Earlier this year I had the pleasure of doing an extensive series of programs on the history of the Baltimore Symphony. I thought it would be nice to re-run what became a seven part series leading up to the BSO’s 101st season! Here is the original post and description of the program.
This week my guest is Michael Lisicky second oboist of the BSO. Michael has written a book about the history of the orchestra and we talk extensively about its early days. You get a chance to hear a scratchy LP performance of the Rachmaninoff Second Symphony from the late 50’s with Massimo Freccia conducting! Also Glenn Gould makes an appearance with the orchestra playing Bach’s Brandenburg 5! We also sample a few performances with the orchestra conducted by Peter Herman Adler in 1962. These include Leon Fleisher playing part of the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, James Busswell playing the last movement of the Mendelssohn Concerto and the orchestra playing the last movement of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and a movement from Handel’s op. 6 # 7. These were radio broadcasts that were released commercially as a BSO sampler and were hosted by former WBJC and WBAL host Bob Benson! Hope you enjoyed the program. We will continue our BSO history tour next week.