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PROKOFIEV: Peter and the Wolf / SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 (Koussevitzky) (1950)

Composer(s):Grieg, EdvardProkofiev, SergeySibelius, Jean
Artist(s) Koussevitzky, Sergey, Conductor • Roosevelt, Eleanor, narrator • Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.111290
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


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.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,July 2008

By the time this recording was made, Koussevitzky’s tenure as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra had come to an end at the age of 76, just one year before his death. He had enjoyed a fruitful life in his Russian homeland as an exponent of the double bass and a growing reputation as a conductor and composer, while he was equally successful in setting up his own publishing house. He remained there after the Revolution before setting up home in Paris where he began championing composers of his time. An invitation to became conductor of the Boston orchestra in 1924 took him for the final period of his life to the United States, and it was American composers, including Copland, Piston and Harris, that were indebted to his support. Though today his name is revered, this

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