Serge Koussevitzky

Naxos: 8111290

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Serge Koussevitzky

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111290
(8.111290)

Discs:

1

Release date:

30th June 2008

Barcode:

0747313329021

Length:

72 minutes

Medium:

CD
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Serge Koussevitzky


Grieg:

Våren, elegiac melody for strings, Op. 34 No. 2

Recorded 29th November, 1950 in Symphony Hall, Boston

Prokofiev:

Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Recorded 11th August, 1950 in the Theatre-Concert Hall, Tanglewood

Eleanor Roosevelt (narrator)

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

Recorded 29th November, 1950 in Symphony Hall, Boston


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This disc restores to the catalogue, after an absence of more than 50 years, Koussevitzky’s second recording of Peter and the Wolf, with Eleanor Roosevelt as narrator. Taped during his last recording sessions on 29th November, 1950, Koussevitzky’s performance of Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 is given with an electricity that transcends studio conditions, yet it is not without light, shade and emotional retreat. The final such example of Koussevitzky’s art, which pertinently concludes this disc, is a rapt and expressive account of Grieg’s The Last Spring, notable for the warmth and intensity of the Boston strings.

Sergey Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Dear children

Soon, a duck came waddling around

Grandpapa came out

And now, this is how things stood

Meanwhile, Peter made a lasso

And there they go!

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

I. Allegretto

II. Tempo Andante, ma rubato

III. Vivacissimo

IV. Finale: Allegro moderato

Edvard Grieg: 2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34

Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34: No. 2. Last spring

Gramophone Magazine

“Koussevitzky’s is a red-blooded, wholly abandoned approach…. both warm and brilliant… a supreme conductor who has still not had his full due.”

Penguin Guide

2011 edition

“This account of Peter (whether you take to the narration or not) is supremely natural and should provide a model for young conductors...as a bonne bouche there is a rapt and expressive account of Grieg's The Last Spring”

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