Happy Birthday, Maestro Sawallisch

Sawallisch 1966
Wolfgang Sawallisch, 1966, in Vienna's Musikverein

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.

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