Jesus Lopez-Cobos   (Respighi)    (Telarc 80309)
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Jesus Lopez-Cobos   (Respighi)    (Telarc 80309)
C1334. JESUS LOPEZ-COBOS Cond. Lausanne Chamber Orch.: Ancient Airs and Dances - Suites Nos.1 - 3; Trittico Botticelliano (Respighi). Telarc 80309, recorded 1991. Final sealed copy. - 089408030925


“Jesús López-Cobos, a conductor with a multinational résumé who always retained a fondness for the music of his native Spain, was general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1981 to 1990 and music director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland from 1991 to 2000, among other positions. He conducted operas as well as orchestral works and made numerous recordings, although he always preferred live performances - partly, he once told an interviewer, because they lend themselves to imperfections. ‘Many times I tell musicians, ‘I don’t mind if there’s a mistake there’,’ he said. ‘I prefer that we have the feeling that we were doing real music, that we were really doing music together’.

After receiving his degree, he went to Vienna to study conducting and won some conducting prizes. He spent the 1969-70 academic year at the Juilliard School in New York, then went to Italy, where he assisted the Swiss conductor Peter Maag. In 1970, when Mr. Maag became ill, the baton fell to Mr. López-Cobos, who conducted THE MAGIC FLUTE as his opera debut.

He made his American conducting debut at the San Francisco Opera in 1972, and he first conducted the New York Philharmonic in 1982. He also conducted at Covent Garden in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Kennedy Center in Washington and other famed halls.

In 1987 he took the Deutsche Oper Berlin to Japan with Wagner’s RING cycle; it was the first time the full cycle had been performed in that country. His tenure at Cincinnati included, in 1995, the orchestra’s first European tour since 1969.”

- Neil Genzlinger, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 7 March, 2018