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Subject: Re: speaking of Erich Leinsdorf
From: Sheila Pinsker <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Sheila Pinsker <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 7 Aug 2017 14:04:12 -0400

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In his later years he was frequent guest conductor with Washington’s
National Symphony.  An orchestra member with whom we were
friendly was fairly critical of most guests. His comment about 
Leinsdorf was, “He knows how to rehearse.”
Some brief history; he had been one of Toscanini’s young 
assistants at Salzburg b/4 coming to the Met. When Bodanzky
died suddenly at the beginning of a season, he wasn’t even buried
when Johnson was inundated with applications for his position.
Johnson simply elevated Leinsdorf who was still fairly young.
His career was interrupted by being drafted and serving in the
Army. After the war he became an orchestra conductor 
starting, I think, with the Rochester Philharmonic where made
a number of recordings on a budget label.
Bob P
> On Aug 7, 2017, at 12:51 AM, Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Perhaps some people on this Board can enlighten me.  Erich Leinsdorf began his career at the Met rather young, and had the opportunity to conduct Flagstad and Melchior in quite a few Wagner performances in the late 1930s.   He went on to conduct for Traubel and Melchior as well, and remained a Met mainstay.  He recorded tons of complete operas for RCA.  Yet --------  in more than a few books, I've yet to encounter anyone having a nice word for the man on a personal level.  He must have become a very difficult and high-maintenance person in his prime and later years and didn't appear to be at all well liked.  Can someone add something to this???????

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