Directors’ Musical Legacy
The Directors' Musical Legacy was a special initiative of Curtis's 2011-12 Appassionato season, reflecting the school's extraordinary heritage.
The Curtis philosophy encourages students to "learn by doing." One might also argue that Curtis director/presidents—outstanding artists as well as administrators—lead by doing. Over the course of several weeks, Curtis celebrates the musical impact of each director by releasing exemplary historical recordings of their music-making.
ROBERTO DÍAZ, from 2006 TO PRESENT
LISZT: Romance Oubliée
Roberto Díaz, viola, with Wolfgang Sawallisch, piano
Recorded at Curtis Hall in Philadelphia, April 26, 1998
Previous Features in this series
Gary Graffman: ROREM Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, movements 2, 3, and 4
Gary Graffman and the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music with André Previn, conductor
Recorded at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, February 1993
The Philadelphia Quintet: Robert Cole, flute ('51); John de Lancie, oboe ('40); Anthony Gigliotti, clarinet ('47); Mason Jones, horn ('38); Sol Schoenbach, bassoon
Recorded September 21, 1958 for Columbia Masterworks, Re-released by Boston Records, 2011
Rudolf Serkin, piano
Recorded at Curtis Hall; October 30, 1974; 8 p.m.,
Efrem Zimbalist: BRAHMS Concerto in A Minor for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra, Op. 102
Curtis Symphony Orchestra; Gregor Piatigorsky, cello; Alexander Hilsberg, conductor
Recorded at the Academy of Music; January 5, 1949; 8 p.m.
Randall Thompson: THOMPSON Symphony No. 2; Movement 1 (Allegro)
Curtis Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor
Recorded in Casimir Hall, April 29, 1940
Josef Hofmann: BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 4 in G major for Piano and Orchestra, Movement 3
Philadelphia Orchestra; Eugene Ormandy, conductor
Recorded at the Academy of Music, April 4, 1938, 8:30 p.m.