Arthur Fiedler

The Arthur Fiedler Legacy: Symphonic Spectacular

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AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

This double-CD set represents the classical cream of Arthur Fiedler's final decade of recording with the Boston Pops, for Decca and Deutsche Grammophon. Although the Pops by then were just as likely to be doing orchestral arrangements of music from Broadway shows, movies, or contemporary popular songwriters (from Melanie to the Bee Gees), they didn't neglect the classical side of their repertoire, and the state-of-the-art recording facilities of the two labels (long since merged) made these especially rewarding as listening experiences. What may prove surprising to some listeners is the sheer range of Fiedler's repertoire, which extends up from the expected Baroque (Bach), romantic (Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Dvorák, et al.), and post-romantic (Vaughan Williams) to the modern era, encompassing Shostakovich (Festive Overture) and Ginastera (Danza Final). The playing is excellent, and if the interpretations aren't exactly daring or challenging, they're at least spot-on as representations of the pieces at hand, crowd-pleasers all. The tapes have also held up very well and, as with other releases in this series, the reissues are of audiophile quality.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Arthur Fiedler 05:38 Amazon
A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61
2 Arthur Fiedler 05:40 Amazon
3 Arthur Fiedler 09:45 Amazon
4 Arthur Fiedler 03:23 Amazon
Easter Oratorio (Oster-Oratorium: "Kommt, eilet und laufet"), BWV 249 (BC D8)
5 Arthur Fiedler 04:19 Amazon
Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
6 Arthur Fiedler 03:54 Amazon
7 Arthur Fiedler 03:04 Amazon
Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
8 Arthur Fiedler 04:18 Amazon
9 Arthur Fiedler 03:58 Amazon
Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3)
10 Arthur Fiedler 04:44
English Folk Song Suite, for orchestra (orchestrated by G. Jacob)
11 Arthur Fiedler 03:35 Amazon
12 Arthur Fiedler 03:43 Amazon
13 Arthur Fiedler 03:53 Amazon
14 Arthur Fiedler 15:11 Amazon
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