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1955-56 Scrapbook (Part 2 of 2), May 1, 1955 - Apr 30, 1956

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  • 1955-56 Scrapbook (Part 2 of 2)
  • May 1, 1955 - Apr 30, 1956
Parts 2 of this scrapbook includes: - Opening night concert for 1955-56 is all-Mozart featuring Rudolf Serkin playing three Mozart piano concertos, C Major K. 503, D Major K. 451 and A Major K. 488, opening the Mozart bicentennial celebration - Revival of Mozart'sone movement Sinfonia Concertante in A Major dating from 1773, for violin, viola, cello and orchestra, discovered in the Salzburg Mozarteum by principal violist William Lincer - Death of New York Times music critic Olin Downes - Funeral music from Wagner's Goetterdaemmerung played in tribute to Olin Downes - Mitropoulos conducts third act of Wagner's Goetterdaemmerung with soprano Astrid Varnay, tenor Ramon Vinay and bass Luben Vichey - Praise for Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos - Terrible critical notices for the Mozart Piano Concerto in E-flat K. 482 with pianist Pietro Scarpini and Mitropoulos conducting - Symphony of the Air, former NBC Symphony, gives six concerts under the leadership of Leonard Bernstein - Robert Casadesus plays his own Piano Concerto in E-Minor with the Philharmonic under Mitropoulos, leading critics to conclude he is a better pianist than a composer - Good reviews for William Schuman's Judith, Choreographic Poem - 80 Year-old conductor Pierre Monteux led the Philharmonic for the first time in many years at Carmegie Hall in a program of Weber (Euryanthe Overture), Brahms (Symphony No. 3) and Debussy (La Mer), with Misha Elman as soloist in the Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor, to generally excellent reviews - Monteux conducts Berlioz, the overture to Benvenuto Cellini and excerpts from the Romeo and Juliet Symphony - Conductor George Szell and pianist Eugene Istomin triumph in an all-Beethoven program - Josef Szigetic plays two Mozart works with Szell and the Philharmonic - Strong criticism of the playing of the Philharmonic in Dvorak's Symphony in D-minor under Szell, , according to Jay Harrison in the New York Post, who said "throughout the reading was labored, joyless and its rhythmic appointments markedly unresilient"; other critics were more restrained - Unsuccessful performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto by Israeli pianist Ivry Gitlis and the Philarmonic - Praise for Leon Fleisher in the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 with Szell and the Philharmonic - David Oistrakh brilliant in a Concerto Marathon with Mitropoulos, featuring works by Mozart, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, in a benefit for the Pension Fund of the Philharmonic, although one critic was "disturbed by elisions and slides that are no longer considered bon ton by our modern violinists" - High acclaim for veteran violinist Erica Morini and her performance of the Tschaikovsky concerto soon afer the Oistrakh marathon, with critics saying ; 'in the romantic literature for violin and orchestra Miss Morini has no superiors in the world today", "that she had penetrated beneath the surface of the music" - Szell leads an exciting and powerful performance of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony - Ivry Gitlis, Isaeli violinist, make impressive debut playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto - Soviet volinist David Oistrkh makes impressive Philharmonic debut playing three violin convertos, Mozart A Major, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, in Pension Fund benefit concert - David Oistrakh gives a spectacular performance of the Violin Concerto No. 1 in A-minor, Op. 99, by Dmitri Shostakovich in its American Premiere, with Mitropoulos and the Philharmonic - Mishel Piastro, former concertmaster of the Philharmonic, returns as soloist in the Tchaikovsky Concerto - Max Rudolf, conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, conducts the Philharmonic, earning good reviews - Pierre Monteux conduts Paul Creston's Symphony No. 2, introduced by the Philharmonic in 1945 - Mexican compoer Carlos Chavez returns to conduct his Symphony No. 3, commisioned by Clare Boothe Luce, which was not well received - Greek pianist Gina Bachauer scores with the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 - Mitropoulos conducts the Premiere of Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance by Samuel Barber, to a rousing reception- - Carl Sandburg is Narrator in Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait - Jascha Heifetz gives masterly account of Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major - The Philharmonic performs Ernest Bloch's Schelomo with Laszlo Varga in honor of the composer's 75th birthday - Philharmonic under Mitropoulos plays Rolf Liebermnn's Musique for Narrator and Orchestra with Vera Zorina as Narrator, to poor reviews - Dame Myra Hess and Bruno Walter play Mozart with the Philharmonic to commemorate the bicentennial of his birth, earning raving reviews - Yehudi Menuhin plays the Mendelssohn and Beethoven Violin Concertos in a Pension Fund Benefit Concert - Bruno Walter conducts Mozart's Requiem and excerpts from the C Minor Mass with Irmgard Seefried, Jennie Tourel, Leopold Simoneau and Wiliam Warfield as soloists, and the Westminter Choir - Wilhelm Backhaus returns after almost 30 years to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 under Guido Cantelli - New York premiere of Paul Creston's Dance Overture, under Guido Cantelli - Thomas Schippers returns to the Philharmonic - Cantelli conducts the first performances of Benjamin Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem since the premiere in March 1941 - Walter Gieeking returns after a tragic car accident in which hi wife was killed to play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 - Monteverdi's Magnificat played in an overblown version by Giorgio Ghedini - Great acclaim for Brahms Piano Concerto in D Minor with pianist Rudolf Firkusny and conductor Guido Cantelli - Leon Kirchner soloist in the first performance of his structuraally complex and dissonant Piano Concerto - Mitropoulos conducts the first performances of Mahler's powerful and immense Symphony No. 3 since 1922 under Willem Mengelberg. to a mostly enthusiastic critical and audience reeption - American Premiere of Prokofiev's Cello Concerto No. 2, a reworking of the Concerto No. 1, with Mstislav Rostropovich as soloist and Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting, to general critical acclaim of the work and the soloist, a welcome and demanding addition to the cello repetoire - Mitropoulos scores with Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 in the exciting closing concerts of the season - A Concertmsster Explains His Role, by Jay S. Harrison in the New York Herald Tribune, an interview with concertmaster John Corigliano - Assessment of conductor Guido Cantelli by Irving Kolodin - Mozart and Bruno Walter, tribute in The New York Times by Howard Taubman - Fewer Concerts, More Rehearsals, by Paul Henry Lang in the New York Herald Tribune, May 1957 - Arthur Judson, 75, resigns as manager, executive secretary and director of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society in September 1956 after serving the orchestra and the society for 34 years since 1922, almost one-third of the history of the orchestra, succeeded by Bruno Zirato as Managing Director
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  • Leon Levy Foundation
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1955-56 Scrapbook (Part 2 of 2), 1 May 1955 - 30 Apr 1956, Folder 555-067-02, Communications/Public Relations Records, New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives.