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Willi Boskovsky


Willi Boskovsky was a significant figure double over in classical music, 1st because the concertmaster from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from 1936 until his pension in 1979, as well as for 25 years (1954-1979) as conductor from the orchestra’s renowned New Year’s concerts. The second option, principally specialized in the music of Johann Strauss II, produced Boskovsky right into a celebrity in the podium and led to recordings, mainly of Strauss, but additionally of Mozart, Liszt, and Dvorák, among additional composers. Boskovsky moved into the Vienna Academy of Music at nine like a violin college student. He graduated in 1927 and pursued a profession like a soloist and along with his personal chamber group, the Boskovsky Trio, on the following five years. In 1933, he became a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and became the orchestra’s concertmaster in 1936. On the following 18 years, he continued to be within the violin section and in addition structured the Vienna Octet. In 1954, Boskovsky been successful Clemens Krauss on the podium for the orchestra’s New Year’s concerts, hence beginning 25 % century of the performances, that have been broadcast internationally on radio and down the road television. Boskovsky’s method of the waltzes, polkas, and quadrilles that composed these programs demonstrated immensely popular, offering their lyricism without compromising their even more majestic characteristics. In 1958, the violinist-turned-conductor produced the to begin a large number of LPs of Viennese waltz music for Decca Information. His timing was impeccable, as we were holding among the initial stereo recordings from the repertory and made an appearance just like stereo system was sweeping into homes. They truly became a number of the biggest and steadiest retailers in Decca’s traditional catalog on the following two decades, also topping the traditional charts in Britain. In the first ’60s, Boskovsky’s performances in America being a visitor conductor with the brand new York Philharmonic as well as the LA Philharmonic orchestras had been considered main musical occasions. He surprised viewers and critics as well by reviving a custom made from Strauss’ personal performances, getting his violin towards the podium and using both it and his bow as batons, nearly waltzing towards the music as he carried out, and sometimes playing along aswell. Through the 1960s, Boskovsky branched out in his recordings, especially having a landmark nine-volume group of Mozart dances, marches, and minuets for Decca; in the meantime, for EMI, he documented some Viennese operettas, including Strauss’ Fledermaus and Wiener Blut, Zeller’s Der Vogelhandler, Lehár’s Paganini, and Suppé’s Boccaccio. Peter G. Davis, composing in THE BRAND NEW York Instances in 1972, praised Boskovsky’s documenting of Fledermaus because of its “razor-sharp accuracy,” “low fat sonorities,” and “muscular thrust,” remarking that “he is able to kick up his pumps when needed and still protect the undercurrent of friendliness.” Boskovsky continued to be active pursuing his 1979 pension through the Vienna Philharmonic and documented well in to the digital period using the Johann Strauss Orchestra of Vienna. His greatest recordings from the Viennese repertory, in orchestral music and operetta, stay highly valued and on the net on CD.

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Date Of Birth June 16, 1909
Died April 21, 1991, Visp, Switzerland
Profession Violinist
Education University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Nationality Austrian
Albums Famous Strauss Waltzes, Mozart: Serenades & Divertimenti (8 CDs), Mozart: Complete Piano Trios, Viennese Bon-Bons, Die Grosse Gala, Eine kleine Nachtmusik / 'Posthorn' Serenade, Famous Waltzes, Vol. 2, Bach: Suite No. 3, Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 & 5 (Berlin 1948 & Salzburg 1950), Beethoven: Septuor, Op. 20 (Mono Version), Der Vogelhändler, Paganini, Grieg: Holberg Suite, Dvorák: String Quartet No. 10, Op. 51 (Mono Version), Mozart: Serenade "Haffner", K. 250 (Stereo Version), Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / Serenata Notturna / Serenades K100, K250 & K320, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, Das Land des Lächelns, Poemas Sinfónicas, Strauss, Dances Of Old Vienna, Mozart: Sonates pour violon et piano (Mono Version), Gaité Parisienne / Waltzes, Strauss II: Graduation Ball - Berlioz: L'Invitation à la valse (Stereo Version), Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 9 (Mono Version), Mozart: Sonates pour violon et piano, K. 306, 380 & 404 (Mono Version), Walzer, Strauss Waltzes, New Year's Concert 1979, Waltzes, Polkas & Marches, Strauss II: Waltzes, Lehár Waltzes, Vienna Carnival, 19 Waltzes, Violin Sonatas, The Strauss Family: Waltzes & Polkas, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major / Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Waltzes, Mozart: Complete Edition Vol.2: Serenades, Dances & Marches, Vienna New Year's Concert, The World of Strauss, Holberg Suite / Elegiac Melodies / Nordic Melodies / Lyric Pieces, Blue Danube Strauss Waltzes (The Philadelphia Orchestra feat. conductor Eugene Ormandy), Lehár: Waltzes, Animals in Classical Music, Vol. 4, The Johann Strauss Experience, Lehár: Walzer, Best Strauss Waltzes:Emperor Waltz [International Version] (International Version), Johann (I-II) e Joseph Strauss, Strauss: The Best of Waltzes, Polkas & Marches Collection, Grieg: Holberg Suite; Two Elegiac Melodies; Two Nordic Melodies, Strauss II: Valzer, Blue Danube

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