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Erich Leinsdorf

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Erich Leinsdorf was probably one of the most respectable (if not necessarily well-liked) European-born conductors and music directors to accomplish prominence in the us after World Battle II. He was an acclaimed operatic conductor, whose recordings of Turandot and Madama Butterfly through the late ’50s stay being among the most well-known within the catalog; his status like a conductor of orchestral music hasn’t survived quite aswell. He was created Erich Landauer in Vienna, Austria, and by age 5 was signed up for an area music college. He examined music on the School of Vienna as well as the Vienna Conservatory, producing his performing debut on the Musikvereinsaal upon graduation. Leinsdorf became the helper conductor from the Employees’ Chorus in Vienna in 1933, along with a calendar year later effectively auditioned before Bruno Walter and Arturo Toscanini on the Salzburg Celebration, where he was appointed Toscanini’s helper. Leinsdorf’s American debut occurred on the Metropolitan Opera when he executed Wagner’s Pass away Walküre on January 21, 1938. His achievement with Wagnerian operas resulted in his appointment on the Met in 1939 as mind of the business’s German repertoire. While at the Met he begun to develop a popularity being a rigorous taskmaster, requiring elevated rehearsal period from his performers and extremely specific fidelity towards the created score from music artists; although viewers generally valued the results, lots of the performers he caused resented his needs. He had taken American citizenship in 1942. The next calendar year he was appointed music movie director from the Cleveland Orchestra, but was shortly inducted in to the United States Military. Discharged in 1944, he came back towards the Met. During 1945 and 1946, he also executed the Cleveland Orchestra on many occasions, and came back to European countries where, as you of several main Austrian-born conductors who acquired no connections using the Nazis, he was involved to carry out the Vienna Philharmonic. He discovered his reception in his house city, destitute within the instant wake of Globe War II, to become less than completely cordial. By 1947, Leinsdorf was back america as music movie director from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in upstate NY, a post he kept until 1955. Leinsdorf offered as music movie director of the brand new York Town Opera for section of 1956, before time for the Met being a conductor and musical advisor. In 1962, Leinsdorf acceded to 1 of the very most renowned musical posts in the us, being successful Charles Munch as music movie director from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Leinsdorf’s tenure at Boston was incredibly successful, but stormy. He discovered the political factors of the music directorship — juggling the needs of individual music artists, their unions and existing function and rehearsal guidelines, and the panel of directors — to be always a distraction from his musical goals. Leinsdorf also became known for open up criticism his music artists’ educational shortcomings, and of mistakes created by his fellow conductors and by editors of musical ratings. He resigned the Boston post using the 1968-1969 period, content, in his very own words, to get exited along with his wellness intact. Leinsdorf executed opera and concert shows throughout the USA and European countries for another 2 decades. In 1978, he used his first long lasting post in European countries, becoming primary conductor from the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, a post he kept until 1980. In 1976, he released Cadenza: A Musical Profession, a memoir as significant because of its candid, brutally honest assessments of himself and his fellow music artists for its biographical items.

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Full Name Erich Leinsdorf
Died September 11, 1993, Zürich, Switzerland
Profession Conductor
Education University of Vienna
Nationality Austrian
Awards Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance, Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance, Operatic or Choral
Albums Die Walküre, Madama Butterfly - Disc 2, Rome Opera House 1957, Don Giovanni (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Erich Leinsdorf), Puccini: Turandot, Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte, La bohème, Aida, Così fan tutte, The Sound of Wagner (Stereo Version), Romeo And Juliet: Ballet Excerpts, Rossini: The Barber of Seville, Piano Concerto no. 2, Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Remastered), Beethoven: Symphony No. 9; Schoenberg: A Survivor From Warsaw, Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Symphony No. 5 (Boston Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Eric Leinsdorf), Portraits In Sound, Erich Leinsdorf conducts Prokofiev, Six ballets d'opéras (Stereo Version), Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1959), Dvorák: Symphony No. 6, Op. 60 (Mono Version), Six ballets d'opéras (Mono Version), Stravinsky: Agon / Schuller: Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee, Macbeth, Grieg & Mendelssohn: Concertos pour piano (Mono Version), Paysages et légendes (Stereo Version), The Leinsdorf Sessions, Vol. II, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique', Verdi: Macbeth, Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6, Symphonies 27-31 / Symphonies 32-35, Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts / Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E Major, Op. 9, Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.5 in G Major, Op. 55 & Weill: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (Little Threepenny Music), Mozart... The Symphony, Leinsdorf Conducts Rossini - Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (Digitally Remastered), Brief Encounter (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Wagner: Siegfried (New York, 1962), Symphony no. 9 in D minor, op. 125 "Choral", Tchaikovsky: Danses de Casse-noisette (Mono Version), Symphony no. 2 / The Creatures of Prometheus (Selections), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus feat. conductor: Erich Leinsdorf), Ein Heldenleben, op. 40, Die Walküre (Erich Leinsdorf, The London Symphony Orchestra feat. Nilsson, Vickers & London), Wagner: Parsifal, WWV 111, The Rubinstein Collection: Volume 58 (Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 & 5), Wagner: Götterdämmerung (New York, 1962), Mozart: Symphonies No. 28 to 34 (Original Remastered 2011), Mozart : Symphonies No. 8 to 14 (Original Remastered 2011), Stravnisky: Le sacre du Printemps; Petrushka, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Op. 35 - Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Op. 47, Puccini: Il tabarro (Remastered)
Nominations Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Music
Movies Richard Strauss Concert: Erich Leinsdorf


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Combien tu m'aimes? 2005 performer: "Un Ballo in Maschera: Zitti! L'Incanto Non Dessi Turbare excerpts" Composed by nm0006333 & nm0813928
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius 2004 performer: "Non Piangere, Liu" 1922-1924 - as Eric Leinsdorf
40 Days and 40 Nights 2002 performer: "Recondita Armonia"
Slaves of New York 1989 performer: "Glück, das mir verblieb"
Aria 1987 performer: "Un Ballo in Maschera extracts", "The Lute Song Glück, das mir verblieb", "Nessun dorma"
An Evening at Tanglewood 1967 TV Movie performer: "New World Symphony", "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts 1963 TV Movie conductor

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 20th Annual Grammy Awards 1978 TV Special Himself
Live from Lincoln Center 1977 TV Series Himself - Conductor
Face the Music 1975 TV Series Himself - Guest
NET Festival 1970 TV Series documentary Himself
Festival of Arts 1969 TV Series Himself - Conductor
An Evening at Tanglewood 1967 TV Movie Himself (conductor)
The Bell Telephone Hour 1967 TV Series Himself
Saga of Western Man 1966 TV Series documentary Himself - Conductor

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Individual Achievements in Music - Conducting Saga of Western Man (1963)


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