Schalk, Franz  -  Wellington  - Salzburg sepia photo postcard
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Schalk, Franz  -  Wellington  - Salzburg sepia photo postcard
E00727. Schalk, Franz - unsigned Wellington Studio - Salzburg 3.5x5.5 sepia photo postcard

“Schalk was born in Vienna on 27 May, 1863. He studied under Bruckner and violinist Joseph Hellmesberger, and after a series of conducting posts in increasingly important venues – from Bohemia to Graz (where he premiered Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony in 1894), Prague, Berlin, London’s Covent Garden and New York’s Metropolitan Opera – Mahler appointed him First Kapellmeister of the Vienna Court Opera in 1900. For the next three decades, he reigned as one of the most important conductors in Vienna, heading the (renamed) State Opera from 1919 to 1929 (where Richard Strauss, whose DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN Schalk premiered in 1919, was co-director for several years), leading the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde for 17 years, and serving as one of the driving forces in the postwar revival of the Salzburg Festival

From the recorded evidence, Schalk favored swift, flowing tempi, with occasional slowing for rhetorical effect. In this, he was similar to other conductors of his generation such as Felix Weingartner (b.1863) and Richard Strauss (b.1864), musicians who came of age around the time of Wagner’s passing, and different from the more monumental approach favored by the following generation, including Otto Klemperer (b.1885) and Wilhelm Furtwängler (b.1886).”

- Mark Obert-Thorn