Born in Russia on 26 July 1874, Serge Koussevitzky started his crowded life as a double bass virtuoso and conducting around Europe from 1910. In 1924 he was appointed to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and from the first was a champion of modern music. Later the Koussevitzky Foundation was formed and even greater efforts were made to commission, notably Bartók for his Concerto for Orchestra. Koussevitzky died in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on 4 June 1951.
CD Spotlight. Enduring Legacy - Sibelius symphonies, recommended by Howard Smith. '... an important enterprise ...'
Ensemble. A Class Of Its Own - Lawrence Budmen listens to the Cleveland Orchestra
Ensemble. Perfectly Measured - Bill Newman listens to Aldo Ciccolini
CD Spotlight. A Healthy Revival - Choral music by Randall Thompson, enjoyed by Howard Smith. '... performances and recording are exemplary throughout.'
Ensemble. A Real Barnburner - Another report from this summer's Tanglewood Festival, by Lawrence Budmen
A Milestone in Dance - Lawrence Budmen's second report from The Berkshires
Ensemble. An Intellectual Oasis - Lawrence Budmen returns to Tanglewood to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ensemble. Superb performances - Alsop triumphs at Tanglewood, by Lawrence Budmen