The New York Philharmonic: From Bernstein to Maazel

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(Amadeus). The New York Philharmonic, from Bernstein to Maazel continues the story of America's oldest orchestra as told in Howard Shanet's Philharmonic: A History of New York's Orchestra . That volume ended with the 1970-71 season, just before the arrival of Pierre Boulez as music director. Obviously, much has happened since. This book begins, however, with a retrospective account of the controversial last years of the tenure of Dimitri Mitropoulos and the ascendancy of Leonard Bernstein to the music directorship. Having been a Philharmonic

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(Amadeus). The New York Philharmonic, from Bernstein to Maazel continues the story of America's oldest orchestra as told in Howard Shanet's Philharmonic: A History of New York's Orchestra . That volume ended with the 1970-71 season, just before the arrival of Pierre Boulez as music director. Obviously, much has happened since. This book begins, however, with a retrospective account of the controversial last years of the tenure of Dimitri Mitropoulos and the ascendancy of Leonard Bernstein to the music directorship. Having been a Philharmonic assistant conductor during Bernstein's tenure, and an inveterate Philharmonic watcher ever since, the author brings some personal insights to the story as well as moments of humor. A sub-theme of the book concerns the way the Philharmonic and its music directors have been treated by the New York press, the Times in particular. Howard Taubman's attacks on Mitropoulos, Harold Schonberg's on Bernstein, and Donal Henahan's on Zubin Mehta are all covered here, as are the writings of various critics on those and other conductors, and on the orchestra itself. The New York Philharmonic is the only orchestra ever to undertake a foreign tour solely on the initiative of its musicians, without benefit or support from management. How this came about is chronicled, as are the opening of Lincoln Center, the Parks Concerts, Promenades, Prospective Encounters, Rug Concerts, tours, and, of course, the subscription seasons. John Canarina shows how the New York Philharmonic weathered extraordinary ups and downs during this period, while remaining a vital component of New York's cultural life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574671889
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 1956-60 3

Taubman's Attack

Soviet Triumph

Mahler's Time

Chapter 2 1960-63 25

Upset Plans

Farewell to Carnegie

Lincoln Center at Last

Chapter 3 1963-67 45

The Avant-Garde and "Kaddish"

Summer in the Parks

Two Surprise Decisions

Chapter 4 1967-72 61

Laureate Conductor

Transition

The French Correction

Chapter 5 1972-75 81

Not Everyone Is Happy

An Unusual Tour

A Season of Substitutes

Chapter 6 1975-78 97

Losing Money Wisely

Boulez Bids Adieu

Several Premieres

Chapter 7 1978-82 117

Arrival of Mehta

Happy Birthday, Aaron and Isaac

End of the Honeymoon?

Chapter 8 1982-84 135

Failed Potential Again

Horizons '83

More Cancellations and Not Just Another Tour

Chapter 9 1984-86 151

Happy Birthday, Johann and George

Happy Birthday, Aaron (Again)

Boulez Returns

Chapter 10 1986-88 167

The Archives

More Mahler

Even More Mahler

Chapter 11 1988-89 181

Bernstein at Seventy

Many Candidates

Jilted

Chapter 12 1990-91 197

The Choice Is Made

The Musician

Much Mozart and Mehta's Farewell

Chapter 13 1991-92 215

Enter Masur

Chapter 14 1992-93 229

150 Years

No Coughing, Please

Chapter 15 1993-95 241

Remembering Lenny

No Summer Festival

Chapter 16 1995-97 257

A New Contract and Its Aftermath

American Classics

Chapter 17 1997-99 277

A Historic Labor Agreement

Beethoven Again?

Chapter 18 1999-2000 297

Muti for the Philharmonic?

Muti Says No

Chapter 19 2001-2 315

It's Maazel

September 11

"Thank You, Kurt Masur"

Chapter 20 2002-4 333

Enter Maazel

Return to Carnegie?

MTV at the Philharmonic?

Chapter 21 2004-6 359

Maazel at Seventy-Five

More Mozart

Chapter 22 2006-7 381

Brahms This Time

Chapter 23 2007-8 395

The Decision Made

Pyongyang

A Controversial "Resurrection"

Chapter 24 2009 415

Farewells

Appendix: Members of the New York Philharmonic, 1956-2009 421

Notes 431

Selected Bibliography 469

Index 471

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