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  • A Century of Sound
    Centennial Book

    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: A Century of Sound

    "Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: A Century of Sound” is a celebration of the first one hundred years of this city’s treasured cultural institution. BSO oboist and author Michael Lisicky chronicles the organization from its humble beginning as the nation’s only municipally-funded symphony to its present status as one of the country’s greatest orchestras. The book features over 200 photographs, several interviews with past and present musical luminaries and figureheads, and an introduction by pianist Leon Fleisher. “A Century of Sound” is a sentimental keepsake, as well as an historical reference and is a “must” for any Baltimore Symphony Orchestra fan and supporter.

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    Author Michael Lisicky: A Century of BSO History in One Hour Speaker

  • BSO Musicians

    The roster posted below has been manually compiled from program booklets over the past 100 years. Some information, especially from the organization's first 25 years, is incomplete. Please accept this roster as an informational guide and apologies are offered for any omissions or inaccurate dates.


    Violin
    Viola
    Cello
    Bass
    Flute
    Oboe
    Clarinet
    Bassoon
    Horn
    Trumpet
    Trombone
    Tuba
    Timpani
    Percussion
    Harp
    Piano
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  • Discography

    Rachmaninoff, Symphony No.2
    Massimo Freccia
    BSO recording BS-01
    February 1955


    “Symphonic Souvenirs”
    Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
    Handel, Concerto Grosso  for string orchestra, Op 6, No. 7
    Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto
    Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on  a Theme of Paganini
    Boris Blacher, Variations for Orchestra

    James Buswell / Leon Fleisher /  Peter Herman Adler
    Dominion RI 1437
    1963


    Britten, Diversions on  a Theme for Piano Left Hand
    Ezra Laderman, Concerto for Orchestra

    Leon Fleisher / Sergiu Comissiona
    Desto DC-7168
    1974

    Thomas Jefferson Anderson, Squares:  An Essay for Orchestra
    Talib Rasul Hakim, Visions of Ashwora
    Olly Woodrow Wilson, Akwan

    Paul Freeman
    CBS Records ‘Black Composers Series’  M 33434
    1975


    Mendelssohn, Symphony 3
    Sergiu Comissiona
    Turnabout 10043
    1975


    Mendelssohn, Symphony 4
    Symphony No. 5
    Fingal’s Cave Overture

    Sergiu Comissiona
    Turnabout 10044
    1976


    George Walker, Mass
    Sergiu Comissiona
    Albany B00FOQUS0W
    1977


    Allan Pettersson, Symphony No. 8
    Sergiu Comissiona
    Polar POLS 289
    1978

    Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker (Selections)
    Sergiu Comissiona
    Turnabout QTV 34752
    1979


    Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4
    Sergiu Comissiona
    Vanguard VA 25006
    1980


    Ravel, Boléro
    Berlioz, Le Corsaire Overture
    Enescu, Romanian Rhapsody No. 1,
    Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnole

    Sergiu Comissiona
    Vanguard VA 25005
    1980


    Leslie Bassett,  Echoes from an Invisible World
    Henry Lazarof Concerto for Orchestra

    Sergiu Comissiona
    CRI Records 677
    1980


    Respighi, Roman Festivals
    Pines of Rome

    Sergiu Comissiona
    Vanguard VA 25004
    1980

    Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3 Barber Adagio

    Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 3, “Organ”
    Frederick Minger / Sergiu Comissiona
    Vanguard VA 25008
    1981


    Ravel, Concerto for Piano Left Hand
    Alborada del Gracioso
    Rapsodie espagnole

    Leon Fleisher / Sergiu Comissiona
    Vanguard VA 25014
    1982


    Brahms-Schoenberg,  Piano Quartet in G minor
    Sergiu Comissiona
    VOX ACD 8196
    1984


    Alfven, Swedish Rhapsody No. 1
    Enescu, Romanian Rhapsody No. 2
    Kodály, Háry János Suite

    Sergiu Comissiona
    VOX Cum Laude D-VCL 9073
    1984


    Berlioz, La Marseillaise
    Overture to Benvenuto Cellini
    Excerpts from La Damnation de Faust, Roméo et Juliette, Les Troyens

    David Zinman
    Telarc 80164
    July 1988

    Barber, Cello Concerto
    Britten, Symphony for Cello  and Orchestra

    Yo-Yo Ma, David Zinman
    Sony Classical 44900
    February 1989
    Grammy winner: Best classical performer, instrumental soloist with orchestra


    Christopher Rouse, Symphony No. 1, Phantasmata
    David Zinman
    Nonesuch 9-79230-2
    August 1989


    Elgar, Enigma Variations
    Cockaigne
    Overture
    Salut d’amour
    Serenade for Strings

    David Zinman
    Telarc 80192
    October 1989


    Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on  a Theme of Paganini
    Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1

    Horacio Gutiérrez / David Zinman
    Telarc 80193
    February 1990

    Schumann, Symphony No. 1, “Spring”
    Symphony No. 4

    David Zinman
    Telarc 80230
    April 1990


    Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4
    Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

    David Zinman
    Telarc 80228
    July 1990


    Schumann, Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 3, op. 97 (“Rhenish”)

    David Zinman
    Telarc 80182
    January 1991


    Berlioz, Roman Carnival Overture
    Les Francs-juges Overture
    Symphonie fantastique

    David Zinman
    Telarc 80271
    April 1991


    Stravinsky, The Firebird
    Petrushka, Fireworks

    David Zinman
    Telarc 80270
    June 1991

    Firebird Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet

    Michael Torke, “Color Music”
    Green, Purple, Ecstatic Orange, Ash,  Bright Blue Music

    David Zinman
    Argo / London 433 071-2
    October 1991


    Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 2
    Vocalise

    Sylvia McNair, David Zinman
    Telarc 80312
    June 1992


    Elgar, Symphony No. 1
    Pomp and Circumstance Military Marches, Nos. 1 and 2

    David Zinman
    Telarc 80310
    July 1992


    Barber, Adagio for Strings
    Overture to The School for Scandal
    First Essay
    Second Essay
    Music for a Scene from Shelley
    Symphony No. 1

    David Zinman
    Argo / London 436 288-2ZH
    October 1992


    Copland, Billy the Kid (complete)
    Danzón Cubano, El salon México
    Rodeo
    (complete)

    David Zinman
    Argo 440 639-2
    June 1994


    Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 3
    Symphonic Dances

    David Zinman
    Telarc 80331
    August 1994

    Yo-Yo Ma: The New York Album
    Stephen Albert, Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
    Bartók, Viola Concerto, opus posthumous
    Bloch, Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody  for Cello and Orchestra

    Yo-Yo Ma / David Zinman
    Sony Classical SK 57961
    September 1994
    Grammy winner: Best classical contemporary composition – Albert
    Grammy winner: Best instrumental soloist with orchestra


    Dance Mix
    John Adams, The Chairman Dances
    Dominick Argento, “Tango,”  from The Dream of Valentino
    Bernstein, “Mambo” (Symphonic Dances from West Side Story)
    Michael Daugherty, Desi
    John Harbison, Remembering Gatsby:  A Foxtrot for Orchestra
    Aaron Jay Kernis, New Era Dance for Orchestra
    Libby Larson, Collage: Boogie
    Robert Moran, Points of Departure
    Christopher Rouse, Bonham
    David Schiff, Stomp
    Michael Torke, Charcoal (7th movement from Black and White)

    David Zinman
    Argo / London 444 454-2
    April 1995


    Russian Sketches:
    Glinka, Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
    Ippolotov-Ivanov, Caucasian Sketches
    Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian Easter Overture
    Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin (Polonaise)
    Tchaikovsky, Francesca da Rimini

    David Zinman
    Telarc 80378
    July 1995


    Ives, Three Places in New England
    “Holidays”
    Symphony
    They Are There!

    David Zinman
    Argo / London 444 860-2
    May 1996

    Michael Daugherty, Metropolis Symphony, Bizarro
    David Zinman
    Argo / London 452 103-2
    January 1997


    Barber, Violin Concerto
    Bloch, Baal Shem: Three Pictures of Chassidic Life
    Walton, Violin Concerto

    Joshua Bell / David Zinman
    London 452 851-2
    April 1997
    Grammy nomination: Instrumental soloist performance with orchestra


    Gershwin, Piano Concerto in F Major
    Ravel, Piano Concerto in G Major

    Hélène Grimaud / David Zinman
    Erato 0630-19571-2
    1997


    Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
    Facsimile
    Fancy Free
    Candide
    Overture

    David Zinman
    Argo / London 452 916-2
    September 1997


    John Tavener, The Protecting Veil
    Wake Up … And Die

    Yo-Yo Ma / David Zinman
    Sony Classical 62821
    August 1998


    Beethoven, Violin Concerto
    Bernstein, Serenade for solo violin, strings, harp, and percussion

    Hilary Hahn / David Zinman
    Sony Classical 60584
    1999

    Yo Yo Ma Color Music Joshua Bell

    Adolphus Hailstork, I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
    Daniel Hege / Dr. Nathan Carter
    Morgan State University Choir
    BSO HAIL-001
    2000


    Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 2
    Yuri Temirkanov
    BSO production
    2005


    John Corigliano, Concerto for Violin  and Orchestra “The Red Violin”
    Joshua Bell / Marin Alsop
    Sony BMG 88060
    September 2007


    Dvořák, Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
    Symphonic Variations

    Marin Alsop
    Naxos 8.570714
    May 2008


    Mark O’Connor, Americana Symphony
    Marin Alsop
    OMAC-8
    March 2009

    Bernstein, Mass (1971)
    Jubilant Sykes / Asher Edward Wulfman

    Morgan State University Choir / Peabody Children’s Chorus
    Marin Alsop
    Naxos 8.559622-23
    August 2009
    Grammy nominated: Best classical album


    Gershwin, Piano Concerto
    Rhapsody in Blue

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet / Marin Alsop
    Decca 001409102
    April 2010


    Dvořák, Symphony No. 7
    Symphony No. 8

    Marin Alsop
    Naxos 8.572112
    May 2010


    Dvořák, Symphony No. 6
    Nocturne in B major
    Scherzo capriccioso

    Marin Alsop
    Naxos 8.570995
    November 2010

    Béla Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra
    Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

    Marin Alsop
    Naxos 8.572486
    May 2012


    Mahler, Symphony No. 1
    Marin Alsop
    Naxos 8.572207
    September 2012


    Kevin Puts, Symphony No. 4  “From Mission San Juan”
    Marin Alsop
    Harmonia Mundi HMU 907580
    September 2013


    Bernstein, Symphony No. 3 “Kaddish”
    Claire Bloom / Kelley Nassief / Marin Alsop
    Naxos 8.559742
    November 2015


    Bernstein, Symphonies No. 1 and 2
    Jennifer Johnson Cano / Jean-Yves Thibaudet / Marin Alsop
    Naxos
    2016

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