ARTHUR FIEDLER - MARCHES IN HI-FI
1958 RCA RED SEAL SHADED DOG LSC-2229
**ORIGINAL PRESS - BM 9/10*
Fiedler was appointed the eighteenth conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1930. While the position of conductor of the Boston Pops both prior to and after Fiedler tended to be a phase of a conductor's career, Fiedler made it his life's work, having the position for a half-century.
With Fiedler's direction, the Boston Pops reportedly made more recordings than any other orchestra in the world, most of them for RCA Victor, with total sales of albums, singles, tapes, and cassettes exceeding $50 million. His recordings began in July 1935 at Boston's Symphony Hall with RCA Victor, including a world premiere recording of Jacob Gade's Jalousie, which eventually sold more than a million copies, and the first complete recording of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin (with Jesús Maria Sanromá as soloist). In 1946, he conducted the Boston Pops in one of the first American recordings devoted to excerpts from a film score, Dmitri Tiomkin's music for the David O. Selznick Technicolor epic Duel in the Sun; RCA Victor released an album of ten-inch 78-rpm discs complete with photographs from the film.
Fiedler's June 20, 1947, recording of Gaîté Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach was eventually released by RCA as their very first long-playing classical album (RCA Victor LM-1001), in 1950. He recorded the same music in 1954 in stereo and began making regular stereo recordings in 1956. A number of Fiedler's recordings were released as 45-rpm "extended play" discs, beginning in 1949, such as Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave and Ketèlbey's In a Persian Market (RCA Victor ERA-2). Besides recording light classics, Fiedler also recorded music from Broadway shows and Hollywood film scores, as well as arrangements of popular music, especially the Beatles. He and the Boston Pops occasionally recorded classical works that were favorites, but not considered as "light" as most of the pieces that he conducted. He made but a single recording with the Boston Symphony Orchestra: Dvorak's New World Symphony. There were also recordings of chamber music by his Sinfonietta. Fiedler and the Boston Pops recorded exclusively for RCA Victor until the late 1960s, when they switched to Deutsche Grammophon for classical releases with co-owned Polydor Records for his arrangements of pop music compositions and then London Records. His last album, devoted to disco, was titled Saturday Night Fiedler.
Fiedler was also associated with the San Francisco Pops Orchestra for 26 summers (beginning during 1949), and conducted many other orchestras throughout the world. He was a featured conductor on several of NBC's The Standard Hour programs in 1950 and 1951, conducting the San Francisco Symphony in the War Memorial Opera House; the performances were preserved on transcription discs and later released on audio cassette.
In very rare visiting performances, Fielder accepted the invitation to conduct Don Caneva's John Hersey High School Bands after reviewing their latest recordings. Caneva said, “I was tremendously pleased and delighted when he said he would accept our invitation, after hearing a recent recording of the band." Fielder ended up conducting twice for Caneva’s bands in 1971 and 1972. In the final 1972 performance the band opened the Symphonic Winds portion of the concert with the "Festive Overture" by Dmitri Schostakovich, followed with the "American Salute" by Morton Gould. For the conclusion of this portion, Fiedler chose "The Finale From The New World Symphony" by Anton Dvorak. He also conducted Leroy Anderson's "Serenata" with the high school band.
Fiedler dressed for the part of a fireman for a show skit. Red Skelton is dressed as Clem Kadiddlehopper.
Fiedler had many different hobbies. He was fascinated by the work of firefighters and would travel in his own vehicle to large fires in and around Boston at any time of the day or night to watch the firefighters at work. He was even made an "Honorary Captain" in the Boston Fire Department. A number of other fire departments gave him honorary fire helmets and/or badges. The official biography of Fiedler reports that the conductor once helped in the rescue efforts at the tragic Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston in 1942. An avid sailor, he volunteered during the early days of World War II for the Temporary Reserve of the U.S. Coast Guard and was later a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Fiedler conducted at the nationally-televised opening ceremonies of Walt Disney World in 1971. He also appeared on numerous telecasts on Evening at Pops, carried on PBS stations nationwide.
In honor of Fiedler's influence on American music, on October 23, 1976 he was awarded the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit. Beginning in 1964, this award "established to bring a declaration of appreciation to an individual each year that has made a significant contribution to the world of music and helped to create a climate in which our talents may find valid expression."
On January 10, 1977, Fiedler was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Gerald Ford. (AMG)
Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops* – Marches In Hi-Fi
Label: RCA Victor Red Seal – LSC-2229 Shaded Dog
Series: Living Stereo
Format: Vinyl, LP, Stereo
Country: US Released: 1958
A1 Aida: Grand March
A2 Babes In Toyland: March Of The Toys
A3 Semper Fidelis
A4 Suite No. 1, Op. 43: Marche Miniature
A5 Yankee Doodle
A6 Up The Street
A7 Damnation Of Faust: Rakoczy March
B1 The Music Man: 76 Trombones
B2 Caucasian Sketches: Procession Of The Sardar
B3 Sambre Et Meuse
B4 The Ruins Of Athens: Turkish March
B5 Colonel Bogey
B7 American Salute
B8 Strike Up The Band
Recorded At – Symphony Hall, Boston
Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis
Copyright (c) – Radio Corporation Of America
Conductor – Arthur Fiedler
Cover [Illustration On Back Of Sleeve] – Mozelle Thompson
Engineer – Lewis Layton
Liner Notes – Robert A. Simon
Orchestra – Boston Pops Orchestra*
Producer – Richard Mohr
Recorded 15 - 16 May 1958 in Symphony Hall, Boston.
First US stereo issue.
- "Shaded Dog" labels
- "LIVING STEREO" at bottom of label
- "STEREO-ORTHOPONIC..." text below Nipper
- text in semi-cirlce at bottom of label starting with "TRADE MARKS"
(labelography code: UE4)
- Some copies will have a "Miracle Surface" sticker on front of sleeve.
- "Stereo-Orthoponic High Fidelity Recording" on front of sleeve.
- "Printed in U.S.A." on front of sleeve.
- "© by Radio Corporation Of America, 1958" on back of sleeve
1st cat# on front and back of sleeve, as well as on spine top.
2nd cat# on labels and spine bottom.
Corresponding mono issue has cat# LM-2229
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