For many years at the start of the 20th Century, the conductorship
was shared between Sir Henry Wood and Sir Thomas Beecham with more famous soloists including Rachmaninov and Casals.
Does this represent a new beginning, Edward Gardner leaving both the principal guest conductorship
of the CBSO and the music directorship of English National Opera (coincidentally at such a troubled time for that company) to become principal conductor of the excellent Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra?
He sang under the conductorship
of Sir Malcolm Sargent for 13 years until Sargent's death in 1967.
Dvorak Symphony No 9 Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Nelsons Nearly six years ago Andris Nelsons conducted Dvorak's New World Symphony with the CBSO at a private test of the acoustics of Birmingham's newly-refurbished Town Hall, and what turned out to be a spectacularly successful audition for the principal conductorship
of the orchestra.
Meredith Davies followed, one of the highlights of his conductorship
being the Birmingham premiere in 1963 of Britten's War Requiem, whose first performance he had conducted a year earlier in Coventry Cathedral alongside the composer.
And it was from that orchestra in the late 1960s that Louis Fremaux came to the principal conductorship
of the CBSO, and it was under Fremaux' baton that the CBSO made probably the world's most-played recording of Saint-Saens' great Organ Symphony.
Classical Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Simon Rattle: Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker During Rattle's 18-year principal conductorship
of the CBSO I think there was only one occasion where he tackled Tchaikovsky.
Having said that, one of the unique joys of this set is the compilation of reminiscences frompastmembersof theNewYorkPhil who performed under the baton of Mahler himself (he shared principal conductorship
of that then crack orchestra with Toscanini) - and ofMahler's daughter Anna (towhomBenjamin Britten dedicated his often Mahlerian Nocturne).