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The Utah Symphony is one of the major orchestral ensembles of the American West, having established a high standard of performance and a distinctive sound under longtime conductor Maurice Abravanel. The group has had a distinguished recording career, issuing almost 120 albums under Abravanel on the Vanguard and Vox labels. After the failure of several other attempts to establish a symphony orchestra in Salt Lake City, the Utah State Sinfonietta, founded as a U.S. Works Progress Administration project in 1935, played more than a thousand concerts in the late 1930s, inspiring local business leaders to form a Utah State Symphony Orchestra in 1940 when federal funding was discontinued. The group's first music director was Hans Heniot. In 1946, its name was changed to the Utah Symphony, and the following year, conductor Maurice Abravanel, a student of Bruno Walter, was hired under a one-year contract. He turned down a lucrative offer from Radio City Music Hall in New York and persisted with the orchestra through various funding crises, at times working without pay because he hoped to build a distinctive ensemble of his own. His mission was successful: Utah Symphony albums became linchpins of American record collections in the LP era, and Abravanel-led classics such as the orchestra's recording of the Berlioz's Requiem, Op. 5, have been reissued in digital media. The orchestra recorded complete cycles of the symphonies of Mahler (it was the first orchestra anywhere to do so) and Tchaikovsky. During Abravanel's tenure the orchestra performed in Salt Lake City's Mormon Tabernacle. A new Symphony Hall, renamed Abravanel Hall in 1993, was opened in 1980 and has been noted for its fine acoustics. Abravanel retired in 1979 and was succeeded by Varujan Kojian (1980-1983), Joseph Silverstein (1983-1998), Keith Lockhart (1998-2009), and Thierry Fischer. The orchestra often performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Opera, merging organizationally with the latter group in 2002. Its pace of recordings slowed somewhat, but critically acclaimed Utah Symphony releases have continued to appear. Fischer has championed contemporary music and issued Dawn to Dusk, featuring works by Augusta Read Thomas (whose EOS: Goddess of the Dawn was commissioned by the orchestra), Nico Muhly, and Andrew Norman, in 2016. The orchestra's recording of Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 ("Organ") appeared in 2019.
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  2.   The Imperial March
  3.   The Nutcracker (ballet), Op. 71, Act. I: "Scene"
  4.   Symphony No. 6 in A minor~1. Allegro energico, ma non troppo: No. 25
  5.   The Nutcracker (ballet), Op. 71, Act III: " 'Divertissement: 'Le thé: Danse chinoise"
  6.   Römischer Karneval: Overture
  7.   Symphony No. 4 in G major~1. Bedächtig. nicht eilen
  8.   Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 "Polish"~V. Allegro con fuoco
  9.   The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: I. Ouverture miniature. Allegro giusto
  10.   Grande messe des morts , H 75: III. Quid sum miser
  11.   Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: v. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
  12.   The Nutcracker, Op. 71 Act II: XII. Chocolate - Spanish dance
  13.   Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: iii. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: iv. Sehr langsam. Misterioso. Durchaus ppp
  14.   Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: I. The Abduction and Ingrid's Lament
  15.   Here They Come
  16.   The Nutcracker, Op. 71 Act II: XIV. Pas de deux
  17.   The Nutcracker, Op. 71 Act I: VIII. A pine forest in winter
  18.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act I: IV. Allegro simplice - Presto
  19.   The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Marche. Tempo di marcia viva
  20.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act II: XIII. Coda - Allegro vivo
  21.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. I: "Moderato"
  22.   Lyric Suite, Op. 54: II. Norwegian March
  23.   Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: IV. Solveig's Song
  24.   Symphonic Dances, Op. 64~II. Allegretto grazioso
  25.   Symphony No. 6 in A Minor ('Tragic'): i. Allegro energico, ma non troppo
  26.   Symphony No. 4 in G Major: vi. Sehr behaglich: Wir genießen die himmlischen Freuden
  27.   Symphony No. 10~1. Adagio: No. 13
  28.   Darth Vader's Death
  29.   Jabba the Hutt
  30.   Yoda's Theme
  31.   Princess Leia's Theme
  32.   Star Wars (Main Titles) by John Williams
  33.   Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major ('Symphony of a Thousand'): xiii.. Bei der Liebe, die den Füßen
  34.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act I: V. Tempo di valse
  35.   Symphony No. 7 in E Minor: II. Nachtmusik
  36.   Symphony No. 5: I. Trauermarsch
  37.   Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36~IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
  38.   The Nutcracker (ballet), Op. 71, Act II: "Valse des flocons de neige"
  39.   Symphony No. 5 in E Major, Op. 64: IV. Andante maestoso. Allegro vivace
  40.   Symphony No. 5: IV. Adagietto
  41.   Fight with Tie Fighters
  42.   The Nutcracker, Op. 71 Act II: XII. Mother gigogne and the clowns
  43.   Symphony No. 3 in D minor (conclusion)~6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden: No. 9
  44.   Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique": III. Allegro molto vivace
  45.   The Nutcracker, Op. 71 Act II: XIV. Coda
  46.   Symphony No. 1 in D major ''The Titan~3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu Schleppen
  47.   The Nutcracker, Op. 71 Act I: VII. The battle
  48.   Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 "Polish"~III. Andante elegiaco
  49.   Egmont: Overture
  50.   Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor: iv. Adagietto. Sehr langsam
  51.   Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture, TH 42 (Standard Version from 1880)
  52.   Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'~1. Hymnus 'Veni, Creator spiritus': Tu septiformis munere
  53.   II. Allegro moderato - Presto - Allegro moderato - Maestoso - Piu allegro - Molto allegro
  54.   The Nutcracker, Op. 71 Act II: XIV. Variation II - Dance of the sugar-plum fairy
  55.   Symphony No. 7 in E Minor ('Song of the Night'): iii. Scherzo: Schattenhaft, fließend, aber nicht schnell
  56.   Symphony No. 1 in D Major ('Titan'): ii. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
  57.   Symphony No. 5 in E Major, Op. 64: III. Valse. Allegro moderato
  58.   Symphony No. 3 in D minor (conclusion)~6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden: No. 26
  59.   Norwegian Dance No. 2 , Op. 35/2 (Allegretto tranquillo e grazioso)
  60.   Symphony No. 3 in D minor (beginning)~1. Kräftig. Entschieden: No. 13
  61.   Lyric Suite, Op. 54: IV. March of the Dwarfs
  62.   Lyric Suite, OP. 54: III. Notturno
  63.   Leichte Kavallerie: Overture
  64.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. III: "Danse Espagnole"
  65.   Symphony No. 9 in D major (conclusion)~3. Rondo. Burleske. Allegro assai
  66.   Swan Lake, Op. 20a: IV. Danse des cygnes
  67.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. I: "Allegro semplice, Presto"
  68.   Symphony No. 6 in A minor~4. Finale. Allegro moderato: No. 129
  69.   Symphony No. 7 in E Minor ('Song of the Night'): iv. Nachtmusik. Andante amoroso
  70.   Symphony No. 5: III. Scherzo
  71.   Finale
  72.   Symphony No. 6 in A minor~4. Finale. Allegro moderato: No. 150
  73.   Russlan & Ludmilla: Overture
  74.   Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 56~III. Triumphal March
  75.   Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'~1. Hymnus 'Veni, Creator spiritus': Infirma nostri corporis
  76.   The Nutcracker (ballet), Op. 71, Act II: "Scène et danse Grossvater"
  77.   Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor: i. Trauermarsch. In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt
  78.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act II: X. Moderato
  79.   The Nutcracker, Op. 71 Act II: XI. Arrival of clara and the nutcarcker
  80.   Symphony No. 6 in A Minor ('Tragic'): iv. Finale: Allegro moderato. Allegro energico
  81.   Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major ('Symphony of a Thousand'): xiv. Neige, neige, Du Ohnegleiche
  82.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. II: " Pas d'action: Andante, Andante non troppo"
  83.   Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: III. Anitra's Dance
  84.   Twentieth Century-Fox Fanfare
  85.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act II: XIII. Tempo di valse
  86.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act I: IV. Allegro
  87.   Main Theme: Notorious (From "Notorious")
  88.   Strangers on a Train (From "Strangers on a Train") by Charles Ketcham
  89.   Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique"~I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo (Excerpt)
  90.   Symphony No. 5 in E Major, Op. 64: I. Andante, Allegro con anima
  91.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act I: III. Allegro moderato
  92.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. II: "Scène: Moderato"
  93.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. II: "Tempo di valse"
  94.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act I: V. Andante - Allegro
  95.   The Nutcracker (ballet), Op. 71, Act II
  96.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. IV: " Scene"
  97.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. IV: "Entr'acte"
  98.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. III: "Scene"
  99.   Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78: II.b. Maestoso – Allegro
  100.   Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Op. 65
  101.   Symphony No. 9 in D Major: iv. Adagio. Sehr Langsam Und Noch Zuruckhaltend
  102.   Symphony No. 6 in A Minor ('Tragic'): iii. Andante moderato
  103.   Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: ii. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr mässig
  104.   Symphony No. 4 in G major~3. Ruhevoll. Poco adagio
  105.   Symphony No. 9 in D major (beginning)~2. Im Tempo eines gemachlichen Ländlers
  106.   Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: III. Peer Gynt's Homecoming
  107.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. I: " Moderato assai — Allegro non troppo — Tempo I"
  108.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. III: "Danse Hongroise"
  109.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. III: "Danses du Corps de Ballet et des Nains"
  110.   Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: III. Allegro giocoso
  111.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act I: IV. Moderato
  112.   Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor~2. Stürmisch bewegt mit grösster Verhemenz
  113.   Symphony No. 7 in E minor~3. Scherzo. Schattenhaft. Fliessend, aber nicht schnell
  114.   Symphony No. 2 in C Minor ('Resurrection'): i. Allegro maestoso. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck
  115.   Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major ('Symphony of a Thousand'): vii. Poco adagio: Waldung, sie schwankt heran
  116.   Symphony No. 7 in E Minor ('Song of the Night'): v. Rondo-Finale: Allegro ordinario
  117.   Symphony No. 6 in A minor~4. Finale. Allegro moderato: No. 117 (Sempre l'istesso Tempo)
  118.   Symphony No. 6 in A Minor ('Tragic'): ii. Scherzo: Wuchtig
  119.   Luke and Leia
  120.   Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46~IV. In the Hall of the Mountain King
  121.   Symphony No. 1 in D Major ('Titan'): i. Langsam. Schleppend
  122.   Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 "Polish"~II. Allegro moderato e semplice
  123.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act II: XII. Allegro
  124.   The Nutcracker (ballet), Op. 71, Act III: "Scène: Le palais enchanté de Confiturenburg"
  125.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. II: " Scène: Allegro, Moderato assai quasi andante"
  126.   Symphony No. 10~1. Adagio: No. 26 (Andante)
  127.   Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78: I. Adagio – Allegro moderato – Poco adagio
  128.   Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major ('Symphony of a Thousand'): iv. Accende lumen sensibus
  129.   Symphony No. 3 in D minor (beginning)~1. Kräftig. Entschieden: No. 54
  130.   Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"~I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
  131.   Symphony No. 1 in D major ''The Titan~2. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu Schnell
  132.   Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major ('Symphony of a Thousand'): ii. Imple superna gratia
  133.   Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: II. Arab Dance
  134.   Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor~5. Rondo - Finale: Allegro
  135.   Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13 "Winter Reveries": IV. Andante lugubre - Allegro maestoso
  136.   Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor: ii. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit größter Vehemenz
  137.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. I: "Pas de trois"
  138.   Symphony No. 3 in D minor (beginning)~5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
  139.   Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: vi. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
  140.   Symphony No. 1 in D Major ('Titan'): iv. Stürmisch bewegt
  141.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. II: "Scène: Allegro moderato, Moderato, Allegro vivo"
  142.   Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor: v. Rondo-Finale: Allegro
  143.   Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13 "Winter Reveries": I. Allegro tranquillo
  144.   The Nutcracker, Op. 71 Act II: XIV. Variation I - Tarantella
  145.   The Nutcracker, Op. 71 Act II: XII. Dance of the mirlitons
  146.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. III: "Pas de Six"
  147.   The Nutcracker (ballet), Op. 71, Act III: " Valse finale et apothèose"
  148.   Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: iv.Sehr langsam. Misterioso. Durchaus ppp
  149.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act I: V. Tempo di valse ma non troppo - Viva, Quasi moderato
  150.   The Nutcracker (ballet), Op. 71 , Act II: "L'ornement et l'illumination de l'arbre de Noël"
  151.   Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor: IV. Adagietto
  152.   Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: II. The Death of Ase
  153.   Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36~III. Scherzo. Allegro
  154.   The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: VI. Danse chinoise. Allegro moderato
  155.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. III: "Danse Napolitaine"
  156.   The Nutcracker (ballet), Op. 71, Act II: " Scène: La bataille"
  157.   Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major ('Symphony of a Thousand'): xv. Blicket auf zum Retterblick
  158.   Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"~IV. Moderato assai
  159.   Swan Lake, Op. 20a: II. Valse
  160.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act I: VII. Sujet
  161.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. I: "Tempo di valse ma non troppo vivo, quasi moderato"
  162.   Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13 "Winter Reveries": III. Allegro scherzando giocoso
  163.   The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: VIII. Valse des fleurs. Tempo di Valse
  164.   Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'~1. Hymnus 'Veni, Creator spiritus': Veni, Creator spiritus
  165.   The Nutcracker, Op. 71 Act II: X. The enchanted palace
  166.   Symphony No. 3 in D minor (beginning)~1. Kräftig. Entschieden: No. 62
  167.   The Nutcracker (ballet), Op. 71, Act II: "Scène: Une forêt de sapins en hiver"
  168.   Grande messe des morts, H 75: IV. Rex tremendæ
  169.   Swan Lake (ballet), Op. 20, Act. IV: "Danses des Petits Cygnes"
  170.   I. Poco adagio
  171.   Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"~III. Allegro molto vivace
  172.   The Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act I: IV. Coda - Allegro vivace
  173.   Symphony No. 3 in D minor (beginning)~2. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr mässig
  174.   Swan Lake, Op. 20a: III. Danse des cygnes
  175.   Symphony No. 6 in A minor~4. Finale. Allegro moderato: Beginning
  176.   Symphony No. 4 in G major~4. Sehr behaglich
  177.   The Nutcracker (ballet), Op. 71: " 'Divertissement: Le chocolat: Danse espagnole"
  178.   Symphony No. 4 in G Major: III. Ruhevoll, Poco adagio