C0038. NORMAN DEL MAR Cond. City of Birmingham Orch. & Chorus: Vaughan Williams Program, incl. 'Toward the Unknown Region'. Klavier 11034. Very long out-of-print, Final Rare Sealed Copy! - 019688103422
"Norman Del Mar, a conductor and an author who specialized in the works of late romantics like Sir Edward Elgar, Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss, was a horn player in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham. He became Sir Thomas' assistant, and Sir Thomas arranged his debut as a conductor in 1947. Mr. Del Mar championed British composers at home and abroad and introduced many composers and works to Britain, including Mahler's Sixth and Ninth Symphonies, Bartok's Violin Concerto #1 and Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony. He was the author of an acclaimed, three-volume work on the life and music of Richard Strauss, the last volume of which appeared in 1972. Mr. Del Mar, who was professor of conducting at the Royal College of Music in London from 1972 to 1990, made more than 70 recordings, and held honorary doctorates from several universities."
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 8 Feb., 1994