C1978. GEORGES SÉBASTIAN Cond. RTF S.O., w.Colette Herzog, Liane Synek, Ruth Hesse, Helga Jenckel, William Blankenship, Hans-Otto Kloose & Gerhard Nienstedt: ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ #8 in E-flat (Mahler). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1297, Live Performance, 3 Nov., 1964, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Georges Sébastian, a Hungarian-born conductor who spent two seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and who conducted orchestras in Germany and the Soviet Union, was born in Budapest on Aug. 17, 1903, and trained under Béla Bartok. He made his operatic debut in Munich as choral director under Bruno Walter and later became his assistant. In 1923-24 he was an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. He was the music director for a radio station in Moscow from 1931-37. During World War II, Mr. Sebastian returned to the United States to conduct for the San Francisco Opera and other companies. In 1968, he conducted the AIDA in which Leontyne Price made her Paris debut.”
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 14 April, 1989