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The Great Orchestras


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The last of three repeats featuring American orchestras.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Seiji Ozawa and featuring The Boston Pops
Conducted by Arthur Fiedler
The Boston Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1881 by Henry Lee Higginson, a Boston financier. For 40 years Higginson paid all the orchestra's debts from his own pocket. Even today, the orchestra could not survive without contributions from private sources. The list of permanent conductors has included many distinguished names, but the influence of Serge Koussevitsky's dominant personality, who was Music Director from 1924 to 1949, is still felt by the orchestra today.
The music includes extracts from:
Bartok Concerto for Orchestra
Brahms Symphony No 2
Berlioz Rakoczy March
Charles Ives Central Park in the Dark
Ravel La Valse
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D
Soloist Isaac Stern
"A fascinating close-up of a great Orchestra." (Sunday Mirror)


Musicians: The Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Musicians: The Boston Pops
Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
Soloist: Isaac Stern
Producer: Ian Engelmann

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