Click on the link here for Audio Player – NBC Radio – The Boston Symphony In Rehearsal – Charles Munch,Cond. – Ruth Posselt, violin – March 21, 1951 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Continuing our series of Boston Symphony Rehearsals (apologies for last week’s no-show). This week it’s the BSO under Music Director Charles Munch and the legendary American violinist Ruth Posselt in a rehearsal of Ernst Bloch‘s Baal Shem (Pictures of Hassidic Life in 3 Movements).
Sadly, all but forgotten now, save for collectors and serious violin students, Ruth Posselt was one of the great violinists of the 20th Century. The dedicatee of numerous violin works throughout her career, she was highly regarded and widely admired by colleagues and audiences alike. The fact that she made virtually no commercial recordings may have been one factor in her being unfairly ignored by present-day audiences. Luckily, many of her live concert recordings have been preserved and circulated over the years – so there is documented proof of just how great she was. But as is the case with many glimpses, you wish there was a vast catalog to pore over. Unfortunately, no.
In addition to the Bloch rehearsal, there is time left to rehearse Haydn’s Drum Roll Symphony, which concludes the all-too-brief half hour.
As always, a glimpse into the inner-workings of an orchestra – the added bonus this week of Orchestra with Soloists is an added attraction.
Enjoy and come back next week.