THOSE FABULOUS PHILADELPHIANS by Herbert Kupferberg

THOSE FABULOUS PHILADELPHIANS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An admiring look at the Philadelphia Orchestra which from its inception 70 years ago has steadily maintained ""its pace and place"" primarily under the batons of Stokowsky and Ormandy. With very little marginalia, to wit the nonagenarian who is still faithfully attending each matinee, this concentrates on the above regimes--the Stokowski era which began in 1912 lasting some twenty years with increasing cavils toward the close, his boldly romantic style, his introduction of Mahler first and then more and more moderns, his showmanship; to be followed by the quieter Ormandy under whose unassuming but precise and knowledgeable leadership the orchestra has retained its prominence. A little sol fà ti do on the life of the players (their lonesome, confined world) concludes what is essentially an amplified record programmed with fidelity for others with a predicated interest.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1969
Publisher: Scribners