the Philharmonic performed primarily in Carnegie Hall until , Bernstein preferred to record in the Manhattan Center. His later recordings were made in Philharmonic Hall. Symphony No.
In September , the Philharmonic commissioned Aaron Copland to write a new work, Connotations for Orchestra , for the opening concert of the new Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
The move to Philharmonic Hall in Lincoln Center brought about an expansion of concerts into the spring and summer. During his tenure, the Philharmonic inaugurated the "Live From Lincoln Center" television series in , and the Orchestra continues to appear on the Emmy Award-winning program to the present day. Boulez made a series of quadraphonic recordings for Columbia, including an extensive series of the orchestral music of Maurice Ravel. Zubin Mehta , then one of the youngest of a new generation of internationally known conductors, became Music Director in His tenure was the longest in Philharmonic history, lasting until Throughout his time on the podium, Mehta showed a strong commitment to contemporary music, presenting 52 works for the first time.
Kurt Masur , who had been conducting the Philharmonic frequently since his debut in , became Music Director in Notable aspects of his tenure included a series of free Memorial Day Concerts at the Cathedral of St. He presided over the th Anniversary celebrations during the — season. His tenure concluded in , and he was named Music Director Emeritus of the Philharmonic.
In , Lorin Maazel made a guest-conducting appearance with the New York Philharmonic in two weeks of subscription concerts after an absence of over twenty years,  which was met with a positive reaction from the orchestra musicians.
In , due to ongoing concerns with the acoustics of Avery Fisher Hall, there was a proposal to move the New York Philharmonic back to Carnegie Hall and merge the two organizations, but this proposal did not come to fruition. The Philharmonic performed in Pyongyang at the invitation of the North Korean government on February 26, The event was the first significant cultural visit to the country from the United States since the end of the Korean War.
State Department viewed the invitation as a potential softening of anti-U. In response to initial criticism of performing a concert limited to the privileged elite,  the New York Philharmonic arranged for the concert to be broadcast live on North Korean television and radio. James M. Keller held the position during the —09 season, and American baritone Thomas Hampson was appointed to the post in July
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