TMC75 Archival Recording Project - Downloads

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the Tanglewood Music Center releases free downloads and streams of recordings drawn from the wealth of material housed in the BSO audio archives 
These recordings are now offered as free direct downloads, or streams in the BSO Media Center.

The Tanglewood Music Center 75th Anniversary Archival Digitization Project is made possible through the generosity of Cynthia and Robert J. Lepofsky, Joyce Linde, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, with additional support from the GRAMMY Foundation ®.

About the TMC75 Archival Recording Project


TMC 75 Downloads Currently Available:

KOUSSEVITZKY Opening Exercises Speech (7/8/1940)
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BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique / Koussevitzky (7/19/1940)
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BERG Wozzeck / Leinsdorf (8/17/1969)
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BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4 / Tennstedt (8/27/1977)
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MENDELSSOHN Octet (8/16/2009)
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MENDELSSOHN Sextet in D major / TMC Fellows (7/19/2009)
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MAHLER (arr. Schoen.) Songs of a Wayfarer (7/12/2009)
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RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances / Asbury (7/11/2011)
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HAYDN Symphony No. 44 (8/17/2014)
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BSOAbout the TMC75 Archival Recording Project

Recordings are published in the form of a "virtual concert" comprised of several performances from throughout the TMC's history, surveying both vintage and modern eras, symphonic and operatic genres, music for smaller ensembles, and the contemporary music that has been central to the TMC's mission for 75 years. In many cases, the releases will specifically relate to the activities at the TMC that very week.

These releases represent and pay tribute to the myriad luminaries who have made the TMC one of the world's most renowned  educational centers for young musicians, including among its leadership Serge Koussevitsky, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Boris Goldovsky, Erich Leinsdorf, Seiji Ozawa, Gunther Schuller, and Leon Fleischer, to name only a few.  Additionally, this project highlights many of the great guest conductors who have led the TMC Orchestra, including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Kurt Masur, and  Michael Tilson Thomas; students who went on to become BSO members, TMC faculty members, or other prominent members of the musical community; composers who enjoy a close association with the TMC; and other distinguished musicians who regularly collaborate with the TMC. 

The bulk of this material, especially recordings from before 1995, has been drawn from reel-to-reel tapes and re-mastered for publication to the web.  Although material prior to 1975 is scarce, and material prior to 1960 is quite rare, several recordings from the historic early years from Library of Congress exist. These include: the 1949 US premiere of Britten's Albert Herring, a 1948 performance of excerpts from Mozart's La clemenza di Tito featuring legendary TMC faculty member Phyllis Curtin, and three TMC Orchestra performances from the inaugural 1940 season, conducted by Paul Hindemith, Koussevitsky, and Bernstein.

The small sample exhibited in this project represents just a small fraction of the fascinating audio material contained in the BSO archives.  The generous grants from both the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions and the Grammy Foundation will make it possible to transfer the entire body of old TMC Orchestra recordings from reel-to-reel tape to a digital format.  

This project would not have been possible without the help of many people, especially the project sponsors Cynthia and Robert J. Lepofsky and Joyce Linde, as noted above. Thanks also to Bridget Carr, Barbara Perkel, and the entire team in the BSO Archives; colleagues at BSO who gave invaluable suggestions as to memorable performances; those who lent their ears to this project in evaluating recordings; Nick Squire for mastering content and George Blood Audio for performing reel-to-reel transfers; and the dozens of conductors, instrumentalists, and singers - or the heirs or estates - who have generously and graciously allowed their performances to be included in this project.


Michael Nock
TMC Associate Director for Student Affairs