PostClassical- Are Orchestras Really "Better then Ever"?

Feb 10, 2017

In conversation with Bill McGlaughlin, Joe Horowitz takes issue with RIcardo Muti’s claim, sampling astounding recordings from the past.

Listening Guide: PART ONE:1:13 — Muti’s claim14:13 — Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, movement 1, performed by Arthur Nikisch and the Berlin Philharmonic (1913)28:43 — Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, movement 2, performed by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra (1932)52:01 — Mussorgky/Ravel “Pictures at an Exhibition,” performed by Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony (1943)1:05:14 — Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, performed by Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony (1943) PART TWO:3:27 — Verdi’s Prelude to “La Traviata,” performed by Arturo Toscanini and the New York Philharmonic (1929)10:20 — Mahler’s First Symphony, movement 2, performed by Dmitri Mitropoulos and the Minneapolis Symphony (1940)21:31 — Schumann’s Second Symphony, movement 1, performed by Dmitri Mitopoulos and the Minneapolis Symphony (1942)42:50 — Wagner: Brunnhilde’s Awakening, performed by Lauritz Melchior and Kirsten Flagstad, with Artur Bodanzky conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (1937) PART THREE:2:16 — Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5,movement 2, performed by Evgeny Mravinsky and the Leningrad Philhamronic (1960)20:05 — “Minnehaha’s Death” from the Hiawatha Melodrama, performed by Kevin Deas with Angel Gil-Ordonez conducting PostClassical Ensemble (2013)