"No piece of music presented a problem. Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem,' of which we gave the American premiere, was taken apart and put together with the skill of a musical architect."
- Harry Ellis Dickson, Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist, on conductor Erich Leinsdorf
In 1962, the Boston Symphony Orchestra welcomed Austrian conductor Erich Leinsdorf to Symphony Hall as the orchestra's new music director. The previous 13 years with the mercurial Charles Munch as music director were in some ways magical and in others problematic.
Classical New England's Brian Bell tells the story of Leinsdorf's career with the BSO in an audio documentary.
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Leinsdorf's tenure was not always smooth, but by the time he left the BSO in 1969, the organization was transformed. At Tanglewood that summer, before his final concert as music director, he talked with WGBH's Jordan Whitelaw, an interview you can watch here in three parts, with introductions by Classical New England's BSO broadcast host, Ron Della Chiesa.
Part 1: Highlights of Leinsdorf's years at the BSO
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