Serge Koussevitzky  - Tschaikowsky, Berlioz, Debussy & Corelli          (BSO Classics 441122)
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Serge Koussevitzky  - Tschaikowsky, Berlioz, Debussy & Corelli          (BSO Classics 441122)
C0008. SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY Cond. Boston S.O.: Symphony #5 in e (Tschaikowsky); Le Carnaval Romain - Overture (Berlioz); Prélude a l'après-midi d'un Faune (Debussy); Suite for Strings (Corelli) (First authorized release, [despite the fact that a release number had been assigned to it]). BSO Classics 441122, partially Unpublished, The [Victor] Sessions of 22 Nov., 1944. Transfers by Ward Marston. This is the sole issue in that which was proposed to be a highly distinguished series (which ran out of funds). Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 723722428128


“The producer of the BSO Classics issues was Brian Bell, of WGBH. He very much wanted to continue with the project. The project was to reissue all of the historic BSO recordings, from the masters and in the best possible sound."

- Kevin Mostyn

“Sergey Aleksandrovich Kusevitskii (known in the West by the French spelling of his name, Serge Koussevitzky) one of the great conductors of the twentieth century American orchestral scene and a champion of newer music, closely studied the great conductors he encountered as an orchestra player and at concerts, particularly Arthur Nikisch.

During the difficult years after the 1917 Bolshevik coup and the subsequent civil war, he continued to conduct in Moscow through 1920, when he permanently left for the West. He presented a series of concerts called Concerts Koussevitzky in Paris, again featuring new music: Ravel, Honegger, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev. These concerts included the world premiere of the Ravel orchestration of Mussorgsky's PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION; it soon became a concert staple in both Europe and America.

In 1924, Koussevitsky was chosen as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. With the BSO, he continued his tradition of championing the new music he found around him, thus giving vital exposure to great American composers, such as Copland, Barber, Bernstein, Carter, Hanson, Harris, and a host of others over the years. During the 1931 season, he commissioned a series of commemorative works for the orchestra's fiftieth anniversary, yielding a treasury that included Stravinsky's SYMPHONY OF PSALMS and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G. Beginning in 1935, he annually brought the orchestra to the summer Berkshire Festival, organized by Henry Hadley in 1934, becoming its music director and making it part of the BSO's operation. Koussevitzky established the Berkshire Music Center (now Tanglewood Music Center) in conjunction with the festival in 1940, making it into one of the premier American educational institutions where young musicians could polish their craft and network. After his wife died in 1941, Koussevitsky set up a foundation to commission works in her memory. Britten's opera PETER GRIMES was one of the first works that resulted.

Until his death in 1951, he continued to direct both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Berkshire Festival, recording frequently.

- Joseph Stevenson,