C0995. DIMITRI MITROPOULOS Cond. NYPO: Symphony #10 in f-sharp, Live Performance, 13 March, 1958; LEONARD BERNSTEIN Cond. NYPO, w.Jennie Tourel: Kindertotenlieder – Live Performance, 12 Feb., 1960 (both Mahler); Mitropoulos Cond. Kölner Rundfunk S.O.: La Mer (Debussy), Live Performance, 24 Oct., 1960. (Germany) Archipel 0529. - 4035122405293
“This wonderful, saintly man had such tremendous energy and fire. [Mitropoulos] used to ask us for a huge dynamic range, and you can hear that so especially effectively in the performances of Mahler we gave with him. But then he was passionate about everything he conducted, and that included the newest and toughest music, which he tackled with the greatest enthusiasm.”
- Stanley Drucker, CLASSICAL RECORDINGS QUARTERLY, Winter, 2010
“Bernstein gave a credibility to American musicianship that hadn’t existed before, easing our sense of inferiority. He came along and did what seemed impossible: bringing Mahler back to Vienna!
He loved storytelling, and music for him was just a vehicle for telling stories. Often his stories had important morals as well: There was always a lesson to be learned. For me that was a big takeaway. He was so many things: a great conductor, great composer, great pianist. But he was also a TV star, he was a thinker, he was a philosopher, he was a political activist. How many people could wear all of those hats at once? It’s a rare thing.”
-Marin Alsop, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 23 Aug., 2018