Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Horenstein speaks on Mahler, Janáček

Jascha Horenstein (1898-1973) speaks about the composers and conductors he's known. Like a fellow who sat quietly in rehearsals, looking very unprepossessing - Janáček. These are extracts from Horenstein's 1970-1 interviews with Alan Blythe, which sometimes get added to CD issues. Strauss, Schreker, Bartok, Berg, Furtwängler, Schoenberg, Horenstein knew them all. What these tapes don't include are Horenstein's reminiscences of Hanns Eisler, a childhood friend. Horenstein conducted a lot of Eisler too, including some of the documentaries. (One is available for download on this site - see "Eisler".)

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