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The First Recordings of the Boston Symphony Orchestra


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  • Audio CD (July 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bso/Classics
  • ASIN: B000003YN9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OBIE on August 11, 2013
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A very nice single CD in a jewel case with informative booklet in english only that covers the first 2 recording sessions of the BSO for Victor Talking Machine Co.

As historic recordings go, these are 2 of the oldest of their kind, and the analog to digital transfer is very well done, with minimal processing to try to remove the hiss and surface noise from the original recordings. These sound like what they did when they were originally recorded on then state of the art equipment.

The 2 sessions are documented well in the notes and starts with the first acoustical symphony recording for Victor in 1917 with Dr Karl Muck at the Camden NJ Studios and features never issued recordings due to a WW1 boycott at the time.

Tchaikovsky - Symphony 4d Op36
Wolf-Ferrari - Secret of Susanna Overture
Wagner - Lohengrin Act 3 Prelude
Berlioz - Rakoczy March
Beethoven - Symphony 7d Op9
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Waltz of the Flowers Op71
Berlioz - Damnation of Faust Ballet des Sylphes
Tchaikovsky - Marche Miniature Op43

The 2nd session is from 1928 with Koussevitzky and recorded in Boston's Symphony Hall it also has 2 outtakes that were never used.

Stravinsky - Suite From Petrouchka 1
Stravinsky - Suite From Petrouchka 2
Stravinsky - Suite From Petrouchka 3
Stravinsky - Apollon Musagete Pas de Deux
Ravel - Daphnis et Chloe Suite 2
Stravinsky - Petroucka Second Tableau Petrouchkas Room ALT
Ravel - Daphinis et Chloe Patomime to Danse generale ALT

If you like historic recordings this is a great one and worth the effort to track down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By morty on June 26, 2011
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The first part of this disc is the earliest recording session of a full orchestra, the BSO, in 1917. My college music library had some of these sides, and I remember their clarity. It's good to have more of them. The second part is the BSO, with Koussevitzky, in 1929, playing what was then some pretty avant-garde music. They're great, and we even get some outtakes. This disc is a clear recording of two great early conductors and a fabulous orchestra. The description of how the 1917 recording session was accomplished is fascinating.
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