A Tribute to Mitropoulos

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Greek conductor Dmitri Mitropoulos had a nearly decade-long association with the New York Philharmonic during the post-World War II era. He was initially co-conductor with Leopold Stokowski, and became the sole music director in 1951. During Mitropoulos's tenure, the orchestra recorded extensively, branched out into television and even gave a week of performances at the Roxy Theatre, a popular movie theater in New York. He was succeeded by Leonard Bernstein in 1957. This week's broadcast comprises recordings of from the New York Philharmonic's archives.




Skalkottas Four Greek Dances

Gould Fall River Legend

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Comments [3]

From 1947-51 I attended the U. of Minnesota.
Mitropoulos was conducting the Minneapolis Symphony. I sang in the University Chorus doing Beethoven's 9th, etc., with Mitropoulos conducting. Quite an experience for a teen! I still sing; currently with the Connecticut Choral Society, in Newtown and Woodbury, Ct., and, occasionally at Carnegie Hall.

Nov. 04 2010 10:00 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

I spoke to Maestro Mitropoulos after his performance of Un Ballo at the Met with Marian Anderson in her debut as Ulrica. He complained that the Met did not give him sufficient rehearsal time with the singers and the orchestra.

Nov. 04 2010 08:55 PM

It has been said that Mitropoulos and Bernstein (his protege, who took over the Philharmonic after his mentor passed away,) had a nice, close relationship. Mitropoulos was also a gifted piano player. Oh, and he also composed stuff now and then. So much talent and so little time.

Nov. 04 2010 03:38 PM

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