Friday, July 20, 2012

Aide Memoire: Attended U.S. Premiere By Philadephia Orchestra With Maurizio Pollini And Claudio Abbado Of Luigi Nono's "Como una ola de fuerza y luz" On February 16, 1973

But missed the American premiere of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15 with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy on September 29, 1972 -- being away in Berlin with my youth orchestra (and hearing the Moscow Conservatory Orchestra perform Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9).

[UPDATE:  Just heard on CD the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15 as recorded on October 4 and 5, 1972 at Philadelphia's Scottish Rite Cathedral.

World premiere recordings made by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy's baton included:
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 10. Columbia, November 1965. First commercial recording of all five movements, using Deryck Cooke's performing version;
  • Sergei Prokofiev, Alexander Nevsky, Jennie Tourel (mezzo-soprano), Westminster Choir. RCA Victor, May 1945;
  • Prokofiev, Symphony No. 6. Columbia, January 1950;
  • Prokofiev, Symphony No. 7. Columbia, April 1953;
  • Dmitri Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1, Mstislav Rostropovich (cello). Columbia, November 1959.
Ormandy also conducted the premiere American recordings of Paul Hindemith's Mathis der Maler symphony, Carl Orff's Catulli Carmina, Shostakovich's Symphonies 4, 13, 14, and 15, Carl Nielsen's Symphonies 1 & 6, Anton Webern's Im Sommerwind, Krzysztof Penderecki's Utrenja.]


Ginestera Turbae ad Passionem Gregorianam op. 43 (1974) 60'
for three Gregorian singers (T,B,BBar), boys' (or treble) choir, chorus, and orchestra

Music Text
Vulgate and Liber Usualis (L)

2.picc.3.3(III=Ebcl,bcl).2.dbn(=bnIII)- pft(=cel)
-organ-strings perc1:flexatone/t.bells/xyl/5bongos/5cowbells/3susp.cym/
maracas/whip/tamb perc2:glsp/
6gong/5tom-t/guiro/ratchet/5wdbl perc3:3tam-t/large wooden dr/ratchet/whip/tamb/perc4:crot/2cyms/tgl/ratchet/

World premiere by the Philadelphia Orchestra in March 1975 [check]

American premiere of Nicholas Maw's "Arias and Scenes" by the Philadephia Orchestra in late Sept 1974. [A month before Ives's Holidays Symphony?]

Philadelphia Orchestra 75th Anniversary Season [1974-75] included works by Maw, Ives, Panufnik, Berger, Henze, Ligeti, Ginestera, and Schoenberg. [The Philadelphia Orchestra was commemorating Schoenberg's 100th Anniverary.]


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