C1906. CHRISTOPHER KEENE Cond. Syracuse S.O.: Concerto for Orchestra (Lutoslawski), Live Performance, 11-12 March, 1982,; w.GEORGE COBLE (Posthorn): 'Posthorn' Serenade in D, K.320 (Mozart), Live Performance, 7 Oct., 1977 (both Mulroy Civic Center, Syracuse, NY). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1102. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“St. Laurent Studio’s series of releases devoted to conductor Christopher Keene has revealed a gifted artist who sometimes surpassed himself. But to reach that point in my appreciation, it has taken ten installments, of which to grasp what American music lost in 1995 upon Keene’s premature death, at age 48. In retrospect, as one impressive concert after another with the Syracuse Symphony has emerged from private sources, he should be recognized as a tragic loss to the AIDS plague.
It isn’t only world-class orchestras that have a golden period. The Syracuse Symphony, which was entirely professional, enjoyed a time of remarkable music-making during Keene’s tenure as music director from 1975 to 1984.
I won’t pretend that the Syracuse Symphony rivals the Berlin Philharmonic under James Levine...but I’ve grown to respect them enormously as the Keene Edition has unfolded. The musicians knew that they were performing at a special time under a conductor of equally special gifts.”
- Huntley Dent, FANFARE