100 Fiedler Favorites

100 Fiedler Favorites

by Arthur Fiedler



To commemorate the Arthur Fiedler Centennial in 1994, RCA Victor put together a seven-disc anthology that summed up his achievements with the Boston Pops better than any single album to that date. Unlike the three-LP omnibus, Forever Fiedler, this chunky box limits the field to Fiedler's stereo recordings for RCA; from the experimental mid-'50s sessions to some stray freelance recordings from the 1970s. But the trade-off for excluding Fiedler's earlier recordings is more than worth it, for the seven discs rummage through almost every corner of his vast repertoire, often in depth. Also, since Fiedler re-recorded his classical repertoire whenever technology advanced a peg, it's possible to explore a good representation of his legacy in excellent stereo sound -- and the remastering of these tracks is far superior to that on the earlier LP set. The discs are neatly laid out by subject or mood; in effect creating seven separate, remarkably self-contained Fiedler albums. The first two discs are devoted to zesty performances of short, classical, mini-masterpieces that have become a lost repertoire in the 21st century, while disc three takes a similar classical theme but at slower tempos and quiet volume levels. Disc four is devoted to the Viennese -- mostly Johann Strauss II -- yet despite his Austrian heritage, Fiedler was not a natural Straussian. You won't hear much of an authentic Viennese lilting rhythm in these performances; they have a feverish, metrical, Americanized energy that is not quite the real thing. But there is no resisting the bustling swagger and yes, dignity, that Fiedler brought to the pop and classical marches on disc five. Disc six is given over to the Americans -- classics by Gershwin, Copland, Gould, and Rodgers (led by a hothouse rendition of Gershwin's "Cuban Overture"), as well as the Boston Pops' discoveries Leroy Anderson and George M. Cohan. And for dessert, disc seven takes in no less than 19 of the famous Boston Pops encores -- big sumptuous arrangements that range from high-toned mood music to tongue-in-cheek fun ("Mack the Knife," in particular, is a classic of its genre). If there is one element of the the Boston Pops' experience that is not touched upon much, it is Fiedler's collaborations with guest stars like Chet Atkins, Stan Getz, and Duke Ellington -- the sole representative is pianist Earl Wild in "Rhapsody in Blue." Otherwise, this mid-priced box may be all the Fiedler a casual fan would ever need.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/1994
Label: Rca
UPC: 0090266269822
catalogNumber: 62698


Disc 1

  1. Light Cavalry, overture to the operetta
  2. Fugue for organ in G minor ("Little"), BWV 578 (BC J66)
  3. Hora Staccato for violin & piano (or orchestra)
  4. March
  5. Tambourin Chinois, for violin & piano, Op. 3
  6. Hungarian Rhapsody, for orchestra No. 2 in C sharp minor, S. 359/2 (LW
  7. Morning
  8. Ride of the Valkyries
  9. In the Steppes of Central Asia (V sredney Azii), musical picture for or
  10. Oberon, overture to the opera
  11. Hoedown
  12. Intermezzo, for orchestra (arrangement from Goyescas), H. 71
  13. Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell)

Disc 2

  1. Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant), overture for orchestra
  2. Overture to "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
  3. Act 3. Prelude
  4. No. 6
  5. Solveig's Song
  6. Der Freischütz, overture to the opera
  7. Polovtsian Dances
  8. Sleigh Ride
  9. Procession of the Nobles
  10. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, for chorus & band
  11. Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1, for orchestra in A major, Op. 11/1
  12. Sabre Dance

Disc 3

  1. Rêverie, for piano, L. 68
  2. Dance of the Cammoristi
  3. Air on the G-String
  4. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4
  5. Largo
  6. Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwan
  7. Song of India
  8. Lullaby
  9. Serenade
  10. Song Without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 6
  11. Serenade for voice & piano or orchestra (Rimpianto) No 1, Op 6
  12. Intermezzo
  13. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/
  14. No. 3
  15. None but the lonely heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/6
  16. Humming Chorus
  17. Dream Pantomime

Disc 4

  1. Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), waltz for
  2. Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
  3. Pizzicato Polka for orchestra, Op. 234
  4. Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Women and Song), waltz for orchestra (with
  5. Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning), polka schnell for orche
  6. Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), waltz for orchestra, Op. 38
  7. Waltzes
  8. Sphären-Klänge (Music of the Spheres), walzer, Op. 235
  9. Accelerationen, waltz for orchestra, Op. 234 (RV 234)
  10. An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for or

Disc 5

  1. Grand March
  2. March of the Toys, for orchestra (from "Babes in Toyland")
  3. Semper Fidelis, march for band
  4. Marche miniature
  5. Yankee Doodle
  6. Up the Street March, for band
  7. Marche de Rákóczy (Rákóczy March), for orchestra (Le damnation de Faust
  8. March of the Siamese Children, for orchestra (from "The King and I")
  9. Caucasian Sketches for orchestra, Op. 10: No. 4, Procession of the Sard
  10. Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse
  11. Turkish March
  12. Colonel Bogey March, for band (or orchestra)
  13. Dixie ("I Wish I Was in Dixie's Land"), song
  14. American Salute, for orchestra
  15. Strike Up the Band, song (from Strike Up The Band; both versions)
  16. War March of the Priests
  17. Alla marcia
  18. Funeral March of a Marionette, for piano or orchestra in D minor
  19. Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1
  20. Valdres March for band (or orchestra)
  21. National Emblem, march for orchestra (or band)
  22. The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band

Disc 6

  1. Cuban Overture
  2. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
  3. El Salón México, for orchestra
  4. Gavotte
  5. Blues
  6. Slaughter on 10th Avenue, jazz ballet for orchestra (from "On Your Toes
  7. The Typewriter, for orchestra (with typewriters)
  8. George M. Cohan Medley: Give My Regards to Broadway / Mary's a Brand Ol

Disc 7

  1. In the Mood
  2. Eleanor Rigby
  3. Stardust
  4. Die Moritat von Mackie Messer (The Ballad of Mack the Knife), song for
  5. Love Is Blue
  6. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, song (from "Roberta")
  7. Love Me Tender
  8. The Syncopated Clock, for orchestra
  9. Laura, song (for the film, "Laura")
  10. Theme
  11. Moonlight Serenade
  12. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (La Prima Volta), song
  13. La Virgen de la Macarena, for orchestra
  14. Moon River (for the film Breakfast at Tiffany's)
  15. Days of Wine and Roses (for the film The Days of Wine and Roses)
  16. [Excerpt]
  17. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  18. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
  19. Jalousie, tango for orchestra

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arthur Fiedler   Primary Artist,Conductor
Earl Wild   Piano
Eileen Farrell   Soprano (Vocal)
Boston Pops Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Alfred Krips   Violin
Pasquale Cardillo   Clarinet
Leo Litwin   Piano
Toni Noichl   Zither

Technical Credits

Scott Johnson   Art Direction
John Crawford   Engineer
Peter Dellheim   Producer
Max Wilcox   Producer
Lewis Layton   Engineer
Richard Mohr   Producer
John Pfeiffer   Producer,Reissue Producer
Anthony Salvatore   Engineer
Bernard Keville   Engineer
Daniel Slick   Producer
Johanna Fiedler   Liner Notes

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