• Artist-Title-Year
    (1979) Boston University Symphony Orchestra: BERLIOZ/RACHMANINOFF )
  • Label Release No.
    Boston University Records, BU-103 [LP]
  • Notes / Trivia

    The copyright of this recording is owned by the Trustees of Boston University.


Engineered by Newton Electronics, Boston; Hector Berlioz, composer (1); Sergei Rachmaninoff, composer (2-4)

Critic reception

“The version (of Rachmaninoff #3), I treasure is not even commercially available: a live recording from 1978 by Anthony di Bonaventura with the Boston University Symphony conducted by Joseph Silverstein. Mr. di Bonaventura is a superb technician and an aristocratic musician. His tempos are spacious, but he elucidates every nuance of the music and reveals all of that note-clogged passage work to be thematic and compositional.” Anthony Tommassini, New York Times (10/29/1995)

“Other pianists may have developed one or another aspect of technique to a higher degree than Anthony di Bonaventura or command a larger range of sonority or a more glamorously individual tone. But I do not believe I have ever heard, in live performance, a technique more fully and completely developed, more flexible, more finished than di Bonaventura’s…In everything di Bonaventura shows his Italian heritage, for the only word to describe the effect of his playing is cantilena, the singing line: he plays the way the great Italian singers of the turn of the century sang, with great expressive freedom, but without the vulgarity. There were listeners who found di Bonaventura’s lingering freedom excessive; it left me hanging on every note. That the Boston University Orchestra was able to follow every expressive inflection of the soloist was a high compliment to their skill and to the sympathy and resourcefulness of their conductor, Joseph Silverstein compliment”, Richard Dyer Boston Globe (10/14/1978)


1. Roman Carnival Overture, op. 9 (Berlioz), 2-4 Concerto No. 3 for Piano in D Minor, op 30 (Rachmaninoff)

Recording info

Recorded live at Symphony Hall, Boston Works excerpted from a program given October 13, 1978

Joseph Silverstein, conductor; Violin I - David Chen (concertmaster), David Dyer, Elizabeth Field, Cynthia Heller, Clayton Hoener, Philip Johnson, Susan Krasner, Elliott Markow, Joanna Matkowska, Laurie Roelofs, Gina Soter, Vivian Wolf; Violin II - Diane Nicholeris, Linda Ciacchi, Judith Cohen, Michael Compton, Arthur Hock, Donna Locantore, Irene Quirmbach, Sue Rabut, Victor Romanul, Pauline Rowe, Maria Zimmermann Viola: Anne Black, Martin Andersen, Susan Chan, Pamela Geannelis, Marcia Hanjian, Sandra Henry, George Pascal, Janette Sabo, Marilyn Seelman, Steven Wedell; Cello - Timothy Allcott, Angela Beeching, Nancy Birnbaum, Jill Meredith, Deborah Milan, Matthew Sager, Stephen Smith, Merrill Stone, Eric Trumpler, Tomas Ulrich; Bass - Mark Atherton, Aldo Fabrizi, Margaret Metcalf, Kathy Strand, Albert Tedesco; Flute - Andrea Garrone, Patricia Greenler, Mari Yasumi; Oboe - Lynne Cohen, Esther Gleason, Jean Schumer; Clarinet - Elisabeth Bryant, Karen Hemmick,William Hudgins, David Millis; Bassoon - Ronald Haroutunian, Joel Kleinbaum, Jonathan McGowan, Horn: Laurel Bennert, John Cox, David Cutler, Donna Dolson, Cheryle Obstfelder; Trumpet - Julia Cohen, Virginia Jenks, John Morrison, Linn Weeda; Trombone - Mark Manduca; Bass - David Nikka,Timothy Van Dam; Tuba - Henry Greve; Percussion - Dan Morgan, Paul Pitts, Neil Pregozen; Harp - Richard Hunter, Ruth Myers; Piano - Anthony di Bonaventura (2-4)