Arthur Fiedler / Boston Pops Orchestra

ARTHUR FIEDLER - Stars & Stripes - An American Concert
SOUSA: The Stars & Stripes Forever. COPLAND: An Outdoor Overture. IVES: Variations on "America." GERSHWIN: Second Rhapsody (Ralph Votapek, piano). BERNSTEIN: Candide Overture. Music from "Mass." WILLSON: Seventy-six Trombones. GERSHWIN: Three Preludes. Wintergreen for President. "Girl Crazy" Suite. RODGERS: Waltzes. ANDERSON: Forgotten Dreams. A Trumpeter's Lullaby. Bugler's Holiday. CARMICHAEL: Star Dust. HARLINE: When You Wish Upon A Star. WRUBEL: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah. JOPLIN: The Entertainer. Sugar Cane Rag. The Easy Winners. Maple Leaf Rag. BLAKE: Charleston Rag. BERLIN: Alexander's Ragtime Band. BOWMAN: 12th Street Rag. BROOKS/MORTON: The Darktown Strutters' Ball & Jelly Roll Blues. Tiger Rag. Variations on "Varsity Drag."
Boston Pops Orch/Arthur Fiedler, cond.
DGG 477 6115 (2 CDS) (M) TT: 74:28 & 76:39
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ARTHUR FIEDLER - Symphonic Spectacular
SHOSTAKOVICH: Festive Overture. MENDELSSOHN: Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream. BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Fugue a la Gigue. Sinfonia from Easter Oratorio. Excerpts from Violin Partita No. 3 and Violin Sonata No. 3. Fugue in G minor. Sheep May Safely Graze. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: English Folk Song Suite. TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture. SULLIVAN: Overture di Ballo. RAVEL: Bolero. VERDI: Ballet music from Aida. DVORAK: 2 Slavonic Dances. CHOPIN: Polonaise in A. MUSSORGSKY: Night on Bald Mountain. SAINT-SAËNS: Danse macabre. KHACHATURIAN: Sabre Dance. STRAVINSKY: Infernal Dance from Firebird. GINASTERA: Malambo
Boston Pops Orch/Arthur Fiedler, cond.
DGG 477 6118 (2 CDs) (M) TT: 75:12 & 77:17
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ARTHUR FIEDLER - Evening at Pops
STRAUSS: The Gypsy Baron: Entry March. The Blue Danube Waltz. Emperor Waltz. In a Viennese Park. New Vienna Waltz. Perpetual Motion. Fairy Tales from the Orient Waltz. Tritsch-Tratsch Polka. JOHANN STRAUSS I: Chinese Galop. BACH: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. GOLDMARK: In the Spring Overture. DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune. SIBELIUS: Finlandia. GRIEG: In the Hall of the Mountain King. TCHAIKOVSKY: Two Dances from The Nutcracker. HUMPERDINCK: Dream Pantomime from Hansel and Gretel. DUKAS: The Sorcerer's Apprentice. KLEINSINGER: Tubby the Tuba (Julia Child, narrator). DODD: Mickey Mouse March. CHURCHILL: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Fantasy. RAPOSO: Sesame Street Theme. MORRIS: The French Chef Theme. "I'd Like to Teach The World to Sing." SAFKA: Brand New Key. NICHOLS: We've Only Just Begun. MacDERMOT: Aquarius. RASKIN: Those Were The Days. Hava Nagila. GADE: Jalousie
Boston Pops Orch/Arthur Fiedler, cond.
DGG 477 6121 (2 CDs) (M) TT: 77:18 & 75:59
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ARTHUR FIEDLER - From Fabulous Broadway to Hollywood's Reel Thing
SCHMIDT: Medley from The Fantasticks. WEILL: September Song. PORTER: Night and Day. RODGERS: It Might As Well Be Spring. SHERMANN: Medley from Mary Poppins. BOCK: Medley from Fiddler on the Roof. LEIGH: Medley from Man Of La Mancha. SONDHEIM: Medley from Company.MacDERMOT: Medley from Hair. SCHWARTZ: Day By Day. STYNE: Doin' It For Sugar. BARRY: Midnight Cowboy. BACHARACH: Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head. Theme from Alfie. LEGRAND: Theme from Portnoy's Complaint. Summer of '42: The Summer Knows. BROOKS: Micol's Theme. CHAPIN: Could You Put Your Light On, Please? KARLIN: For All We Know. ROTA: Love Theme from The Godfather. Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet. MANCINI: Days of Wine and Roses. BRUNS: Robin Hood Medley. SHERMAN: Medley from The Happiest Millionaire. SIMON: El Condor Pasa. Mrs. Robinson. STREISAND: Evergreen. SONDHEIM: Send In The Clowns. WILLIAMS: Main titles from Jaws and Star Wars.
Boston Pops Orch/Arthur Fiedler, cond.
DGG 477 61224 (M) TT: 76:10 & 74:46
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ARTHUR FIEDLER - Superstars and Songbooks - Pops by Arrangement
Jesus Christ Superstar Overture. Everything's Alright. What Have They Done To My Song, Ma. Proud Mary. Theme from Love Story. Gentle On My Mind. Love Me Tonight. Let It Be. I Think I Love You. Mah nà, Mah nà. Bridge Over Troubled Water. Homeward Bound. Love Will Keep Us Together. I Feel The Earth Move. Leaving On a Jet Plane. By The Time I Get to Phoenix. Lineman. Gotta Travel On. Kind Of The Road. Music from Across The Way. Until It's Time For You To Go. Green, Green Grass of Home. The Sound of Silence. A Hazy Shade of Winter. Feelin' Groovy. Bond Street. Wives and Lovers. What The World Needs Now. Make It Easy On Yourself. Do You Know The Way To San Jose. Top Of The World. Goodbye To Love. Superstar. It's Going To Take Some Time. Rainy Days and Mondays. Bless The Beasts And Children. Sing. ABC-DEF-GHI. Bein' Green. Lucky Star. Crunchy Granola Suite. Play Me. Hot August Night. Childsong. Song Sung Blue
Boston Pops Orch/Arthur Fiedler, cond.
DGG 477 6127 (M) TT: 76:01 & 77:06
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Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979) played in the Boston Symphony ( violinist, violist, pianist, organist, and percussionist) and in 1929 began the Esplanade summer concerts. He conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra (made up primarily of players from the Boston Symphony) for five decades leading thousands of concerts mostly of lighter repertory but with many bows to the classics. For many years Fiedler and the Pops recorded for RCA, but in 1971 began a liason with Deutsche Grammophon that continued until 1979. For DGG they recorded many of their past hits and now we have this splendid set of five double-disk albums with each CD filled to maximum capacity containing about 160 works ranging from Bach to the latest pop/movie tunes of the time. A Fiedler concert was never a dull affair, and the excitement he always produced in his performances is always apparent. No engineering credits are given, but sonic quality is uniformly superb and beautifully captures the rich acoustics of Boston's Symphony Hall where all of the recordings were made. For many collectors these recordings will bring back many memories, and hats off to DGG for making them available at modest price.

R.E.B. (January 2008)