Bass Concerto, Movement 1 & 2, by Serge Koussevitzky
Such an example is Russian emigre Serge Koussevitzky
, whose premieres of Scriabin's orchestral works were quite positively received in Russia and initially in the US after Koussevitzky became principal conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The slow third movement is enrapturing--a broadly conceived memorial to the wife of commissioner, Serge Koussevitzky
. Jin Belohlavek loved this work very much.
She had the memorable experience there of playing under both Leonard Bernstein and Serge Koussevitzky
In 1944, Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Serge Koussevitzky
After the performance, Damrosch turned to the audience and snorted: "If a young man at the age of 23 can write a symphony like that, in five years he will be ready to commit murder" Nonetheless other orchestras, like the Boston Symphony led by the more venturesome Serge Koussevitzky
, championed Copland's music, including the Symphony for Organ, the jazzy Music for the Theatre, and the Piano Concerto.
The teaching aspect of Tanglewood was present from the beginning, thanks to the ideas and influence of Serge Koussevitzky
, conductor of the orchestra at the time the Boston Symphony decided to perform summers in Tanglewood.
Linking Bartok and Mussorgsky is the great (and wealthy, thanks to a good marriage) conductor Serge Koussevitzky
who used his wife's inheritance to commission works from deserving composers.