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Oscar Fried quandry
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g***@gmail.com
2018-02-24 18:54:44 UTC
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Dante has issued Fried conducting Scheherazade and the Firebird Suite.
Fine transfers. But it is attributed to the Radio Moscow Orchestra, in
1928. Is this possible? Didn't they proscribe Igor's music then? Isn't it
early for a radio symphony to be busy. Whom actually did he lead?
Allan Evans
Unfortunately I can't tell you for sure, Allan, but it sounds quite
verisimilar. According to Soviet Music Encyclopaedia Fried was touring in
the USSR since 1921 (or 1922) almost every year and finally moved here
in 1934 (he took Soviet citizenship in 1940, i.e. a year before his death).
The same source says that he was appointed conductor of Radio Committee
Orchestra in Moscow and (sic!) premiered some works by Stravinsky and
Schoenberg in the USSR.. Actually there wasn't serious state regulation
of musical repertoire in 1928 (the situation was getting worse since 1934
and reached its pick right after WW2. There is Melodiya 2LP set 'The Art
of Oscar Fried' (D 031237-40) that consists of two performances -
Beethoven 9th with Berlin Opera Choir and Orch. (1928)
and Berlioz Simphonie Fantastique with USSR STate Orch (1937).
Recent Youtube upload:

Berlioz: "Symphonie fantastique" (1937. restored) Oskar Fried / USSR S.O.
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2021-10-13 00:51:09 UTC
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Dante has issued Fried conducting Scheherazade and the Firebird Suite.
Fine transfers. But it is attributed to the Radio Moscow Orchestra, in
1928. Is this possible? Didn't they proscribe Igor's music then? Isn't it
early for a radio symphony to be busy. Whom actually did he lead?
Allan Evans
Unfortunately I can't tell you for sure, Allan, but it sounds quite
verisimilar. According to Soviet Music Encyclopaedia Fried was touring in
the USSR since 1921 (or 1922) almost every year and finally moved here
in 1934 (he took Soviet citizenship in 1940, i.e. a year before his death).
The same source says that he was appointed conductor of Radio Committee
Orchestra in Moscow and (sic!) premiered some works by Stravinsky and
Schoenberg in the USSR.. Actually there wasn't serious state regulation
of musical repertoire in 1928 (the situation was getting worse since 1934
and reached its pick right after WW2. There is Melodiya 2LP set 'The Art
of Oscar Fried' (D 031237-40) that consists of two performances -
Beethoven 9th with Berlin Opera Choir and Orch. (1928)
and Berlioz Simphonie Fantastique with USSR STate Orch (1937).
Berlioz: "Symphonie fantastique" (1937. restored) Oskar Fried / USSR S.O.
(Recent Y. upload):

Oskar Fried (1871 - 1941): Beethoven: Symphony no.9 (Berlin 1928)
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