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Clash of the Titans II

This week Exploring Music profiles three more “divine" beings— Maestros Pierre Monteux (1874-1964), Fritz Reiner (1888-1963), and Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951): three world-renowned conductors who seemed to have descended from the Greek gods. After World War I, these conductors settled in America and took on the responsibility of nurturing the artistry of American composers and American orchestras: the native Frenchman Monteux in Boston and then San Francisco; the Hungarian Reiner in Pittsburgh and Chicago; and the Russian Koussevitzky in Boston. The stories of their boundless energy and colorful natures are as legendary as their support of musicians and orchestras. We will listen to music by Stravinsky, Bartok, and Debussy in works that these conductors commissioned and premiered, plus many other compositions all played by "their bands.”

Program 1

Igor Stravinsky:  The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du printemps)
Pierre Monteux & Boston Symphony Orchestra 1952-1958
In France 1952-1958 Concerts
Music & Arts Programs of America 1182

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D Major,
Op. 25 "Classical"

Pierre Monteux & Boston Symphony Orchestra 1952-1958
In France 1952-1958 Concerts
Music & Arts Programs of America 11821:41, 4:19

Zoltán Kodály: Dances Of Galánta -
1. Lento
2. Lento, Allegretto Moderato
3. Allegro Con Moto, Grazioso
4. Allegro

Fritz Reiner: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Schostakovich - Kodály - Reiner
Sony Classical MHK 62343
5:03, 3:00, 1:20, 5:53

Piotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Opus 64:
1. Andante; Allegro Con Anima
2. Finale: Andante Maestoso; Allegro Vivace

Serge Koussevitzky: Boston Symphony Orchestra
The Boston Symphony Orchestra
The Sessions Of November 22, 1944
BSO Classics 171002
0:40, 15:19, 11:51

Program 2

Debussy: Nocturnes - 2. Fêtes
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Monteux
Great Conductors of the 20th Century Pierre Monteux
EMI/ BMG 7243 5 75474 2

Johannes Brahms: Concerto In D, Op. 77: II. Adagio
Pierre Monteux, Henryk Szeryng & London Symphony Orchestra
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D
RCA Red Seal SB 2049

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73:
IV. Allegro con spirito

Pierre Monteux & Vienna Philharmonic
Symphony No. 2 In D, Op, 73
RCA Victrola VIC 1055

Prokofiev, Sergei :Symphony No.5, op. 100 -
1. Allegro giocoso 

Serge Koussevitzky: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Prokofiev - Symphonies No 1 & 5
RCA Victor Gold Seal 09026 61657 2

Richard Strauss (R): Don Juan, Op. 20
Fritz Reiner: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Strauss - Don Quixote - Don Juan
RCA Victor 09026 68170 2

Program 3

Tchaikovsky, Peter Illych: Romeo and Juliet
Serge Koussevitsky Boston Symphony
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 - Romeo & Juliet
RCA Victor Gold Seal 09026 60920 2

Stravinsky: Apollon Musagete: Pas De Deux
Serge Koussevitsky Boston Symphony Orchestra
The First Recordings of The Boston Symphony Orchestra
BSO Classics 441122

Bernstein, talking about Koussevitzky MP3  (fish out 2-4 minutes of reminiscence)   14:00

Edvard Grieg: Elegiac Melody, Op. 34, No. 2 : Våren
Boston Symph. Orch ; Serge Koussevitzky
Edvard Grieg The Last Spring / Erik Satie Gymnopédie
RCA Victor Red Seal ERA 195

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
- Young Prince & Young Princess

Fritz Reiner: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade
RCA Victor 09026 68168 2

Rimsky-Korsakov:  Scheherazade, III,
The Young Prince and Princess

Pierre Monteux: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade - Antar Sadko
RCA Victor Gold Seal 09026 61897 2

Hector Berlioz: Les nuits d'été: Leontyne Price
Leontyne Price, Fritz Reiner, CSO
The Voices of Living Stereo Volume 2 - Songs
RCA Victor 09026 68167 2

Program 4

Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 63 in G Minor:
1. Andante assai

Jascha Heifetz & Serge Koussevitzky, BSO
The Heifetz Collection, Vol 4
RCA Victor Gold Seal 09026 61735 2

Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto, Op. 77, in D:
1. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace

Jascha Heifetz & Serge Koussevitzky BSO
The Heifetz Collection, Vol 4
RCA Victor Gold Seal 09026 61735 2

Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
Marian Anderson; Pierre Monteux:
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Brahms: Alto Rhapsody - Marian Anderson
RCA Victor LM 1146
6:54, 7:26

Johann Sebastian Bach: Double Concerto
in D minor BWV 1043

George Enescu, Yehudi Menuhin, Pierre Monteux Orchestre Symphonique De Paris
Bach: Violin Concertos, Chaconne
EMI 91962

Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung -
Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Fritz Reiner: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Wagner: Die Meistersinger - Götterdämmerung
RCA Victor Gold Seal 09026 61792 2

Program 5

Béla Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, SZ 97 -
An Evening In The Village

Fritz Reiner: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra - Music for Strings,
Percussion and celesta - Hungarian Sketches
RCA Victor 09026 61504 2

Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116:
II. Giuoco delle coppie

Allegretto scherzando
Boston Symphony Orchestra & Serge Koussevitzky
Bartók : Concerto for Orchestra / Mussorgsky-Ravel: Pictures At An Exhibition
Naxos 8.110105

Béla Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra, SZ 116
4. Intermezzo Interrotto
5. Finale

Fritz Reiner: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra - Music for Strings
Percussion and celesta - Hungarian Sketches
RCA Victor 09026 61504 2
4:16, 9:08

Edward Elgar: Variations On An Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma Variations"
- Theme
- C. A. E.
- H. D. S. -P.
- R. B. T.
- W. M. B.
- R. P. A.
- Ysobel
- Troyte
- W. N.
- Nimrod
- Intermezzo: Dorabella
- G. R. S.
- B. G. N.
- Romanza: ***

- Finale: E. D. U.

Pierre Monteux: London Symphony Orchestra
Elgar: Pomp & Circumstance Marches, Enigma Variations
London 417 878 2
1:17, 1:57, 0:47, 1:22, 0:27, 1:55, 1:20, 0:56, 1:55, 3:50, 2:40, 0:56, 2:25, 2:39, 4:58


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