Aaron Copland Conducts The Boston Symphony 1960 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Aaron Copland - Dean of American Composers - leading the BSO in a concert of music by him, Purcell, Haydn, Schuman and Diamond.

Aaron Copland – Dean of American Composers – leading the BSO in a concert of music by Purcell, Haydn, Schuman, Diamond, and of course Copland himself.

Boston Symphony – Aaron Copland, guest Conductor – January 2, 1960 – Part 1 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Boston Symphony – Aaron Copland, guest Conductor – January 2, 1960 – Part 2 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Back to classic concerts this week. The Boston Symphony, led by the legendary Aaron Copland in a concert of his own music, as well as music by Henry Purcell, Franz Joseph Haydn, David Diamond and William Schuman.

Since it’s long (almost 2 hours), I’ve split it in half – breaking at the intermission for the second part.

Here’s what’s on the players:

Boston Symphony – Aaron Copland, Guest Conductor
Concert of January 2, 1960

Part 1 (top player):

1. Purcell: Fantasias For Strings – No. 2, No. 4, Fantasia On One Note in F Major (First BSO Performance)
2. Haydn: Symphony in C Minor – No. 95
3. Schuman: New England Triptych: Three Pieces For Orchestra After William Billings (First BSO Performance)

Part 2 (bottom player):

1. Diamond – Rounds For String Orchestra
2. Copland – First Symphony

Always a great adventure and pleasure to hear a composer conduct his own and other composers works, and this one is certainly no different.

Enjoy and play often. And, it’s Wednesday after all.

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1 Response

  1. fremaux123 says:

    So interesting to listen to Copland’s approach of traditional repertoire. A fantastic concert: Rounds is one the best works written by Diamond (I gave the French premiere of Rounds and do remember how the audience had been captivated by the quality of this impressive piece), so does the Schuman, one of my favorite American composers. THX so much Gordon !!!