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 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 5:01 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/09/arts/music/seiji-ozawa-dead.html

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 5:24 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

THIS immediately came to mind when I saw this thread.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

One of the greats. Saw him conduct many times at Tanglewood during my youth. R.I.P.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

One of my favorite interpreters of Mahler and the Romantics and post-Romantics. A great loss, though his health has been declining in recent years so the news is unwelcome but not unexpected.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Oh, how sad, inevitable as it may have been. I have a number of his recordings. I especially love his Fauré recordings.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

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.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   NSBulk   (Member)

Here's Peters Planets review of Ozawa's recording of The Planets.

https://petersplanets.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/ozawa-1979/

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

This was my first Ozawa recording. I still listen to this recording after 50-plus years!

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   NSBulk   (Member)

I played that record the other night! smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I played that record the other night! smile

I love the Siegel-Schwall Blues Band tracks, especially!

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2024 - 8:54 AM   
 By:   MusicUnite   (Member)

In honor of the maestro's passing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QTV2E4RWAw

Jay

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2024 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

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

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2024 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

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.

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2024 - 5:32 PM   
 By:   LordDalek   (Member)

Still the best Rite of Spring I've ever heard.

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2024 - 7:41 PM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

I have this one. It's a solid recommendation, though I would pick his 1979 "Planets" or his 1987 "Carmina Burana" if I could have only one.

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2024 - 1:08 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I have this one. It's a solid recommendation, though I would pick his 1979 "Planets" or his 1987 "Carmina Burana" if I could have only one.



Ha, interesting. As I noted above, I think Ozawa was especially great with Fauré.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2024 - 1:58 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

A fav of mine is him doing Romeo and Juliet on DG.

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2024 - 4:58 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

A fav of mine is him doing Romeo and Juliet on DG.




One of his finest recordings indeed.

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2024 - 5:19 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

A fav of mine is him doing Romeo and Juliet on DG.

I played that recording over three days in mid-Dec. At almost 144mins it isn't a regular play smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2024 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

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.

 
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