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  There is an often-reproduced photo of Fiedler pretending to play what I seem to recall was a violin (rather than a viola) with Pierre Monteux holding a baton as if conducting. Fiedler has a big smile on his face as he looks at Monteux -- as if he were again playing for him. Fiedler was a regular member of the BSO during Monteux's years as the orchestra's conductor between 1919 and 1924, and everyone who has written about it has said that Fiedler worshipped Monteux. The photo was taken sometime during the 1950s, after Monteux had returned to regularly guest-conduct the BSO at Charles Munch's invitation.

  Don Tait

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Russell Miller <[log in to unmask]>
To: ARSCLIST <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Mon, May 5, 2014 9:22 am
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Dora Labbette, Soprano with string quartette: The Flowers of the Forests, 1925?


Arthur Fiedler played both violin and viola in the Boston Symphony, but I
don't remember which instrument he played when he participated in the
Victor recordings conducted by Karl Muck. There's a letter in which Fiedler
recalled the experience many years later.

Russell


On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 9:47 AM, John Haley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I just looked up Fiedler in Wiki, and while born in Boston, his parents
> moved to Europe (Vienna and Berlin) and he studied violin with Willy Hess
> at the Berlin Hochschule.  I didn't see mention of the Johann Strauss III's
> orchestra, but that is possible.  I might be wrong about his playing the
> viola.  Monteux was a violist, and both Reiner and Mitropoulos were
> pianists.  We have a recording of Mitropoulos performing and conducting a
> Prokofiev concerto.
>
> Best,
> John Haley
>
>
> On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM, Roger Kulp <[log in to unmask]
> >wrote:
>
> > Szell,Walter,Solti,and Bernstein all made very famous recordings as
> > pianists.I have seen it reported that Fiedler played in Johann Strauss
> > III's orchestra as a student.Is there any truth to this?
> >
> > Roger
> >
> > > Date: Sun, 4 May 2014 12:45:19 -0400
> > > From: [log in to unmask]
> > > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Dora Labbette, Soprano with string quartette:
> > The Flowers of the Forests, 1925?
> > > To: [log in to unmask]
> > >
> > > I believe Fiedler (whose name means "fiddler") was also a violist.  But
> > the
> > > violists are in good company with composers.  Beethoven, Rossini and
> > Mozart
> > > all played the viola, I believe, altho both Beethoven and Mozart had
> > > performing careers as pianists.  Most of the famous violinists of the
> > 19th
> > > Century, and before, were also composers.
> > >
> > > Best, John
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Sun, May 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM, Dave Burnham <[log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > You're right. And an inordinate number were cellists, the ones you
> > mention
> > > > along with Kindler, Bourdon, Casals and Rostropovich. I think
> > Hindemith did
> > > > some conducting as well which would fill out the picture by
> including a
> > > > violist.
> > > >
> > > > db
> > > >
> > > > Sent from my iPhone
> > > >
> > > > > On May 4, 2014, at 10:48 AM, John Haley <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > Most of the great conductors were/are in fact string players, not
> > > > pianists.
> > > > > Szell, Walter, Solti and Bernstein were pianists, and Stokowski was
> > an
> > > > > organist (his first job in the US was as organist for St. Bart's
> > Church
> > > > in
> > > > > Manhattan).  Most of the rest were string players.  Munch was a
> > > > > concertmaster under Furtwaengler.  Toscanini and Barbirolli were
> > > > cellists.
> > > > > Koussevitzsky was a bass fiddle virtuoso.  Ormandy was the most
> > famous
> > > > > violin student of Hubay, Szigeti's teacher.
> > > > >
> > > > > Best,
> > > > > John Haley
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > On Sun, May 4, 2014 at 4:42 AM, Nick Morgan <
> > > > > [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > >> I suppose most conductors trained before orchestral recording
> became
> > > > >> widespread must have been able to - does anyone know of any that
> > > > couldn't?
> > > > >>
> > > > >> Nick
> > > > >> -----Original Message-----
> > > > >> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> > > > >> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dave Burnham
> > > > >> Sent: 04 May 2014 04:11
> > > > >> To: [log in to unmask]
> > > > >> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Dora Labette, Soprano with string
> > quartette: The
> > > > >> Flowers of the Forests, 1925?
> > > > >>
> > > > >> I recently came across a record by Dora Labette with Beecham at
> the
> > > > piano;
> > > > >> never realized he could play the piano.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> db
> > > > >>
> > > >
> >
> >
>