MITSO CDs from the Epstein years

EpsteinThe Lewis Music Library’s compact discs of the MIT Symphony Orchestra (MITSO) now include many CDs from the 1960s-1990s when David Epstein was the conductor. A multi-year project to convert old reel-to-reel tape recordings of the orchestra to digital format was funded by the Epstein family, MITSO alums, and other donors.

Library staff have checked the audio and inserts for 55 of the 72 concerts. As each is done and ready to circulate, the Barton catalog status is changed from Received/Not Available” to “In Library.” A MITSO playlist in iTunes is also being built, so if you are close enough to Bldg. 14 you can listen to sample tracks there.


MIT Symphony Orchestra: April 9, 1967.
PhonCD M69275 mit 1967 Apr9
Contents: Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 4 in G major, opus 88; J.S. Bach, Brandenburg concerto no. 4; Roberto Gerhard, Dances from the ballet “Don Quixote.”

MIT Symphony Orchestra: May 10, 1975.
PhonCD M69275 mit 1975 May10
Contents: George W. Chadwick, Overture to Rip Van Winkle; Arthur Berger, Three pieces for string orchestra; Aaron Copland, Orchestral variations; W.A. Mozart, Symphony no. 35 in D major, K. 385 (Haffner).

MIT Symphony Orchestra: December 9, 1995.
PhonCD M69275 mit 1995 Dec9
Contents: José Luis Elizondo, Estampas mexicanas: Ferial; Danza del pájaro sagrado; Teotlalli; Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano concerto no. 2 in B flat, op. 19; Johannes Brahms, Symphony no. 1 in c, op. 68.

Want to find others? Here are two suggestions for searching them in Barton:

  • Author keyword: MIT Symphony Epstein
  • Call number browse: PhonCD M69275 mit

Music CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days (limit of 5; no renewals). The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.