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Brahms: The Symphonies

Brahms: The Symphonies (Digital)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons are pleased to announce the release of their latest recordings on BSO Classics-a three-disc set of the four Brahms symphonies, recorded live during concert performances at Symphony Hall this past November, engineered by the same in-house team that produced the BSO's recent Grammy-winning Shostakovich recordings under Maestro Nelsons on Deutsche Grammophon.
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Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Brahms|Dvorák Serenades

Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Brahms|Dvorák Serenades (Digital)

This new BSO Classics release from the Boston Symphony Chamber Players pairs two delightful arrangements for chamber ensemble of charming, youthful serenades written originally for orchestra by Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvorák.
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Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Mozart Brahms Schubert Poulenc Colgrass Villa-Lobos Haieff Barber

Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Mozart Brahms Schubert Poulenc Colgrass Villa-Lobos Haieff Barber (Digital)

This second of four releases encompasses the contents of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players’ second commercial release, a three-LP set issued by RCA in 1968—music of Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Poulenc, Haieff, Villa-Lobos, and Colgrass. Also included, as a bonus, is the ensemble’s recording of Samuel Barber’s Summer Music, taped on May 9, 1968, but never previously released.
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Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Schubert, Brahms, Poulenc, Webern, Martinu, Dahl, Coker

Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Schubert, Brahms, Poulenc, Webern, Martinu, Dahl, Coker (Digital)

From 1964 to 1968, during their first four seasons, the original membership of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players made a series of historic recordings for RCA, including works central to the chamber music repertoire, as well as music by some of the day's leading composers.
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Boston Symphony Orchestra: Wagner and Sibelius

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Wagner and Sibelius (Digital)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons are very pleased to announce their first compact disc recording, a BSO Classics release pairing the overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser and the Symphony No. 2 of Jean Sibelius. Both works are taken from concert performances earlier this season at Symphony Hall—the Wagner from Maestro Nelsons’ inaugural concert as music director on September 27, 2014, the Sibelius from his BSO program of November 6-11.
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Harbison: Symphonies 3 & 4

Harbison: Symphonies 3 & 4 (Digital)

The Third Symphony, dating from 1990, is a compact, five-movement piece whose variety of character can be summed up by Harbison’s movement titles: Disconsolate, Nostalgic, Militant, Passionate, and Exuberant. The composer’s Fourth Symphony, written in 2004, bears the traces of his preoccupation with 1920s jazz from his years working on the opera "The Great Gatsby", but continues in a different, more “classical” direction.
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Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Schubert, Milhaud, Hindemith

Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Schubert, Milhaud, Hindemith (Digital)

From 1964 to 1968, during their first four seasons, the original membership of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players made a series of historic recordings for RCA, including works central to the chamber music repertoire, as well as music by some of the day's leading composers.
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A Boston Pops Christmas - Live from Symphony Hall - Download

A Boston Pops Christmas - Live from Symphony Hall - Download (Digital)

The album features the world-renowned musicians of the Boston Pops led by conductor Keith Lockhart, and the majestic vocals of the all-volunteer Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
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Harbison: Symphonies 5 & 6

Harbison: Symphonies 5 & 6 (Digital)

The Fifth and Sixth symphonies were both commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its music director James Levine, a champion of Harbison’s work. Under Maestro Levine’s influence, both works feature a vocal component.
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Williams: Oboe Concerto

Williams: Oboe Concerto (Digital)

In celebration of Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams's 81st birthday on February 8, 2013, the Boston Pops is releasing a new live recording of the composer's Oboe Concerto. Written for principal Pops oboist Keisuke Wakao, the Oboe Concerto is the latest John Williams work to showcase the talented musicians of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. The recording took place during the world premiere performance of the work at a Boston Pops concert at Symphony Hall on May 25, 2011.
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Harbison: Symphonies 1 & 2

Harbison: Symphonies 1 & 2 (Digital)

The vibrant, energetic First Symphony, premiered in 1984 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, was commissioned by the BSO for its centennial. Harbison’s Second Symphony, composed a few years later, is more atmospheric in character, tracing a four-movement course from dawn, through daylight and dusk, to night. These recordings were made from live performances led by James Levine in fall 2010 as part of the BSO’s two-season survey of the complete Harbison symphonies.
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Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, Fine, Carter, Piston

Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, Fine, Carter, Piston (Digital)

From 1964 to 1968, during their first four seasons, the original membership of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players made a series of historic recordings for RCA, including works central to the chamber music repertoire, as well as music by some of the day's leading composers.
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Profanes et Sacrées: 20th-Century French Chamber Music - Grammy Nominated Album! (Digital)

Profanes et Sacrées: 20th-Century French Chamber Music - Grammy Nominated Album! (Digital) (Digital)

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players' new album, Profanes et Sacrées: 20th-Century French Chamber Music, features recordings of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro for harp, accompanied by string quartet, flute, and clarinet; Henri Tomasi's Cinq Danses profanes et sacrées; Henri Dutilleux's Les Citations, for oboe, percussion, harpsichord, and double bass; Debussy's Sonata for flute, viola, and harp; and Jean Françaix's Dixtuor, for wind quintet and string quintet.
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On Willows and Birches, Concerto for Harp and Orchestra

On Willows and Birches, Concerto for Harp and Orchestra (Digital)

A previously unreleased live recording of On Willows and Birches, Concerto for Harp and Orchestra written by Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams for former BSO Principal Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, is now available for purchase. The orchestral work was recorded live at Symphony Hall on October 3, 2009 and features the Boston Symphony Orchestra led by former BSO Assistant Conductor Shi-Yeon Sung.
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Lights, Camera...Music! Six Decades of John Williams

Lights, Camera...Music! Six Decades of John Williams (Digital)

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra salute John Williams with a new CD showcasing the remarkable diversity of his film music. The selections, which date from 1968 to 2015, were recorded live in Pops concerts (May 2016 and April 2017) and encompass both the familiar (Star Wars) and the rare (The Towering Inferno, Sleepers). Lights, Camera ... Music! Six Decades of John Williams  is a must-have for movie buffs and Pops fans alike.
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Plain Song, Fantastic Dances: Chamber Music By American Composers

Plain Song, Fantastic Dances: Chamber Music By American Composers (Digital)

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players have recently released their new all-American album, Plain Song, Fantastic Dances: Chamber Music By American Composers, featuring works by Lukas Foss, William Bolcom, Michael Gandolfi, and Osvaldo Golijov. The album features world premiere recordings of Michael Gandolfi's Plain Song, Fantastic Dances, Lukas Foss's For Aaron, and William Bolcom's Serenata Notturna, as well as a recording of Osvaldo Golijov's Lullaby and Doina.
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Mozart Symphonies: 14, 18, 20, 39 and 41

Mozart Symphonies: 14, 18, 20, 39 and 41 (Digital)

This new recording tracks the creative evolution of Mozart through a series of five influential symphonies. The first three pieces, Symphonies 14, 18, and 20, were written when Mozart was only fifteen and sixteen years old. Symphonies Nos. 39 and 41, were composed in a whirlwind of creative fervor in a few weeks' time in the summer of 1788, and each is distinctly unique.
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The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers

The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers (Digital)

The Boston Pops released an album featuring the live recording of the world premiere performances of The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers, composed by Peter Boyer, which took place at Symphony Hall May 18 & 19 with guest narrators Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and Cherry Jones under the direction of Keith Lockhart.
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Celebrating Carter's Century: Highlights from the 2008 Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood

Celebrating Carter's Century: Highlights from the 2008 Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood (Digital)

Composer Elliott Carter, who turned 100 on December 11, 2008, has had a long association with James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, the BSO celebrated Carter's 100th birthday by devoting its Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music to the composer.
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TFC: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus

TFC: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Digital)

The 40th-anniversary celebration CD features works by J.S. Bach, Bruckner, Copland, Antonio Lotti, and Frank Martin, drawn from live Prelude Concert performances that took place in Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood from 1998 to 2005, under the direction of John Oliver.
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Tanglewood Music Center 75th Anniversary Archival Digitization Project

Tanglewood Music Center 75th Anniversary Archival Digitization Project (Digital)

In 2015, in honor of its 75th anniversary, the Tanglewood Music Center released forty-five recordings from its audio archive, stretching back to the inaugural season in 1940. Now, selected releases from this project are available for download here, free of charge.
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12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas (Digital)

This is the traditional "The 12 Days of Christmas" with excerpts from other popular songs skillfully integrated within the melody and lyrics! Think of it as a parody.The new arrangement by Broadway composer and arranger David Chase, was recorded live at Symphony Hall during the 2008 Holiday Pops season and features the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival chorus under the direction of Keith Lockhart.
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The Red Sox™ Album

The Red Sox™ Album (Digital)

On those soft summer nights when the excited and the expectant gather in the Cathedral that is Fenway ParkTM the roar of the crowd often floats above the old ballyard and carries across the neighborhood toward Symphony Hall where a tradition as rich as baseball plays themes of memory. Music is in the air.
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Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (Digital)

One of four stunning new live recordings of the BSO with music director James Levine, this release features Christine Schäfer (soprano), Michael Volle (baritone), James David Christie (organ), and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in a recording that reflects all of the intensity, passion, musical detail, and commitment of the performances during the 2008-09 season.
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Bolcom: Lyric Concerto; Symphony No. 8

Bolcom: Lyric Concerto; Symphony No. 8 (Digital)

The BSO has a long tradition of premiering important musical works, and James Levine has deepened that affiliation with a string of high profile and successful commissions during his tenure in Boston. Based on texts from William Blake’s Prophetic Books, William Bolcom’s Symphony No. 8 for orchestra and chorus, is an expressive, passionate, and progressive piece. Bolcom’s Lyric Concerto featuring James Galway rounds out this satisfying album.
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Mahler: Symphony No. 6

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (Digital)

James Levine is known for having a strong command and awareness of the overlying architecture of large musical works while retaining all of the shimmer and subtlety of the details, and he does just that in this live recording of Mahler’s tragic Sixth Symphony.
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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Digital)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's recording of Ravel's complete Daphnis et Chloé, won the Grammy Award in the category of Orchestral Performance at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on January 31, 2010. The Boston Symphony Orchestra continues its long tradition of producing excellent recordings of French repertoire with this new live disc of Daphnis et Chloé under James Levine, the first on the BSO's independent label-BSO Classics. SACD format.
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Oscar and Tony: Award-Winning Music From the Stage and Screen

Oscar and Tony: Award-Winning Music From the Stage and Screen (Digital)

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops released Oscar and Tony, the orchestra's third self-produced and distributed recording. Oscar and Tony includes some of the best-loved music to come out of Hollywood and Broadway in the last half-century.
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Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra: Live Performances 2006

Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra: Live Performances 2006 (Digital)

The fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center are truly the future of classical music and their performances are not only brimming with passion, energy, and devotion but extremely technically sound and musically sensitive playing.
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Mozart Chamber Music for Winds and Strings

Mozart Chamber Music for Winds and Strings (Digital)

BSO principal players bring their skill and musicianship as individual performers together for this masterful set of Mozart chamber music. Rich sonorous strings and clear full winds fill this recording with expressive weight and gorgeous sound. This is passionate and intelligent playing by some of the world's best.
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America

America (Digital)

Our recordings and July Fourth television shows have made the Boston Pops the musical instrument on which all Americans play the tunes that make them ponder and celebrate our land and our freedom, reminding us what we hold dear in our lives, most of which is embodied in one word, "America".
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Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride (Digital)

There is no time of the year like the holidays, and no other celebration is so centered around and dependent on the ongoing gift of music. "Sleigh Ride" marks Keith Lockhart's ninth recording with the Boston Pops. (Partial Album)
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - William Steinberg

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - William Steinberg (Digital)

William Steinberg was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1973, and renowned for his performances of Bruckner. The conductor is represented here by a single large work—the composer’s monumental Symphony No. 8, this recording of which is notable for its majesty, wisdom, warmth, and skill, in stunningly rich sound deriving from the original quadraphonic source.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Charles Munch

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Charles Munch (Digital)

This disc devoted to Charles Munch, BSO music director from 1949 to 1962, features him in the French repertoire he was famous for, including the Prelude to Fauré’s Pénélope; ravishing performances of Debussy’s La Mer and Ravel’s La Valse from his valedictory season as music director; Franck’s symphonic poem, Le Chasseur maudit (“The Accursed Huntsman”); and more.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Director and Principal Guest Conductors

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Director and Principal Guest Conductors (Digital)

This disc features the only three conductors ever to hold the title principal guest conductor” with the BSO. The esteemed British conductor Colin Davis is heard in a blazing performance of Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 4, the young Michael Tilson Thomas in his 1972 broadcast of the young Prokofiev's startlingly brash and extroverted Scythian Suite, and the Dutch maestro Bernard Haitink in a beautifully shaped 1992 account of Schubert's youthful Symphony No. 3.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Guest Conductors: Part 2

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Guest Conductors: Part 2 (Digital)

In this second album of BSO guests Leopold Stokowski conducts two works, the Overture to Don Giovanni and a Tchaikovsky's Hamlet (with cuts), while Rafael Kubelik brings a pioneering recording of Martinu's powerful Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano, and Timpani featuring pianist Charles Wilson and renowned BSO timpanist Everett Firth.
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From the Broadcast Archives: Encores & Rehearsals

From the Broadcast Archives: Encores & Rehearsals (Digital)

On this third album devoted to BSO guest conductors, Berlin-born Bruno Walter, always so authoritative in Haydn, leads a sparkling performance of the composer's lively and engaging Symphony No. 92, Richard Burgin, who became the longtime BSO concertmaster for Koussevitzky and Munch, leads the colorful Divertimento from Stravinsky's Fairy's Kiss ballet. Aaron Copland conducts his own musical evocation of New York, the atmospheric Music for a Great City.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Encores/Rehearsals

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Encores/Rehearsals (Digital)

This final album from the “Symphony Hall Centennial Celebration” of archival broadcasts gives us Berlioz from Seiji Ozawa and Colin Davis, some familiar Prokofiev from Charles Munch; some Holst from Bernard Haitink; music by Fauré personally chosen by Joseph Silverstein, another longtime BSO concertmaster; and a rehearsal excerpt with Leonard Bernstein preparing the BSO for the world premiere of Messiaen's Turangalîla-symphonie.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Erich Leinsdorf

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Erich Leinsdorf (Digital)

Many who played under Vienna-born Erich Leinsdorf—the BSO’s music director from 1962 to 1969— recall his special sympathy and affinity for the Slavic repertoire, memories borne out on this disc by his performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 and the Suite from Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Seiji Ozawa: Part 1

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Seiji Ozawa: Part 1 (Digital)

Seiji Ozawa was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for twenty-nine years, from 1973 to 2002, longer than any other music director in its history. Seiji himself chose the repertoire on this album not only to highlight the orchestra’s brilliant playing but also to recognize composers or works long associated with the BSO. Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Strauss' Duet Concertino are featured here.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Seiji Ozawa: Part 2

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Seiji Ozawa: Part 2 (Digital)

Seiji Ozawa was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for twenty-nine years, from 1973 to 2002, longer than any other music director in its history. Seiji himself chose the repertoire on this album not only to highlight the orchestra’s brilliant playing but also to recognize composers or works long associated with the BSO. Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, joins Trois Petites Liturgies de la Présence divine.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Guest Conductors: Part 1

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Guest Conductors: Part 1 (Digital)

This album of guest conductors includes a theatrically forward-pressing 1961 broadcast under American conductor Thomas Schippers of Verdi's overture to La Forza del destino, an intense and thrillingly virtuosic Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky led by Kiev-born Igor Markevitch in his American debut; a vivid and exciting recording of Respighi's Pines of Rome with Toscanini-protégé Guido Cantelli.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Serge Koussevitzky

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Serge Koussevitzky (Digital)

This disc celebrates the work of the legendary BSO maestro Serge Koussevitsky. One of these classic works is Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, performed here by the Boston Symphony in a recording that was never commercially released.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Pierre Monteux

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Pierre Monteux (Digital)

In this disc, music director and guest conductor Pierre Monteux conducts a collection of Romantic classics by Richard Strauss and Ralph Vaughn Williams. Monteux was familiar, not just with Strauss's music, but with Strauss himself, and it shows in the depth of understanding that he displays in this music.
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Brahms: Rhapsody for Contralto Solo, Male Chorus, and Orchestra & Ravel: Suite No. 2 from "Daphnis et Chloé"

Brahms: Rhapsody for Contralto Solo, Male Chorus, and Orchestra & Ravel: Suite No. 2 from "Daphnis et Chloé" (Digital)

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Beethoven: "Leonore" Overture No. 3; "Coriolan" Overture; "King Stephen" Overture

Beethoven: "Leonore" Overture No. 3; "Coriolan" Overture; "King Stephen" Overture (Digital)

Beethoven composed 11 overtures - four of them for various versions of his only opera Fidelio. At one time many of these overtures regularly served as concert openers, but in recent decades, beginning a program with an overture has passed out of fashion.
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Berlioz: "Béatrice et Bénédict", Comic Opera in Two Acts

Berlioz: "Béatrice et Bénédict", Comic Opera in Two Acts (Digital)

Berlioz’s valedictory work was the opera Béatrice et Bénédict, a piece he had wanted to compose for nearly 30 years; he may never have expected get around to it.
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Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 1 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25

Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 1 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25 (Digital)

Felix Mendelssohn was probably the greatest prodigy in the history of music, more even than Mozart, who eventually surpassed him - and nearly everyone else.
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Weber: Kozertstück for piano and orchestra & Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra

Weber: Kozertstück for piano and orchestra & Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra (Digital)

The Weber Konzertstück belongs to a category of short, one-movement works for piano and orchestra that have all but vanished from orchestral programs, although Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Liszt are among the many composers who contributed lively and worthy works to the genre.
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Bach: "Von Himmel Hoch" and "Magnificat" from Magnificat in D, BWV 243

Bach: "Von Himmel Hoch" and "Magnificat" from Magnificat in D, BWV 243 (Digital)

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Harbison: Symphony No. 1

Harbison: Symphony No. 1 (Digital)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's association with the music of John Harbison began in 1976 when it premiered Diotima, the composer's first orchestral work; Harbison's own association with the BSO began much earlier when he was an undergraduate at Harvard University and continued during a summer when he was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center.
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Sherman: "Peter and the Commisar"

Sherman: "Peter and the Commisar" (Digital)

Allan Sherman wrote that Peter and the Commissar, his collaboration with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops at Tanglewood, “was, I think, the most exciting night of my life, so far.”
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Brahms: "Liebeslieder Waltzes", Opus 52; "Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes", Opus 65

Brahms: "Liebeslieder Waltzes", Opus 52; "Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes", Opus 65 (Digital)

The Liebeslieder Waltzes were a follow-up to Brahms's earlier keyboard waltzes for solo piano or for piano four-hands. All of them were composed in homage to Schubert and in admiration for, and in envy of, Johann Strauss, Jr.
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Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K.183; Encore Excerpt (1937)

Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K.183; Encore Excerpt (1937) (Digital)

Mozart wrote 41 numbered symphonies and only two of them are in a minor key, the same in both instances, G minor, No. 25, which is heard here, and No. 40, K.550.
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Gershwin: "An American in Paris"

Gershwin: "An American in Paris" (Digital)

In 1924, George Gershwin, 25, a former Tin Pan Alley song-plugger with the scores for a couple of Broadway shows behind him, changed his own direction, and the history of music in America, with his first successful "crossover" piece, "Rhapsody in Blue".
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“Ellington at 100” Grieg/Ellington: Peer Gynt Suite

“Ellington at 100” Grieg/Ellington: Peer Gynt Suite (Digital)

In 1965 Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington appeared at Tanglewood with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, a concert that resulted in a best-selling RCA Victor LP.
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Wagner: "Die Walküre" & "Prelude and Liebestod" from "Tristan und Isolde"

Wagner: "Die Walküre" & "Prelude and Liebestod" from "Tristan und Isolde" (Digital)

Wagner’s operas are full of glorious music and surging orchestral climaxes. They also require the resources, and the budgets, of major opera houses to stage them.
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Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements (Digital)

The Symphony in Three Movements represents Stravinsky's response to World War II, although it is not a program symphony in the way, say, that Shostakovich's war symphonies or Prokofiev's so-called "war" piano sonatas are.
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Phyllis Curtin in Recital

Phyllis Curtin in Recital (Digital)

For her 1964 recital at Tanglewood, soprano Phyllis Curtin chose a characteristically wide-ranging and distinctive program, the second half of which is included in this release.
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Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble: Music from the Silk Road Project

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble: Music from the Silk Road Project (Digital)

Yo-Yo Ma and a group of scholars and world musicians created the Silk Road Project in 1998.
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Stravinsky: "Histoire du Soldat" (The Soldier's Tale)

Stravinsky: "Histoire du Soldat" (The Soldier's Tale) (Digital)

Igor Stravinsky composed "L'Histoire du soldat" in 1918. He was 36 years old and living in Switzerland and beginning a new life - he would not see his native Russia again until 1962.
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Rodgers & Hammerstein: "Carousel, A Concert"

Rodgers & Hammerstein: "Carousel, A Concert" (Digital)

Carousel, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, opened on Broadway on April 19, 1945.
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Mozart: Requiem

Mozart: Requiem (Digital)

Mozart died before he could finish what turned out to be his final work. He did not undertake this project because he knew it would be his last work, although during the last two weeks of his life it became clear that it would be.
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Lerner and Loewe: "My Fair Lady", arranged for singers and jazz orchestra by John Williams

Lerner and Loewe: "My Fair Lady", arranged for singers and jazz orchestra by John Williams (Digital)

In 1964 the great jazz drummer Shelly Manne (1920-1984) approached John Williams with a suggestion that Williams couldn't resist. Williams has described Manne, who needs no introduction to anyone interested in jazz, as "great, innovative, and influential." At the time, Williams was 32 years old and still best known as "Johnny Williams," jazz pianist...
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Mozart and Khatchaturian

Mozart and Khatchaturian (Digital)

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major for Violin, Viola, & orch. K. 320d and Khatchaturian: Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra - 3. Allegro Vivace
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Carter: Concerto for Orchestra

Carter: Concerto for Orchestra (Digital)

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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 (Digital)

The 36-year-old Rachmaninoff composed his Third Piano Concerto for his first tour of America in 1909; he played the premiere in New York. The work marked a major leap in ambition and accomplishment from the popular Second Concerto written eight years before.
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Schoenberg: "Gurrelieder"

Schoenberg: "Gurrelieder" (Digital)

After the triumphant premiere of Schoenberg’s "Gurrelieder" in Vienna in 1913, the composer turned his back on the audience, refusing to acknowledge the ovation.
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Takemitsu: "Riverrun" & Bernstein: "Three Movements from Mass"

Takemitsu: "Riverrun" & Bernstein: "Three Movements from Mass" (Digital)

“riverrun” is the famous first word of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, and the work to which it became the title was one of a group of four pieces by Takemitsu that were inspired by specific passages and stylistic methods in Joyce’s book.
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (Digital)

In January of 1936, Shostakovich was only 29 years old, but he had been recognized internationally as the most important of the new generation of Soviet composers for a decade.
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Copland: "El Salón México" & Clarinet Concerto

Copland: "El Salón México" & Clarinet Concerto (Digital)

Aaron Copland composed "El Salón México" between 1932 and 1936. It was the first of his orchestral works to depart from his early, modernist manner; Copland was intent on discovering a new style that would exert more popular appeal without compromising his artistic and technical standards.
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Dvorák: Trio in E minor for piano, violin, and cello, Op. 90, "Dumky" (1964 & 2008)

Dvorák: Trio in E minor for piano, violin, and cello, Op. 90, "Dumky" (1964 & 2008) (Digital)

As everyone knows, Dvorák drew on folk-music from America in some of the music he composed here, and he urged his American students and colleagues to do likewise - it wasn't just a question of using American themes but also one of composing in American idioms. And of course Dvorák had been composing in the idioms of his own native land all his life.
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Bizet: Symphony in C major & Randall Thompson: "Alleluia"

Bizet: Symphony in C major & Randall Thompson: "Alleluia" (Digital)

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Beethoven: Septet in E-flat for winds and strings, Opus 20

Beethoven: Septet in E-flat for winds and strings, Opus 20 (Digital)

In 1812, after the premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, a prospective patron asked the composer if he would be willing to write something a little more in the vein of the popular Septet he had composed in 1799.
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Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165; Concert and Opera Arias

Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165; Concert and Opera Arias (Digital)

Mozart was 16 when he composed his motet for soprano voice, "Exsultate, jubilate." It is probably the earliest work of his that is still regularly performed.
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Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (Digital)

Béla Bartók was lucky to escape alive from Hungary in 1940, but he had a difficult time in America during the last five years of his life.
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Berio: "Sinfonia" for Eight Solo Voices and Orchestra (in five movements)

Berio: "Sinfonia" for Eight Solo Voices and Orchestra (in five movements) (Digital)

Luciano Berio composed his "Sinfonia" at the invitation of Leonard Bernstein for the 125th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic.
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Hindemith: Symphony, "Mathis der Maler" ("Matthias the Painter")

Hindemith: Symphony, "Mathis der Maler" ("Matthias the Painter") (Digital)

Paul Hindemith composed his Symphony: Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter) in 1934, drawing upon music from his opera-in-progress of the same title.
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Elgar: Concerto in E minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 85

Elgar: Concerto in E minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 85 (Digital)

Edward Elgar composed his Cello Concerto in the summer of 1919. He was 62 years old and very conscious of the degree to which his music had passed out of fashion.
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Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat, K. 271

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat, K. 271 (Digital)

Mozart composed this concerto in Salzburg in January, 1777, the month in which he turned 21.
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Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 (Digital)

Beethoven communicated his last and most profound musical thoughts through the medium of the string quartet. He composed the first of his 16 quartets around 1800, the year he turned 30 – the one that was published as No.4 was probably the earliest one that Beethoven composed.
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Verdi: "Otello"

Verdi: "Otello" (Digital)

After crowning his career with the premiere of Aida in 1871, Verdi resolved to retire. He was 58 years old, and in the last decade he had written only three operas - earlier in his career he had sometimes produced that many in a single season.
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Mozart: Quartet in G minor for piano and strings & Kirchner: "Music for Twelve"

Mozart: Quartet in G minor for piano and strings & Kirchner: "Music for Twelve" (Digital)

Mozart composed his G minor Piano Quartet in 1785, at the age of 28, and basically created a new genre, although not one he pursued; the next year he composed his second and final piano quartet.
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Bach: Concerto in C minor for Two Keyboards; Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor for Flute and Strings

Bach: Concerto in C minor for Two Keyboards; Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor for Flute and Strings (Digital)

Johann Sebastian Bach spent the last 27 years of his life in Leipzig, where he held a prestigious position that involved composing, teaching, and responsibility for the music in three important churches.
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Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F (Digital)

George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' entered music history, and changed it, on February 12, 1924.
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Wagner: "Götterdämmerung": Dawn; Rhine Journey; Interlude, Act I; Prelude to Act II; Siegfried's Death; Immolation Scene

Wagner: "Götterdämmerung": Dawn; Rhine Journey; Interlude, Act I; Prelude to Act II; Siegfried's Death; Immolation Scene (Digital)

Richard Wagner did write a dozen or so concert overtures and a pair of symphonies but most of them were products of his youth and no one plays them
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Mozart: "Die Zauberflöte" (The Magic Flute), Opera in two acts, K.620

Mozart: "Die Zauberflöte" (The Magic Flute), Opera in two acts, K.620 (Digital)

Mozart conducted the opening night performance of The Magic Flute in Vienna's suburban Freihaustheater auf der Wieden on September 30, 1791.
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Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (Digital)

Johannes Brahms composed only four concertos, two for piano, one for violin, and a double concerto for violin and cello. He composed the Violin Concerto in 1878 when he was 48 for his younger friend and colleague, Joseph Joachim, who played the world premiere in Leipzig on New Year’s Day 1879, with the composer conducting.
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Berlioz: "The Damnation of Faust," Dramatic Legend, Op. 24

Berlioz: "The Damnation of Faust," Dramatic Legend, Op. 24 (Digital)

Hector Berlioz composed three major operas, but most of his other music was narrative and theatrical in character. Throughout his career, Berlioz was inspired by great dramatists, Shakespeare above all, but also Goethe, whose Faust was the source of his La Damnation de Faust.
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Kirchner: "Music for Orchestra I"

Kirchner: "Music for Orchestra I" (Digital)

Leon Kirchner was a great composer, a superb pianist, a probing conductor, and an inspiring teacher. Kirchner’s creative work as a composer lay behind all of his other activities and enriched them.
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Foss: "Time Cycle"

Foss: "Time Cycle" (Digital)

The first song in "Time Cycle", for example, is a strict canon; the second is a scherzo with ingenious sound effects. The third song is a text by Kafka, translated into German, and a line from it is a helpful aid to understanding Foss’s compositional method throughout the cycle.
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Foss: "Introductions and Goodbyes": A 9-Minute Opera

Foss: "Introductions and Goodbyes": A 9-Minute Opera (Digital)

"Introductions and Good-Byes" is the shortest of the three operas by Lukas Foss - it lasts only nine minutes.
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James Taylor And Friends

James Taylor And Friends (Digital)

The first time James Taylor performed with a live orchestra was in 1993. "It was a Rainforest Benefit in Carnegie Hall that was organized by Sting and his wife Trudy Styler," Taylor says.
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Beethoven: "Fidelio, or Conjugal Love"

Beethoven: "Fidelio, or Conjugal Love" (Digital)

Mozart, it is said, composed everything in his head before writing it down. Writing music was more of a struggle for Beethoven, and his notebooks show how hard he worked to make everything seem inevitable.
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Sauter: "Tanglewood Concerto" (world premiere); Jobim arr. Albam: "The Girl from Ipanema"

Sauter: "Tanglewood Concerto" (world premiere); Jobim arr. Albam: "The Girl from Ipanema" (Digital)

When Stan Getz was asked which of his own albums was his favorite, the great tenor saxophonist always replied, Focus (1961) – a collaboration with his friend, the arranger and composer Eddie Sauter.
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Beethoven:  The Final Three Piano Sonatas, Opp. 109, 110, 111

Beethoven: The Final Three Piano Sonatas, Opp. 109, 110, 111 (Digital)

Beethoven composed 32 piano sonatas over a period of 27 years between 1795 and 1822. They chart major evolutions in the history of the instrument and the tumultuous inner life of the composer.
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Knussen: Symphony No. 3, Op. 18 (1973/79)

Knussen: Symphony No. 3, Op. 18 (1973/79) (Digital)

The British composer Oliver Knussen (b.1952) created two astonishing symphonies while he was still a teenager. But he waited several years before embarking upon a third – and then it took him a long time to finish it.
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Copland: Orchestral Variations

Copland: Orchestral Variations (Digital)

Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood opened on Thursday, July 7, 1994 - almost 20 years ago. The program of the Gala Opening Concert, like this download series, reflected a desire to celebrate all the many dimensions of Tanglewood.
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Anjo, Ichiyanagi and Yamamoto: Three Spaces - "Ten, Chi, and Jin: Heaven, Earth, and Humankind"

Anjo, Ichiyanagi and Yamamoto: Three Spaces - "Ten, Chi, and Jin: Heaven, Earth, and Humankind" (Digital)

This download represents a project that Seiji Ozawa remains very proud of. In 1972 he visited the United Nations, where he bought a copy of Markings, the spiritual diary of Dag Hammerskjöld, the Secretary-General of the United Nations who died in an airplane crash in 1961.
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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 & Varèse: "Amériques"

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 & Varèse: "Amériques" (Digital)

Goethe's all-inclusive poetic drama Faust interested Berlioz and Mahler for different reasons. Berlioz, whose La Damnation de Faust was yesterday's stream, was attracted to what is visual, narrative, dramatic, pathetic, and emotional in Part I of Goethe's play.
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 (Digital)

Brahms's First Piano Concerto was the first great work for orchestra by the 26-year-old composer, who played the solo part in the world premiere in 1859.
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125 (Digital)

In his remarks to the audience assembled for the dedicatory concert of what is now known as the Koussevitzky Music Shed, and for a national radio audience, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Serge Koussevitzky defined the iconic status of the work he had chosen for the occasion.
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An Evening with Danny Kaye

An Evening with Danny Kaye (Digital)

Brooklyn-born Danny Kaye (1913-1987) was a unique and versatile entertainer whose career moved from Borscht Belt comedy through singing and dancing to prominence in the movies, and on Broadway, network radio, and television.
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Roussel: Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42

Roussel: Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42 (Digital)

Albert Roussel is nearly unique in the history of music in that he did not begin to take music seriously, or to envision himself as a composer, until he was 25.
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Berlioz: "Symphonie fantastique"

Berlioz: "Symphonie fantastique" (Digital)

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Berlioz: "Les Troyens", Part 1, "La Prise de Troie" (The Fall of Troy)

Berlioz: "Les Troyens", Part 1, "La Prise de Troie" (The Fall of Troy) (Digital)

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Stockhausen: "Gruppen für drei Orchester"

Stockhausen: "Gruppen für drei Orchester" (Digital)

Stockhausen: Gruppen fur drei Orchester
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Schuller: "Spectra"

Schuller: "Spectra" (Digital)

Gunther Schuller, then 31 and serving as principal horn at the Metropolitan Opera, started planning his orchestral work Spectra in 1956 and finished composing it in 1958.
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Messiaen: Turangalîla-symphonie for piano, ondes Martenot, and orchestra

Messiaen: Turangalîla-symphonie for piano, ondes Martenot, and orchestra (Digital)

When the French composer Olivier Messiaen began work on his vast Turangalîla-symphonie in 1946, he had not produced a new orchestral work since 1932.
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Mozart: Fantasy and Sonata in C Minor, K. 475/457

Mozart: Fantasy and Sonata in C Minor, K. 475/457 (Digital)

Mozart composed this piano sonata, his 14th, in October 1784; it is one of the great ones.
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Strauss: Final Scene from "Der Rosenkavalier"

Strauss: Final Scene from "Der Rosenkavalier" (Digital)

After Richard Strauss’s sensational successes with Salome and Elektra, he and his librettist for Elektra, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, produced Der Rosenkavalier in 1911.
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Brahms: Trio in A minor for clarinet, cello, and piano, Op. 114

Brahms: Trio in A minor for clarinet, cello, and piano, Op. 114 (Digital)

After the triumphant premiere of the Fourth Symphony in 1885, Brahms composed nothing for orchestra and by 1890, he thought he had retired from composing.
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Tanglewood Music Center Opening Exercises, 1963

Tanglewood Music Center Opening Exercises, 1963 (Digital)

Serge Koussevitzky, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the creator of the Tanglewood Music Center, was a visionary person. His vision for the TMC was that it should become a laboratory in which the future of music would be discovered; it was a place for innovation.
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R. Strauss: "Don Quixote," Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character, Op. 35

R. Strauss: "Don Quixote," Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character, Op. 35 (Digital)

Stravinsky was famous for observing that music couldn't be "about" anything, couldn't express anything but itself. Richard Strauss, on the other hand, once boasted that he could represent a dinner fork in music - and he could.
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Williams: Music from "Angela’s Ashes"

Williams: Music from "Angela’s Ashes" (Digital)

A modest autobiography of childhood by a 66-year-old retired New York schoolteacher made Frank McCourt an overnight celebrity in 1996.
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Haydn: Symphony No. 9 & Krenek: Concert aria "Die Nachtigall"

Haydn: Symphony No. 9 & Krenek: Concert aria "Die Nachtigall" (Digital)

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Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88

Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88 (Digital)

Dvorák composed his Symphony No. 8 in ten inspired weeks in 1899. Part of the inspiration came from wooded landscapes of rural Bohemia, where Dvorák spent as much time as he could in a house he had converted from an old granary on the grounds of the handsome country estate of his brother-in-law.
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