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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. Curtis celebrates the musical impact of each director with exemplary historical recordings of their music-making.


LISZT: Romance Oubliée

Roberto Díaz, viola, with Wolfgang Sawallisch, piano
Recorded at Curtis Hall in Philadelphia, April 26, 1998

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Gary Graffman video

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

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John de Lancie videoJohn de Lancie: BARBER Summer Music, Op. 31

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

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Rudolf Serkin videoRudolf Serkin: MENDELSSOHN Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Op. 35, No. 1

Rudolf Serkin, piano

Recorded at Curtis Hall; October 30, 1974; 8 p.m.,

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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.

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Curtis director Randall Thompson with students

Randall Thompson: THOMPSON Symphony No. 2; Movement 1 (Allegro)

Curtis Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor

Recorded in Casimir Hall, April 29, 1940

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Josef Hofmann video

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.




Cooke & BielerCurtis thanks Cooke & Bieler for its generous sponsorship of the Directors' Musical Legacy project, as well as the Season Selections from Curtis CD.