Semper Fidelisby John Philip Sousa Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: circa 1888; USA Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs.
Stars and Stripes Foreverby John Philip Sousa Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1897; USA Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs.
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Great Tribute To The Fiedler LegacyMay 10, 2014By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"In these 3 CD's, one finds a compelling justification for the reverence and respect which Arthur's Fiedler's artistic legacy still generates. As conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra for decades, he established and developed a tradition of 'lighter' orchestral fare with which the famous Pops concerts could be constructed. All one has to do is listen to these disks, continuing a total of 45 selections recorded over several decades, to appreciate the supreme quality of the Boston Pops Orchestra and the obvious attachment it had to its illustrious conductor. Simply put, Arthur Fiedler's magnificent career constitutes a priceless contribution to the American orchestral tradition, and this excellent collection is a fitting tribute to his memory. CD#1 contains an eclectic set of tunes from movies, TV shows, Broadway, some traditional light classical waltzes, and finally several works which the Boston Pops has made into signature pieces (e. g.- Jalousie, The Syncopated Clock). Excellent work, all in all (although the Peter Gunn theme was somewhat disjointed and a little bit too raucous for my ear). CD#2 is a potpourri of light classical works, such as Suppe's Light Cavalry Overture and Falla's Ritual Fire Dance. Great stuff on this disk, the sound quality is excellent, and the BPO rises to the level of world class with these selections. CD#3 contains 17 marches, ranging from Verdi's Grand March from 'Aida' to one of the BPO's signature works, Sousa's 'Stars and Stripes Forever.' Most are presented in excellent 1960's and 1970's analog sound, but 4 tracks (Sousa's The Thunderer, High School Cadets, El Capitan, and Boston Commandery) appear to be from the 1940's or 1950's, as the sound quality here is noticeably lower, although still quite listenable. In summary, this musical compendium justly qualities as essential listening for all fans of the classical pops genre, and it merits a place in any classical music collection of any persuasion. Try it- I'm sure you'll love it, and if you listen carefully, you just might hear a wonderfully nuanced chuckle- that's Arthur Fiedler winking at you through his music. Strong recommendation!"Report Abuse