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Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony
Conductor Leonard Bernstein uses colorful, earthy language in the rehearsal of this work depicting the march of Nazi invaders into Russia.
Frederick Fennell conducts the Eastman School of Music's chamber orchestra in performances of Alessandro Scarlatti's Concerto Grosso in F minor and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony no. 29 in A major; a brief introduction to these composers and works is given.
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Koussevitzky leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a rehearsal of this symphony.
Bruckner's Seventh Symphony
During this rehearsal of the second movement of Bruckner's Seventh Symphony, Koussevitzky reveals the intricate fabric of the orchestration.
Diamond and Copland Pieces
Koussevitzky talks about the composers' techniques in Diamond's "String Round" and Copland's Lincoln Portrait.
From Beethoven to Bartók
Koussevitzky leads a dress rehearsal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the first movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; Richard Burgin rehearses Bartók's Concerto for orchestra.
Koussevitzky and Piston
With the assistance of the composer, Koussevitzky conducts a rehearsal of Walter Piston's Third Symphony.
Koussevitzky conducts the Boston Symphony in a rehearsal of Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration. Commentary by Olin Downes.
Sergei Koussevitzky Conducting
The Boston Symphony and conductor Sergei Koussevitzky rehearse the Concerto for the orchestra by Carl P.E. Bach. Includes commentary by critic Olin Downes.
Sergei Koussevitzky, the Muse
Critic Olin Downes comments on this rehearsal of Koussevitzky conducting the Sixth Symphony by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony
In this rehearsal, conductor Koussevitzky's commands often seem to be part of the music itself.
Rehearsing with Leinsdorf
Erich Leinsdorf in a rehearsal of Mahler's First Symphony with the New England Conservatory's senior orchestra.
Charles Munch Conducting
Charles Munch is so amusing during this rehearsal of Ravel, Tcherepnin, and d'Indy that he has musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra helpless with laughter. Solo piano part in Tcherepnin's Second Piano Concerto played by author.
The Mastery of Charles Munch
Rehearsal of Symphony no. 2 in B-flat major by Vincent d'Indy.
Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" Symphony
Charles Munch in rehearsal with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
According to Leopold Stokowski, the conductor's task is to "try to realize what is in the soul of the composer." Here he conducts pieces by Schubert, Rachmaninoff, and Samuel Barber performed by the American Symphony Orchestra.
Maestro George Szell
A great conductor demonstrates his artistry in these rehearsals and concerts.
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Posted on 2013-06-28