Thursday, February 22, 2007

Dimitri Mitropoulos

Dimitri Mitropoulos' birthday was last Sunday (according to the conductor's own statement; most American sources mention though March 1st as his date of birth). He was a Greek by birth -1896- (American citizens since 1946) conductor. I thought not to write a handbook biography or a praise of his qualities. You can find one here and another one here.

Instead, I will give some interesting links I found on the web, as well as some that I did not find. So, here you can hear him speak about his Minnesota period. Unfortunately, this is the only connection between him and this orchestra I could be able to find -except of course a simple mention of his name in their site... The next one just right here, gives details on why -and how- Mitropoulos resigned from the New York Philharmonic first from the position of Artistic Director in 1957 and a year later from the co-conductor position. Some might find this site not very reliable, it is nevertheless, the first time I see written a long lasted rumor. Unfortunately, there was nothing special to find in the NY Philharmonic site...

Here a critique from 2004 on a recording -photo below- by Mitropoulos from 1950 and 1952.

Mitropoulos has been labeled often as conductor of certain styles and genres, although his carrier says clearly that he has been an allround conductor, and musician in general. He composed until the age of around 30, played the piano and percussion, and frequently -at least until approx. 1937- he conducted and at the same time performed several piano concertos. He had a vast repertoire, which he conducted by heart. Here's a critique in German praising him for a live Mendelssohn 3rd symphony performance just in the year he died.

Heart was the part of his body that couldn't bear up the stress of this kind of life with tours and concerts all over the world. Mitropoulos died on a reherseal: Mahler's 3rd symphony with the La Scala orchestra in Milano on November 2nd 1960. It was the second heart stroke in two years -third in all...

Here you can find 68 recordings of him conducting. More as well in amazon. Books on his life: Arfanis, Stathis A.:The Complete Discography of Dimitri Mitropoulos. Athens: Irinna S.A., 1990. ISBN 960-7110-00-5. Mitropoulos, Dimitri, and Katsoyanis, Katy: A correspondence, 1930–1960. New York: Martin Dale, 1973. Introductions by Louis Biancolli and Katy Katsoyanis. LC Number 73075338. Trotter, William R. Priest of Music: The Life of Dimitri Mitropoulos. Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press, 1995. ISBN 0-931340-81-0. In Greek, the book by Apostolos Kostios "Dimitris Mitropoulos" from the year 1985 [ISBN 960-250-113-8]-edited by the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation gives a different look on the artist than Trotter for example.

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4 comments:

proinos said...

Θερμά συγχαρητήρια.
Εξαιρετική δουλειά και πολύ χρήσιμη, για όλους μας.
Καλή συνέχεια

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Greetings from Athens

IdentityCafe said...

Poly kalo Stefane.

Στέφανος Νάσος said...

Σε ευχαριστώ πολύ για τα καλά σου λόγια proinos.

IC η επιστροφή ήταν χωρίς επεισόδια... Σ'ευχαριστώ και σένα. Εν αναμονή της κάλυψης της Μπερλινάλε...

Parsifal: ευχαριστώ πολύ και για τις επισκέψεις. Δυστυχώς, δεν έχω να σχολιάσω στο δικό σου. Πολύ καλοφτιαγμένο!