Kostelanetz, Andre (ON HOLD)

Popular orchestra conductor-arranger, pioneered “easy listening” music

Price: $10.00

Description:
(1901-1980) Russian-born popular orchestral music conductor and arranger, one of the pioneers of “easy listening” music. To US 1922, conducted radio concerts in 20s, began his own CBS weekly show, “André Kostelanetz Presents” in the 30s. Known for arranging and recording light classical music pieces for mass audiences, as well as orchestral versions of songs and Broadway show tunes. He made numerous recordings in his career, sold 50+ million records which became staples of beautiful music radio stations. For many years, Kostelanetz also conducted the New York Philharmonic in pops concerts and recordings, in which they were billed as “Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra”. He commissioned many works, inc. Aaron Copland's “Lincoln Portrait”, Jerome Kern's “Portrait of Mark Twain”, William Schuman's “New England Triptych”, Paul Creston's “Frontiers”, Ferde Grofé's “Hudson River Suite”, Virgil Thomson's musical portraits of Fiorello La Guardia and Dorothy Thompson, and Alan Hovhaness's “Floating World”. William Walton dedicated his “Capriccio burlesco” to Kostelanetz, who conducted its premiere and made the 1st recording, both with the New York Philharmonic. His last concert was “A Night in Old Vienna” with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 31, 1979. He was the 2nd husband (1938-58) of soprano Lily Pons. ISP, 10 x 8 b&w bust portrait, inscribed and signed with sentiment. IMAGE NOTE: light "splotch" at top left is reflected light, not a blemish!

Condition: Very good, 2 very minor smudges
Type:Photograph






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