15 Facts About Boston Symphony Orchestra


Boston Symphony Orchestra is an American orchestra based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra's four subsequent music directors were all trained in Austria, including the seminal and highly influential Hungarian-born conductor Arthur Nikisch, in accordance with the tastes of Higginson.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra decided not to offer the position to Gustav Mahler, Fritz Steinbach, and Willem Mengelberg but did not rule out the young Bruno Walter if nobody more senior were to accept.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra offered the position to Hans Richter in February 1905, who declined, to Felix Mottl in November, who was previously engaged, and then to previous director Nikisch, who declined; the post was finally offered to Karl Muck, who accepted and began his duties in October 1906.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra was conductor until 1908 and again from 1912 to 1918.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted the premiere of Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Symphony in B minor "Polonia" in 1909.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra vowed never to return, and conducted thereafter only in Europe.

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The Boston Symphony has been closely involved with Boston's WGBH Radio as an outlet for its concerts.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra led orchestra on its first overseas tour, and produced their first stereo recording in February 1954 for RCA Victor.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra gave his last concert with the orchestra in July 2002.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra subsequently guest-conducted the BSO at Tanglewood in July 2012, and made his first appearance with the BSO at Symphony Hall in January 2013.

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Boston Symphony made its first acoustical recordings in 1917 in Camden, New Jersey for the Victor Talking Machine Company conducted by Karl Muck.

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Koussevitzky's final recording with the Boston Symphony was a high fidelity version of Sibelius' Symphony No 2, recorded in 1950 and released on LP.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra continued the BSO relationship with DG while making several other releases for New World Records.

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The first recording in the series, of the Tenth Symphony recorded in concert in April 2015, was released on CD in August 2015, and subsequently won the year's Grammy award for Best Orchestral Performance.

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