The legendary conductor passed away a few days ago, after having struggled with health issues for more than a decade. Known perhaps most for his stint with the Boston Symphony. He was a long-time friend of John Williams, who (thankfully) managed to see him one last time when Williams had his concerts in Japan last year.
I wasn't aware of his state of health nor his age though as my earliest recording of his (where he assists Leonard Bernstein) is from 1962 I could have been. I bought a box set of recordings by the Boston Symphony Orchestra 4+ years ago which includes many under his helm.
I think the first CD of his I bought (20yrs ago) was his 1988 recording of Carmina Burana with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Shin-Yu Kai Chor.
One favourite I have is his handling of the Berliner Philharmoniker's Waldbühne 2003 concert which was titled A Gershwin Night ... a superb BluRay.
As as my custom, I will either play or purchased music of the deceased. I purchased his version of him conducting Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. If I had seen this thread sooner, I might’ve purchased something else. But I’ll add these to list of future purchases
I am currently listening to a lot of different versions of Olivier Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony. I have about half a dozen recordings already in my collection and listen to more via streaming. In 1968, it was Seiji Ozawa who made a famous recording that put the piece on the map. I haven't listen to that recording yet but it's next.
Yes, that Romeo & Juliet is great. Another dynamite recording is the Liszt Piano Concertos and Totentanz with Krystian Zimerman. That's one for the ages. I think that would be my personal pick for the "if I could have only one Ozawa album" series.