Another classic concert this week, featuring the legendary Paul Paray leading The Detroit Symphony and featuring then-wünderkind violinist Arnold Steinhardt in a pretty even-balanced program, along with an interview with Steinhardt at intermission.
Steinhardt made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 14, and was immediately hailed by critics as one of the bright lights on the horizon. He won many competitions before being invited by none other than George Szell to take second Chair in the violin section with the Cleveland Orchestra, before joining the legendary Guarnieri String Quartet a few years later. He is a frequent soloist while on the faculty of several conservatories around the country.
Not much needs to be added about Paul Paray, other than being one of the great conductors of the 20th century, who was widely known and highly regarded throughout the Music world. His many recordings during the early days of Stereo with The Detroit Symphony were benchmarks and essentials in music libraries everywhere and his interpretation of music from his native France has been regarded as virtually deinitive.
Although there’s no characteristic French music in this particular concert, Paray leads the orchestra with energy and authority as he always did.
The concert runs almost 2 hours – and is broken up between two players:
Detroit Symphony – Paul Paray
November 12, 1959
Bach: Suite Nr. 2 in B Minor
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (w/Arnold Steinhardt, violin)
Intermission interview with Arnold Steinhardt
Mahler: Symphony Number 5
Enjoy and remember, it will be Friday soon.