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Fiedler Encores

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Fiedler Encores
Fiedler Encores


One of the last centurys great popularisers of art music, who introduced the names of Mozart and Strauss to millions, Arthur Fiedler recorded for several labels during his half century as music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Eloquence has already reissued the Deutsche Grammophon Sleigh Ride album (480 6715) of festive-themed treats by Handel, Humperdinck and Tchaikovsky. Here are two Decca albums, reissued and compiled together for the first time on a single, generously filled (79-minute) CD. Fiedler Encores was a 1978 album of substantial works somewhat belying its title, and displaying Fiedlers gifts as a fiery, sympathetic interpreter of core-classical repertoire: included here are the roistering Finlandia of Sibelius and the equally fervent nationalism of Smetana in Vltava from Ma vlast. The remainder of the album covers a still wider range of repertoire, encapsulated by the original title of the Decca LP (also recorded in Phase 4 stereo), The Two Sides of Fiedler. There are charming classical miniatures by Dvorak (two Slavonic Dances), Mendelssohn (the Wedding March from A Midsummer Nights Dream) and balletic extracts from Humperdincks Hansel and Gretel and Verdis Aida. The disc is rounded off in style by smooth arrangements of film and popular music, the kind of hits that kept the crowds coming to Boston Pops concert, with Fiedler the ever-genial bandmaster, throughout the postwar decades. John Williamss themes for Spielbergs Jaws and Star Wars; a swoony instrumental version of Sondheims Send in the clowns; and even songs by Streisand (Evergreen) and Neil Sedaka (Love will keep us together). As Fiedler himself remarked, quoted by Raymond Tuttle in the compilations new booklet essay, One thing I have always believed in is music as a universal language, and my years with the Boston Pops reflect the range and scope of this interest as we work our way through a vast repertoire from Country to Classics. this span of musical poles truly accents the universality of music. Its a disc to remind any listener of how and why, by 1963, Fiedler records had already sold over two million copies. Collections of encores do not usually show such originality in compilation as this well-balanced programme Fiedler invests Finlandia with an imposing sonority. Gramophone, June 1978


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  2. SIBELIUS: Finlandia, Op. 26 No. 7
  3. SMETANA: Vltava (Má Vlast)
  4. DVORÁK: Slavonic Dance In C Major, Op. 46 No. 1
  5. DVORÁK: Slavonic Dance In C Major, Op. 72 No. 7
  6. MENDELSSOHN: Wedding March (A Midsummer Nights Dream)
  7. HUMPERDINCK: Pantomime (Hänsel Und Gretel)
  8. VERDI: Ballet Music From Aida
  9. CHOPIN: Polonaise No. 3 In A Major, Op. 40 No. 1 Military (orch. Glazunov)
  10. JOHN WILLIAMS: Theme From Star Wars
  11. STEPHEN SONDHEIM: Send In The Clowns (A Little Night Music)
  12. JOHN WILLIAMS: Theme From Jaws
  13. BARBRA STREISAND: Evergreen
  14. NEIL SEDAKA: Love Will Keep Us Together (arr. Richard Hayman)
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