2013: The World Has Lost Some Classical Music Greats
Of the notables in music who died in 2013:
ConductorÂ James DePreist (1937-2013)Â I’m sure he grew tired of being the pioneer for the African-American conductor. He was that, and a very exciting musician, long time music director of the Oregon Symphony and a prolific recording artist. He was the nephew of contraltoÂ Marian AndersonÂ .
PianistÂ Van Cliburn (1935-2013)Â Many think his career never survived the astonishing publicity of his 1958 win of theÂ Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. America kickedÂ Soviet butt. Cliburn came home to a ticker-tape parade. He was the public’s darling and the critics whipping boy. The Van Cliburn International Piano Cmpetition, held every three years in his home town of Fort Worth TX, gives careers to the younger generation. If his own career gave him little pleasure, his recordings and his appearances were cheered to the walls.
Sir Colin Davis (1928-2013)Â British conductor, revived the music of Berlioz, long time director of the Royal Opera Covent Garden, principal conductor of the BostonÂ SymphonyÂ and many, many others.
Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013)Â French composer who in his last years wroteÂ Le temps d’horlogeÂ (Time and the Clock) for Renee Fleming
Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)Â When Tavener’sÂ Song for Athene Â was sung at Princess Diana’s funeral, phones were ringing off the walls worldwide. WhatÂ wasÂ that music? It was one of many works written over a fifty year career by an English composer steeped in Orthodoxy.
Wolfgang Sawallisch (1924-2013)Â MusicÂ Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra 1993-2003. He had led the Vienna Symphony from 1960-1970 and Switzerland’s L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. One of the last conductors to work directly with composer Richard Strauss (1864-1849) Sawallisch’s performances and recordings of Strauss’ operas have been considered definitive.
Patrice Chereau (1945-2013)Â French director, playwright and dramaturg. ChereauÂ directed the centennial production of Wagner’sÂ Ring der NibelungÂ at Bayreuth in 1876. The action was updated to the Industrial Revolution of the late 19th century. Public and critics booed one moment and cheered the next. ChereauÂ also directed the restored complete version of Alban Berg’sÂ LuluÂ for the Â Paris OperaÂ Â in 1980.Â
For a complete list: Â http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_in_classical_music