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Boston Symphony Orchestra: An Augmented Discography

Boston Symphony Orchestra: An Augmented Discography

by James H. North
     
 

In Boston Symphony Orchestra: An Augmented Discography, James H. North gathers all the information about Boston Symphony musical recordings into one volume, capturing over 90 years of recorded history. Similar to his earlier New York Philharmonic volume, this discography contains a chronological list citing complete details of the recording sessions, such as

Overview

In Boston Symphony Orchestra: An Augmented Discography, James H. North gathers all the information about Boston Symphony musical recordings into one volume, capturing over 90 years of recorded history. Similar to his earlier New York Philharmonic volume, this discography contains a chronological list citing complete details of the recording sessions, such as works performed, the soloists and choruses, session dates and venues, recording companies and producers, first release dates, and information related to master copies and all issues of the recording, including 78- and 45-rpm discs, Long-Playing records, and Compact Discs. The material is cross-referenced in indexes and organized alphabetically by composer, conductor, and soloist, referring the reader to the appropriate entry in the main listing. Works by more than 100 composers, 30 conductors, and 250 soloists are included. Two additional appendixes list two-track tapes and video recordings by the BSO. In addition to commercial recordings, this volume contains separate sections on recordings issued by the U.S. government, recordings made by other ensembles consisting solely of Boston Symphony musicians, and a complete, self-enclosed discography of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. A final appendix presents an extended list of unauthorized "pirate" issues, documenting BSO live performances and broadcasts from the 1930s to the present day. With a foreword by James Levine, this valuable resource is beneficial for collectors, fans, and anyone interested in recorded classical music and the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
North's work provides a fascinating history on the orchestra.... Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries, and is a must purchase for devotees of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
North's work provides a fascinating history on the orchestra.... Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries, and is a must purchase for devotees of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal (ARSC Journal)
For those aspiring researchers seeking to tackle these and other orchestral lacunae, North's format and approach are well worth poaching… there is an immense amount to be learning from North's work, and much fun to be had simply perusing it. May the author be challenged to undertake at least one more - or maybe even more!
Fanfare Magazine
A marvelously complete discography of the orchestra....The highly readable comments on the recording...make browsing such a pleasure.
Classical Record Collections
This is a distinguished, immensely useful piece of discographical work. We already have James H. North to thank for the New York Philharmonic discography and this book improves on that excellent effort in many ways.
Summer 2009 Classical Record Collections
This is a distinguished, immensely useful piece of discographical work.

We already have James H. North to thank for the New York Philharmonic discography and this book improves on that excellent effort in many ways.

(Association For Recorded Sound Collections) Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal (ARSC Journal)
Whatever you want or need to know about the discography's sources of information, its organization, or the variety of media on which the recordings have been issued, you will find here... There is an immense amount to be learned from North's work, and much fun to be had simply perusing it.
Fall 2009 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal (ARSC Journal)
For those aspiring researchers seeking to tackle these and other orchestral lacunae, North's format and approach are well worth poaching… there is an immense amount to be learning from North's work, and much fun to be had simply perusing it. May the author be challenged to undertake at least one more - or maybe even more!
February 2009 Fanfare Magazine
A marvelously complete discography of the orchestra....The highly readable comments on the recording...make browsing such a pleasure.
Music Reference Services Quarterly
As author James H. North points out in his impressively detailed introduction, this book actually consists of two discographies: the first being the authorized (mostly commercial) recordings of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), and the other consisting of recordings of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players….Users will enjoy perusing the accompanying comments, which are often anecdotes or details that afford a fascinating glimpse into the recording….In addition to being potentially useful for libraries, researchers, and students, this volume may also be enjoyable for fans of the BSO and anyone fascinated with historical audio collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810862098
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/09/2008
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

James H. North is a free-lance journalist and music critic for Fanfare and Classic Record Collector. He is the author of New York Philharmonic: The Authorized Recordings, 1917-2005. A Discography (Scarecrow Press, 2006).

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