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Edo de Waart
, conductor
Edo de Waart, the Minnesota Orchestra’s
music director from 1986 to 1995, is
equally renowned as a symphonic and
opera conductor. He is chief conductor of
the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, music
director of the Milwaukee Symphony
Orchestra and conductor laureate of
the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Orchestra.
Currently:
This season de Waart
returns to the Metropolitan Opera to
conduct
The Marriage of Figaro
and
appears as guest conductor with the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland
Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony,
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Opera:
He has led productions at many
of the world’s great opera houses,
including Bayreuth, Royal Opera House
at Covent Garden, Santa Fe Opera and
the Metropolitan Opera.
Recordings:
De Waart’s extensive
discography includes a recently-released
disc of Mahler’s First Symphony with
the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.
Due for future release are a Wagner
recording with the Netherlands Radio
Philharmonic, and with the Royal
Flemish Philharmonic, Elgar’s
Dream of
Gerontius
.
Honors:
He has received several awards
for his musical achievements, including
becoming a knight in the Order of the
Dutch Lion and an honorary officer in
the general division of the Order of
Australia.
More: harrisonparrott.com.
one-minute notes
Strauss: String Sextet from
Capriccio
Beautifully structured and ardent in expression, this prelude from Strauss’ golden years evokes 18th-century France,
a time of cultured conversation—specifically, a discussion on which is more important to opera, music or words.
Strauss: Serenade in E-flat major
This lyrical, one-movement gem, written when the composer was just 17, brought such an attractive job offer
from the famed conductor Hans von Bülow that Strauss dropped his formal studies in Munich—and never had
cause to look back.
Strauss:
An Alpine Symphony
The
Alpine Symphony
—possibly the most remarkable description of nature in sound—paints a vivid musical
picture of a climb through Strauss’ beloved Bavarian Alps, employing dazzling orchestral colors and demanding
phenomenal feats of virtuosity from the musicians.
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