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Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston, Massachusetts, is the leading city in the group of six northeastern United States known collectively as New England. It is one of the oldest cities in North America and a leading seaport. The original European settlers of the area the Pilgrims (Nonconformists, who arrived in 1620) and the Puritans brought a tradition of unaccompanied religious singing. Instrumental concerts can be dated back only to 1731. Orchestras were sometimes gotten together to play in oratorios and other special occasions. Gottlieb Graupner, formerly an oboist in Haydn's London orchestra, arrived in 1797 and was frequently conducting concerts. In 1809 he founded a Philo-Harmonic Society, which gave concerts, sometimes of orchestral music. A succession of other amateur societies presented symphonic music through most of the 1800s. A banker, Henry Lee Higginson, founded the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1881. His purpose was to establish a full-time orchestra striving for the best quality in performance. He hired Georg Henschel as its first conductor. The core of the orchestra was German-born musicians. They gave their first concert on October 22, 1881. The first season was 22 pairs of concerts. The BSO's original home was the Music Hall, built in 1852 and now known as the Aquarius Theater. The next several music directors of the orchestra were Wilhelm Gericke (1884), Arthur Nikisch (1889), Emil Paur (1893), and Gericke again (1898). Under Gericke the BSO moved into its acoustically excellent home, Symphony Hall, which opened on October 19, 1900. Carl Muck assumed leadership in 1906. He was away for three years (1908-1912) when Max Fiedler filled in on the podium, then returned, only to lose his position in a scandal caused by his supporting his native Germany when he found that nation at war with America in 1917. Higginson, now 84, who had supported Muck, resigned at the same time and established a board of trustees to manage the orchestra. At that point the orchestra took a decisive turn toward French music. Henri Rabaud was engaged for one season in 1918, and then was succeeded by the brilliant young Pierre Monteux. The dynamic Russian conductor Serge Koussevitzky led from 1924 to 1949 and made the orchestra not only one of the most excellent ones in the world, but established a tradition of interest in the most recent music. For the orchestra's anniversary season in 1931 he planned a commissioning series that yielded an outstanding selection of new symphonic compositions, including Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms." Meanwhile, in 1885 the orchestra had established a series of "Promenade Concerts" for a reduced orchestra. In 1900, these concerts were known as the "Pops." They became a solid institution after 1930 when Max Fiedler's son, Arthur, became their conductor, remaining for decades, and are the prototype of all American-style Pops series. After Koussevitsky the orchestra has retained a tradition of podium stability: Its subsequent music directors have been Charles Munch (1949), Erich Leinsdorf (1963), William Steinberg (1968) and Seiji Ozawa (1973). It is a full-time orchestra of 110 members. It is the resident orchestra of the famous Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, western Massachusetts, which is the orchestra's summer program and a major seasonal teaching center for accomplished young musicians. The orchestra has an extensive discography. For years it was an exclusive act for RCA Victor records, and continues to be active as a recording orchestra on various labels. ~ Joseph Stevenson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Copland: Appalachian Spring; The Tender Land Suite; Morton Gould: Fall River Legend

Composer: Aaron Copland
Title: Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra

1. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: I. Very Slowly

2. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: II. Allegro

3. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: III. Moderato: The Bride And Her Intended

4. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: IV. Fast: The Revivalist And His Flock

5. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: V. Allegro: Solo Dance Of The Bride

6. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: VI. Meno Mosso

7. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: VII. Doppio Movimento: Variations On A Shaker Hymn

8. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: VIII. Moderato: Coda

Title: The Tender Land, Suite From The Opera

9. The Tender Land, Suite From The Opera: Introduction And Love Music

10. The Tender Land, Suite From The Opera: Party Scene

11. The Tender Land, Suite From The Opera: Finale: The Promise Of Living

Composer: Morton Gould
Title: Fall River Legend, Ballet

12. Fall River Legend, Ballet: Prologue And Waltzes

13. Fall River Legend, Ballet: Elegy

14. Fall River Legend, Ballet: Church Social

15. Fall River Legend, Ballet: Hymnal Variations

16. Fall River Legend, Ballet: Cotillion

17. Fall River Legend, Ballet: Epilogue

Title: Latin-American Symphonette For Orchestra

18. Latin-American Symphonette For Orchestra: Tango

19. Latin-American Symphonette For Orchestra: Guaracha

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Track List: Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2; Totentanz

Title: Piano Concerto No. 1 In E Flat Major, S. 124 (Lw H4)

1. Piano Concerto No. 1 In E Flat Major, S. 124 (Lw H4): I. Allegro Maestoso

2. Piano Concerto No. 1 In E Flat Major, S. 124 (Lw H4): II. Quasi Adagio

3. Piano Concerto No. 1 In E Flat Major, S. 124 (Lw H4): III. Allegretto Vivace - Allegro Animato

Title: Piano Concerto No. 2 In A Major, S. 125 (Lw H6)

4. Piano Concerto No. 2 In A Major, S. 125 (Lw H6): I. Adagio Sostenuto Assai - Allegro Agitato Assai

5. Piano Concerto No. 2 In A Major, S. 125 (Lw H6): II. Allegro Moderato

6. Piano Concerto No. 2 In A Major, S. 125 (Lw H6): III. Allegro Deciso - Marziale Un Poco Meno Allegro

7. Piano Concerto No. 2 In A Major, S. 125 (Lw H6): IV. Allegro Animato

Title: Totentanz (I & II), for piano & orchestra, S. 126 (LW H8)

8. Totentanz (I & II), for piano & orchestra, S. 126 (LW H8): Totentanz

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Track List: Poulenc: Concerto Pour 2 Pianos Et Orchestre (Concerto For 2 Pianos And Orchestra) / Milhaud: Scaramouche

Composer: Francis Poulenc
Title: Concerto For 2 Pianos & Orchestra In D Minor, Fp 61

1. Concerto For 2 Pianos & Orchestra In D Minor, Fp 61: I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

2. Concerto For 2 Pianos & Orchestra In D Minor, Fp 61: II. Larghetto

3. Concerto For 2 Pianos & Orchestra In D Minor, Fp 61: III. Finale (Allegro Molto)

Title: Sonata For Piano, 4 Hands, Fp 8

4. Sonata For Piano, 4 Hands, Fp 8: I. Prelude: Modere

5. Sonata For Piano, 4 Hands, Fp 8: II. Rustique: Naif Et Lent

6. Sonata For Piano, 4 Hands, Fp 8: III. Final: Tres Vite

Title: Capriccio For 2 Pianos (After Le Bal Masqué), Fp 155

7. Capriccio For 2 Pianos (After Le Bal Masqué), Fp 155: Capriccio D'apres Le Bal Masque

Title: L'embarquement Pour Cythère, Valse-musette For 2 Pianos (From Film, Le Voyage En Amérique), Fp 150

8. L'embarquement Pour Cythère, Valse-musette For 2 Pianos (From Film, Le Voyage En Amérique), Fp 150: L'embarquement Pour Cythere

Title: Élégie (en accords alternés), for 2 pianos, FP 175

9. Élégie (en accords alternés), for 2 pianos, FP 175: Elegie

Composer: Darius Milhaud
Title: Scaramouche (3), Suite For 2 Pianos, Op. 165b

10. Scaramouche (3), Suite For 2 Pianos, Op. 165b: I. Vif

11. Scaramouche (3), Suite For 2 Pianos, Op. 165b: II. Modéré

12. Scaramouche (3), Suite For 2 Pianos, Op. 165b: III. Brazileira

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Track List: Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9; Suite From "Hamlet" (Live)

Title: Symphony No. 9 In E Flat Major, Op. 70

1. Symphony No. 9 In E Flat Major, Op. 70: I. Allegro

2. Symphony No. 9 In E Flat Major, Op. 70: II. Moderato

3. Symphony No. 9 In E Flat Major, Op. 70: III. Presto

4. Symphony No. 9 In E Flat Major, Op. 70: IV. Largo

5. Symphony No. 9 In E Flat Major, Op. 70: V. Allegretto

Title: Symphony No. 5 In D Minor, Op. 47

6. Symphony No. 5 In D Minor, Op. 47: I. Moderato - Allegro Non Troppo

7. Symphony No. 5 In D Minor, Op. 47: II. Allegretto

8. Symphony No. 5 In D Minor, Op. 47: III. Largo

9. Symphony No. 5 In D Minor, Op. 47: IV. Allegretto Non Troppo

Title: Hamlet, Suite From The Incidental Music, Op. 32a (Unrelated To Film Score)

10. Hamlet, Suite From The Incidental Music, Op. 32a (Unrelated To Film Score): Introduction And Night Watch

11. Hamlet, Suite From The Incidental Music, Op. 32a (Unrelated To Film Score): Funeral March

12. Hamlet, Suite From The Incidental Music, Op. 32a (Unrelated To Film Score): A Flourish And Dance Music

13. Hamlet, Suite From The Incidental Music, Op. 32a (Unrelated To Film Score): The Hunt

14. Hamlet, Suite From The Incidental Music, Op. 32a (Unrelated To Film Score): Ophelia's Song

15. Hamlet, Suite From The Incidental Music, Op. 32a (Unrelated To Film Score): Cradle Song

16. Hamlet, Suite From The Incidental Music, Op. 32a (Unrelated To Film Score): Requiem

Title: Symphony No. 8 In C Minor, Op. 65 (Stalingrad)

17. Symphony No. 8 In C Minor, Op. 65 (Stalingrad): I. Adagio

18. Symphony No. 8 In C Minor, Op. 65 (Stalingrad): II. Allegretto

19. Symphony No. 8 In C Minor, Op. 65 (Stalingrad): III. Allegro Non Troppo

20. Symphony No. 8 In C Minor, Op. 65 (Stalingrad): IV. Largo

21. Symphony No. 8 In C Minor, Op. 65 (Stalingrad): V. Allegretto

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Track List: Takemitsu: A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden

1. Quatrain, For Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano & Orchestra: Quatrain

2. A Flock Descends Into The Pentagonal Garden, For Orchestra: A Flock Descends Into The Pentagonal Garden

3. Stanza I, For Female Voice, Piano, Guitar, Harp & Vibraphone: Stanza I

4. Sacrifice, For Alto Flute, Lute, Vibraphone & Cymbals: Sacrifice

5. Ring, For Flute, Terzguitar & Lute: Ring

6. Valeria, For 2 Piccolos, Violin, Cello, Guitar & Electric Organ: Valeria

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Track List: Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites

Title: Nutcracker, Suite From The Ballet, Op. 71a
Title: The Swan Lake, Ballet, Op. 20
Title: The Sleeping Beauty, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 66a
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Track List: Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake / The Nutcracker / The Sleeping Beauty (Complete Recordings) - Boston Symphony Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa / Russian National Orchestra / Mikhail Pletnev

Disc 1
Title: The Swan Lake, Ballet, Op. 20
Disc 2
Title: Nutcracker, Ballet, Op. 71
Disc 3
Disc 4
Title: The Sleeping Beauty, Ballet, Op. 66
Disc 5

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Don't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will be injured (but won't die) in two days.Now you started reading this so don't stop.Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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I love the Nutcracker!! ! !
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I dance the nutcracker every two years and this year I danced with the Moscow Russian ballet it was so amazing I love this music
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LOVE THE NUTCRACKER. YOU CRACK THOSE NUTS BOSTON
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Love it
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I like all kinds of classical music
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If it is too loud turn it down.
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You list Violin Concerto .... by Chicago Symphony.. THIS IS WRONG. The concerto has a composer, Chicago Symphony is the performer. Your classical format does not work because it is based on artists performing a song.

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