Seattle Symphony Orchestra

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Active: December 29, 1903 - ; Seattle, WA
The Seattle Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1903, its first concert taking place December 29 that year at Christensen's Hall, led by violinist/conductor Harry West. The ensemble consisted of just 24 musicians that night, but expanded to 52 in 1907 when the Seattle Symphony Society was established and incorporated. That organization appointed a new conductor, Philadelphia native Michael Kegrize, and the orchestra was given a new home the Read more following year at the newly built Moore Theatre. It had been giving performances in the Grand Opera House as of 1906. In 1909, Henry Hadley was appointed music director and by the following year, he had more than doubled the number of concerts and increased the size of the ensemble to 65. He also attracted major artists to perform with the orchestra, including Fritz Kreisler and Josef Hofmann. Despite these improvements, the orchestra often struggled to attract sufficient support and critical recognition. In 1911, John Spargur was appointed to succeed the departing Hadley and the orchestra was renamed the Seattle Philharmonic and given a new concert venue, the Metropolitan Theatre. Continued woes plagued the orchestra and it reorganized in 1919, reverting to its original name of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Spargur remained music director of the ensemble, now consisting of 85 musicians who performed at the University of Washington's Meany Hall. More financial and organizational problems ensued and the group lost its professional status. In 1921-1923, Madame Davenport-Engberg led the SSO, which had to disband at the end of her tenure. In 1926, it reorganized once more, as Karl Krueger was appointed conductor of the now 65-member ensemble. In 1932, the orchestra began its first radio broadcasts under new director Basil Cameron, but because of the national depression and other financial concerns, the season schedule had to be reduced. Still, the orchestra rebounded and took its first West Coast tour in 1935, highlighted by a series of broadcasts over CBS radio. In the period of 1938 to 1954, the orchestra had five music directors, the second of these being one of the most prominent from the first half of the twentieth century, Sir Thomas Beecham (1941-1943). Beecham's reign produced sold-out concerts, but his jesting remarks about the orchestra's abilities created much controversy. Milton Katims was appointed music director in 1954 and enjoyed the longest tenure of any conductor in the orchestra's history. He introduced many new works and attracted some of the finest artists in the world, even drawing an appearance from Igor Stravinsky in 1962. Under Katims, revenues more than quadrupled, many recordings were made, and the orchestra's reputation grew in stature. Though he remained the musical director until 1979, Katims surrendered the conductorship in 1976 to Rainer Miedél. His tenure was mostly successful, weathering a strike in 1979, and touting a highly acclaimed European tour in 1981. Following Miedél's death in 1983, Gerard Schwarz was appointed principal conductor in 1984, then music director in 1985. He is largely responsible for bringing greater recognition to the orchestra through frequent appearances on PBS and a spate of successful recordings. In the early 1990s, the SSO received a string of Grammy nominations. Gerard Schwarz has also introduced many new works: in the 2000-01 season, for example, he presented four new major compositions, including Nanking! Nanking! by Bright Sheng, a U.S. premiere. On September 12, 1998, the Seattle Symphony gave its first performance in its new home at Benaroya Hall. Read less
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Grimsley, Mellor, Blythe, Vinke, Fisch, Seattle Opera
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 2313   Number of Discs: 14
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Biography

Active: December 29, 1903 - ; Seattle, WA
The Seattle Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1903, its first concert taking place December 29 that year at Christensen's Hall, led by violinist/conductor Harry West. The ensemble consisted of just 24 musicians that night, but expanded to 52 in 1907 when the Seattle Symphony Society was established and incorporated. That organization appointed a new conductor, Philadelphia native Michael Kegrize, and the orchestra was given a new home the Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Adagio - Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Molto vivace
IV. Allegro con fuoco
I. Einleitung und Lied des Troubadour
II. Tuchkaufer und Bettler
III. Der Ritter
IV. Marsch
V. Erscheinung der drei Frauen
VI. Festmusik
VII. Schluss des Festes
VIII. Meditation
IX. Geigenspiel. Der Wolf
X. Kargliche Hochzeit
XI. Incipiunt laudes creaturarum
I. Passacaille: Andante
II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
III. Intermezzo: Lento
IV. Finale, con variazioni: Largamente - Allegro - Scherzo - Lento
I. Andante moderato
II. Allegro
III. Adagio cantabile
IV. Lento maestoso
V. Allegro molto vivace
I. Allegro non tanto
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo: Presto
IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito
I. Andante
II. Allegro - Moderato - Tempo I
III. Moderato - Con moto - Tempo I
IV. Allegro
V. Adagio - Presto - Tempo I
VI. Scherzo and Trio
VII. Moderato
Overture
Serenata: Mentre l'erbetta - Larghetto - Scherzino - Allegro - Andantino - Allegro (Tenor)
Allegretto: Contento forse vivere - Allegro assai - Allegro (alla breve): Con queste paroline - Andante: Sento dire no'nce pace - Allegro: Nce sta quaccuna po' - Presto: Una te fa la 'nzemprece - Larghetto (Soprano, Tenor, Bass)
Allegro alla breve - Tarantella
Andantino: Se tu m'ami - Allegro (Soprano)
Gavotta con due variazioni: Allegro moderato
Vivo
Tempo di minuetto: Pupillette, fiammette d'amore - Finale: Allegro assai (Soprano, Tenor, Bass)
I. Allegro tranquillo (Dreams of a Winter Journey)
II. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto (Land of Desolation, Land of Mists)
III. Scherzo: Allegro scherzando giocoso
IV. Finale: Andante lugubre - Allegro maestoso
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
II. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato
III. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto vivace
IV. Finale: Moderato assai - Allegro vivo
Introduction
Scene 1: Night. Kastchei's Enchanted Garden
Scene 1: The Firebird enters, pursued by Ivan Tsarevich
Scene 1: The Firebird's Dance
Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird
Scene 1: The Firebird begs to be released - Entrance of the Thirteen Enchanted Princesses
Scene 1: The Princesses play with the golden apples (Scherzo) - Ivan Tsarevich appears
Scene 1: The Princesses' Khorovod (Round Dance)
Scene 1: Daybreak
Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich, entering Kastchei's palace ... - The entrance of Kastchei the Immortal - Dialogue between Kastchei and Ivan Tsarevich - The Princesses plead for mercy - The Firebird enters
Scene 1: Dance of Kastchei's retinue under the Firebird's magic spell
Scene 1: Infernal Dance of Kastchei and his subjects under the Firebird's magic spell
Scene 1: The Firebird's Lullaby - Kastchei awakens - Kastchei's death - Profonds tenebres
Scene 2: Kastchei's spell is broken, his palace disappears, and the Petrified Knights return to life. General Thanksgiving ...
Tableau 1: The Shrove-Tide Fair
Tableau 2: 's Cell
Tableau 3: The Moor's Cell
Tableau 4: The Shrove-Tide Fair (evening)
Introduction
Marche chinoise
Le Chant du rossignol
Le Jeu du Rossignol mecanique
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Introduction -
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls -
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction -
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds -
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage -
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction -
Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls -
Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One -
Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors -
Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors -
Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance
I. Tempo giusto
II. Allegretto
III. Con moto
No. 1. Burlesco
No. 2. Humoresque
No. 3. Satirico
No. 4. Sarcasmo
No. 5. Ironico
No. 6. Fantastico
No. 7. Triste: Jazzy
No. 8. Enigmatico
Der Held (The Hero) - Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero's Enemies) - Des Helden Gefahrtin (The Hero's Companion) -
Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero's Field of Battle) - Des Helden Friedenswerke (The Hero's Works of Peace) - Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (The Hero's Retreat from the World and Fulfilment)
Einleitung
Von den Hinterweltlern
Von der grossen Sehnsucht
Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften
Das Grablied
Von der Wissenschaft
Der Genesende
Das Tanzlied
Das Nachtlied
Nachtwandlerlied
Part I: Introduction -
Part I: Scherzo -
Part I: Massig langsam (Wiegenlied) -
I. Lebhaft
II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam
III. Sehr Lebhaft
I. Allegro moderato -
II. Sehr langsam -
III. Presto
I. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo: Molto vivace
IV. Allegro animato e grazioso
I. Sostenuto assai
II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
III. Adagio espressivo
IV. Allegro molto vivace
I. Lebhaft
II. Scherzo: Sehr massig
III. Nicht schnell
IV. Feierlich
V. Lebhaft
I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam
III. Scherzo: Lebhaft
IV. Langsam: Lebhaft
I. Allegro affettuoso
II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro vivace
I. Andante espressivo - Allegro
II. Grazioso
III. Finale: Andante - Presto
I. Andante
II. Spirit Lake: Allegro
III. Volcano: Adagio - Allegro
I. Allegro robusto
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro assai
I. Sinfonia: Maestoso con moto - Allegro - Maestoso con moto come I
I. Allegretto un poco agitato -
I. Adagio religioso
II. Alles was Odem hat (Chorus) - Lobe den Herrn meine Seele (Soprano, Chorus)
III. Recitative: Saget es, die ihr erlost seid - Er zahlet unsre Tranen (Tenor)
IV. Sagt es, die ihr erloset seid (Chorus)
V. Ich harrete des Herrn (2 Sopranos, Chorus)
VI. Stricke des Todes hatten uns umfangen (Tenor) - Wir riefen in der Finsternis (Tenor) - Die Nacht ist vergangen (Soprano)
VII. Die Nacht ist vergangen (Chorus)
VIII. Chorale: Nun danket alle Gott (Chorus)
IX. Drum sing' ich mit meinem Liede (Soprano, Tenor)
X. Ihr Volker! bringet her dem Herrn (Chorus)
I. Folk Dance
II. A Scene
III. Madrigal
IV. Minuet
V. Masks
VI. Romeo and Juliet
VII. The Death of Tybalt
I. Montagues and Capulets
II. The Young Girl Juliet
III. Friar Lawrence
IV. Danse
V. Romeo with Juliet before Parting
VI. Dance of the Antillian Girls
VII. Romeo at the Tomb of Juliet
Part I
Part II
Part III
I. Kezdodik a mese (The Fairy Tale Begins)
II. Becsi harangjatek (Viennese Musical Clock)
III. Dal (Song)
IV. Napoleon csataja (The Battle and Defeat of Napoleon)
V. Kozjatek (Intermezzo)
VI. A csaszari udvar bevonulasa (Entrance of the Emperor and his Court)
I. A tempo giusto
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
V. Allegro
I. Largo affetuoso
II. A tempo giusto
III. Musette: Larghetto
IV. Allegro
V. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Larghetto
IV. Allegro
V. Minuet
VI. Gigue
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Un poco andante
III. Allegro di molto
Act I: Sinfonia
Act I: Oh, the pleasures of the plain (Chorus, Acis, Galatea)
Act I: Accompagnato: Ye verdant plains and woody mountains (Galatea)
Act I: Aria: Hush, ye pretty warbling quire (Galatea)
Act I: Aria: Where shall I seek the charming fair (Acis)
Act I: Recitative: Stay, shepherd, stay (Damon)
Act I: Aria: Shepherd, what art thou pursuing (Damon)
Act I: Recitative: Lo! here my love (Acis)
Act I: Aria: Love in her eyes sits playing (Acis)
Act I: Recitative: Oh! didst thou know the pains of absent love (Galatea)
Act I: Aria: As when the dove laments (Galatea)
Act I: Duet: Happy we! (Acis, Galatea, Chorus)
Act II: Mourn, all ye muses (Chorus)
Act II: Aria: Must I my Acis still bemoan (Galatea, Chorus)
Act II: Recitative: 'Tis done: thus I exert my pow'r divine (Galatea)
Act II: Aria: Heart, the seat of soft delight (Galatea)
Act II: Galatea, dry thy tears (Chorus)
Part I
Part II
Part III
I. Into the World's Night
II. Epiphany
III. My Hero Bares His Nerves
Part I
Part II
I. The Nativity
II. The Crucifixion
III. The Resurrection
I. Sunrise
II. The Painted Desert
III. On the Trail
IV. Sunset
V. Cloudburst
I. Praludium
II. Sarabande
III. Gavotte and Musette
IV. Air
V. Rigaudon
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato
I. Gjaetergut (Shepherd Boy)
II. Gangar (Norwegian march)
III. Notturno (Nocturne)
IV. Troldtog (March of the Dwarfs)
I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
II. The Kalender Prince
III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
IV. Festival at Baghdad - The Sea
No. 1. Prelude
No. 2. Love Duet
No. 3. Little Smary
No. 4. The Love of My Life
No. 5. Greeting
No. 6. Oif Mayn Khas'ne (At My Wedding)
No. 7. Mr. and Mrs. Webb Say Goodnight
No. 8. Nachspiel