Skip to comments.Wolfgang Sawallisch, 1923-2013 (conductor)
Posted on 02/24/2013 10:21:07 AM PST by EveningStar
Wolfgang Sawallisch has died, Der Spiegel reports. The Philadelphia Orchestra's music director from 1993-2003 was 89.
Sawallisch died Friday, according to the Bavarian State Opera, which Sawallisch led for 20 years. He had been stricken in recent years by a number of diseases and conditions.
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In the later years of his tenure with the Philly Orchestra, he was there seldomly. It was a real treat to hear the orchestra play with him at the helm. He had an understated style, but under his leadership, the orchestra played musically with a heightened sense of ensemble. It was clear the musicians held him in the highest regard and they played their best for him.
His Wikipedia biography starts at age 23. Seems to be hiding what he did during the previous 5 years.
Never heard him in person but I have a number of treasured recordings with him at the helm.
It is a shame they mentioned Little of His 1993 Beijing Visit To the Great Hall of the People the First Cultural exchange since 1973. I was there.Watching and Imagining I was an againg Communist legislator slaving thru 3 hr speeches. The desk and Chair are really designed to sleep. You could see his wife was his centerpiece He was the Last Pro...