Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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Active: 1914 - ; Detroit, MI
Like the city of Detroit itself, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has had to deal with many difficulties, from disintegrating venues to financial crises. But through all its trials and tribulations, the DSO has maintained a consistently high level of musicianship and technical skill, directly representative of the many distinguished conductors who have directed the group. The DSO was founded in 1914 by ten young society women who each contributed Read more $100 to the enterprise and secured $10 commitments from 100 other people. The ladies hired Weston Gales to conduct, and the DSO played its first concert on February 26, 1914. Gales' name is not much remembered in Detroit; the orchestra blossomed with the appointment of the Russian pianist Ossip Gabrilowitsch as the music director in 1918. Gabrilowitsch encouraged the construction of Orchestra Hall, which was immediately hailed for its fine acoustics. He also raised the DSO's profile nationally and internationally through concertizing and (especially) radio broadcasts. With Gabrilowitsch conducting and the famed pianist Artur Schnabel playing, the DSO took part in the world's first radio broadcast of a symphonic concert in 1922; later, the DSO was featured on the nationally broadcast Ford Symphony Hour. Unfortunately, two years after Gabrilowitsch died in 1937, Orchestra Hall was closed due to lack of funds to maintain it. The orchestra went through a difficult stretch, during which it was disbanded twice, until the 1951 hiring of French conductor Paul Paray. Paray's mastery of French repertoire brought international attention to the DSO; during his tenure, some claimed the world's best French orchestra was actually in Detroit. He was succeeded by the distinguished musician Sixten Ehrling, but then the orchestra went through another down period in the 1970s. Antal Dorati, the fine Czech conductor, was brought in to lead in 1977, but financial problems crippled the orchestra. These problems continued through 1987, when the orchestra's cumulative deficits reached $8 million; its endowment was only $14 million. The musicians stopped work for 12 weeks, claiming that both management and current music director Gunther Herbig were inept. Finally, both sides made concessions; Herbig was dismissed, and replaced with the esteemed Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi, while the orchestra's musicians accepted a substantial pay cut. Meanwhile, a group called Save Orchestra Hall had staved off numerous attempts by the city to demolish the now-decrepit structure, and managed to raise enough funds to restore it to its former glory. In 1989, the DSO moved back in. With Järvi's creative, stimulating direction drawing in the ticket buyers, and the glorious old-new hall proving an eminently suitable recording venue, the DSO took steps toward financial rejuvenation. Thankfully, the DSO never lost its artistic distinction; those who expect Detroit to be incapable of producing a distinguished orchestra are always surprised by the DSO's precise playing, tonal beauty, and ability to convey emotion. The DSO recorded for Chandos with Järvi and is currently heard nationally on General Motors' nationally broadcast Mark of Excellence radio series.

In 2003, the DSO successfully opened the Max M. Fischer Music Center, which includes the modernized Orchestra Hall, a second performance hall, and an education center, even as Järvi announced his departure at the end of the 2004-2005 season. Read less

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Active: 1914 - ; Detroit, MI
Like the city of Detroit itself, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has had to deal with many difficulties, from disintegrating venues to financial crises. But through all its trials and tribulations, the DSO has maintained a consistently high level of musicianship and technical skill, directly representative of the many distinguished conductors who have directed the group. The DSO was founded in 1914 by ten young society women who each contributed Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo - Moderato - Allegro vivace - L'istesso tempo - Allegro molto
II. Allegro animato - Meno mosso - Tempo I
III. Larghetto - Piu mosso - Largo un poco - Con moto - Tempo I
IV. Allegro con fuoco - Marciale - Con animo - Allegro mosso - Allegro con fuoco - Presto - Largo
I. Introduction: Moderato (Tempo di valzer) - Espressivo un poco rubato
II. Allegretto con tenerezza (Un poco rubato)
III. Scherzando - Moderato
IV. Pas de trois: Lento
V. Con brio
VI. Con moto
VII. Molto ritmico - Coda - Come prima - Moderato
I. Lento - Allegro moderato
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Allegro
I. Non allegro
II. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
III. Lento assai - Allegro vivace - Lento assai - Come prima - Allegro vivace
I. Largo - Allegro moderato
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro vivace
Introduction
Kashchei's enchanted garden
Appearance of the Firebird pursued by Ivan Tsarevich
Dance of the Firebird
Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird
Supplication of the Firebird
Game of the Princesses with the golden apples
Sudden appearance of Ivan Tsarevich
Round dance of the Princesses
Daybreak
Magic carillon, appearance of Kashchei's guardian monsters and capture of Ivan Tsarevich
Dance of Kashchei's retinue under the spell of the Firebird
Infernal dance of all Kashchei's subject's
Lullaby of the Firebird
Collapse of Kashchei's palace and dissolution of all enchantments - Reanimation of the petrified prisoners - General rejoicing
Part 1: L'Adoration de la Terre
Part 2: Le Sacrifice
I. Andante - Allegro con anima
II. Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza
III. Valse: Allegro moderato
IV. Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony" - 1a. Adagio - Allegro moderato -
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony" - 1b. Poco adagio
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony" - 2a. Allegro moderato - Presto - Allegro moderato
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony" - 2b. Maestoso - Piů allegro - Molto allegro
Paray: Mass for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc - 1. Kyrie
Paray: Mass for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc - 2. Gloria
Paray: Mass for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc - 3. Sanctus - Benedictus
Paray: Mass for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc - 4. Agnus Dei
Lalo: Namouna, Suite No.1 - 1. Prélude
Lalo: Namouna, Suite No.1 - 2. Sérénade
Lalo: Namouna, Suite No.1 - 3. Thčme varié
Lalo: Namouna, Suite No.1 - 4. Parades de foire
Lalo: Namouna, Suite No.1 - 5. Fęte foraine
Chausson: Symphony in B flat, Op.20 - 1. Lent - Allegro vivo
Chausson: Symphony in B flat, Op.20 - 2. Trčs lent
Chausson: Symphony in B flat, Op.20 - 3. Animé - Trčs animé
Ibert: Escales - Rome - Palermo (Calme)
Ibert: Escales - Tunis - Nefta (Modéré trčs rythmé)
Ibert: Escales - Valencia (Animé)
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole M.54 - 1. Prélude ŕ la nuit
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole M.54 - 2. Malagueńa
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole M.54 - 3. Habanera
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole M.54 - 4. Feria
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin M.68a - 1. Prélude
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin M.68a - 2. Forlane
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin M.68a - 3. Menuet
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin M.68a - 4. Rigaudon
Bizet: Carmen Suite (excerpts from suites nos. 1 & 2) - Prélude
Bizet: Carmen Suite (excerpts from suites nos. 1 & 2) - La garde montante
Bizet: Carmen Suite (excerpts from suites nos. 1 & 2) - Les dragons d'Alcala
Bizet: Carmen Suite (excerpts from suites nos. 1 & 2) - Intermezzo
Bizet: Carmen Suite (excerpts from suites nos. 1 & 2) - Aragonaise
Bizet: Carmen Suite (excerpts from suites nos. 1 & 2) - Les toréadors
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.1 - Prélude
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.1 - Minuetto
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.1 - Adagietto
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.1 - Carillon
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.2 - Arranged by E. Guiraud (1837-1892) - Pastorale
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.2 - Arranged by E. Guiraud (1837-1892) - Intermezzo
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.2 - Arranged by E. Guiraud (1837-1892) - Menuet
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.2 - Arranged by E. Guiraud (1837-1892) - Farandole
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 1. Les Nubiennes, valse (Allegretto)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 2. Adagio
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 3. Danse antique (Allegretto)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 4. Variations de Cléopatre (Moderato maestoso)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 5. Les Troyennes (Moderato con moto)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 6. Variations du miroir (Allegretto)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 7. Danse de Phryné (Allegro vivo)
Gounod: Faust - Concert version - Act 2 - Waltz from Act II
I. Allegro vivo
II. Adagio - Andante - Adagio molto
III. Vivace
IV. Allegro con spirito
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante -
III. Allegro
I. Lento - Allegro con brio
II. Lento molto
III. Allegro scherzando
IV. Allegro molto
Copland: Rodeo - 1. Buckaroo Holiday
Copland: Rodeo - 2. Corral Nocturne
Copland: Rodeo - 3. Saturday Night Waltz
Copland: Rodeo - 4. Hoe-Down
I. Jubilee
II. Noel
III. Hobgoblin: Scherzo capriccioso
IV. A Vagrom Ballad
I. Allegro
II. Adagio molto [sostenuto]
III. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Allegro molto
I. Andante moderato
II. Allegro
III. Adagio cantabile
IV. Lento maestoso
V. Allegro molto vivace
I. The Bond of Africa
II. Hope in the Night
III. O, le' me shine, shine like a Morning Star!
I. Spring
II. Meander
III. Giggling Rapids
IV. Lake
V. Vortex
VI. Riba
VII. Village Virgins
I. De l'aube a midi sur la mer
II. Jeux de vagues
III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
I. Anime
II. Tres modere - Vif
III. Modere
IV. Vif
V. Modere
VI. Vif
VII. Lent
VIII. Vif
I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
I. Introduzione e fuga: Andante sostenuto - Moderato e con anima
II. Divertimento: Allegro moderato
III. Intermezzo: Andante semplice
IV. Marche Miniature: Moderato con moto
V. Scherzo: Allegro con moto
VI. Gavotte: Allegro
I. Jeu de sons: Andantino un poco rubato
II. Valse: Moderato tempo di valse
III. Scherzo burlesque: Vivace, con spirito
IV. Reves d'enfant: Andante molto sostenuto
V. Danse baroque: Vivacissimo
I. Elegie: Andantino molto cantabile
II. Valse melancolique: Allegro moderato
III. Scherzo: Presto
IV. Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto -
IV. Variazione 1 -
IV. Variazione 2: Molto piu mosso -
IV. Variazione 3: Tempo del tema -
IV. Variazione 4: Tempo del tema -
IV. Variazione 5: Allegro risoluto -
IV. Variazione 6: Allegro vivace -
IV. Variazione 7: Moderato -
IV. Variazione 8: Largo -
IV. Variazione 9: Allegro molto vivace -
IV. Variazione 10: Allegro vivo e un poco rubato -
IV. Variazione 11: Moderato mosso -
IV. Variazione 12: Finale: Polacca: Moderato assai
I. Gigue: Allegro -
II. Menuet: Moderato
III. Preghiera: Andante non tanto
IV. Tema con variazioni: Allegro giusto -
IV. Variazione 1 -
IV. Variazione 2 -
IV. Variazione 3 -
IV. Variazione 4 -
IV. Variazione 5 -
IV. Variazione 6 -
IV. Variazione 7 -
IV. Variazione 8 -
IV. Variazione 9: Adagio -
IV. Variazione 10: Allegro vivo
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante, un poco mosso
III. Presto, senza battuta
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro assai
III. Adagio non troppo
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco e vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo and Trio: Presto
IV. Finale: Allegro energico
I. Allegro inquieto
II. Allegro con fuoco - Adagio
III. Scherzo and Trio: Vivo e grazioso
IV. Allegro maestoso - Allegro vivace


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