Kreizberg’s legacy

The musical world is remembering the conductor Yakov Kreizberg, who died on Tuesday after a long illness; he was only 51 years old.  I never heard him live, so I won’t try to add to the outpouring of deeply personal tributes out there (some examples here, here, and here).  Instead I’ll just note some videos and recordings that others may have missed.

The Netherlands Philharmonic has posted several short videos like this, where Kreizberg–in English–relates some aspect of a work that’s central to his understanding of it.  A video for Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony is here; Rachmaninov’s Second, here; Beethoven’s Ninth, here; Dvorak’s nationalism, here;  Beethoven’s Seventh, here; Mozart’s Requiem, here; Brahms’ Violin Concerto, here; the relationship between Brahms and Beethoven, here.  None of this is exactly new information, but Kreizberg compels the viewer’s attention; he would have been a wonderful ambassador for classical music.  (YouTube also has an interview with Hilary Hahn and Florian Zweiauer; the scherzo of Beethoven’s Ninth, and others.)

Also: the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, which Kreizberg directed from 2007, recently released two recordings on its own label: a 3-CD set of Stravinsky’s big three + Pulcinella and a single CD of Ravel’s Daphnis, available from the orchestra’s website.  A news report promises a May release of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Shéhérazade, Mussorgsky, and Borodin, and a September issue of Shostakovich’s Eleventh.  (If it’s anything like a stunning live broadcast I heard from 2009 with the Netherlands Philharmonic, this last will be a landmark.)

It may be that Kreizberg will be remembered like Guido Cantelli–not just as a musician who died young, but also as one who left a rich legacy.

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