Bruno Walter: Vienna Farewells

August 12, 2017
 
Bruno Walter (conductor, 1876-1962), signed picturepostcard, dated: "Wien 30. April 1912"

Bruno Walter (conductor, 1876-1962), signed picturepostcard, dated: "Wien 30. April 1912"

By photographer W(enzel) Weis (1858-1930), Wien, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 67 - Andrea1903, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4503614

The famous conductor Bruno Walter had to leave Vienna just before the Nazi takeover in 1938. Before he left, his performance of Mahler's 9th Symphony was recorded at a public concert. But Walter came back to Vienna after World War II, and he then made a famous recording of Mahler's "Song of the Earth", with the great contralto Kathleen Ferrier.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will revisit these famous farewells.


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