Leinsdorf, Erich


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Leinsdorf, Erich

Erich Leinsdorf (born Erich Landauer) (February 4, 1912 – September 11, 1993) was an Austrian-born American conductor. He performed and recorded with leading orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States and Europe, earning a reputation for exacting standards as well as an acerbic personality. He also published books and essays on musical matters. Leinsdorf was the principal conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1947 to 1955. He came to despair of what he saw as Rochester’s insular musical culture, famously remarking that “Rochester is the best disguised dead end in the world!” Subsequently he was briefly head of the New York City Opera. In 1962 he was named music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His time in Boston would produce many recordings for RCA, but was also marked by controversy, as he occasionally clashed with musicians and administrators. More than once Leinsdorf’s performances were interrupted by historical events. On November 22, 1963, during a performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he delivered the shocking news of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

  • Masterworks: Strauss and Mahler (5 DVDs)

    Masterworks: Strauss and Mahler (5 DVDs)

    R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel • Ein Heldenleben
    Bonus introductions and educational guides
    Michael Tilson Thomas
    ICAD 5031 (2DVDs)
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    MAHLER Symphony No.6
    Hartmut Haenchen
    ICAD 5018
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    MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde
    SCHUMANN Symphony No.4
    Kurt Sanderling
    ICAD 5042
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    MAHLER Symphony No.1
    MAHLER Symphony No.5 – Adagietto (Bonus)
    R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel
    Erich Leinsdorf
    ICAD 5051

  • Legendary Conductors of The Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Set (5 DVDs)

    Legendary Conductors of The Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Set (5 DVDs)

    Sale! MP4 Video Download: £15.00
    This material represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and three of their eminent music directors, Charles Munch, Erich Leinsdorf and William Steinberg. This historical footage has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques. It is of exceptional musical interest and historical value, and has been described by critics as a ‘rare treat’ (Gramophone) and ‘welcome documentations’ (BBC Music Magazine).
  • Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Intense and driven, Leinsdorf’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony gives us a fresh reading of this familiar music. With insightful performances featuring a flexible and brilliant Boston Symphony Orchestra, all three works are new to Leinsdorf’s discography. The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Erich Leinsdorf. While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD.
  • Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Sale! MP4 Video Download: £4.50
    Leinsdorf’s recordings of Mahler’s symphonies on RCA Victor became benchmarks for both sound and performance quality. Intense, warm and expressive, this rendition of Mahler’s First Symphony is a deeply personal account, whilst Till Eulenspiegel - a party piece during Leinsdorf’s tenure - is performed with great precision and finesse by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Erich Leinsdorf. While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD.
  • Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Sale! MP4 Video Download: £4.50
    The BSO’s Music Director for seven seasons, Leinsdorf had a long and distinguished career, having worked at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Cleveland Orchestra and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in addition to his tenure at the BSO. A particular favourite of Leinsdorf’s, the Schumann is powerful and precise under his direction, whilst the Good Friday Music is a warm and sensitive rendition from a great Wagnerian conductor. Schubert’s Ninth Symphony is a new addition to his discography.

Erich Leinsdorf (born Erich Landauer) (February 4, 1912 – September 11, 1993) was an Austrian-born American conductor. He performed and recorded with leading orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States and Europe, earning a reputation for exacting standards as well as an acerbic personality. He also published books and essays on musical matters. Leinsdorf was the principal conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1947 to 1955. He came to despair of what he saw as Rochester’s insular musical culture, famously remarking that “Rochester is the best disguised dead end in the world!” Subsequently he was briefly head of the New York City Opera. In 1962 he was named music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His time in Boston would produce many recordings for RCA, but was also marked by controversy, as he occasionally clashed with musicians and administrators. More than once Leinsdorf’s performances were interrupted by historical events. On November 22, 1963, during a performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he delivered the shocking news of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.