Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Birthday, Maestro Sawallisch

Wolfgang Sawallisch turns 86 today. He's no longer conducting, but here are some revelatory YouTube moments to help recall what an elegant musician Sawallisch was.

Happy Birthday, Maestro Sawallisch

Wolfgang Sawallisch, 1966, in Vienna´s Musikverein<br />
Wolfgang Sawallisch, 1966, in Vienna's Musikverein Theodora Koblinger

Wolfgang Sawallisch turns 86 today. He's no longer conducting, but here are some revelatory YouTube moments to help recall what an elegant musician Sawallisch was.

With Pinchas Zukerman in Mozart.

A Brahms 3 from 1961 with the Vienna Symphony.

From Ma Vlast with the NHK Symphony.

As pianist, with Hermann Prey.

Alas, no video from his decade as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, though there's plenty of audio still available.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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