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« on: April 20, 2013, 11:38:41 pm »

Over the last 30 years we have lost-

1983: Sir Adrian Boult; Igor Markevitch
1984: Janos Ferencsik
1985: Eugene Ormandy
1986: Vaclav Smetacek
1987: Eugen Jochum
1988: Antal Dorati; Evgeny Mravinsky
1989: Sir John Pritchard; Herbert von Karajan; Witold Rowicki
1990: Leonard Bernstein
1991: Bryden Thomson
1992: Sir Charles Groves
1993: Erich Leinsdorf
1994: Norman Del Mar
1995: Sir Alexander Gibson; Vaclav Neumann; Eduardo Mata
1996: Rafael Kubelik; Sergiu Celibidache; Ferdinand Leitner
1997: Sir Georg Solti; Antonio de Almeida
1998: Klaus Tennstedt
1999: Robert Shaw; Georg Tintner
2001: Giuseppe Sinopoli; Peter Maag
2002: Gunther Wand; Evgeny Svetlanov; Mark Ermler
2004: Carlos Kleiber; Hans Vonk
2005: Carlo Maria Giulini; Gary Bertini; Sixten Ehrling; Sergiu Comissiona
2006: Silvio Varviso; Armin Jordan
2007: Mstislav Rostropovich
2008: Richard Hickox; Vernon Handley; Horst Stein; Jean Fournet
2009: Sir Edward Downes
2010: Sir Charles Mackerras; Rudolf Barshai
2011: Yakov Kreizberg; Kurt Sanderling
2012: Paavo Berglund; George Hurst
2013: Sir Colin Davis; Wolfgang Sawallisch; James DePreist


Just think what a loss to the world of Music has been the passing of these conductors, all of them extremely giften, some amongst the greatest interpreters of orchestral and operatic music.

Do we have their successors today Huh
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2013, 09:11:21 am »

Also Georg Tintner in 1999.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2013, 09:39:56 am »

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Do we have their successors today

Errrm....

Mikhail Jurowsky
Vladimir Jurowsky
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (who is still working!)
Valery Gergiev
Mark Elder
Jiri Belohlavek
Claudio Abbado
Riccardo Muti
Simon Rattle
Neema Jarvi
Daniel Harding
Temirkanov
Noseda
Ivan Fischer
Thielemann
Jansons
Will Lacey
Kent Nagano

(just a few, there are many more..)


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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2013, 01:41:20 am »

Also Georg Tintner in 1999.

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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2013, 01:49:12 am »

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Do we have their successors today

Errrm....

Mikhail Jurowsky
Vladimir Jurowsky
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (who is still working!)
Valery Gergiev
Mark Elder
Jiri Belohlavek
Claudio Abbado
Riccardo Muti
Simon Rattle
Neema Jarvi
Daniel Harding
Temirkanov
Noseda
Ivan Fischer
Thielemann
Jansons
Will Lacey
Kent Nagano

(just a few, there are many more..)




I would certainly put Rozhdestvensky(on his day Grin), Belohlavek, Abbado, Muti, Rattle, Jarvi(sometimes Grin), Fischer and Jansons on a par with many of the greats on my list
(and, you are right, there ARE others......Haitink, Masur, Dohnanyi, Maazel, Mehta, etc etc) but I just wonder how many of those still active can compare as "the great interpreters" of a composer's music as were Boult, Karajan, Bernstein, Sawallisch, Sanderling, Mravinsky etc etc). Haitink, Jansons and Abbado-certainly yes.

I suppose that I am just suffering from the besetting sin of the "getting older" generation that feels that nothing is ever as good as it used to be Grin Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2013, 10:27:03 am »

I suppose that I am just suffering from the besetting sin of the "getting older" generation that feels that nothing is ever as good as it used to be Grin Grin

 Grin

Yes, I find policemen are getting younger and younger all the time Smiley

Perhaps the flip side of that same coin is that the younger generation of conductors have to try harder and harder to live up to the accumulated tradition of excellence that preceded them.  They must offer something extra-special to make a recording of a mainstream work.

With that in mind I am constantly impressed by the new generation of young conductors we see around these days Smiley  Mainly I see the Moscow-based conductors, including Alexei Osetrov and Alexei Bogorad (both are Rozhdestvensky students), Mikhail Yegyazaryan (Ponkin pupil), Marius Stravinsky (yes, a great-grandson - studied in London). And young Brit Will Lacey, who conducted "Midsummer Night's Dream" in Moscow recently - a show which won "Best Production" last week.

There's also the 20-year-old Maximilian "Max" Ermelyantsev, who is still at the Conservatory. "We don't know what else we can teach him? He's better than we are." one professor sighed...
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2013, 03:28:24 pm »

There IS Hope Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2013, 03:37:52 pm »

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Perhaps the flip side of that same coin is that the younger generation of conductors have to try harder and harder to live up to the accumulated tradition of excellence that preceded them.  They must offer something extra-special to make a recording of a mainstream work.

Let's not forget the role that recordings play in all of this. Prior to the advent of sound recording (or, more realistically from an audio perspective, the advent of electrical recording), conductors' interpretations were not memorialized for future generations to have that accumulated tradition. Reviews and written observations of those who heard these earlier performances at least give a hint as to what they were like, but certainly not with the fullness and relative objectivity of sound recordings. Oh, to have had an opportunity to hear Gustav Mahler's conducting!
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2013, 06:11:33 am »

Also:
Lovro von Matačić (1899-1985)
Willi Boskovsky (1909-1991)
Stig Westerberg (1918-1999)
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2013, 07:04:08 pm »

Also John Hopkins, at the beginning of this month: http://sounz.org.nz/news_articles/show/508?category=current
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« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2014, 02:32:19 pm »

ho ho .... Neeme Jarvi is alive and well....  he is leading the ERSO series this year conducting...2014
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« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2014, 03:24:52 pm »

ho ho .... Neeme Jarvi is alive and well....  he is leading the ERSO series this year conducting...2014

And may he thrive for many a year yet!  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2014, 08:25:39 pm »

And Christopher Hogwood today.
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